Brixx Ice Company- Perhaps the best bar in Dayton?
Brixx is a relatively new bar constructed in a 19th Century ice house in downtown Dayton. This establishment has a large U-shaped bar, massive glass windows overlooking Dayton Dragon's Fifth Third Field, plenty of friendly hired help, a big outdoor patio, and good beer and food. Also, it is a Steelers bar, deep in the heart of Bengals territory, with Iron City Beer in bottles. Is there anything more a man (from Pittsburgh) could want? No, not really!
I stopped in for a late lunch on a Friday, and most of the city workers were already here by 3pm. Must be nice! I sat at the bar, grabbed a Sam Adams Octoberfest, and scanned the menu. Mostly the usual items, but the meatloaf sandwich looked tasty and unique. I asked the bartender if it was good, and she said it was her favorite thing on the menu. Awesome... I'll try one.
The sandwich was ready in no time, and it was excellent. Served with nice, crispy, thin-cut fries, the meatloaf was topped with cheddar and a barbecue ketchup mix. Later I had one of the Iron City beers, and the owner's wife even bought me a sample of a new beer they were carrying, called Archangel.
W.O. Wright's Bar
W.O. Wright's, certainly named after Wilber and Orville of local aviation fame, is a local bar next to Wright Patterson Air Force Base. This is a big place, with an outdoor patio, pool tables, a huge indoor bar, and plenty of tables. The beer list and the menus are both pretty small but enough for a local bar.
I stopped in one evening for dinner. The crowd was pretty small, but young and lively. There was a variety of music from rap to country, and the patrons equally diverse. I had a Great Lakes Brewery beer, followed by a Sam Adams, then I had a mushroom swiss burger. The burger was extremely greasy, but full of flavor. My bill was well under $20.
The Pub - Greene Town Center, Beavercreek
The Pub, located in the Greene Town Center in Beavercreek, has to be one of Dayton's best and most popular pubs. The Pub, which features a British atmosphere, is a small chain with locations in about 10 cities, including Orlando and Tampa. They have dozens of beers on tap, including local and European beers. They also offer great food such as fish and chips, bangers and mash, and the like. Even better, the waitresses all wear short skirts.
We had dinner here one summer evening and the restaurant was packed. We squeezed into a few stools at the bar. I had a few Guinness beers and a fried fish sandwich. Both were excellent, authentic, and filling.
Hours of Operation:
Mon - Wed.....3pm - 12am
Thurs .............11am - 12am
Fri - Sat..........11am - 2am
Sun.................11am - 11pm
Oink-A-Doodle-Moo Smokey Barbecue
Who says you can't find good barbecue in the North? Oink-A-Doodle-Moo convinced me that you can get good barbecue almost anywhere.
Their menu is simple, with three smoked meat sandwiches to chose from: oink (pulled pork), doodle (pulled chicken) and moo (beef brisket). They also offer ribs at the two permanent locations. The sides include macaroni and cheese, beans, potatoes, and corn pudding, and their sauces range from sweet to spicy.
The prices are good, too: $6-$7 for a huge sandwich, and $2.50 more to add a drink and a side. Delicious and fast!
322 UNION BLVD.
3910 FAR HILLS AVE
Wright Patterson Air Force Base
Corner of 8th & P st
A fourth location is planned for Troy, Ohio, to open in Fall 2011.
Penn Station East Coast Subs
I have never seen Penn Station anywhere but Dayton; however, it seems to be a reasonably large Midwest and Southern U.S. chain. According to Wikipedia, Penn Station has 185 locations in 12 states, with the vast majority in Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia. The Penn Station founder started his first sub shop in Dayton, then opened the first Penn Station in Cincinnati in 1985.
Penn Station serves 14 types of subs, including a traditional Philly Cheesesteak and a made-to-order Dagwood. Subs can be made in five different lengths: 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 inches. They also offer great french fries and lemonade.
I had lunch at the Riverside, OH, restaurant. I selected an 8 inch cheesesteak with onions and mushrooms, along with fries for a total bill of $7. The food was ready quickly and the sandwich was excellent.
Tickets Sports Bar - Main Street, Fairborn
From the outside, Tickets looks outdated, and with the name like this, your first thought might be instant lottery rather than bar. Once you step through the front door, however, the bar and restaurant is surprisingly large, clean, and friendly. Notice the unique decor such as the guns and deer heads mounted alongside the NASCAR hoods. They have a good number of TVs, and you can come here to catch the local sporting events on TV.
I arrived on a Thursday and squeezed into one of the few remaining stools at the bar. I scanned the limited number of taps and decided on a Killians Red, only because the selection was so limited (it turns our drafts beers are only $2.25). For dinner I was surprised to see a selection of Greek dishes (gyros, souvlaki, etc) along side you basic bar fare such as burgers and fries. I decided on a gyro with fries ($8). My food was ready in about 10 minutes, and it was decent. The pita bread was a bit hard, which makes me think it might not have been the freshest.
The bartender was friendly and efficient.
Hot Head Burritos
Hot Head is a fast food burrito joint, much like your local Chipotle. Unlike Chipotle, Hot Head has just 19 locations, all in Ohio and Pennsylvania. I stopped in one day for lunch and Hot Head was packed. After 10 minute wait in line, I ordered a steak burrito with rice, a few veggies and hot head sauce, and my meal was about $6. The burrito was huge and really tasty.
Not a bad location for a quick lunch, especially if you can avoid the crowds.
Oregon Express Pizza - Oregon District
Oregon Express is one of 8 or 10 local restaurants in Dayton's historic and somewhat revitalized Oregon District. This is a small, unique and divey bar that specializes in pizza and beer. I arrived on a Wednesday when they offered 25% off specialty pizza. I chose an Italian pizza and a few Great Lakes beers.
The pizza came out quickly, but was served on a square piece of cardboard that was smaller than the pie. The pizza was excellent, however, and the Great Lakes beer tasty. The bartender was very friendly and happy to give me directions to the Dayton Dragons baseball stadium nearby.
Dublin Pub - Oregon District, Dayton
Located in Dayton's most popular area, Oregon District, Dublin Pub is one of the citys best bars. I stopped in for dinner one Saturday afternoon during college football season. Late in the afternoon the bar was quiet but it quickly filled up after dark.
For my dinner I had the Sea Monger's platter with beer battered cod, fried shrimp, and fried clams for a low price of $12 (or add crab cakes for $2 more). I also had a few Guinness beers All of the food was tasty, the service great, and the bartenders friendly.
Other food options include Irish steaks, meatloafs, boxtys, shepherds pie, corned beef and cabbage, fish and chips, burgers, appetizers, and sandwiches.
They claim the largest whiskey sales in the entire state and they have been named best of Dayton in various categories numerous times.
Sopranos Eatery & Spirits: New Guys in Town!
This is the newest Italian place to go in Dayton! They have an excellent menu with tons of options. The staff is friendly and are well trained; they know the menu backwards and forwards and are very helpful with suggestions. Sopranos has varied seating to complement your preference; high top tables that are close to flat screen tvs, booths, low tables and a round table in the corner for semi-private meetings. They can accomodate any request fior seating for large groups too. Not only is the menu affordable but they have a pastry chef who makes daily dessert specials, the Tiramisu is fantastic!!
Favorite Dish: I like a little zip with my food so I tried the Shrimp Fra Diavolo, AMAZING!! It had the right blend of spice that was pleasant but not burnng nor lasting
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Cafe/Cafeteria Within the USAF Museum: Convenient Good and Inexpensive Food
I was surprised at the good and inexpensive food at the second floor cafe/cafeteria within the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Located on the second floor opposite the entry lobby from the IMAX Theater, the cafe is almost a necessity as you will spend all day or several days at this museum. You can pick up ready to eat packaged food or take a tray and order hot foods prepared and ready with quick cafeteria-style service. Immaculately clean and low priced, don't take any food outside the cafe.
Favorite Dish: I got a hot meal of excellent Bar-B-Que beef in the cafeteria line. With a bag of chips and a soft drink, it was sufficient for a hungry man, and convenient to make the start time of our IMAX theater choice just across the entry lobby upstairs. I was surprised and pleased at the low prices, fast service and cleanliness, not always available to huge captive audiences such as in a museum like this.
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The Flying Pizza: The Flying Pizza
New York Style Pizza is the best! Unless you are from Chicago and love dough. The Flying Pizza is the closest thing to New York that you can get in the midewest.
They have three locations in Dayton, although the Downtown location sucks if you have to drive there. Best bet, go to the one in Centerville. It is south of town. The prices are a little bit higher than a Pizza Hut or Domanoes, but it is worth every penny.
Favorite Dish: I am a meat lover, which means I am fat. They have vegetarian stuff too, but the best pizza is this.
1) Extra Pizza Sauce
2) Double Cheese
4) Sausage (their sausage is great!)
Yep, Meatballs. It sounds odd, but it is addictive!
SCOR: New & Improved Menu
SCOR is a cool sports restaurant located on the south end of Bellbrook. The atmosphere is really unique and of course they have TV's, 16 of them. Happy Hour goes until 9pm, and they have a great selection of draft beer, with $2 22ounce drafts. They have a wing eating contest every week on Tuesdays. The food is outstanding and very original, with all your favorites. I have to say that this is nice addition to the Bellbrook area.
Favorite Dish: I've got two favorite meals there. The Jersey Deli, which is an italian cold-cut sandwich with grilled onions and olive oil on a berry wheat. The other is the no-carb burger, two 1/2 pound burgers covered in cheese and bacon served with a side salad instead of fries. I hear they are expanding their menu in a week. More lo-carb options, more entrees, more desserts. I got to hand it to the new owner, he has got a little gem there in Bellbrook.
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BW3: Wings and Beer. Mmmmm.... beer
BW3 (or "Bee-Dubs" for short) is an awesome place to go with friends for good food and a good time. Not only is the food great, and the beer always flowing, but this is a sports bar with huge TV screen that are featuring the latest sporting events. To further the excitement you can also play an electronic trivia game from your table (viewed on one of the TV screens) against people in your B-dubs, and against other people in other BW3 locations I believe. This is a casual place. Order your food at the counter and go and seat yourself.
Favorite Dish: Wings Wings Wings. They are awesome, but BW3 takes the whole 'chicken and hot sauce' a step further and makes other great things such as Buffalitos! Buffalitos are great. But don't leave without eating potatoe wedges with cheese. Sure, this isn't health food, but I'm telling you it's GOOD.
12th Fairway Bar and Grill: A dinner in Dayton Airport
I spent some hours in Dayton International Airport due to the delay of my flight to Washington D.C. I have dinner in 12th Fairway Bar and Grill. The food was good and the price low! The service was very fast and you can eat watching one of the runway and the airport's activities.
Favorite Dish: My dinner in the 12th Fairway Bar and Grill was very good and you can taste some American dishes. I tasted a grilled steak with friess and caesar salad. It was very good.
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