Cassano’s Pizza

Dayton Ohio has a variety of local pizza places, and several of the biggest chains have a lot of local exposure. Cassano’s, toting itself as the Pizza King, is definitely one of those.  The recipes, inspired by Vic Cassano and his family, here you will find thin crust pizza, subs, bar food and lots of love from the locals. In each of the smattering of locations around the Miami Valley, you’ll find a spot where the food comes pretty quickly and there’s a small dining room to enjoy it, but much of the business is done to-go. I like the things that I try here, this makes for a pretty good experience of inexpensive, comfort food that screams Dayton.

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King’s Table Bar & Grill

It’s a popular local watering hole for Beavercreek, east of Dayton, Ohio, and you would be hard-pressed to find a spot quite like it elsewhere in this city. Kings Table is known for two chief draws: an extensive menu of craft beers and an equally extensive game room for pool, darts and other activities. You may not know it but the spot also has a kitchen where it serves up the kind of pub grub so popular all over Dayton, but during the day you will find this spot much less busy than it is in the evenings. The food isn’t bad.

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What da Pho

Friendly puns and food jokes decorate the walls of this new Vietnamese restaurant which is set up shop in Beavercreek along the well-traveled road near the Mall at Fairfield Commons. Cute What da Pho  offers a sleek, modern Vietnamese concept as this kind of food sees greater acceptance in Dayton amid a small number of popular dives.  But these recipes offer a pretty tasty experience whether you are a tried-and-true fan or are getting your first taste.

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Avocados Mexican Restaurant

As a little neighborhood shop catering to Cheviot on Cincinnati’s West Side, Avocados is a hotspot for margaritas at night and during the day is a pretty well regarded local Mexican shop. It offers a mix on its menu, some of which feel distinctly more like real Mexican food, while other things are more geared to American tastes. It’s a real credit to the place that the menu is so well rounded, without it being overly long or broad. All told it’s a really friendly experience.

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Heini’s Cheese Chalet

A favored tourist attraction in Amish country, Heini’s Cheese Chalet, a barn on the edge of the town of Berlin, is the sort of place you will want to really know what you’re getting. Specifically, this place, where cheese is produced in massive quantities, where you can watch each of them made before your eyes and then you get to sample any one of dozens of varieties. This cheese chalet is a genuinely unique experience for the cheese lover in you to try a lot of different varieties. Make a point to stop in for the biggest variety you’ll ever see.

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Maxi’s Bistro

Cleveland’s Little Italy neighborhood is a charming place, while it’s relatively compact with just a few main stretches of businesses, those streets are full of art galleries, bakeries, and restaurants with great pizzas and pastas right on the street. All of that charm really shows through in these neighborhoods; little eateries with friendly and loquacious staff always ready with a joke or a drink but definitely focused on making sure your experience in their business is tops. Maxi’s Bistro is just as wonderful.

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West Side Market Cafe

1979 W 25th St. Cleveland, OH 44113 216.579.6800 websiteWest Side Market Cafe could be considered a cornerstone of Ohio City’s West Side Market in a literal and figurative sense. The little sit in old-fashioned lunch counter sits at the corner of the main market and offers a full service dining experience as a counterpart to … Continue reading

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Crepes de Luxe

This little crepe shop has been a mainstay of the West Side Market in Cleveland for a number of years. It offers a customizable menu of a take and go crepes in both savory and dessert varieties. You watch them expertly prepare the crepe and top it to your liking, then you can enjoy the dish while walking among the other vendors in the market. Which is a nice little perk as you sample the many local meats and baked goods that Cleveland has to offer.

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Grandpa’s Cheese Barn

If you have spend any amount of time driving Interstate 71 between Columbus and Cleveland, you undoubtedly have seen the big white barn near Ashland emblazoned “Cheesebarn.” Sure, there are a few different kinds of cheese places in northern Ohio, where many local cheeses are made. But this one is likable because it has a series of businesses all tied into one. Sample some of the many cheeses, pickles, sauces and dips that are made at this place, and you’ll find an engaging experience and a great place to try.

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Mansfield Family Restaurant

Mansfield, in north-central Ohio, is home to a lot of local restaurant chains, most of them pretty low-key places where the locals like to congregate. Mansfield Family Restaurants, a local chain, is one of those operations. Just big enough that it’s always pretty packed often, including on weekends and Sundays. What does this little local diner serve up? Comfort food. And inexpensive, at that. Breakfasts and sandwiches and fried goodies and so forth. You’ll find that really to be a comfortable thing.

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