Best of the Region trivia: 25 questions for 25 years


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This undated photo shows the Cafe at Lazarus. It was once a trendy place to eat a light luncheon while out shopping with your girlfriends.

This undated photo shows the Cafe at Lazarus. It was once a trendy place to eat a light luncheon while out shopping with your girlfriends.


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This aerial photo shows the Lima Mall in 1967. The mall at that point included the anchor store The Leader, and Lazarus had not been built west of JCPenney yet. It was once home to MCL Cafeteria.


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The American Mall was Lima’s first mall and was home to Baskin-Robbins.


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An undated photo of the American Mall shows Kroger and Welles. Baskin-Robbins was near the archway. In its later years, it held Value City, The Anderson’s, The Pharm, Lerner and Buffalo Wild Wings. It has since been razed.


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This 1984 photo features Harold Omer, Ray Danner and Lee Cummings. Danner was the owner of Shoney’s, which at the time owned the Famous Recipe franchise.


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The Roxy Food & Spirits building in downtown Lima by damaged heavily by arson earlier this year.


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Former Lima Senior, Ohio State and NFL player William White speaks at the OSU Lima campus a few years ago.


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QUESTIONS:

1. Every Thursday in 1996, this east side restaurant served a “breakfast for dinner special” from 5 to 9 p.m. It included its popular breakfast buffet bar of hot and chilled breakfast foods as well as other breakfast items. The price for seniors was $2.99. The restaurant finished second that year behind Bob Evans for Best Breakfast.

2. This restaurant proclaimed itself to have “the best pies in the city,” something that was hard to argue when you tasted its butterscotch, coconut or rhubarb pies. It finished second in 1997 for Best Desserts. First was Olive Garden.

3. From 1996 to 2000, this restaurant was voted the Best Place for Lunch with its homemade soups, vegetable bread, chicken salad and bread pudding. If you were lucky, you got a seat by the window.

4. This family-owned video store was located at 260 W. Northern Ave. in Lima in 1996. You could rent a movie for $2.10 for one night or $2.95 for two nights. It made renting easy by authorizing entire families for membership at no charge. It finished second in Best Video Rental that year behind Blockbuster Video.

5. Known for its “good time rock ‘n’ roll,” this band beat out the Indoorfins and Broken Yoke for the Best Local Band of 2004.

6. If you didn’t like its Pralines-n-Cream or Jamocha Almond Fudge ice cream, you had 29 other flavors to choose from. It was one of the few ice cream parlors in the region to sell hard-serve ice cream in Lima in 1997 and finished second to Dairy Queen that year for Best Ice Cream.

7. For $5, a senior citizen could order from this restaurant the Jack Benny special, which included fish, chicken or roast beef, two vegetables and a drink. The restaurant finished second in 1997 behind Bob Evans for Best Senior Special.

8. This business was voted the Best Bakery from 2001 to 2003. Its owner proudly said they knew 90 percent of their customers by name. It was well-known for its wedding cakes as well as its thumb print and smiley-faced cookies.

9. This downtown Lima bar won in 2004 for being the Best Place for Happy Hour. The drink specials began at 4 p.m. and lasted three hours. It was also open on Sundays.

10. Baseball fans packed this sports bar in 1997 to watch Game Seven of the World Series between the Cleveland Indians and Florida Marlins, only to go home disappointed as the Indians lost. The sports bar finished first though as it was named the best in the region. What was its name?

11. For the love of names! You could walk into this business and buy a Teddy Bear, Caramel Marvel or a Butter Bear.

12. With a long list of beers in which to choose, you can enjoy sitting outside on the patio of this 55-year-old business during the spring, summer and fall and warm yourself by the wood-burning fireplace during the winter.

13. Red Pig Inn has won Best Barbecue 17 of the 23 times the category has been offered. Who else has won this category?

14. This outdoor venue with a pond and stone columns and statuary has provided something different for wedding receptions.

15. While the Wendy’s Corp has denied this, local folklore is that Dave Thomas’ idea to serve a frosty, chili and hamburgers made only from fresh cut meat came from this Lima restaurant.

16. In 1998, this person was voted the best male athlete to come out of this region.

17. For 70 years, this family-owned business has been making sure your meat doesn’t spoil and your ice cream stays frozen.

18. Fat Jack’s has been voted the Best Place for Pizza for 22 straight years. Who won the first three years?

19. The only year La Charreada did not finish first or second for Best Mexican Restaurant was in 1996. Who finished in front of them?

20. Name the only place besides Buffalo Wild Wings that has won the Best Place for Chicken Wings category during the 20 times it has been offered.

21. Want to impress the woman or man of your dreams? In 2004, voters picked the three best restaurants to go to for a romantic dinner. Name the three, in order, and tell us the similarity they each share.

22. This fourth generation family owned business opened its door in 1931 and is Lima’s oldest family restaurant.

23. This restaurant’s calling card notes, “Serving Lima’s finest food and its nicest people since 1960.”

24. In 2015, this person was voted the region’s Best Public Official.

25. Kewpee Hamburgers and Von’s Diamonds and Jewelry are the only businesses to win their categories every year. Three others are 20-game winners. Name them.

ANSWERS:

1. Shoney’s Restaurant

2. The Huddle

3. The Café at Lazarus, located on the third floor of the Lima Mall department store

4. Dave’s videos

5. 3 Stools and a Bar

6. Baskin-Robbins 31 Flavors of Ice Cream

7. MCL Cafeteria at the Lima Mall

8. Clems Bakery

9. The Roxy

10. Ralphies

11. Biggby Coffee

12. Beer Barrel

13. Fat Kid BBQ, a food truck that brings the small of barbecue to the four corners of Lima, is the 2020 winner. Damons won Best Barbecue in 2001, 2002 and 2005 while Q. Smokin’ BBQ and Fixins won in 2012 and 2o13.

14. SoSerene, Wapakoneta

15. Kewpee

16. William White

17. Tracy’s Appliance

18. Pizza Hut won in 1997, ‘97 and ‘98.

19. Bandido’s finished first, and Chi-Chi’s was second.

20. Daryl and Daryl’s was voted Best place for Chicken Wings in 1996, the first year of the voting. Buffalo Wild Wings won it the following year in 1997 and has won it every year since 2003.

21. Burgundy’s was voted the best place to go for a romantic dinner in 2004 followed by the Bistro and Packard Grille. None of the three are open today.

22. The Milano Café

23. Casa Lu Al

24. U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan

25. Fat Jack’s Pizza won 21 times in the Best Pizza Category as did La Charreada for Best Mexican food. Pat’s Donuts and Kreme won the Donuts/Bakery category 20 times.

YOUR SCORE

10 or less: Who likes trivia, anyway?

11 to 15 correct: Not too shabby. Treat yourself to an ice cream.

16 to 20 correct: Forget your chores today; take a siesta for a few hours.

21 to 25 correct: You looked at the answers, didn’t you? No snooze for you.

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This undated photo shows the Cafe at Lazarus. It was once a trendy place to eat a light luncheon while out shopping with your girlfriends.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/07/web1_lazarus.jpgThis undated photo shows the Cafe at Lazarus. It was once a trendy place to eat a light luncheon while out shopping with your girlfriends. The Lima News file
This aerial photo shows the Lima Mall in 1967. The mall at that point included the anchor store The Leader, and Lazarus had not been built west of JCPenney yet. It was once home to MCL Cafeteria.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/07/web1_aerial-cropsmaller.jpgThis aerial photo shows the Lima Mall in 1967. The mall at that point included the anchor store The Leader, and Lazarus had not been built west of JCPenney yet. It was once home to MCL Cafeteria. The Lima News file
The American Mall was Lima’s first mall and was home to Baskin-Robbins.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/07/web1_Welles.jpgThe American Mall was Lima’s first mall and was home to Baskin-Robbins. The Lima News file
An undated photo of the American Mall shows Kroger and Welles. Baskin-Robbins was near the archway. In its later years, it held Value City, The Anderson’s, The Pharm, Lerner and Buffalo Wild Wings. It has since been razed.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/07/web1_-T2eC16VHJIQFHInvRCGBSLPHCbW-60_57.jpgAn undated photo of the American Mall shows Kroger and Welles. Baskin-Robbins was near the archway. In its later years, it held Value City, The Anderson’s, The Pharm, Lerner and Buffalo Wild Wings. It has since been razed. The Lima News file
This 1984 photo features Harold Omer, Ray Danner and Lee Cummings. Danner was the owner of Shoney’s, which at the time owned the Famous Recipe franchise.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/07/web1_1984-Cummings-Dee-Omer.jpgThis 1984 photo features Harold Omer, Ray Danner and Lee Cummings. Danner was the owner of Shoney’s, which at the time owned the Famous Recipe franchise. The Lima News file
The Roxy Food & Spirits building in downtown Lima by damaged heavily by arson earlier this year.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/07/web1_Roxy-fire_06co.jpgThe Roxy Food & Spirits building in downtown Lima by damaged heavily by arson earlier this year. The Lima News file
Former Lima Senior, Ohio State and NFL player William White speaks at the OSU Lima campus a few years ago.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/07/web1_White-RP-001.jpgFormer Lima Senior, Ohio State and NFL player William White speaks at the OSU Lima campus a few years ago. The Lima News file

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