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A German, two Italians and two Americans walk into a restaurant... [Dayton]

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But it's got to be in Dayton due to where we're working. We are easy cusine wise to please due to lots of travel and many flavors enjoyed but picky due to quality, value and service (not in that order necessarily) so...where to go for food. We've got two nights at or near downtown DAY (probably Holday Inn or Crown Plaza) for business in a week from right now.

Where to dine? Why? Chains? Forget about it.... gimme something local and REALLY GOOD. All of us are of the thought that if it's not really good, may as well eat at McD's or PizzaHut etc. Booze isn't the issue for our purposes. - desired to be sure (good stuff - re-read team nationalities) but not the point of the food.

Must be easy for the taxi to get there, back.

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  1. Amber Rose, a little East of downtown on Valley, specializes in Eastern European in a casual atmosphere.
    Lucky's Taproom just opened in downtown's Oregon District. From what I've seen of the meny they are diverse and offer vegan/vegetarian versions of just about every menu item. At the end of the OD is Boulevard Haus, which is about the only German restaurant in Dayton. I have only visited what the place was before the owner made it over to German, but I did enjoy it. There is also a Latin American/Carbibbean restaurant called Las Americas.
    The only Italian around downtown is Franco's, east of the cobblestoned portion of the OD. I have not been impressed in my visits. Palermo's is a little South, and has outstanding Sicilian pizza and pasta.
    The Crowne Plaza is within walking distance (only a couple off blocks) from the OD. Which Holiday Inn would you be staying at if that was your hotel? There is one just South of downtown and one just North.

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    Amber Rose Restaurant
    1400 Valley St., Dayton, OH 45404

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    1. re: Fibber McGee

      I suggest you visit Coco's. Locally owned and consistently excellent! If the weather is nice they have a great patio as well!

      I agree with Fibber about Amber Rose- great cabbage rolls, Wienerscnitzel and most known for their turtle soup.

      Not downtown, but worth the trip is El Meson. With 3 generations of family involved in this Latin
      tapas restaurant - they are one of our cities gems!

      For great pizza, the Oregon Express in the Oregon District NEVER disappoints!

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      Amber Rose Restaurant
      1400 Valley St., Dayton, OH 45404

      Oregon Express
      336 E 5th St, Dayton, OH 45402

      1. re: grigs

        Tomato soup is just about my favorite food in the world. And I have never had better than at Coco's.

    2. I am not from Dayton, but wanted to make you aware of that fact that there is such a thing as "Dayton Pizza." I will defer to the locals to let you know if Oregon Express serves it.

      I have been to Marion's, which is a step back in time and has good Dayton Pizza. I have been planning to come back and try Cassano's, a local pizza chain, but have not.

      Cassano's would probably deliver for lunch if you want to get an extra and unexpected meal.

      Happy Eating!
      Luigi

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      Oregon Express
      336 E 5th St, Dayton, OH 45402

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      1. re: Uncle Luigi

        I know people who absolutely rave about the Oregon Express's pizza, but I have never had their pizza so I have no idea if it's Dayton-style or not. Both Cassano's and their fellow Dayton-style chain Donato's do deliver. Marion's, which is cash only, does not offer delivery as far as I know. Flying Pizza, which is the Dayton equivalent of New York pizza, is downtown but I don't know if they offer anything past lunch. Most places directly downtown (between Wayne and Perry East-West and Monument to Fifth North-South) are closed past 3.

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        Oregon Express
        336 E 5th St, Dayton, OH 45402

      2. I know it's late, but if your staying at the Crown Plaza and want to try a local institution go over to Brown Street near the UD campus and go to the Pine Club for a good steak. And for the full Dayton steak house experience get the stewed tomatoes, no joke. One thing to remember is they don't take plastic, bring cash.

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        Pine Club
        1926 Brown St, Dayton, OH 45409

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        1. re: jackrugby

          And expect to wait, especially on a weekend. The stewed tomatoes and salad dressing have been bottled and marketed. They're known for their steaks but they also have about the best burger in the area.