Destination Troy

Tomato Basil Soup w/house salad from La Pizza. Photo by Micah Carli Tomato Basil Soup w/house salad from La Pizza. Photo by Micah Carli

Flavorful Options To Satisfy Your Cravings.

By Brian P. Sharp

Tomato Basil Soup w/house salad from La Pizza. Photo by Micah Carli

In today’s world we hear a lot about people taking “staycations.” In other words, those stay-at-home, save-some-money kind of vacations. Certainly there are all sorts of options for your “staycation” around the Miami Valley: King’s Island, The Beach, Morgan’s Canoe Rentals, the amazing Five Rivers MetroParks or even the Dayton History Museums. But what if you really want a day out – not too far away – with some amazing food and fun? One option is to take a short drive north on Interstate 75 to Troy (exit 74). Recently, I decided to venture north with a friend to spend the day in Troy. We drove around the circle in the middle of town and found a parking place. We parked the car once (for free) and never had to move it – everything was within
walking distance!

There are a number of choices for early morning arrivals. We selected Night Sky (18 N. Market Street / (937) 339-1300). A coffee house with a twist, Night Sky provides a serene atmosphere that abounds with homemade baked goods and freshly brewed coffees. The staff is friendly and waiting to serve. We enjoyed a hot cup of coffee and shared a breakfast pastry that was delicious and certainly made me want to come back to visit to try other options as well. I also noticed an extensive menu of lunch and dinner options for later…if we happen to still be here. There are places to just sit and relax or visit with friends. I believe this place can help satisfy your appetite and your soul. After “breakfast” we decided to take a walk around town, browsing quaint little shops and visiting with people that soon seemed like friends. After a while of walking it was quickly approaching lunchtime. The coffee and pastry
had worn off.

So, into La Piazza we went. La Piazza (2 N. Market Street. / (937) 339-5553) opened its doors in 1992, and is owned and operated by the Anticoli
family that has
operated Italian restaurants
in the Dayton area since the 1930s. Decorated like an Italian cafe, La Piazza has a setting that is relaxing with booths and tables throughout the restaurant. There is also a covered patio for dining alfresco. During the lunch hour an all you can eat buffet is offered for $8.95 that includes salad served at your table – a choice of soups, pizza, four entrees and vegetable selections. My friend and I decided to enjoy the buffet. The server arrived with a basket of warm bread and our house salads. The buffet is set up in the bar area. The soup choices were minestrone and tomato basil. I couldn’t resist a piping hot bowl of tomato basil soup…my friend agreed. After our soup and salad were finished we made our way to the buffet. The menu is also full of authentic Italian offerings as well as salad, sandwich, pizza and pasta options with prices that range from $5.95 to $9.50. While desserts are tempting, we managed to fight off the urge and continued on our walk.

That walk didn’t take us far when we happened upon the Mayflower Cinema located at 9 W. Main Street. This intimate cinema shows first run films on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
This is a perfect place to relax and enjoy a
movie after a delightful luncheon.

Just across the street from the Mayflower Cinema we found the Winan’s Chocolates
and Coffee House (10 W. Main Street / (937) 335-9119).
Once we stepped in the door the smell of homemade chocolates and fresh coffee forced
us to purchase some confections to take home with us. Winan’s has locations in Piqua,
Troy, Vandalia and Dayton.
Each location is special. You will want to visit all of them.

So, it feels like we have eaten our way through Troy. We even have confections to take home with us to remember the trip…but wait!

We left Winan’s and walked around the corner to find Bakehouse Breads and Cookies (317 Public Square/ (937) 339-8100). While you can certainly stop in here for a quick breakfast, you can also enjoy a delicious lunch or simply stop by for fresh baked goods to take home. We couldn’t resist the lemon bars. They were deliciously sweet and just tart enough to make them the perfect pairing for a hot
cup of coffee.

There just weren’t enough hours in the day for this “staycation” in Troy, Ohio. We have
other places to visit…

There’s The Caroline (5 S. Market Street / (937) 552-7676). The Caroline is a perfect place for an afternoon cocktail or quiet dinner. Or, if you just want to experience the best burger in Troy, venture down the block to K’s Hamburger Shop (117 E. Main Street / (937) 339-3902). At K’s, you will find the only “wet grill” in town, and the burgers are like nothing you have ever experienced.

We are FULL and exhausted! Who wants to join me for another day in Troy? You’ll agree – you just can’t get enough in one day!

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