The Barnsider

Fried Shrimp With Spicy Cocktail Sauce With Pork Tenderloin And Sweet Potato. Photo By Todd White Fried Shrimp With Spicy Cocktail Sauce With Pork Tenderloin And Sweet Potato. Photo By Todd White

A Must-Dine Destination North Of Dayton

By Brian P. Sharp

Fried Shrimp With Spicy Cocktail Sauce With Pork Tenderloin And Sweet Potato. Photo By Todd White

The first time I visited the Barnsider at 5202 N. Main Street I was in elementary school. I remember my family being thrilled that a fine restaurant had opened north of town. I remember going there for birthdays, holidays, Mother’s Day or simply just to have a fine meal in a relaxing atmosphere. The restaurant hasn’t changed much over the years – though there was an expansion

at one point – allowing a space for large parties. Since its inception in 1975, the Barnsider
has been family owned and operated, and
that still shows today.

While dinner is still the mainstay, there are a number of other options, including a Saturday and Sunday breakfast buffet for $7.95 that I can’t wait to try. They also offer a VIP Monday with lunch starting at 11 a.m. and dinner featuring a Prime Rib special for $9.95 on Monday night. I could write for days about the many amazing dinners of steaks, chops or even the signature Barnsider Chicken over the years. This time, I decided to try the
VIP Monday lunch.

My friend and I were greeted by a cheerful host-ess and taken to a table. There were groups of ladies gathered at nearby tables and a young couple with children in an adjacent booth. There really is something to please everyone on this lunch menu. Appetizers vary from Shrimp Cocktail, Escargot, Maryland Crabcake and Buffalo Shrimp, to a Pork Rib tasting. Appetizers range in price from $4.50 to $9.98. The ever popular Mozzarella Baked Onion Soup tops the list of soups and petite salads. If the baked version of the onion soup seems too much, you can opt for a cup of soup served with a side of parmesan croutons. Petite salad options include a classic Caesar, bleu bacon and pecan salad or a side salad is also served. Soups and petite salads range in price from $2.29 to $3.98. There are luncheon sized salads as well that range in price from
$6.95 to $9.95.

Entrees include everything from sandwiches to Prime Rib. Sandwiches range in price from $5.50 to $9.95. Lunch entrees include options like the Prime Rib, Chopped Sirloin, Salmon, Fish and Chips, Pork Tender-loin and Fried Shrimp. Those entrees range in price from
$7.95 to $9.95.

We made our decisions and placed our order. My friend ordered the Pork Tenderloin entrée with baked potato and added a side salad for an additional $1.00. I decided on the ever-popular Fried Shrimp with Chef Ray’s spicy cocktail sauce served with a baked potato, but other sides are available. Additionally, I just had to have the onion soup with the side of parmesan croutons. The soup and salad were served and a fresh baked loaf of bread accompanied. The soup was just as I remembered – beef broth based with onions. It was delicious and served with parme-san croutons. Go ahead and order the baked version…it’s worth the
extra calories!

The entrees were served piping hot. The Pork Tenderloin nearly covered the entire plate – served topped with a sliced mushroom sauce. The taste was perfect. My Fried Shrimp were huge! Again, just as good as ever – these large prawns are split, breaded and fried and are about 8 inches long. The shrimp are served with Chef Ray’s aforementioned sauce that isn’t quite as red in color as normal – the “spicy” means more horseradish – much more! Simply delicious!

This is the perfect lunch for many reasons…great food and superb service at a great value. It’s simply a win-win. You don’t want to
miss it.

Certainly, having dinner at the Barnsider is always a great choice. Specializing in house cut steaks, chops and seafood – the tradition continues. Dinners are served with the choice of three sides – soup or juice, salad and a vegetable or potato choice. The majority of the dinners range in price from $11.98 to $26.98 with a few options below and above the average. The Barnsider offers a relaxed atmosphere with fine food and excellent service. Do yourself a favor: take the short 10 minute drive north on Main Street from downtown and enjoy! You won’t
be disappointed.

Who wants to join me for the Saturday breakfast buffet?

The Barnsider is located at 5202 N. Main St. Hours of operation are Monday 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Tuesday- Friday 5 to 9:30 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 10 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more inform-
ation, call (937) 277-1332 or visit

Reach DCP dining critic Brian P. Sharp at

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