I have a few pictures to share of in-and-around Dayton eateries we've visited recently. :) Tienda Mexicana
215 Byers Rd
It's in the same strip as Dark Horse Tavern, near the 725 exit of I-75. The shop itself carries a few grocery items, CDs, DVDs and miscellaneous goods, but they recently opened up a small kitchen in the back. The main menu listed tortas (the big sandwiches), burritos and tostadas. There's maybe half a dozen tables in the store, so it's not a very big dine-in area. We got take-out.
This is one of their tortas with a beef tongue filling. They also have the usual suspects: steak, pork, chorizo, etc. If you ask for everything on it, you'll get lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, avocado, red bell pepper and pickled jalapenos. A good value for $5.50, and very tasty. There's a small handwritten menu at the cashier's counter that suggests they also serve menudo and tamales, plus a few other things I can't recall because I don't actually read/speak Spanish.
Next up is a place I've mentioned before: 4200 Place
4200 Kettering Blvd
This was our second visit, but it's already the top contender for favorite local homestyle/diner type place. Service is very friendly (lots of joking among the staff and owners) and they have a lot of regulars. Dinner crowd was brisk even on a week day, but it cleared out fast after 7pm or so.
The inside is nice and cheerful. They have 2-3 homemade cakes on display, but I haven't managed to save any room for a slice. :) This is a close-up shot of their daily specials board.
I forget which burger this was-- one with two meat patties, obviously, and it turned out to be larger than I anticipated. It was a decent burger, but I like their pork tenderloin sandwich even more.
The fish basket special, which came with four moderately sized pieces of fish, fries, hushpuppies, coleslaw and homemade tartar sauce. (Which is a bonus in my book, because I hate the tartar sauce that comes in packets.) Breading is VERY crisp.