Third Street Food Court

44 West Third Street
Dayton, OH 45402
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The Third Street Food Court opened a few months ago as a new option for dining in downtown Dayton. It’s a classic grill concept, a walk up counter that offers burgers, subs, and sandwiches for the mid-day dining crowd, and at a pretty reasonable price too. While there are some bright spots on the menu, I’m not convinced about everything here. Pair that with a rather frustrating experience trying to grab a cup of coffee and I’m worried this is one downtown restaurant which might be getting lost in the crowd.

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So the specialty here is the “All American Burger” which is a classic, of course, and it’s topped with all of the fixings of cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions ans so on. The rest of the ingredients are sort of forgettable, but the burger is great, it’s grilled nicely to a well-done very crisp texture. It’s juicy and delicious enough that it brings out the good in the other ingredients on the menu, and that’s a big plus. The fries are pretty good, too. About what you’d like to go with a burger.

On the other hand, I can’t really suggest the sandwiches. They’re cold cuts with bagged veggies, assembled for the convenience of not bringing all of those things from home. Now there’s nothing wrong with the sandwich, but there’s also nothing about it that makes me want to come back for it, no special sauce, nothing is grilled or seasoned with a mix or anything. It just tastes like a bunch of things from the store put together, exactly like what you could do at home. Also, I have been to the place three times in the morning trying to get coffee and the coffee bar is always closed. There could be reasons for this, I suppose, but I can’t think of a time when people would want coffee more, than on a weekday morning.

Other than that, I do like the environment of the place. The decor is simple, and the restaurant is very clean and looks well-maintained. The staff is friendly, and even when there’s a larger group of people ordering food, things do seem to come out to customers very quickly. The place has  the hours that it’s open when most of downtown is doing business, so it’s got a convenience factor too. In the end, though, there are a ton of good places to eat down town, including a lot of good burgers, and


  • The burgers are good, and some days they have a value meal price of $4.99.
  • I don’t suggest the subs or sandwiches.
  • If you want coffee, you’ll have to come in very early. By early lunch time, the coffee bar is closed.

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