Big Sky Bread Co.

Practically hidden along Far Hills Avenue in south Dayton near where Kettering meets Oakwood, Big Sky Bread Co. is an old-school bread bakery that is so easy to under-appreciate these days. The bakery is a classic small-town lunch spot; pleasant aromas waft to the front of the restaurant as french bread, challahs, pretzels and garlic loaves are baked alongside cookies, cakes, and other kinds of goodies. It’s all to easy to ignore the simple pleasures of an old-fashioned bakery like this one. But to enjoy such a bakery is to delight in the simple pleasure of a home-grown original experience.

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Clyde’s

While it has been loved as a night spot with a few locations around Washington DC, Clyde’s has a food menu that is every bit as much worth a visit as the bar. The classic car theme and comfortable outdoor patios make the bar a place that naturally has a charm to it. But once you have a bite of one of the delicious things on the menu, you will not forget them.

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Press Coffee

Right on the cusp of downtown Dayton’s lively Oregon District, Press Coffee is a little hole in the wall along Wayne Avenue with a small but interesting menu of different coffee drinks. It’s frequented most by the folks who live and work in downtown, and Press has a very distinct feel, with its light wood tables and small countertops where folks have a tendency to meet and read. I’ve tried the spot a few times and in spite of some online criticisms I have found it to be a positive experience.

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Gathering Grounds Coffee Shop

This quaint little coffee shop in small-town Pendleton, Indiana is about as cute as they come. It’s definitely the kind of little family corner place every localvore-seeking hipster would love, comfortable chairs and couches, little tables where groups of locals congregate, and a very friendly staff who seems instantly able to spot out-of-towers heading through their town. On Facebook, you’ll find the store not by its name but with a delightful mantra: “Peace, love and coffee beans.”

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Winan’s Fine Chocolates & Coffees

Downtown Troy is chock full of nice little stores and shops that sell just about anything you could imagine. Really, it’s the epitome of the pleasant, old-fashioned main street. So it’s easy to spot a place like Winian’s Fine Chocolates and Coffees, just a stone’s throw from the town square. The store’s six locations are all similarly located in nice areas of the towns between Dayton and Columbus, and they sell fancy, artisan java product alongside a delicious variety of candies. Sweet and indulgent. Besides, coffee and chocolate goes hand-in-hand, right?

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Graeter’s Ice Cream

With 23 regular flavors and 13 seasonal flavors, Greater’s Ice Cream has singularly dominated the sweet treats business of Cincinnati and its surrounding areas. Currently, the local flavor has 44 ice cream shops in Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, and the northern Kentucky area. Some of the ice cream and bakery items vary by location, but Greater’s has become the signature ice cream of the tri-state area with its thick ice creams prepared under the unusual “french pot process.” It results in a very thick, creamy product packed with flavor. Each hand-packed pint of the ice cream weighs twice a regular ice cream pint.

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