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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2011/07/14 21:11:47 (permalink)
Sometimes you get lucky and there is not much of a wait.
 
I love their blueberry pancakes.
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2011/07/14 21:36:35 (permalink)
Great reviews ... I'll think on it. Any other places Road~foody on US 22/OH 3?
 
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2011/07/14 22:54:47 (permalink)
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On the way back, we are going to Yellow Springs. We've been to The Jersey Dairy Farm (but may go back), and Clifton Mill (probably not this trip). My daughter and son-in-law really want to check out Yellow Springs. Lunch suggestions, maybe?

 
Peach's grill is decent - it's a bar/pub environment if that makes a difference.
 
As you can see just above, I blasted Ha Ha Pizza as a waste of time and money with overrated pizza and really crappy service - they do not deserve anyone's money at this point. The Old Trail Tavern is neat but the service is quite variable and the food is not worth what is charged. (On a recent trip into town I noticed that most of the patrons on the patios at the Trails were drinking and not eating.)
 
I ate at the Sunrise Cafe years ago and I liked it OK but again, just like almost every other place in this town, they seemed to have a big attitude about how great they are that did not jibe with the product.
 
Young's has no real atmosphere except "bring in your 11 screaming kids to eat ice cream" - but it is the best "value" place in the YS area. It's also totally family oriented and therefore absolutely not hip at all.
 
There's a dairy bar (aka "white label" Dairy Queen type place) at the corner of Walnut Street and Dayton-Yellow Springs Road that is OK and you can eat outside.

YS is a tourist trap town, so probably most dine-in places there are going to be like I've described.
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2011/07/16 22:39:21 (permalink)
Soozycue - I'm a big fan of Giovanni's, 215 W. Main St., Fairborn. Typical pizza-ish menu, and everything I've had has been excellent.
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2011/07/17 01:24:31 (permalink)
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Not to mention the reviews on this very site :-)

http://www.roadfood.com/Restaurant/Reviews/1327/original-pancake-house
http://www.roadfood.com/Restaurant/Reviews/1501/original-pancake-house

This is also my wife's favorite local breakfast.  Favorite overall is Pamela's in Pittsburgh.


Speaking of Pittsburgh, what's the best place to get a NY Style Pizza there?

This thread is for SW Ohio and Environs. Suggest you ask your question on this thread;
http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/tm.aspx?m=440297&high=Pittsburgh
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2011/07/18 17:04:35 (permalink)
Got to enjoy Mac & Joe's in Oxford on Saturday. Man I miss that place in the summer.
 
The Miami Tradition is just delightful. Huge steak patty, great pizza sauce, plenty of cheese, good bread. We tried their mac and cheese bites too, and they were excellent. They served it with sort of a southwest sauce that was quite spicy. Very good flavor though. Highly recommened if you drive through Oxford, especially in the summer when the kids are out of town.
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2011/07/18 22:38:35 (permalink)
http://www.urbanspoon.com...Amicis-Place-Kettering
 
getting some very positive buzz
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2011/07/19 08:55:41 (permalink)
Thanks for the heads-up about Mac & Joe's, Bonk.  I don't know if I'll be coming into Ohio from the north or south next month but if it's the south I'll keep it in mind.
 
I see that Miami's fall semester starts Aug. 22 and I'd be passing through on Aug. 25.  Does Mac & Joe's get busy at lunchtime when school's in session?
 
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2011/07/21 21:12:41 (permalink)
SC - You should be OK at lunch. Parking might suck a little -- you might have to park a block or two away at a meter -- but I don't think the crowd will be a factor. Oxford's a late-night town in terms of heading out for brews.
 
It's actually in an alley, if you've never been there. You'd never see it from U.S. 27. Ultimate roadfood stop.
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2011/07/24 15:12:35 (permalink)
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http://www.urbanspoon.com...Amicis-Place-Kettering

getting some very positive buzz

I am chomping at the bit to check it out!  Unfortunately our Dayton area lunchbunch member is in Vermont for a while, but we will get there.
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs 2011/07/28 14:34:33 (permalink)
We first visited MRI to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary in 2008. We fell in love with the atmosphere, the food (chef Jackson at the time), our cabin, the hiking trails & our hosts Deryl & Cheri. We've been back at least once a year since. Chef Jackson moved on ( first to the Iron Horse Inn in Glendale & recently to a BBQ place !?! ) & they're on the second chef since his departure. We were just there over 4th of July weekend. They held their first "field to the table" dinner. They set up a verrry long table in their side yard and served the food family style. We even had some of the local Amish farmers who supplied the chickens, rabbit & produce, join us for dinner. It was their first time trying this kind of event, but they pulled it off with few hiccups. The food was great and the conversation was even better. Daryl & Cheri hope to do this event once a month while the weather holds. I suggest you check their website for information.

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If you want to get away from it all and go to a country inn for the weekend or whenever we love this place:



Not cheap but some of the best food and quietude you could ever dream of.  World class chef always doing the cooking.

Murphin Ridge Inn, West Union, Ohio



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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs 2011/07/28 16:18:40 (permalink)
I will!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Thanks for the tip.  We have always loved this place but since our move to Brown County and Lake Waynoka we never get there any more it seems.
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2011/08/09 12:10:29 (permalink)
Since donw9876 obviously has a real bug up his a$$ about Yellow Springs I thought I would offer a thoughtful reply (albeit too late for soozycue520) that gives an unbiased opinion about eating in Yellow Springs.  True, I do live here, but I'm not a life long townie and I'll admit that all places are not perfect.  Ha Ha Pizza has some mighty fine pizza.  Unline Don I don't eat there once every 15 years and them claim to know whats up.  Here is what you need to know about Ha Ha.  Stick with the pizza and don't bother with the sandwiches and calzones.   And personally I'm not a fan of wheat crust at any pizza joint.  It's just too sweet for me.  And be aware that Ha Ha uses turkey sausage, not pork sausage.  I eat there about twice a month.  Can't go wrong with a pepperoni pizza on white crust.   The sauce, made in-house from the secret recipe of the original owner, really makes this pie.  I am not at all a fan of the pizza place across the steet, Bentino's.  The Sunrise Cafe is also a nice place.  Its a bit pricey but they try to keep all of their ingredients local and orgranic.  That is not cheap.  It gets very busy so it might be a good idea to call ahead.  The Trail Tavern.  Now this place is sort of a tourist trap.  Locals drink there and tourists eat there.  You can do much better.  Peach's serves fine pub food; burgers, nachos, wings etc.  Pretty reasonable and decent to very good.  William's is just OK and they offer some Peruvian food if you are looking for something different.  donw may actually like this place - there is very little that is Yellow Springs-ish about it.  Chen's Bistro is decent Chinese.  Ask for the steamed dumplings.  They are not on the menu but are prepared when you order them.   The Winds Cafe is one of the best restaurants in SW Ohio.  Fresh, local, organic foods, carefully prepared and served.  It too is pricey, lunch items are around $9-15 and dinner items $18-22.  They have kept prices under control while most others have raised them.  If you don't believe me (after all I'm just one guy with an opinion, kinda like donw) check some of these places out on yelp.  There are a fair number of reviews there.
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2011/08/17 14:59:49 (permalink)
Is anyone familiar with The Corwin Peddler in Corwin (Waynesville)?  Looks like it has a pretty varied menu and since I'll be in the area next week it's caught my eye.
 
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2011/08/17 18:59:02 (permalink)
It's a snack shop inside an older house that has bicycles for rent and is next to the bike trail. I have gotten ice cream there.
 
It's small and charming. Unlike the Little River Cafe down in Oregonia, the only bikers that are likely to take over this place and crowd out normal people are of the peddling variety.
 
Interestingly for a snack shop they get a terrific rating on Urbanspoon. Based on the comments, I might give it a try, even though I'd never think to go there unless I was biking.
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2011/08/30 20:11:06 (permalink)
Anyone tried Amici's Place in Kettering?
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2011/08/31 09:17:17 (permalink)
Don, that's exactly what my Lebanon friend said...bike rides and ice cream!  Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to stop in but maybe next year.
 
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2011/08/31 11:47:36 (permalink)
I checked out the Corwin Peddler's Facebook page... a few weeks ago they even had a by reservation only northern Indian dinner. Everything you'd expect to find eating in an Indian restaurant.
 
For a snack shop they seem very culinarily ambitious.
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2011/09/01 21:37:28 (permalink)
Anyone been to Carmel's Southwest Grill in Kettering?
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2011/09/01 22:12:09 (permalink)
If you mean the establishment on Shroyer Road, it's actually on the Oakwood & Dayton border. Anecdotally I hear about it as a loud drinking place with food, more than as a good restaurant, but again, this is hearsay.
 
(This location was a Burger Chef before it was Carmel's. In prehistory, early 1970s, it was a Parkmoor drive-in.)
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2011/09/07 08:50:02 (permalink)
I had heard that Amici's pizza was wonderful but after lunching there last week I beg to differ.  Far below Troni's and you cannot even order a plain pie - they offer it with one topping or more - at inflated prices I might add.  Their inside seating is minimal and the place is not air conditioned.  Off my list.
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2011/09/24 11:16:30 (permalink)
One of our Lunchbunch members has been in the hospital for the past 2 1/2 weeks so our outings have been on hold - we have bought lunches at Ambar Indian and Thai Cafe on Ludlow in Clifton area the past two weeks and eaten them in the hospital room with our ailing member however.  I really enjoyed the various lamb dishes from Ambar as did the others but I was not impressed with various offerings from the Thai Cafe.
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2011/09/25 20:56:41 (permalink)
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One of our Lunchbunch members has been in the hospital for the past 2 1/2 weeks so our outings have been on hold - we have bought lunches at Ambar Indian and Thai Cafe on Ludlow in Clifton area the past two weeks and eaten them in the hospital room with our ailing member however.  I really enjoyed the various lamb dishes from Ambar as did the others but I was not impressed with various offerings from the Thai Cafe.

 
Sorry to hear that. If you will be in the area again soon, try Thai Express and/or Deep India, which are within a couple doors of each other on McMillan. You can find coupons for both in the Bearcash booklets (in the blue dispensers along the sidewalks, one of which is on McMillan in front of King Wok). I don't care for Thai Cafe either, and Ambar is okay, but (as I have mentioned more than once in the Cincinnati thread) Deep gets all of our carryout business these days. Thai Express is good, not great, but watching the proprietor attempting to run a tight ship with her college-aged kitchen staff while you wait for your food is something to behold.
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2011/09/27 13:41:26 (permalink)
One other suggestion, if you find yourself in the Clifton area on a Friday and don't mind driving another few miles...
 
NorthSlice Pizzeria is now open at 11:00 A.M. on Fridays and Saturdays, and it has quickly become my favorite pizza place in the area. I wouldn't call it an "authentic" New York pie by any means, but, man, is it good. Fresh ingredients (including housemade sausage and a bunch of "gourmet" ingredients like Dewey's, although I typically limit myself to cheese or a single topping), finishing touches like brushing the crust with olive oil and dusting the cooked pie with fresh basil and coarse salt...it has all come together wonderfully every time I have been there. My wife is also a big fan of their salads, and the one time I opted for a sandwich instead, I was only disappointed with the size of it. Highly recommended.
 
http://northslice.blogspot.com/
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2011/09/28 08:34:57 (permalink)
Our friend is back home now so Clifton is pretty well a distant memory now.  Thanks for the tips.
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2011/09/28 13:27:39 (permalink)
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One other suggestion, if you find yourself in the Clifton area on a Friday and don't mind driving another few miles...

NorthSlice Pizzeria is now open at 11:00 A.M. on Fridays and Saturdays, and it has quickly become my favorite pizza place in the area. I wouldn't call it an "authentic" New York pie by any means, but, man, is it good. Fresh ingredients (including housemade sausage and a bunch of "gourmet" ingredients like Dewey's, although I typically limit myself to cheese or a single topping), finishing touches like brushing the crust with olive oil and dusting the cooked pie with fresh basil and coarse salt...it has all come together wonderfully every time I have been there. My wife is also a big fan of their salads, and the one time I opted for a sandwich instead, I was only disappointed with the size of it. Highly recommended.

http://northslice.blogspot.com/

 
Clifton the home of Clifton Mill or the neighborhood by the University of Cincinnati?
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2011/09/28 14:11:52 (permalink)
near UC.....the actual area Northslice is in is called Northside, and it is a little NW of Clifton
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2011/10/04 13:44:21 (permalink)
Adios Northslice. 
 
Hello Dewey's/Troni's.
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2012/03/13 18:18:50 (permalink)
I hope they do a better job on burgers than Flying Pizza does on pizza.
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