Green Symphony

While Manhattan is packed to the gills with greasy pizza, fatty junk food and sugary desserts, Green Symphony is a shrine to healthy foods. Featuring a convenience store of Protein bars, organic popcorn, teas and juices, kale chips and nutritional baked goods, this spot is visited by body builders, runners and altogether a fit clientele. You wouldn’t immediately notice it but the place has a menu of food beyond smoothies and chopped fruit.

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Third Perk Coffeehouse & Wine Bar

46 West Fifth Street Dayton, OH 45402 937.223.7375 website Opened in downtown Dayton as a coffee shop serving the sometimes-overlooked areas near Sinclair Community College, Third Perk Coffeehouse has a selection of drinks as well as food and other things that keep people coming back.  With a concept that doubles as a sometimes – wine … Continue reading

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Patriot Steakhouse & Tavern (CLOSED)

Set up in Lebanon as a casual dining environment, Patriot Steakhouse & Tavern aims to be an approachable spot to get anything from a burger to a nice steak and everything in between. Fitting that it caters to the tastes of both Dayton and Cincinnati palettes, because this spot has a wide-ranging menu with a great variety of surf and turf dishes, each with an interesting little thing to make it unique at Patriot. The spot is one where you might expect to wait a little longer for your food, but it’s worth the time. I’m a fan of what I’ve tried here.

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Boston Stoker

Large chain restaurants dominate too many of Dayton’s neighborhoods, with the likes of Zagat and other national critiques overlooking too many of Gem City’s home-grown innovations for regional or national brands. One of them is Boston Stoker, a small coffee chain with locations in all of the largest spots in Dayton, representing the major coffee destination in downtown, the Centerville area, and in each of the three Dorothy Lane Markets in town. It’s in this chain of locally-produced coffee spots with a great variety and a great atmosphere, that you find out what Zagat has been missing about this city.

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Dayton Racquet Club

Perched high atop Kettering Tower, Dayton’s tallest skyscraper, the elite Dayton Racquet Club is a members-only social establishment with a number of amenities, the most remarkable of which is a restaurant and lounge on the building’s 29th floor. It’s at this exclusive club that Dayton’s elite rub shoulders whether it’s for a gathering of business leaders over breakfast, a light lunch with a source, or cocktails after hours. The Racquet Club is good to its members, and the food here, matching the view, is top-notch.

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Saxbys Coffee

With half of its over 40 locations around Philadelphia, and the other half in a wide and far-flung swath between New England and Dallas, Saxbys Coffee seems to prefer strip malls, small towns, and unimposing places a little more out of the way. In spite of this, the coffee shop is exceptionally well branded; logo-embossed cups are for sale, customer loyalty cards are handed to everyone and drive-thrus make it a very convenient option. Before I sat down to observe, I didn’t know how this place wasn’t ten times larger than it is. While the chains saturate all the main thoroughfares of the big cities, this one sticks a little closer to home.

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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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Troy Strawberry Festival 2012

The strawberry is my absolute favorite fruit. Yet for all of my time in Dayton I’ve never managed to make my way up here. With all the hype, all of the strawberry recipes in the paper and much ado about the festival moving to downtown Troy this year, I finally got a chance to drop in.

What in the world have I been missing? What a great place to visit!

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Pasha Grill

Marketing itself as “authentic Turkish cuisine,” Pasha Grill is an upscale restaurant and bar right in the middle of The Greene shopping district in Dayton’s eastern suburbs. It’s actually the second in a family chain, preceded by Cafe Istanbul which opened in Columbus in 2001. With an intimate interior, an arid and picturesque outdoor patio and a variety of drinks in between, Pasha gives a simple feel to a ritzy location. Its food is distinctly ethnic, and in spite of a number of Americanized options, it’s all going to be a new experience for the unfamiliar customer.

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Brenen’s Coffee & Cafe

Rounding out Court Street’s wide variety of food options, Brenen’s Coffee is a quaint and pleasant little shop serving healthy sandwiches and drinks in a quiet location far from most of the street’s rowdier bars. Though it does not tend to stay open into the late hours of the night, it is a very popular day spot for groups of students to sit and socialize over a meal. The coffee is just one of Brenen’s many attractions.

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