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Sep 4, 2008 11:34 AM

Best overall restaurant in Miami Valley

I am a couple of weeks late with this post. Sorry, but I have been really busy. Anyways the best overall value in the Miami Valley (Dayton, Ohio and surrounding suburbs)is the Winds Cafe.

The Winds Cafe is a fine/casual dining experience. The Winds is located about 20-25 minutes east of Dayton in Yellow Springs.

The last dining experience was both good and bad. I was there with a group of people. Our server was there, but by her attitude did not want to be. Don't worry, I usually have good service, but what can you do.

They start you off with a basket of different breads accompanied with butter. This is better than the usual forcaccia or ciabatta.

I always start off with the black bean soup. It is so good that I get a bowl, but cup sizes are available.

For dinner this night I got the swordfish. The swordfish was wonderful. For dessert I had the chocolate cake which was awesome.

Sorry this was not so detailed, but it h been 3 weeks since I was there. I will tell you that my last two experiences were better than any I had at restaurants in Dayton (Paccia, Cafe Boulevard, or John Henry's r.i.p.).

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    1. re: Fibber McGee

      John Henry's closed in July, they just never got it consistently right. It's got a great big for sale sign up, so if you've ever wanted to own a restaurant- it's fully stocked right down to the silverware.....

      1. re: grigs

        That's too bad. I used to frequent the Trolley Stop, whose owners had interest in John Henry's. That explains why they were not at The Taste yesterday as initially scheduled.

    2. The Winds is probably our all-time MV fave as well, but there are those who would make the case for Rue Domaine or maybe other places. The Winds is wonderful for local ingredients, and for almost hippy/not quite trendy but always delicious food. There's always a yummy veggie option or two, there's always a good pasta, there's always a few things featuring the ingredient(s) of the month/season.