Where to eat in Dayton Ohio North of Middletown

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Re:Where to eat in Dayton Ohio North of Middletown - Thu, 07/9/09 7:55 PM
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arianej


I have a few pictures to share of in-and-around Dayton eateries we've visited recently.  :) 

Tienda Mexicana
215 Byers Rd
Miamisburg, OH


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
Moraine, OH


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.
...I like the sound of Tienda Mexicana!  No goat?  Horchata?



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Re:Where to eat in Dayton Ohio North of Middletown - Sat, 07/11/09 5:30 PM
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Soccer862923: I don't think I'd been to 4200 Place before it closed, so I can't compare.  But I  liked it.  It had a nice combination of good, reasonably priced food and a friendly atmosphere.  I'll be bringing out of town guests here to show them what a pork tenderloin sandwich is, and I mean to try their fried chicken sometime in the near future.  :)


NYPizzaNut: I didn't see goat listed on the menu, but it's worth asking about!  The very small menu board at the cashier counter (which lists more stuff than the large one at the back) did list horchata.  I'll have to try that next time, because I love that stuff.


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Re:Where to eat in Dayton Ohio North of Middletown - Wed, 09/16/09 3:54 PM
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Anyone been here yet, or know if they have indeed opened:

http://dayton.bizjournals.com/dayton/stories/2009/08/17/daily7.html







Monday, August 17, 2009
New pizza place to open near University of Dayton

Dayton Business Journal

A by-the-slice, New York-style pizza restaurant is opening near the University of Dayton.
The new restaurant, Pi Pizzeria, is scheduled to open in mid-September.
Craig Hatfield, owner of Pi Pizzeria, said the concept he and his business partner — Johnny’s Pizzeria owner Johnny Riveria — are bringing to Brown Street is unique to the neighborhood.
“We’ll be selling by-the-slice. Nobody does that down there,” Hatfield said. “The sauce and the dough are going to be made fresh everyday.”
Pi Pizzeria, located at 1910 Brown St., will feature fresh, homemade pizzas, as well as baked sandwiches, strombolis, calzones, stuffed New York-style hot dogs and salads.
And since Pi is targeting college students, Hatfield is aiming for affordability. A slice will cost $2.50, two slices and a drink will cost $6, and a whole 18-inch pizza will be $15.99.
Hatfield has a three-year lease with an option for renewal for the 1,560-square-foot restaurant. There will be bistro-style seating on a patio outside the restaurant, and customers can watch employees toss dough from the front window.
The restaurant will employ seven people, three delivery drivers and four cooking up Italian classics.
Hatfield’s goal is to open a Pi Pizzeria near a university campus at a rate of one per quarter. He is targeting Wright State University and Ohio State University for his next locations.
Store hours for Pi Pizzeria will be 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to midnight on Sundays.

E-mail tdemeropolis@bizjournals.com. Call (937) 528-4427.




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Re:Where to eat in Dayton Ohio North of Middletown - Tue, 09/22/09 8:03 PM
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A few notes:

Rudy's Churrascaria in Germantown is closed: http://www.daytondailynew...at_closed_10_days.html

We went once, and it really didn't merit a second trip (I posted a pretty negative report last November). They need to fix their service, or stay closed. My guess is that everyone in the area who was curious tried it, and they got few second visitors.

We went to Hot Head Burritos in Centerville the other night and I revise my earlier positive review - Taco Bell is better, honestly.

My wife got nachos, and it was actually disgusting. How can you screw up nachos? Well, they used a bowl type plastic tray for the nachos. The chips went in first, then ground beef, then queso sauce, and then lettuce. Their queso is apparently the more authentic white runny stuff. So, even though we ate in the place, the chips were soggy and everything in the tray looked disgusting after about 5 minutes. All they really needed to do was have some intelligence about using a larger shallow tray and spread things out.

I got two tacos. The one with ground beef was OK. The shredded chicken was sub-par and tasted like precooked chicken from a bag. Also, I got salsa verde and it was fairly bitter tasting.

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Broasted chicken in the Miami Valley? - Thu, 09/24/09 5:56 PM
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So this is my big question. Does anyone reading this thread have a favorite place where they get broasted chicken in the greater Dayton area?

I used to go to this place in Vandalia (which I highly recommend) but I am trying to find something closer to central Warren county - Middletown, Lebanon, Wilmington, S. Dayton or N. Cincinnati burbs.

Thanks.

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Re:Broasted chicken in the Miami Valley? - Sun, 09/27/09 1:05 AM
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So this is my big question. Does anyone reading this thread have a favorite place where they get broasted chicken in the greater Dayton area?

I used to go to this place in Vandalia (which I highly recommend) but I am trying to find something closer to central Warren county - Middletown, Lebanon, Wilmington, S. Dayton or N. Cincinnati burbs.

Thanks.


Don't know how it compares to your usual place since we've never been there, but I recently tried the broasted chicken at Holly's Home Cooking in West Carollton and it was pretty decent.  (As a bonus, they're open 24 hours a day.)  Prices are very reasonable.  My husband gives a thumbs up to their chicken and dumplings special as well, and said it was like his grandmother used to make.

And if you're ever up in the Hocking Hills area, Bush's restaurant in Logan has great broasted chicken.




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RE: Where to eat in Dayton Ohio North of Middletown - Sun, 09/27/09 12:36 PM
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Tronis still gets my vote for the babe in the pin sweater! Hubba-hubba

The daughter is now at home and two of the sons are no longer there regularly - one is at college and one has a regular job.  They now have outside help waiting tables and bussing them.   Nick - the one remaining son - and his dad make the pizzas now - with mom in the kitchen making most of the other food.


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Re:Broasted chicken in the Miami Valley? - Sun, 09/27/09 12:38 PM
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donw9876


So this is my big question. Does anyone reading this thread have a favorite place where they get broasted chicken in the greater Dayton area?

I used to go to this place in Vandalia (which I highly recommend) but I am trying to find something closer to central Warren county - Middletown, Lebanon, Wilmington, S. Dayton or N. Cincinnati burbs.

Thanks.


Don't know how it compares to your usual place since we've never been there, but I recently tried the broasted chicken at Holly's Home Cooking in West Carollton and it was pretty decent.  (As a bonus, they're open 24 hours a day.)  Prices are very reasonable.  My husband gives a thumbs up to their chicken and dumplings special as well, and said it was like his grandmother used to make.

And if you're ever up in the Hocking Hills area, Bush's restaurant in Logan has great broasted chicken.


I can attest to the quality of Holly's chicken - our lunchbunch was there some time ago and we reported on it further back in this thread I believe.
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Re:Broasted chicken in the Miami Valley? - Sun, 09/27/09 6:14 PM
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Folks, thanks for the recommendations for Holly's and for Bush's.

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Re:Broasted chicken in the Miami Valley? - Mon, 09/28/09 6:21 PM
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Just a heads-up for all Troni's fans, they will be closed from Oct 4-25. Family vacation.

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Re:Broasted chicken in the Miami Valley? - Mon, 09/28/09 6:35 PM
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Oh my God!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for the heads up.

Anyone been to Monster Pizza / Doubledays Bar and Grille on E Alex Bell??

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Re:Broasted chicken in the Miami Valley? - Mon, 09/28/09 10:43 PM
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Doubleday's: We ate there a few months ago but I didn't order their pizza. It is a standard sports bar type place. A bit better than average. Nothing about it really stood out.

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Re:Broasted chicken in the Miami Valley? - Mon, 09/28/09 10:52 PM
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Tonight we tried Rosati's Pizza in Springboro after I had viewed many glowing comments about it in an ActiveDayton.com article. This is a local unit of a franchise chain and is a Chicago pizza themed place. But since it's the only one of its kind in the region, I consider it somewhat Roadfoodish.

We ordered a 14" thin crust with pepperoni and bacon, two side salads and two soft drinks.

The pizza had a pastry like crust, actually a bit flaky on the bottom - no real gluten development. There was plentiful cheese (seemed like double cheese from other places), and the pepperoni was embedded under the cheese.

The crust was yellowish - I get the impression that a Chicago thin pizza crust is supposed to be a "butter" crust. 

It filled us up and was fairly tasty with a decent sauce. But, it doesn't hold a candle to Ron's or Troni's. The crust texture was blaaah. I hate to think what NYPizzaNut would write about it.

The total bill for the meal described above was $29. Quite overpriced for what you get. The server had the small town "I'll forget tables that my friends aren't sitting at" mindset - she totally forgot she was going to get our check - so we had to wait a long time at the end, and finally nag her to bring our check. Irritating. The salads were very blah standard side salads.

It's close to where we live so I wanted to know if it is an option. Ok, so we tried it.

Verdict: Meh. Not worth what you pay without some coupon deal, and not worth a side trip.

I'll save $23 and buy a frozen pizza if I'm really that hard up.
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Re:Broasted chicken in the Miami Valley? - Fri, 10/2/09 6:04 PM
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Doubleday's: We ate there a few months ago but I didn't order their pizza. It is a standard sports bar type place. A bit better than average. Nothing about it really stood out.
Our lunchbunch ate there yesterday and the meal is reported on here:


http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/tm.aspx?m=523987&mpage=6#544368

I pretty much agree with your comments on the place.  Except I found their potato wedges to be superior to just about anything I have ever eaten before and their soups were very good.


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Re:Broasted chicken in the Miami Valley? - Fri, 11/13/09 9:54 AM
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I see Voltzy's has opened a stand alone place. Great Dayton Charachter. Here is some food pics from his place enjoy...Russ

http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&VideoID=62309095

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Re:Broasted chicken in the Miami Valley? - Tue, 11/24/09 3:29 PM
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What is the deal with Five Guys Burgers in front of Sam's Club on 725? We went by there about 2 PM on a Sunday recently and the line was out the door and the place was packed. For burgers? We skipped it.

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Re:Where to eat in Dayton Ohio North of Middletown - Tue, 11/24/09 5:15 PM
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The wife and I ate at the new Smashburger ( http://www.smashburger.com/menu_ohio.php ) across from the Dayton Mall in Miamisburg last night.  The wife ordered the third pound barbecue, bacon and cheeseburger with haystack onions, while I ordered the half pound spicy Baja burger with Smashfries™.  In both cases the burgers were dry and flavorless.  The Smashfries™ were pretty all right, but the haystack onions were utterly forgettable.  We left wishing that we'd stuck with our original plan of going to Five Guys.  We will not be embarking upon any subsequent visits.

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Re:Where to eat in Dayton Ohio North of Middletown - Tue, 11/24/09 9:52 PM
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The wife and I ate at the new Smashburger ( http://www.smashburger.com/menu_ohio.php ) across from the Dayton Mall in Miamisburg last night.  The wife ordered the third pound barbecue, bacon and cheeseburger with haystack onions, while I ordered the half pound spicy Baja burger with Smashfries™.  In both cases the burgers were dry and flavorless.  The Smashfries™ were pretty all right, but the haystack onions were utterly forgettable.  We left wishing that we'd stuck with our original plan of going to Five Guys.  We will not be embarking upon any subsequent visits.


My dad and I had about the same experience when we went there. I got the spicy baja and thought it wasn't too terribly dry but it did seem marginally so, the guacamole was the only thing that saved it. I personally really enjoyed the fries but I have always been a fan of that kind of fry. I really enjoyed the chocolate shake I got but when you are using Haagen Dazs ice cream it would be pretty hard to make a bad one in my opinion.

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Re:Where to eat in Dayton Ohio North of Middletown - Wed, 11/25/09 12:10 AM
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Thanks for the insight, we considered Smashburger after checking out Five Guys but I was in the wrong lane to make the turn.  Sounds like no great loss.

Back to Five Guys - what is the deal with the cultlike crowd that I saw in the middle of the afternoon for a burgers n' fries place? Do lots of people think it's cool so they "have" to eat there?

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Re:Where to eat in Dayton Ohio North of Middletown - Wed, 11/25/09 1:43 PM
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Thanks for the insight, we considered Smashburger after checking out Five Guys but I was in the wrong lane to make the turn.  Sounds like no great loss.

Back to Five Guys - what is the deal with the cultlike crowd that I saw in the middle of the afternoon for a burgers n' fries place? Do lots of people think it's cool so they "have" to eat there?


I think with 5 Guys is that is has a rather large following out there where they do have them and well Dayton loves its chain food places... Needless to say I still enjoy their burgers immensely and think they have the best Fast Food Burger that I have had to date.
 
Most of it probably just has to deal with the fact that it is the new thing in town so it has that "cool" factor.

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Re:Where to eat in Dayton Ohio North of Middletown - Wed, 11/25/09 1:48 PM
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Most of it probably just has to deal with the fact that it is the new thing in town so it has that "cool" factor.


I agree with that. Same thing happens when In-N-Out, Krispie Kreme or even new Sonics open up.

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Re:Where to eat in Dayton Ohio North of Middletown - Wed, 11/25/09 6:24 PM
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I tried that Five Guys a couple weeks back and was not at all impressed. The burger was very overcooked with a dry, crumbly texture, despite the coating of grease. Little to no beef flavor. The toppings were the biggest disappointment, I asked for the sauteed onions and the mushrooms, got exactly one slice of mushroom and 4-5 pieces of onion. The fries were ok and they give you a bunch, but again not much flavor other than over-used cooking oil/shortening. A lot of other folks think this place is great, so possibly I caught them on a bad day, every place can have one. I'll have to give them another try on a different day, after the herds of sheep go elsewhere to graze.

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Re:Where to eat in Dayton Ohio North of Middletown - Wed, 11/25/09 7:36 PM
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One slice?!

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Re:Where to eat in Dayton Ohio North of Middletown - Sat, 11/28/09 12:53 PM
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I've eaten at that specific Five Guys location (and no other) three times; twice in its first week of operation, and the third time just a few days ago.  My order all three times has been a bacon cheeseburger (with lettuce, tomato, mayo, grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, pickles, and barbecue sauce) and a regular order of fries (split between two people).  The first two times, I raved about the quality of their burger: It was juicy, loaded with toppings (no "one slice" for me), and damned tasty.  The fries were on the order (as has been said by others previously) of those that are found at Penn Station, and we got quite a large portion of them, more than enough to fill the both of us up.  This last time, however, the burger was a little less flavorful, and they left off the barbecue sauce and the tomatoes (of course, I didn't discover this fun little fact until I had returned home, and had no interest in making the 15 minute drive back to Centerville to rectify the situation).  Also, the fries were near-cold (and this has pretty much nothing to do with the fact that we got the meal to go; we'd done the same the previous two times that we had Five Guys, with very little heat loss) and not nearly as plentiful as the previous two times.  Still, I will go back (and I'll be sure to open up my burger and account for all ingredients before I leave the premises) again, probably sooner rather than later.

Also also: On each visit I have encountered a very long line, but it truly has moved quickly, and I've each time gotten in and out within the span of 15 minutes.  And believe me, I'm unsurpassed in my impatience (as my wife will be only too happy to confirm).

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RE: Where to eat in Dayton Ohio North of Middletown - Mon, 12/21/09 10:32 AM
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Well, on my way to a meeting in Dayton last nite I needed to grab dinner, and a lot of Dayton foodies here mentioned Troni's. I'd thought I'd make the trek.

Grabbed a New York Style pizza with pepperoni and sausage and man, you folks have a little locally owned non-chain gem there.

Crust was browned with little blackend bits on the bottom and crunchy on the edges, but foldable like a NY pizza should be. Fresh made and shaved sausage--none of that crumbly stuff.

We've got maybe 3 or 4 non-chain places I go to here in Cincy and this is up there with the best.

No, Troni's is not cheap. But it's nice yet casual enough that you could feel like going for a date nite and eat in, or get a carryout pizza and pay a little more for good quality pie. Lasagna portions were HUGE! Seems to be vegetarian friendly as well. I want to try the white spinach pizza next time I am up.


My pie :)



Menu





jjjrfoodie

I cannot believe I missed this post!  I of course add my endorsement of this fine establishment and their food and in particular Troni's pizzas of all styles and varieties!!!

I think their prices are very fair considering the quality of their food.


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RE: Where to eat in Dayton Ohio North of Middletown - Mon, 12/21/09 3:11 PM
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So you really like Troni's, huh?

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RE: Where to eat in Dayton Ohio North of Middletown - Mon, 12/21/09 5:51 PM
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What do you think about their pies now that you have been to NY?

Does anything in SW Ohio compare?

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RE: Where to eat in Dayton Ohio North of Middletown - Tue, 12/22/09 12:23 AM
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So you really like Troni's, huh?


Don't you have some people to scold for not posting within your parameters on the Cincy/NKY thread?

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RE: Where to eat in Dayton Ohio North of Middletown - Tue, 12/22/09 7:32 AM
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Just visited Culp's Cafe for breakfast this past Sunday with my parents. Not really worth mentioning other than to give my recommendation to avoid it.

I ordered the croissant french toast that turned out to be really bland and soggy with no crust whatsoever and it came with some cold syrup. The hash browns were by all accounts a very pathetic "attempt". I say "attempt" because they were the preformed patties that they bought somewhere and attempted to heat up, as all of ours were at room temperature at the hottest.  I didn't finish either item.

My parents got omelettes of various types, not any of the first choices as they were out of several ingredients. They said that they were alright and filling but nothing that they would consider good, but rather ok.

I also opted for their buttered and griddles donut. It ended up being very tasty and would have saved the breakfast if the rest of it wasn't pretty bad.  We all got coffee and it was good the first pot but then the waitress made the second super strong because that is the way she likes it. Well it ended up being too strong for both my parents and I so we didn't have a second cup.

The waitress seemed to be rather aloof and didn't do a good job of keeping our coffee refilled, which is usually a pretty big staple of small places. Definitely will not be coming back anytime soon.

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RE: Where to eat in Dayton Ohio North of Middletown - Tue, 12/22/09 1:06 PM
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Aside - there was a renowned Culp's Cafeteria in the Dayton Arcade up through the 1970s or so. I recall it being under the inside dome. I ate there with my parents when we would shop downtown. I recall it being very good (I was just a kid, so any place that made burgers was "good" to me.)

It sounds like this joint is just an attempt to capitalize on the name recognition. Thanks for the report, and warning.

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RE: Where to eat in Dayton Ohio North of Middletown - Sat, 01/9/10 7:02 PM
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The Dayton Mall area seems like a good place for Indian food.  You've got Amar India, Kohinoor (our favorite so far) and a new place called Namaste has opened up just south of the Mall along 741.  It's slightly different than the previously mentioned restaurants, being more of an informal fast food place that promises "curry in a hurry".  :)


I think it had only been open for a few days/a week when we went, and it was a rather miserable rainy day.  The inside is very cheerful with a small dine-in space and a chutney bar.  Quite a few people were getting carry-out. 

I apologize in advance for the quality of the pictures-- we were near the front windows, but the light was low.

They have very reasonably priced lunch specials for $5 (I can't remember if this includes your drink.)  I'll be honest, it wasn't really fast food, but the wait was no longer than your average Indian restaurant, and we weren't in a hurry.  The service was very friendly, but a bit disorganized.  I expect that as they settle in, things will improve.



I got the choley bhatura, a chickpea curry with a round of deep-fried bread.  You can order different spice levels and mind was a medium hot.  It was very good, quite spicy and flavorful.  The bhatura (the bread) was delicious-- soft and flakey, releasing steam when I pulled it apart.




Erik got the saag paneer, a creamy spiced spinach dish with chunks of homemade cheese i it.  Yeah, I realize it doesn't look terribly appetizing, but it's delicious.  :)  His dish came with rice.  Both portions are generous, especially consider the $5 price tag.



We had plenty to eat, but couldn't resist ordering a side of naan, pictured on the right. 

The menu lists some southern India dishes, which isn't as common in Dayton-- masala dhosa, idli, etc.  as well as some Indo-Chinese dishes, which sound... er, unusual.   They do carry the expected dishes (various meat curries, chicken tikka masala, etc.) but vegetarian dishes are also very well-represented on the menu.  It's a good casual place to try Indian food without being out too much money, but if you can't tolerate chilies, order conservatively because they DO mean it when they say it's hot.

We'll definitely go back!


Namaste India
9632 Springboro Pike.
Miamisburg, OH
http://namasteindiadyt.com/menu.html


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RE: Where to eat in Dayton Ohio North of Middletown - Sat, 01/9/10 8:13 PM
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That looks like a great place. Thanks for a great review. At $5 for lunch how can you go wrong. Personally I hate that part of town and I lived in Sprinbboro for 11 years. Chain hell! That area needs a Mom and Pop....Russ

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RE: Where to eat in Dayton Ohio North of Middletown - Sun, 01/10/10 1:19 AM
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That looks like a great place. Thanks for a great review. At $5 for lunch how can you go wrong. Personally I hate that part of town and I lived in Sprinbboro for 11 years. Chain hell! That area needs a Mom and Pop....Russ


Yeah, I know what you mean, Russ!  But there are a few good places, tucked here and there.  Dayton seems to be particularly lucky when it comes to Indian food.  I've also heard very good things about India Chaat cafe on 725, and since we got a gift certificate for that place for Christmas, we'll be visiting there as well.  I'll try to remember to bring the camera.  :)

The nearest homestyle restaurant that I like is probably Holly's in West Carollton, although 4200 Place is also close and very good as well.  But both are rather off the beaten path.

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RE: Where to eat in Dayton Ohio North of Middletown - Sun, 01/10/10 10:37 AM
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The Chaat Cafe is the same concept as the place you just reviewed - "fast food" Indian. Very, very good food, spartan decor, and serve yourself. And the heat scale also goes up to "thermonuclear". I've never gone for lunch but a la carte entrees are priced ok.

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RE: Where to eat in Dayton Ohio North of Middletown - Sun, 01/24/10 3:52 PM
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NYPIzzaNut


TJ, what do you think about their pies now that you have been to NY?

Does anything in SW Ohio compare?


Did you miss this post?

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RE: Where to eat in Dayton Ohio North of Middletown - Sun, 03/21/10 7:43 PM
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So the family and I finally made the drive up to Troni's saturday afternoon. Was 330 or so. Was a cpl of ladies in there and us.
  AS usual my son and I got out voted by the 4 woman in the family. Sadly this will be a one sided fight for the rest of my son and I's life. Son and I wanted to go with just a cheese 16" to really taste the crust,cheese,sauce of a new place. We got out voted so it was half meat, half bacon. Also my wife loves baked ziti so she got that.
   The baked ziti was huge, and really good. I always complain that Italian places never garlic me enough. I LOVE GARLIC. The ziti had a wonderful garlic flavor. My wife loved it also and is willing to drive up just for it. 
Prices are not bad at all. We worried with everyone talking about price. But If I remember right the whole family ate for under 40. 6 ppl under 40 is cheap. A cheese 16" ( xl at the crap chains) was only 11 and change. Sadly trying to go off memory. OF course topping add up fast being 2 a topping or going with specialty pizzas.
  Ok on to the pizza. Son and i got voted down as stated before so we ended up with the half bacon half meat.
  meat had good flavor just a bit to much meat for me. When I go NY style I like it as simple as possible. 2 oldest daughters loved the meat side and gave it thumbs up. My oldest eats like a bird and she wolfed down her slice before I even got to take a bite of mine.
  My son loved the bacon side. Said it was better then our usual slice at Flying pizza in cinci. 
As for me. As stated the meat side was good just a bit to much toppings. So it over powered what i came for. Crust,cheese, and sauce flavor.
  My second slice was of the bacon side. The bites were I got no bacon were as joyful of a bite as I have had in a long time. As close as I have found to Ny Style. Really I think someone is going to have to bring Ny water in for it to really hit home. But this was darn close. They add something to the crust i am taking it. Since it has a slight shine to it and has a bit of a butter taste. 
  All in all I have found my new fav ny style pizza in this area.
  Maybe I can have some ny water shipped in and have them make me a pizza using it. Then this might just be perfection.
   Bonus was I got to watch Madrid vs sporting on the tv. since it seems the family there loves soccer also. 
  Hoping to head back next month and get just a cheese pizza to really decide if this is my fav place. Also the wife wants to try the sicilian also. SO she can leave my pie ALONE!!
   

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RE: Where to eat in Dayton Ohio North of Middletown - Mon, 03/22/10 10:47 AM
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So the family and I finally made the drive up to Troni's saturday afternoon. Was 330 or so. Was a cpl of ladies in there and us.
  AS usual my son and I got out voted by the 4 woman in the family. Sadly this will be a one sided fight for the rest of my son and I's life. Son and I wanted to go with just a cheese 16" to really taste the crust,cheese,sauce of a new place. We got out voted so it was half meat, half bacon. Also my wife loves baked ziti so she got that.
   The baked ziti was huge, and really good. I always complain that Italian places never garlic me enough. I LOVE GARLIC. The ziti had a wonderful garlic flavor. My wife loved it also and is willing to drive up just for it. 
Prices are not bad at all. We worried with everyone talking about price. But If I remember right the whole family ate for under 40. 6 ppl under 40 is cheap. A cheese 16" ( xl at the crap chains) was only 11 and change. Sadly trying to go off memory. OF course topping add up fast being 2 a topping or going with specialty pizzas.
  Ok on to the pizza. Son and i got voted down as stated before so we ended up with the half bacon half meat.
  meat had good flavor just a bit to much meat for me. When I go NY style I like it as simple as possible. 2 oldest daughters loved the meat side and gave it thumbs up. My oldest eats like a bird and she wolfed down her slice before I even got to take a bite of mine.
  My son loved the bacon side. Said it was better then our usual slice at Flying pizza in cinci. 
As for me. As stated the meat side was good just a bit to much toppings. So it over powered what i came for. Crust,cheese, and sauce flavor.
  My second slice was of the bacon side. The bites were I got no bacon were as joyful of a bite as I have had in a long time. As close as I have found to Ny Style. Really I think someone is going to have to bring Ny water in for it to really hit home. But this was darn close. They add something to the crust i am taking it. Since it has a slight shine to it and has a bit of a butter taste. 
  All in all I have found my new fav ny style pizza in this area.
  Maybe I can have some ny water shipped in and have them make me a pizza using it. Then this might just be perfection.
   Bonus was I got to watch Madrid vs sporting on the tv. since it seems the family there loves soccer also. 
  Hoping to head back next month and get just a cheese pizza to really decide if this is my fav place. Also the wife wants to try the sicilian also. SO she can leave my pie ALONE!!
   
Speaking of Troni's Pizzeria below is a photo of the two take-out pies I brought home from there last week:





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RE: Where to eat in Dayton Ohio North of Middletown - Tue, 04/13/10 10:02 AM
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I decided this was a better place to post this than over on the Troni's blog

http://dayton.bizjournals...010/04/05/story10.html

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RE: Where to eat in Dayton Ohio North of Middletown - Fri, 04/16/10 8:50 PM
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Has anyone here tried the Dorothy Lane Market pizza? (Only seems to be at the Springboro location):

http://www.dorothylane.co...ian%20Pizza%20Menu.pdf

I'm curious. They're claiming "thin", "hand tossed", and baked  on an "extremely hot hearth." If it is as they state, it's an exceptional deal for the money.

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RE: Where to eat in Dayton Ohio North of Middletown - Tue, 04/27/10 9:45 PM
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So we ordered a DLM pizza from their Springboro story.



Fantastic, especially considering not only the origin - a grocery - but also the price (a three ingredient 18" was $13.) This is true - or near - NY style, with a "handle" for the crust edge and cut into slices, not squares.

A verrrry nice, thin, hand tossed, foldable crust with decent char and browning on the crust bottom, with great "tooth" - chewy and crispy. Even the edge was worth eating and I ate my wife's leftover crust.  The girl at the deli counter where you order the pizza said that the crust is made daily in the store by an Italian guy.

This pizza is at very least as good as Flying Pizza. I recommend that the pizza nut here give it a try.

It's a good backup in case Troni's owner gets in trouble again.

PS: visually the pizza from here is indistinguishable from the Troni's product that NYPizzaNut has the pictures of above. It looks exactly the same.
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RE: Where to eat in Dayton Ohio North of Middletown - Thu, 08/12/10 12:00 PM
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I had an impromptu day off granted by my boss after about 2 weeks of huge hours, and decided to take the kids up to Crabill's (http://www.roadfood.com/R.../Reviews/519/crabills) in Urbana for lunch and then we'd swing by for a take out pie from Troni's for dinner



Crabills was much further away than I had expected.  It would have been quicker to drive to Columbus, I think.  By the time we got there, we were all ravenously hungry :-)  The kids were amazed at how tiny the place was, and the lone other customer pointed out that the original place (which had burned down 20 or so years ago, he said? not sure) was even smaller.  Still, easily the tinest standalone eatery I have ever been in.

The burgers were in a word - disappointing.  Single, double, triple - it didn't matter, all I could taste was the soft fluffy bun.  It was a good bun, mind you, but I didn't drive 2 hours for a bun :-)

The other oddity was that some folks have described it as the greasiest burger ever.  Ours were dry as the desert, though the grill itself was vast lake of hot beefy grease.

We bought a bag of the local chips - Mumford - and all agreed these were very good - crunchy, thick cut, and delicious
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We were treated very well at Troni's.  The old man at the counter offered glasses of ice water and complimentary garlic knots for my daughters while we waited for our large cheese pizza to go.  The pizza was in the car for the hour and a half drive home, and as I ate it at room temperature nearly two hours after it had come fresh out of the oven, I couldn't help but nod my head that even two hours after leaving the oven this pizza was still better than any I had eaten in Cincinnati.  I still think the texture of the crust could improve, but the burst of fresh tomato-ey taste from the sauce is spot on.  Just wonderful.   

The quality of Troni's pizza may well be the only thing about which I will ever agree with NYPN, but at least we have that :-)
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RE: Where to eat in Dayton Ohio North of Middletown - Thu, 08/19/10 7:04 PM
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Note many folks tend to dislike Troni's.  My spouse ate at our new local La Rosa's in Mt Orab recently and  brought home half a calzone, which I ate - not half  bad.

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RE: Where to eat in Dayton Ohio North of Middletown - Mon, 08/30/10 5:44 PM
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Looks like we will be at Troni's this week.

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RE: Where to eat in Dayton Ohio North of Middletown - Mon, 08/30/10 6:12 PM
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I ate at  Crabill's  a  couple of weeks ago and found the hamburgers to be as deliciious as  usual.  I  did notice that  everyone else ordered the  doubles, which  I  shall do  the next time.

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RE: Where to eat in Dayton Ohio North of Middletown - Mon, 08/30/10 7:38 PM
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Crabill's burgers dry? You have to be kidding. They've always been gloriously moist, and I've never heard anyone describe them as greasy. Fact is, I cannot figure out how it is possible, considering the way they cook them, for the burgers not to be greasy, but I've never had one that was anything buy moist, delicious and absolutely un-greasy.

And I make the 50 mile (one-way) drive at least once a month.

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RE: Where to eat in Dayton Ohio North of Middletown - Mon, 08/30/10 10:09 PM
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I don't know what to tell you......but my report was honest for our experience there.

I was really, really looking forward to that visit, too

If it was closer, I'd give them a second shot, but its 4 hours round trip for me

One question - they told me they never ever cook the onions.....and I really think the burger would be a lot better with sauteed/grilled/griddled onions.  Have you ever seen them cook those for anyone?


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RE: Where to eat in Dayton Ohio North of Middletown - Tue, 08/31/10 11:59 AM
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TJ, I've never seen them cook the onions. How would they do it, except in the grease on the flattop? I doubt very seriously that Crabill's would consider changing the way they do things. I certainly hope they never change anything.

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RE: Where to eat in Dayton Ohio North of Middletown - Tue, 08/31/10 12:48 PM
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I agree, MH
Just figured maybe being you've been there far more often than I, you might know a secret or two
ah well
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RE: Where to eat in Dayton Ohio North of Middletown - Fri, 09/3/10 3:30 AM
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if there is a Ryan's steak house in that area totally eat there it is so excellent the managers are awesome and so nice and the food is gooooooooood yes

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RE: Where to eat in Dayton Ohio North of Middletown - Sat, 01/14/12 9:27 AM
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Went to Troni's last night for the first time in two years. Pizza was great as usual. Service was sub-par as usual also. Place was packed and the weather was horrible. If I ran that place the size would have tripled by now. I wonder how many people would love to eat there but the service is so bad they never return? Eating the leftovers now...Russ

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RE: Where to eat in Dayton Ohio North of Middletown - Sat, 01/14/12 12:27 PM
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Went to Troni's last night for the first time in two years. Pizza was great as usual. Service was sub-par as usual also. Place was packed and the weather was horrible. If I ran that place the size would have tripled by now. I wonder how many people would love to eat there but the service is so bad they never return? Eating the leftovers now...Russ
They are looking for servers.  (Sign on door as you go in) When we were there this past Thursday only Sammy the owner and Tony the pizza maker were there doing everything.  Sammy's kids have outgrown the place and are doing their own thing - I will never forget back in 2008 when I first walked in the place all the kids were there and his wife and it was really fantastic experience on all counts.  I make allowances for places I love to eat at and we are never in a hurry - they let us play Scrabble there after we eat (one of the bennies of being retired.)  Our latest pizza was also superb.

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RE: Where to eat in Dayton Ohio North of Middletown - Tue, 01/17/12 1:43 PM
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I went to Tronis on a Saturday evening in December and service was fine. It does seem like the kind of place that would sink if a big table came in.

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RE: Where to eat in Dayton Ohio North of Middletown - Thu, 01/19/12 9:38 PM
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donw9876


  It does seem like the kind of place that would sink if a big table came in.

Sounds like someone needs to get either Gordon Ramsay or Robert Irvine on this, stat.  :^/

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RE: Where to eat in Dayton Ohio North of Middletown - Fri, 02/17/12 12:30 PM
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It's not roadfood, but...
 
Sunday night we tried Elsa's relatively new location on Wilmington.
 
We walked out after 20+ minutes after receiving only one drink order and apparently being forgotten. (my dining companion still had no drink after this time and the so called waitress was not to be found.)
 
The "salsa" tasted like jarred stuff. No trace of herbs and it had corn starch type thickness. The chips were store bought. In the menu - oh, look, a Mexican restaurant that serves Calzones!
 
Chalk up one more place to skip.
 
Then we went to Lee's across from Meier's. I got a biscuit with raw uncooked dough in the center, and the chicken was . There is a REASON why the Colonel has all the market share,  even if he doesn't offer coupons for car trunks full of fried chicken. 
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RE: Where to eat in Dayton Ohio North of Middletown - Sat, 02/18/12 10:33 AM
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When I was a kid in the early 80s I used to visit Cincinnati and Lee's was outstanding. Sadly, it's been crap for years now and I'm surprised the remaining locations haven't shut down.
 
Few things are sadder that watching a great eatery go south.

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RE: Where to eat in Dayton Ohio North of Middletown - Sat, 02/18/12 1:19 PM
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That is the way I feel about Ihop.

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RE: Where to eat in Dayton Ohio North of Middletown - Sat, 02/18/12 5:39 PM
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The chicken from Lee's was like this: both pieces were poor quality meat - lots of fat and connective tissue. The drumstick was unevenly breaded. The thigh was breaded way too much, to the extent that it was very hard. It made Banquet fried chicken (quite nice for what it is) seem like haute cuisine.
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RE: Where to eat in Dayton Ohio North of Middletown - Mon, 02/20/12 7:03 AM
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Donw - I know what you're talking about. The breading is very inconsistent and the quality of the chicken itself is mediocre at best.
 
I keep wanting to give Lee's another chance, so I went to the one in Latonia, Ky. (yeah, I know this is a Dayton-area thread), and it was marginally better, but still nowhere near its previous standard.
 
Fried chicken is a food with such a high popularity rating among all age groups and races that it's bizarre there are so few good places to get it in southwest Ohio.

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RE: Where to eat in Dayton Ohio North of Middletown - Mon, 02/20/12 1:11 PM
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Fried chicken is a food with such a high popularity rating among all age groups and races that it's bizarre there are so few good places to get it in southwest Ohio.

 
Years ago (I think around 1990) I went with a friend from work to a franchising presentation by a spinoff of Subway ("Doctor's Associates") called Cajun Joe's. Several people in the audience pointed out that fried chicken doesn't do well around here.
 
I don't get it, either. I have a bare handful of places that I would eat fried chicken at locally.
 
Church's used to be great but they don't have many locations left. Popeye's is pretty good but individual units can be quite skanky. That leaves KFC, and KFC.

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RE: Where to eat in Dayton Ohio North of Middletown - Sat, 05/19/12 11:16 PM
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Starlite Diner
2627  South Smithville Road
Dayton OH 45420
phone: (937) 254-5000
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This restaurant appears to be a spinoff/branch of the original location in Kettering, across from Meier's. The concept is modestly priced diner food, along with a few additional things that you wouldn't expect to find in a diner.
 
I think it opened in January. The building housed the former Nanking Inn, which in prehistory (pre-1980) was a beloved Burger Chef with one of the original gaudy neon kite shaped signs. But I digress.
 
Ate there tonight for the first time, 5/19/12, a warm Saturday evening. We got there around 7:30.
 
The first impressions were: new remodel job, nice seats and decor (along with the counter in exactly the same location as it was in Burger Chef days). And hotter than hell - easily low 80s in the dining room. The staff had a side door propped open with a chair. Today really needed A/C. And lastly - only two other patrons, two men at one other booth. On a Saturday around the dinner hour.
 
I ordered a patty melt platter for either $5.95 or $6.95 (I think), which includes chips and a soup of the day. My brother ordered the fried fish sandwich - same price and deal.
 
On the positive side, they allowed a free substitution of fries for chips. The soup of the day was - get this - cream of mushroom soup. Wtf? In the summer? The same stuff that you make green bean casserole with? Yup. They had no other choice (usually at places that serve a soup du jour, some kind of chili is always available.) We both passed, and substituted cold sides instead (applesauce and slaw.)
 
Our sammiches were a mixed bag. My brother's fish sandwich looked good, although the piece of fish was small for a restaurant meal and looked like a preformed frozen patty.  My patty melt was made from a preformed Sysco type burger patty. I kept getting little bone chips in the meat, which I always associate with cheap discount burgers. The burger was served grey with no charring. The second half of the sandwich's bottom piece of bread was a soggy mass from sitting in its juices while I ate the first half. It was hard to eat because the texture was nasty, and the mushy bread combined with glutinous cheese and mushroom sauce was, in the words of an icon, . I left most of the second half on the plate. My stomach's still grumbling three hours later.
 
The waitress and the cash register guy were both super nice. I did not have the heart to tell either what I really thought.
 
I have to give this joint a D-. The only thing that raises it above an F is the great attitude of the waitress. The lack of A/C made it very uncomfortable to eat in. The preformed burger patty shows that they (management) doesn't care about quality.  This is a diner that serves food that is not as good as fast food.
 
I deliberately picked food that I felt was very easy for a diner to make - so you are not seeing me bitch about poorly made clam linguini or other types of food that require actual food judgement and culinary knowledge to make well.
 
When we left about a quarter after 8, there were a few other patrons (4 to 6) that had trickled in. But the almost empty parking lot when we arrived on a weekend evening tells the story... At that rate they couldn't be making enough to keep the lights on.
 
In a ~1 mile radius of this place I HIGHLY recommend the following places instead, in order of preference: Tanks, Slider's, Angie's, or Cold Beer and Cheeseburgers. There is no reason to eat here, except that you can't find a seat at Slider's.
 
I want to support local businesses, but ... ech. Blink twice and you might miss this place before the building is up for lease again.
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