Bistro rulez

Boro Bistro reigns excellent

By Paula Johnson

We’ve all been there. You’re a mom with a stroller, and you are meeting up for lunch with two or three other moms. With Cadillac-sized strollers. And giant diaper bags. Because lunching with other moms in your same situation is key to surviving your baby’s babyhood. But you need the right place, since a cramped, uncomfortable, and unwelcoming place will add mightily to your already soaring stress level. OK, not you? Then how about you’re a lady who likes to lunch. You and your group of friends like taking your time. You also are aware of what you eat so salads are a must for you and your crew. You need a place you can be leisurely, and be well fed with fresh ingredients. Still not you? How about you are a couple of guys on your lunch break from the office. You don’t have a ton of time, but you want to sit down and have a tasty sandwich before heading back to the grind. And maybe you want to wash that sandwich down with a milkshake. STILL not you? OK, one more. You are one of the bazillion people who like to hang out on a cozy cushy couch and veg out with a good cup of coffee, maybe a pastry, maybe reading the Dayton City Paper, maybe working on your computer. I might have you covered there, right? So where can all of you go? I suggest Springboro’s Boro Bistro.

Smoothie operator

Corrie Hasenjager Goddard, owner of Boro Bistro, moved from downtown Springboro to the current location near Dorothy Lane in 2010. Her study of health andn ??? at University of Toledo is evident in the emphasis on healthful and nutritious food choices. When possible produce is sourced locally, and entrees are baked, not fried. Goddard also offers a gluten-free option for many of the menu items. The menu focuses on wraps, panini, pizzas, salads, and sandwiches. But lest you think that’s a little too healthy, remember the milkshakes I mentioned? And smoothies, too.

The space itself is a storefront with a small fenced patio out front, filled with moms and strollers on the day I visited. Inside, the high ceilings, funky light fixtures, and muted colors make for a spacious, uncrowded and very comfortable feeling. There are combination of high-top tables, round and rectangular tables, counter seating, and coffee house style furniture groupings to encourage conversation and relaxation.

A very friendly Bistro staff directed me to the ordering counter toward the back of the restaurant. After perusing the menu I decided on a half sandwich and salad combination, the Chicken Cordon Bleu and Garden Salad ($9.50).  Plus a scone for good measure ($2.75). I chose one from the platter on display at the counter where I placed my order—great point of sale impulse buy strategy! Additionally, I ordered a pizza to go for PIP (Palate In Progress) since he couldn’t join me. I asked for a recommendation. “The Greek Isle ($8.00)—it’s really good!” the server taking my order quickly responded. She told me I could select a seat and my lunch would be brought out, so I picked a table against the wall to observe the other patrons and food going by. I also had a vantage point to see the chalkboard listing the day’s coffees and shakes and smoothies (which sadly I didn’t try since I ordered the scone.) Smalls are $3.50 and large $4.50. Some of the shake flavors include Oh Oh Oreo, the Euro with strawberries and Nutella and Peanut Butter Pizzazz with chocolate and peanut butter. Sprecher Root beer Floats are also on the menu.

Hot ’n fresh

My sandwich arrived hot off the panini press. It featured chicken, ham, cheese and mustard, and was crusty and satisfying. The salad was fresh and topped with lots of things to go beyond just lettuce—crunchy nuts and seeds, onion, shredded cheese, cucumber and tomato. It was particularly good with the garlicky ranch-style dressing the server recommended. “It’s the same thing we use on the Greek Isles Pizza,” she noted. Later at home, I discovered this was indeed true, and a very good idea. The pizza didn’t suffer from the car ride. It was still crisp and not mushy, generously topped with red onion, olives, fresh tomato chunks, spinach and feta. “Really delicious!” I remarked.  PIP concurred, reminding me that I had already eaten, and he had not. I relinquished the pizza to whom it was intended, and texted a friend to join me for lunch next week at Boro Bistro for my own pizza. And a milkshake this time!

Boro Bistro is located at 722 N. Main St. in Springboro. For more information, please call 937.748.8900 or visit
Dayton City Paper Dining Critic Paula Johnson would like every meal to start with a champagne cocktail and end with chocolate soufflé. As long as there’s a greasy burger and fries somewhere in the middle. Talk food with Paula at

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Dayton City Paper Dining Critic Paula Johnson would like every meal to start with a champagne cocktail and end with chocolate soufflé. As long as there’s a greasy burger and fries somewhere in the middle. Talk food with Paula at

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