BGump’s 101 Restaurant & Lounge

This was my first time at this fairly new Sylvania, OH restaurant.  It’s located on Main St. just north of Brint Rd.  We had a large party of 12, and were seated at a row of tables in the corner of the bar/lounge area.  It was a snug fit, but not uncomfortable.  The atmosphere was nice, if not a little dark.  We were seated right in front of the fireplace, and it was hot through most of our dinner.  I will say now, I grabbed my Canon XSi with Canon 40mm f/2.8 “pancake” to throw in the pocket of my leather jacket, as anything bigger won’t fit.  But it was so dark, I couldn’t get any pictures with the lens, I really needed to bring the 50 f/1.4.  So I apologize for the lack of pictures.

The menu features a wide range of a dishes from the expected Cajun classics like crawfish etouffee, to steak, even Black Angus meatloaf.  Every one of the twelve of us found something that sounded good.

I took at look at their very different draught beer list.  Basically all craft brews, many I had never heard of.  I ordered an Ommegang Three Philosophers as the description intrigued me and sounded like a beer I would enjoy.  This was the first quadrupel I have tried.  It was served in a small branded glass (due to the moderate alcohol content of 9.8%).  It was very good;  malty and sweet, but not overly so.  It was not bitter to me at all.  I may have to find some of this to try it again. 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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