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Aug 13, 1998 06:43 AM

Loma Linda Mexican in Toledo

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My bro says Loma Lina Mexican in Toledo (actually
Swanton OH) is one of the best Tex/Mex at which he's
ever eaten. Can anybody confirm this?

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  1. Mitch,

    Loma Linda! Wow, that brings back memories. I went to Bowling Green State University from 1973-1975 and Loma Linda was then the best option for Mexican in the area. Maybe it has improved considerably in the past 20 years. But then it was mediocre by L.A. or NYC standards.

    It used to be mobbed, and probably still is, but as I recollect, the margaritas were the biggest attraction.


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    1. re: Dave Feldman

      Thanks Dave,
      We will be driving from NJ and they don't take
      reservations so we may not get to try it. By the
      way, good TexMex in NYC is a non sequitur. It's better
      that it was 20 years ago but it's no LA or Houston.

      1. re: Mitch

        I don't remember Loma Linda billing itself as Tex-Mex at all, but rather as an "authentic" Mexican restaurant, although that might have changed. Back then, at least, it certainly had none of the pretensions of, say, Rosa Mexicano or Zarela's.

        But it wasn't a Cowgirl's Hall of Fame either. More like the typical suburban Mexican, with margaritas and beer, enchiladas, tacos, burritos, and most of all, combination plates .


      2. re: Dave Feldman

        Hey Dave, I'm checking the boards for Toledo as you suggested (that Loma Linda is the one on the way from the airport, right?) and saw the post that you went to BGSU in the early 70's...

        Remember the Women's National Football League, one of the earlier women's pro leagues? The Toledo Troopers, an amazing team, with a player they called Bronco cause she played every position so well? Well, that was my partner, Aldah. After the convent, she played pro ball - gives a whole new meaning to "Hail Mary pass..."

        Anywho, Dave, don't you go back for any reunions or something? What is there besides Tony Packo's in Toledo, the 1+hour drive to the New Riegel Cafe, and the Loma Linda airport route mexican place?

        Help me!!!

        OK, this is only partly about food, but I still think it belongs on this board (if it wasn't for this woman, I would not care about finding deliciousness in Northern Ohio!)...I need the people who check the midwest boards to help me, anyway...please...

        1. re: Dave Feldman

          Just found the margarita recipe;

          12 oz. Tequila
          4 oz. Rose’s lime juice
          4 oz. Triple Sec
          dash powdered sugar

          Freeze overnight.

        2. Try "Rodeo" on Monroe St., just west of Talmadge. It is fairly new and authentic Mexican. In fact, you will be lucky if you have a waiter that speaks enough English to understand your questions. VERY reasonably priced as well.

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            1. Loma Linda's was once (70s and 80s) a hole in the wall restaurant that had the best Margarita's anywhere (ANYWHERE!) and an atmosphere for fun. The food was the best Mexican food Ohio had to offer. It then remodeled and expanded and the intimate packed atmosphere of margarita filled patrons where anything might happen was largely lost.

              Have not been there in years but remember fondly the front bar area and many nights with good friends and more fun than I have had at any restaurant.