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Ohio: Great cheap breakfast in Bowling Green...Terrible expensive dinner in Perrysburg

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I was in from San Francisco with low culinary expectations to visit my boyfriend in Bowling Green. Ann Arbor delivered food-wise...Ohio not so much. The highlight of my Ohio eating was the Corner Grill on North Main in Bowling Green. This is the epitome of a greasy spoon. For 3.99 apiece the bf and I chowed down on *perfectly* fried eggs over-easy, rye toast (already buttered!), and crispy golden delicious hashbrowns. They don't let your coffee cup get more than half empty. I kind of stopped ordering eggs over easy a while ago because a lot of places just don't cook them correctly. The Corner Grill knew the key...lots of butter!

We went with a friend to Stella's in downtown Perrysburg, after trying to go to Uptown Diner (closed). I really can't say anything good about this place. The atmosphere is weird- they're trying too hard to be really fancy and their food does not live up to the front they put on. We split two appetizers- Baked Brie and Mediterranean Veggie Dip. The Brie was barely warm inside...it was served with mediocre bread, sliced underripe honeydew, grapes, and some "fire roasted apples" which looked more like canned apricots.

The Veggie Dip was fine...it was a Spinach Artichoke Dip- heavy on the cream, light on the veggies. Its texture was pretty limp. It was served with pita that was very nondescript.

BF and I split the Gnocchi with Turkey. This was horrendous. From the moment the waiter set it on the table I could smell the preservatives. The gnocchi were clearly frozen, the turkey tasted like processed deli meat (i'm almost positive it was), and the pesto was probably from a jar. It didnt tasted like basil at all. The textures were all off. The only thing that tasted good were the red peppers, which we hunted and pecked at and left the rest. This dish made me think that the chef has never tasted the food that he/she serves.

Our friend had the beef tournedos, which he described as tasting like diner pot roast. He was pretty appalled by the preparation- I didn't taste it.

I don't mean to sound like such a hater, but this was truly one of the worst meals I've had in years. The bill was about $70, and we went home feeling gross and depressed about it.

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  1. I agree with your assessment of the Corner Grill in Bowling Green. Toledo does lack for the high end dinner. Mancy's would have been a better choice- either the steak house or the Italian place on Monroe. Last time there I had a great veal chop.

    Your boyfriend would have done better to bring you south to Findlay to either Japan West on S. Main or Revolver on E. Sandusky one block east of S. Main.

    1. Toledo just isn't a great restaurant town, although it has other charms. I grew up there, and we didn't eat out more than half a dozen times during my whole childhood. That said, try the Beirut Restaurant on Monroe Street. When you move to Michigan, you'll find the Middle Eastern restaurants are consistently good--but they have no alcohol, even if not run by Muslims. In Toledo the Arab population is split between Maronite Christians and Muslims, and some places, like this one, have booze.

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      1. re: Jim M

        Oh and at some point Tony Packo's really is worth checking out just because!

        1. re: Jim M

          <<When you move to Michigan, you'll find the Middle Eastern restaurants are consistently good--but they have no alcohol, even if not run by Muslims.>>

          I know this is an old post, but just for reference, this isn't true. Some ME restaurants serve alcohol and others don't. La Pita and Uncle Sam's Village Cafe, both in Dearborn, leap to mind immediately as serving alcohol.

        2. I never thought I would see the Corner Grill mentioned on Chow. :-) It also happens to be one of the better late-night options in town since its competitors at that time are Frisch's, Waffle House, and fast food.

          1. I'm a frequent visitor to Toledo (and Findlay). I've been looking for nice restaurants and trying different places, with mixed results. Diva, in downtown Toledo, is excellent, and easily the best place I've found; you can read my report at www.chowhound.com/topics/377366 I've tried Georgio's, which was pretty good, and Real Seafood, which disappointed; you can read my report on those meals at www.chowhound.com/topics/397505 I ate at Revolver last month, and I thought it was fairly good but not great, not as good as Diva. I've also eaten at Mancy's, and it too was pretty good, a steakhouse that has been there forever and still turning out good food.

            1. I had never been to Stella's and asked to see the menu before deciding to stay. It was lunch hour on a Monday and they were not busy. The young woman looked at me like I was out of line making such a request! We did stay, but the whole place has a chilly atmosphere and lunch -for what it was- was pricey.
              You should try the place right next door-Zingo's. It's very fresh and interesting.