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Foodie Survival in Dayton, OH

gamefish54 Mar 23, 2009 12:36 PM

My wife and I will move to the Dayton, OH, area in June. Not exactly sure where, yet. But, we are looking for serious foodie recommendations. Thanks!

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    carewren RE: gamefish54 Mar 23, 2009 04:55 PM

    i grew up in Dayton even though i don't live there anymore. Although it is chock full of chain restaurants, i can recommend Mr. Lee's. It's an asian/sushi restaraunt off of Poe Lane near the I-75 and I-70 interchange. I love sushi, and Mr. Lee's has some of the best i've ever tasted!

    You will also have to find some Graeter's ice cream - originally from Cinci.

    The only other notable restaurant i can think of is Benham's. It's downtown, though i can't recall the street name. I haven't been there in years, but if it is still going strong, it would be worth a visit despite its humble exterior.

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      David W RE: gamefish54 Mar 23, 2009 08:26 PM

      I live in NY, but have family just across the line in Indiana, and so travel in the area.
      Dayton has at least one terrific restaurant-
      About a half hour south-
      For supplies, check this out-

      And remember-driving is pretty easy out that way, and you are only about an hour from Cincinnati and Columbus, so you may want to read up on those cities as well.

      1. Niki in Dayton RE: gamefish54 Mar 24, 2009 09:00 AM

        Hi gamefish, and welcome (in advance) to Dayton! If you do a search on the midwest board, you'll find quite a few recommendations and discussions of various Dayton places. David W's suggestion is also good (check out Cinci and Cols) since both are fairly close.

        Foodie is kind of a generic term to me; if you provide more specific preferences I can provide some specific recommendations. For instance, we have good Korean and Vietnamese restaurants in the area (Thai, not so much...I go to Cols for Thai).

        We have a wonderful small independent grocery store chain, Dorothy Lane Market (there are three in the area). DLM has European ovens and makes fabulous bread and one can buy almost any ingredient there (and if they don't carry it, they'll order it for you). DLM has absolutely first class customer service, as well, and a very nice wine selection.

        Let us know what you're looking for specifically so we can provide some suggestions to look forward to when you get to town!


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          gamefish54 RE: Niki in Dayton Mar 24, 2009 09:06 AM


          Thank you! I thought about characterizing our tastes in my first post. But, it really comes down to the fact that neither of us likes beets and I hate broccoli. Other than that, we're up to try anything once and have had the good fortune in Nashua, New Hampshire, of sampling great Asian, Indian, continental, Italian, etc. We simply enjoy good meals, so suggest a-way!

          Gamefish (aka Michael)

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            Fibber McGee RE: gamefish54 Mar 24, 2009 11:52 AM

            Then you'll want to stay away from Broccoli Beets Cauliflower, located in the suburb of Moraine.

            When you do a search, you'll find Niki's name come up a bit. I don't think anyone can speak for the area better.

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            Lmrbest RE: Niki in Dayton May 4, 2014 02:56 PM

            @ Niki in Dayton - I know this is an old thread, but what do you recommend for Vietnamese and Korean in the Dayton area? I live in Hamilton, so if you know of anything in that area as well, I love to hear your opinion - thanks!

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              kay3b RE: Lmrbest May 4, 2014 08:31 PM

              I like Linh's Bistro

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                Fibber McGee RE: kay3b May 5, 2014 02:37 PM

                Kay, have you tried it since it moved from one part of Airway to another?
                Other options include Pho in Miamisburg, Kabuki in Centerville, Big Bowl Asian Bistro (where Linh's used to be on Airway in Riverside) and Saya (which I really like) in Fairborn.

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                  kay3b RE: Fibber McGee May 5, 2014 08:42 PM

                  Yes, but I am not too familiar with this type of cuisine so thanks for all the recommendations!

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                cresyd RE: Lmrbest May 7, 2014 11:33 AM

                If you're up for a bit of a drive, the Korea House in Montgomery is excellent. It's right off of 275 and really excellent.

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                  jacquelyncoffey RE: cresyd May 8, 2014 10:40 AM

                  Are you talking about the one in Harper's Station, on Montgomery Rd? If so, I've been there and loved it.

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                    cresyd RE: jacquelyncoffey May 8, 2014 11:10 AM

                    Yup - that's the one. I used to work around there one day a week when I lived in Clifton, and getting to eat there totally made up for the travel.

                2. re: Lmrbest
                  Niki in Dayton RE: Lmrbest May 16, 2014 07:39 AM

                  Sorry, I don't check Chowhound very often these days. As someone below said, Linh's Bistro is my favorite for Vietnamese. Yes, they moved and got a bigger place, but the food is still the same and it's all good. Saya in Fairborn is decent for Korean, as is Myung's Café on Kauffman in Fairborn (if it's still open - it's been a while since I've been there). I used to like Little Saigon for Vietnamese, but the quality has dropped there lately. Good luck!

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                    rainsux RE: Niki in Dayton May 16, 2014 11:52 AM

                    > Myung's Cafe on Kauffman in Fairborn (it it's still open ...)


                    I think it is Yung's, but last month the 'Y' was missing from their sign and it was just ung's. Perhaps the 'M' fell off too! <g>

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                      rainsux RE: rainsux May 16, 2014 03:00 PM

                      If they lose the 'U' on their sign, they'll become Ng's ... and have to change to Vietnamese! <g>

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                KristieB RE: gamefish54 Nov 5, 2009 08:53 PM

                Dayton is an amazing city. There are tons of terrific restaurants and foodie shops. What follows are a few of my favorites when I visit my sister there:

                1. The Meadowlark
                2. Brio
                3. Don Pablos
                4. Golden Nugget

                5. First Watch
                6. Thai 9

                Thai 9
                11 Brown St, Dayton, OH 45402

                Golden Nugget
                PO Box 80, Boelus, NE 68820

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                  Fibber McGee RE: KristieB Nov 6, 2009 06:38 AM

                  Don Pablo's? Really? There are a few Mexican restaurants in Dayton that I feel have better menu selection and food than that chain. I've always liked Las Piramides, and there a couple of small places, La Taqueria Mixteca on Third Street in East Dayton and Taco Loco on Burkhardt that are pretty authentic.
                  Meadowlark is very good, but they're kind of hidden. For their sake, I hope they move to a more advantageous location because they're one of the truly unique dining experiences in the Dayton area.

                  Taqueria Mixteca
                  1609 E 3rd St, Dayton, OH 45403

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                  kay3b RE: gamefish54 May 1, 2014 02:57 PM

                  Rue Dumaine
                  Pine Club
                  Wheat Penny
                  The Winds Cafe

                  1. rainsux RE: gamefish54 May 1, 2014 03:15 PM

                    Nevermind. Kay3b listed my favs.

                    1. rainsux RE: gamefish54 May 6, 2014 12:45 PM

                      Had a wonderful lunch today @ Olive (Wympee). Love their sweet potato soup. Also like their edition of a tuna melt. I will return.

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                        Fibber McGee RE: rainsux May 7, 2014 11:24 AM

                        Their tomato bisque is outstanding, too. The fact they reatined the buildings for Wympee (even the signage) and the two White Towers is great, IMHO.

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