Does anyone remember the name of the restaurant that was before Timko's Soup & Such in Toledo?
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Affirmative. Timko's S&S was in that brick building at the northwest corner of Sylvania & Douglas. Not long after Betty Timko died it closed, but her salad dressing is still produced and sold in jars at food stores.
Back in the 50s that building was the Maple & Cherry Shop for Johnson Furniture. In the Devaux Village strip mall behind it was Johnson's main store. Also in Devaux Village was Fairmont Pharmacy #3. There were two others in this chain- #2 was on W. Bancroft & Upton, #1 was on Dorr & Upton. The business was owned by Gilbert Siegel who was a kind and respectable man.
"... her salad dressing is still produced and sold in jars at food stores."
Anyone know what stores sell Betty's Salad dressing? I think I bought it in the past at The Andersons or Churchill's.
DIY is an option.
Wikibooks: Recipe for Betty's Salad and Dressing
Always lived in that area, and if my fuzzy old mind remembers correctly, it was The China Cupboard before Timko's.
Betty's Dressing is sold at Kroger, also, in the refrigerated salad dressing case, next to the lettuce. Just bought some two days ago.
I hate to call it catsup and sugar, but basically that's it. It’s really good and every Kroger around carries it too. I have a bunch of spinach already sprouting in my garden with Betty’s name all over it.
If you want to try a different dressing on your spinach salads try Ya Yas Greek Dressing. The last place I could find it was Schoerlings 5 Star on Bancroft. So friggin’ good.
"Never heard of Betty's dressing, what kind is it?"
I got introduced to it when I moved to the Toledo area. I like the dressing and the salad. It's a good combo. My at-home salad preference, however, is simply arugula greens with olive oil and balsamic vinegar as the dressing and topped with coarse grey sea salt, fresh ground pepper corns, and freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
According to the link I posted above, this is the recipe for Betty's Salad and the dressing:
Layer salad ingredients in order listed below.
- Half package spinach
- 6 hard boiled eggs, sliced
- 1 can bean sprouts, drained
- 1-2 cans water chestnuts, drained and sliced (optional, depending on the recipe you follow)
- 1 pound fried bacon, crumbled
- 1 cup salad oil
- 3/4 cup sugar
- Salt to taste, or 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup catsup
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 small to medium sized onion
Mix dressing in blender and pour over salad.
Keep all ingredients refrigerated.
Salad Galley has the salad and their take on the dressing, but I don't like it, too thin and oily, so I take my own jar when we go. mmmmm, sounds like dinner!
Ryan - does the Ya Ya dressing logo look like it might be affiliated with this place?
I lived around the corner from Ya Ya's when I went to Michigan State - when you mentioned the dressing, it made me think of that place. I believe they sell their dressing separately in the restaurant. But I don't know if its the same Ya Ya's Greek dressing you're talking about?
Damn - now I have a craving for Ya Ya's. (Its a chicken joint, but with a Mediterranean flair. Nothing fried in the place - "quick" food, but not greasy fast food. I loved their chicken pitas. Sigh.)
Mom2, there is/was one on M59 between US23 and Pontiac, we'd eat there every time we were heading to a show up that way. hope it's still there, it's been years.