On my drive from Lansing, Michigan to Columbus, Ohio with my wife Marcela we stopped in at Toledo, Ohio for a little bit. The plan was to grab a burger and look around for some antique shops.
White Tower was the number one stop on my itinerary. Once upon a time, White Tower was a really big deal and had over 200 restaurants. It was founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin way back in 1926 and would find its way to Toledo, Ohio three years later. They were a major player in the burger game back in the day and White Castle’s main adversary. Their tumultuous relationship ended after a court decision found in favor of White Castle’s accusations of unfair competition.
Toledo’s White Tower is their last man standing. This White Tower does not resemble the bright shiny building of its storied past but more of someone’s home. This menu mentions a Butterburger, the Wisconsin specialty where a burger is covered in butter. It did not resemble any of the ones I’ve had in the past but as far as diner-type burgers are concerned it was right on the money. I took the opportunity to have Hash Browns as the side which worked out pretty well for me.
After leaving Marcela at an antique shop right down the street I set out to explore Toledo. I remember my friend Titus telling me about the Green Lantern diner. It was a Sunday so the Green Lantern was closed. I was able to snap a picture of it so you can see how cool it looked. It’s been a staple in this community since 1927 and after checking out the menu I felt like I really missed out on something uniquely Toledo. I need a Goopie in my life!
Facebook: Green Lantern Restaurant
509 Broadway St
Toledo, Ohio 43604
After Marcela was finished I scooped her up. Rudy’s Hot Dog was a spot we came across while driving around town. It was founded in 1920. There are now six locations and each location is run by a different member of the family. I read somewhere that they sell 10,000 hot dogs a day which is ridiculous.
We ordered one of their regular dogs with Chili, Mustard & Onion along with a King Hot Dog (all beef jumbo dog), same toppings. The Chili Mac was an afterthought while we were paying for the two dogs. I also bought a couple of cans of their Chili Sauce with Beef which would eventually make its way back to my home in Miami, Florida.
Gun to head I’d say the King Hot Dog is the way to go. I’ve got nothing against their regular dog but I’m an all beef hot dog kinda guy at the end of the day.
The Chili Mac is very similar to that Cincinnati-style chili popularized regionally by Skyline Chili. I’m a big time lover of that type of chili so you didn’t hear one complaint out of me. Marcela is just starting to get into it so it was great to see her enjoying the Rudy’s Hot Dog version.
We were only in Toledo for a few hours but I hope to come back for the Green Lantern and a few other promising spots.