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Tony Packo's

7 S Superior St, Toledo, Ohio 43604 USA

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Fri 11a-10p
  • Independent
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“they write on your buns!”

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.Because Tony was Hungarian-American and lived in a Hungarian neighborhood, Tony’s creation was called the Hungarian hot dog.  Until Toledo-born Tony invented it, there was no such thing as a Hungarian hot dog, say those who know the Old Country's food.Packo's food was an instant hit in the neighborhood. Within months of opening, Tony and Rose knocked out a wall and expanded their first shop, in what is now called the Consaul Tavern. By 1935, success had taken them to the point where they could buy a building of their own. They purchased the wedge-shaped establishment at Front and Consaul. The building houses part of today's Tony Packo's, but with a few more additions. The restaurant is still run by the Packo family…Tony and Rose's children; Tony Jr. and Nancy.

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Reviewed by
Ken Valuska

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July 01, 2014
Rated 3.0

Probably over-rated as many people associate Toledo with this place (because you can buy its products in stores across Ohio and neighboring states). Not a go-to place for me because the food is a little pricey and typically underwhelming, and atmosphere is very dark and damp.

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Reviewed by
Ken Valuska

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April 07, 2014
Rated 3.0

A Toledo STAPLE, known for its hotdogs, go there for lunch!

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Tony Packo's

7 S Superior St
Toledo, Ohio
43604 USA

Hours

Open now until 10:00 pm
  • Thu - Sat: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Sun - Wed: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Pets Allowed
  • Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
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  • Bar
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
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