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Recommendations from a Foodie / Part I

Posted on: October 19, 2011

Ok, so I like food and I happen to eat a lot of it (you know to survive). Also since I do own a food-type business, I for some reason get asked about my favorite restaurants in the area quite frequently. Therefore I figured I’d make a list of my absolute favorite restaurants, dessert places, and the best deals I’ve found on food around the Dayton, Cincinnati, and Columbus area.

(This list is not in any type or order)

Starting at #1 and this is a HUGE #1 by the way (my absolute favorite restaurant)

#1 Meadowlark  (Local Owned)


I’ve heard about this place for awhile now, but didn’t get a chance to eat there until this past Spring. I’ve been there many many times since then. It’s so bad, that I’m pretty confident they recognize my voice over the phone when I place my reservation. They basically use excellent quality organic ingredients to cook fairly simple American dishes with a twist. I’ve ordered something different every single time and have never gone wrong. Just be sure to call 30 minutes in advance to be placed on the waiting list. They do get busy. (Sunday Brunch is also really really good)

#2 The Pub 

at The Greene Town Center 

I put this on this list, because I frequent this place so much it’s not even funny. It’s close to work and for some reason even though I tell myself not to, I end up there. Great place to hang out with friends and they have a really nice draft selection there. My favorite? Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale. They also serve pretty good Pub fare if you’re hungry, Fish & Chips, Shepard’s Pie, and various other bar foods.  It’s not my top choice for their food, but the environment more than makes up for it.

#3 Linh’s (Local Owned)

4770 Airway Rd. Dayton OH 45431

I think I survived on this through college. Classic, fairly cheap Vietnamese fare. You really can’t go wrong with a hot, steamy bowl of Pho on a cold day. Definitely the best Vietnamese restaurant in the Dayton area. My only dissatisfaction is with the consistency of the place. Sometimes their food is absolutely delicious, and other times I leave the restaurant feeling like the food was missing something. Nevertheless, a great place for a quick meal.

#4. McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant

at The Greene Town Center

I also frequent this place a lot. However, I go because of the incredible Happy Hour specials that they have. They have appetizers starting at $1.95 to $4.95, and not just some dinky little appetizers, these are legitimate large fill-you up kind of meals. I always order their generous plate of steamed mussels and fish tacos. It’s seriously cheaper than going to Chipotle. Which brings me to….

#5. Chipotle

Anywhere, Anytime 

Ok, I know it’s a chain and their everywhere now. But I always explain to anyone that listens to me (not that many people) that the first bite of my Chipotle Burrito Bowl is the tastiest, bestest thing ever. Seriously, the bestest. (Yes I know I’m using the word ‘bestest’. I just copyrighted it, it’s mine)

#6 Tsao’s Cuisine (Local Owned)

3989 B Colonel Glenn Hwy
Fairborn, OH 45324 

People also ask me what the best Chinese restaurant is around the Dayton area (presumably because I’m Chinese) and I always say Tsao’s Cuisine. Yes there are other Chinese restaurants in the area that are quite good (like China Cottage), but the only place you can get the most authentic Chinese food is at Tsao’s Cuisine. Their head chef there cooks like the most awesomest Chinese Tiger Mom ever and her food is always excellent. Be sure to order off the Chinese menu there and don’t worry there are pictures next to the Chinese words (Heck, I had to go by the pictures too). If you even dare order sweet and sour chicken at Tsao’s, I will cry a little (on the inside).

#7 The House of Kabab (Local Owned)

298 N Main Street
Centerville, OH 45459

Hands down one of the best Mediterranean restaurants in the area. Really generous portions at a great value. Their Gyro’s are excellent, as well as their Specials where you get your choice of meats along with a Greek salad and other side dishes. They also hand-make one of the best ginger ales I’ve ever had.

#8 Bill’s Donuts (Local Owned)

268 North Main Street
Centerville, OH 45459-4653

They had to make this list right? Nothing can beat going to Bill’s at odd hours in the morning and getting some delicious cheap donuts and some milk. That’s what makes it so great, they are always open for whenever your craving strikes.

#9 Thai 9 (Local Owned)

11 Brown Street in the Oregon District

So there are several places here in Dayton that serve great Thai food, Choe’s Asian Gourmet in the Greene, Thai Smile in Huber Heights, and Bahn Mai Thai Cafe in Centerville. However Thai 9 is still always the place I go when my taste buds are in need of some Thai Cuisine. The main reason is because they carry fish cakes on their appetizer menu which are my absolute favorite. Lightly battered and chewy they come with this delicious dipping sauce that’s just making my mouth water as I type this, a MUST order. The only thing I advice against ordering is their sushi which I think is overpriced for the portions made. Which brings me finally too….

#10 Sushi Hana (Local Owned) 

1501 Lyons Road
Dayton, OH 45458-1881

Hands down, THE BEST sushi restaurant in Dayton and I can honestly say that they can compete with just about any sushi restaurant anywhere within their price range. All the sushi chefs are originally from Sushi Cafe in Centerville which was where I got my sushi fix for years. Within the past 2 years they all moved to this new restaurant and I followed them. I always order the exact same thing, a Red Fire Roll, Tuna Hand Roll, and their Squid Salad. Completely satisfied every single time. A must try, if you haven’t been.

~ That’s my list for my favorite Dayton food spots. I will add-on to this list with spots from other cities in subsequent posts.

Thanks for Reading and until next time..


Yoba Frozen Yogurt

On my Agenda:

  • On to some Yoba news. We introduced Passion Fruit (a summer flavor that we just never got around to fully debut) almost 2 weeks ago and it’s honestly been getting some mixed responses. I personally love Passion Fruit and if you remember from a post awhile back, Passion Fruit juice is my absolute favorite. However I can see why there may be people who won’t like it since it has a very strong aroma. Anyways, it won’t be on our active roster for much longer so give it a try next time you visit us. We recommend mixing it with some dark chocolate or even another yogurt flavor if you feel it’s aroma is too overwhelming.
  • Secondly, we’re excited to be introducing a specialty Fall flavor here within the next week. I won’t tell you what it is just yet because that’s what our Facebook Page is for 🙂 https://www.facebook.com/YobaFrozenYogurt
  • Halloween is coming up and I do not have a costume ready. Any good ideas?
  • The Bengals are 4-2? I would not have expected this and I’m not going to say anymore for fear of jinxing.
  • One more Bengal note, Carson Palmer to the Raiders for a 2012 First Round and a conditional 2013 First Round Pick? What a great trade turning an unusable and unneeded player into such an asset. Major Props.
  • Remember my fantasy team was 0 – 3 last time I posted? Well I’m a much more respectable 3 – 3 now, again not going to jinx myself.
  • I’ve told you about one of my favorite shows ever in Mad Men, however I’ve got another new one now. Breaking Bad on AMC is amazing. I’ve been watching on Netflix for the past few weeks and absolutely can not get enough. Bryan Cranston (from Malcolm in the Middle and Seinfeld) is phenomenal in it. It centers around a High School Chemistry teacher with lung cancer who decides to cook crystal meth to further support his treatments and his family. Check it out if you get the chance.
  • Subsequent posts will include more ‘Recommendations from a Foodie’, posts about fashion and great deals I’ve found, a feature about http://www.buyyoung.com/ which support companies start by people under the age of 30, and more!


2 Responses to "Recommendations from a Foodie / Part I"

Will..you need to set up a foodspotting account..check it out..definitely need more spotters in Dayton, OH and since you are a “foodie”…. Thanks for all the recommendations and really looking forward to the “special fall flavor” 🙂

Thanks for the great recommendations. I’m going to go try Meadowlark tonight! Have you tried Christopher’s Restaurant. I think all there food is local also. Its kind of a country kitchen atmosphere but the food is A grade. http://www.christophers.biz/

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