Arturo’s Fritz & Alfredo’s
3025 N. Summit St. Toledo
A Mexican restaurant also serves German food? Skeptical, if not downright confused? What could be the reason for mixing those two ethnicities under one restaurant roof? Well, there’s a little story…
It’s all in the family
In 1992, Al and Adele Mundt opened Fritz & Alfredo’s on Summit St. near Point Place. The restaurant was primarily Mexican, reflecting Adele’s heritage. But to reflect Al’s heritage as well, they offered a few German selections including German beer. They sold the restaurant to Adele’s brother Arturo Cavasos in 2003, who renamed it Arturo’s Fritz & Alfredo’s.
Well known local restaurants Loma Linda’s, Ventura’s and Barron’s Café are owned by family of Mr. Cavasos and he is also part owner of Barron’s. Mr. Cavasos and his siblings were migrant workers who travelled to this area from Texas every year when they were young. In 1950, they decided to make northwest Ohio their home. His sister opened Loma Linda’s in 1955. “Most of my business is regulars…..they’re all friends,” says Mr. Cavasos.
Options for any craving
The restaurant was plenty busy, yet we were seated immediately. Though our dinners arrived quickly, I wish I had noticed the trivia books sitting on the buffet near the entrance BEFORE it was time to go home. Filled with a variety of subjects, they are laden with interesting facts that are usually good for a laugh or two. Be sure to grab one to take to your table before you are seated.
The menu was a bit daunting, but I had a craving for some German food so that narrowed things down a bit for me. My children, on the other hand, were all about the chips and salsa and cheese quesadilla with fries for $3.39 plus drink. Here’s a word of caution if you have young children. They don’t carry kid-friendly cups. So bring the sipper along!
Other options for kids 12 and under included chicken wings, hot dogs, chicken fingers or dinosaur nuggets all served with applesauce or fries. The adult menu offered every kind of Mexican item you could think of and then some. My husband was craving chicken soft tacos and enjoyed the fact they were made with chunk chicken instead of the usual shredded variety he has eaten at many places.
Favorite German dishes
Moving on to my favorite part of the menu, German entrees and sides, it included six entrees from Weiner Schnitzel (veal) to Schlachter-Platte (bratwurst and knockwurst). I was craving the Huehner Schnitzel which was a skinless chicken breast lightly beer-battered and pan-fried. It was tender and cooked just right. Along with my salad I selected sweet and sour red cabbage and spaetzle (noodles) for $11.00. It wouldn’t be a German meal without potato pancakes and I wasn’t disappointed. My children also liked them! We’ll definitely order more next time.
Mr. Cavasos encouraged me to try their beef rouladen next time. It consists of tender slices of beef rolled up with bacon, onion, and a carrot stick. It’s fried then baked. Mr. Cavasos said it’s wonderful. Whether it’s Mexican or German at Arturo’s, it’s all good.
Bottom Line: The Mexican fare at the four family owned restaurants around town is quite similar. However, if you’re looking to also try some wonderful German food, Arturo’s Fritz & Alfredo’s is worth the stop in North Toledo. There is plenty on the menu to keep the kiddos happy, too. Don’t forget the sippy cup!
Karen Zickes is a mom of three active children and freelance writer who resides in Holland, OH. She can be reached in c/o firstname.lastname@example.org.