driving from Detroit to Ada, OH
ISO chow along I 75 from Detroit into Ohio, then along OH 235 into the Ada, OH area. TIA.
I assume you're checking out ONU, because I can't imagine why on Earth anyone else would go to Ada. Last time I was there (which has been a number of years) there was a McDonald's, a Taco Bell, and a few college bars. Of course, I wasn't planning to eat there, so I didn't really look around much.
However, I have heard that there is a place called Marias or something similar... a local Italian joint. I've been told it's the best eating option in the area. And the area is TINY, so you won't have any problem finding it. Just drive down Main street and you'll have to be able to spot it.
ETA: Oh - found it. Menu looks like typical small college town italian place. I have no idea what the quality is like, but I've heard people in the area like it.
re: Hungry Celeste
Not to my knowlegde. Ada really is miniscule. My father went to college there, and he took me there when I was maybe 14? I was totally shocked at that point because there was NO fast food. (I was a teenager. I thought the world couldn't survive without McDonalds.)
I know things have improved over the years, but it's still just some pizza places, a few college-age bars, and a smattering of fast food.
The whole town is around 2 square miles in size. Technically, I'm not sure it's even a city - it's called "The Village of Ada." It's very pretty, with old houses and tree-lined streets, but there's hardly anything there.
Ohio Northern was in the process of building an Inn, and I assume it's open by now. It is (or was supposed to be - I assume it didn't change) open to the public, even though it's on the school grounds. There was going to be dining onsite, and it looked like it was going to be a nice place. That might be worth looking into.
Oh, wow - I just looked it up. The menu looks much larger than I would have expected. http://www-new.onu.edu/community/the_...
Inn-Ohio Northern University
401 W College Ave, Ada, OH
there are a couple of searches on here of places to eat on the 75 in toledo. should help. there are a few nice places. beirut/byblos are excellent middle eastern food and tony packo's (while a bit off the beaten path) is worth it just to say you've been. i love their veggie chili.
Padrones Pizza, which is small Ohio franchise, isn't too bad, but the ones i've been are just carryout/delivery.
You won't be too far from Lima, which has three Kewpee locations.
And then there's Findlay. Tony's isn't bad. And people like Rossili's.
Padrone's of ADA
219 S Main St, Ada, OH 45810
111 N Elizabeth St, Lima, OH 45801
10280 W US Route 224, Findlay, OH 45840
Someone else's recent post dredged this old one up....which reminded me that I never posted about the Beef Jerky Unlimited in Luna Pier, MI....this place offers a ridiculous variety of jerky, in a range of flavors & meats & poultry. It was possibly the most interesting thing I found between Detroit & Ada. (Should you make it all the way to Ada, check out Viva Maria, a respectable example of college-town pizza.)