Restaurant Week offers geographically diverse optionsWritten by Sarah Ottney | Managing Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
Restaurant Week Toledo is not limited to Toledo.
From Sylvania to Swanton, Perrysburg to Maumee, Waterville to Holland, the 10-day event will also offer dining options throughout the surrounding area.
“Restaurant Week Toledo encompasses the whole Greater Toledo area,” said co-chair Becca Gorman. “We want everyone to feel a part of the event and to participate. From the various price points to the healthy options offered at each location to the variety of areas represented, there’s something for everyone.”
The third annual Restaurant Week Toledo, presented by Medical Mutual, is set for Feb. 21 to March 2. This year’s event will feature 27 venues and will be three days longer than last year’s, Gorman said.
Participating restaurants are Bobby V’s American Grill in Holland; Barr’s Public House and Maumee Wines and Bistro in Maumee; Poco Piatti and Tea Tree Asian Bistro in Perrysburg; Loma Linda in Swanton; TREO in Sylvania; Zinful in Waterville; Bar 145, Gradkowski’s, La Scola Italian Grill, Mancy’s Bluewater Grille, Mancy’s Steaks and Shorty’s True American Roadhouse in Toledo; The Blarney Irish Pub, The Oliver House (Mutz, Maumee Bay Brew Pub, Rockwell’s and The Café), ICE Restaurant and Bar, Manhattan’s and Registry Bistro in Downtown Toledo; Burger Bar 419, Caper’s Restaurant and Plate 21 in South Toledo; and Rosie’s Italian Grille and Ventura’s in West Toledo.
Each venue will feature a special Restaurant Week menu priced at $10, $20 or $30. (Drinks, taxes and gratuities are not included unless specified.) A portion of proceeds from each meal will benefit local nonprofit Leadership Toledo’s youth programs.
Zinful will participate in Restaurant Week for the first time. The Waterville eatery, which opened in 2011 at 7541 Dutch Road, features an extensive wine selection and a walk-in humidor for cigars.
“The best part is restaurants are featuring things they don’t normally have on their menus,” said owner Joyce Franzblau. “Everyone’s trying to stand out and draw new business, so the food’s going to be outstanding and exquisite.”
Zinful will offer a $10 lunch menu with choices of tomato bisque soup with grilled gouda cheese, vegetarian lettuce wraps, flatbread with a side salad or bison burger and fries. Dinner options, which range from $10-$30, include vegetarian lettuce wraps, stuffed portabella mushroom, oxtail soup, pork belly and scotch, Jägerschnitzel or short rib marengo.
Franzblau said she’s glad so many local communities are represented through Restaurant Week Toledo.
“All of us who live in the surrounding suburbs consider ourselves Toledoans, so it’s important to participate,” Franzblau said. “It exposes people to all the locally owned businesses that are just minutes away from the city limit of Toledo. City lines shouldn’t define the city of Toledo wanting to come together for a good cause.”
Everyone at family-owned Caper’s Restaurant in South Toledo is excited to participate in Restaurant Week for the second year, said co-owner Sue Meadows.
“It was wonderful,” Meadows said. “People just love it. We had a really good response. We even had people walking around with a list of all the restaurants, checking off the restaurants they had been to.”
Choices for the $10 lunch menu at 2038 S. Byrne Road include an Italian house special sandwich, small cobb salad or small three-item pizza. The $10 dinner menu features spaghetti with homemade meatballs, small chicken broccoli pizza, small Italian pizza or Mediterranean salad.
“People are getting a great meal at a good price, which gives us the opportunity to introduce a lot of new people to our restaurant and hopefully bring them back,” Meadows said. “A lot of people don’t realize we have such good quality local restaurants.”
Tea Tree Asian Bistro
This will be Tea Tree Asian Bistro’s third year participating in Restaurant Week Toledo. The family-owned Levis Commons eatery at 4100 Chappel Drive in Perrysburg features Japanese, Chinese, Thai and Korean dishes.
General Manager Lynn Wang said she didn’t have as many Restaurant Week diners as she was hoping for last year, so this year she made some changes, including adding lunch options and choosing lower price points.
The $10 lunch menu features bento boxes of sushi and sashimi, beef bulgogi or chicken teriyaki, served with miso soup and a side dish. Choices for the $20 dinner, which includes a house salad and a glass of sake or wine, include roasted half duck, pineapple red curry beef, grilled lamb with bok choy, super spider house special maki or Monk’s Garden Feast, a vegetarian option.
Wang said she hopes diners step outside their comfort zones and try something new.
“It’s a good opportunity to try a restaurant they’ve never tried before,” Wang said. “I’m hoping people can be a little more adventurous. Trying new things is key when you come to an Asian restaurant.”
Loma Linda manager Jeanie Kunzer is excited to participate in Restaurant Week Toledo for the first time.
“I heard about it on the radio last year and said, ‘Why am I not involved? Why did no one ask us?’” said Kunzer, laughing. “It sounded great. It was Ventura’s second year so I asked them how it went. They said, ‘We did really well. You have to get in on it.’”
The family-owned eatery, at 10400 Airport Highway in Swanton, will offer a lunch and dinner menu for $10. Choices include a Cajun chicken or Cajun shrimp enchilada with queso and fried ice cream, an all-beef burrito served enchilada style with a guacamole salad, or a black bean and pollo burrito with a guacamole salad and broiled grapefruit.
“I put some of my favorite foods on there and some of the things Loma Linda is known for,” said Kunzer, noting that the eatery has been in business since 1955 and was the first Mexican restaurant in Toledo.
“We’re excited,” Kunzer said. “People are out and about that week, so hopefully this will bring people out that have never been here before.”
TREO at 5703 Main St. in Sylvania, is another first-time Restaurant Week Toledo participant.
“We have an amazing new chef and he was really excited to do it and wanted to jump in feet first,” said Kaetlyn Obey, general manager and events director.
TREO, which offers diverse Italian, French and American dishes, will feature a $20 dinner menu with entrée choices of blackened red snapper, chicken wellington, a 10-ounce New York strip steak or stuffed portabella mushroom caps.
“We love that people will know they can come to TREO and get a quality meal for $20 and that we’ll be able to bring people in who might not normally be able to try our amazing food,” Obey said.
Barr’s Public House
The Restaurant Week menu at Barr’s Public House, 3355 Briarfield Blvd., in Maumee, will feature mostly new dishes not found on its regular menu, said general manager Stephanie Soldner.
“That makes it more of a draw for people who have been coming here and, for the new clientele, it’s just a little something extra for them,” Soldner said.
Entrée choices on the $20 dinner menu, which includes a beer or wine pairing, include pasta carbonara, The Kobe O.G. burger, steak frites or a salmon cranberry salad.
Craft beer is the main focus at Barr’s, which opened in 2012, Soldner said.
“We really try to focus on being more of a pub with really good food options,” Soldner said. “Our food is definitely top-notch.”
Soldner said she is looking forward to Restaurant Week Toledo.
“It’s really cool to have so many different restaurants to choose from,”
Soldner said. “I hope they all get a lot of support and have a really good turnout. I’m excited to see what happens.”
Toledo Free Press is a media sponsor of Restaurant Week Toledo.
For more information, visit www.restaurantweektoledo.com.
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