A popular destination among many in Dayton, Christopher’s restaurant in Kettering is so popular because it’s a place that does just about everything; it’s got a very local and small-town vibe to it, but it’s still got a menu where you can find finer dining dishes. It’s got a lunch menu for soups and salads and lighter fare, but heavy Italian pastas and steaks as well. Really, the secret to its success is how many different palettes and moods it can appeal to at once. For this reason, Christopher’s is and will remain one of those few timeless restaurants that locals will always continue to swear by.
The menu is so diverse it’s hard to nail down one dish to begin with that would describe the restaurant as a whole. But of course, I was inclined to try the fish, which dominates many parts of the menu. Christopher’s makes great grilled salmon fillet sandwich. It’s delicate fish, slightly browned on the edges but flaky inside. It’s served with a grilled bun and vegetables, altogether a great main course. I also tried the spaghetti with Italian meatballs, which were great, too. The pasta is al dente and the sweet tomato sauce is astoundingly fresh. It’s the kind of stuff you wish you could make at home, and the kind of great food you only find in a restaurant with years of refinement.
Even the simple dishes are great; the appetizers include soups and salads and other lighter fare. I had the bruschetta, which was also good, lightly toasted bread topped with cheese and some light veggies. In all of the menu you find a lot of neat little things to sample. During Restaurant Week I tried a delicious pork tenderloin. In all of these dishes, there’s a delicious theme: these dishes aren’t exotic or unfamiliar to the Midwestern palette, but they’re done in a creative interpretation that makes them tasty.
The atmosphere is great, it’s very Midwestern-friendly and the people are very passionate about making this place really shine. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of restaurants serving the same kind of cuisine around this city, but nonetheless when talking about the best Dayton dives, this place almost always comes up. Having sampled it, I really understand why. The Pritchard family truly began something special when they first opened this place in Kettering in 1991. Dayton should be proud.
This restaurant’s diner-like atmosphere and menu have been so beloved by locals that I suspect it will continue to be a pillar of the Dayton dining scene for a long time to come.
- Unlike most other places, I actually suggest you come here for dinner first. The prices are not the same, but the best dishes are ones you simply can’t try at lunch.
- There are a number of dining options, though, included a breakfast menu, sandwiches for lunch and some “after 5” specialties.
- Christopher’s also caters.