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Tony Packo's Cafe

1902 Front St, Toledo, Ohio 43605 USA

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“Serving authentic Hungarian food since 1932”

Tony Packo's has been serving authentic Hungarian food since 1932. Tony Packo's offers a delicious selection, from Sweet Hot Pickles to the signature Packo's Chili Hot Dog. The son of Hungarian immigrants, Tony Packo was a native East Toledoan. Tony was born in 1908, just a stone's throw from Consaul and Genesee streets. Tony Packo started out as a factory worker. That all changed when, in 1932, he and his wife got a $100 loan from relatives. No small feat, mind you, for this was during the hardest of hard times, the first years of the Great Depression. That same year he opened a sandwich and ice cream shop just around the corner from the place he was born. Tony had learned the restaurant business working for his older brother John, who owned a place across Consaul Street in what is now Tony Packo's parking lot. There was no beer at Packo's that first year. Prohibition would not be lifted until 1933.

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Reviewed by
Ken Valuska

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  • 580 Reviews
  • 161 Helpful
May 18, 2016
Rated 4.0

This is a Toledo staple... the pickles are amazing and the chili hot dog (if that's your sort of thing) is really good. Also the atmosphere is cool as it feels like a local, family-operated establishment. Great family spot

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Mark H

  • 26 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
March 16, 2016
Rated 4.0

You just can't go wrong here. I had one of the combo platters, and wasn't the least bit disappointed. Definitely well worth stopping here for lunch or dinner.

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Reviewed by
John Russo-Zirkel

  • 31 Reviews
  • 13 Helpful
January 23, 2015
Rated 5.0

The food was awesome, and my band Reverse Order was asked to sign a hot dog bun for the wall! An overall great and unique experience!

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Tony Packo's Cafe

1902 Front St
Toledo, Ohio
43605 USA

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Public Restrooms
  • Street Parking
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