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Mar 21, 2014 12:25 PM

Looking for the Best of Dayton!

Looking for recommendations for a restaurant gift certificate for my sis and her husband. Great food is the first consideration. Romantic counts. Overall dining experience should be excellent in every way - good food, good atmosphere, and good service. No chain restaurants and not heavy on seafood (my sis is allergic to seafood).

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  1. Right now the Best Of Dayton is alive in the NCAA tourney.

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    1. re: RedTop

      Does that mean no one can tell me the best restaurants in Dayton?! Can't multi-task? Can't walk and chew gum at the same time? Lame!

      1. I have to say - you Dayton hounds sure are a lively bunch.

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        1. re: JunieB

          Maybe you didn't snap your fingers loud enough. You did post on the weekend, you know. Did you search for previous threads?

          Rue Dumaine is a great start. I like Amber Rose. Little bit Germany, little bit Hungary, some other European tastes in there, too. El Meson, which considers itself Latin, is also very good.

          1. re: Fibber McGee

            Well I'm originally from Kentucky and was watching the tournament too :) The boards I'm used to are always active.

            Anyway, thanks. I did read some threads and looked online. Rue Dumaine looked good although there were some negative reviews.

            I also read an article by Mark Fisher in the Springfield News-Sun about the top romantic restaurants. What's your take on the Meadowlark, C'est Tout, The Caroline, and Coldwater Cafe?

            I was also curious about Winds Cafe in Yellow Springs.

            1. re: JunieB

              I like Mark, he knows his stuff.
              The Winds is great, it's a rotating menu and is an ideal spot for a romantic dinner.
              The food as Coldwater is very good. One item they have you don't see too much of is an Ostrich Filet. It's great.
              I like both the Meadowlark and Caroline. C'est Tout can be hit or miss.
              Is parking part of the overall dining experience?

              1. re: Fibber McGee

                Thanks. Looks like Rue Dumaine is leading so far.

                Parking? No, I don't suppose it has much to do with dining unless you can't park and therefore can't eat. Why do you ask?

                1. re: JunieB

                  It's more convenient for some places than for others. Some people just want to find something to complain about.