• Erin Schoen Marsh

Downtown Toledo Just Got Yummier (Toledo Parent)

Updated: Apr 16


New menu at Fowl & Fodder Downtown approaches local fare with homestyle goodness.


Fowl & Fodder Downtown

614 Adams St., Toledo

Mon. - Fri. 10AM-8PM | Sat. - Sun. 8AM-8PM

fowlandfodder.com


I don’t know about you, but I am tired of cooking. I’m sick of rotating through the same meals, spending the time on prepping and cooking, and making slightly different versions of our adult meal for the kids (only to have one or both of them politely tell me the food is “not so good”).


So as a special Friday night treat to myself, I asked my husband, who works in downtown Toledo, to grab curbside from Fowl & Fodder Downtown on his way home from work. Not only did I get a break from cooking, but the kids got a break from mom forcing them to try new foods!


The new Fowl & Fodder menu has been completely revamped. Chef Aaron Lawson explains, “I came in with a small team, and what started as a small tweak in the menu progressed to a 10-day shutdown and a complete menu overhaul.” He adds that the Southern flair is evident within many dishes because “Southern has always been a part of my heritage, so it usually comes out naturally when I write menus, but with the name Fowl & Fodder being farm-related, we just took that and ran with it.” He slides in, chuckling, “I’d like to give a shout-out to my wife, Stephanie Lawson, and the family for being so supportive with me starting this new adventure in such a crazy time.”



Perfect for families after work

Fowl & Fodder Downtown online makes it easy to order and schedule your pickup time. I ordered shortly after lunch and scheduled curbside pickup for after work, making sure to enter my husband’s car make and model. A subsequent email explained the procedure upon picking up the food. Easy peasy!


I ordered the pork belly cuban— pressed cubano bread, Toledo Spirits Heart of Gold pickles, whipped goat cheese and smoked chile mustard— with house made chips. The sandwich was yummy and big enough to provide leftovers for next day’s lunch. My husband ordered the avocado melt beef burger with smoked tomato jam, chipotle crema, seasoned avocado, crispy goat cheese, and Balance Farms sunflower sprouts. The burger had that delicious homemade feel. While we both enjoyed our sandwiches, the chips were jaw-dropping good--some of the best house potato chips we’ve ever had!


My kids each ordered the chicken & frittes: two crispy chicken tenders with potato sticks, the homemade, healthier version of the fried food the kids crave on the regular. The chicken tenders reminded me of a homemade version of KFC, but waaaaaay tastier and less greasy with all of the flavor reminiscent of grandma’s fried chicken. The potato sticks were actual potatoes, cut and cooked with love! For my 5-year-old sweet-tooth carb lover, we ordered the cake doughnuts for dessert. While all of the food was delicious, the donut holes were a crowd pleaser. Make sure to order them regardless of what time of day— you won’t regret it.


Brunch next time!

I love brunch. Absolutely love it. The next time we order from Fowl & Fodder Downtown, I play to try the tomato benedict, almond chicken and waffles, or the cornbread and chicken. Kids will love the pumpkin waffles, Southern waffles, French toast and (of course) the cake doughnuts.


Holiday preorder menu

Order a scratch-made menu packed with locally sourced ingredients for the holidays! Hang up the apron and let Fowl & Fodder do the heavy lifting. Chef Lawson says, “With everything going on in the world right now and the added stress with kids and school— or even the lack of shelves being stock at the grocery stores— we wanted to offer an amazing and simple ‘take home and heat’ meal.”


Check out their menu online, which includes protein like Michigan farms prime rib or charred eggplant and cauliflower steaks. Build your own menu and choose breakfast, dinner, or a platter. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated. Preorder by 12/19 at 8PM. See the full meal options online.


Bottom Line:

Fowl & Fodder Downtown has an eclectic, hyper seasonal menu that utilizes regional farms and locally crafted products. The creative twists on Southern fare will tantalize the taste buds. F&F Downtown is a one-stop shop for dining downtown with the fam, taking clients out for a socially-distant lunch, or safely picking up food after work for dinner. From brunch to lunch to dinner, they offer something for any time of the day, to please any palate, and to fit any budget.


The short course:

  1. Outdoor dining: Weather permitting.

  2. Online ordering: Yes.

  3. Carryout: Yes.

  4. Curbside: Yes.

  5. Kids’ Menu? Yes.


Upcoming Events:

  1. 4.19 happy hour starts January 2021.

  2. Take home family-style meals start January 2021.

Follow Fowl & Fodder Downtown on Facebook at @FowlAndFodderDowntownToled or Instagram @FowlAndFodderDowntown.