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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Thai 9: Thai
Great Thai restaurant in Oregon district that allows you to select the level of spiceness of your food on a 1-9 level (hence the name).
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Pine Club: Landmark
Famous for its steaks the Pine Club is a Dayton institution since 1947. It is located close to the University of Dayton.
Favorite Dish: I highly recommend the Lamb chops.
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Have not been downtown to eat...
Have not been downtown to eat for a long time. But the restarant 'Cold Beer and Cheeseburgers' looked inviting! Heard there was an awsome coffee shop late hours in the Oregon District.
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