Holy Grail Tavern & Grille

Just across the street from Great American Ballpark at Cincinnati’s The Banks development, Holy Grail Tavern & Grille is a mainstay in Cincinnati — a place to grab good food after the game is over, and a nightlife spot that gets packed during ball games and downtown events. This bar has lasted even as others have closed up shop at the Banks. A favorite of reds fans and downtown dwellers a like, odds are this will be one of the first destinations the locals will direct you to if you find your way to Cincinnati’s downtown or its thriving riverfront.

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Sky Asian Cuisine

A newer Asian Fusion restaurant opened off Wilmington Pike in the Dayton suburb of Kettering, Sky Asian Cuisine focuses heavily on two things — sushi and noodles, both primarily Japanese specialties. But the restaurant’s menu spans a number of other East Asian cuisines from Chinese meat dishes to pad Thai. It’s designed to be a more formal sit-down kind of restaurant with its low-lit interior giving wide view to the sushi bar and good collection of drinks and cocktails bringing people out into the night. I like this place for its refined feel as a romantic go-to.

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Osaka Sushi & Hibachi Bar

While there are a few Asian-themed buffets around Dayton, what Osaka Japanese Steakhouse offers the region is a very unique experience. Opened in what has for several years been a series of family dining restaurants, this one is a higher-priced buffet of Far Eastern cuisines you won’t find in many other places around town, and certainly not all under one roof. From Peking duck to octopus, frog legs and, yes, a sushi conveyor belt, this spot is a place to go when you’re feeling like a very adventurous experience.

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Wok and Roll Chinese & Japanese Restaurant

Chinatown: in Washington DC, it’s where you will find a taste of East Asia that is unmatched. Noodle houses, sushi restaurants and karaoke bars pack this popular district in downtown DC, and you can find all kinds of ranges of quality of food to be tried here. Resisting the rapid gentrification of surrounding blocks, spots like Wok n Roll offer something a bit old fashioned: cheap, greasy noodles. But it never really goes beyond the kind of place you go to grab something to fill you up. In that way, it’s a pretty safe place to try.

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New China

Primarily serving the neighborhoods of East Dayton, New China is a discount Chinese takeout restaurant the focus on getting convenient, quick Chinese food to local residents from its relatively small storefront along Linden Avenue. The spot has a number of specials for take out or delivery with a pretty typical menu for a Chinese spot. Not a whole lot of surprises in store at this place, but you will occasionally find a bright spot on the menu. The food is timely, and it’s inexpensive, and I suppose that’s all you can really ask for.

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Asian King

Completing the triumvirate of Chinese food shops serving the Beavercreek suburb of Dayton, Asian King is a spot that caters primarily as a delivery service to the nearby neighborhoods, competing against China King which serves as a buffet and New Great Wall Chinese across the street with its carry-out business. Asian King keeps it simple with a menu of classic Chinese food favorites, as well as some other popular Asian cuisine, like pad Thai and Vietnamese Pho noodle soups. The diversity of that menu is worth noting, but the dishes I tried have not impressed me.

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Flying Tiger Chinese Restaurant

Okay, so apparently there’s a flying Tiger Chinese Restaurant and a Flying Dragon Chinese Restaurant in Dayton, both in Fairborn. Have I stepped into a rivalry?

Downtown Fairborn is served by a lot of different kind of food options but flying Tiger is more of a classic Chinese food concept. Serving the busier lunch hour directly across from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the spot has been in business since 1989, And it’s got a very simple menu a number of different Chinese dishes that you know in love already. All in all I think that it’s got a good dining experience and I think the price points are there to say that flying Tiger keeps up with the competition in Fairborn.

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China Dynasty

While there are a ton of good restaurant options in the Dayton area, especially with Chinese food, there are not a ton of places that focus on a quality dine-in experience. Most are priced for convenience or set up as a take-out or delivery business. This spot actually is one of the few Chef-owned Chinese spots in town, and Chef Stephen can often be found walking through the restaurant and making sure everyone’s food is perfect. This is one of the older spots in town too, having opened in 1995 and rolling along ever since, as the Centerville area has developed all around it.

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China Wok

Beavercreek’s China Wok — independent of other restaurants in town with the same name — is a Chinese take out option for the east neighborhoods of the Dayton area. It’s got a lunch buffet and it’s got a hundred options for different kinds of takeout combinations you can order. It’s not a flashy place, in fact it’s only to be found if you really know where to look for it, a small strip mall settled among many other restaurants. The food is priced a little below average for this town but I’m thinking the quality is there too.

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Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet (CLOSED)

Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet is an expansive buffet option serving Kettering in the suburban region of south Dayton. At the confluence of Wilmington Pike and Stroop Road, it’s a popular site for the neighborhood and attracts a lot of folks from the area for its convenience and the wide variety of foods that it serves. Still, though, my experience on the dishes here was mixed.

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