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Jul 24, 2010 05:45 AM

Ohio and Pennsylvania I-80 recommendations?

Driving through Pennsylvania and Ohio on I-80. Any joints that shouldn't be missed?

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  1. For fine French dining, go to Chez Francois in Vermilion, half an hour west of the Cleveland exits from the turnpike. Jackets required for the indoor dining room, not for the outdoor riverfront cafe. This is 10-15 minutes from the turnpike.

    Right next to Toledo in Maumee, there are two restaurants VERY close to the turnpike, only about a minute or two from Exit 59. From the exit, go south on US-20 to the first light and turn right on Dussel Drive and go a block or two. On your right you'll see Mancy's Bluewater Grill, an excellent seafood restaurant. On your left right before Wendy's is a strip mall where you'll find Bangkok Kitchen, an excellent Thai restaurant.

    You'll have to ask on the Pennsylvania forum for recommendations in Pennsylvania.

    1. I'd highly recommend Tony Packo's in Toledo. Both because of the food and because of the infamy of it.

      Visit the Front Street location.


      Tony Packo's Cafe
      7 S Superior St, Toledo, OH 43604

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      1. re: Davwud

        That's about 10-15 minutes from the Turnpike (Exit 64).

        1. re: Davwud

          While a bit "out of the way" in terms of getting to it, Packos is probably the only "shouldn't be missed" location in Toledo.

          1. re: uhockey

            >> Packos is probably the only "shouldn't be missed" location in Toledo.

            Only if hot dogs will make you happy, LOL!

            1. re: nsxtasy

              I guess I meant only for the experience. IMO, there is NOTHING foodwise in Toledo that qualifies as "shouldn't be missed."


              1. re: nsxtasy

                I had a quite worthy goulash there once, if I'm remembering correctly. The place isn't just hot dogs, anyway.

          2. We always stop at the Emerald Diner in Hubbard, OH, which is close to the Michigan border. It is a real old style diner with good food, directly off the highway, and therefore very convenient.

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            1. re: aaknits

              I think you mean the Pennsylvania state line.


            2. Another vote for Chez Francois. The food is wonderful. The wine list is crazy good and the setting out on the deck watching the boats go by is about as good as it gets.