Lots of big cities all over this country have a popular local only food spot or two. Usually the older the city is the larger numbers of these spots you might find. Older cities also tend to have more important spots like the first place a food was made. Age also helps in making a food popular. In Toledo Ohio there is one such popular local food spot that has become famous throughout the entire country. I am talking about Tony Packo’s Cafe.
Tony Packo’s Cafe original and most popular location is located at 1902 Front Street, Toledo, Ohio. Tony Packo’s Cafe is one of the few places like it that is still owned by the original family. Tony Packo’s Cafe has expanded to include 5 total restaurants in Toledo. No matter where you are in Toledo you are always close to a Tony Packo’s Cafe. However the original one on Front Street is by far the most popular and most famous.
Tony Packo’s Cafe has a couple claims to fame. The dish that brought Tony Packo’s Cafe to fame was its sausage and sauce on rye known as the Hungarian Hot Dog. One of the characters in the show M*A*S*H was a Toledo native and mentions Tony’s in a few episodes. Tony Packo’s Cafe even has some items from the original M*A*S*H show on display at the original cafe. The next big shot celebrity to come to Tony’s was Burt Reynolds. Burt signed a roll and started a tradition of celebrities who come in signing a bun. They display the buns of athletes, politicians, and actors.
Being in Toledo the atmosphere is laid back and friendly like the Mid-West people. There is lots of talking going one and everyone is very friendly.
The thing that you really will want to know though is if the food is any good. Well after all this time still in business you can bet that the food is great. I do not like hot dogs but I like the Hungarian Hot Dog. If you do not like hot dogs you still may like the Hungarian Hot Dog since it is really a sausage. However if you do not like sausage then you will no like it. Besides the Hungarian Hot Dog Tony’s has Hungarian fare.
If you are in Toledo Ohio you should stop by and go to Tony Packo’s Cafe.