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runabout Jan 15, 2010 04:51 PM

Moved here from SF, and am dying for quality food at an affordable price. I know there must be some gems out there...

Not at all into chain type places... generally find the food less than inspiring, although I did have a beautiful sandwich at Panera once...

I'd like to be able to find a dinner entree for around $10 to $12 or less...

does not have to be a high end place, but does need to have well prepared dishes that are not run of the mill.

pork chop with pumpkin risotto, or maybe chicken breast seared with a mango cinnamon glaze, a frittata of some type... am I dreaming here?

Maybe some decent Indian, Vietnamese, or Chinese (not a buffet full of deep-fried, sweet and butter soaked items) food...

I am not interested in places in Cincinnati or Columbus - need to find local eats.

Really want to find a collection of decent affordable places that I can go out to regularly after work or when running errands or just want to go grab a bite.

Was told about Taqueria Mixteca on 3rd, have it from a Mexican woman that it actually is authentic Mexican, unlike all these places with the foot high letters claiming to be "authentic" and missing the mark. I really miss good south of the border food, so going there in the next day or so.

Prefer international and eclectic/fusion type places, but wonder if much exists in this area... not much for steak/ribs/hamburgers which seems to be the default here.

I am good with going as far as Yellow Springs, Tipp City area, Eaton and Middletown.

Any guidance appreciated.

Thanks!

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

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    GregRph Jan 16, 2010 08:34 AM

    Give Meadowlark a try. We think it is very good. www.meadowlarkrestaurant.com.

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      Fibber McGee Jan 19, 2010 03:53 AM

      Chin's Ginger Grille in Tipp City claims Asian Fusion as their main focus. Also in Tipp, there is Harrison's and Coldwater Cafe, who both have nice-sized menus.

      Fairborn has several Asian restaurants. Here are a couple.

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      Chin's Ginger Grill
      965 W Main St, Tipp City, OH 45371

      Harrison's
      106 E Main St, Tipp City, OH 45371

      Seoul House
      1864 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Fairborn, OH 45324

      Saya Korean & Japanese Restaurant
      1030 Kauffman Ave, Fairborn, OH 45324

      Coldwater Cafe & Catering
      19 E Main Street, Tipp City, OH 45371

      1. Niki in Dayton Jan 19, 2010 07:09 AM

        We love Meadowlark in the southern part of Dayton (on 725 near the Dayton Mall), but their entrees for dinner will probably be above the cap you listed (10 - 12). Same with the Winds in Yellow Springs, and Rue Domain on 725 south of town; great food, but entrees more like $15 - 20.

        Taqueria Mixteca is very good, and two people can eat for less than $15, although there is no ambiance. Tsao's Chinese on the corner of Grange Hall and Colonel Glenn is very good and probably right about your price point.

        Actually, in the $10-12 dollar range, your best bets are Vietnamese (both Linh's on Col Glenn and Little Saigon on Woodman are very good; I like different things at each), Korean (Saya in Fairborn), or maybe Christophers? Christophers is on Woodman in Kettering and might work for you.

        The week of 24-29 Jan is Restaurant Week in Dayton, and three course meals will be available at many locations for $20.10. You may want to check out a few (you'll need reservations) at www.dineoutdayton.org

        Good luck to you, and report back. Unfortunately, at the price point you specified, outside of a few ethnic places, the only thing I think Dayton does well is barfood (burgers, sandwiches, etc.) I have a bunch of recommendations for those places, but that's not what you asked for :-)

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          motownjunk Jan 26, 2010 06:12 PM

          Niki, what do you like at Linh's? I just went to Little Saigon for the first time last month (which I enjoyed), but haven't made it up to Linh's yet.

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            Niki in Dayton Jan 27, 2010 06:35 AM

            The spicy chicken pho (can't remember the correct name and don't have a menu with me right now) and the vermicelli salad with pork are what we usually order; plenty of food for two with some left over. At Little Saigon, I love the duck pho (weekends only), the fresh spring rolls (I like them better at LS than Linh's), and I LOVE the sweetpotato and shrimp appetizer (it's fried sweetpotato and shrimp pieces, which are eaten wrapped in lettuce, cilantro, and thai basil, and dipped in sauce).

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            runabout Jan 29, 2010 11:44 AM

            Niki, Would love to hear your take on the best burgers in town. I'd like to avoid the loud pub scene, but willing to endure a noise assault once in a while if the burger is superb.

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              Niki in Dayton Feb 1, 2010 06:34 AM

              There's a place called the Hamburger Wagon in Miamisburg that my husband loves; I've never been (full disclosure: he's the one with the burger jones; I usually order something else).

              Every Friday, the Dayton Daily News publishes GO, which is an enterainment guide. They had the "best of Dayton" as voted by readers in the 22 Jan edition. Hamburger Wagon was the best burger; Geez Pub was number 2, and Tank's was number 3. We'd never been to Geez Pub (it's on Far Hills, AKA SR 48, behind Caribou Coffee in Washington Township), so we went there for lunch on Saturday. He loved the burger, which was huge (7 oz), cooked to specifications (medium rare) and served on a toasted bun. I got a chicken parm sandwhich which was also very good. Both were served with potato chips; he asked for onion rings for $1 more, but they weren't worth the calories so we didn't eat them.

              He likes the burgers at Tanks (on Wayne Ave) and Tanks, by the way, was voted best breakfast by that same reader's poll in the DDN. Tanks' has the best fried mushrooms I've ever tasted; again, that's one of my husband's things and I don't usually eat them, but the ones at Tanks' are dipped and fried to order and are very, very good. DH also likes the burgers at Clancy's on Burkhardt, close to Taco Loco.

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                jackrugby Feb 1, 2010 12:05 PM

                I 2nd Tank's, also has really good fries.

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              runabout Feb 15, 2010 06:26 PM

              Went to Little Saigon, everyone was very pleased with their meal. I have heard many people say it is a dive - I would not call it a true dive, low end carpet, bad chairs and a weird mix of very nice lights and cheap pictures - but nice white table clothes and fresh flowers on the table and the service was very good. On the return list for sure.

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              runabout Jan 19, 2010 08:35 AM

              Thanks for the current round of replies. I have added your suggestions to my list. The Restaurant Week is a good tip. Will see if there is someplace I can take mom to and check out.

              I really like Asian food, which, I guess is good given what has been said. Not averse to burgers and good pub food once in a while is nice.

              Feel free to keep posting tips.

              Anybody know of THE website to get / write reviews on Miami Valley restaurants? Is this the best place to do that or is there another site that is pretty well entrenched in restaurant reviewing?

              Thanks much

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              1. re: runabout
                Niki in Dayton Jan 19, 2010 10:03 AM

                ActiveDayton.com has restaurant reviews, but the majority of them are from Mark Fisher, who is the food and wine columnist for the Dayton Daily News (DDN is affiliated with ActiveDayton, I believe). Mark also has a restaurant blog called Taste that is available from the DDN website, and focuses more on openings, closings, etc. The reader comments on that blog are, umm, interesting, and won't give one the best (or most accurate) impression of Daytonians. As for user reviews, I haven't found anything better than Chowhound for the Dayton area.

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                  runabout Jan 29, 2010 11:19 AM

                  Urbanspoon has a restaurant review site that I have been using - mostly contributing - as a number of folks write something like "great food at great prices" or the best in town or something else equally, well, useless... no why it it great, best etc for many of them.

                  There are a few of us that will actually post a few paragraphs and one pro reviewer that writes a ton, perhaps a bit too much cause I rarely actually read the entire post.

                  It doesn't seem like chow gets a lot of reviews written on local restaurants... maybe I am just not finding them...

                  I joined a group called Dayton Dining or something like that, they have a tab for happy hour deals, specials, and a few other things. Suppose to be for foodies, so I was surprised to see listings for the Sonic fast food burger chain... is it really a high quality burger or just a throw back to the 50's drive in with run of the mill low quality burgers?

                  I have been checking out some of the more affordable international cuisines, love both Mixteca and Taco Loco. Also had a nice lunch meal in a pretty setting out at Twin Creek Tea Room in West Alex.

                  Also liked Tik's Thai right across from WSU in that shopping center - the entrance closest to the 675/Fairfield Rod end of campus.

                  Going to Amber Rose Saturday night. Decided to do a 1x a month trip to a place in the $15-$25 entree range, so long as my budget can handle it...

                  Thanks much!

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                    Niki in Dayton Feb 1, 2010 06:36 AM

                    I've never been to a Sonic so can't comment on their food. The ladies I work with go there, and seem to like some kind of icecream drink, I think. I've never been to Tik's Thai, either, but will remedy that ASAP! I love Thai, but so far, Bahn Mai Thai south of town on 725 has been my favorite; not crazy about Thai 9 at all. How was Amber Rose? I've enjoyed it in the past, but haven't been for ages.

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                      runabout Feb 4, 2010 03:01 PM

                      Niki, Someone else mentioned Bahn Mai Thai as excellent as well, so that is on the list. I have read a wide variety of reviews on Thai 9, guess I'll just have to check myself and see what I think. Don't like what I read about horribly uncomfortable chairs. SF has a (well a couple) of Thai restaurants (mini chain of 3 locations I think) that has really wonderful food, contemporary stuff, beautiful presentation, but I am always uncomfortable in those chairs and that just spoils the meal!

                      Amber Rose - loved the ambiance and the low appropriate rumble from the bar side. Our waitress was absolutely wonderful, fun, flirty and just happy. I had their special of apple and pear stuffed chicken and it was very lovely, but the green beans were a rubbery bland mess and the spaetzle was lacking in flavor and part of it was chilled and part was semi-warm so that was odd and unsatisfying. The perogies were reported to be very good (from a Polish woman) but the cabbage rolls and the sausage were both reported to be bland. We agreed we would each go back, but only if someone else really wanted to go. It was quiet enough to talk easily, but loud enough to have a vibe to it. Might go and make an appetizer evening out of it...

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                      Fibber McGee Feb 1, 2010 07:01 AM

                      The novelty of Sonic exceeds the food at Sonic. They have fun drink combinations and decent desserts. The food, itself, is fast food quality. They do have tater tots, though.
                      Three bar/grills that have very good burgers are Slyder's in Belmont, O'Leary's in Centerville and Murray's in Kettering. And, going back to Tipp Cuty, there is a really good family restaurant called Tipp O The Town that has some great burgers as well as the best vegetable beef soup I've ever had.

                      Up in Urbana, there's a pretty sizable buffalo ranch. If you're in areas like Springfield and Urbana, be on the lookout for Buffalo burgers. They do have them at Bullwinkle's in Miamisburg if you don't want to venture East.

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                        jackrugby Feb 1, 2010 12:32 PM

                        Sonic's burgers aren't very good. (I was gonna say they suck, but I didn't want to have this deleted from the board).

                        Another good burger is the burger at Flannigan's Pub on Stewart St. near UD. I like it better than Tank's,and Tank's is really good. Flanningan's fries aren't hand cut like Tank's, they're regular frozen crinkle cut fries, but they are really good. They fry them fresh for each order. Nothing worse than fries that have been sitting around awhile.

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                          runabout Feb 4, 2010 03:05 PM

                          Flannigans is pretty close to me, may give that a whirl on a non-big sports event night... Tanks has good fries, good to know. Thanks and I'll order something besides a burger when I do end up at Sonic...

                        2. re: Fibber McGee
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                          runabout Feb 4, 2010 03:03 PM

                          Hearing lots about places in Tipp City - sounds like that might be a good place to hang out for food... I guess I will give Sonic a whirl and see what the novelty is, just to say I have been. Heard lots of good about Slyders, so may need to duck in there. Not a big burger eater, but when I do, I want them old fashioned homestyle thick juicy tasty things...Thanks for all the info.

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                      jackrugby Jan 19, 2010 11:46 AM

                      For Indian try Jeet India on Col. Glen Hwy. across from Wright State, Amar India across 725 from the Dayton Mall or the Chatt Cafe on 725 across from the old Saturn dealer. For Thai and Sushi try Thai 9 in the Oregon District. These places maybe outside your price range, but Jeet and Amar both have lunch buffets for under $10. And Chatt Cafe you can get out for between $10-15.

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                        Ignatz Jan 25, 2010 04:42 AM

                        Hopefully it's still in business, but when we lived in Dayton back in the '90s, our favorite Asian restaurant was Little Saigon, on Woodman as I recall. We moved away about 10 years ago but did eat there on a visit maybe '05 or so. Family-run establishment with prices in your range. Would love to know if it's still around in case I visit again.

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                          Fibber McGee Jan 25, 2010 07:25 AM

                          Alive and well.

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                          runabout Jan 29, 2010 12:00 PM

                          Cannot see where to "start a new post" so I will just ask the captive audience...

                          and you folks have been great, thanks for the input!

                          Now, would like to know where the places are that are:

                          Funky, offbeat, interesting, as far as ambiance and decor - a fun place -

                          not necessarily looking for "fun" in the sense of a bar scene, (a bar would be fine, but not looking to be around a bunch of outright drunks or bar flys)

                          not the rainforest cafe, but that on an independent less chain level would be good...

                          think a historic barn turned restaurant, a former brick kiln, a dining car from a train...

                          a really old restored log house/building with period furnishings,

                          a restaurant owner with an amazing collection of x, and used to decorate their restaurant

                          or someplace with some other kinda uniqueness to it, like the owner/host(ess) who sings all the time and will just spontaneously break out into a song...

                          there has got to be some color here... please help me find it!

                          Feel free to chime in on some places outside the Miami Valley, but I REALLY want to find some color and flair around here.

                          Thanks again, really appreciate your guidance.

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                            donw9876 Jan 30, 2010 01:59 PM

                            One recurring pattern I've found is that the more unique or singular the setting, generally the worse the food and/or the service, at least in a 75 m. radius of Dayton. I don't know why that has to be. It's almost like "we have a view/, history or old furniture and we don't have to care about the food." Having stated that warning:

                            Two local "rustic" dining options are the Florentine Restaurant in Germantown and the Trails Tavern in Yellow Springs. The former is an old hotel from the late 1800s and the latter is a college bar/eatery in a log cabin which the author Rod Serling tended bar at while a student at Antioch College.

                            (Note/caveat: we had an awful experience the last couple of times we ate at the Florentine around 2002 and we never went back. But it gets decent reviews.) The Trails is pretty good, consistently funky, and has a lot of character of the type where they don't really have to try hard to be different, they just are.

                            The Spillway Lodge in Clarksville has a beautiful setting, at the top of a wooded hill overlooking Cowan Lake, and a cozy dining room. Alas, they don't get much of anything right any more (even a steak I got there last summer was outright burnt at one end.) I love the view and the dated but comfy 70s interior (really) but God, I wish the owners would sell to someone who could actually make decent food.

                            Stefano's in Middletown (Italian) has a decor and a vibe that is unique for small town Ohio - it's sort of like a jazz lounge with lots of art on the walls and kind of a clubby, intimate feel. My wife and I like the food there, but reviews vary widely. (We liked the wood fired pizza but a fellow I know says it's awful... go figure.)

                            Oh, oh, oh... just remembered a place I haven't eaten at since 1998, but it was excellent then. The Pearson House in West Milton. Down home food and low prices. No liquor or beer license. But I always enjoyed it. Very, very homey in an authentic way like you're in someone's house eating.

                            And, I live in Warren County... don't bother with the Golden Lamb. Really. Especially in your price range. And even if you wanted to spend twice as much. However, I have heard that the tavern inside is MUCH better to eat at than the dining room. We'll have to try that sometime.

                            Just some ideas, I'll post more if I think of it.

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                              runabout Jan 31, 2010 02:42 PM

                              Thanks and thanks for that disclaimer... shame you can only get interesting ambiance or good food...

                              I'll put these on my check out list.

                              Appreciate it.

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                              Fibber McGee Feb 1, 2010 03:42 AM

                              Dayton is not really a kitschy city when it comes to restaurants.

                              Now, if you want history turned restaurant, the Clifton Mill is a still-operating grist mill than serves up breakfast and lunch.
                              In tiny Medway, there is Tavernette. The place is loaded with antique toys and other tzotchkes in showcases. It's kind of a mid-level steakhouse, nothing fancy. But the food is pretty good and they serve a nice relish tray before your meal.

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                                runabout Feb 4, 2010 03:13 PM

                                Had forgot about Clifton, we went there when I was a little school kid, I remember buying rock candy from the counter... will check that out and Tavernette sounds fun, just the kinda place I might be looking for.

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                                  runabout Aug 6, 2010 02:40 PM

                                  Fibber,

                                  Thanks for the tip on the Tavernette! Loved it.

                                  The relish tray is no longer complimentary, but can be purchased for about $2 with a meal or $4 on its own. The wait staff reminded me of Mel's Diner from the TV, just had that kinda feel to them... loved it.

                                  I think staff contributes greatly to a dining experience.

                                  ( Years ago in SF, I lived across the street from the Church Street Station, kind of a divey diner--- nearly all the waitresses were drag queens or transvestites... that was probably the funnest place I have ever dined at on a regular basis, diner food with some attitude and lots of hi-jinks and fun! The food was average, but the dining experience was priceless. )

                                  The chicken cordon bleu was unusual in presentation - not rolled or coated, so I was a little apprehensive when the plate was set down, but man was it good! I also do not normally like stewed tomatoes, but tasted my companions and loved them. Character and good food! Loved the turquoise-ish booths and orange vinyl diner chairs, and of course all the amazing things lining the walls.

                                  Will definitely be going back, heard they have killer onion rings and I am a connoisseur of onion rings!

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                                  Niki in Dayton Feb 1, 2010 06:43 AM

                                  There's a nice little place in Fairborn called Chantilly Cream Dessert shop that does sandwiches and soup; it's kind of a ladies-who-lunch place, but it has good food and a quirky ambience. Clifton Mills, outside of Yellow Springs in Clifton, mentioned by Fibber McGee below, is good for breakfast. I don't care for the food at Ye Old Trail Tavern in Yellow Springs, but it's across the street from the Winds, which I do love. Coldwater Cafe in Tipp City has both ambience AND very good food.

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                                    runabout Feb 4, 2010 03:15 PM

                                    Chantilly sounds like a perfect spot to take mom, she is into that sorta place and I just like to explore! Heard quite a few not flattering things about Ye Olde in YS, I am going someday, just because of the setting and will suffer the food... gotta do it once anyway. Thanks.

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                                  floydthrust Jan 31, 2010 07:43 PM

                                  I have to ask...Where have been that you've dined on pork chop with pumpkin risotto for $10? Surely not in SF? The following are non chain dining spots...

                                  I would agree with the reviews of Taqueria Mixteca - no ambiance, great food.

                                  I only use activedayton.com to find movie showtimes...The dining / bar listings are not kept up to date.

                                  I feel the best burger in Dayton is at the Pine Club - not sure if that is past your target price. Carmel's has a great burger too. They mix spices into their meat. There is no great ambiance at Carmel's.

                                  Tank's makes great chili - and they have a wonderful beer selection.

                                  South Park Tavern - It has a hip eclectic vibe in the evernings. They have some great live music [think regae rock] and the best draft beer selection in the Miami Valley. The pizza is good and the new sauces for the wings are outstanding,

                                  Thai 9 - Good Thai. I have had a few problems with their spiceness - usually not spicy enough. Not a big fan of the sushi.

                                  The two most notable local Italian places are Franco's and Mama Disalvo's. Both have good food and different specialties.

                                  Rue Dumaine is a nice and the owner tries to keep the entrees under $20. They have a listing of wines that are $6 a glass. The steak frites is wonderful, They serve Gumbo either on Wed or Thurs and it is divine. They also serve lunch on Friday's. Make sure this place is on your list during Restaurant Week.

                                  I would agree with the reviews of Little Siagon on Woodman.

                                  There's only one place with ambiance, great food, and good pricing...That's Young's Dairy outside of Yellow Springs. Stop by and get a cone during the summer. It is a tradition.

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                                    KyMikey Feb 3, 2010 06:02 PM

                                    Couple of unique things about the Pine Club--one of their specialty sides is the stewed tomatoes--portion size small, but good. This place hasn't changed much at all decor -wise since the late 40's ! How many places can you say that about.? Also..... no credit cards , but checks are OK and .....NO RESERVATIONS---NONE ! Even George HW Bush had to wait in line for a table in the late 80's when he was V.P. You really should check this place out just to see what it is like--there are still trolley car tracks and electric lines running down the street--like stepping back in time.

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                                      jackrugby Feb 4, 2010 09:27 AM

                                      Yes, and don't forget they have really good steaks, too.

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                                        runabout Feb 4, 2010 03:07 PM

                                        Sounds like the Pine Club is a must go, just because... I like places that get a style and just stick to it - then when it is fashionable, they are just right there, all authentic...

                                        Been to Youngs several times since arriving, just a fun time with good simple food and some farm animals!

                                      2. re: floydthrust
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                                        runabout Feb 4, 2010 03:31 PM

                                        Floyd, don't know if you have spent much time in SF or not, but we, err, they, have TONS of restaurants, tons, everywhere...

                                        I lived there about 20 years and you learn where the good spots are and you learn to catch a rising star... going out to eat there, and getting good food, is much cheaper than here in Dayton. Sure you can do the high end famous places, and the must do list for the huge volume of tourist and get some really good food, but if you get outside that, an oasis of dining awaits and you can find some gems before they are on the "must" list. There is a whole scene, if you will, around sleuthing out the up and comers and so on.

                                        Then there are many places that just have solid food at a good price. She is a magically city, with an ever changing landscape of culinary delights. Definitely need to get off the beaten path- don't get me wrong, I loved Kokkari's and I was happy to pay almost $25 for a main there and the ambiance is great to say the least, but I am also quite happy with a very well executed apricot glazed pork or irawaddy chicken for $10 each at a neighborhood asian fusion place with a great patio and a higher energy crowd. Man, now I wanna hop a plane and eat myself into a stupor at all my old haunts. We definitely have a food "street" in SF and it is lively cause things are coming, going, moving up, moving out and just active as all get out.

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                                          dumas Mar 4, 2010 04:32 PM

                                          Yes, have to agree. We lived and worked in SF ( off Clement, and on Jackson, and in the Marina) for 30 years and found lots of great food. It's a different sort of life here, but you will find lots to discover as well~~not always so apparent as in SF (we think much goes on under the radar in homes and clubs here in SW Ohio too). You are off to a great start checking for good tips here on CH.

                                          As others have said, Rue dumaine is one for the list. If you are inclined to stick to your budget, they offer an 'early bird menu' that is quite a deal. Anne, the chef there, won the James Beard Award and she is very 'hands on' still.

                                          I don't know if you go far south of Dayton, but if you have a hankering to cook, stop by the grocery 'Jungle Jim's' between Dayton and Cincinnati. And Dorothy Lane Markets are nationally recognized for their innovative market displays. Both have lots of food to go and you will find everything you need for cooking.

                                          One more thought:
                                          One place I recall from many years ago that probably falls into the 'kitchy' category is The Peerless Mill Inn in Miamisburg. I don't know if it's any good (but I noticed somebody gave it 5 stars on another site) but it is quaint. Also, the Clifton Mill especially at Christmas is a nice little site-seeing jaunt when it is all lit up. I don't know about the food, though.

                                          When you find some good places, be sure to tell us about them!

                                          (I'm going to copy and paste this thread in my private file. Very good info here!)

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                                            Fibber McGee Mar 5, 2010 03:25 AM

                                            Peerless Mill sadly closed a couple of years ago, dumas. They had a fire a couple of years before that, and never really recovered.

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                                              runabout Apr 10, 2010 07:44 PM

                                              Dumas, thanks for the encouragement. I am starting to get some footing here... any idea where I can get the truly "wide" thai rice noodles?????? man I miss those.

                                              I love Jungle Jim's - found it years ago... cannot remember how and that was the ONE thing about coming back to Dayton that had me stoked... just a 45 minute drive to the Jungle. Not much of a cook, but developed quite the taste for lavash and so far the Jungle is the only place I can buy it. Did you ever go to that Armenian Deli on Union in Cow Hollow??? I soooooooo loved their sandwiches.

                                              I am also on the look out for Miang Kham (thai appetizer)...

                                              I just heard that a tapas place is opening up somewhere here in Dayton... sketchy details at best... but if I find out more, I will share!

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                                              Jungle Jim's Cafe
                                              1923 N Peoria Rd, Springfield, IL 62702

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                                                Fibber McGee Apr 12, 2010 04:31 AM

                                                Cedarland on Linden just East of Woodman might have Lavash. As might the Sahara Deli tucked away in a strip mall on Patterson and Wilimington.

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                                                  jackrugby Apr 12, 2010 10:00 AM

                                                  I haven't ate at the Sahara Deli in years (probably 15 years or more) is it any good? I'm sure it has changed hands several time since I last there.

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                                                    Fibber McGee Apr 12, 2010 10:50 AM

                                                    They concentrate more on the grocery end of things now, but they still have their grill and can make sandwiches, etc. Very goood the last time I ate there last year, but they didn't seem too thrilled when I just came into the store and ordered. They told me to call ahead next time.
                                                    The hummus is still great.

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                                                      jackrugby Apr 13, 2010 01:03 PM

                                                      Last time I ate there I didn't think they were very friendly, probably why I haven't been back.

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                                                    runabout Apr 18, 2010 05:08 AM

                                                    Hi Fibber, was at Cederland recently and did not see any lavash, but also did not ask if they carry it.

                                                    The Indian grocery on 725 - next to Chaat Cafe, might start carrying it. Struck up a long conversation with Nikki (sp?) who moved back here from Seattle to help her mom with the store and she said she might see how it sells.

                                                    Did not know about Sahara deli, will stop in next time I am over that way.

                                                    Thanks much!

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                                            kura kura Feb 16, 2010 02:11 AM

                                            Palermo's
                                            2667 S. Dixie

                                            Best pizza in Dayton and really good sandwiches.

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                                              Fibber McGee Feb 16, 2010 03:13 AM

                                              I wholeheartedly agree. Theye were open on Christmas Day, and not wanting to cook dinner, we got a Sicilian pie. Just fantastic. The owners were associated with La Pergola, which used to be on Dorothty Lane and had fantastic pizza, as well.

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                                                jackrugby Feb 16, 2010 09:21 AM

                                                Palermo's pasta dishes are excellent, also. I've had several dishes there and have never been unhappy.

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                                              jackrugby Mar 8, 2010 09:58 AM

                                              I'm not sure if this place has been mentioned in this thread or not, but I ate here for lunch on Saturday and think it deserves a mention. It is challed Nelly's Chicken, it serves Bolivian style rotiserie chicken. The chicken is well seasoned, though not spicey and is very moist. They also serve sides including black beans, plantains and others. It's located at 37 Alex road in West Carrollton. It's pretty much set up like a fast food place so it is very casual.

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                                                runabout Apr 10, 2010 07:37 PM

                                                Reporting back on my initial round of dining experiences...

                                                Mexican - found some great places, Taq Mixtecha, Taco Loco and Salsa's are the best. All the ones with the big letters "authentic" have been, well, ranging from nasty to tolerable. Los 3 Amigos was pretty good and up in Englewood, El Cazedero will do in a pinch.

                                                Thai - so far only had Tik's and Bahn Mai, liked the food better at Tik's, but for overall dining experience, Bahn Mai was better... maybe one day Tik's will expand into nicer place.

                                                Was disappointed in Artisan's cafe... kitchen seemed like a bunch of rookies, food was overcooked and took forever even though there was really not many other customers.

                                                Vietnamese - had both Lihn's and Little Siagon and was quite happy with both, will return to both for sure.

                                                The Twin Creek Tea Room in West Alex's was a pleasant Victorian experience. Quite tasty and the owner and staff were very interested in the customers and ensuring the experience was pleasant. Will be returning here.

                                                That is all I have for now... thanks much folks, appreciate the direction. I am writing review on urbanspoon if you are interested.

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                                                Los 3 Amigos
                                                2801 S Dixie Dr, Dayton, OH 45409

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