Ahhhh. Summa. It’s that long awaited time of year following six months of mostly less-than-ideal weather and way too much cabin fever. Let’s face it, every year we complain we went from winter to summer and summer is much too short. For my crew that means one thing: when the temps go up, we get out! Outside that is. And we love getting out in downtown Toledo.
The Short Course
To avoid wait: Anytime, but game nights can be very busy.
Noise level: Moderate to loud, depending on the evening.
Bathroom amenities: Restrooms are in a public hallway off the restaurant; both have changing stations.
High Chairs: Yes.
Got milk? Yes.
Kids’ menu? Yes, but is rather limited at times.
Heating things up in Hensville
I surely hope by now that most of you reading this can say you have experienced Hensville in downtown Toledo. It’s the fabulous area surrounding our awesome Fifth Third Field where the Mud Hens play baseball. It doesn’t get much more summer in America than that.
Hensville is made up of several historic buildings that have gone through extensive renovations and have become the perfect place for offices, restaurants, and bars. There is even some green space, Hensville Park, where many concerts and various activities take place. Come on, Toledo! Let’s get out and play!
Location, location, location
Recently the kids and I made our way downtown on a weeknight for a change of scenery and roam the streets of Hensville. There wasn’t much action that evening as the Mud Hens were away, but that didn’t deter us from enjoying the evening.
Fleetwood’s Tap Room is located directly across the street from the ballpark and next to Hensville Park in the Fleetwood building. The building was named after Moses Fleetwood Walker, a member of Toledo’s first professional baseball team. In 1884 Walker became the first acknowledged African-American to play in a major league game. Because of its location across St Clair St from left field, Fleetwood’s rooftop provides an incredible view of baseball games.
Fleetwood’s offers a street side patio and also a spacious patio adjacent to Hensville Park. For select Hensville concerts you can even purchase concert packages that include patio seats and dinner for an extra-fun time in T-Town.
More fun for the older crowd
With 75 regional craft beers and 48 beers on draft, Fleetwood’s is an ideal place to stop in for a refreshing drink before or after a game; or any time for that matter. That being said, a manager had told me that probably only about 10 percent of their guests are under 21.
The evening the kids and I stopped in there weren’t many customers and it was fine to dine as a family. However, do note that the kids’ menu can be rather limited; sometimes only having one option such as mac-n-cheese on the menu. Other times there might be grilled cheese and hot dogs as well. They offer milk and high chairs but it just might be a place where you’d want to come with a group of adults instead.
I am disappointed to report the beer was better than the food the evening we were there. I felt it was pricey for what we had, and well, it just wasn’t anything I feel the need to run back for. However, for a night with friends, doing the downtown scene, I am sure it would be a great place to hang out. We had a couple different flatbreads and the boys had a couple different sandwiches but, as I said, the menu is rather limited and a couple of items were even scratched out on the menu. We started with soft pretzel bites with beer cheese and mustard. For $9 that is a stretch for a family budget.
I do hope the food and service will continue to improve at Fleetwood’s because they have a wonderful thing going in a fantastic location. I hope to return with friends some weekend evening and enjoy the hustle and bustle of downtown.
Fleetwoods Tap Room
28 N St Clair, Toledo