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Go 419 Takeout Takeover: HotBox Bistro a secret seafood haven in Toledo's downtown

The unassuming building perched on Erie St. could be easily passed by, but those in the know, stop in for its creative dishes and high quality shellfish.

TOLEDO, Ohio — At first glance, HotBox Bistro seems like just another small sandwich shop or perhaps a hot dog stand wedged on Erie St. in Toledo's downtown. But, while its building may be simple, its creative and aesthetic dishes are anything but.

HotBox Bistro comes with a masterful and experienced cook at the helm. 

Chef Keitha Sheares, born in Culver City, California, was inspired by her maternal grandmother's work in the kitchen and her paternal grandfather, who was the head chef at Toledo's Charcoal House. 

Following her journey in the world of corporately-owned restaurants and in higher education, Sheares took on the role of owner and executive chef at Hotbox Bistro.

Not only are her dishes innovative, but they are plated beautifully, even when placed in a styrofoam box.

Portions are large, and prices are low, but the quality of fish is one to be beat. 

From crab legs, to lobster tails and a picturesque pineapple bowl, her shop gives off San Francisco vibes - but with Midwest hospitality.

HotBox Bistro brings a breath of fresh, sea-salted air downtown, with fare that is both innovative and approachable for Toledoans to savor.

For more about HotBox Bistro, click here.

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