Geez Grill & Pub will be closed July 4th & 5th
We can all agree that this past year has been a tough one in so many ways, but it’s also brought us a lot of tasty new dining options. Here are the highlights of new openings in the Miami Valley this year:
Opened in January 2020
Heroes Pizza House
92 Edgebrook Dr, Springboro
The Buehler’s opened this affordable family friendly business with on Jan 3rd, featuring pizza, subs, steak sandwiches and a full bar.
Which Wich Superior Sandwiches
2820 Centre Drive, Suite 200, Beavercreek
This franchise is the 2nd opened by Gauravi Jani and her four sisters and features an“Ultimate BLT,” Philly Cheesesteak, Superfood Wich, Meatball Grinder, Cobb Salad Wrap, Reuben and Gyro.
221 N. Patterson Boulevard, Dayton
Owner Laurie Reiser partnered with Boosalis Baking to bring in fresh baked goodies each day, to go with their chocolates,coffee drinks, frozen hot chocolate, lattes and smoothes.
2727 Fairfield Commons Food Court, Beavercreek
Tender, juicy, and flame grilled chicken complemented by our wide variety of sides.
1048 S Smithville Rd Dayton,
Reopened after a fire
Back Home Tavern & Table
1151 Brown St, Dayton
Featuring upscale comfort and bar foods, live music on the weekends and serving brunch- Breakfast nachos, Huckleberry Stuffed French Toast, Avocado Toast from 10am-3pm M-F, 11am-3pm Sat and 12-3pm Sun!
Opened in February 2020
Fratelli’s Famiglia Ristorante
42 N. Fountain Ave, Springfield
Home cooked meals from family recipes in a historical building in downtown Springfield
Junior’s Pizza, Wings & Subs
808 Wilmington Pike, Kettering
A family oriented restaurant in casual setting with TVs, jukebox and a cool KISS pinball machine.
Sassy Acai Bowls
5707 Bigger Road, Kettering
Healthy, fruity, fresh sassy- Sandwich, bowls, smoothies & yogurt
18 E. Franklin St, Bellbrook
Pizza, Pasta Dishes, Calzones, 12” Subs, Salad, Appetizers, Dessert
Xuan Vietnamese-Thai Cuisine
4770 Airway, Dayton
Serving fresh, delicious, authentic Thai and Vietnamese food including Vegan to our customers; fresh-baked handmade Vietnamese sandwiches (banh mi). Catering, dine-in, carry-out.
Opened in March 2020:
Dayton Street Eats
5993 Bigger Road, Kettering
From food truck to bricks and mortar, this carry out eatery features
sandwiches like their “Mother-In-Law,” chicken salad with grapes, celery and onions served on toasted French bread, salads & desserts
Roma’s Pizza & Pasta
282 W. Central Ave, Springboro
Opened just as the pandemic began, 9 months later and they’ve sold almost 20,000 pizzas.
8150 Washington Village Drive Centerville
Craft Beer, Seltzers and Sodas! Family Friendly and indoor games for everyone!
Cafe Terra Mediterranean Cuisine
8351 N. Main St, Englewood
Mediterranean kitchen offering an eclectic mix of flavors from the Aegean region offering traditional homemade recipes with a twist.
Opened in April
5120 N. Main St, Dayton
Opened in May
Bourbon Chicken Restaurant
100 N. James H. McGee Blvd, Dayton
Featuring chicken, burgers, tacos, shrimp baskets and more
La Michoacana #10
6220 Chambersburg Road, Huber Heights
The store offer fresh fruits and vegetables, an extensive selection of meats, Latin-American groceries, and serves up authentic Mexican dishes in the restaurant.
Tavolo Modern Italian
101 S. Ohio Ave, Sidney
A modern Italian restaurant serving up
high-quality meals curated by locally renowned Chef Keith Taylor.
Opened in June
Opened in July
The Cookie Joint
1106 Brown St, Dayton
Fresh baked to cure all of your Cookie Cravings, only open for curbside pick up or delivery
520 Miamisburg Centerville Rd.Washington Township
After 10 years at The Greene on Wed, July 29th they opened for carry-out, and delivery from noon, but sadly never got up to speed and closed in October.
7841 Old Troy Pike, Huber Heights
Known for their chicken finger meals with Texas Toast.
14 N Market Street, Troy
Serves breakfast classics like biscuits and gravy and egg skillets, as well as lunch favorites like BLTs, soup and salads
Say Yes Cakes
2920 Wayne Ave, DaytonThis mother/daughter run bakery is quickly earning a great reputation with custom made cakes, cupcakes, and other sweet treats.
965 W. Main St, Tipp City
Chef Rob Scott had worked for Art Chin and eventually bought the business and rebranded.
105 S Second St, Miamisburg
Serving up authentic Mexican food
4482 Glengarry Drive, Beavercreek
They describe themselves as a taco joint with a margarita problem.
Old Dayton Pizza at Riverside Hideaway
3490 Old Troy Pike, Riverside
Fun time sports bar/Italian Pub …where locally sourced shenanigans pair with pizza…
Opened in August
Hook & Reel Cajun Seafood & Bar
2564 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, Miami Twnsp
Seafood concept featuring Cajun-inspired cuisine with bold flavors and a saucy attitude!
Chopstick Chinese Restaurant
8146 N Main St, Dayton
Owner Jimmy Lin Grand and his crew serve up fresh, flavorful meals six days a week.
Massaman Thai Cuisine
467 Patterson Rd
Pakawan “Fon” Christman, who formerly owned Siam Pad Thai, has upgraded the environment at this new space and kept all the flavorful thai dishes we’ve grown to love.
800 S. Patterson, Dayton
This taco shop operates Thursday – Saturday out of the Midtown Ghostlight Cofffe serving up street Inspired & mod Tacos with all orders placed online for delivery or curbside pick up.
Opened in Sept
Home Sweet Home Cafe
320 W National Road, Englewood
Brent & Jamie Herzog specialized in home cooking
featuring aone pound burger Home Sweet Home burger, a pastry bar and more
Salt Block Biscuit Company
115 E. Third St, Dayton
Chef Justin Mohler has opened a bakery that will specialize in open-faced biscuit entrees for breakfast and lunch and desserts
15 S. 2nd Street, Tipp City
A neighborhood hangout spot in downtown Tipp City. Full bar, craft beer, craft cocktails, mocktails, wine, and charcuterie boards.
Crust & Company
101 S Fountain Ave, Springfield
Serving Roman style “pizza alla pala” or “pizza on the paddle”. It is a rectangle shaped crust that has a crispy bottom and a soft airy interior topped with fresh ingredients like salami, prosciutto, and fresh mozzarella.
15 Greene Blvd, Beavercreek
With a very simple menu, they offer four burgers, fries and soda.
Happy Asian Mart
2801 S Dixie Dr, Kettering
Hammel House Restaurant & B&B
121 S. Main St, Waynesville
Come-as-you-are Casual Gourmet
CATFISH Fish & Chicken & Shrimp
6020 Old Troy Pike
Opened in October
Loose Ends Brewing
890 South Main Street, Centerville
A mix of craft beer and artisan food striving to bring the community together with the perfect brewery experience.
Sweet Adaline’s Bakery
29 East Main Street, Tipp City
Breads, pastries and more
Fifty5 Rivers Cold Brew
644 N Broad St, Fairborn
Ready to drink cold brew coffee and tea, plus cold brew coffee bean blends and DIY cold brew home kits
6549 Miller Lane, Dayton
The first of the chain to feature a drive through, it’s the 3rd area location serving up smoked meat and sides.
Yumi Boba Tea
170 Woodman Dr
Using fresh fruits and all natural ingredients to make tasty drinks
Burgers and More
965 W. Main St, Tipp City
A food delivery service offering gourmet burgers with contact-free carryout, curbside pickup and delivery on Sunday and Monday
Opened in November
Agave & Rye
2 N. Market St, Troy
If you enjoy creative, delicious food, and an endless selection of Bourbon, Tequila and Craft Cocktails, this is the place for you!
101 Corry St, Yellow Springs
After a very successful food truck, they’ve moved into a bricks & mortar location. Everything made fresh and on the spot with a different special every day of the week!
Lefty’s Eats & Espresso
29 E. Main St, Xenia
A 2nd location has joined the original Fairborn spot that offers sandwiches & salads, pasta’, full Breakfast with unique and healthy options and pies!
Fu Mon Lau
2008 Miamisburg-Centerville Road
Authentic Chinese cuisine, specializing in Cantonese style cooking in an upscale, modern space
Warehouse 4 Cafe and Bake Shop
3131 Wilmington Pike, Kettering
2nd location for this community coffee shop serving rich espresso & coffee brews, house-made baked goods, deli-style lunch sandwiches, and friendly service.
Opened in Dec
Elsa’s Boro Cantina
774 N Main St, Springboro
The home of the Bad Juan has opened it’s sixth Mexican restaurant and sports bar with 27 tv’s for your viewing pleasure. Serving burritos, wings and pizza.
Third Perk Coffee House and Wine Bar
46 E 3rd St Dayton
Juanita Darden’s new location offers coffee and a boutique wine selection in a friendly sophisticated atmosphere.
As we bid good riddance to a year we’ll never miss, we say a fond farewell to many Miami Valley eateries. The following restaurants and bars shut their doors for good in 2020, some because of COVID-19 and others for various reasons.
Closed in January 2020
Pretzel Fest & Popcorn Pizzazz shop- Fairfield Commons
Santa Clara Juicery- but the good news is you can still get your juice delivered by door dash
Edible Arrangements Springboro
Bar Louie’s- at The Greene & Austin Landing
Citilites at the Schuster Center
Closed in February 2020
Areas & Co- Kettering
The Growler Pub & Grub
Third Perk – opened a new location at Third Street today!
Closed in March 2020
Double Deuce Tavern & Family Pizzeria– recently announced Modern Food & Gas will open at this site.
Rahn’s Artisan Breads at the 2nd Street Market- high costs and failing equipment forced this closure
El Greco’s Pizza Villa- the owners just were ready to retire
Ruby Tuesday, C’ville- closed 185 restaurants, filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy
Closed in April 2020
Greek Isle Deli – lack of the next generation of family interest and covid
Deroma Italian Restaurant
Closed in May 2020
Seasons Bistro in Springfield
Zombie Dogz- but the Food Truck came back to life
Airway Kitchen- chose not to renew lease
Stacked Pickle- this Indy chain closed all it’s locations
Closed in June 2020
Corner Kitchen- tough to raise a family and run this small business, owners opted to close
Basils on Market (Piqua)
Ruby Tuesday- Miller Lane- closed 185 restaurants, filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy
Closed in July 2020
Crafted & Cured- plans are under way for the Dayton Arcade in 2021
Grist Provisions- renovations are now taking place on a new location on Fifth St in the former Third Perk
Wayback Burgers at the Fairfield Common Mall
Panera Bread- near the Dayton Mall- a new location is under construction
Lee’s Ltd. Tenders & Dips on Brown Street just never took off
Logan’s Roadhouse- Dayton Mall and Troy – chain closed 261 closed locations
Kilwins at The Greene
Closed in Aug 2020
Primanti Brothers – after much damage from the 2019 tornado, decision was made not to reopen
Buffalo Wild Wings in West Carrollton-
StuffedEnuff LLC closed location but still caters and does pop-ups at The Entrepreneurs Marketplace
Closed in Sept 2020
Bar 145- due to the Covid-19 pandemic
Closed in Oct 2020
EO Burgers- opening in July, just couldn’t build enough momentum during pandemic to stay open
Mila’s Suburban Café-unable to renew lease- hoping for a new location
Closed in Nov 2020
Golden Corral – never reopened due to the Covid-19 pandemic
LaRosa’s Englewood – covid 19 & expiration of lease
Closed in Dec 2020
Arepas & Co-downtown location will close 12/31/20
due to inability to renegotiate lease – but says to look for future
While we’ll miss many of these restaurants, 2020 was also a record year of new restaurants opening, we’ll publish that list tomorrow.
With patio service in full effect and dining rooms starting to open on Thursday, May 21st many local restaurants are finding the need to add to their staff. Cooks, servers, hostesses, bartenders and cashiers.
Here are the folks that have told us they are hiring
1025 Shroyer Road, Dayton
Nights, doing kitchen deep cleaning after dishes done, Bussers needed for night shifts 7 days a week
Geez Grill & Pub
219 S 2nd St, Miamisburg
Looking for awesome people to join our kitchen team at our Centerville location. Do you want to learn to make Neapolitan-style pizzas like the pros? We will consider people that have been crushing it in professional kitchens for years, and those that are willing to learn. Experience is fantastic, but the attitude is most important. Are you nice, honest, punctual, and not afraid of hard work? Do you hold up well under heat and pressure? Do you like food and dining, and want to work with other people who feel the same? If so, then you might just be who we are looking for!
$12+/Hour average starting compensation
Fun and professional work environment
Daytime, evening and weekend shifts available
Paid time off
Generous discounts on food
Closed Mondays and 4 major holidays
524 E 5th St, Dayton
Roost in the Oregon District is immediately hiring high caliber line cooks, servers, bartenders and dishwashers. A minimum of 3 years experience needed (not needed for dish washers).
Send resume to firstname.lastname@example.org!
5 S Market St, Troy
Looking for a line cook to join the team at The Caroline!
$10 – $15 dollars per hour depending on experience, and Tues-Sat work week.
3261 West Siebenthaler Ave, Dayton
Columbus Alive this week featured an article detailing the sexual assault of one of our local craft beer mavens. The community rallied around her, supporting a woman that showed incredible courage confronting a known and prevalent issue in the alcohol and hospitality community. Over the last year and a half, what was once an issue that was only shared privately has become a public topic of conversation. Behaviors that were dismissed as “boys being boys,” or that were simply ignored, now are being addressed and dealt with. And it has been a long time coming.
The problem of sexual harassment and mistreatment of women and other minorities is not new in the industry. A report that was done in 2014 shows that roughly 90% of women that work in restaurants have been sexually harassed, with half of them being harassed on a weekly basis. It is thought to be just as bad in the alcohol industry, but no studies have been done. This is years before the allegations against Harvey Weinstein emerged, bringing the much-needed conversation about sexual harassment into the public. After that New York Times article came out, a steady flow of articles addressing the issue in the industry emerged.
Many of the women that work in the industry have, over the years, just accepted the harassment as part of the environment. The unwanted comments, touches, and innuendos were something that was endured to be part of the industry. Until the cocktail boom hit in the 2000’s, bartending and hospitality were seen as a transient job choice. Something that you did while waiting for a “real job.” The growth of specialty cocktails, craft beer booming into over 7,000 breweries, and distilleries sprouting up all over the country have turned what was once something temporary into a career choice. It is easier to ignore the sleaziness you have to go through to do your job when you can tell yourself it is a temporary condition. What happens when it becomes the place where you want to plant your flag?
You have to start cleaning it up. There are few mechanisms in the industry to address sexual harassment. Some have popped up, like the efforts made by Collective Actions for Safe Spaces to build Safe Bars training about sexual harassment, but they are difficult to find. Only five states require training for harassment in the workplace. It is a monumental task to address, especially in an industry where males hold most of the positions of power and confronting them could impact your career. An unbalanced power dynamic is not unique to this industry, but it is in the early stages of being addressed. Small steps are being made as women rise up and show they are not going to accept a workplace where they are under the constant threat of sexual assault. Or when that threat becomes a reality.
It is too easy to write off, as many have, that this is a result of the free flow of alcohol through every corner of the business. As reported in a story by SevenFifty Daily, San Franciso lawyer Richard Curiale commented that “60 percent of the complaints I get wouldn’t have happened if there hadn’t been drinking.” This is a convenient excuse, but not an acceptable one. Cleaning up the industry also requires cleaning up the constant party atmosphere that surrounds it. Many bartenders and hospitality professionals have been focusing on taking what has been a generally toxic environment for workers and turning it into a healthier, safer one. This focus on a more positive environment is starting to include how women and minorities are treated in the business.
Where do we go from here? The hospitality that establishments provide to customers that walk through the door has to extend to the people that work there. Creating that safe environment for all of the people they interact with, from sales representatives to bartenders, is critical to building an inclusive, diverse industry. The generally permissive, male-dominated culture that has existed in hospitality for decades needs to change. It is going to be a slow change, requiring the efforts of everyone in it to make that shift. Women are going to have to be bold and stand up for what is right, and men are going to have to support those women in any way they can. It is going to take a long time and incredible effort. But if the support that has happened in Dayton can happen more often in other cities, the future for women in the industry looks brighter and safer.
It is time for our annual breakdown of the year in food. The Food Adventures Crew recaps the restaurants that closed forever and new ones that have opened in the Miami Valley. It was a year of 40 year old restaurant closings. It was a year of new chains and new mom and pop stores. It was a year of movers and salt shakers, a year of burger and pizza makers. Some fire shut downs, and other financial closedowns. It was a year of heartbreak and first takes. Sit back and let’s recall 2018 the year in food.
First places that closed, a couple temporarily ….
DAYTON RESTAURANTS THAT CLOSED IN 2018:
The Tex Mex mega restaurant, with the atmosphere like Bravo inside. Known for decorative drinks and Mexican dishes, this restaurant shut its doors after 13 years near the Fairfield Mall in Beavercreek. Sad to hear, because the food was good for a chain.
APPLEBEES WILMINGTON PIKE:
Plagued with service woes, the Cornerstone development down the street may have been the final straw to bury this eatery. Located on Wilmington Pike, many were surprised by the closing in June 2018. Guess not enough people wanted their baby back baby back ribs.
BLUE NOTE BISTRO AND LOUNGE:
An abrupt and unexpected close for this critically acclaimed spot due to a financial dispute. Known for food and live music, the incredible atmosphere at this Miamisburg restaurant will be missed. Owner Julie Delph still operates the Miami Valley Sports Bat Alex Rd and 725, and opened the Blue Note in the summer of 2016.
This 14 year old trendy eatery in Springboro closed in October, 2018. Known for healthy dishes, breakfasts and lunches, they also had a cult following like many on this list. Nestled in the shopping center by Dorothy Lane Market, Springboro, the shop was known for its wraps.
BUFFALO WINGS AND RINGS:
Even with a chaos room video arcade attached, they couldn’t quite attract the big crowds for sporting events, which was a shame. They had huge TV’s everywhere, a good beer selection and great food. The service was hit or miss and possibly lead to the decline. We will miss this spot and their hand breaded boneless, fresh chicken tenders and sauces.
CADDYS TAP HOUSE BEAVERCREEK:
Recent problems with scuffles in the restaurant from some seedy customers, help lead to the demise. Located near the Fairfield Commons Mall, Caddy’s was known for good live music and decent appetizers and food. Their burgers, wings and beer selection were very strong too. May 2018 ended the final run for this restaurant.
CHAPPY’S TAP HOUSE IN MORAINE:
Popular eatery on Alex Rd, known for their chicken, fish and beer selections. Fans don’t fret, they still have a restaurant open on 725 in the old Chammps Grille Location.
CHOE’S ASIAN BISTRO:
Rent disputes ended the tenure of this restaurant at the Greene. A sleek interior and a gourmet Asian menu were the attractions. The doors eventually shut in February 2018.
DARK HORSE TAVERN:
Known for good grub and killer BBQ, this spot also had a following for local, live music. It was a fun place to dance, eat and get your drink on. They had suffered a couple of opening and closings and owner transfers before the final end in April, 2018.
This Downtown family owned restaurant had been in business for 8 years. In a heartfelt post, the owner posted a Facebook message informing of the final closing in Summer 2018. They were known for gourmet comfort food and, good soul food. The business overcame a brief tax hiccup in January 2018.
DONATOS IN 5 OAKS:
1st time a Donato’s has closed in Dayton since the presence of this Columbus based chain. Known for thin crust pizza and subs, there remains another dozen surviving pizzerias in the area.
EUDORA BREWING CO.
It is moving up the street to 3022 Wilmington Pike with an expected opening date of Spring 2019. This is the brewery with a gluten-free beer choice, and an option to bottle your own beer. Looks like they will be serving food at the new location, which will be much larger than the previous one.
Near the Dayton Mall, this one was open a short time. We had seen some gamer interest, but unfortunately not enough for the bar to survive. Meanwhile other gamer bars in town continue to thrive. Maybe the mall rent levels were too much to overcome.
This eatery was known for its lunch buffet and Indian menu. Tucked into a shopping center in Fiesta Lane, not far from Chuck E. Cheese, they had a small following which never developed into larger crowds. It is a shame, because the food was great.
Springboro Indian food spot located in the strip mall with Marie Scramblers on 741. It is a small shop, and was short lived. They were unable to hook enough of Lexis Nexis lunch crowd to stick around.
For some reason this store was in not in performance line with other LaRosas. But don’t fret if you are a lover of this Cincinnati based pizza place. There still remains 3 LaRosa Restaurants in Centerville, Kettering and Englewood.
LA PIAZZA in TROY:
Italian restaurant owned by the Anticoli family. This will leave a hole in the Troy community as it was a favorite stop. Still selling house dressing and house butter for pickup Dec 16th, 2018.
Drinking hole on Woodman Dr. that would soon open at another location. So fans don’t worry, they moved just around the corner on Stroop Rd.
The restaurant moved and had a change of name, It is now 5 Points Cafe in Xenia. Expect similar comfort, family style breakfasts and lunch/dinners.
MAX N ERMAS MILLER LANE:
Icon chain out of Columbus, one of the last Dayton locations calls it quits. Will miss the Erma Burger and those wonderful onion rings. Something tells us they started the decline when they got rid of the telephones at each table. They have a restaurant left in the Dayton Airport Terminal. According to their website, the next closest Max n Ermas is in Wilmington, Ohio.
MCALISTER’S DAYTON MALL:
Short lived deli chain that never got a foothold. Don’t worry if you love it or never had a chance, there is another one open near the Fairfield Commons Mall by Half Price Books. This franchise is 400 locations strong and headquartered in Mississippi. They are known for turkey sandwiches and seasonal soups.
This was an unsung restaurant that was fantastic, yet did not get much notice. Located in the old BBQ Hut Restaurant on Wilmington Pike. Not long after it is was opened, it transformed into another restaurant. They had great fish, steaks and brunches.
NASHVILLE HOT CENTERVILLE:
One of two locally owned hot chicken spots. If you love this place like we do, make sure you visit the other Nashville Hot restaurant at Austin Landing. The Centerville store on 48 closed due to lack of patronage. The food is good and hot, and the dessert pie is incredible.
OINK A DOODLE MOO MIAMISBURG:
This spot in downtown Miamisburg lasted over three years, but owner Steven Meyer said the store was “underperforming” in sales and shut it down in November, but delivery is still available from the Kettering spot.
ONE BISTRO MIAMISBURG:
The “pay it forward” restaurant concept was one of the first of its kind in the area. Customers choose their own price for dinner and evidently the customers who are down on their luck would be picked up by those doing well. That didn’t happen enough at this Miamisburg location, though the Xenia location remains open,
OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE CROSS POINTE CENTER:
Australian Steakhouse chain with great steaks, and the bloomin’ onion. After a run of 22 years, the Cross Pointe Center location has closed to make way for the mega store opening by the Dayton Mall. Get your chocolate thunder from down under there.
PAPA MURPHYS CENTERVILLE:
Take and Bake pizza shop that had suffered some recent sign vandalism decided to close its doors this summer. This was the last one in the Dayton area.
PARADISE KEY CAFE – BREITENSTRATER PLAZA:
In May, this full bar known for its wings shut down. Customers wont freak out too much, because the flagship restaurant on Needmore Rd remains open from 11am-3am most days..
PEPITOS – on WILMINGTON PIKE:
The Wilmington location closed after 38 years. Known for good Mexican food, their nachos and margaritas were fantastic. The owners have opened a new spot up the street called Jorrges (see below).
This was a short-lived fast, assembly style pizzeria in the new strip mall near Shroyer and Route 48. Lack of sales lead to a corporate decision to close the doors in January.
ROCKYS PIZZA RING:
For forty years they served pizza in Beavercreek’s Lofino’s Beaver Valley Shopping center. Once one of the hottest spots to drink and eat for 20 somethings in the late 70s’ the last decade had seen a slow decline. Location and not enough sales to absorb moving costs were to blame for Dayton’s only “eat in a boxing ring” restaurant.
ROOST AMERICAN or ROOST EVENTS NEAR FRAZE:
The long cursed site outside Fraze Pavillon gets another victim. After closing normal hours for event hours, the gourmet eatery stopped operating this fall. The building has finally decided they’re not going to try another eatery and is turning the site into offices.
A kitchen fire turned into a longer than anticipated closing as repairs were delayed in this Oregon District fixture. They have opened backup after the hiatus and we hope they don’t miss a beat.
The Cross Pointe fixture for 2 decades closed its doors in 2018. This all happened while the fairly new restaurant neighbor “Old Bag of Nails” continues to draw big crowds. We thought this might give them some runnoff business, but apparently not.
SIAM PAD THAI:
Closing in Kettering on Wilmington Pike with the hope of opening a location closer to Patterson Rd., this Thai Eatery is a local favorite. Known for soups, sushi and pad Thai, look for them to open again soon in 2019.
STAR CITY BBQ:
This shack served some great BBQ while it lasted in Miamisburg. The usual ribs, pulled pork and brisket were the specialties at this humble eatery. They closed in September after 3 years of serving and gained lots of fans. Sales must not have been enough to maintain a presence in the burg.
This Yellow Springs restaurant lasted a decade before it closed. The owners are investigating new opportunities and has plans to open another restaurant.
WINANS BY DAYTON MALL:
Choco-holics and coffee lovers are mourning the closing of this specialty shop. A huge chocolate selection was the base of this business. Even though they closed this 12 year establishment, the company has 2 more locations in the Centerville area where you can get your fix.
THE WINE GALLERY:
Billed as Downtowns “only true wine bar”, the business closed after 12 years. Located near Main and Monument, it had a former location near the Cannery.
THE WRIGHT WING FAIRBORN:
Chicken wing joint on Colonel Glenn Highway in Fairborn went out of business this year. Bar known for its drink specials and wings couldn’t quite get enough of the Wright State and Wright Patt Air force Base crowd to stay afloat.
Two spots shut their doors this year. One restaurant was in the Cornerstone Development and the other was in the strip mall at 725 and McEwen in Centerville. Soup and salads were the attraction here. The chain abruptly closed the stores without warning and that has caused some legal wrangling by the property managers.
Now, the excitement builds as you wipe your tears from those we lost and say hi to the new places to eat in Dayton.
RESTAURANTS THAT OPENED IN 2018:
ACE ASIAN CAFE:
Featuring the menu of a Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and Thailand, this eatery has a powerful punch. Sleek, modern dining areas include tables with Korean BBQ built inside. Full sushi bar and more at this restaurant in Beavercreek at The Greene.
The Greene gets another eatery on Glengarry Dr. It is the pretzel place you love from the mall food courts. This shop will include the famous pretzels and more.
A downtown “Tapas Pub” is the old Wine Gallery. The Monument Street location hopes to attract theater and downtown gourmet food lovers. Calling themselves a Spanish European restaurant, it is reminiscent of restaurants popular in downtown Chicago. Full cocktail bar is another feature.
BRANCH N BONE BREWERY:
Wayne avenue’s entry into the craft beer world of Dayton. Brewed in-house, the Artesian ale’s on hand include IPA’s, Stouts, Weiss beer and more. You can find food trucks parked outside feeding the hungry drinkers.
BURGER KING CENTERVILLE:
The home of the Whopper has returned to Centerville, but for the first time, south of 725. Located near Spring Valley Pike, the site is tucked into a row of fast food restaurants. Get your flame broiled cravings here.
CALYPSO GRILL & SMOKEHOUSE:
An incredible looking menu of Latin and Caribbean cuisine. This restaurant is on Xenia Street in Yellow Springs and features and Sunday Brunch and a libations menu. This one sounds like a Food Adventure !
CANAL HOUSE EATERY:
The establishment on 2nd Street in Miamisburg is featuring Wraps and Sandwiches. They have daily specials on things like chicken salad sandwiches and have some incredible looking cakes. Check them out !
CHEDDAR’S SCRATCH KITCHEN:
Chain mega restaurant comparable to TGI Fridays. They say they are all about American Classic meals. They are known for affordable huge portions. From burgers to ribs, and hand breaded chicken to pot pies, the rich menu has an indulgence for everyone located on Cornerstone in Centerville.
This replaces the India Oven in the Fiesta Lane shops by the Dayton Mall. They still feature a lunch buffet and private room. Initial feedback is good. The food is great, flavorful and sometimes spicy as ordered !
DEVILS WIND BREWERY:
Brewery named after a nickname for tornadoes in a town that has seen a couple. Owned by four friends, they hope to separate themselves from other local breweries by offering styles not currently found in Dayton. European ales and lagers, specifically German lagers are mentioned. They will also offer innovative and newer American styles of beers
DJ’S CHILL AND GRILL:
This is an ice cream shop with sandwiches. Featuring burgers, dogs, sandwiches, pizza and a whole menu for ice cream treats. Open for lunch and dinner this spot is located on Route 40 in Tipp City. From banana splits to cones and malts, you can get your ice cream cravings satisfied here.
This Brand Street pizzeria with bar food and a nice beer selection is the basis for this pub, a definite upgrade from their previous spot on Valley St. The also feature burgers, salads, wings and subs. However the pizza is the main event here, and they look delicious. A Food Adventure is in order here for sure.
DUNKIN DONUTS – HUBER AND BEAVERCREEK:
Whether you passion is their coffee or their donuts, the monster chain from the Northeast is spreading in Dayton too. They also have decent bagels and of course donut holes known as “munchkins.”
ELSAS CORNER CANTINA:
Located at Wilmington Pike, this is the latest installment of Dayton’s popular Mexican restaurant. Known for the “Bad Juan” drinks and “mini-super” burritos, this menu carries on the quality, legacy and traditions of the other restaurant locations. A little known fact is they have some of the most underrated wings in the area. Try the Jamaican Jerk ones, and some crunchy tacos with a Mexican Beer.
THE EPIC COFFEE SHOP:
Lattes, Mochas and the norm are the tip of the iceberg at this unique shop at the corner of Stroop and Far Hills. They offer soups and hot cocoa. Coffees like apricot and other interesting flavors are always rotated. It seems their specialties are Guatemalan and Nicaraguan coffees. Their soups of the day sound delicious from chicken pot pie to tomato basil. Sounds like it is worth checking out !
A reopened Germantown gourmet restaurant with a full bar. Known for steak specials like prime rib, New York strips and even pork chops, they have had some awards by Dayton readers. The restaurant is located in an old hotel with lots of history. The buzz around this eatery is eyebrow raising and begs for a visit !
FIVE POINTS CAFE:
A Xenia cafe known for breakfasts, and American comfort foods. How about some caramel apple cobbler or some slow roasted chili? The breakfasts look great from pancakes, to eggs any way you like them. It looks like this could become a cozy little favorite for locals.
FLYBOYS DELI BEAVERCREEK:
Eat like you are in New York City, while never leaving Dayton. These guys have expanded their successful formula to Beavercreek. Known for incredible, authentic New York pastrami and corned beef sandwiches, they also serve wraps and salads. This location will also feature bagels, breakfasts and soups.
FUZZYS TACO SHOP:
Found at The Greene, this shop’s patrons say they are addicting. More than a huge selection of soft and crunchy types of tacos, they also offer quesadillas and queso dips. Burritos? Oh yes they have those too, as a wrap or in a bowl. They even offer a nacho selection and fajitas. More than just your average taco shop, the menu is encompassing many Mexican favorites !
GEM CITY CATFE:
A full-blown coffee shop with separate cat lunge for adopting cats and kittens. We think they should name a drink a “Cafe Meowcha” but it probably wont make the menu. What is on the menu is an espresso bar, various teas, and bottled beverages. They have hot coffees and iced coffees of all sorts. They are open 7 days a week. Purrrfect.
The owners of Doubleday’s have expanded with a new concept on Main Street in Centerville. Paying homage to a restaurant in Pottsdam, Pennsylvania and a dedication to the former owners of The Golden Nugget Pancake House, a full pub was born. A Huge beer selection is the first thing noticed. Other specialties are soups, sandwiches, burgers, chicken dinners, tater tots and fresh-cut fries.
GYRO PALACE BROWN STREET:
The place with the great Gyros has expanded to Brown street. This means the UD students can enjoy their great stuff. Oversized beef/lamb pitas or chicken gyros, are the hallmark of this spot. Greek fries and baklava seal the deal for a great meal. If you have not been here, you are missing one of Dayton’s best Greek food offerings. The regular Gyros are MUST EATS!
HUNGER PAYNES DAYTON MALL:
The popular Food truck has a restaurant inside the Dayton mall now. Featured are their different flavored croquettes, as well as a beer and wine garden. They have a wine slushy that is picking up a following as well. Owner Andy Payne has also been known to offer wings, wraps and Strawberries with Sriracha sauce.
Tipp City has a new wings and pizza spot at 7031 S. County Road 25A. The menu also includes wraps, sandwiches and more, all reasonably priced in a casual atmosphere.
JORRGES RESTAURANT CANTINA:
This Wilmington Pike eatery is now open. It was formerly Merit Grill. The owners of Pepitos took it over after moving their operation down the street with a name change. They serve American style breakfast and Tex-Mex food for lunch and dinner. Yes, you can get waffles here in the morning and chimichangs at lunch. No liquor license yet, but it’s in the works.
JUBIES CREAMERY IN FAIRBORN:
They offer premium, scoopable ice cream. They offer soft serve frozen custard. They offer ice cream cookie sandwiches. From sundaes to banana splits, if you can dream it up with frozen custard or ice cream, they have it . Also on the just desserts menu are shakes and topping add ons.
New, quaint Asian cafe on Bigger Rd across from the Victoria Secret call center. The menu is NOT your typical one. Items like Cambodian Curry Soup, Khor Ko Noodles and Bread are new ones we have never heard of before. They also have traditional favorites like Lo Mein and Sweet N Sour. We cant wait to try out this unique menu.
LEFTYS EATS AND ESPRESSO IN FAIRBORN:
Pretty straight forward menu here. A nice list of soups, salads and specialty sandwiches. They also have a full coffee bar menu. Located a 2 W. Main Street, it looks like a fresh place to stop in for a bite when in the area. Could be a nice pick up and go option as well.
Leo’s is back at The Dayton Art Institute. This time, the theme is a fast, casual eatery. They close at 5pm every day except Thursday at 8pm. Now featuring Boosalis Bakery items and Boars Head Meats, they look to capitalize on the deli crowd to swing into the Dayton Art Institute for a bite. They serve Starbucks Coffees, beers and wine, and the restaurant is available for private events.
LISAS PRETZELS IN THE DAYTON MALL:
These are the hard pretzels with all types of toppings and dipped flavors. From chocolate choices to cinnamon and everything in between, the pretzels are bagged and make great gifts . They also are great for a treat to go or to save for a night at home.
LITTLE CAESARS IN CENTERVILLE:
Papa Murphy’s old location has morphed into an eatery/drive thru Little Caesars in Centerville near Kabuki Sushi Bar on 48. This franchise makes a comeback in the area as a store used to be near Lock 27 in the 80’s. No longer known for the pizza pizza gimmick, they are now famous fro ready to go pizzas on the fly. This has lt them hold on to the 3rd biggest pizza company in the USA behind Pizza Hut and Domino’s.
LOCAL HERO BUTCHERY AND FARE and JACK LUKEYS OYSTER SALOON AN CAVIAR BAR:
This place sounds amazing. Yes a caviar bar and Oyster saloon in Dayton! Shucking and slurping to your favorite craft beer, what else is there in life? This is part of the District Provisions company, and is located at 521 Wayne Ave.
Located in the Shoppes of Dayton Mall at 2806 Miamisburg Centerville Rd., this place is a Columbian cafe. They have cookies, desserts, chocolates, cheese breadsticks and more. Smoothies and Columbian beverages are featured as well. It loks like a unique place and a must visit for a Food Adventure. They have packaged candies “to go” as well.
MILAS SUBURBAN CAFE:
Englewood’s Northmont Plaza has a new cafe. The menu features flat bread pizzas. sandwiches, salads and burgers. How a bout a full cofee bar.. YES! They also feature live music from time to time. This sound like a nice relaxing place to take a break for a coffee or a bite.
Bakery featuring the 60’s and 70’s classic bundt cake! They are a national company out of Texas, and this is the Dayton franchise located on 741 across from LexisNexis. Bundt cakes are prominent on the menu coming in 8 inch, 10 inch, tiered cakes or mini bundt cakes. With over 9 flavors of cakes from Pecan Praline to Red Velvet, this place looks delicious!
OINK A DOODLE MOO KETTERING:
The oink is back in Kettering. The same casual BBQ you learned to love and those signature sauces are back too. From pulled pork to ribs, and sliced turkey and brisket we are ready to visit them soon. The restaurant on E. Dorothy Lane also features Applewood smoked wings. Sounds like a nice Wintery feast is due to load up on protein!!
OLIVE MEDITERRANEAN GRILL:
Catering company and restaurant moved from Dixie to Downtown Dayton on 3rd Street. Click on the name of the restaurant for a link to the website, which has some fabulous photos of their menu items. From hummus to feta rolls the Greek Isle specialties look amazing. They also have wraps, meat plates and vegetarian options.
ONE MORE TAVERN:
The former owner of the libation spot called the Library Lounge has opened this Tavern with the dream of running a bar with a kitchen. They are just starting to serve food at this establishment on Stroop Rd.
OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE DAYTON MALL:
Out of the chains these guys have some of the best steaks. The newest Outback is in the old Sears Auto Service Center building in front of the Dayton Mall. This unlikely spot allows for a HUGE dining room. The crowds are already filing in and this looks to be one of the most popular places by the Dayton mall. Crikey !!
Located at the Greene on Glengarry Dr., this restaurant offers a 10% discount to all military members. Their menu mostly consists of bowls of Vietnamese style soups and salads with grilled meat, over vermicelli noodles in a bowl. They also have the typical appetizers like seafood spring rolls and soft rolls.
PHONE BOOTH LOUNGE:
These guys moved their operation to the old Dogs Breath Tavern where Whipp Rd splits with Hewitt Rd. The crowds have been good and it looks the their clientele followed them to the Centerville Kettering border. Drink specials, a full bar and live music are the favorites here.
POPEYE’S LOUISIANA KITCHEN in SPRINGBORO:
Nationally loved chain hits South Dayton for the first time since Wilmington Pike’s store closed a few years back. Known for their Louisiana style, slightly spicy fried chicken, Popeye’s has a big fan base. They also have fried fish and shrimp, as well as Southern “soul food” style sides.
RAISING CANES BEAVERCREEK:
Wrap around drive thru lines are the norm at this chicken place. Known for their fried tenders and dipping sauce, this southern style fast food chain has a charm and friendly service. They even sell lemonade and sweet tea by the gallon. What’s not to love when you get greeted with an employee saying “Hot chicken, Hot chicken, what combo you pickin’?
RANCHEROS COCCINA MEXICANA:
The buzz has been positive about this new restaurant in Cross Pointe Center. Cleanliness, good service and good food has given it high reviews on Facebook. The Tex-Mex formatted eatery is known for Margaritas, Mexican Beers and T-Bone Steaks. Besides burritos, tacos and enchiladas, they have some seafood and shrimp specialties as well. The pictures of the food look delicious. We can’t wait to try this one !
Rapid Fired continues to expand across the Dayton area. The quick bake, fresh crust pizza is made your way by an assembly line style of ordering. Your pizza is typically complete a couple of minutes after you pay for it. Other must eats include their salads. Fresh, flavorful and locally owned, this has become a great stop for a bite in the Miami Valley.
We cannot wait to try this new spot in Miamisburg. We love chili and this time of year beckons for us to get to Rivertown! But guess what… they serve breakfast too during their days open which is Thursday – Saturday 7am – 2:30pm and Sunday 8-2pm. They also tout Beef Brisket, sandwiches, eggs and hotcakes. Looks like a Food Adventure is due at “The Burg.”
R TACO aka “RUSTY TACO” IN BEAVERCREEK:
Dallas based chain with “street tacos” on the menu. This eatery started in 2010 and has locations in 8 states. Making sauces from scratch and slow roasting meats, the pride freshly chopped veggie toppings as the finishing touch. Offerings include vegetarian options, pork, beef, chicken, and fish tacos. Breakfast burritos and Margaritas are on fleek as well. We always wanted to use the word “fleek” in an article.
We missed the down time of this restaurant due to a kitchen fire. That is behind them now and good food is ahead. Terrific steaks and seafood, rule here, with Peruvian influences from Chef/Owner Margot. The cocktail selection here is unparalleled in Dayton. One must see to believe this fun experience in the Oregon District. There is valet parking available out front as well.
SANTA CLARA JUICERY:
Clean, organic and fresh juice options for the health conscious. This new juicery offers pickup or delivery if close. They offer raw, organic, pressed juices, smoothies, smoothie bowls, vegan snacks, coffee, and tea. Whether a cleanse special or a supplement to your diet, they have a choice here for you. This looks like they are turning healthy into yummy.
The old Barnsider Restaurant has a new tenant. It is Sportys Tap House and Grill on N Main St in Dayton. Featuring and incredible 60 beers on tap, these guys also offer pizza, chicken, salads and tacos. One of their specialties we cant wait to try… Crawfish Bites ! Yeah – we gotta try this place soon, it is on our Food Adventure Hit List …
STEAK ESCAPE WILMINGTON PIKE:
Escape to the BP gas station on Wilmington Pike for a Cheesesteak to go. Guess what – they are fricking great. Columbus, Ohio based chain started in 1982, they had previously been known in mall food courts. Fresh cut fries, cheesesteaks and chicken Phillys are their calling card. Our humble advice – extra mayo makes the sandwich.
SWEET RETREAT ICE CREAM FOOD AND SWEETS:
They have 24 flavors of soft serve ice cream. They offer ice cream cakes. The hours are seasonal, as they are closed during winter months. When spring hits, they will again be selling tater tots, hot dogs, soft pretzels, and other appetizers. Other specialties include hand dipped ice cream, shakes, sundaes and more!
TASTE OF THE WORLD:
Located on Fuyao Rd in Moraine, the extensive menu especially impresses on the seafood offerings. It is an Asian menu, that seems mostly Japanese and Chinese influenced. Beware, this is one of those restaurants that closes at 2pm and reopens at 5pm. Sorry but we think that’s a pain in the… Oh well, the reputation we hear is the food is great. We are excited to check it out before year end.
Not much is known about this restaurant. We were unable to find an online menu presence. There were posts by other outlets that they had been serving wings and side dishes. It looks like we will have to make the trek up to 3736 Salem Avenue to see for ourselves what they offer.
This is a chain restaurant in 216 Wayne Ave is in a building that house Dayton’s first automobile manufacturer, so it is a sizable place. A big bar and menu featuring pretzels with beer cheese, fried pickles, fish and chips, burgers, Reuben sandwiches and cheesecake. The buzz surrounding this restaurant is very positive. If you like pub food and beer, this is a place you need to check out ASAP!
TUDORS BISCUIT WORLD:
Southern comfort chain comes to Xenia on 2nd Street, with a promise for a store soon in Fairborn. From all you can eat biscuit and gravy or pancake specials, to southern style breakfast platters and wraps, you can find a lot of food here. They even have lunch sandwich features like BBQ Pork, Grilled Chicken and Burgers. We have no rules at Food Adventures, we eat it all. See you in Xenia soon.
THE VISTRO :
This is actually a new restaurant grown out of a favorite food truck in Dayton. Located on Linden Ave, the menu features modern Vietnamese Cuisine. Look for Pho Vietnamese Noodle Soups, Vietnamese Noodle salads and Vietnamese style subs.
WHICH WICH ON FEEDWIRE RD:
A chain sandwich and wrap shop with some incredible flavors has setup in Bellbrook. As part of the Cornerstone development you can find superfood wraps. You want a sandwich? How about the Wicked, a 5 meat and 3 cheese sandwich of your choosing. Whether you build your own or eat a specialty like the meatball grinder or Italian you cant go wrong. The Reuben, BanhMai Thai sub and the BrunchWich round out the top favorites.
2018 also saw the popularity soar for food delivery sites like the local grubhub and national doordash companies and ubereats. Now you can enjoy almost any restaurant while you stay home in your sweatpants. It does come with inflated prices and service/delivery fees, but sometimes…. it is worth it.
There you have it the movers and the salt shakers for the year that was 2018.
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Working in a restaurant teaches you skills that are essential to life, such as tolerance, patience, multitasking and more. It is not an easy job, there is definitely a degree of tolerance and patience required. You have to be able to let the bad days slide, work hard, support your team, and keep a smile on your face.It takes a very unique person to thrive in the fast-paced, unpredictable, and chaotic restaurant environment. 50% of adults have done it, and 14.4 million Americans do it now. Restaurant work is not just a job, it’s an experience, and one that you should try, even just once. Here’s a round up of jobs available in the area.
If you know of others, please add them in the comments below.
Mamma Disalvo’s in Kettering is hiring a part time bartender- about 3 nights a week as well as looking for bus boys. Please apply in person.
Christopher’s Restaurant is looking for the right candidate to work the sandwich bar in the evening. Must have attention to detail, and able to handle high a volume pace with a positive attitude. Responsibilities include: following recipes to spec, food prep/service, stocking/refilling station, cleaning as you go, practice proper sanitation, closing down at the end of the night, leaving the station setup for the dayshift. Please come in and fill out an application and we will contact to setup interviews. We look forward to finding someone that is the right fit, this is a family owned restaurant and we strive to hire individuals that will appreciate this kind of atmosphere.
Rapid Fired Pizza is now hiring managers. Must have the ability to lift up to 40 pounds.
Must have the ability to be on your feet for extended periods of time. Must have one year experience in the restaurant industry, preferably in a management role, but will consider all restaurant applicants for management. Level 1 or Level 2 Certification in Food Safety Preferred.
The Cheesecake Factory at The Greene is looking for a manager. Reporting to the General Manager, you will work with a passionate team highly respected by their staff because they lead and inspire helping us accomplish our company mission every day. You’ll manage one of our restaurant work groups: Front Desk, Server, Bar and Bakery. Use your career experience and talents to help the restaurant reach its financial goals through skillful leadership. Recruit, interview and hire talent into our restaurant staff. Train, mentor and develop staff members so that they can reach their career goals with our growing company. 40% of all management hires are promoted internally. This position offers industry-leading benefits and an average 55 hour work week with 2 days off consecutively. You can apply online.
Dayton saw lots of restaurants come and go in 2017. As is our tradition each year end, Food Adventures is here to talk about those eateries. Some restaurants were old dinosaurs, others ended up being flash in the pans, and a couple were in between. The Miami Valley’s vibrant food scene saw some exciting additions as well.
Without further delay we give you our annual review of Dayton movers, shakers, and vanishers in 2017, “THE YEAR IN DAYTON AREA FOOD.”
HERE IS THE SKINNY ON PLACES DAYTON LOST IN 2017:
937 GRILL and CAFE:
Barely opened, after Murray’s Place closed, 937 Grill quickly closed as soon as it got started. Rumors of land lord agreements and liquor license problems were mentioned but nothing ever confirmed.
AWESOME YOGURT: Naomi Anderson Fogel opened her yogurt shop in August of 2012, but by March of 2017 she decided that her life and the business had changed and it was time to shut down the Far Hills Ave business.
BAR DUMAINE: Chef Anne Kearney went through a couple of service changes before finally shutting the doors in July of 2017. Lucky for us she’s done a few pop up events so we can still enjoy her amazing cooking.
BOB EVANS – MORAINE: In Oct the chain shuttered their Dorothy Lane location, near the Moraine Wal-Mart.
BRUNING’S WINE CELLAR:
After over 30 years as a clock store, this place added wines and beers. Unfortunately, this location near Fairfield Commons Mall, closed in January, 2017.
CADDY’S TAP HOUSE:
It was in May 2017 when the restaurant abruptly closed, surprising many. The sister restaurant in Beavercreek near the Fairfield Commons Mall remains open.
CARAMELLA’S ITALIAN KITCHEN:
Very short lived Italian restaurant on Wilmington Pike in Kettering. It was formerly Murphys Pub, and Barleycorn’s before that. Elsa’s is debuting a new restaurant in this spot any day now.
THE DAYTON BEER COMPANY on DORTHY LANE:
The smaller, and original location of the Dayton Beer Company locations closed in 2017. This is the spot where the “birth” of the new wave of Breweries started. Owner Pete Hilgeman and his family, purchased a 2nd location near 2nd and Madison. The location is huge and allowed him more brewery area and infinitely more seating. (Editor’s Note- this location will soon open as OinkADoodleMoo)
DISTRICT 6 DONUTS:
Opened by a former Dayton police officer, they stopped operations in December 2017. Long hours and time dedication constraints were cited by the owners for the reason they closed, after 7 short months in business.
EL RANCHO GRANDE – POE AVE
With some popping up and others closing, sometimes this is like a whack a mole game. Probably the location was a problem here, and the opted for a more visible venue.
HAWTHORNE GRILL / SWEET PRINCE DELI:
This upscale eatery on Stroop Rd had a short lived stint as Sweet Prince Deli, before closing for good.
KETTERING GRILL & CAFE:
The building that for years housed BBQ Hut has closed and became Merit Grill. Although they had an extensive menu, Kettering Grill and cafe never gathered a huge following. The food was good when we went there.
MAX n ERMA’s – FAIRFIELD COMMONS MALL:
Oh how the mighty have fallen. In the late 1970’s, Max n Erma’s was one of the most popular restaurants in town, now they have closed 2 sites in the past 2 years. Still holding on to the one on Miller Lane…
MCCORMICK and SCHMICKS:
Abrupt close for this high end restaurant leaving a big vacancy at the Greene. The next closest one is in Cincinnati.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS:
so much good food has been enjoyed here over the past 100 years at Festivals and County Fairs. The memories and the tastes and smells will live on.
After 2 years, the announcement came that Nibbles was moving to a bigger location and re-branding under the name Watermark. No it didn’t really close, it morphed into something more!
PADDY’S IRISH PUB:
This former Beef O Bradys location in Centerville on State Route 48, just couldn’t get the traction they wanted. We loved the fish and chips, among other menu selections.
PALMITAS TACO SHOP: This small business on 2nd Street in Miamisburg had a short run, but look for their food truck this spring.
STAN THE DONUT MAN- XENIA
After 30 years this spot closed not due to lack of business, but the owners citing “personal reasons.”
TACO LOCO closed, but not really. They changed their name to “Tres Hermanos” and the menu is the same with new owners in the family. this restaurant has some of the cheapest and most authentic Mexican dishes in Dayton.
TGIFRIDAY’S – First Huber Heights, then the Dayton Mall location of this casual franchise chain claimed inability to negotiate favorable leases as the reason for closing down these eateries in Sept 2017.
TIM HORTON’S – CENTERVILLE (725):
This Tim Hortons on 725 in Centerville ws one of the first to open in the Miami Valley. Times and competition had changed the landscape in 2017, and in May they closed the doors.
THE WRIGHT WING – on WILMINGTON PIKE:
A deal was struck and the owners of this eatery on Wilmington Pike was taken over by new owners who immediately changed the name to “The Growler.”
HERE IS THE SKINNY ON PLACES DAYTON GAINED IN 2017:
This spot has a breakfast, lunch and late night menu for the crowds near their East Fifth St. location. Salad, soup of the day and more round out this menu with incredible photos on their webpage.
In Jan of 2017 they opened a 2nd location on Miller Lane, featuring a great buffet featuring soups, fresh baked nan, vegetarian and meat entrees, salad and chutneys.
AU BON PAIN:
Located in JFK Memorial Union hall on the campus of the University of Dayton, it is open to the public as well. French for “with good bread” this shop specializes in healthy sandwiches, soups and salads.
In late summer 2017, Dayton received its first Barry Bagels restaurant in Kettering on Far Hills. This Toledo based, family owned restaurant will fill the void for many left by the Bagel Cafe that operated on the corner of Far Hills and Dorothy Lane. This place is fantastic featuring everything from “must eats” like Matza Ball Soup to Lox n Bagels.
Owner Sean McKown has brought back the popular restaurant in a new location (The old Murray’s Place). We expect his popular gumbos, pies, and inventive entrees to steal the hearts of a whole new following. This a Steelers bar with lots of friendly fans.
CANAL STREET DELI:
Familiar sandwiches you grew to love from the 5th Street Deli, reborn in a new location. Time for a quick bite downtown? Here is your new “go to.”
With over 800 games, this cafe is a fun place ti visit with friends or family. Games range from ages 3 and up, so all ages are welcome. Fro, role playing games, to board games, you are sure to find your favorite indulgence.
This Miamisburg area Pakistani and Indian restaurant used to house India Oven. The food is amazing and the restaurant features a lunch buffet that is one of the area’s best.
CHICK FIL-A -KETTERING
Opened in the busy Town n Country Shopping Center, they somehow squeezed this into an already bustling series of streets and intersections. Good luck !
This chain out of Upstate New York focuses on a completely gluten free menu based on fresh vegetables. Salads, soup,homemade broths and several house made dressings. Quench your thirst with the health based spiced teas and juices.
DEG’S FLAME GRILLED CHICKEN:
A quick serve concept that serves healthy fresh baked chicken and fries opened this summer at The Greene.
DICKEY’S BARBEQUE PIT:
This Dallas, Texas based franchise opened their doors in Springboro in November and have already announced they are looking for additional area locations. They smoke their meat onsite and alway offer free soft serve ice cream for dessert!
DOS LUNAS MEXICAN BAR & GRILL:
This locally owned Mexican restaurant in Tipp City has an extensive menu with a variety of enchiladas, quesadillas, fajitas and burritos.
DOUBLE DEUCE TAVERN:
This restaurant moved to Brandt Pike in Huber Heights. Known for pizza and beer, the friendly staff will make you feel at home.
THE DRAGON GRILL at CLUB EVOLUTION:
Inside the 120 N. Ludlow location, is now open for business. Nothing like good eats at a dance club.
This donut chain has a “top it yourself” theme, as well as pre made available donuts. There are locations all over the USA and Dayton’s first taste is the spot on Brown Street.
EL RANCHO GRANDE – DOROTHY LANE
Another El Rancho in town… This one opens up in the old Applebees restaurant on Dorothy Lane. Look for solid choices as always from this chain. The crunchy beef tacos are second to none.
EL RANCHO GRANDE – OLD TROY PIKE
Yet another El Rancho restaurant opens. This one goes into Huber Heights, and will feature Mexican beers and margaritas. Try the Del Mar Trio dinner. It is amazing.
FUYAO’s TASTE OF THE WORLD RESTAURANT:
What an idea, for a large corporation to open their cafeteria open to the public. This restaurant in Moraine is 8,000 square feet and will feature international food.
GRANDPA JOE’S CANDY SHOP:
Behold a Nostalgic candy store in Miamisburg. Get lost as a kid in this store. We think it was named after the Grandpa in the Willy Wonka movie. We hope you find a golden ticket.
Did someone say they offer $2.50 raw oysters? Sounds like a delicious Food Adventure. Beers too? Lead the way and bring lemons and tobasco !
HEAVIER THAN AIR BREWING:
The Tarkany family is the latest to launch a brewery. This one is the second one in Centerville, the first being Lock 27. Located on 725 not far from Adventure Golf, they are currently working on an experimental Oatmeal Stout and and a Strawberry Farmhouse Ale.
THE HIGHLAND STAG:
Scottish fare and flare from owner Heather Davis and her family. The food is wonderful and the beer selection is unique. This is a fun atmosphere, and the servers are very attentive.
The classic pancake chain dives into Huber Heights. Filled Pancakes and French Toasts, breakfast isn’t breakfast around here if you don’t have whipped cream on top !
East Monument Ave’s newest coffee shop. Expect commuters and downtown workers to take advantage of this locale.
LOCK 27 – DOWNTOWN
In the new development across from the Dragon’s Stadium, Lock 27 has branched into a state of the art facility. With his time tested quality beers and food, the formula for success should work in Dayton as well. Lock 27 has a strong, loyal following in Centerville.
MS. PAM’S OLD DAYTON STYLE GOLDEN FRIED CHICKEN: They barely got the doors open on Wayne Ave before they got a “cease-and-desist” order from Fricker’s and had to abandon their original name –Ms. Pam’s Parkmoor Style Dixie Fried Chicken. We haven’t had a chance to check this place out yet, but it’s on our list.
McALISTER’s DELI – DAYTON MALL
New deli sandwich shoppe that features double deckers. In the mood for some lunchmeat? This chain is your place for some great club an d turkey sandwiches.
A Pizza based grill and pub near the Fairfield Commons Mall. It replaces the closed Max n Erma’s. This chain operates in 9 different states and brings a Tex-Mex feel to a menu filled with burgers, quesadillas, flat breads, pastas and pizzas.
The menu is over the top, rich and sinful. It is all in the name of cheese. Want the craziest grilled cheeses known to man? Come to Melt, a Cleveland creation that is spreading across the mid-west, throw your diet out the window and enjoy !
They took over the spot of the former Kettering Grill. Merit Grill’s menu goes from steaks to pasta to orange chicken. The kitchen has been getting great feedback. Check this restaurant out. It is one of Dayton’s sleepers.
Quick, personal, assembly line Artisan pizzas made in a couple of minutes. Delicious fresh ingredients where you pick the sauces and toppings. The new spot is located in the Cornerstone development.
MIKE’S NASHVILLE HOT:
Damn good stuff, but boy is the Nashville hot sauce hot. Go with a mild sauce, unless you are a hot sauce lover, because this chicken will light you up! Get the banana pudding to seal the deal. Find them at Austin Landing and on 48 in Centerville.
MR. BORO’S TAVERN:
Opened in March 2017, this bar has a huge patio and friendly staff. The pub food is promising and this looks to be a popular place in the future too. Located on 741 in Springboro, it was formerly Bella Vino.
MUDLICK TAP HOUSE – DAYTON:
This restaurant decided to cease operations in Germantown and move to the busier area of E. Second Street in Downtown Dayton. Known for a nice draft beer selection, and a gourmet menu from an in-house chef, this place promises to be a splash hit.
OAKWOOD CANDY SHOPPE:
New candy shop in the heart of Oakwood. We hope this place fits perfectly into the hustle and bustle of the shops on on Far Hills.
The newest spot just opened in Englewood. This eatery will bring spicy, Louisana Style fried chicken to the northern Dayton area. Years ago, Popeye’s closed their location on Wilmington Pike at the Kettering / Bellbrook border.
This Brown Street eatery offers authentic street style tacos for breakfast, lunch and dinner along with margaritas. It is the first Ohio franchise for this Texas based company, run by the same folks that run Milano’s.
RAISING CANE’S CHICKEN:
For weeks the line was a wrap around mess to get into this place. They literally have chicken strips and 2 other menu items, and people come from all over to eat them up. We love being greeted with “Hot Chicken, Hot chicken, what combo you pickin’?”
S & S MEAT HOUSE:
Sommer and Smith’s Meat House is the new 3rd street BBQ spot. Lifelong Daytonians honing their verisons of Kansas City and Texas style barbecque. These guys have some serious rubs going on….
THE GYRO ROOM:
Brown Street got their own greek eatery this summer. It’s a great place to grab a gyro and be sure and try their spanakopita and grape leaves, as well.
TAQUERIA TRES HERMANOS:
The new Taco Loco is no frills. It is authentic Mexican food at its best. This means homemade taco sauces, soft corn tortillas, and specialty items like sopes and huaraches. Try it, you will love this place.
TIM HORTON’S – RIVERSIDE:
A Harshman Rd. location so you an get your fill of this Canadian companies pastries, eh ? Donuts, coffee or pastries, they make it right for you.
VICTOR’S TACO SHOP:
In July Huber Heights got the newest drive-thru by this locally owned chain, making it the area’s 4th spot featuring tacos, enchiladas, burritos.
WAT DA PHO:
A fun play on words to describe this casual Vietnamese eatery. Obviously the meal sized soups are the specialty, but look for other favorites like soft rolls as well. Located next to long standing cigar shop, The Wharf, it is not far from Wright State University or the Fairfield Commons Mall.
The larger, revamped restaurant with the chef/owner Maria Walusis of Nibbles Catering/Restaurant fame. Look for big successes from this charming eatery.
So here is a road map for 2017 Dayton Restaurants, where we have been and where we are going.
That was…The Year in Food.
Try all the new places in town and find some new favorites. As always, please FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK HERE.
Happy New Year from THE BIG RAGU, CHEF HOUSE, and HUNGRY JAX – your Food Adventure Crew !
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“That place is amazing.. have you ever heard of it?” …..no
“The food there is terrific, have you ever been?” …..nope
Some eateries are like Rodney Dangerfield. They don’t get the respect they deserve. The people who have been there seemed to love the place, but some don’t know the restaurant exists, and most haven’t been there. This is the frustrating… but in some ways the fun part of Food Adventures. We get to share some of the unsung spots, some that have even been around for decades. We get to introduce the masses to some great Miami Valley food spots that they may have never heard about.
Dayton’s culinary scene is a vast field of diamonds in the rough, and all of them need a little more attention from the public.
Food Adventures loves these places, and realize that you may not be familiar with many. Call them some of the underdogs of the industry, we call them delicious and some of our favorites.
Here they are, ranked in order……
DAYTON’S 35 MOST UNDERRATED FOOD SPOTS:
2229 Dryden Rd, Moraine, OH 45439
Maybe it’s the location on Dryden Rd. Maybe it’s the fact he isn’t open weekends, except for UD Flyer’s Home Basketball games. Whatever the reason, the homemade food at Vinny’s Bar and Grill is the most underrated place in Dayton. Our 2013 feature article spells it out. Virtually everything we have tried on this menu is outta sight. From chili, to homemade soups. From broasted chicken wings, to incredible vegetable dishes. Vinny’s has sandwiches and burgers that are crowd pleasers too. It is reminiscent of a mini-Doubledays type menu. Owner Vinny Nyhan makes almost everything homemade from tested recipes. But his hours are weekdays, since he is in the industrial business district. Heck he even has a carry out food area and a convenient store attached to the restaurant.
Highlights at Vinny’s are cheap chicken wing night every Thursday. The wings are big, delicious, broasted with various sauce choices. Other highlights include when his pal Rick’s Tropical Delight brings the Big Green Egg and cooks on the patio. He typically does this for UD Flyer home basketball games. That is when he features his famous: “Indoor Tailgate Buffet,” which is always a “must eat.” A full bar brings a sports bar feel to the place.
2) THE SPICY OLIVE:
3650 Rigby Rd, Miamisburg, OH 45342 Phone: (937) 247-5969
This place is one of our favorites, thanks the Hungry Jax who discovered it in Cincy. To say it is underrated is an understatement. Why? Because this store could revolutionize the way you cook at home. It has affected us for sure. Here we have a rare store, where the olive oil and balsamics are harvested at different parts of the globe at different times of the year, so you have the freshest product possible. The difference lends to taste and health. In a world of
where the olive oil industry is in turmoil with fake or diluted product, this store is a savior. Melanie Cedargren and her knowledgable staff are an asset to the Dayton community. With 2 other stores in Cincinnati, her brand is growing. Our favorite’s are the Butter Olive Oil, The Roasted Sesame Seed Oil, The Lemon Olive Oil and so many more…. Check out our past feature article on The Spicy Olive for more details
3) ROCKY’S PIZZA RING- CLOSED
3273 Seajay Dr, Beavercreek, OH 45430
Unsung pizza place with an unforgettable atmosphere. Boxing posters and news clippings adorn the walls and even a speed bag hangs in the dining area. The coolest attraction is the dining room is inside 2 boxing rings. What gets overlooked? This place has terrific pizza, a semi-thin and crispy crust, cut into squares and served hot out of the oven on aluminum foil. “Must Eats” include the Taco Pizza, the EB pizza (everything but anchovies) and the Calzones. Rocky’s even hosts comedy nights once a month. Beer available on draft and in cans/bottles. A cold draft beer with pizza never tasted as good as when you’re sitting in Rocky’s Pizza Ring. Our previous feature article on Rocky’s goes in depth like no other.
4) LUCKY’S TAPROOM & EATERY:
520 E 5th St, Dayton, OH 45402
Andrew Trick, the owner, has a cult following of loyal Lucky patrons. He supports local businesses in every facet of his restaurant whenever possible and is known for charity work as well. Lucky’s is a warm, inviting place in the Oregon District with a historic feel. But what gets overlooked, is how good the food is here. And with one of the most eclectic beer selections in town, things only get better from there. “Must Eats” are the Sunday Brunch Menu, and Chef House loves the Avocado BLT and the hamburgers, because the meat is from Keener Farms. The chili and vegan menu selections round out a strong menu. Make sure you get the beer notebook so you can browse, then choose some of these rare brews to batter your fish with.
5) THE SKYBOX, HOLLYWOOD GAMING AT DAYTON RACEWAY:
777 Hollywood Blvd, Dayton, OH 45414
Yes, the new Racino. That’s where you find some of the most underrated eats in town. Tired of Slots? Had enough of trying to pick the ponies? Well you deserve a break in the sleek restaurant called the Skybox at the top of the casino, near the Horse Race simulcast area. In fact, during LIVE racing events, there are servers who bring these delicious menu items all over the Racino table viewing area. The result is a VIP feel, overlooking the track. What’s overlooked here? The Pizza, The All U Can Eat Ribs(special, not always available), The Prime Rib, and the soups.
6) CHASKA GRILL
39 Fiesta Ln, Miamisburg, OH 45342
Time to take a Food Adventure. This place specializes in Indian and Pakistani cuisine. The result is a slightly spicy version of the typical Indian fare in Dayton. The owners have a successful gig in West Chester and are spreading their business, and recipes to Dayton. What is being overlooked here is the main attraction… the buffet. It is a great chance to experiment, try to go out of your comfort zone, testing new foods. You can do this without having to order and ruin a full meal. Friendly service and a quiet atmosphere is typical on weekdays and weekends. We hope more people discover their great food. “Must Eats” are the Saag Paneer (creamed cheesy spinach), Chicken Tikka Masala and the Garlic Naan Bread
7) TREADWAY’S GARDEN:
10245 Dayton Lebanon Pike, Centerville, OH 45458
Where do you start? Three generations of hard-working family members make this the premier “side of the road” produce stop in the area. Why? They have the most beautiful produce. Luscious tomatoes, perfect squash, gorgeous zucchini are just the tip of the iceberg. Throw in the beautiful varieties of green and hot peppers, corn and melons, now you have the makings fo a great food spot. Bring a healthy taste of nature back to your home tonight, and cook up a summers meal that your family wont soon forget. During fall this is a prime place for pumpkins, gourds and more. Check out our in-depth feature story written before the passing of matriarch, Mrs Treadway.
8) CJ CHAN’S:
Two Locations: 2747 W Alex Bell Rd, Moraine and 536 Wilmington Ave, Dayton
Fairly new Asian Restaurant with 2 Dayton area locations. They feature both Chinese and Japanese food on the menu. What’s overlooked is the flavorful choices and decent prices. “Must Eats” are a long list here : General Tso’s Shrimp, Crab Rangoon, The CJ Roll, Pad Thai, Chicken Mei Fun, and Spicy Shrimp with Vegetables. If you have not been here , give this place a try. We don’t know one person who has been disappointed.
9470 Dayton Lebanon Pike, Dayton, OH 45458
Ok, it is a pizza joint, but what gets overlooked are the BBQ and Broasted chicken. We are here to tell you that they are the stars of the menu. I mean who else delivers BBQ Ribs and Brosted Chicken? “Must Eats” The Pulled Pork (ask for sides of BBQ sauce), The Broasted Whole Chicken Wings (ask for more BBQ sauce sides for dipping), Mashed potatoes and gravy and Calzones. The owner Robert Benson is a great guy and has won national pizza competitions, but his BBQ is so good, it steals the show. OMG and the sauce, his homemade BBQ sauce is incredible. Damn, this is making our mouths water thinking about it. Let’s call them….
10) THE TROLLEY STOP
530 E 5th St, Dayton, OH 45402
The Sassenberg family owns one of Dayton’s best kept secrets. Another charming, historic space in the Oregon Express where the food can shine. Many of you have seen the sign, but might not have stopped in. This place is overlooked for sure. Many are missing out on their burgers made from Keener Farm beef. Like the BELT Burger with bacon, egg, lettuce and tomato. Literally every sandwich is a winner from the Hippy Stacker to the Trolley Turkey. Much of these sandwiches are topped with veggies from Fulton Farms or Patchwork Gardens. And again, don’t overlook the beer selection here. They usually have a couple of rare brews on tap. It makes for interesting drinking times at this precious gem.
11) OREGON EXPRESS
336 E 5th St, Dayton, OH 45402
Heads up pizza lovers, this is THE MOST Underrated and unknown pizza in Dayton. The thin crusts are topped with generous
ingredients and sprinkled with spices that make the Oregon Express pizza taste unmistakable. Cut in the traditional squares, it is familiar but yet unlike anything you have tried. Bold flavors and a rich sauce are the secrets to their great pizza pies. A deluxe will out your taste buds in la la land. There is one must eat here, and it is a huge one. It is ANY OF THEIR PIZZAS.
12) DEROMA ITALIAN RESTAURANT: CLOSED
6254 Chambersburg Rd, Huber Heights, OH 45424
We bet you have never been here. Well, it is time to go to Huber Heights. Tucked into the end of a small shopping strip, this quaint little Italian eatery delivers on food and flavor. Also, the proportions are nice, so you won’t walk out hungry. MUST EATS are manicotti, calamari, eggplant parmesan and the garlic rolls. These menu items are incredible. What is overlooked here is the sauce. A great marinara and alfredo sauce highlight almost all of the pasta dishes.
1000 N Main St, Dayton, OH 45405
This old Red Barn restaurant has some of the best soul food in town. From Must Eats like Fried Fish and Cheeseburgers, to all time favorites like the skillet cornbread and Dayton’s best Chicken wings (BBQ style). The homemade sides put it all in order like mom used to make. Served cafeteria style, it gives you a chance to see all of the day’s steaming hot entrees. The owners and staff are friendly and give to lots of charities. We love this spot. In fact you can view our in depth feature article on Benjamin’s, HERE.
14) SHEN’S SZECHUAN and SUSHI
7580 Poe Ave, Dayton, OH 45414
Boy oh boy, do the loyal customers love this place. They shout it loud and proud. However, this spot still gets overlooked. What you’re missing is an EXTENSIVE menu featuring two worlds: The Chinese Szechuan special way of cooking and The Japanese Sushi Menu. You will find rare must eats like the Peking Duck, Ginger Prawns and Velvet Seafood Soup. On the sushi end, try the Crazy Tuna Roll and the Rising Sun Roll. You gotta try this place for an elegant, special tour of the Orient for your taste buds. Soon to be one of your favorite spots, we promise.
15) LITTLE SAIGON
1718 Woodman Dr, Kettering, OH 45420
The outside is a lime green and blue colored shack. You wouldn’t believe that inside holds the most delicious pho soups and soft rolls that you
will ever try. Many miss seeing the place entirely because it is so small. Many judge the outer appearance and never venture in. all missing out. Again what is overlooked is a complete menu of Pho Soups and nice sized vegetarian menu. Must Eats? Oh that is easy – The Soft Shrimp Roll, Lemongrass Shrimp over Vermnicelli, the Vegetarian Spring Rolls, and the spicy Pho called “Shrimp and Pork Sate Soup with Egg noodles.” The owners have a tremendous story of coming to America for freedom. Today we benefit by enjoying their incredible family recipes. Try it, get out of your comfort one and live a little. You will be back ! For a full feature on Little Saigon, see or article HERE. This place must be amazing because it has been in business over 25 years!
16) BOURBON STREET GRILL:
1043 Brown St, Dayton, OH 45409
An old Cassano’s restaurant has turned into a unlikeley success story. It is all because of the food. And many still don’t know about this place! The eatery is busy and the fast-moving line is long but you still get served in a couple of minutes? Why? Because the staff busts its ass harder than most anyone we have ever seen. They serve up Must Eats like The Bourbon Chicken over rice or noodles, The Spicy Chicken over spicy rice, and what about the Blackened Salmon over Rice ? This place is so underrated it is sick. The food is great, the portions are gigantic and the price is right. See our Food Adventure article for an in-depth feature on Bourbon Street Grill.
298 Far Hills Ave, Centerville, OH 45459
An authentic Mexican place that has not been the big enchilada. Other Taqueria’s have gotten much more love, while this menu is very close to other 2 or 3 restaurants in town with food in the style of Mexico City. Corn tortilla tacos with onions, cilantro, lime juice with your choice of meat. Note, no cheese. Also absent is the white queso topping in the style of many Tex Mex restaurants. It is peasant food, made simple, enjoyed and authentic. The prices are reasonable too. Must Eats are the Pozole Soup, Chicken Fajitas, Camroone Ala Diabla (spicy shrimp), Chorizo Soft Tacos and the best Tamales we have ever eaten. Want more info? Check out our feature article on Chiapas HERE.
18) CHOP SUEY CARRYOUT:
1465 E Dorothy Ln, Dayton, OH 45429
When a place is named Chop Suey carryout, you have to try the Chop Suey.. and it’s the best in town for over 40 years. Still, not a large percentage have tried this spot. We don’t get it. The prices are great, and the food is stellar. Must Eats include 3 Chinese staple dishes:
Shrimp Chop Suey, Sweet n Sour Shrimp and Chicken Chow Mein. They have the tastiest and thickest creamy sauces. The recipes remain unchanged since the 70’s and we are grateful for that. Even the Egg Rolls are a must eat and a throwback to the Dayton Mall Charlie Chans. For more information, read our feature article on this, the oldest Chinese Restaurant in Dayton. Try it for carry out or eat in the dining room which is unchanged since the late 70’s when the Bee Gees ruled the pop charts.
4021 Dayton Xenia Rd, Beavercreek, OH 45432
If you have not been here, you are overlooking some of the most inventive and largest hand tossed pizza pies in Dayton. A cross between a NY style Pizza with toppings so unique they need special
names. We love this spot, and their Monday All you can eat pizza buffet is a hit and a MUST EAT. Try the 215 CheeseSteak Pizza, BLT pizza, Chicken Cordon Bleu Pizza and the Hamburger Pizza. A family owned business by some of the friendliest people in town. Theresa Geraci is always looking out for local charities anc giving back. We think that is pretty special. And so is their fresh dough pizza ! We featured Beavercreek Pizza dive in an article, check it out for a full scoop.
20) YAFFA GRILL
2844 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Fairborn, OH 45324 and 21 Alexandersville Rd, Miamisburg, OH 45342
Good food is good food in any language. That is the case at one of the most underrated eateries in the Miami Valley. Yaffa Grill was the focus of an article and you may want to read it for a full breakdown. There are 2 locations, one in West Carrollton and one by Wright State. We prefer the general store in West Carrollton, and the eat in restaurant in Fairborn. Flame grilled chicken kababs are delicious. These are marinated in special sauce and the flavor is unique and delicious. Must eats are the hummus like Musabara, the Eggplant salad and the grilled half chicken. If you are willing to take a chance and try this menu, you will light up with amazement and surprise.
21) GEORGE’S FAMILY RESTAURANT:
5216 N Dixie Dr, Dayton, OH 45414
Again, one of the family eateries that deserves more notoriety. The article we wrote on George’s 5 years ago still stands. “Must Eats” include Broasted Fish, The Cheeseburger, Peanut Butter Pie, and Banana Pudding Pie. The freshly ground chuck makes for some of the best burgers in Dayton. Their entire breakfast menu is also a must eat. Make sure you get to North Dixie and get some of this classic diner fare.
22) THE AMBER ROSE:
1400 Valley St, Dayton, OH 45404
This restaurant is the epitome of underrated. The menu is a one of a kind in Dayton. The German and Lithuanian dishes served are accented by inventive dishes. The Amber Rose has a great food variety, a “haunted” atmosphere, and an expert staff. Owner Joe Castellano and his chefs produce great meals. Known mostly for catering their restaurant is one of the most underrated places to grab a meal. If you have not been here make sure you try the Must Eats like Turtle Soup, Cabbage Rolls, Pierogies and the Dorito Crusted Chicken Sandwich special.
23) ASHLEY’S PASTRY SHOP:
21 Park Ave, Dayton, OH 45419
If Martin Sheen and Rob Lowe love this place, how could some people have not heard of this Oakwood bakery? Decades of delicious dedication have gained great regular following, but the masses need to know about this impeccable pastry spot. We did a feature article on Ashley’s Here. Must Eats are the “Yum Yums,” “Glazed Croissants,” and “Sandy Tarts.” Owner Theresa is like Dayton’s version of a baker’s Willy Wonka.
3002 Woodman Dr, Kettering, OH 45420
Old world favorites in an old Taco Bell building. An unlikely setting for some terrific eats, but Jimmy’s does just that. “Must Eats here are Manicotti, Pierogies, Pizza and the Pepperoni Roll. The restaurant is owned by a husband and wife. Did we mention that the cannoli are excellent? For a more detailed view of Jimmy Italian Kitchen check out our article on Dayton Most Metro.
25) THE CAKERY:
140 Woodman Dr, Dayton, OH 45431
Another locally owned family place that is outta sight. They are so inventive here that they take the cake scraps to make a huge, colorful dessert that is very popular, called Rainbow Cake. It is a perfect place to get your birthday cakes. In fact the “Must Eats” are a Chocolate Cake with Buttercream icing, Cream Puffs, Buttercream shots and Snickerdoodle Cupcakes. Hungry Jax uses this baker for cakes and cupcakes and got us tuned into this store. Check out our feature story on the Cakery for an in depth analysis of their baked goods.
26) NIDA THAI CUISINE:
853 E Franklin St, Dayton, OH 45459
Very unknown restaurant tucked into a strip mall across from Centerville High School. Must Eats are the Curry Shrimp Soup and the Shrimp Pad Thai. We promise more Food Adventures at this location, so we can discover the inner workings of the place. Fresh, hot food at a decent price. These guys know the secret.
27) THE STONE HOUSE TAVERN:
258 S Main St, Waynesville, OH 45068
Archer’s sister restaurant doesn’t get as much love as the siblings. It doesn’t make sense because some of the same great food and beer are at both spots. patio is one of Dayton’s best. Hungry? Come to Waynesville and enjoy some great food and fun. Must Eats at Stone House are the Beer Selection (yes it is a great one to wade through), Burgers, Spartan Style Wings and the Crawfish Mardi Gras Boil. Stay tuned for another Food Adventure dinner here in the coming months.
2303 W Main St, Troy, OH 45373
A hibachi mom and pop restaurant with a full sushi bar. Yes, this place is incredible and their signature is using bean sprouts in their hibachi veggie choices. you havent lived until you’ve scorched some bean sprouts baby. The staff stops bows and says Hi to everyone who enters. If you want you can tease them by leaving and coming back in multiple times. MUST EATS here are the Hibachi Steak, Hibachi Shrimp, Scallop and Lobster combo. For sushi Must Eats are the Spider Roll and the Spicy Tuna roll.
29) HINDER’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL:
902 W Main St, Tipp City, OH 45371
Another place witha cult following, especially because of their Must
Eats.. WINGS ! The burgers are Must Eats too. There is buzz surrounding this place, but again, especially in South Dayton, many have never heard of this gem. Time to head to Tipp City and end the speculation and see for yourself. small price to pay for a perfect wing and perfect hot sauces.
30) ROMER’S BAR & GRILL:
4439 W Franklin St, Bellbrook, OH 45305
A fantastic, underrated menu in Bellbrook. Must Eats are the one and only stuffed burger, The Juicy Lucy a Minnesota
inspired favorite. We also recommend the sliced in-house Beef and Cheddar Sandwich. The homemade Turkey Balls, homemade jalapeno caps fried, and Reuben Sandwiches slow roasted in-house. We did a feature article on Romer’s a few years back and it is still timely today. Read it HERE.
31) MCINTOSH’S PUB & GRUB:
6 E Franklin St, Bellbrook, OH 45305
Cult Following where the rumble is about the wings. Must Eats are the Blackened Wings, the Half Pound Cheeseburger and the Pizza (which is Ron’s). This place has a fun fell and atmosphere and a great spot to have some beers and watch the big game. Underrated? Indeed… Trek over to Bellbrook next time you are hungry and see why.
32) BUNKERS SPORTS BAR & GRILL:
893 E National Rd, Vandalia, OH 45377
Burgers and Wings are the MUST EAT Hallmarks here. People in Vandalia know it, but others, not so much. The other amazing thing here is their digital beer list on the wall. Maybe 30 draft beers on tap? A great selection, with many beers you wont see anywhere else in town. ‘ the kind of thing that makes this place underrated. Good brew, good grub and a place to enjoy it all. The menu is very reasonably priced. the only ting missing from this restaurant is you.. give it a go.
33) FIFTH STREET BREWPUB:
1600 E 5th St, Dayton, OH 45403
An improved, remodeled kitchen catapulted this place up into underrated status. Now, they are churning out gourmet pub food and it is matching the beer choices perfectly. MUST EATS HERE.. come on.. their beer, especially the easy drinking Cream Ale and 1600 Kolsch Beer. More “must eats” are the Co-op cheese curds, the cheeseburger, the seared salmon salad, and the Wedge. Dive into this place head first, because the big menu and great choices will take you a few visits to get a good sampling. Bring a friend down here, chances are they have not tried the food.
34) NORTH CHINA:
6090 Far Hills Ave, Dayton, OH 45459
The best Chinese food in town in Big Ragu’s humble opinion. There is a huge Szechuan and Mandarin Menu and even some Korean
Noodle meals. Why underrated? Since 1987 the quality has been top-notch but still, many people don’t know they exist because they never advertise.. ever. MUST EATS include Mongolian Chicken Spicy, Crispy Shrimp, and worlds Greatest Egg Rolls. Great service has always been a priority and we hope it continues. Check out our article on this underrated classic.
35) VOLTZY’S ROOT BEER STAND: CLOSED
4668 N Springboro Pike, Moraine, OH 45439
The soup nazi of Dayton is the owner of this cult classic. Rick Volz has been slapping burgers for almost 30 years in Dayton and still some people have never heard of him. If you love burgers, this is your Mecca. If you love soups, behold the winter months are yours. MUST Eats are simple The 10 for $12 cheeseburgers, The Hog (a 20 ounce cheeseburger), a Mug of Root Beer, and Cabbage Roll Soup. Remember these keys to survival at Voltzys or you will feel his sarcastic wrath ! First call your order in ahead of time. Second, don’t substitute or delete ingredients he has on the sandwiches unless it is a last resort. Check out our detailed article on Voltzy’s.
How many of these places have you been too? Unless you are a super foodie, we bet not many. But here’s your chance. Now you have some spots to seek out some new Food Adventures for yourself. You can find some Miami Valley culinary treasure, because now you have the map. Aren’t you glad you follow Food Adventures for tips like these?
We hope you enjoyed our list. Please comment and let us know if we left out and places that should have made the article.
The Dayton food world had comers and goers in the year 2016. Lots of eateries opened and some closed. We said goodbye to some old favorites and said hello to some new and exciting cuisine.
Today, Food Adventures looks back on the year in review. If you are a foodie, check out our list below. You will see a lot of new places in the Miami Valley that will spark your interest!
Get a fork, spoon and your nostalgia caps on as we explore the “The Year in Food.”
*****RESTAURANTS THAT OPENED in 2016*****
ARCHERS TAVERN, KETTERING: Taking a successful restaurant philosophy and expanding it to Kettering has seemed to work out well
for the owners of Archer’s. If the first couple of months are any indication, look for continued success at this location on Dorothy Lane in the old Tumbleweed location.
AREPAS and CO. – DOWNTOWN: This Columbian restaurant opened it’s 3rd location in old Olive Dive spot. Besides a strong cultural menu, they offer catering to parties big and small. Delicious, fresh and food choices you won’t find anywhere else.
BAR 145: This restaurant chain is open at Austin Landing. It is known for burgers, lots of beers on tap and a section of the restaurant that holds vintage 80’s arcade games and live music on the weekends. Definitely a fun place to check out.
BAR LOUIE: Austin Landing landed this chain in 2016. A slightly more casual version of the one at the Greene, you can expect the same happy hour and burger specials. And try the totchos – yes, tater tots in your nachos…
BASIL’S ON MARKET: North Patterson Blvd is the expansion location for this 2nd restaurant opening (the original one is still in business in Troy). Incredible food photos on their Facebook page scream “You gotta come eat here.” They have some amazing looking food and a huge patio overlooking the water.
BEAR CREEK DONUTS: Inventive, locally owned donut shop in Miamisburg that raises the bar on toppings. One trip to this place, and you will be hooked. Golden Grahams on Donuts? Yeah , they got that.
BIBIBOP ASIAN GRILL: This Columbus chain finally lands in Dayton near U.D. and has plans for a couple more to come. The Korean inspired meals start with steamed rice, topped with your choice of grilled meats or tofu and a mix of fresh vegetables and Asian sauces.
BJ’S RESTAURANT & BREWHOUSE, FAIRFIELD COMMONS: That craft beer brewing chain with the great appetizers, opens up another mammoth eatery near Fairfield Commons mall. The menu is solid from top to bottom.
BLUE NOTE BISTRO and LOUNGE: New jazz hall and restaurant on 23 E. Central Ave in Miamisburg, which offers Sunday brunch. Over the summer, they expanded dining and music hours. Their Facebook page usually details the happenings.
BRAVO, FAIRFIELD COMMONS: The familiar Italian chain, expands in the Beavercreek/Fairborn area. Must eats are the ravioli, and of course we love to dip the bread in that olive oil mixture, all night long.
CARMELLA’S ITALIAN KITCHEN: Just opened in the old Murphy’s Pub location on Wilmington Pike. Their menu features Italian foods and sandwiches.
CHEDDAR’S SCRATCH KITCHEN: Chain out of Irving, Texas, with dozens of locations reaching up into New York. Big portions and a huge menu with semi-reasonable prices. Think TGI Fridays on steroids or a casual version of Cheesecake Factory (with no cheesecakes.) The new popular place at The Cornerstone development on Feedwire Rd. Warning: Long waiting list during peak times.
CHUY’S, FAIRFIELD COMMONS: This Mexican chain is popping up stores quickly and the newest one is a location near the Fairfield Commons Mall. Great guacamole dip starts out each meal right. Try the margaritas and the Elvis Presley Memorial Combo of Enchiladas.
CRAFTED and CURED: Two local men started this in Spring, 2016. The concept is a cured meat shop, with over 60 craft beers on tap, featuring ales, stouts, ciders, sours and meads. Of course the menu will feature rare meats and cheeses. Read Chef House’s scoop HERE on her MostMetro article. And they’ve just announced that 3 more food businesses will be joining them in 2017- a deli- Local Hero Butchery & Fare, a seafood option- Jack Lukey’s Oyster Saloon & Caviar Bar and Mediterranean goodies from Glasz Bleu Oven.
D20: A Bar With Characters- Board games and brews on draft are the hallmark for this new place in the shopping center adjacent to the Whipp Rd Kroger. Local owners Andrew Sparks and Christine Cooper have come up with the concept, and the drinking and dining area look inviting. The D20 reference is a slang name for a Dungeon’s and Dragon’s 20 sided dice.
DARK HORSE TAVERN (closed in July -reopened in Nov.): They abruptly closed in July 2016, but the love of this place caused a deal to transfer the ownership and keep the menu and music alive. Known for bands and BBQ, it is a great watering hole, with a huge bar. Opened back up in November, Manager Nikky Vontz is getting this place running right!
DON PATRON MEXICAN GRILL of FAIRBORN: They have 2 Ohio locations, the latest being on 2632 Colonel Glenn Highway. Specialties include Carnitas, Burritos, Fajitas and of course, Tacos. They even have wings.
DOUBLE D’S FIT-Q MEAL PREP: Waynesville’s BBQ boys have opened a brick and mortar place in downtown Lebanon.
Owners Dan Velemirov and Dustin Seyersdahl are known for some great traditional BBQ. They also have a signature sweet cornbread waffle and BBQ hot shot.
DOUBLEDAYS, SPRINGBORO: One of Dayton’s most popular locally owned restaurants, expanded to another location in front of the Dorothy Lane Market Springboro in the old Sammy’s El Pueblo building. New location, but the same old favorites remain. If you have not tried their homemade soups, you are in for a treat. They also showcase an extensive sandwich, burger and dinner platter menu.
FREDDY’S FROZEN CUSTARD & STEAKBURGERS: A new fast food chain hits Dayton. It is a cross between Steak and Shake and Culver’s. Quick smashed burgers on the grill, hot dogs and custard sundaes are the signature of this quick bite. Drive thru or dine in, and you will enjoy this throwback meal.
GYRO DELIGHT: Some good buzz is going about this new gyro shop on Wilmington Pike. They have familiar treats like Shish kabobs, Greek fries, chicken gyros and traditional gyros. They also carry exotic Mediterranean food like baklava, shawarma, moussaka and dolmades.
JOHN ANTHONY’S SOUTHERN CUISINE: This spot opened
in summer 2016 on Salem Ave. They feature salads, fried catfish, collard greens, fried chicken & waffles. Soul food at it’s finest, even down to the fried okra.
KUPBOP: The latest quick eatery on Woodman Dr. highlights the lighter, healthier side of Korean cuisine. The “Create Your Own” seems to be the way to go. This is the Korean version of Chipotle.
MARILYN’S GRILL: This restaurant has been serving Soul food on North Main since January. Daily specials like Pork Chops, and Lemon Pepper Wings are crowd pleasers. Other items like chicken and dumplings, or Philly Chicken subs look unreal.
MIKE’S NASHVILLE HOT: The new “go to ” place for Southern fried chicken at Austin Landing. Hand breaded chicken in strips, or whole pieces, spicy or not. They also have a slew of sides and a perch option, with a 2nd location coming to Centerville on 48.
MURRAY’S PUB: Opened in January, 2016, then in December, 2016 announced it would be transitioning into the 937 Grill and Taproom. Two new owners are taking over. Look for an expanding bar menu and continued drink specials.
OINK-A-DOODLE-MOO: Miamisburg is the new location for this place, formerly in Kettering. Great BBQ, sauces and sides are the tradition here. Located at 40 N Main St in Miamisburg, they have a full catering menu too.
OLD BAG OF NAILS PUB: Cross Pointe’s latest restaurant is one of a group of Columbus owned eateries. They have an extensive menu of burgers and sandwiches, and many seafood entrees like Scallops, Blackened Tuna Steak and Fried Clams. A nice soup and dessert offering round out a large menu of options.
OLD SCRATCH PIZZA and BEER: The word is out about this new pizza place, and the feedback has been great. They have red sauce options, white sauce options,salads, sandwiches and a full craft beer list. Create your own pizza, or choose from the dozen options they have. Located at 812 South Patterson Blvd. there’s even a great private room for parties or meetings.
PANDA EXPRESS: Dayton’s only “drive thru Chinese restaurant” is here. This eatery is owned out of California with sites all over the USA including mall courts. Menu choices are simple and traditional. Choose from chicken or shrimp in sweet sauces or fried.
PANERA BREAD, HUBER HEIGHTS: The familiar chain with the bread bowl soups, pastries and more. Huber Heights, you too now, can enjoy the fun.
PHILLY PRETZEL FACTORY: Centerville just held a ribbon cutting at this location on S. Main Street near Lock 27. Big, Soft Pretzels are the love here, with various toppings and dips. Get ready to make and bring back some memories with your first bites.
PIZZA FIRE: The fresh toppings pizza place where you run down the line and top it yourself. The new location is on 4325 Far Hills Ave in Kettering.
PRIMANTI BROTHERS: The famous Pittsburgh chain is now in Dayton too, near the Fairfield Commons mall. Overstuffed pastrami sandwiches, reubens, and are all the rage here. Are they as good as the original? You be the judge.
RAPID FIRED PIZZA (4 new locations): Fairborn, Centerville, Bellbrook and Huber Heights, locations are all news and have all been thriving and Kettering opensthis Friday with FREE pizza. Quick Pizzas and Quick huge salads for about $7.95. With topping choices like ricotta cheese and sun dried tomatoes, what’s not to like?
SKY ASIAN CUISINE: The upscale Sushi restaurant that took over the struggling location at the corner of Wilmington Pike and Woodman’s fork in the road. All the discussions we have heard about this place have been very positive.
SMITH’S BOATHOUSE RESTAURANT: On the Great Miami River, in Troy, Ohio, this upscale dinner place specializes in Seafood and Steak. A fun, elegant setting, and the owners are lifelong locals who seem to really care about the food quality.
SPENT GRAIN GRILL: Inside Warped Wing Brewery, this literal hole in the wall place serves tremendous amounts of food to a busy, thirsty brew crowd. From loose meat sandwiches to the tater tots, we are fans of this new place. Spent Grain literally uses the waste from the brewing process to make pizza dough and bread for their burger and sandwich buns. Good idea, and it fills a need for tasty food while drinking locally brewed beer.
STAGECOACH CAFE: New Carlisle has a quaint new eatery that is turning heads. With 35 facebook reviews and all of them 5 stars, it is time to give credit where due. Specials like Lasagna and Chicken and Noodles, point to a place with comfort food. There saying is “Stop in and try the homemade difference.” It looks like it is time for a a Food Adventure.
TABLE 33: With the saying “grow, share, eat,” they are blazing a unique trail in the breakfast food jungle. They use locally sourced products and have faith based philosophy of turning no hungry person away. Located at 130 West 2nd Street, they offer weekend brunches as well.
TABLE of CONTENTS CAFE: Xenia area cafe owned by Cassaundra Lee. It is actually inside the Blue Jacket Bookstore. They have a daily menu with coups made from scratch. Hand baked items are available for dine-in or takeout.
TEXAS BEEF and CATTLE CO.: Originally know for festivals, these caterers now have a restaurant where patrons can own a share of the establishment. Being an owner has its privileges such as price breaks and more. Owner James Nunez and his family make some of the most succulent beef brisket we have ever tried. Their BBQ sauces and rubs are amazing. Get to 1105 W 3rd St, these people know what they are doing.
TOKYO JAPANESE GRILL & SUSHI: New full service sushi restaurant with hibachi and Japanese soup choices as well. Located across the street from the Cornerstone development on Feedwire Rd, it has been open since April, 2016. Menu offers deals on larger pieces of sushi orders.
VICTOR’S TACO SHOP: Recently opened at 1438 Keowee Street, there is also a location at 1002 N. Broad St. in Fairborn. This colorful drive thru specializes in Tacos, Rolled Tacos, Quesadillas and Todstadas.
THE WANDERING GRIFFIN: The newest Brewery and watering hole has a unique design. They have a couple bars and a coffee bar called Wanderlust. The menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner is getting great reviews. You may recall this place used to house Quaker Steak and Lube near Wright State’s Campus, just off Colonel Glenn Highway.
THE WRIGHT PLACE: Completely remodeled restaurant inside the Holiday Inn, across from Wright State. This eatery looks to pull guests in with historic decor and great food. Using local foods and a “chef’s garden,” Chef Justin White looks to kick things up a notch on his menu.
ZOMBIE DOGZ: Dayton’s most popular food truck has a brick and mortar location on Brown St. in the old Shish Wraps storefront. David and Lee VanArtsdalen have really pushed the envelope over the years, and now you can have all of your favorite dogz – check out their menu here. How can anybody not love this fun place?
*****NEW FOOD TRUCKS IN 2016*****
GREEK STREET FOOD TRUCK: Owner Chris Spirtos has taken his street Gyro recipes to the Dayton streets with great success. They have one of the more grueling schedule of appearances, and it has led to many being exposed to their great foods. Our faves are the baklava, spanakopita and “Chicken Gyros, Street Style”
LATIN AREPAS FOOD TRUCK: A family operated food truck, that also offers catering. The menu includes classic Venezuelan,Colombian, Latin American, and Tropical cuisine. Menu items include Arepas, Tacos, & Empanadas. They are Vegan & Vegetarian Friendly, with Gluten free choices.
MENEHUNE TIKI BUS: This is the only double decker food truck in Dayton, and it is a stunning sight. Although dogged by a couple of unfortunate mechanical issues and a wreck, they are back and bringing their Hawaiian and South Pacific food to the Miami Valley masses. The Kalua Pork Grilled Cheese sandwich is a “must eat.”
SON OF A BISCUIT: Dayton’s Breakfast Food Truck featuring Biscuit and English Muffin Sandwiches. Brad Manning, the owner prides himself on quality ingredients so he only serves Landes Fresh Meats from an old fashioned farm market in Clayton that specializes in Farm-Harvested Beef & Pork. This Food Truck makes it easy to want to “rise and shine.”
And now … sadly, some of our favorite Food Adventure spots closed this year as well…
*****RESTAURANTS THAT CLOSED in 2016*****
BAD DOG, NICE TACO: Our own Chef LeeAnne House and Brian Johnson teamed to bring you a hot dog and nacho cart that spoiled us with toppings from feta to freshly made housemade sauces. Currently Chef House is in Chicago, and when we asked about a re-opening possibility for Bad Dog, she said “never say never.” Stay Tuned.
THE BARNSIDER: After more than 41 years, the Barnsider restaurant served its last meal in May 2016. Known for prime rib and shrimp dinners, you can still buy their cocktail sauce at local grocers and Foremost Seafood.
BOB EVAN’S: The location on Harshman Road, near Stebbins High School closed in 2016. We hope the students of Stebbins are still able to get biscuits, gravy and pancakes at acceptable intervals.
BOSTON’S BISTRO: July 2016 marked a historic closing. After 35 years of business, owner Dave Boston closed his establishment on N. Main Street. Much of his business has been at the old Sports Page location. It was a building his father built. Boston’s was known for being the first place to sell multiple craft beers in the Dayton area. He started selling craft beers in the 1970’s. Dave said he would reopen at another site if the deal was right.
CORLEONE’S CENTERVILLE: This spinoff pizza joint was the 2nd location for Corleone’s, tucked into a shopping center on 725 behind Fricker’s. It never quite took off, even though they had some tremendous pizza and pasta options. Thankfully the Patterson Rd. location is still open.
DESIGNER DOGS: It opened in January, 2016 inside the Fairfield Commons mall, and closed in September. Inventive toppings on the hot dogs included shout outs to various cities and states. The owners promise a return in some fashion, noting a deal in the works to mass produce their dogs. Hopefully we see them again real soon.
DON PABLO’S, FAIRFIELD COMMONS: They were one of the first restaurants to open around the Fairfield Mall. Decades later, they would close in 2016 citing lack of business. We are sad to see them go as their drinks and chips with salsa were some of the best around town.
DT’s KITCHEN CARRYOUT: They opened in March and closed in December, 2016. The menu was a broad diner menu from Quesadillas to Fried Shrimp Dinners. We hate to see locally owned restaurants close, especially when the customer reviews looked so good.
ECLIPSE COFFEE and TEA: Locally owned coffee shop located on Wilmington Pike between LaRosa’s and Frisch’s. Maybe the location was tough, because it looks like the product was superior. They carried quality coffees and teas out of Seven Hills, Ohio.
KAI SUSHI CAFE: One of Dayton’s first sushi restaurants. The crowds had dwindled over the years with increased competition. An empty parking lot seemed the norm the last few months, and after a couple of transfers of ownership and a legal dispute, the restaurant could not continue to operate. We hope this old Howard Johnson building on Byers Rd. gets a new tenant soon.
KRISPY KREME: January, 2016 was the closing date for cult favorite. The national donut franchise could not keep up with local
favorites. Although it will close, regional bakeries will still be pumping Krispy Kreme product into various gas station convenient stores around town.
LAROSA’S, HUBER HEIGHTS: Buddy LaRosa decided to pack this one in during 2016. The Cincinnati based company could not get the business they wanted to stay open. But don’t worry although the 7375 Old Troy Pike location is closed, there are others around Dayton and of course Wayne students can still get slices at King’s Island.
LOGAN’S ROADHOUSE, FAIRFIELD COMMONS MALL: A surprise to many, corporate cited high rent and low income for the closing. If you people would have just not thrown your damn peanut shells on the floor.
MAX n ERMA’S SPRINGBORO: Located at 710 Gardener Rd, off of State Route 741, this restaurant closed in January, 2016. We love Max n Erma’s. We love this regional chain and concept from the Garbage Burger to the drinks. Hopefully another one will open in town, soon.
MCKENNA’S GRILL: This restaurant on Presidential Drive in Fairborn, inside the Holiday Inn, closed to make way for “The Wright Place.”
OSAKA SUSHI and BUFFET: Dayton’s first conveyor belt sushi restaurant, was an upscale buffet that just never
caught on. There was a strong regular customers of Asian descent, but the big crowds were few, forcing them to close. The owner has promised to renegotiate the rent and reopen as a hibachi restaurant much like Sake or Benihana.
QDOBA, BROWN STREET: This eatery closed July 2016. It was located in the heart of the busy restaurant district across from University of Dayton.
SHISH WRAPS: Simon Abboud owned this health conscious restaurant that turned Mediterranean street food into some wonderful creations. We were very sad to see this place on Brown Street go. Their hummus, tabouleh and sauces were all made from scratch. Their shish wraps always left us “shish faced.”
SUSHI CLUB: February, 2016 marked the end for this “all you can eat” made to order sushi place on Alex Rd. We had hit this spot many times and always had a good meal. Maybe the food costs did them in, but they never could seem to capture the big crowds although they had a regular following. We were surprised it closed so quickly and really miss the food.
TASTY MEASURES CAFE: Although they made their own deli meats using Sous Vide style cooking methods, the business crowds were not enough to stay open. Unfortunately this locally owned cafe on Jefferson Street closed in June, 2016.
UNCLE SUNNY’S HOMESTYLE CAJUN FISH & CHICKEN: A family owned spot on 131 Cincinnati Ave in Xenia, it was all about the fried fish and chicken. The reviews were great, and although they originally were going to be a 24 hour restaurant, that never came to fruition. The owners are hinting at another project in the works, so stay tuned.
That does it for the movers and shakers of this year. Do you have a comment about any of the places that have closed or opened? Please leave your thoughts below.
Do you have any predictions for 2017 ?
HAPPY NEW YEAR to all, and to all a good bite!
Chuy’s Elvis Enchiladas – a tribute to the King
Now a gastro intestinal look back at the food year that was… 2015.
Who burst on the Dayton food scene in 2015? Who left us forever, breaking foodie’s hearts? The Miami Valley saw a lot of comings and goings this past year. Food Adventures is here to review the list and get your comments on the gains and losses in 2015.
Whether you liked it, loved it, or lost it, Dayton dining would never be the same. Don’t forget to comment below, and let your opinion be heard.
HERE WE GO …………..
WHO SIZZLED ONTO THE SCENE in 2015?
BAD DOG, NICE TACO: It is part “on site food vendor” and part catering/delivery business. This company has really turned some heads with the delicious dogs, tacos, nachos and omelettes served at various events and breweries. Co-owner is our very own Chef House who has evolved the business over 2015 to include delivery and catering. Fresh, local ingredients is the philosophy of Bad Dog, Nice Taco and the inventive toppings and salsas are sure to excite your taste buds. Launched in July 2015, we look for more innovative food from them in the new year.
BAGGER DAVE’S BURGER TAVERN: A chain with big burgers and regional craft beers. They boast no walk in freezers and serve all their meat fresh. Did we tell you that they make their own soft drinks too? Every Thursday, Bagger Dave’s features 50% off craft beers. Expect this place to be packed with thirsty patrons! The Big Ragu says – Get an appetizer of deep fried artichokes and stick to their specialty burger menu page, you won’t go wrong. Also, some of the best chili in town.
BENNETT’S PUBLICAL: Miamisburg’s newest sports bar just opened at 67 S. Main Street. Coined a “family sports pub,” The atmosphere is very nice with a wood, oak and old brick rustic feel. Yet it keeps an inviting elegance about it. We love sports bars and their specialty is wings with spiced breading. They also have gravy fries. Yes Dayton, gravy fries. We need this place in our life. Did we mention bacon wrapped, Gorgonzola stuffed dates? The Big Ragu says cancel all of his appointments… see ya there.
CHIAPA’S MEXICAN GRILL: “Authentic” Mexican food comes to Centerville. The buzz has been good, with raves about the tacos. A small, clean casual joint, Chiapas is a perfect place for a quick bite or a relaxed meal. We look forward to trying it as soon as the opening crowds subside. Early feedback says it is similar to both Taco Loco and Taqueria Mixteca.
CHUY’S TEX-MEX: A chain restaurant that invaded both Austin Landing and Fairfield Commons Mall this year. Known for great guacamole, huge portions and a strange Elvis shrine & Mexico connection, it is a fun, party atmosphere. The Elvis love continues with Menu items called “Green Chile fried chicken” and “The Elvis Presley Memorial Combo” featuring enchiladas. With other entrees named “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” and Burritos “as big as yo’ face,” how can you not love this place?
CORNER KITCHEN: If your food is made with love from scratch, people will crave more. That is the philosophy of The Corner Kitchen on the corner of Fifth St and Wayne Ave. Great excitement surrounded the opening of this restaurant, and they have delivered with a delicious menu. We look for big stuff in the future from the culinary duo of owners Jack and Natalie Skilliter.
DAYTON BEER COMPANY, DOWNTOWN: This new location could not be more different than the original Dayton Beer Company on Dorothy Lane. The downtown location on Madison Street, is huge. It is a warehouse atmosphere with a Hofbrau house feel. The giant facility features an outdoor patio, brewing area, seating and the enormous bar. The bar showcases a huge selection of 36 beers. The beer menu is listed on wooden planks above the bar. Only Ohio beers are featured, As kegs blow, workers will scramble to climb a ladder and replace a plank with a new beer choice or replacement. This is what a brew house should feel like. Congrats to owner, Peter Hilgeman!
DONA MARGAROTA’S: A Mexican restaurant that opened in Yellow Springs in 2015 has been catching some rave reviews. The owners have transformed a former KFC into a nice little Mexican diner. We here the steak tacos are a must eat ! The place definitely has personality and people with a passion for food behind it.
ELE CAKE BISTRO & WINE BAR: This sleek little bar in Austin Landing also serves small plates from ribs to ravioli. Of course besides a nice wine and beer selection, they have a full line of coffees. But this is Ele, the legendary desserts here are a must to either eat in or take home. A great place to treat yourself after a rough work day, or a perfect place to meet a friend for a drink!
FRONANA: Robert Walker has a hell of a product. A healthy, all natural banana based ice cream like dessert that is healthy and tastes sinful. In 2015, he went from just a bike/cart peddler to a brick and mortar business on West First Street. One of the most inventive guys we have met, his personality and service with a smile has attracted ice cream lovers from all over the Dayton area. Did you know you can find his stuff in Dorothy Lane Market and Dot’s Market, too ?
GREAT STEAK & AMERICA’s TACO SHOP: A split store featuring the old mall food court standard “Great Steak and Potato Company” menu and the edgy chain of “America’s Taco Shop” who features Tacos al Pastor and Carne Asada. Cheesesteaks and Tacos anyone? Sounds like a great Food Adventure stop.
IHOP: After 3 decades, The International House of Pancakes is back and plans to expand locations in Dayton. Get ready for more whipped cream as the Miami Valley is going “Rooty Tooty Fresh n Fruity.” Does anyone remember the IHOP on the corner of 725 and 741 where Waffle House is now ? We do and wonder do they still have the strawberry, blueberry, butter pecan, and boysenberry flavored syrups?
KETTERING GRILL AND CAFE: An extensive menu, and they serve breakfast all day? We just fell in love. From the pasta dishes, to the breakfast, our meals have always been stellar. Located at 3800 Wilmington Pike, we look for some more great food to be served by this spot in 2016.
MACK’S TAVERN: Owner Mackenzie Manley has a passion for serving good food and drink. Mack’s Tavern first burst on the scene before they opened by winning the “Best Bloody Mary in Dayton” competition. Since then she has been tweaking her family recipes and coming up with inventive menu items. From the Boar Bites to the inventive pizzas, or signature Mack n cheese dishes, this menu is perfect for tasty late night food or lunch.
MARILYN GRILL: A new soul food restaurant is in business on 143 N. Main Street, They even feature a Sunday buffet. Ribs, Wings and Pulled Pork are some of their specialties. Mouthwatering photos of Cheesesteaks on their Facebook page warrant a visit by themselves! We have a Food Adventure date reserved in 2016 for these guys!
NELLY’S CHICKEN: A family owned business that really just changed locations from West Carrollton to 79 S. Main St. in Centerville in 2015. They also kicked up their concept a notch. Bolivian spiced, rotisserie chicken is the mainstay of the menu. Authentic Bolivian side dishes add to the exotic menu as does the atmosphere. The Santillan family are friendly and own the eatery. They have incorporated many family members into the business.
NIBBLES: Chef Maria Walusis has a fine dining menu that you must try. Her restaurant is turning heads at 105 S. 2nd Street in Miamisburg. From crab cakes to creme brulee, this gourmet restaurant even hosts private events. Also check out the cocktail selections while you are there.
NIDA THAI CUISINE: Locals say this new Thai spot is beginning to get a cult following. Located at 853 E. Franklin St in Centerville, the restaurant hits the basics of Thai cuisine, soups, curry, stir fry, noodle and pad dishes. We have put this eatery on our hit list of new ones to try, and a Food Adventure is in order.
OLIVE MEDITERRANEAN GRILL: Also known as Falastin Cuisine and Mediterranean Hookah, this family owned restaurant is at 6129 N. Dixie. Owned by a husband and wife team, they hope to bring fresh tastes of exotic cuisine to the area. They have some of the best looking Kufta Beef kabobs we have ever seen. We are looking forward to a Food Adventure visit to this spot, soon!
OLLIE’S PLACE: A wonderful beer store, and a restaurant with an unparalleled beer selection. The restaurant features 60 beers on tap and about 95 bourbons to choose from. That doesnt even count the extensive bottled beer slelction. And food, whoa the food is good. Very unique menu items from bacon tempura asparagus to the cranberry spring rolls. With a store next door of 1800 beers, where do you think we stocked up our beer supplies on New Years for our parties?? Check this place out on 725 in Centerville, and prepare yourself for brew overload.
PARK CITY CLUB: Chef Dana Downes of Roost has a great reputation, and big things are expected out of her new restaurant near Fraze Pavillion. The menu is affordable gourmet cuisine and even features a Sunday brunch. We will be visiting Dana and her staff soon and cant wait to try some of the creations like the “Carribean Fried Chicken Thighs.” See you at their 580 Lincoln Park location!
PERSIS INDIAN GRILL: This is a chain restaurant with its first Ohio location at 9486 Springboro Pike. We have not had a chance to try the food yet, but the atmosphere looks very nice. Their specialty is a “Dum Biryani” style entree with your choice of meat. It is over rice and sounds like the main spices are lemon and tumeric. This is a perfect place for a Food Adventure!
RAPID FIRED PIZZA: Locally owned concept of a quick “build your own pie” with various ingredients. Think of it as a “top your own” thin crust which is then cooked by a wood fired oven. Fresh, quick and delicious are the hallmarks of this parlor. Based on the crowds, it seems to be a pretty popular new spot. Signature salads are another popular draw here.
SG 75 BISTRO: Formerly “Sooo Good Cafe,” they went for plan “B” this time. We mean “B” as in Burgers, Bacon, Brews and Bourbon. That is their menu mantra, which includes some killer signature sandwiches that feature a fried chicken breast or portbella mushroom. We have heard great things about this place and will report back after an extensive foodie investigation.
SONG’S SUSHI: A Korean and Japanese restaurant, well known for their sushi. With one of the more elaborate Korean menus in town, this place will give any foodie a fun chance to explore their tastes. Lots of good online buzz about this place on Airway Rd.
SPENT GRAIN GRILL: Food at Warped Wing Brewery?? YES ! Andrew Trick from Lucky’s is partnering to bring food made from scratch to thirsty and hungry patrons. The name spent grain, refers to the leftover malt after the brewing process, and they will be using it to make flour. The buns, soft pretzels, tortilla, pizza dough and more is made with the in house flour. But we think there wont be much leftovers here as the menu looks delicious. We will be having a Food Adventure with the owners soon!
TWIST CUPCAKERY: A Confectioner that opened downtown specializing in cupcakes, wedding and birthday cakes. Their motto seems to be “baking is our passion.” By the looks of their prodcuts, they are some talented, passionate baking artists. We need to try these guys out ! They are located in the heart of downtown at 25 S. St. Clair St.
THE SPICY OLIVE: This amazing shop features dozens of infused flavor olive oils, and balsamic vinegars. If you like to cook, this place is a dream world, and will make your life so much easier. The fresh oils and flavors will kick anyone’s home meals up a notch. Out of Cincinnati, this is the 3rd shop opened by owner Melanie Cedargren.
THE SUSHI CLUB: All-you-can-eat sushi? YES! Made to order? YES! The first of its kind in the Dayton area, this concept has evolved and now includes all-you-can-eat hibachi, appetizers and even desserts as part of their “endless menu.” So now you don’t have to be a sushi eater to enjoy the place. If you love sushi, this is your Disneyland, on Alex Rd in West Carrollton. If you are a beginner, it is a perfect opportunity to explore, sample and experiment with various options.
WINAN’S CHOCOLATES, CENTERVILLE: A nice coffee and chocolate shop has opened near the corner of Far Hills and Whipp Rd. It has all of the favorites you have come to love from Winan’s. Yes, “Wetzels” have finally come to Washington Township. For some of you it brings your cravings much more closer to home.
WRIGHT WING, KETTERING: This is an expansion of the Fairborn restaurant and is located on Wilmington Pike in the old Buckin Donkey Grille. This is a manly menu with wings, subs and pizzas. We hope them continued success in 2016.
ZOUP!: A soup and salad joint that was part of the big reconstruction on Miamisburg Centerville Rd where Whole Foods was erected. This chain restaurant features salads, but the main draw is soups. From Lobster Bisque to Chicken and Dumpling Soup, this pace has the gourmet soups, to comfort soups, to everything in between. A great place to visit when you are on the go.
WHAT RESTAURANTS THAT CLOSED THEIR DOORS in 2015?
ADOBE GILAS: Mexican party place at the Greene that seemed to have a fiesty, fiesta crowd each day for 8 years. Rumors swirled as to why it abruptly closed, but nothing was ever confirmed. The food was ok, it was the drinks that will be missed.
ANTICOLI’S GUILLIANO TAVERN: This Italian eatery never gained the following of the original Anticoli restaurant. Classic and delicious Italian dishes like lasagna and manicotti were some of our favorites here. It was sad to see the iconic Dayton family have to close this restaurant.
ANTOJITOS CRIOLLOS: Dayton’s Puerto Rican Restaurant on Linden Avenue had promise, but seemed to be open spotty times and never regained itself from various stumbles. Internet rumors swirled as to why they closed, but no official reason was given. They had the most incredible fried chicken bites called “Chicharrones de Pollo.” The owners are also active in the “A World A Fair” Puerto Rican booth, so we hope to see them remain involved.
ASIA HOUSE SUSHI BAR & GRILL: This Centerville sushi house located in Washing Park Plaza, just off of Lyons Rd., was formerly Ichiban Seafood Buffet. It closed its doors in 2015, after never quite catching enough clientele.
BELLA VINO: This wine bar had an incredible selection of vino, but just couldnt build up enough regulars to stay in business. Known for a nice patio and some recent menu improvements, we were sad to hear of their closing. They still operate a location in West Chester.
BUCKIN’ DONKEY GRILL: We cried when this place on Wilmington Pike closed. From the Frosted Flake French Toast to thew Pierogi Burger, to the incredible pies and desserts, this place was special. Owner Sean still caters and sells pies, and says you never know if you might see the Donkey again at another location. We hope to see it happen!
CORK WINE & DINE: Formerly the Wine Loft, this place was beloved by many for the drink and comfortable ambiance. Owners out of Columbus closed the shop late this year.
CRAZY MANGO BAR & BISTRO: The former owners of Bahn Mai, opened this restaurant at the Greene. Unfortunately, this beautifully decorated restaurant closed in July 2015. Who else is gonna miss those long Crab Rangoon Sticks?
DENNY’S: Oh how the mighty have fallen. From the after hour diners leaving the 1470 dance club for some food, this Denny’s was busy late into many nights. We know it’s a chain, but we loved a grilled cheese and onion rings at 2am. Denny’s corporate office orchestrated the restaurant closing in December for unspecified reasons. It is hard to believe that you cant get a Grand Slam Breakfast in Dayton anymore. Goodbye to an era and an icon.
DOMINIQUE’S BISTRO and BAR: Lack of business forced this upscale restaurant to close in 2015, in Oakwood. Formerly “C’est Tout,” the owner had been in business for 12 years. Lack of business was the reason for the shut down. It is very sad to see the persons affected, and good things that go away in Dayton.
FRIENDLY’S: Oh say it ain’t so ! Not the Reece’s Pieces Sunday, nooo.. Corporate offices called for all 5 Dayton restaurant chains to close. No more clamboats, no more Fribbles… Doesn’t it just make you want to stand up and scream for ice cream?? We will miss this place. Goodbye old friend….ly.
GRANNY C’S BAKERY: This Huber Heights favorite had to close after more than 5 years in business. Increased costs forced the owners to close the place. Known for strawberry donuts, cakes and pumpkin rolls, they also rode the cupcake craze. We wish the McDaniel family (owners) the best in 2016.
HOUSE OF KABAB: In May 2015, the restaurant closed. For some reason, the menu did not catch on as much as they hoped after almost 5 years. Specializing in Persian and Mediterranean dishes, they had some excellent hummus and appetizers. We will miss this place.
NEW YORK PIZZERIA: An immigrant owned pizza place on 5th Street closed its doors this summer. No reason was given for the closing of the business that had been around about 5 years.
OINK-a-DOODLE-MOO: The Kettering location was closed in 2015, yet a couple area spots are still open. Owners had previously indicated re-opening in another location. Stay tuned in 2016 for future developments. Affordable BBQ will always be missed, we hope they re-open soon.
OLIVE, an URBAN DIVE: This closing might have rocked the Dayton area the most in 2015. A true locally devoted business with a huge following of regulars, Olive was a beloved restaurant. Located in the old Wympee building. Owner Kim Collett said she was unable to come up with a rental agreement to stay in business. She also said she planned to take a break from the restaurant industry and try something new. We wish her the best of luck.
PASHA GRILL II: Opened 2 weeks before it closed. We hardly knew ya! The owner realized shortly after opening that he would be unable to run 2 restaurants at once.
PATRIOT STEAKHOUSE: A family owned business in Lebanon that went for high quality cuisine at reasonable prices. For some reason the increase in sales did not meet the needs for the operation to stay in business. The result was the loss of another good eatery in 2015.
PONDEROSA STEAKHOUSE: For decades this steakhouse chain has had a hold in the Miami Valley. At one time the CEO lived in the Dayton area. Not even that could help the steakhouse recover as it fizzled year after year. We will miss the tin plates, ribeyes and chopped steaks. We will miss the dinner rolls and fighting for tongs at the crowded salad bar. So long partner, as you ride off into the sunset.
QUAKER STEAK AND LUBE: Buckets of wings and tons of flavor options was the signature of this chain. Now, after 13 years, the Atomic Wing Challenge is no more. Popular with bikers and Wright State Students, the reason given for the close was the selling of real estate where the restaurant was located. Well, that sucks.. we will miss those tall mugs of beer, and those addictive wings.
RINALDO’S BAKERY: The true loss of a legend, this bakery closing will have effects reaching into the Italian festival. Many may know that a portion of the Italian Fest desserts are made by Rinaldo’s Bakery. The Stolfo family operated the business for 50 years. Due to health concerns of the son, the family decided to close their doors. They simply couldnt handle the workload at their ages. We will forever miss the Italian Wedding Cakes, half moons, and the adult cakes that would fly out from time to time.
ROUSH’S FAMILY RESTAURANT: A Fairborn staple closed in 2015. Mike and Joyce Gharst had bought the business fro the Roush family, and were looking to retire. The business was up for sale for a year with no buyers. This restaurant was a throwback family restaurant with the 1950s and 60’s style. Simple, delicious, comfort food. You could order of the menu or try the “hot buffet.” There really are no more places like this anymore.
SAMMY’S EL PUEBLO: Popular burger and Mexican food spot in Springboro closed to make way for another Doubleday’s Restaurant. We will miss the chile relleno and the Mafia Burger.
SMOKIN ACES BAR & GRILL: Formerly “the Filling Station,” this bar and grill closed in 2015. We do not know much bout the close, but we hope that someone will fill the vacancy shortly.
SPRINGBORO FISH MARKET: After 8 months, the owners of this seafood store decided to close. Their specialty was fresh seafood and cited a lack of business as the reason for ceasing operations.
SUMERA: Locally owned idea of sushi mixed with traditonal or non-traditional American items. They had a delicious menu, but sadly cited weak sales as a reason for the closing. We loved the staff, menu and mangement. We were sad to see them go. The tuna and salmon at this store was amazing as was the Peanut Butter and Jelly sushi roll !
ULBRICH’S HOMETOWN BAKERY: Donuts were the specialty of this family owned business. Although this location closed, there are still locations in Huber Heights and Englewood. Such tasty treats, sad to see them go.
UNDERGROUND SPORTS BAR: Troy restaurant owned by the Cheeky Meat Pies establishment, closed its doors in 2015. No reason was given for the sudden close, but we hope the best for the owners in 2016.
ZETLAND STREET: Their commitment to serve , farm-fresh local foods wasn’t enough to keep this Bellbrook eatery afloat. Ever wonder if some locations truly are cursed?
There you have it, the food year in review for 2015. Did we miss any? Which ones are you excited to see? Which ones closed that you are heartbroken about? Please comment below and give the Dayton area some feedback !
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The best deserves a second mention. Our feature article spinoffs, called “A second helping of “ are made for such occasions. You may recall our article over 3 years ago where Food Adventures proclaimed to the world that “North China Restaurant has the best damn egg rolls ever!” We decided North China is worthy of our “Second Helping” feature. So hop on on our Food Adventure and grab some chopsticks, as we break through the Great Wall. Let’s dive into a second helping of one of our favorite places in the Miami Valley, NORTH CHINA !
HERE’S THE SKINNY:
— Things have not changed a at North China a bit since our 2011 article, and that’s how we like it. We have visited North China dozens of times since the last article. Whether carryout or dine-in, we are never disappointed. The food quality is still amazing and so is the consistency.
— The service remains top notch. Your water glass is never empty, and you will never have that “where is our server” look on your face.
— This Centerville eatery is closed every Monday. Also, every year during July, they take a family vacation and close the restaurant for about 10 days.
— Family owned for almost 30 years, you get to know the family when you come here. They are friendly and the place is full of regulars who have been visiting for decades.
The Big Ragu happens to be one of those regulars, and we have eaten almost every item on their extensive menu since 1987.
So now, it is time to list the one-of-a-kind, earth shattering, ground breaking… MUST EATS for North China !
— MU-SHU PORK: Like little crepes from the heavens. These delicacies are made table side and are the Chinese version of burritos. First, the tortilla like wrapper is primed with a plum sauce. Then, a stirfry mix of pork, cabbage and veggies are loaded and wrapped. Be careful eating these. The burrito wrapper can also double as a water slide, shooting soy sauce and goodness down your shirt. Big Ragu has a closet full of stained shirts that have been”touched” by his North China Mu-Shu Pork adventures.
— ZHA JIANG MIAN: Say what? We just call this #7 on the Korean Menu. It is “lo mein” type noodles served with a sauce of black bean paste and stir fried pork. This is a special dish that you must ask for. One of the “secret tips” at North China is that they have a Korean Menu by request only. In the mood for an exotic and authentic Food Adventure? Get the Zha Jiang Mian, but make sure you ask them for hot sauce and the dry hot pepper too. Being authentic, it is a little bland but a couple of spoonfuls of hot sauce brings this dish alive !
— THE EGG ROLLS: Handmade, freshly made, every day. The killer ingredient is the peanut dust or peanut paste used in these egg rolls. Dip them in a mixture of soy sauce and sweet and sour, or mustard sauce. The Big Ragu has such a strong addiction to these that we have written letters to Dr. Phil about it.
— MONGOLIAN CHICKEN: A honey-like glaze sauce on shavings of white meat chicken, over a bed of crispy noodles. You can ask for it “spicy” like the Big Ragu does. It is a perfect mixture of sweet and heat.
— ORANGE BEEF: Lightly fried strips of beef that curl when cooked. This mouth watering dish is made with fresh orange peels, and a homemade brown sauce. The incredible taste of this entree, makes it a favorite.
— CRISPY SHRIMP: A deep fried dish that Big Ragu dreams about every other night. This sweet concoction has a sauce with a yellow tint, and a tiny hot pepper kick. If you wanna play naughty, get this offering over some white rice and go downtown to China Town.
— CRAB RANGOONS or CRAB ANGLE: Hand made every day by the owners. If you order them, you will be fighting over the last one.
Chicken Wings – Those damn chicken wings they serve you at lunch are so deliciously sticky, but you only get one served with a small crab rangoon. Don’t fear friends, you can actually order a plate of these tremendous, sweet wings. Or you just be a pain in the azz and ask for two wings and no crab rangoon with your lunch.
Pot Stickers – Yet another incredible appetizer from scratch. They are steamed, then pan fried for that brown crisp edge. The special soy sauce served with them is the secret to bringing out the pork flavor.
House Noodle Soup – We have been enjoying this masterpiece since the late 1980’s. It is a huge portion at a cheap cost. The big soup bowl is filled with noodles, shrimp, beef, scallops and a few veggies. Such a large serving that The Big Ragu always takes about half of it home. We suggest you get the “spicy” version, but you have to ask for it.
Szechuan Chicken or Shrimp – The best in Dayton, hands down. Deep fried and a comforting mix of hot and sweet tastes.
Sizzling Rice Soup – The only kind like it in Dayton. Been serving it since 1987. Chicken, broth, light veggies and rice. Makes you feel warm inside.
It was hard for us to just name a few of the menu items, because everything is so good here. But we gave you a decent map to the dishes “you gotta try.” Explore the menu, we have for almost 30 years! So please, head to North China and as we always say .. “Wok dont run.”
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As our fans know, we don’t go to a place, get a couple of entrees and an appetizer, then write an article. No, no, no.. we are different, we are Food Adventurers. That means we visit a restaurant many times, different days, different times and eat practically everything on the menu before it becomes a feature story on Dayton Most Metro. That’s what’s needed to get a feel for a restaurant. That’s the difference when you are reading Food Adventures. No drive-by visits or shared photo from a restaurant’s Facebook page. Fanatical foodies appreciate the little known secrets and the inside scoop. We do things you won’t see anywhere else: original stories, original events, and original ideas. No stock photos here. This philosophy isn’t something we ripped off or started yesterday. We have been doing this since 2008. Food Adventures isn’t our job, it is our hobby and passion, so there is no agenda. We can be honest about what restaurants we love without worrying about advertising or if they belong to a local club. We are independent and free to write about whatever foodstuffs we want. That being said, please LIKE US ON FACEBOOK if you haven’t already !
Also, check out our photo gallery below of all things good at NORTH CHINA restaurant in Centerville.