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Feb 20, 2012 11:38 AM

Dayton OH - Jimmie's Ladder 11

Once upon a time, Jimmie's Cornerstone was a divey bar and grill with suprisingly decent food located on the corner of Warren and Wyoming next to Miami Valley Hospital. MVH continues to expand and bought the property and Jimmie relocated to the old fire house catty-corner from the Cornerstone. We made our first (but not last) visit there for a late lunch on Saturday.

The old fire station, circa 1892, was one of the last to use horse-pulled fire fighting equipment. The restaurant is really beautiful, with innovative re-purposing of much of the original . I wasn't thrilled with the big screens everywhere, but Dayton is a sports town, and they'll appeal to many. This is a much different space than the old Cornerstone, and is much more a restaurant than a bar.

We only shared appetizers this time, but will try more of the fairly extensive menu next time. We had the calamari (fried correctly and tender, served with a nicely spicy remoulade), the house-made BBQ pork rinds, and the Creole cheesecake. I thought the pork rinds were great and ate 6 of them, a personal record as I don't usually like pork rinds and rarely eat more than one. DH liked them, but thought they were too heavily sprinkled with the spice mixture. The Creole cheesecake, a savory concoction with shrimp, andouille sausage, and several types of cheese, was spicy and wonderful. We almost licked the plate; it was that good!

Anyone else been? What did you like or not like? We intend to take a friend back soon for dinner so would like to hear other's experiences.

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  1. I wasn't sure about trying it--all (yep, "all") of the reviews from friends have been negative. So, I'm glad to hear a positive review.

    RE the other reviews--I admit they were from long-time Cornerstone patrons who want their old "divey bar and grill with suprisingly decent food " back. I, too, thought that Cornerstone had very good food for a bar; bottom line from my friends is that Ladder 11 isn't much of a bar and only has so-so food.

    Although I'm not a sports bar/place fan, I've heard great things about the buidling and rennovation. I'd like to see it--than check out the food for myself. I'll report back later.

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    1. re: Longing for Italy

      I read a lot of negative review on active dayton and yelp, as well, but lots of folks must like it--I tried to go with a friend during her lunch hour on a Weds a few weeks ago, but the parking lot was full and the line was out the door. I'll be interested to hear what you think once you go.

    2. Niki, can you please confirm much of the decor from Jimmies Cornerstone (which, essentially, was the decor of previous tenant Walnut Hills) has made its way over to Jimmie's Ladder 11, like the board games on the ceiling. Someone told me they were going to keep that element, but it sounds like they may not have, which is not a problem for me.
      I fully intend of trying it, either, way, though.

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      1. re: Fibber McGee

        I don't think there's much, if anything, from the Cornerstone. The ceiling above my head was wood, re-used from the fire station and beautiful...

        1. re: Niki in Dayton

          Addendum - my husband reminded me we haven't yet been upstairs at Ladder 11, so it's possible the board games are on the ceiling up there. I'll check the next time we visit!

        2. re: Fibber McGee

          We went again for lunch on Saturday, I had the Ruben, he had the brat - both were good, although the brat is a patty, not a link, on pretzel bread with cheese of your choice (he had cheddar). The hand-cut fries are good, too, but the onion rings are not our style (they are thick, with lots of breading, and we prefer thin rings with light breading). This time we went upstairs, and that's where the board games and other Cornerstone memorabilia are located.