The Trolley Stop

530 E. Fifth St.
Dayton, OH 45402
937.461.1101
websiteThe Trolley Stop3 stars

One of the bookends of Dayton’s hippest sector, the Oregon District, The Trolley Stop is not a city-wide destination as many of its sister businesses, instead content to be more of a local dive for the residents of the nearby streets. It’s got a large outside porch, a spot so isolated from the bustle of the nearby downtown that it might as well be a garden on an island at the end of the world. Inside is a spacious dive bar, a friendly staff, and the kind of place it’s almost better to experience on a Tuesday evening when the Friday night rush isn’t complicating things.

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So the menu is a general mix of a few different kinds of cuisines.

  • Steal soft tacos: I’m a big fan of the steak soft tacos, they’re served with darkly seared meat which is juicy and tender, alongside some cheese, lettuce, a cheese mix and some pico de gallo. The tortillas are grilled to have a little bit of a crisp to them, though the veggies and sides are all put in cold. There’s a side of chips and salsa, I am a big fan of the chips but the salsa tastes store-bought.
  • Steak Philly: I also liked the Steak Philly Sandwich, which has grilled steak topped with a ton of veggies, scallions and green peppers and mushrooms alongside some provolone cheese. Personally I tried it with a pretzel bun. It comes with some local potato chips from Mike Sell’s and a very interesting spicy mayo-type sauce with some veggies in it. 
  • Burger: The great juicy burger is topped with the veggies and a thick mayo on the side. Classic pub grub.
  • Chili: Thick chili heavy with meat and beans, topped with cheese and diced onions. Can be spicy if you like it. Good for cold days!

I should also note the beer selection of Trolley Stop is great; it’s a very well rounded watering hole, with plenty of microbrews but not a bunch of obscure ones, each option is a different kind of brew, and sometimes the staff will suggest a certain drinks with certain food items. It’s probably easiest with the burgers and other things.

Overall though, the cuisine is relatively speaking light; not heavy food like its pub neighbors, not greasy food like its dive neighbors. A well rounded spot. I like the diversity of the places to eat in Oregon district, each one seems to have a distinctive personality. This spot is no exception, and while it might not be a super-hyped talk-of-the-town spot, it’s also somewhere you can really have fun and enjoy yourself. What more can you ask for?

Recommendations

  • This is very much a local dive tailored to the folks in the surrounding streets, unlike many of the other stops up the street that attract a lot of people from all over the city.
  • I’m a big fan of the back porch and stoop area, which has plenty of space and is very isolated from the crowded Oregon District lights and noise.
  • Go for the chips and dips if you’re hungry but don’t want to commit to something right away, these come out fast and don’t fill you up.

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