A new concept in finer burgers, Flip Side specializes in nicer burgers, milkshakes and craft beer. It’s a concept borne out of Ohio and totes Ohio-raised, grass-fed beef. With a minimalist concept inside and a menu that espouses quality, it’s here to challenge the finer burger standard with a localized take. All in all, the food and experience aren’t too bad, but the spot is a bit pricier. It’s the cost to be paid for good local cuisine.
A new downtown Dayton spot that is built for convenience, Marilyn’s Grill does a quick menu of sandwiches that are easy to go. Re-purposed from an old chain restaurant, this is one of few restaurants that is open a bit later than many of the other places downtown, and set amidst the big downtown offices and bringing in people of all kinds, but I’m not convinced about the place. A little bit of the food, a little bit of the decor.
Fast, fresh and affordable. That’s the whole business model for Philly Joe’s Steak & Gyro. Opened on Third Street in downtown Dayton, the shop has a short and sweet menu — yes, cheese steak sandwiches and gyros — and a very to-the-point business model: be a convenient take-out spot for downtown. The restaurant offers food that is filling, tasty, and cheap, and it’s a pretty easy and convenient place to get some hearty food.
Served up with a healthy dose of history for its namesake, Taft’s Ale House honors a Cincinnatian who just happens to have been President of the United States once. So it’s nice that this eccentric church-turned-brewery has an aura of history to it, and a heck of a lot of character. While the libations are what bring the crowds to this spot on the weekends, it has a huge menu of food to keep people returning, including a brunch menu that isn’t often advertised. The food here is really worth a special visit.
A beloved sandwich shop in Dayton’s bustling Oregon District, 5th Street Deli is a tiny operation that focuses on making a variety of deli sandwiches and specializing in to-go meals, making it the only such business in the district and probably all of greater downtown. Now, with so many other great places to eat (and drink) within walking distance, this spot takes on a new level of importance; a place where you grab a good bite to eat, maybe take it to go, and enjoy with a good dose of Dayton night life. All in all, a lot of fun.
It’s the re-imagining of a familiar location for Dayton residence, but Caddy’s Tap House is a whole different kind of watering hole in his predecessors. The spot has a focus much more on craft beer, good food, and socializing. There’s definitely a sports bar aspect to it, but I’d say that this is more of a spot that you really like to go to enjoy some time with friends. The food here, though, can’t be ignored. Caddy’s makes a lot of great pub food in house, and its versions of these dishes make for really delicious fare.
Dublin, a suburb of Columbus, has a lot of different options for food, especially lately as a lot of development and new energy has come to this spot in the northwest corner of the city. A fancy new strip mall and associated development has massed along Perimeter Drive in recent years, bringing Benny’s Cheesesteak, a pretty simple sandwich shop, along with it. There’s not much to say on the place, it keeps things pretty down to earth and offers the famous Philly Cheese steak sub in a number of different varieties, all along with fries and other fast food.
Yellow Springs is an experience every Dayton person should have. The remote little town east of town is known for its interesting atmosphere and easygoing lifestyle. Yellow Springs is also packed with little local restaurants, many of which have been given top marks among the local dining scene. The big, pink bar along the main stretch of town is nothing other than Peach’s Grill, a music spot with a big menu, beers and a lot of different things going on during the week. The food here is a pretty decent local bar option.
Northside in Cincinnati has seen a dramatic turn in the past few years, like many neighborhoods of urban America, not without challenges but renewed amid an influx of people and businesses determined to see it around. Spots like Melt Eclectic Deli on the Hamilton Avenue Stretch. Melt has made quite a name for itself including CityBeat and Cincinnati Enquirer mentions, and now it’s landed itself right on the national stage with a visit from Guy Fieri and Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Vegetarian foodies, this grilled cheese spot lives up to the hype.