116 10th. Street, Toledo 43604
419-243-2081 | pamstoledo.com
After a hectic school year— and that’s putting it mildly— schedules are finally relaxing a bit for my family. It’s time for us to get back to discovering all that T-Town has to offer. Downtown Toledo continues to see exciting new growth with businesses and activities but we can’t overlook those who’ve enjoyed opening their doors to Toledoans for quite some time.
Serving breakfast, lunch, and friendly service
After hearing great things about Pam’s Corner, we finally made it downtown for a visit. Their motto is simple: “Hard to find. Impossible to forget.” Located in the Davis building on 10th Street between Monroe and Jackson, it sits off the street, near the shops of Paula Brown, Sophia Lustig, and Sophie’s Sister. (Next time, a lunch date and shopping with a gal pal is in order.)
Fare for everyone
There is not a separate kids menu. However, there are several kid-friendly choices on the menu, and Pam explained that they are able to modify anything on the menu as nothing is pre-made. Of the 15 sandwich choices, there are two grilled cheese sandwiches under $6. All sandwiches come with chips and a pickle, but you can substitute carrots, apples, grape tomatoes, or cucumber slices. If your little ones are hooked on chicken strips, macaroni and cheese, fries, or burgers, you can find those too.
Though milk is not available, there are juice options as well as lemonade. I offer a word of caution on the lemonade if you have a little one with you: Request a SMALL glass. My children, however, were thrilled when their drinks arrived in what I’d call “mason jars on steroids.” Wow, that was a lot of lemonade!
Soups, salads, sandwiches, and ART!
The menu offers so many wonderful options and various specials every day. That afternoon we enjoyed the cream of asparagus soup, among the four choices that day. Pam’s offers a crazy list of 14 delectable salads on the menu. According to Pam, the pear salad, which includes pears, dried cranberries, spicy pecans and blue cheese, is a customer favorite. I loved my choice of the pesto chicken sandwich with sliced apples for $7. The shredded chicken with their homemade pesto, provolone, lettuce and tomato on toasted ciabatta was a perfect blend of flavors.
My daughter ordered the chicken salad sandwich on toasted bread with a side of mac-n-cheese and my youngest devoured the three cheese grilled cheese. The Taste of Italy was a favorite of my oldest son as it included salami, pepperoni, provolone and banana peppers on toasted ciabatta.
A couple specials that day included a pesto and mozzarella quiche as well as crab cakes. The specials are a menu in and of themselves! Pam’s Corner uses the freshest of ingredients and purchases from several local businesses such as Sofo’s, Stanley’s Market, Wixey Bakery, and Andy Keil Farms, to name a few.
After finishing our meal we took a leisurely stroll through the hallways that connect other businesses within the building. Adorning the walls were various pieces of artwork done by local artists. There is so much talent in this city! Art pieces are for sale and change out monthly.
Karen Zickes is a mom of three active
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Bottom Line: At Pam’s Corner, it’s true what they say: Hard to find. Impossible to forget. The friendly staff, and owner herself, will make you and your family feel like friends by the time you leave. The food is fresh and delicious with ample choices to appease even your pickiest eaters. After dining be sure to check out the artwork in the adjacent hallways.
The Short Course
To avoid wait: Anytime
Noise level: Moderate
Bathroom amenities: No changing station
High chairs? Yes
Got milk? No, but juice and lemonade are available
Kids’ menu? No, but anything on the menu can be modified
Food allergy concerns? Let the server know of all allergies before ordering. Pam is in charge of all special dietary need orders and uses new skillets, knives, etc. to prevent cross contamination.