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174 S Main St, Bowling Green, OH 43402
(419) 354-3266
Today
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Fri 6:30 am - 3:00 pm
Sat 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
tasty and comfortable

a used bookstore/coffee shop combo that is a super comfortable place to relax and browse. there are ceiling leaks and a slight odor, but it's still a great space to support.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 14, 2015
amyintax
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Toledo, Ohio
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  • Late Night
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30 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Toledo, Ohio
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64 reviews 64 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

a used bookstore/coffee shop combo that is a super comfortable place to relax and browse. there are ceiling leaks and a slight odor, but it's still a great space to support.

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Ohio
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36 reviews 36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

There's a reason GFT is a long-time local favorite - excellent coffee, tasty food (try the spinach pies), and absolutely comfortable atmosphere. It might as well be Bowling Green's communal living room, complete with groups of chatting friends, kids curled up in corners reading to parents and students immersed in homework.

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Bowling Green, Ohio
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Grounds for Thought is really the heart and soul of Bowling Green, OH. Kelly and Laura Wicks own and run this great coffee shop/used bookstore. Famous for their own hand roasted coffees from around the world, GFT also offers a wide range of teas, Italian sodas, locally made pastries (the carrot cake is to die for), locally made and wrapped... More 

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Bowling Green, Ohio USA
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Grounds for Thought is a charming place with a great atmosphere. It has a massive selection of used books and vinyl. Great place to hang out, drink good coffee (roasted by the owners and available for purchase), and interact with the locals. Pick up a quirky t-shirt as a souvenir.

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Bowling Green, Ohio
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Absolutely LOVE this little coffee shop. It's my favorite place to go when I have a lot of homework to get done or just want to enjoy a cup of coffee while reading a book. They have books shelves upon book shelves full of books to purchase as well; very cheap. So you can go grab a cup of coffee... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Grounds for Thought is fairly typical in terms of its coffee and baked goods. They are good, but nothing particularly special. The thing that makes Grounds excellent is the bookstore, vinyl LPs, and VHS tapes for sale. They also have great seating option and a meeting room for groups. It is also in a great location (to the extent such... More 

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Toledo, Ohio
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

I love perusing the selection of used books and getting a coffee at this cozy shop. They have a variety of drinks and snacks available including Italian soda and slices of pie.

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Toledo, Ohio
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

it really isn't as great as everyone seems to talk about it but its kind of the only independent coffee shop in town

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Ohio
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

This place is way over rated...I Have lived in B.G. 25 plus yrs. and its my least of all coffee shop to go to. My God! Go anyplace but there. How about across the street to Panera...Huh? Hell, McD"s even....anyplace.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

I absolutely love this place. The owners are great people and you will often see them working the counter. I agree with another reviewer that this is one of the best things about Bowling Green. Their mocha coffee drink is my fav and their pastries are very good!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 174 S Main St, Bowling Green, OH 43402
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Bowling Green
  • Phone Number: (419) 354-3266
Open Hours
Monday
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Tuesday
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Thursday
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday
8:30 am - 12:00 pm

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