5629 Main Street, Sylvania 43560
The Short Course
Kid friendly: Yes
To avoid wait: Sunday mornings are the busiest time of the week
Noise level: Moderate to loud if they are busy
Bathroom amenities: No
High chairs: Yes
Got milk? Yes, as well as orange, apple, tomato, grapefruit and cranberry juices
Kids’ menu? Yes, many choices for $3.99 including beverage
Allergies: Make your server aware so that precautions can be made when preparing your meal.
Going out for breakfast remains a treat for my family. Rarely do we have time when all of us can partake. Recently a friend told me there was a relatively new restaurant in Sylvania called Executive On The Main. Many moons ago, my family dined at Executive Diner in West Toledo. What are the chances they are under the same owner I thought? Same owner? Yes. Original owner? No. Scrumptious food? YES!
Having declared the last Sunday of summer vacation as “Family Day”, mass followed by brunch seemed like the perfect start to our day together. When we entered the diner, it appeared many families decided to do the same thing.
Traditional diner with a twist (or two)
When I think of a “diner,” thoughts of affordable home cooked American food served in a modest dining room come to mind. Executive On The Main is a comfortable diner that not only offers the American favorites such as Denver omelettes or a Philly steak sandwich but also offers Mexican and Mediterranean entrees for both breakfast and lunch. Divorced Eggs (huevos divorciados), Mexican burritos, and Yucatan Eggs (huevos motulenos) are offered as well as Greek omelettes, Mediterranean skillets and much more. At Executive, they are well beyond the Farmer’s omelette and homemade buttermilk pancakes. Don’t get me wrong, they certainly offer all the basics and they are people pleasers as well.
A feature not found in most diners is a full bar. That’s right. Maybe you’d like a Bloody Mary or Mimosa alongside your Monte Cristo (which I can’t wait to try next time), or a Corona with your Turkey Bacon Melt. At Executive, you got it! Between the unique and authentic dishes and the offerings from the bar, it’s like a traditional diner, but all grown up. Maybe that’s where the “Executive” part of their name comes into play. Just my thought.
Fine location, food, and service
Hassan Hassan was the executive head at Executive Diner in West Toledo before purchasing the restaurant over three years ago. According to his sister Maha Hassan, he opened the Sylvania location just under two years ago. Its location between Ace Hardware and Reve` Salon on Main Street is perfect. We didn’t arrive until about 1:30pm on a Sunday and we had missed the big morning rush. Our server said they also consistently serve a large lunch crowd Monday through Friday.
There are a solid 35 choices for breakfast, and over 40 lunch selections. The menu was a bit daunting, but it gives reason for a return. They offer a reasonable kid’s menu for only $3.99 including drink. Menu choices range from eggs and waffles to corn dogs, chicken tenders, etc. However, after feasting their eyes on the menu, my boys were all about everything beyond the kid’s menu.
I loved that we had so many friendly employees stop by our table to see how we were doing, make sure there was nothing we needed, and offer their opinions on house favorites since we were a tad overwhelmed by the menu.
My oldest son loves gyros and almost devoured his whole Greek omelette with gyro meat, feta, tomatoes and onions. He was reluctant to share, but I stole a mouth-watering bite anyway. I was drawn to the fajita omelette for $7.99, served with home fries and toast. The fajita chicken, onions, green peppers and tomatoes with melted cheese was a great combination. It was kind of breakfast, kind of lunch. The youngest just couldn’t decide so he did the “create your own” omelette and my daughter enjoyed her homemade buttermilk pancakes. Nothing beats homemade.
Bottom Line: Executive On The Main is a perfect fit for the area. Located in the heart of Sylvania on Main Street, it offers a varied menu for breakfast and lunch that includes not only traditional American food, but some authentic Mexican and Mediterranean options as well. Prices are reasonable, service is fast and friendly, and the kids’ menu will please your little ones.
Karen Zickes is the mom of three active children and freelance writer who resides in Holland, OH.
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