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Old 12-22-2010, 03:35 PM  
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Best independent restaurants in Dayton

Looks like we got our own sub-forum - awesome.

For a lot of people, one of the most exciting parts of traveling to a new city is discovering it's local cuisine. I'd like to use this thread as a hub for eateries unique to the Dayton area (read: not national chains) so any visitors or passerbys can find the best places to eat while they're in town.

I'd like to mention any of the Marion's Pizza locations around town. Their delicious pizza is cut into tiny bite-sized squares and focuses more on toppings than an absurd amount of sauce. You'll be cheating yourself if you neglect to order their sausage on your pie.
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Old 12-23-2010, 10:30 AM  
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I'm glad we got a Dayton forum. Thanks.

Hickory Bar-B-Que on Brown street is good. Prices are fair, and the steaks and ribs are delicious.

I also have to put in a plug for the Trolley Stop in the Oregon district. They just changed their menu, and I think thats a great place for lunch.
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Old 12-25-2010, 09:54 AM  
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These are great all great places to eat
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Old 12-27-2010, 08:47 PM  
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I would have to go with spinozas pizzas up at fairfield commons mall. They have great pizza and pretty good beer selection.
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Old 12-28-2010, 02:17 PM  
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Places to eat...

I am not a fan of Spinoza's at all. Yeah, the beer selection is good...but the couple of times I have been there has been highlighted by bad service and sparsely-topped pizzas. I also haven't been impressed for a decade by Old Hickory.

Places I like? For burgers I like Tanks. BBQ? Hickory River in Tipp City (not sure if it's independent or not). Artisan's Cafe in Englewood is rather awesome, especially for healthy fare. Steaks at the Pine Club and Oakwood Club are still top-notch.

Dayton isn't the best place for awesome, independent cuisine...but there are some diamonds in the rough.
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Old 12-28-2010, 02:25 PM  
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OH! I totally forgot to mention The Dublin Pub (much nom to love there) and Taco Loco on Burkhardt in Riverside (little dumpy joint with awesome tacos...not part of the western chain)! Taco Loco has everything available "al pastor"...come on now...awesome!
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Old 12-28-2010, 02:42 PM  
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How is the Pine Club not on this list yet? It's worth the drive from Findlay. Make sure you take cash though, no cards accepted!
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Old 12-28-2010, 03:00 PM  
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I mentioned Pine Club just before you, homie! Not everything is perfect there, but the steak is delicious.
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Old 01-08-2011, 04:34 PM  
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Ahhh... I missed it I do like the steak though!
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Old 01-10-2011, 11:23 PM  
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Local Eats

I can't believe I haven't heard Coco's yet, anyone been there? Great food, maybe the best in town hands down. I've been there many times in anything from a suit to flip-flips/t-shirt and been treated the same.

C'est tout; superb with the right menu and kitchen staff. I've not had a bad experience, but some have.

Pine Club is the only place to get a steak in D-town.

Madison Bistro and Meadowlark are pretty good.

Giovani's in Fairborn has fantastic pizza as does Troni's in Kettering.

Dewey's (chain, but Ohio chain) is great for pizza and a decent beer.

I know I'm missing something, but this will add (maybe controversy).
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