Where to Get the Impossible Burger in Toledo, Ohio

If you ever had the pleasure of experiencing the Impossible Burger even once, you will be constantly wanting it again. When it first released, there were very few restaurants that served it. Now they’re popping up on menus more and more. So what so special about the Impossible Burger? Well, it’s a plant-based burger that looks, tastes and smells like your beloved hamburger. It even has the protein count of a meat burger. It’s really amazing how good and similar in taste it is. Quite impossible indeed. I’ve had this amazing burger in Atlanta many of times, so I was very excited to see some Toledo restaurants appear on the location map on the Impossible Foods website. There’s only a couple, but at least there are. Today I started National Vegan Month at Fowl & Fodder and had their Impossible Burger. Dressed in guacamole & tomato jam, it was quite a treat. I would definitely return for it again. If you’re in or near Toledo, you should definitely check the Impossible Burger of at one of the below locations.

Fowl & Fodder

614 Adams St

Toledo, OH 43604

Brunch in the City: Brim House

Yesterday I had an amazing time with my daughter. We started our day at the Renaissance for a Succulent Workshop. I’ve been seeing these cute little plants everywhere and thought this would be a fun class for us to take. Upon arrival, we were greeted and guided through our succulent class.

We first chose a container for it, then a succulent. It was hard to choose a succulent because they were all so cute! After much deliberation, Sage and both chose what was called hens and chicks. We then filled our containers with the soil provided and then add the succulents.

Not only are succulents the cutest addition to any room, it is also very easy to care for. Just water and water again when the soil dries out. So easy and just look how cute it is!

After our succulent workshop, we headed over to Brim House to check out their new brunch menu. Y’all know I’m a super fan of Brim House! My daughter had been dying to eat here, so I decided today was a good day to do so. She thought Brim House was quite fancy. And it definitely is! I was pretty excited about this brunch menu. I already knew it was going to be amazing.

It was pretty hard to choose, everything on the menu sounded so delicious! I finally decided on the Seafood Scramble. Sage ordered the Chicken and Sweet Corn Waffles. Let me just tell you, we ate every single morsel on these plates. I couldn’t get over how delicious both dishes were. I mean CHEF AARON LAWSON must be in the kitchen just sprinkling magic dust all over the place. Because those Sweet Corn Waffles were quite magical.

That Seafood Scramble was perfectly seasoned. Magical. Brunch was a delicious success. Even more successful than I had expected. I will return to experience the rest of the brunch menu and to partake in their bottomless mimosa and bar when I don’t have the Mini Me with me.

Brunch at Brim House can be enjoyed Saturday and Sunday 11am-5pm.

Brim House

444 N Summit St

Toledo, OH 43604

Toledo Eats: Schmucker’s Restaurant

The other day was National Pi Day and I was busy plotting a day of sweet and savory pie. Upon research, I found Schmucker’s Restaurant. I ask my Dad, who’s been living in Toledo all his life, if he’s been there. And of course he has! He goes on to tell me that he has had many of great meals there. I told him it was National Pi Day and ask what he thought about the pies. He nods and says, “Yes, their pies are great!” He also tells me that the pies were homemade right there in the restaurant. Cool! His favorite is the Coconut Cream Pie. Noted….

So I go on with my day and just so happen to be down the street from Schucker’s. I decided to go pick up a slice of pie for my awesome dad and one for myself. I pull up to the cutest retro diner. I walk in and it has a very retro feel inside as well. So cute! It’s pretty crowded, but people don’t seem to mind. There were a few tables in the middle of the diner and some booths along one wall. On the other side was seating at a long lunch counter. Behind the counter was the cooking area and the PIE! Above the pie was a crazy list of pies that were available. Over 20 pies! The take-out line was pretty long, so I had time to decide which one I wanted. This place was busy! I noticed several boxes of whole pies being ordered and walking out of the door. The line never let up. People definitely love this place and certainly feel that the food is worth the wait. I couldn’t wait to experience what everyone apparently already knows.

I ordered a slice of Coconut Cream Pie for my Dad and Key Lime Pie for myself. When I got home, I presented to pie to my Dad. I got a huge smile and a hug! I took my Key Lime Pie out and took a bite. Mmmmmmmm. I should have bought a whole pie!!! So what I loved about the pie was that it wasn’t overwhelming sweet, the Key Lime flavor was there, and the crust was tasty. I loved this whole pie situation! Later that day I tasted my dad’s Coconut Pie and it too was delicious.

I will definitely be returning to Schmucker’s to try the rest of the pies. Next time I’ll sit and have a meal.

Toledo Eats: Grumpy’s

I love when I take out my trusty Yelp App and ask for help, and it leads me to an awesome establishment. Today was that day. I typed in healthy food nearby and Grumpy’s pops up! A place that was actually on my radar, but sadly hadn’t made the effort to get there. Today I made the effort. With my mother and daughter also in tow, we traveled only 1 mile to our lunch destination. We got there just in time to take advantage of the free afternoon parking. Yes! Once inside I quickly discovered that this was thee lunch spot. It was very busy. For a minute I thought we would have to wait, but seconds later we were taken to our table. The menu has a little bit of everything. There were tons of options for the health conscious such as gluten-free, meat alternatives, and plant-based menu items.

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It’s a beautiful day in Downtown Toledo🌞

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I order the Homemade Sweet Potato Vegan Burger that came on a whole wheat bun with Avocado, Red Onion & Dijon mustard. Yummmmm! It came with a side of delicious Kale Chips! My mother had the Ivan’s Veggie Burger. It was noted that it was the best veggie burger in Toledo. We both agreed that may be true. That veggie bread it was on was amazing! I wanted a loaf to take home! My daughter ordered the Tony’s Turkey Burger, which also had Avocado, Red Onion & Dijon mustard on it. She ate every single morsel! We all agreed that we must return very soon. Grumpy’s on the Go is located in the heart of Downtown Toledo. Check their website for their food truck locations and hours.

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Lunch this afternoon was pretty great! My first time at @GrumpysOnTheGo and I’m already plotting my next visit.🤔 Today I had their Homemade Sweet Potato Vegan Burger. Yum! It came with a side of Kale Chips! 🙌🏾 My mother had the Ivan’s Veggie Burger. It was noted that it was the best veggie burger in Toledo. We both agreed that may be true. 😋 My daughter had the Tony’s Turkey Burger. She ate every single morsel. Lunch was a major success today! Thanks Grumpy’s! #shanawashere #grumpystoledo #downtowntoledo #tasteoftoledo #yelptoledo #toledofoodie #toledoeats #veganeats #veganfoodshare #healthyeating #lunchtoday #nomnomvegan #toledome #inthe419 #foodshare #essenceeats #feedfeedvegan

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Toledo Eats: Brim House 

Downtown Toledo has a new dining destination that will definitely be the place to #SeeAndBeSeen.  On August 2nd, Brim House opened its doors as part of a partnership between restaurant group, Concentrics Restaurants, and hospitality group, First Hospitality Group. Brim House is the first of two destination restaurants to open in the newly renovated Renaissance Hotel in downtown Toledo, Ohio.  Led by Toledo native, Executive Chef Aaron Lawson, Brim House is confident that they will bring Toledo to the next culinary level.

I was very excited to have been invited for a menu tasting last week.  I brought my mother along to share the experience. We were immediately in awe from beauty of the lobby itself. I was bright, modern, and adorned with beautiful smiles ready to assist. I asked where Brim House was located and was directed to the left of the front desk. As I turn the corner, I was once again awed. This is a beautifully executed restaurant!

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The details were definitely well thought out. Bedecked with locally sourced glass and steel, the restaurant knows the importance of supporting community.

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From the very beginning of our experience, my mother and I received the warmest of welcomes and was greeted with smiles from every single person. Not only that,  they were willing to help anyway they could. My mother left her reading glasses at home and asked if they possibly had a spare pair. Our fabulous waiter, Kristin, answered with a yes! Wow! My mom hadn’t even had one crumb of food and was already a fan of Brim House. As we took a look at the menu, we knew we were in for a treat. The menu was sprinkled with all kinds of delicious descriptions. The chef decided to choose our culinary experience and led the way.  As we waited for our journey to begin we started with a drink.

Brim House offers a very nice selection of specialty craft cocktails as well as an extensive wine menu. If you’re a craft beer connoisseur, they have you covered with a great selection of local beer on draft. We decided to explore the cocktail menu. I had a pretty tough time deciding. All of the cocktails sounded so amazing and adventurous. My mom went for the Flair of Passion and I decided to get an Old Fashioned. We both agreed that both were some pretty fantastic. One of the best Old Fashioneds I’ve had to date.

DOMESTIC LAMB RACK LAVENDAR & CITRUS RISOTTO, BRUSSEL LEAVES, RED WINE JUS

We started our menu tasting with the Domestic Lamb Rack, served with Lavender & Citrus Risotto, Brussels Leaves, and a Red Wine Jus. It smelled AND  looked amazing! After admiring this delicious work of art, I sliced a piece of lamb off and began my journey. My first taste was a explosion of flavor that will never be removed from my memory. This piece of lamb was so tender! It was also seasoned and prepared to perfection. Just WOW! Sitting beneath the lamb was a delicious Lavender & Citrus Risotto with a bed of Brussels leaves. Delicious! If this was any indication of the special culinary talents we were about to experience,  I was definitely ready!

1/2 ROASTED CHICKEN PANCETTA SMOKED BUTTER, CARAMALIZED RED ONION & SUMMER SQUASH
The next chef selection was the 1/2 Roasted Chicken with Pancetta Smoked Butter, Caramelized Red Onions and Summer Squash. I loved the light crispiness of the outside of the chicken. Inside was very moist and well seasoned. On top of the chicken was some very bold caramelized red onion.  They were delicious!

TOMATO AERATED GOATED CHEESE, CHERRY VINEGAR HONEY, BALSAMIC, BASIL CRUNCH
To lighten up the menu tasting, we were next presented with the best stack of tomatoes I have ever had. The stack was propped up by the most creamiest, most delicious aerated goat cheese. So tasty! One of my favorite components of this dish was the Basil Crunch. What a creative way to bring texture and flavor to these fresh tomatoes. I absolutely love it.

9OZ BISTRO STEAK WHITE CHEDDAR MAC & CHEESE, FOIE & TALLOW BUTTER CRUST
TORONTO ~ CANADIAN RYE, FERNET BRANCA, SIMPLE, ANGOSTURA BITTERS, ORANGE EXPRESSION GARNISH
Next to arrive to the table was a stunning 8oz Bistro Steak served with a delicious White Cheese Mac & Cheese. Let’s just start with the steak. So tender. So Juicy. So much flavor! It was wonderful. The Mac & Cheese was very tasty as well. I loved that it was served in this cute little cast iron ramekin. Our lovely waitress, Kristin, asked if wanted another cocktail. Yes, of course! I couldn’t decide, so I asked Kristin to surprise me. She returned with The Toronto. And she was correct in thinking I would love it, because I absolutely did. This round of food and cocktails made me an official fan of Brim House. It made me extremly excited for the city of Toledo.


When I thought it couldn’t get any better, a parade a dessert came waltzing to our table in delicious harmony. Our selections included: Limoncello Tiramisu,  Chocolate Hazelnut Feuillentine Cake, and Pineapple Crème Bruelee. Each just as amazing as the other. My personal favorite was the Limoncello Tiramasu, topped with seasonal fresh berries. I couldn’t stop eating it was so good!

LIMONCELLO TIRAMISU ~ LADY FINGERS SOAKED IN LIMONCELLO SIMPLE SYRUP, LAYERED WITH A LEMON MASCARPONE CUSTARD, FRESH BERRIES TOPPED WITH VANILLA SALTED ALMONDS
CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT FEUILLETINE CAKE ~ LAYERS OF CHOCOLATE CAKE AND HAZELNUT FEUILLETINE CREAM CHEESE ICING, ENROBED IN CHOCOLATE GANACHE AND CRUSTED WITH HAZELNUT CROQUANT-FINISHED WITH A WHITE CHOCOLATE MIKADO
PINEAPPLE CREME BRULEE ~ PINEAPPLE CREME BRULEE TOPPED WITH CARAMELIZED SUGAR, BLUEBERRY COMPOTE

Brim House proved to be very impressive. I appreciated every detail that was put in this beautiful establishment. The amazing food. The attentive staff. The beautiful ambiance. Every aspect of this restaurant will leave you yearning for another visit. Thank you Brim House for a truly amazing experience.

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Brim House

444 N Summit St

Toledo, OH 43604

HOURS

BREAKFAST: DAILY 6:30 – 11AM

LUNCH: DAILY 11AM-2:00PM

DINNER: SUNDAY-THURSDAY: 5 – 10PM

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY 5 – 11PM

BAR: OPENS DAILY AT 11AM

For reservations call (419) 243-7664

 

Connect on Social Media 

Instagram @brimhousetol

Twitter @brimhousetol

 

About Brim House

LOCATED ALONG THE NORTHERN BANK OF THE MAUMEE RIVER, BRIM HOUSE OFFERS CLASSIC AMERICAN CUISINE COURTESY OF CHEF AARON LAWSON. DINERS CAN TUCK INTO COMFORTING, HEARTY FARE RANGING FROM SALADS, SANDWICHES, SMALL PLATES AND TRADITIONAL ENTREES WITH MODERN TWISTS. AN OPEN KITCHEN, LIVELY BAR AND SOFT LOUNGE SEATING PROVIDE A UNIQUE ATMOSPHERE TO RELAX, DRINK, EAT AND SOCIALIZE. THE BAR PULLS FROM MIDWESTERN BREWS AND INGREDIENTS FOR A STATE OF THE ART CRAFT BEER AND COCKTAIL PROGRAM COUPLED WITH A TOP NOTCH WINE LIST. DRAMATIC DESIGN PLAYS HOMAGE TO THE LOCAL GLASS CULTURE BRINGING BRIM HOUSE TO LIFE AS A TRUE TOLEDO DESTINATION.


ABOUT THE CHEF

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Meet the creative genius! Chef Aaron Lawson 👨🏽‍🍳 . A classically French trained Chef that has been in the business for 16 years, Aaron Lawson brings a deep rooted sensibility in his approach to cooking. A native of Toledo, Lawson was deeply inspired by his grandmother and mother and their Appalachian lineage of cooking. They focused on preserving, canning and curing and using what was naturally available. Lucky for diners in Toledo, this honest approach inspires his cooking to this day. . After graduating from Johnson & Wales University in 2007, Lawson landed at The Crowne Plaza Hotel Toledo Ohio where he was the Executive Chef from 2008-2012. In 2012, Lawson switched gears and left the hotel world for the Hollywood Casino Toledo where he created a four star Forbes program for 4 consecutive years. Now, at Brim House and @theheightstol , Lawson serves his style of comforting American fare focusing on ingredients from local farms and butcheries. . Currently, Lawson lives in West Toledo with his fiancé, 2 sons, 2 daughters and soon to be stepson. Together, they own and operate a woodworking company named “Matthew & Mairi Against the Grain.” that specializes in custom projects using reclaimed and locally grown products. This year, they are expanding the business to include a line of pickled vegetables, jams & marmalades as well as soup starters for home use. . . #DowntownToledo #ExecutiveChef #CreativeGenius #Foodie

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Stay tuned for the opening of  The Heights! In the mean time,  check out this awesome view from the rooftop!

Toledo Eats: Holey Toledough

I was first drawn to this local Toledo doughnut food truck by how clever their name was! Holey Toledough! Love it! Upon researching through social media, it was clear that they had the doughnut game in Toledo on lock! People are literally stalking this food truck! If you’re not at this truck when they open, you’re pretty much out of luck. Early bird get the doughnut! So after doing my own stalking, I found on their Facebook page that they were going to be at the Toledo Farmers Market Saturday. So with that, I set my alarm clock. I will not miss it!! 

Holey Toledough – Handcrafted Doughnuts

Saturday morning my daughter and I got an early start to our day and made our way downtown to find the Holey Toledough food truck. When we arrived, we immediately spotted the colorful truck. It’s so cute!! We walked up and noticed that there wasn’t a line but there was several groups of people silently devouring little bites of awesomeness. I want one!! Gimme!! 

Maple Bacon Doughnut

So once it was time for us to order, all the fun doughnuts were sold out. Noooo! I mean who doesn’t was doughnut sprinkles with Fruity Pepples. Fun! But we did get to try the Maple Bacon Doughnut. Yes! Double Yes! So good! It was still warm too! This doughnut was definitely the best doughnut I’ve had to date! I also had the Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut. Still winning!!! 

Every Saturday, you can find Holey Toledough’s owner, Chef Chris Ritter , at the Toledo Farmer’s Market handing out these delectable bites of joy.  With a new genius flavor every week, the city of Toledo will always have something to look forward to. 

A couple Saturday’s later, Sage and I once again had our mind set on getting Toledo’s most awesome donuts. Our early arrival earned us a Oops All Berries and Turtle Doughnut! YES!! So good!! 

Oops All Berries and Turtle Doughnut
Next time you’re Toledo, check the Holey Toledough Facebook page to find where their food truck will be located and get there early!! You can also find their doughnuts at several coffee shops around Toledo, but your first experience should definitely be a warm doughnut fresh of the truck. 

#StalkWorthyFoodTruck

Holey Toledough

website: http://www.holeytoledough.com/

Facebook: @HoleyToledough

Instagram: @holeytoledough