Tony Packo’s , Toledo, OH, 9/27/23

front –1902 Front St, Toledo, OH 43605

Tony Packo’s is a huge place that’s been in business since 1932.  Tony and his wife got a $100 loan during the Depression to open a sandwich shop where he created his signature “Hungarian Hot Dog.”   They gradually grew the shop to the size and fame of what it is today.  Burt Reynolds was the first to sign a hot dog bun in 1972 and that started a trend that would go for generations.  Today, however, the famous put their autograph on a foam replica of the original bun.  The walls were lined with cases of these signed buns including the only few original real buns that remain.  There are now a number of locations in Ohio but this was the orginal and although the food is average it’s worth going to, to see all these buns. Service was available in the bar area otherwise grab a cafeteria tray at the order counter and pay, and by then your food is ready.  A drink station is in the center of the room for self-service.  They only offer Steudel or cookies for dessert.


side view
interior / order counter
Frankie and some celebrity buns
celebrity buns
celebrity buns
only original celebrity buns



The Packo’s original Hot Dog is the Hungarian Dog and it’s served with mustard, onion and chile.  Cheese is an optional add-on but the clerk said she preferred without so we had without.  Two dogs is about right for one person.  They come with pickles on the side.   They had a great soft bun but the casings on dog were a bit tough.  When you bit the end the other end pops up and knocks off the chili. It tastes okay but the bun was best with just the chili.

Packo’s original Hot Dog
Frankie checked it out


We tried a piece of their strudel.  There was apple or cherry available and we chose apple.  There was lots of apple inside but the pastry was soft rather than crisp and flakey.   Good flavor but not buttery enough on the pastry.

apple streudel
from the side


2 thoughts on “Tony Packo’s , Toledo, OH, 9/27/23

    1. Thanks! Funny, I watched MASH but don’t remember him talking about it- guess I wasn’t tracking well, but they were certainly proud of that reference, as well as all the celebrities that have visited them. The signed buns were more worth going for than the food.

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