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15 Dayton Restaurants That Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of Your Mouth

Break out your stretch pants, these Dayton restaurants will take it to the limit.

Tena Moore

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1. Nosh On Mexican Flavor Bombs At Taqueria Mixteca

15 Restaurants In Dayton That Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of Your Mouth

Source: Yelp.com

Taqueria Mixteca
1609 E 3rd St
(937) 258-2654
Yelp: 4.5 Stars – 152 Reviews

Not only do they have the best guacamole in Dayton and a truly impressive white queso with jalapeños, but everything is packed with fresh ingredients and flavor. Try their six mini tacos meal, but don’t overlook their delicious chorizo, beef tongue or shredded goat burritos. This hole-in-the-wall taqueria has everything you want, and you can even buy some alcohol next door and bring it on over.

2. CJ Chan Should Be Your Chinese & Japanese Go-To Spot

15 Restaurants In Dayton That Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of Your Mouth

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CJ Chan
536 Wilmington Ave
(937) 259-9866
Yelp: 4.5 Stars – 61 Reviews

Yes, it’s in a strip mall, but don’t let that deter you. Whether you dine in, get take-out, order sashimi, or try one of their Chinese dishes like lo mein or kung po chicken, you’re definitely going to be back for more. The portions are huge, the food is delicious, the prices are low and the service is fast. What more could you ask for?

3. Devour A Juicy Burger At Tank’s Bar & Grill

15 Restaurants In Dayton That Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of Your Mouth

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Tank’s Bar & Grill
2033 Wayne Ave
(937) 252-2249
Yelp: 4 Stars – 106 Reviews

Tank’s local diner and bar has a bangin’ breakfast menu available open to close, award-winning roadkill chili and an amazing peanut butter and jelly club. While all that is great, the real gold here is the juicy burgers served with a massive portion of their hand-cut fries.

They don’t close until 2:30am, so they’re also the perfect spot for a late night tankburger: half-pound of ground chuck, mushrooms and grilled onions on a toasted bun.

4. Dive In To Delicious Fare At Olive, An Urban Dive

15 Restaurants In Dayton That Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of Your Mouth

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Olive, an Urban Dive
416 E 3rd St
(937) 222-3483
Yelp: 4.5 Stars – 114 Reviews

You might wonder if you’re at the right place when you pull up to the old Wympee building, but once you step inside, it’s a whole new world. Adorned with local art, this intimate, cozy space has trendy written all over it, so reservations are highly recommended. Definite winners on the menu are the roasted pork belly with blackstrap molasses, and the fried leeks with aioli as an appetizer.

5. Kick Up The Spice At Thai 9

15 Restaurants In Dayton That Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of Your Mouth

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Thai 9
11 Brown St
(937) 222-3227
Yelp: 4 Stars – 190 Reviews

Perfectly situated in the Historic Oregon District, Thai 9 has a fantastic open and spacious dining room with high ceilings and a beautiful atmosphere. The basil mussels, pineapple fried rice and any of their sushi rolls hit the spot, but for the best experience go for the red curry duck in a rich and flavorful sauce. Choose your spice level between 1-10 without worrying about the integrity of the dish–they’ve got it covered.

6. Beavercreek’s Pizza Makes New York Jealous Of Ohio

15 Restaurants In Dayton That Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of Your Mouth

Source: Yelp

Beavercreek Pizza Dive
4021 Dayton Xenia Rd
(937) 431-8669
Yelp: 4.5 Stars – 45 Reviews

Beavercreek Pizza Dive nails the New York style pizza. They hand toss their freshly prepared dough each day, slather on their special sauce and brush the crust with garlic. If that’s not enough, they offer cream cheese as a topping, too, which takes things to a whole other level of awesome.

Speaking of cream cheese, don’t forget to order one of their homemade cinnamon sugar pretzels with cream cheese frosting for an even happier ending.

7. Treat Your Tastebuds At Coco’s Bistro

15 Restaurants In Dayton That Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of Your Mouth

Source: Yelp

Coco’s Bistro
250 Warren St
(937) 228-2626
Yelp: 4 Stars – 98 Reviews

When you’re in the mood for a white tablecloth, upscale vibe with attentive service and spectacular food, Coco’s Bistro is the only place to go. The chefs combine offbeat flavors to perfection, like the mango-glazed ahi tuna, the sage-crusted maple duck or the red trout with caramelized orange butter. If you fancy some hors d’oeuvres, don’t miss out on the lump crab Gorgonzola fondue or the pepper bacon wrapped scallops.

8. La Colombiana Will Transport You To Colombia

15 Restaurants In Dayton That Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of Your Mouth

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La Colombiana
2495 Commons Blvd
(937) 306-8096
Yelp: 4.5 Stars – 40 Reviews

This unassuming diamond in the rough is serving up the rich and bold flavors of authentic Colombian food out of a strip mall. Everything from the empanadas and crispy pork belly to the fried plantains and pineapple gratin is over-the-top delectable. It’s also veggie, gluten-free and paleo friendly here, so bring the whole, hungry family.


9. Fire Up Your Appetite At Jimmie’s Ladder 11

15 Restaurants In Dayton That Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of Your Mouth

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Jimmie’s Ladder 11
936 Brown St
(937) 424-1784
Yelp: 4 Stars – 46 Reviews

Complete with firehouse memorabilia, this pub-like space set in an old firehouse build in 1892 serves up cold drafts, terrific wines and a slew of specialty cocktails like the firehouse martini with fireball cinnamon whiskey.

The menu here offers everything from salads and burgers to steaks and delicious pasta dishes. Try the noodles and butter pasta, and pair it with a bottle of their Black Stallion chardonnay and a house-made dessert.

10. Get Artisanal With Meadowlark’s Sandwiches

15 Restaurants In Dayton That Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of Your Mouth

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Meadowlark Restaurant
5531 Far Hills Ave
(937) 434-4750
Yelp: 4 Stars – 95 Reviews

Meadowlark is a chef-owned restaurant with home-style American food, like cornbread, hearty soup, fresh fish, grilled meats, and sandwiches that are downright mouthwatering. Made with a wide variety of Dorothy Lane Market artisan breads or a crusty baguette from Boosalis Baking Company, even something as simple as a grilled chicken sandwich reaches new heights here, thanks in part to their house-made mustard-mayo mix.

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11. Sit At The Chef’s Table At Salar

15 Restaurants In Dayton That Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of Your Mouth

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Salar
400 E 5th St
(937) 203-3999
Yelp: 4 Stars – 49 Reviews

Salar is upscale yet casual and green-certified, with valet parking, a Michelin three-star mixologist and delicious fusion cuisine with a focus on Peruvian and a nod to Mediterranean and French cooking.

The goat cheese and marcona salad with raspberries is a winner as well as any of their perfectly seasoned fish entrees. For full, treat-yo-self experience, go to one of their private dining experiences ‘The Chef’s Table’ and try their spectacular seafood paella.

12. It’s All About The Pancakes At Butter Cafe

15 Restaurants In Dayton That Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of Your Mouth

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Butter Cafe
1106 Brown St
(937) 985-9917
Yelp: 3.5 Stars – 69 Reviews

Locally sourced food, a fun environment, a huge gluten-free selection of cookies, and organic and free-range meats make Butter Cafe one of the best spots in Dayton for breakfast or brunch.

While everything is top-notch, it’s all about the pancakes here. From jelly donut and almond joy to red velvet and pumpkin pie, the sky’s the limit. And don’t worry, the excellent coffee will raise you back out of that carb coma.

13. Brunch It Up At Lucky’s Taproom & Eatery

15 Restaurants In Dayton That Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of Your Mouth

Source: Yelp.com

Lucky’s Taproom & Eatery
520 E 5th St
(937) 222-6800
Yelp: 4 Stars – 81 Reviews

With twenty revolving beer taps, juicy burgers made with grass-fed beef and a spot-on brunch, Lucky’s Taproom is a fabulous spot to go any time of day. Their shrimp and grits, breakfast tacos and eggs benedict with bacon jam are incredible, but the chicken and waffles steal the show. Get the hickory smoked bacon or the maple glazed sausage for a side.

14. The Meatballs Will Wow You At Wheat Penny

15 Restaurants In Dayton That Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of Your Mouth

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Wheat Penny Oven And Bar
515 Wayne Ave
(937) 496-5268
Yelp: 4 Stars – 69 Reviews

Wheat Penny has a great warehouse, spacious atmosphere with artsy decor and a cool vibe for hanging out and enjoying some delicious California-style pizzas, slow-cooked porchetta, and delectable eggplant fries with yogurt sauce.

Their cocktail menu is worth coming back for, as are their homemade sodas. A definite must-try is their meatballs appetizer, and don’t even try to leave without some of their warm beignets with creme anglaise and chocolate sauce.

15. Rue Dumaine Is C’est Magnifique

15 Restaurants In Dayton That Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of Your Mouth

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Rue Dumaine
1061 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd
(937) 610-1061
Yelp: 4.5 Stars – 73 Reviews

Rue Dumaine is where you go in Dayton when you want to impress. They serve classic French fare created with local, seasonal ingredients in an open and classy environment. Start with their charcuterie plate and then have anything from their Bistro menu.

The menu changes frequently, but you can never go wrong with their hangar steak, braised beef short ribs, fish specials or the pork or beef medallions. Having a dessert here is a given and the creme brûlée is nothing short of magnificent.

What’s your go-to for great grub in Dayton? Tell us in the comments below!

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posted on: February 20, 2015
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9 Comments

  1. beth

    Ginger and Spice Asian Bistro is my go to spot for handmade/homemade wontons and I love their lettuce wraps.

  2. Nancy Henson

    wherever we go, we always compare the steaks and pork chops to the Paragon. The staff, most of whom have been there a long time, always make us feel welcome. They also make great cocktails so it’s fun to sit at the bar before dinner. However it is showing its age and needs to update the decor to attract new patrons.

  3. Don Bennett

    The Trolley Stop on E. Fifth. Great burgers from local beef and daily specials that are always mouth watering. They always have a good selection of brews too.

  4. Joanna Harbut

    South Park Tavern has Awesome Pizza. Go for lunch they have great sandwiches. The Manger Rocks Too!!!

  5. Angela O

    Giovanni’s in Fairborn has the best pizza and tirimasu on the east side of the US. Trust me…I’ve been all over trying to find any better.

  6. Veronica Kelly

    Elsas on Linden Ave.Looks like a hole inthe wall but the food is exexcellent prices are reasonable and service is fast and friendly.The best guacamole in town!

  7. Jack Smith

    Hawthorn Grill in Kettering is a little known gem that often gets forgotten about. The food is prepared fresh and the owner, or at least it seems like the owner/chef usually takes time to visit each table at least once during the meal. Great attention to detail, slightly pricey, but worth it.

  8. Victoria

    5th street wine and deli best Ruben around love this place!

  9. Steve

    Try Christy’s in Vandalia for the best cheesesteaks, cabbage rolls, meatballs. The pizza has been the best in Dayton for 55 years now.

 

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