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Tony Packo Restaurant Inspired German Potato Salad Recipe

In this post, I share my favorite German Potato Salad Recipe I make from scratch in my home kitchen.  You’ll love this delicious spin-off of the famous Tony Packo Restaurant salad.

German Potato Salad Recipe

I usually make this recipe from memory. .I was sure to measure ingredients so I could share them. My family likes this dish served with sausage or on the side of a warm Ruben sandwich.   Whatever you serve this with be sure to use the Yukon Golden Potato variety. I think it taste like the original recipe.

This is a super easy recipe using just a few ingredients you may already have in your pantry.  Be sure to cook up the potatoes ahead of time for this quick side dish.


  • Cooked Potatoes
  • onion
  • apple cider vinegar
  • sugar
  • flour

Below you will find the super easy ingredients and how to create.  Be sure to take advantage of the printable recipe option and add this to your cookbook for your family to enjoy.

This recipe was inspired by Tony Packo Restaurant in Toledo, Ohio.  I don’t have the exact recipe but this one is pretty darn close to the original.

Tony Packo Restaurant Inspired German Potato Salad Recipe

Course: SideCuisine: German AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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Cooking time




  • 5 bacon strips 

  • 1 medium sweet onion diced

  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

  • 1 1/2 cups water

  • 2/3 cup cider vinegar

  • 1/4 cup sugar

  • Dijon mustard to taste

  • 6 cups cook potatoes ( peeled and sliced) 


  • Prepare the potatoes – you can leave the skin on if you like.

  • In a large skillet, fry bacon until crisp; remove and set aside. Drain all but 2-3 tablespoons of drippings;

  • Sauté onions until tender in bacon grease.

  • Stir in the flour, salt and pepper until blended. Add water and vinegar; cook and stir for 1 minute or until slightly thickened.

  • Stir in sugar until dissolved.

  • Crumble bacon; gently stir in bacon and potatoes.

  • Heat through, stirring lightly to coat potatoes.

  • Serve warm.

    original location

    Here are some of the photos from a recent trip to the restaurant.  One of my favorite things about the restaurant is all the Tiffany Glass Lamps and memorabilia on the walls.  Many famous people have traveled to Toledo Ohio and enjoy eating the hot dog as you will on the buns that are signed at the restaurant.

    Tony Packo's Deep Fried Pickles

    Deep-Fried Pickles!

    At Christmas time it is fun to stop in and celebrate with a hot dog combo!  They have a larger menu featuring alcohol and a brunch at the original location in Toledo Ohio Eastside.  Below are a few photos from the Hot Dog filled Christmas tree!

    10 Responses

    1. Does this recipe taste similar to the salad at Tony Packos?

      1. I created this because I was craving the Tony Packos german potato salad. It taste as close as I can get it! I’d love to hear if you try it and any suggestions you may have.
        Thanks for commenting Eric!

        1. Thanks for responding, Bren. My wife and I love the German Potato Salad at Tony Packos. We’ll probably give this a try next weekend – I’ll let you know the results!

          1. Please come back and tell me what you thought of the recipe!

    2. Hey, I have tried this. taste real good, this is the first time I’ve came across this recipe. Everyone just love it. Thanks.

      1. Thank you for sharing your experience with me on my blog Dave. I appreciate your feedback. A few other favorites when I go to events like during the summer holidays include my Aunt Mary Pasta Salad and my Bake Beans of Doom! I don’t have my bake beans on my blog yet so after getting a request for those at an upcoming Memorial Day picnic I will have to share it next week so stay tuned.

    3. How many people do you think this recipe will serve?

      1. Hey Linda – this recipe serves about 6-8. When I serve if for me and my boys (3) there is usually a little left over for me to snack on the next day. I hope this helps. Thanks for commenting.

    4. Very close to original, maybe better. Seriously well done and definitely a taste of Toledo. Thanks for posting.

      1. Thank you so much for leaving a comment Chris. I APPRECIATE that you took the time to share with me including this recipe review. I look forward to sharing more fun recipes with you soon.

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