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THE IDEAL

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NO SHORTCUTS. SINCE 1921.

For cousins and immigrants Gus Mancy and Nikolas Graham, always preparing food from the highest quality, freshest ingredients was how they did things nearly 100 years ago, when they started The Ideal on Phillips Avenue. In fact, Gus was known to say there were “no shortcuts” when it came to making and serving the best food. At The Ideal, we believe in preserving this family heritage by using local, seasonal and sustainable food and traditional cooking methods with no shortcuts.

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We create meals the old fashioned way — with an emphasis on time and craft. That’s how we’ve always done it at The Ideal, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. From Aunt Florence’s famous apple pie to our own twist on prohibition-era drinks, our menus are full of variety and authenticity.

5333 MONROE ST., Toledo, OH

THE IDEAL

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Family recipes created from scratch every day. That’s what ‘no shortcuts’ means to us. – Mike Mancy

Family recipes created from scratch every day. That’s what ‘no shortcuts’ means to us. – Mike Mancy

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“The original name shines again — and the family legacy continues — with reintroducing “Mancy’s Ideal” in 2017.”


HAND-CRAFTED DRINKS

From scratch-made food to house-made drinks, we’ve been preparing our menus the only way we know how: the right way. Match your meal with a crafted drink from our full bar. Our craft cocktail menu pays tribute to prohibition era and modern mixtures that have stood the test of time, using only the finest hand-squeezed juices, house-made bitters, syrups and infusions.

AN IDEAL HISTORY.

With a pressed tin ceiling and long white marble counter, the original Ideal restaurant appealed to diners who could order a full-course chicken dinner — a blue plate special — for just 35 cents. In the 1940s, workers from Willys-Overland flocked to the restaurant for lunch. In later years, it became a popular hangout as a neighborhood bar and family eatery. In the 1960s, college students adopted The Ideal as a spot to hang out, play cards and listen to folk singers.

Twins Gus and John Mancy took over management of The Ideal from their father in 1964 and put their own stamp on decor and cuisine. They added antiques, a pot-bellied stove, and Tiffany-style lamps to evoke another era. Gaslights and a new sign outside announced “Mancy’s Ideal Restaurant and Oldtyme Saloon.” Patrons began associating Mancy’s with high-quality steak dinners complete with extra-large baked potatoes.

A fire destroyed the restaurant in 1973, but the twins reopened within a year in an adjacent building and shortened the restaurant’s name to simply Mancy’s. The change boosted business and soon Mancy’s enjoyed a national reputation for fine dining in a warm atmosphere. The original name shines again — and the family legacy continues — with reintroducing “Mancy’s Ideal” in 2017.


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