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Dining Guide

Summaries of recently reviewed area restaurants, in the order in which they were reviewed, with the most recent at the top.

w Georgette's Grounds & Gifts, 311 Conant St., Maumee, serves good coffees, teas, chai, soups, quiches, and smoothies. Sandwiches are a tad skimpy, service is pokey. A large gift shop sells fair-trade items made by Third World artisans. $ 3 stars.

w Indian Jewel of Toledo, 6711 Airport Hwy., Holland, offers well prepared Indian cuisine in a relaxing environment. The lunch buffet is a remarkably fast way to sample popular items on par with the dinner menu. Entrees were flavorful and generous, but the service was extraordinarily slow. $$ 3 stars.

w Michael's Cafe & Bakery, 101 Main St., makes some of the best sandwiches in Toledo. Their Rocky Mountain hoagie, portobello sub, and Santa Fe chicken wrap are exceptional. Toss in a dizzying assortment of pastries and desserts and this is one of the downtown area's top lunch spots. $$ 3 stars.

w Yoko Japanese Restaurant, 465 West Dussel Drive, Maumee, is a low-key kind of place that serves excellent tempura. Some of the sauces seemed too sweet for the entrees and there's only one salad, but the seafood and steak were perfectly prepared. $$ 3 stars.

w Bad Bob's BBQ, 27250 Crossroads Pkwy., Rossford, isn't all bad, but some of its takes on southern classics were bland and uninspired. The pulled pork was moist and flavorful. The Brunswick stew and rack of ribs, however, missed the mark. $ 2 stars.

•The Real Seafood Co., 22 Main St. at the Docks, continues to be a class act, serving broiled, sauteed, and grilled seafood with creative sauces in one of Toledo's loveliest settings. The restaurant also does a fine job with steak. $$$; 5 stars.

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