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Jun 22, 2009 08:12 AM

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.

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    1. 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.

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      1. re: Ditdah

        Yes, ONU is the destination. No quintessential midwestern small town cafe in Ada?

        1. re: Hungry Celeste

          Quintessential Midwestern coffee shop (which is not the same as a coffee house): the Corner Grill in Bowling Green, right on your way.

          Corner Grill
          200 N Main St, Bowling Green, OH 43402

          1. 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.

            Inn-Ohio Northern University
            401 W College Ave, Ada, OH

        2. 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.

          1. 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

            Kewpee Hamburgers
            111 N Elizabeth St, Lima, OH 45801

            Tony's Restaurant
            10280 W US Route 224, Findlay, OH 45840

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            1. re: Fibber McGee

              In downtown Toledo, I like Easy Street cafe. Also, Pagliai's (sp?) in Bowling Green has yummy pizza.

              1. re: jroach

                No the best pizza in BG is Myle's :)

                1. re: heidikay

                  by far! and some of the best pizza in the state, much less nw ohio. the MYLES secret is that they use two different tomato sauces.

                  not that PAGLIAIS and PISANELLOS aren't good too-- in their own collegiate way.

              2. re: Fibber McGee

                I really didn't think Tony's had that much to offer that I couldn't get at Crapplebee's. Which is what it used to be wasn't it??


              3. 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.)

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                1. re: Hungry Celeste

                  I thought the bear jerky was a little tough. I like the elk and alligator.