On her first business trip to Dayton, she visited Tank's Bar & Grill and Culp's Cafe. I'm aware that I can take advantage of our location and revisit Gold Star or Skyline, but what's the town got as far as really old roadfood, regional treats, pre-chain fast food, roadside architecture, or stuff we just need to see for our blog?
Quick note: Dayton is not Goetta territory. I am in Warren County (between Dayton and Cinci) and even where I live nobody knows about it.It hasn't really penetrated up there.You'd have to go someplace on the north end of Cincinnati, such as to Jungle Jim's Market in Fairfield, to buy it.
Tank's is an excellent choice and I go there very often.
One Dayton regional treat is the idiosyncratic local thin, square cut pizza. If you have Donato's, that is the kind of product that it is, except that locally you can get more authentic non chain versions of that style of pie. Marion's Piazza with several regional locations is the most easy to get example (always ask at Marion's to have them bake your pizza in the "old oven" for a better crust.) A really good independent version of this type of pizza (the best, I think) is Ron's Tavern in Miamisburg on town square, about 20 minutes south of downtown.
Old roadfood: Legacy Pancake House, in a bombed out looking part of North Dayton. Excellent and cheap food and service.
BBQ: In my opinion the overall best BBQ experience around Dayton is at City BBQ in Centerville. Oinkadoodlemoo gets a lot of mention (it's local, whereas City BBQ is from Columbus) but in my opinion it's a cut down and more expensive version of City BBQ.
Mexican: a great road foodish option is Taqueira Mixteca on East Third Street (another bombed out area.) Avoid Hot Head Burritos - it's a local chain that is talked up a lot but it's just mediocre.
A bit out of town, there are two places that are worth the drive for different reasons. In Yellow Springs, the Old Trail Tavern in Yellow Springs is a generally mediocre to awful restaurant in an original log cabin, with a ton of character - Rod Serling was a bartender here when he attended Antioch in the 40s or 50s. (Skip Ha Ha Pizza in Yellow Springs - it looks better than it is - I am not
a fan. Absolutely horrible service.) In Clifton, the highly scenic Clifton Gorge areas has the restaurant at Clifton Mill. Expensive for pretty ordinary breakfast foods, but it's priced for the view.
I'll think of more later...
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