House of Thai
Brilliant, subtle Thai dishes refined in flavor while also providing a break from the usual local Asian cuisine. Try the Spicy Fish and Basil Duck. Daily lunch samplers at reasonable prices. 3230 Seajay Dr.
(937) 429-2236 8/25/10 (E.F.H.K.)
If you’re looking for the highest order in simple delicious food preparation that still surprises and delights, this is the place. Extraordinary, not ordinary, please make Pasha Grill a regular culinary experience. You will not be disappointed. It is truly a Turkish delight. 72 Plum St. (937) 429–9000. 6/23/10 (E.F.H.K.)
Prime cut steaks, fresh seafood, homemade pasta and chef specialties adorn the menu with fresh ingredients and tasty blends of herbs and spices. Garlic herb polenta,
Portabella Ravioli, Maryland Crabcakes and basmati rice are among the many delicious items that await your arrival. 2450 Dayton-Xenia Rd. 426-4600. 5/19/10 (E.H.)
Boosalis Baking & Café
Fresh baked bread and savory pastries is what you will find. Ingredients are 100 percent natural and baked in an imported French oven that incorporates steam into the baking cycle. Baguettes, 9–Grain and Cranberry Walnut Breads are mainstays along with specialty breads, scones, croissants and brownies. Breakfast and lunch are proudly served. Catering is available. 9486 Springboro Pk. (937) 424-0636. 4/28/10 (E.H.)
The menu spans from enchiladas and burritos to combination platters to Especialidades. Try the Chile Verdes, Pollo Loco or the Special la Casa. Fajitas, a Monster Burrito, vegetarian choices and margaritas galore are additional pluses. Nine locations in our area. 2355 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd. (937) 291-5544. 6/9/10 (E.H.)
Romer’s Bar & Grill
This new restaurant makes almost everything from scratch. They cut their own fresh chicken, grind their own beef and make most of their sauces from homemade recipes. The menu selection is large from appetizers including Turkey Balls to Philly Cheese Steak Wraps and Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches. Pasta is served on Tuesdays. All you can eat fish is served on Fridays. Bring the whole family for a relaxing evening out. (937) 848-7676. 4439 State Route 725. 7/21/10 (E.H.)
A wonderful establishment with terrific service. The sausage appetizer with cooked apples and a fried oyster appetizer served on a polenta cake are particularly tasty. Notable entrees include the Duck
Confit and Cassoulet. Save room for the delicious crème brulee. Full bar with fine wines and spirits. 1061 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd.
(937) 610-1061. 3/3/10 (B.P.S.)
Casually elegant with terrific food. Wine Tastings every second Wed. for $20 includes five tastes with food. Special Friday lunches from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. offer a great preview to the fabulous dinner entrees. Chef Keith Taylor offers sustainable cookery, budget good wines and a heartfelt commitment to his hometown at this lovely restaurant.
79 South Main Street. (937) 610-9835. 11/18/09 (E.F.H.K.)
Looking for a good catch is easy with fresh fish served up daily including shrimp, oysters, clams and grouper that can be ordered fried, grilled or special of the day. Start with the Clam Chowder and proceed to the Cajun Jambalaya. If spicy isn’t your preference, venture to the Lobster Tail, Fresh Sea Scallops or Caesar Salad with Grilled Salmon. 28 W. Franklin St. (937) 291-3474. 9/22/10 (E.H.)
A revelation of country dining at the historic Clifton Mill. The food is delicious, hearty and flavorful. Breakfast is a tour de force of fresh baked goods and gourmet pancakes. Lunch is full of homemade, special sandwiches, burgers, soups and cornbread made fresh with the mills stone ground offerings. Rt 72 at 75 Water St. (937) 767-5501. 4/14/10 (E.F.H.K.)
This tasty breakfast and lunch restaurant hits the spot! Free range eggs are used in an assortment of omelettes; grass fed and locally farmed meats are served in a number of sandwiches and specialties include vegan choices. Try French Toast Kabobs, Jelly Donut Pancakes or Biscuits and Gravy in the morning. For lunch, the Stuffed Pepper is a must but don’t forget the customer approved Crab Cake Sandwich. 1106 Brown St.
(937) 985-9917. 8/4/10 (E.H.)
A uniquely charming and humble owner serving delicious unique deli favorites is the hallmark of the reinvented Carmen’s Deli. This jewel is out performing most downtown restaurants by providing winners like the Mushroom Brie Bisque and The New Yorker with “imported” pastrami straight from NYC. Stop in for breakfast and lunch – you will not be disappointed. 110 N. Main St. (937) 610-9999. 10/7/10 (E.F.H.K.)
A great place to catch dinner before a show downtown. Several dinner offerings
including Risotto Primavera, Citi-spice Rubbed Salmon, Herb Crusted Filet or a Chef’s
Selection. Enjoy a choice of salad or homemade
soup and even a dessert as part of your
evening enjoyment. At lunchtime, try the
Pretzel Panini, Wintergarden Salad or the Citilites Classic featuring a signature tomato bisque and grilled cheese. Schuster Center, Second and Main Streets. 2/17/10 (E.H.)
Coco‘s Bistro represents the vision of owner Karen Weck-Gagnet, who has become a stabilizing force on the restaurant scene in Dayton. Always satisfying, be sure to try the Pasta Carbonara with roasted chicken or the Chop House Steak Salad complete with grilled sirloin, blue cheese crumbles, tomatoes, onion rings and cabernet vinaigrette. 515 Wayne Ave.
(937) 228-2626. 6/2/10 (E.F.H.K.)
A luscious vegetarian hotspot tucked away among the flower hawkers, jewelry stands and other purveyors at the Second Street Market. This booth is hopping on weekends serving great, fresh, healthy food to committed vegetarians or those just looking for a good, meatless alternative. Cash Only. 600 E. Second St. 2/10/10 (E.F.H.K.)
Dayton’s reinvented opportunity to explore the flavors of Puerto Rico. Come for traditional favorites including Mofungo and Tres Leches Cake as the newly opened sit down version of the old 2nd Street Market vendor expands the Miami Valley’s notion of American cuisine. 524 E. Fifth St. (937) 286-8007 9/15/10 (E.F.H.K.)
A tropical paradise with a menu featuring theme of fishnets and boats. Choose from the Skipper’s Seafood, Caption’s Chicken, Dockatizers and Specialty Steak Cuts. Portabella Mushrooms abound in dishes that include Seafood, Chicken and Filet Mignon. Enjoy Shrimp Your Way, Tilapia or Alaskan Snow Crab Legs inside the “Boathouse” or along the Pond. 250 W. Main St.
(937) 864-5011. 6/30/10 (E.H.)
Gourmet pizza is exactly what you will find here. Extraordinary ingredients such as Honey Glazed Bacon, Pine Nuts, Proscuitto, Asiago and Gorganzola cheese are combined
for great pizza selections such as the “Flatbread” Supreme or create your own. The menu also offers a wide variety of pasta including Drunken Shrimp and a spicy Chicken Diablo served over penne pasta. Several entrees are also on the menu along with house salads & homemade
desserts. Don’t miss this casual & unique dining experience at the Town & Country
Shopping Center. 424 East Stroop Rd.
(937) 534-0494. 1/13/10 (E.H.)
American cuisine with a twist offering soups, salads, pizzas and more. The Bad Hair Day Shrimp appetizer is delectable. Among the plentiful entrées are Steak Tips and Mushrooms and Southwest Lasagna. Make sure you save room for dessert, particularly the caramel apple bread pudding, cherry and blueberry cobbler and flourless chocolate volcano cake. 1222 E. Stroop Rd. (937) 298-2222. 9/29/10 (B.P.S.)
This establishment has stood the test of time and has continuously adapted its menu to the present economy and current trends. There is formal service in the Main Dining Room with choices such as Trio Goat Cheese and Pan Seared Scallops. The Bistro and Lounge offer a more casual setting but offer the same great food including Lobster Bisque and Wiener Schnitzel as well as lunch. The staff is professional and the food is exceptional. 4120 Far Hills Ave.
(937) 299-5536 9/1/10 (E.H.)
Really great food awaits at this mainstay
with a loyal customer base the ranks of which new foodies will want to join. The food is subtle and refined, spiced to your liking; Little Saigon happily caters to the vegetarian/vegan palette as well featuring complex meat and fish dishes reminiscent of generations of cooks and the best of Saigon, the city.1718 Woodman Drive. (937) 258-8010. 12/23/09 (E.F.H.K.)
The Pine Club
A true gem perfect for post-show
dining! Start with the Nantucket Scallops, but don’t forget to try the Prime Rib, made from the finest cuts of meat, with a side of onion rings and stewed tomatoes. The Pork Chops are also delicious not to mention the Pine Club’s signature sweet and sour salad dressing. 1926 Brown St. (937) 228-7463. 3/31/2010 (B.P.S.)
Enjoy traditional appetizers like Shrimp Cocktail, Fried Chicken Livers and Marinated Herring in addition to heartier options such as New York Strip. House specialty remains barbecue served on chicken, ribs or boneless ribs and chicken. Don’t miss this Dayton tradition that serves the kind of meal that makes you enjoy licking your fingers! 4029 N. Main St. (937) 276-2002. Also located at 1092 Brown St. and 241 Woodman Dr. 7/7/10 (B.P.S.)
The Amber Rose
Rich in history, this establishment is known for homemade German, Polish, Hungarian, Russian and Italian fare. Warsaw sampler and Beef Stroganoff highly recommended. Additional authentic options include homemade turtle soup, cabbage rolls, jager schnitzel, chicken paprikas, sauerbraten and pot roast. Hearty portions! 1400 Valley St.
(937) 228-2511 5/26/10 (B.P.S.)
Great food and superb service at a great value. Amazing dinners of steaks and chops not to mention the signature Barnsider Chicken. Be sure to try the ever-popular Fried Shrimp with Chef Ray’s spicy cocktail sauce and the delicious Pork Tenderloin. VIP Monday lunch and a Saturday and Sunday breakfast buffet are also offered. 5202 N. Main St. (937) 277-1332.
Tony’s Italian Kitchen
A truly authentic Italian meal with exceptional service. From Lasagna to Baked Ziti
and Stuffed Shells to Chicken Cacciatore the ingredients are fresh, chunky, abundant, homemade & oven baked. The tomato sauce and White Clam Sauce is particularly yummy. You can choose Shrimp Oreganata or venture into the Calamari RIng Marinara. Also try the Veal or Chicken Parmigiana in addition to a delicious assortment of homemade desserts.
615 S. Main St. (937) 836-1145. 3/10/10 (E.H.)
A culinary revelation for the Miami Valley. Linh’s offers delicious Vietnamese & Chinese food worthy of respect & attention. Wake up tired taste buds with bright bold authentic flavors. Lunch is your best bet. Go early or late since you may have to wait for a table. Good food from good people. 770 Airway Rd.
(937) 252-1875. 8/26/09 (E.F.H.K.)
Definitely try the large cut of the fresh Black Angus Prime Rib. Other steaks include New York, Filet Mignon and Ribeye. The Steak AuPoivre is a must with a smooth and creamy borderlaise sauce. There’s also pasta, seafood and several house specialties including
a BBQ Green Mountain Chicken which adds maple syrup and dijon mustard to their own BBQ sauce. You can enjoy a combination dinner with two or three entree choices, and all include two sides. 2205 Park Rd.
(937) 322-0397. 4/7/2010 (E.H.)
“From scratch, homemade, fresh cut” – foodie catch phrases that actually mean something are bywords for Colliers extensive menu of American Midwest favorites. A strong loyal staff, a great warm residential atmosphere and perfectly delicious food. 2800 West First St. (SR 41). (937) 323-5000. 10/14/09 (E.F.H.K.)
Based on the Bayou and heavy into blackening and Cajun. Look for Catfish, Alligator, Crawfish, Frog Legs and Shrimp either fried, blackened or broiled. The Etouffee made of a rich and thick blonde roux is mixed with shrimp and crawfish and well worth the ordering. Jambalaya, Gumbo and Gator Bites are menu favorites but don’t forget a side of dirty rice, stewed tomatoes and okra. 3006 North Country Road 25A. (937) 875-2000. 10/20/10 (E.H.)
This pleasantly surprising pizza parlor particularly offers a fresh, light, classically
simple original Italian pizza sauce that is totally
different from its famous neighbor. Don’t forget to try the outstanding, yummy calzone. Limited delivery area. Additional locations in Jamestown and Waynesville. 107 1⁄2 Xenia Ave. (937) 676-2500. 3/17/10 (E.F.H.K.)
Golden Jersey Inn
Upscale family food in a modern
version of a timber frame barn. The Buttermilk Chicken is excellent but vegetarians will appreciate the Black Bean Burger. The complimentary Sweet Potato Bread is particularly yummy. Save room for the Cinnamon Bread Pudding for dessert. 6880 Springfield-Xenia Rd. (937) 325-0629. 1/27/10 (E.F.H.K.)
A variety of complex flavors and new traditions abound. A commitment to locally grown and organic dishes has rendered this ever-evolving favorite into one of the best experiences both locals and tourists can have in the artist community of Yellow Springs. New Martini Bar, expanding catering, revolving menu of breakfast, lunch and dinner. Enjoy the Sunrise, over and over again. 259 Xenia Ave. (937) 767–7211.
& Gathering Place
This American-Peruvian restaurant offers subtle, unique flavor profiles that amuse palettes in need of new adventures. Casual dining with a great taste of a land steeped in tradition yet a little known delicious culinary history. Come to Williams often and with friends. Not to be missed. Will not disappoint. 101 A. Corry St.
(937) 319-6200. 9/16/09 (E.F.H.K.)