Toledo Favorites 2: Pub Food – Nick & Jimmy’s Bar and Grill

I’m not big on going to bars. In fact, what usually gets me to a bar is the food.  I’ll usually have a drink, but the food is why I’m there.  For that reason, Nick & Jimmy’s has become one of my go-to bars.  Nick & Jimmy’s is one of a few restaurants owned by the same restaurateur.   These include the Village Inn, Basin Street Grille, and the Temperace, MI Nick & Jimmy’s.

Upon entering the restaurant, there is a section of seating and of course the bar. Off to your right is another small seating section and a room with two pool tables and a shuffleboard table.  Off of that room is another small bar.  There are a few arcade games throughout the bar like pinball.

I am rarely in there for dinner or later with the bar crowd.  My friends and I will grab a late lunch after class occasionally.  It is usually not very busy in the middle of the afternoon. We usually eat with a beer, then go play some pool, which is $1 per game. Continue reading

Toledo Favorites 1: Pizza – J&G Pizza Palace

We’ve been going to J&G Pizza Palace since, well, as long as I can remember.  It’s located on Main St. in downtown Sylvania.  This is your quintessential hole in the wall restaurant; a dive, in other words.  The free standing building is small and old.  Parking is limited to a small lot and along Main. St.

When you walk in, the small waiting area faces right into the “kitchen” where you can watch them toss pizza dough, pull pizzas in and out of the oven, and slice up generous portions of their gyro meat.  You can also watch them make pizza dough and assemble the pizzas through the front window.

The seating area is small, with only a hand full of booths and a few long tables.  There is usually a wait for a table and people constantly coming and going with carry out orders.  Now on to the good stuff: the food!

J&G’s pizza is different from any other pizza joint in town.  A thin cracker crust is loaded with toppings (our favorite is the house special), then a hefty layer of cheese is laid on.  Their pizza definitely makes my top 3 in Toledo.

One of their other specialties is gyro.  They start with a homemade meat mixture, which is what makes it so great.  We often carry out a large gyro appetizer, which is plenty for a couple people, even more if paired with one of their Greek Salads.  You can also get a gyro sandwich, served on pita bread with onions, tomatoes, and tzatziki sauce.  The sandwich is huge, and it’s very reasonably priced.

If you’re in the area, I’d highly recommend you check out J&G Pizza Palace.  You won’t regret it, I never do when going there.
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