Scoring big

. February 5, 2013.

My family and I have been eating our way around the Toledo area for some time now. We support local, and this month we found another great local place for a flavorful  meal at an affordable price.

Sports bar and more
There’s no denying it, the South End Grille, or South End Bar and Grille as others may call it, IS a great place to watch a game on HD TVs.  As a matter of fact, when current owner Jeff Rozek purchased the South End Grille in September 2008, adding 14 HD flat screens was among several changes he made.
What we didn’t expect when we stopped in was the large menu, and food that was well beyond typical “sports bar fare”. “We’re trying to get people to realize we are really about our food”, said Rozek.  The menu on their website is a bit outdated, as they have added so many more entrées and sandwiches. (I counted 21 sandwiches on the menu, ranging from $5.99 to $8.99.) Certainly you can find pub grub faves such as potato skins, chicken balls, pizza, burgers and wings, but you will also find signature items such as shrimp scampi, lasagna, and much more. 

Friendly neighborhood grill
Much to our surprise, friends of ours along with their kids and their grandparents had stopped in for a meal. My kids were ecstatic to see their friends, and they had a blast playing corn hole in the atrium and on the upper level.  They have not one, but two corn hole games and they are FREE. While the kids played, the adults had time to converse uninterrupted. 
In the warmer months, we want to stop back and enjoy their patio.  “We actually put in an outside patio that seats up to 75 people. It will be extended this spring and will probably double that size”, said Rozek. 

Kids eat free EVERYDAY
If there’s one thing that can grab the immediate attention of a parent, it’s news of free kids’ meals. Every day at South End Grille, with the purchase of each full priced menu entree, you can receive a free kids’ meal for those 12 and under.  And if you do purchase a kids’ meal, it’s only $3.99 including a side and drink.
We began our meal with deep fried soft pretzel bites with nacho cheese.  Suffice it to say that next time I’ll just order those for the kids to feast on.  They LOVED them.  I tried one of their daily specials.  For only $9.99, I had the Breast of Chicken Supreme with French Onion Soup in place of the salad, a veggie, and homemade mashed potatoes. The chicken was smothered in shrimp, sautéed veggies, and Muenster cheese. You bet I ate every bite!  My husband was pleased with his choice, the Lake
Perch special.
My children were more than happy with grilled cheese and the chicken tenders.  What delighted them more, however, was the Brownie Bite Sundae, with huge scoops of vanilla ice cream, whipped topping, chocolate sauce, and deep fried brownie bites.
Bottom Line:  The South End Grille has been serving up good times and sports since 1996, but has seen a menu makeover in the last two years. Don’t forget to challenge your kids to a free game of cornhole before you leave.

Karen Zickes is a mom of three active children and freelance writer who resides in Holland, OH.  She can be reached in c/o