Related to the very fancy Mama DiSalvo’s Italian Restaurant next door, DiSalvo’s Deli is a separate business with a whole different focus. Operated as a deli and sandwich shop, this spot offers a variety of quick-serve, custom order sandwiches to dine in, or take to-go. While it’s a different kind of operation, the same level of quality pervades this spot and its eats. You will definitely find a few sandwiches that will keep you wanting to come back, and take a few things to go while you’re at it.
A favorite hang-out spot for Springboro residents, Heather’s Coffee Cafe presents something that is fast disappearing in the growing corridor between Dayton and Cincinnati — the small town feel of a local restaurant. Perched along the main stretch of the historic town, it’s actually both a coffee shop and bistro in the morning and a bar and music venue in the evening. It also features a shorter and more well-thought-out menu of sandwiches and eats with a focus on food that is made with care. In all, a great experience.
Just close to 90 locations of Bar Louie are spread out across the Midwest and the East Coast, slowly expanding west in the U.S. These restaurants tend to locate one or two to a city, generally in the very upscale bar districts where they can justify higher prices and clientele looking for a more upscale experience. The bars are trimmed, often filled with televisions and sports gear, and most importantly, they’re nearly always packed. Expect a safe experience at one of these bars food-wise. Drinks are a different story. But whichever you pick, don’t expect to be wowed.
Although Oregon District near downtown Dayton has a lot of bars with plenty of different kinds of food to offer, the Oregon Express is really the only close-by place where you can get a good pizza. And they do their pizza here local-style; with a ton of toppings, extra crispy and with a sweet sauce. If you aren’t admiring a band or grabbing a drink with company on a weekend night when the spot is popular, I would suggest coming in for lunch, where the pizzas, sandwiches, and other great grub are available for cheap.
Dayton-grown Super Subbys has expanded to a dozen locations around west Ohio since as a very convenient sub and sandwich chain. The spot can typically be found in the blue-collar neighborhoods of the city and provides an inexpensive way to grab a sandwich on the go. If you’ve been around Dayton long enough, you remember the jingle on the airwaves about “fresh subs and salads and chili made right here in our store.” With those three staples, Subbys draws a pretty steady stream of business in town. That said, there’s a lot of other competition, and the niche here really falls in its economy.
Just north of Arena District, Spinelli’s Deli is a little breakfast and lunch spot that serves Columbus’ nicer blocks in Short North with a variety of subs, sandwiches, pizzas and smoothies, and a delivery service that takes it throughout Victorian Village and beyond. In terms of the food though, this spot really holds its own for those great sandwich creations. This spot isn’t easy to see, in the suburban part of Columbus and a little bit away from the main sights and where there are more popular places. But this one is not to be overlooked.
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.
Daytonians swear by their Marion’s Piazza.
This home grown chain of nine pizza places — “piazza” refers to the interior concept of each store, quite like a Roman courtyard — is a family-focused group of places best for large groups and families to congregate for any number of reasons and enjoy each other’s company. Dayton tends to be a suburban, family-focused town, and places like this are built to cater to that demographic.