. March 1, 2016.

Chubby’s American Grill

535 W. Alexis Rd. Toledo 43612


Sun-Thur: 11a.m.-11p.m.

Fri-Sat: 11a.m.-Midnight


Occasionally, kicking the diet to the curb for an evening isn’t such a terrible crime. Sometimes the food is so good, you just gotta be bad. At Chubby’s American Grill, you’ll want to leave the calorie counting to someone else.

Melting pot of patrons

Needing a change of pace on a winter Saturday night, my boys and I picked up my parents and headed to Chubby’s for dinner.

We were greeted immediately and, thankfully, they under promised and over delivered on the wait time. Wall-to-wall tables were occupied and there is no designated waiting area. The regulars didn’t seem to mind.  A kind customer offered my parents the available chairs at her table near the door so they didn’t have to stand and wait. 

They don’t advertise as a “sports bar” but there are countless flat screens throughout the restaurant and most of them were streaming sports. The patrons ranged in age from baby to baby boomer to those in their 80s. People were socializing in large groups, families, and couples. 

When in Chubby’s…

You’ve heard the phrase “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.”  Well, at Chubby’s their motto is “Come hungry, leave chubby.” So I took it to heart, made myself comfortable, and decided, this evening, we were going to “Chub-out”.

Chubby’s opened in fall of 2014 and is owned by Roger Carter and Ernie and Tracy Miller. “Everything’s made from scratch. We try to be unique. We try to be different,” said Mr. Carter. When referencing his business partner Ernie Miller he said “Between the two of us we’ve been doing this [restaurant work/cooking] 60 years.” He also added “He’s Chubby 1 and I’m Chubby 2.” Mr. Carter said they have a passion for food and for serving people, and serving them large portions.  

Adventurous comfort food

We perused the menu (and food on other tables) while we were waiting. We immediately ordered the fan favorite, Reuben Balls, for $7.99 when we were seated.  Five, large, lightly fried balls chock full of corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and rye bread served with Thousand Island dressing arrived quickly — a crowd pleaser.

Our waitress was friendly, attentive, and patient while we tried to decide on our entrees.  

The kids’ meals come with activity sheets and crayons. My boys may be getting older, but they never tire of a competitive game of tic tac toe or word search. They enjoyed the football and hockey games on the big screens as well.

The kids’ menu offered many options from corn dogs to burgers, wings, chicken chunks, homemade mac-n-cheese and sides such as mashed potatoes, hand-cut fries, mandarin oranges and celery sticks. For just $4.99 a drink comes with the meal and milk is an option as well. The sliders and fries satisfied my youngest son’s appetite, and that’s no easy task.  An added bonus; kids 12 and under eat free on Wednesdays with each adult entrée.

Mr. Carter said they update the menu about twice a year and are continually concocting new and interesting dishes. Like their portions, their menu is also colossal in size, offering soups, salads, creative burgers, sandwiches, steaks, pasta, and so much more. Daily specials such as pork chops, prime rib, and fish are additional options. With such generous portions, my parents shared the smothered chicken meal that included two 8oz. chicken breasts and two sides for only $12.99,  thoroughly enjoying their choice.  

My fried chicken and waffle sandwich with sweet potato waffle fries served with a mouthwatering sweet glaze was tasty, but I suffered yet again from “entrée envy.” Oh how I wished I had ordered what my son devoured that evening; Chubby Mac. His heaping plate of chicken chunks drowning in their homemade mac-n-cheese and crumbled bacon was irresistible. By the end of dinner, my son was also wishing I had ordered my own! Sometimes I just really need to reinforce for my children the importance of sharing. 

Karen Zickes is a mom of three active children and freelance writer who resides in Holland, OH.

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The Short Course

Kid-friendly: Yes.

To avoid wait: Arrive before 6-6:30p.m.

Noise Level: Loud.

Bathroom amenities: Changing stations in BOTH men’s and women’s restrooms

High chairs? Yes.

Got milk: Yes, and chocolate milk. Want juice? Enjoy cranberry, orange and apple. 

Kids’ menu? Yes, and kids 12 and under eat free Wednesdays with each entrée purchased.

Food allergy concerns? Soy oil is used. Items such as chicken etc. can be prepared special if you have a food allergy. Always speak with your server prior to ordering.


Bottom Line: Locally owned and very family friendly, Chubby’s American Grill is a wonderful addition to restaurants in West Toledo.  It’s obvious they’ve become a fast favorite of the locals and you can’t beat the quality of food, large portions, and quite a bang for your buck. Don’t forget…kids eat free on Wednesdays and leave your diet at the door.