Bar Dumaine

As Dayton’s restaurant world goes, Chef Anne Kearney is the cream of the crop. Cutting her teeth on the business alongside Chef Emeril Lagasse in New Orleans, she settled down in the south suburbs with a French-inspired concept, Rue Dumaine, with a nice upscale feel that has become a favorite in Dayton for years. After some scaling back, she’s re-launched Bar Dumaine, a re-brand of the concept with a bit of a scaled-down feel. The interior of the classic bar feels freshened up a bit and the menu has some very approachable features, setting a James Beard award-nominated chef up to carry her concept to the future.

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Yogurt Mountain

locationsyogurt-mountain-beavercreek-oh3 starsWith about three dozen locations, most centered in the southern United States, Yogurt Mountain is a chain of self-serve frozen yogurt bars most often found in book stores and strip malls around the country. Each location offers about a dozen kinds of frozen yogurt at a time, many of which rotate from season to season, as well as a ton of toppings to fill them up. While the lime green and purple decor mean the spot sits well with a younger age group, the flavors of the yogurt itself range in quality.

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Roost Modern Italian

As one of the most upscale dining options in Dayton’s Oregon District, Roost Modern Italian is the favored creation of Chef Dana Downs, one of the best chefs in the city. The spot doesn’t occupy a lot of real estate, but in its short time in operation the restaurant has driven a huge following for its refined menu. The innovative concept takes numerous classic Italian dishes and gives them a contemporary tint with some refinement. It’s not always easy to get in, but there’s a good reason; the restaurant blends European flavors with Midwestern palettes.

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Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams has long been one of the most proud homegrown delicacies of Columbus, Ohio. Thirteen years on, Jeni Britton Bauer has taken her special brand of ice cream out of its founding spot in Cbus in all directions, now with creameries open in Cleveland, Nashville, and Chicago. Columbus natives always point to this place as one of the first you need to visit to really understand the culture of the city, and it’s fitting that kind of accolade has come to an Ohio State University grad. One taste of the ice creams here and you’ll get the hype.

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Young’s Jersey Dairy

Ask anyone in Dayton what they think of Young’s Jersey Dairy, and you’ll probably hear a lot of good things. Though it’s out on the edge of the area, outside Yellow Springs, this spot is far more than a simple restaurant. The multi-acre farm offers a variety of family attractions in addition to its much-beloved ice cream, fast food and homemade goodies, all while you can mini-golf in the spring, pick pumpkins and take hayrides in the fall, pet the animals and more. The crowds speak for themselves. Yes, Young’s Jersey Dairy is an experience.

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Ashby’s Ice Cream

As a chain of small shops throughout the Midwest region, Ashby’s Ice Cream can only be found in small towns far from the hustle and bustle of larger population centers and their competition. Instead, the business places its shops in small and friendly towns, often sharing a building with another eatery. Athens’ Ashby location is no different, conveniently located inside a pizzeria and across the street from the community center, allowing families to walk over for sweet treats after a day at the pool. After getting a taste of the competition, though, I’m hesitant to recommend this place.

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