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!
Seoul House: Seoul House
The Seoul House is my absolute favorite place to go for Korean food, outside of Korea. It was actually even better than some of the places I did go to in Korea.
From the outside, this rundown building can be decieving. It will look like no one is there. In fact, if you get there before 5pm, there won't be anyone there. So get there around 5:30, so you beat the smokers and people there to drink.
Inside, it is tiny. It looks like a bar. Probably because it is a bar. More people go there to drink than to eat. Which is too bad, because the food there is incredible! They have the usual assortment of Korean Specialties, Kalbe, Bulgogi, Bibimbop, various soups and fish things, even appetizers. And to wash it all down, the only place in Southern Ohio which has Korea's finest, OB Beer.
Favorite Dish: This is going to sound hard to pronounce, because it is. It is called Samgyupsal. Basically, it is little strips of pork which are brought to you, along with a grill (not because they don't want to cook it for you, but because it is better when it comes right off the grill, plus, its traditional Korean.) So, you take these strips, dip them in a sauce, wrap them in lettuce with some rice, a little garlic, some hot sauce and maybe a piece of kimchee or one of the little side dishes that come with it. Then you pop the whole thing in your mouth and crunch away. Sounds odd, tastes amazing. Especially if you like food that has a salty taste.
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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Jay's Seafood.: Jay's Seafood.
I am not good with seafood. I just don't like it. But even the smell of the food at Jay's is enough to make me crave it. This is probably the best seafood you will find in the midwest, period! Plus, Jay's has the best wine list of anyplace I have been to outside of New York or Chicago. The interior of the place is exactly as it looks in the picture. The place is just nice. And it is well worth the extra money if you are trying to show your girlfriend a good time. But, dress nice (suit and tie) or you are going to be out of place, and probably out of luck getting in.
Favorite Dish: Ok, not being a seafood fan (strange allergies) my favorite item is actually the Prok Tenderloin. It is served with a type of french sauce which just melts in your mouth, and a goat cheese potato cake. Yum! Plus you have not lived until you have had their Bourbon Pecan Pie.
Thai 9: Upscale Thai Food in Dayton?
Thai 9 is the best Thai food ever! And I have been to Thailand. The worst thing about Thai 9 is finding it. It is hidden in the Oregon District behind a record store. But finding it is worth it. Most Thai joints offer the usual Pad Thai, but theirs is just somehow...special.
It is an upscale place where the trendy types like to go. You will need a suit jacket, but could probably get away without having to do a tie, to get Thai! Ha ha ha.
Favorite Dish: As basic as it is, the Pad Thai is simply awesome!
The Pine Club: The Pine Club
The Pine Club has the reputation for the best steak in Dayton. There are stories of Presidents who have waited in line there, and how some celebs order it to go and have their "people" Pick it up for them if they are nearby. It's very good. I like it. I am not saying it is the best steak ever, but it is very very good.
As a student at the University of Dayton, I get to go to the Pine Club a lot! Not because I am a student, but because I am close. I actually took out a student loan to be able to afford places like this while going for my law degree. Not a great idea as far as debt goes, but quite a tasty way to get through college.
Favorite Dish: I love the Porterhouse, but it'll run ya 26 bucks. One of the tricks of the Pine club is the carryout. You can get one of the best hamburgers ever to go, priced under ten or a steak sandwich for about 13 with all the trimmings. All the kids at UD do that at least once. (Go Flyers!)
China Cottage: The Best Chinese in Ohio as voted by some magazine
It strikes you as odd that this little German building is home to what is considered to be the best Chinese food in Ohio. But once you enter, you in an unmistakenly Asian atmosphere. There is not really a dress code, but a collard shirt and a pair of dockers will make you feel at home.
The good thing about China Cottage is that it has an upscale feel to it, but not the price of a Thai 9 or Jays seafood. There is no bad thing. The service has always been great, and the food even better. This is not a typical buffet or hole in the wall chinese place. People go here for Prom.
The food runs the usual chinese route, everythign from fried rice to General Tso's chicken. But, it is the specialties that make it worth coming back for. Some of the harder to find menu items include a Rock Salt Pork, Mala Beef, and for the seafood types, a dozen ways of serving Prawn.
Favorite Dish: The Mala Beef. Bet without the Mushrooms though. It is a very spicy dish with green onions, beef, hot peppers and garlic in a brown sauce. Makes your head sweat, but makes your mouth happy. If you like spicy, you haven't lived until you have had the Mala Beef.
The Grub Steak - Dayton: The Grub Steak - Dayton
The Grub Steak does not serve Gubs, they do serve steak though, and it is gooooood! It is a typical steak joint, but perhaps requiring dress a little better than the sizzler. Prices are average, compared to like a Lone Star, or a Champs. If you like meat, and I know you do, (unless of course you are a vegatarian, then you probably don't, but I digress....) this is the place to go for steaks and Ribs in Dayton.
Actually there is a really good soul food joint in West Dayton that has better ribs. But this place is in a neighborhood where someone isn't going to point a gun at you or try to purchase drugs from you.
Of course, if you are looking for the best ribs in S.E. Ohio, check out the Cincinnati pages for Montgomery Inn. It is worth the drive too.
Favorite Dish: The full slab of baby back ribs. Forget Chili's, this is where you go if you are on the North side of Dayton for Ribs!
Cafe Boulevard: Cafe Boulevard
One of Dayton's little hidden secrets is this spot, the Cafe Boulevard. It has French quisine, and a slightly American attidude. Great Martini's! There is a separate lounge area, but it is not very big. Mostly people go for the food. It is not a five star place, but it isn't all that much more expensive than an Applebees or the usual American junk.
The Menu and information on everything from a very interesting wine list, to the chef is on the web page. The menu changes seasonally, but has always been good no matter what time of the year.
Business casual will work most nights, but Fridays and Saturdays you will probably feel out of place without a jacket and tie.
Favorite Dish: It's all good!
Skyline Chili: Skyline Chili
Having moved here from Canton Ohio, I was not prepared for the Southern Ohio fascination with Chili. Not even good Chili. It comes in two brands, Skyline, and Gold Star. Both are aquired tastes. Let me begin by saying, there is no beans in it (good!) and they ad chocolate to it (strange.)
Aparently Chili is greek food. Yeah, I never saw that one coming either, oh well. But there is a lingo that goes with it. A coney typically comes with chili, the hot dog, a warm wet bun, mustard and a ton of onion. See the menu for variations on that. Then you get into...and I am not making this up a 2-way, 3-way, 4-way, or 5-way. And yes, this is a family restaurant. A two way is Chili and Spahetti. Not as disgusting as it sounds actually. 3-way you add cheese, 4-way you add onions, the 5-way you add beans. Then you also have the other traditional greek items such as burrito's, garlic bread, baked potato's and chicken wraps.
Favorite Dish: My favorite item is actually the Garlic Bread with Cheese. Get a large order and a small bowl of just the chili to cover it in, and you are going to be happy.
Three way's are also good. (again, I mean the chili.)
The only thing I would caution you about is that it doesn't taste like chili you have had anywhere else. Texans hate it! So did my stomach for the first couple of trys. But after a while you enjoy it, and strangely enough crave it. They put an addictive chemical in it which makes you crave it fortnightly.
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.
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.
Tipp O' The Town Family Restaurant: Mom & Pop...homestyle deluxe
This place is the real deal. The owners live a mile from the place, and all five family members (plus the occassional cousin) work there. Places like this are hard to come by now, what with the advent of corporate whores like Bob Evans, Cracker Barrel, and Big Boy...this one has survived for over 16 years.
The menu has burgers, salads, spaghetti, some steak, grilled and fried chicken, pork chops, sandwiches, "down home" stuff like chicken friend steak, liver and onions, and hot shots/manhattans, fish, and incredible home-made desserts. Surprisingly enough, there are a several vegetarian and even a couple vegan (spaghetti, salad, side dishes) options. There's also great breakfast (my favorite meal), and they open at 5:30am....
Favorite Dish: The battered cauliflower is awesome...the best I've ever had. This place is famous for the all-you-can-eat fish on Fridays and Wednesdays...it's really good. The burgers are hand-pattied, comparable to Fuddrucker's, but without the hefty price tag. As an added bonus, this place uses cholesterol-free frying oil, and will cook your food without oil...as well as fulfilling most other special requests.
The biscuits and gravy is the best EVER, and I loooove the entire breakfast menu. It's super cheap too, and they make custom omelets. Desserts too...yum...if you're a chocolate fan, have the BIG FAT chocolate cake...it's HUGE!!! and soooo good.
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BW3's: Excellent Wings!
This place is mixed between a McDonalds and Sports Bar. Inside is a bar and several television sets playing a variety of sports channels. You have to order your meal at a counter and pay and take your meal to your seat. You also have to get your drinks from the bar. Seems kinda weird but it cuts the cost of the food as they don't have to pay servers. Great concept but you need good wings to keep the people coming back.
Favorite Dish: WINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! oh and BEER!
The wings are plentiful and you have many many many choices of sauces for your wings.
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