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Jul 19, 2012 12:00 PM

Toledo to Dayton via I75

Will be traveling to Dayton from Toledo via I 75 and need a recommendation for lunch. No fast food please. Thank you!

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  1. In Tipp City, about a half hour north of Dayton, is Coldwater Cafe. It's a couple miles off of I-75 at 19 East Main St (which is also SR 571). Good food, decent wine list, good desserts. Open Tues through Sat from 11 am until 9 or 10 pm.

    1. World Cafe in Vandalia,OH

      Kewpee Burger near Exit 125, 1950s fast food, not McDreck.

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      1. re: rainsux

        Heartily cioncur on all three above recommendations.

        Rossilli's, on Main Street in Findlay, is good for lunch. The spicy seafood linguine really hit the spot when I had it. And they do not skimp on the seafood.

        1. re: Fibber McGee

          And I would also add Harrison's in Tipp City, as well. It's practically across the street from Coldwater Cafe, and has a wide menu, including turkey items from the local Bowman-Landes farm.

          1. re: Fibber McGee

            Agree; we've had lunch at Harrison's a couple times when bike riding through Tipp on Sundays, when Coldwater is closed. Always good food there, if not quite as creative as Coldwater Cafe.

      2. Pho Viet Nam
        Have not tried this yet, will do so on next trip to Toledo- looks really interesting
        Vietnamese & Soul Food!
        3636 Upton Toledo 43613

        1. A few places I've been that are right what you're looking for.

          In Lima right downtown is a Kewpee Burger that's in a cool Art Deco building. The burgers are good but found not much else that great. Kewpee is a very old chain that's down to a handful of places now. They do square burgers and where Dave Thomas got his inspiration.

          In Wapakoneta there's Woody's Diner. They have a surprisingly good lunch buffet, especially is you like pizza. They also are rumoured to make terrific burgers.

          In Findlay, another old gem is The Spot. Everything we ate there was good but the problem we had was a lot of items were very sweet. One at a time they'd be fine but all together we had sugar overload.

          In Piqua for a bit more upscale place try Beppo Uno's for pizza.


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          1. re: Davwud

            There's a Spot in Findlay? I know of the one in Sidney, where President Bush once ate and has car hop service as well as inside dining.

            I do believe the downtown Lima Kewpee offers larger-sized drinks than the one shortly off I-75. The third one is East of downtown, and is pretty similar to the one off I-75. Lima is about the halfway point between Toledo and Dayton, for what that is worth.

            1. re: Fibber McGee

              I sit corrected. The Spot is in Sidney.

              Thanks Fib.


          2. Thanks to all who responded. On the way south, we stopped in North Baltimore at the Whistle Stop Inn, a train themed restaurant just across the tracks on the way into town. Will stop again. On the way north, it was Rossili's in Findlay and I tried and enjoyed the spicy seafood linguini. In future travels on this stretch of highway, I will try some of the other suggestions. Thanks again!

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            1. re: The Kernal

              I forgot all about the Whistle Stop, as North Baltimore is a mile or so off the highway. My one experience there was quite good. And I'm glad you enjoyed the spicy seafood linguini.
              There are, fortunately, loads of non-chain, non-fast food options on this stretch. I live in Dayton, my family lives in the Detroit area, so I've been taking that route for years.

              1. re: The Kernal

                If you like pizza, try Myle's Pizza Pub in Bowling Green.