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Dayton - Blue Nile Ethiopian

Good news on the location. Must be it... I was told at the Ethiopian booth at World A'Fair that someone was going to open one soon... and that there were no others in the Miami Valley... so I'd say we are a 'go'! Yea! Thanks..

Jun 26, 2012
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Dayton - Blue Nile Ethiopian

They apparently just opened on North Main somewhere...

Anybody know anything about it, been there??? website? anything at all?

been missing eritrean and ethiopian since leaving SF and am very excited about the prospect of a place to go eat!

Jun 25, 2012
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Dayton - Stars at the Crowne Plaza

Is it worth going to for any reason... food, music, drinks???

I like the idea of jazz and a view, but I never hear anyone talk about the restaurant, crowd, ambiance... nothing.

Is this strictly the domain of hotel visitors in town on business, or is it worth checking out? Oregon District is starting to feel very small... but want to keep bringing business to downtown area.

Any other places worth checking out in and near downtown, aside from those in the actual Oregon District and Coco's down the street. Anyone have thoughts on De'Lish, I have read bad and good about it.

Many thanks!!!!

Apr 03, 2012
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local brew pubs - not sports bars? [Dayton]

ooops!!!

Dayton, Ohio

Mar 18, 2012
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local brew pubs - not sports bars? [Dayton]

Seeking your expert guidance again. I miss going to brew pubs... not the mainstay of my social life, but used to go many times a year back in ol SF, and just hang out with friends.

Anybody out there point me to a few actual pubs?

Not looking for the dime a dozen sports bars

- but a more traditional pub - couches or comfy come and stay a while seating, a focus on a good friendly social atmosphere, and an absence of the ubiquitous blaring TV that Daytonians seem to be unable to live without

I don't even care if the beer selection is limited... I miss atmosphere, and that small town feel of a true pub.

many many thanks... again...

Mar 18, 2012
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Dayton - restaurants that offer wine flights?

thanks much for suggesting RD!

Jan 19, 2012
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Dayton - restaurants that offer wine flights?

That was helpful, never thought about approaching the restaurant to do it as a one time deal. Was hoping to find restaurants that already offer a few flights as part of their normal operation, but asking for it special is also a great idea. Any recommendations... I am not much for steak houses, unless they do a seriously interesting chicken menu. I've started up a beginners wine tasting group and am looking for a variety of places for us to meet, and DLM is already on the list for certain, as well as a few of the Kroger stores, the wine bars and the two BYOB places I know about (Olive and a Thai restaurant). Looking for other things to add into the mix and was hoping we could go for dinner and also get in a wine flight, outside the specific wine bars. Many thanks.

Jan 08, 2012
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Dayton - restaurants that offer wine flights?

Hi all, you folks are so darn helpful!

I am wondering if there are any restaurants in the Dayton/Miami Valley that offer wine flights.

Not looking for the wine bars, know about those already.

Looking for a place that is a restaurant first, but also serves at least a few options in wine flights.

Many thanks!

Jan 07, 2012
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Dayton Area - Seeking Affordable Non-chain Restaurants

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!

Aug 06, 2010
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Interesting Breakfast in Dayton area - aside from Yellow Springs?

Well, I have found some places to grab some decent lunch and dinner here in the Miami Valley, but am still struggling to find a really great breakfast place.

Now I am not talking about the run of the mill breakfast served at every joint in town, 2 eggs, home fries, bacon or sausage link (greasy little pork link or patty) or your basic pancakes, standard fare omelets...

no, I want to color outside the Dayton breakfast lines and I don't want to have to drive all the way to YS for breakfast...

any place that serves a variety of sausages, like a chicken apple or andouille or something that is not pork or beef grease city???

Here is what I am talking abou,t and I KNOW I cannot find a menu like this here, but just check these 3 places below out... and if you know anything remotely coming close to something that is not basic midwest breakfast fare, please share...

about the best I have seen is Christophers, and I really hope that is not THE only choice, because it is rather ordinary to my mind... hope I don't sound hopelessly like a cranky baby... but I soooo miss a good fun breakfast, and am tired of having to cook it at home all the time cause I am not so good at the cooking folks, but am good at the eating...

check out brunch for Samovar menu...http://samovarlife.com/food/
and Boogaloos is just mmmmmmmm.... http://www.boogaloossf.com/menu.html
http://www.honeyhoneycafeandcrepery.c...

you know of anything even remotely in line with this???

maybe I need to learn to cook and open a kickin breakfast joint....

Thanks a million for any replies... and yes, Columbus is way too far to drive for breakfast as is Cincy...

Thanks Chow friends!

May 02, 2010
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NYC girl looking for food in Columbus, Ohio.....help!!!

I feel your pain... and know what you mean about not wanting to be viewed as a food snob... it is just really hard to downgrade from tons of great places to searching hard to find something that is acceptable!

I am not at all a chef, grew up in Dayton, home of conservative bland imaginationless food, and then spent 22 years in SF - turned into a bit of a foodie... now back in Dayton and suffering, but finding some decent places to eat, decent food but zero ambiance... and forget eclectic / fusion without paying high prices... SF was a very affordable place to eat very very well, imagine NYC was the same...

it is hard, but hang in there, you WILL find your spots...

chowhound was great for me, and I am also using Urbanspoon, but sadly most of the local Dayton reviews are not reviews to my mind, but just comments, like they have the "best pizza" or "really good food" or the service is great... would hope Columbus has people who actually review places... I lived in Cols back in the 80's... wish I was there now, but stuck in Dayton...

Hang in there and let us know when you open your own restaurant!!!

I was at Taste of Bali a few weeks ago and happy with my meal, it was a sampler, but I have been 2 years without a steady diet of good interesting food, so I may not be the best to speak at this point!

I also went to Denises' Ice Cream in Clintonville, had honey fig and it was really really good! Heard Jenni's is good too... not such a fan of Graters so far, but only went once and the Blueberry Pie was just not bold and sassy enough for me, but will give them a whirl witha less ambitious flavor to be fair.

Will be following your replies on what you like, so when I come to Cols I will have extra insight into my options! Congrats and welcome back!

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Taste of Bali
2548 Bethel Rd, Columbus, OH 43220

May 02, 2010
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Dayton Area - Seeking Affordable Non-chain Restaurants

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!

Apr 18, 2010
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Dayton Area - Seeking Affordable Non-chain Restaurants

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

Apr 10, 2010
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Dayton Area - Seeking Affordable Non-chain Restaurants

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

Apr 10, 2010
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Dayton Area - Seeking Affordable Non-chain Restaurants

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.

Feb 15, 2010
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Place for after work drinks that has intersting non-alcholic choices [Dayton, OH]

not employed, so anywhere around is fine... wanting to find a place or two where a diverse group can hang out in the eve and have a little something for everyone, and not just for those that drink alcohol. Thanks much!

Feb 15, 2010
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Place for after work drinks that has intersting non-alcholic choices [Dayton, OH]

El Meson is the March splurge, cannot wait to get a proper job so I can afford eating in Dayton!

Feb 04, 2010
runabout in Great Lakes

Dayton Area - Seeking Affordable Non-chain Restaurants

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.

Feb 04, 2010
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Dayton Area - Seeking Affordable Non-chain Restaurants

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.

Feb 04, 2010
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Dayton Area - Seeking Affordable Non-chain Restaurants

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.

Feb 04, 2010
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Dayton Area - Seeking Affordable Non-chain Restaurants

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!

Feb 04, 2010
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Dayton Area - Seeking Affordable Non-chain Restaurants

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...

Feb 04, 2010
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Dayton Area - Seeking Affordable Non-chain Restaurants

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.

Feb 04, 2010
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Dayton Area - Seeking Affordable Non-chain Restaurants

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...

Feb 04, 2010
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Place for after work drinks that has intersting non-alcholic choices [Dayton, OH]

thanks ; )

Jan 31, 2010
runabout in Great Lakes

Place for after work drinks that has intersting non-alcholic choices [Dayton, OH]

I may be in fantasy land here...

are there any immediate Dayton places to hang out after work that have some interesting beverage choices in addition to the standard beer, wine, liquor?

Not mocktails,

but interesting iced teas (with unique flavorings), bubble teas, thai iced teas, italian sodas, Agua Fresca, lassi, etc?

I'd love to find a place where I can hang out with friends, for after work socializing, that doesn't limit the non-alcohol drinkers to Pepsi/coffee drinks.

Not looking for a meal, just drinks and maybe appetizers or tapas or something.

Thanks again you folks are lifesavers!

Jan 31, 2010
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Dayton Area - Seeking Affordable Non-chain Restaurants

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.

Jan 31, 2010
runabout in Great Lakes

Dayton Area - Seeking Affordable Non-chain Restaurants

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.

Jan 29, 2010
runabout in Great Lakes

Dayton Area - Seeking Affordable Non-chain Restaurants

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.

Jan 29, 2010
runabout in Great Lakes

Dayton Area - Seeking Affordable Non-chain Restaurants

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!

Jan 29, 2010
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