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New Hedges & Wolf shop in Oregon District hosts grand opening this week

Published: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 @ 9:49 AM

The owners of Heart Mercantile are opening Hedges & Wolf. The name honors the Wolf Brothers and Lib Hedges, the queen of Dayton's long-gone Red Light District.  Photo: Amelia Robinson
Photo: Amelia Robinson
The owners of Heart Mercantile are opening Hedges & Wolf. The name honors the Wolf Brothers and Lib Hedges, the queen of Dayton's long-gone Red Light District. Photo: Amelia Robinson(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

Hedges & Wolf, the Oregon District’s newest shop, is hosting a grand opening event from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8. 

>> New shop in the Oregon District inspired by ‘Queen of Dayton’s Red Light District’

T-minus four days. We can’t wait to open our doors, Dayton! 🙌🏻

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>> Gift Guide: How to buy for everyone on your list in downtown Dayton

The new clothing shop at 504 E. 5th St. in Dayton will carry clothing and accessories for men and women. 

>> This Dayton store is selling vagina ornaments for your Christmas tree

>> 7 amazing Dayton membership gifts that keep on giving

Brittany Smith and Amanda Hensler, co-owners of Hedges & Wolf, are also owners of Heart Mercantile. They say their new clothing shop Hedges & Wolf was name partly to honor Elizabeth “Lib” Hedges (Elizabeth Richter).

>> What you need to know about the Queen of Dayton’s Red Light District

The owners of Heart Mercantile are opening Hedges & Wolf. The name honors the Wolf Brothers and Lib Hedges, the queen of Dayton's long-gone Red Light District. Photo: Amelia Robinson(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

 >> The Oregon District’s shop-and-stamp card could win you $1,000

Hensler said Hedges, an immigrant from the German kingdom of Prussia, was known for her strength and smarts and was a fierce protector of the women who worked in her house. 

>> 8 badass Dayton women who made history

How you can own a piece of an iconic Dayton business now on auction block 

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

This vintage  SUNN Magna 2480 eight channel mixer w/ reverb is among the items being auctioned off at Gilly's Jazz in downtown Dayton.
Worley Auctioneers
This vintage SUNN Magna 2480 eight channel mixer w/ reverb is among the items being auctioned off at Gilly's Jazz in downtown Dayton.(Worley Auctioneers)

The contents inside an iconic Dayton business are being auctioned off.

Gilly’s Jazz, the iconic club at 132 S. Jefferson St. in downtown Dayton., closed at the end of  2017 following the Thanksgiving Day death of its legendary founder, Gerald “Jerry” Gillotti. 

>> Dayton reacts to death of Gilly’s owner Jerry Gillotti

A city worker on Monday was seen changing the locks of the space that housed the club since July 7, 1972.

Cincinnati-based Worley Auctioneers is handing the now open online-only auction.  

A preview will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Wednesday, Jan. 24.

The auction will close at 4 p.m. that day. 

Items must be removed between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25 

Items up for grabs include a 1965 Fender Guitar amp and mid-century bar stools. 

“We love auctioning landmarks, and this is a neat one,”  William Hesch, the auction’s manager, told this news organization.

This Fender Guitar Amp is among the items being auctioned off from Gilly's Jazz.(Photo: Worley Auctioneers)

Hesch said he does not know what the fate will be for Gilly’s iconic front marquee or oversized sign. 

>> RELATED: 45 years of Gilly’s 

For more information, Hesch can be contacted at 513-444-6329  or 

Bids for more than 139 items — signs; barware; brass rails and partitions; bar equipment; sound and lighting equipment; tables and chairs and art  — are being accepted online at 

The items are being auctioned on behalf of the Gillotti family. 

Items inside of Gilly's Jazz are being auction. The club operated 45 years on Jefferson St. It has an iconic mural and marquee. Photo: Amelia Robinson(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

The  family decided to close the club following Jerry Gillotti’s death at age 80 after a long illness.

>> PHOTOS: Jerry Gillotti through the years

The club had leased the space on a month-by-month bases for about a year. 

A jazz fanatic, Gillotti established a name for his beloved club in the music industry. 

>> 5 things to know about Gilly’s Jazz, a Dayton legend for live music

Performers booked at Gilly’s through the years include a host of local groups and a laundry list of national acts that include Tony Bennett, Diane SchuurBB King, Wynton Marsalis, Art BlakeyDexter GordonBill EvansGeorge Benson, Herbie Hancock, Count Basie and Bobby Blue Bland.

Gillotti was laid to rest Dec. 1 after a Mass of Christian burial at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

>> Dayton says goodbye to Mick Montgomery 

This stainless steel triple basin bar sink is among the items being auctioned off at Gilly's Jazz in downtown Dayton.(Photo: Worley Auctioneers)

This mid-century barstool is among the items being auctioned off at Gilly's Jazz.(Photo: Worley Auctioneers)

This framed print, "Art Kane Jazz Portrait Harlem 1958," is among the items being auctioned by Gilly's Jazz in downtown Dayton.(Photo: Worley Auctioneers)

This framed print is among the items being auctioned off from Gilly's Jazz in downtown Dayton.(Photo: Worley Auctioneers)

Items inside of Gilly's Jazz are being auction. The club operated 45 years on Jefferson St. It has an iconic mural and marquee. Photo: Amelia Robinson(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

The best places to watch Super Bowl LII in Dayton

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Pink will perform the national anthem before Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on February 4.
Adam Berry/Getty Images
Pink will perform the national anthem before Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on February 4.(Adam Berry/Getty Images)

Beer, appetizers and wings are often the perfect accompaniment to the biggest NFL game of the year – Super Bowl LII!

>> 88th Force Support Squadron to host its annual Super Bowl party  

Millions of viewers will tune into this year’s big game as the Philadelphia Eagles battle the New England Patriots in a fight for the Vince Lombardi Trophy on Sunday Feb. 4 at 6:30 P.M. at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles to Face Off At 2018 Super Bowl

But finding the right place to watch the game isn’t always easy. If you don’t want to stay home, there are plenty of places to go and cheer on your favorite team from the best seats in the house with amazing food and big screens all over.

>> Miami Valley natives who played in the Super Bowl


Buffalo Wild Wings 

For the sports-loving fan, this is the go-to spot to cheer on your favorite teams and athletes with locations conveniently scattered across the Dayton area. Choose from domestic, imported, craft and specialty beers or their signature drinks, specialty cocktails and wine. Not to mention wings, burgers, sandwiches and appetizers. 

Locations: 1900 Brown St., Dayton | 262 E. Stroop Road, Kettering | 2082 S. Alex Road, West Carrollton | 6210 Wilmington Pike, Sugarcreek Twp. | 2776 Centre Drive, Fairborn | 7875 Wayne Town Blvd., Huber Heights | 891 S Main St., Englewood | 774 N. Main St., Springboro | 1248 Columbus Ave., Lebanon | 2313 W. Main St., Troy 

Buffalo Wild Wings (Source: Facebook)

Bunkers Sports Bar & Grill 

Here, you’ll find 42 beers on tap from Alesmith Decadence to Yuengling and everything in between along with 31 television screens to watch the big game. It’s an upbeat hangout that offers American food and weekend breakfast. 

Location: 893 E. National Road, Vandalia

Bunkers Bar and Grill in Vandalia is one of the many sports bars that are gearing up for the Flyers game Wednesday on the heels of St. Patrick's Day. JIM WITMER/STAFF(Jim Witmer)

>>  Bunkers Sports Bar & Grill awarded best wings at’s Best of 2017 

Caddy’s Taphouse 

Known for their live music weekends, Caddy’s is a great place to spend time with friends and family. You might appreciate the tap beer selection of over 45, plus more bottles and cans to choose from. 

Locations: 2760 Towne Drive | 9400 Springboro Pike, Miami Twp.

Caddy's Tap House in Beavercreek is a snazzy, upscale sports bar. CONNIE POST/Staff(HANDOUT)

The Dublin Pub 

The Irish Dub Pub is an easy favorite because of its lengthy list of bottled, draft and imported beers along with its great atmosphere. While it may not have the same number of TVs as your typical sports bar, the beer and food are in a league of their own. 

Location: 300 Wayne Ave., Dayton

Early morning revelers at the Dublin Pub on St. Patrick's Day, 2017. PHOTO / Allegra Czerwinski

>> The Dublin Pub steals the show for best brunch at’s Best of 2017


From honey barbeque to the blazin’ donkey flavored wings, Rooster’s will never let the sports fanatic that craves chicken drenched in a tasty sauce down. The atmosphere is lively and there are more than enough screens all over the restaurant to watch the game. 

Locations: 3501 N. Main St., Dayton |103 N. Springboro Pike, Miamisburg | 3501 N. Main St .| 257 W. Central Ave., Springboro | 5571 Merily Way, Huber Heights | 400 W. Main St., Xenia | 1720 N. Bechtle Ave., Springfield

>> Rooster’s looking to expand in the Dayton area

Tank’s Bar & Grill 

If you’re in the mood for breakfast during the game, we’ve got just the place! Tank’s serves all-day breakfast along with some amazing overstuffed deli sandwiches and delicious burgers and famous chili. This bar and grill is open late and laid-back. Kick back, enjoy good food and have the bartenders pour you up a nice tall glass of whatever beer or spirit you like.  

Location: 2033 Wayne Ave., Dayton

Tank’s Bar & Grill in Dayton has scaled back its late-night hours on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Photo from Tank’s Facebook page(Staff Writer)

>> Tank’s Bar & Grill wins’s Best of 2017 Late Night Grub

Did we miss something? Let me know if I missed any of your favorite local spots to watch Super Bowl LII:

3 menus we are DYING to try during Winter Restaurant Week this week

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

The Winds Cafe
(The Winds Cafe)

We’ve really got to hand it to this year’s Winter Restaurant Week participants. The menus that keep rolling out are top-notch, as well as a great value.

It would be almost impossible to attempt to try every Restaurant Week menu.  So to ease your foodie anxieties and help you decide, we’ve selected three menus that we think sound absolutely heavenly:

>>Winter Restaurant Week 2018 participants

Ellie's Restaurant & Bakery is inside the Mills Park Hotel, at 321 Xenia Ave., in Yellow Springs. Be seated inside to enjoy air conditioning or outside on the patio for people watching.(Connie Post)

🍽️ Ellie’s Restaurant 

This menu lineup might be on the pricier side of options you’ll see this week. However, with three full courses waiting — wrapping up with a sinful Coconut Buttermilk Panna Cotta — you won’t have to worry about leaving dissatisfied. 

(Select one from each course)


-Winter Squash Bisque 

-Poached Pear Salad 

-Pimento Cheese Croquettes 


-Sweet Tea Glazed Fried Chicken 

-Stockyard Sirloin 

-Cornmeal Fried Catfish 

-Winter Vegetable Tart 


-Pineapple Upside Down Cake 

-Coconut Buttermilk Panna Cotta 

-Bailey’s Chocolate Praline Sundae 

$25.18 (excludes tax, gratuity and alcohol)

>>JUST IN: Brown Street restaurant closes temporarily

Smiths’ Boathouse Restaurant is scheduled to open tomorrow, Nov. 1, in Troy. Photo from Smiths’ Boathouse Restaurant Facebook page

🍽️ Smith’s Boathouse Restaurant

You will be eating LOBSTER hush puppies before you even get to the main course. So we think everyone can agree that’s a pretty stellar way to kick off any meal. Not to mention, both entree choices are perfect for this colder than usual winter we’ve been experiencing. The grand finale is a housemade carrot cake— so yeah, you’re going to be FULL. And happy.


-Lobster Hush Puppies with Muffaletta Olive Topping and herb sour cream dipping sauce 


-Smokey Bacon Mac n’ Cheese $20.18 (Served with Boathouse salad) 

-New York Strip* with Parmesan Cream $30.18 (Served with choice of side and Boathouse salad) 


-Housemade carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Topping

>> Best of Dayton 2017 winners: Food and Dining

The Winds Bakery and Cafe in Yellow Springs. (Staff photo by Connie Post)

🍽️ The Winds Cafe

One of the biggest pros to this restaurant choice is how many quality options you get to choose from. From a hint of Asian Pear along with your braised pork belly, to some lemon cream drizzled atop brussel sprouts —  this is the menu to try if you’re looking to taste something completely new for your palate.

Choose One: 

-Roasted Vegetable Salad with Burnt Lemon Vinaigrette 

-Braised Pork Belly with Peifer Orchard Cider Gastrique and Asian Pear 

-Spanish Style Fried Snapper 


Choose One: 

-Artichoke Bottom with Sourdough Crumbs, Yellow Pepper Coulis, Shaved Parmesan and Green Risotto 

-Grilled Ōra King Salmon is served on a Winter Vegetable Melange of New Potatoes, Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts and Multicolored Carrots and Drizzled with Lemon Cream

-Provençal Slow Cooked Duck Leg with Rustic Bean Gratin 


Choose One: 

-Mango Panna Cotta 

-Bittersweet Chocolate Brownie Sundae with Raspberry Sorbetto 

-Soft Caramel Cake with Bourbon Caramel Sauce 


Best of Dayton 2017 Winners: Food & Dining

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 8:00 AM

We visit Zombie Dogz on Brown Street. Video by Amelia Robinson

The most sizzling steak. The juiciest burger. The most flavorful tacos. The most decadent desserts. 

>> Best of 2017 Winners: Bars & Nightlife

We know, we know -- you get the idea. Without further ado, here are some of your absolute favorite restaurants and dining establishments, and the winners of the Best of 2017! 

>> Best of Dayton 2017 Winners: Outdoors, Lifestyle & Recreation

>> Best of Dayton 2017 Winners: Culture, Music & Entertainment

>> Best of Dayton 2017 Winners: Shopping & Services

Sky Asian Cuisine’s Pacific Roll, with yellowtail, lobster salad and fresh jalapeno pepper wrapped with soybean nori and topped with tuna, salmon, black tobiko, drizzled with a creamy, spicy sauce. MARK FISHER/STAFF

Best Asian Food

WINNER: Ozu852

852 Union Blvd, Clayton | 937-832-3000 | | Facebook

It’s been highly praised as having some of the best sushi in the region, but their Chinese menu is nothing to sniff at, either. Several highly-rated customer reviews rave about the spring rolls, the soft shell crab, and the fried rice.

SECOND PLACE: Sky Asian Cuisine, 4090 Wilmington Pike, Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Thai 9, 11 Brown St, Dayton

Best Bakery

WINNER: Ashley’s Pastry Shop

21 Park Ave., Dayton | 937-293-1719 | ashleyspastries.comFacebook

Maybe you’ve heard of their apple fritters, which are as big as your head. Or maybe you’re a fan of the original ‘cronut,’ a delicious, flaky, chewy croissant turned into a glazed sweet treat. Or maybe, like Dayton native and recent Golden Globe award-winner Allison Janney, you’re a fan of their sand tarts. Either way, we can’t recommend this place enough. 

>> These cookies are so good that Allison Janney gets them specially delivered on set

>> Allison Janney: “Dayton spawns great people”

SECOND PLACE: ele Cake Co, three locations: 810 East Dixie Dr., West Carrollton; 1279 North Fairfield Rd., Beavercreek; 3680 Rigby Road, Miamisburg

THIRD PLACE: Twist Cupcakery, 25 S. St. Clair St., Dayton

Best BBQ


(937) 508-1308 | Facebook

This year’s winner is the first time a food truck has snagged top honors for Best BBQ, but we’re on board. This truck is still making rounds in the winter at various events, restaurants and brewpubs. Follow their Facebook page to keep tabs on where they’ll be. Specializing in unique BBQ sandwiches, top recommended dishes include pulled pork nachos, sauerkraut balls, The Pig Apple (smoked pork, braised cinnamon apples and sharp white cheddar on a toasted bun), and the schnitzel. 

SECOND PLACE: Smokin’ Barrels food truck, location details on Facebook

THIRD PLACE: City Barbecue, two locations: 2330 N. Fairfield Rd., Beavercreek; 5 East Franklin St., Centerville; 

Best Bloody Mary

WINNER: Mack’s Tavern

381 Miamisburg Centerville Rd., Washington Twp. | 937-813-7217 | mackstavern.comFacebook 

Self-described as a “laid-back neighborhood bar and grill,” this spot has made quite a name for itself. Opened in 2015, it has built up a loyal clientele and a highly-reviewed menu, including the Bloody Marys. In fact, Mack’s Tavern’s secret recipe tied for first place in 2017’s Bloody Mary Showdown.

>> PHOTOS: 2018 Bloody Mary Showdown

SECOND PLACE: Pour Haus, 536 Miamisburg Centerville Rd., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Bunkers Sports Bar & Grill, 893 E. National Rd., Vandalia

Best Breakfast

WINNER: Blueberry Cafe

72 Bellbrook Plaza, Bellbrook | 937-848-5900 | Facebook

“After you find yourself stuffed from the most satisfying brunch of your life, ‘The Muffin Man’ comes around to entice you with warm, homemade muffins you simply can’t resist — no matter how stuffed you are.” That’s from, which honored this spot as one of the top restaurants for brunch in the state of Ohio. Dishes of note: the French toast platter, breakfast burrito, and waffles, to name few. 

>> 2 local restaurants make ‘Top Brunch in Ohio’ list

SECOND PLACE: Tank’s Bar & Grill, 2033 Wayne Ave., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Butter Cafe, 1106 Brown St., Dayton

Best Brunch

WINNER: Dublin Pub

300 Wayne Ave., Dayton | 937-224-7822 | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Lily’s Bistro, 329 E. 5th St., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Meadowlark, 5531 Far Hills Ave., Dayton

Slyder's Swiss bacon cheeseburger with fries. (Photo by Amelia Robinson)(Amelia Robinson)

Best Burger

WINNER: Slyder’s Tavern

836 Watervliet Ave., Dayton | 937-258-1222 | WebsiteFacebook

This isn’t the first time Slyder’s topped the list, and it likely won’t be the last. The 65-plus-year business in Dayton’s Belmont neighborhood consistently appears on -- and often topping -- ‘best burger’ lists. Heck, we’d put it up against the state’s top burgers, too.

>> Secrets behind Slyder’s sinfully juicy burgers

SECOND PLACE: Five Guys, 1143 Brown St., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Watermark, 20 S. 1st St., Miamisburg

Best Cheap Eats

WINNER: Hamburger Wagon

12 E. Central Ave., Miamisburg | 937-847-2442 | WebsiteFacebook

Taking a look at the menu, it’s easy to see why these prices are impossible to beat. Hamburger Wagon offers a single for $1.25, a double for $2.50, chips for $1.25 and a drink for $1.25. Hamburgers are served simply, with pickle, onion, salt and pepper (their website reads: “No stinkin’ cheese or sloppy sauces!). Bonus: it was ranked as one of the top 100 hamburgers in the United States in the book “Hamburger America.”

>> 11 more must-eat sandwiches in Dayton

SECOND PLACE: Mack’s Tavern, 381 Miamisburg Centerville Rd., Washington Twp.

THIRD PLACE: Slyder’s Tavern, 836 Watervliet Ave., Dayton

Joseph Head of the Century Bar in downtown Dayton. File photo by Jim Witmer(Staff Writer)

Best Cocktails 

WINNER: The Century

10 S. Jefferson St., Dayton | 937-223-3382 | FacebookWebsite

One of Dayton’s favorite watering holes, The Century was named one of “America’s 80 Best Bourbon Bars” for the fifth consecutive year by The Bourbon Review. And while bourbon’s certainly its forte, it makes one hell of a cocktail, bourbon or not.

>> Downtown bar makes ‘best of’ national list

>> What’s the oldest bar in Dayton?

SECOND PLACE: Salar, 400 E. 5th St., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Watermark, 20 S. 1st St., Miamisburg

Best Coffeehouse (chain or local)

WINNER: Ghostlight Coffee

1201 Wayne Ave., Dayton | 937-985-2633 | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Boston Stoker, multiple locations: 34 W. 2nd St., Dayton; 8321 N Main St, Dayton; 10855 Engle Rd, Vandalia

THIRD PLACE: Press, 257 Wayne Ave., Dayton

Best Craft Beer Selection

WINNER: Ollie’s Place

518-20 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd., Centerville | 937-723-8998 | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Warped Wing Brewing Company, 26 Wyandot St., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Dayton Beer Company, 41 Madison St., Dayton

Canal Street Arcade and Deli held a preview party on Tuesday, June 28. The restaurant an bar are located in downtown Dayton near Fifth Third Field.(Photo by Amelia Robinson)

Best Deli

WINNER: Canal Street Arcade & Deli

308 E. 1st St., Dayton | 937-220-9333 | FacebookWebsite

>> 5 sandwiches we love at Canal Street Arcade & Deli

SECOND PLACE: Flyboy’s Deli, 2515 Far Hills Ave, Dayton; second location coming soon to 2729 Fairfield Commons Blvd., Beavercreek

THIRD PLACE: Charlie’s Deli, 429 Troy St, Dayton

Best Dessert 

WINNER: Chocolate Stout Cupcakes at Ginniebug’s Creations

2182 N. Dayton-Lakeview Rd., New Carlisle | 937-9997878 | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Sweet Potato Caramel Cake at Twist Cupcakery, 25 S. St. Clair St., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Sticky Toffee Pudding at The Highland Stag, 75 N. Main St., Springboro

Best Diner

WINNER: George’s Family Restaurant

5216 N. Dixie Dr., Dayton | 937-275-0705 | FacebookWebsite

>> 6 must-try Dayton-area diners

SECOND PLACE: Hasty Tasty Pancake House, 3509 Linden Ave., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: 416 Diner, 416 E. 5th St., Dayton

>> You’ll love this cheap late-night eat in Dayton’s Oregon District

Have a favorite donut spot? Make sure to vote for your favorites in's Best of 2017 poll. File photo

Best Donuts

WINNER: Bill’s Donut Shop

268 N. Main St., Centerville | 937-433-0002 | FacebookWebsite

>> Bill’s Donut shop named 1 of the 2 ‘Best in America’

SECOND PLACE: Jim’s Donuts, 122 E. National Rd., Vandalia

THIRD PLACE: Bear Creek Donuts, 80 S. Main St., Miamisburg 

>> 8 of the best Dayton-area donuts

Best Fine Dining

WINNER: Watermark

20 S. 1st St., Miamisburg | 937-802-0891 | FacebookWebsite

>> The new Watermark restaurant is open -- and you’ve got to taste their food

SECOND PLACE: The Oakwood Club, 2414 Far Hills Ave., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: The Pine Club, 1926 Brown St., Dayton

Best Food Truck

WINNER: Zombie Dogz

FacebookWebsite | Brick-and-mortar store: 1200 Brown St., Dayton

SECOND PLACE: PA’s Pork; see scheduled events on Facebook 

THIRD PLACE: Greek Street Food Truck; see scheduled events on Facebook

Best French Fries

WINNER: Five Guys

1143 Brown St., Dayton | (937) 222-2325 | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Dublin Pub, 300 Wayne Ave., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Corner Kitchen, 613 E. 5th St., Dayton

>> 6 of the most delicious French fries in Dayton

Young’s Jersey Dairy will have discounts on ice cream and other treats to celebrate its 149th anniversary from Jan. 12-15. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

Best Ice Cream

WINNER: Graeters

Multiple locations: 2412 Far Hills Ave, Oakwood; 2330 N Fairfield Rd., Beavercreek; 2 N. Main St., Centerville


>> 7 great places to get frozen treats in Dayton

SECOND PLACE: JD’s Old Fashioned Frozen Custard, 322 Union Blvd #A, Englewood

THIRD PLACE: Young’s Dairy, 6880 Springfield Xenia Rd., Yellow Springs

Best Indian Food

WINNER: Amar India 

2751 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd., Dayton | 937-439-9005 | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Jeet India, 2750 N. Fairfield Rd., Beavercreek

THIRD PLACE: Ajanta India, 3063 Woodman Dr., Kettering

Best Italian Food

WINNER: Mamma DiSalvo’s

1375 E. Stroop Rd., Dayton | 937-299-5831 | FacebookWebsite

>> Best places to get pasta in Dayton

SECOND PLACE: Franco’s Ristorante Italiano, 824 E. 5th St., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen, 3002 Woodman Dr., Kettering

My Way Grilled Cheese from Tank's Bar and Grill. (Source: Tank's)

Best Late-Night Grub

WINNER: Tank’s Bar & Grill

2033 Wayne Ave., Dayton | 937-252-2249 | FacebookWebsite

>> Tanks Bar & Grill has new late-night hours (Oct. 2017) 

SECOND PLACE: Mack’s Tavern, 381 Miamisburg Centerville Rd., Washington Twp.

THIRD PLACE: Waffle House, multiple locations: 4382 Indian Ripple Rd., Beavercreek; 2226 Needmore Rd., Dayton; 9295 N. Main St., Dayton; 7800 Brandt Pike, Dayton; 4912 N. Springboro Pike, Moraine; 1107 E. Dayton Yellow Springs Rd., Fairborn; 3998 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Fairborn

Warped Wing Brewing Company hosted a 4th anniversary beer bash in January 2018. FILE PHOTO BY JIM WITMER(Staff Writer)

Best Local Brewery

WINNER: Warped Wing Brewing Company

26 Wyandot St., Dayton | 937-222-7003 | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Hairless Hare Brewery, 738 W. National Rd., Vandalia

THIRD PLACE: Yellow Springs Brewery, 101 Dayton St., Yellow Springs

Best Locally-Made Spirits

WINNER: Belle of Dayton

122 Van Buren St., Dayton | 937-867-2355 | FacebookWebsite 

SECOND PLACE: Buckeye Vodka, 827 S. Patterson Blvd., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Stillwrights Distillery, 5380 Intrastate Dr., Fairborn

An assortment of Elsa’s legendary “Bad Juan” margaritas. File photo by TY GREENLEES/STAFF(Staff Writer)

Best Margarita 

WINNER: Elsa’s 

Multiple locations: 1227 Wilmington Ave., Dayton; 3618 Linden Ave., Dayton; 1216 E. Stroop Rd., Dayton; 6318 Far Hills Ave, Dayton


>> Best places to get margaritas in Dayton

SECOND PLACE: El Meson, 903 E Dixie Dr, Dayton

THIRD PLACE: El Toro Mexican Bar and Grill, multiple locations: 4448 Indian Ripple Rd, Dayton; 2915 Harshman Rd, Dayton; 6770 Miller Ln, Dayton; 2335 Miamisburg Centerville Rd, Dayton; 1375 N Fairfield Rd, Dayton; more online

Best Mediterranean/Greek Dining

WINNER: Olive Mediterranean Grill

6129 N Dixie Dr, Dayton | 937-264-1455 | FacebookWebsite 

>> The amazing lunch platter is just ONE reason to try Olive Mediterranean Grill 

SECOND PLACE: Pasha Grill, 72 Plum St, Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Gyro Palace, 57 South Springboro Pike, Miamisburg

(File Photo)

Best Mexican Food

WINNER: El Toro Mexican Bar & Grill

Multiple Locations: 4448 Indian Ripple Rd, Dayton; 2915 Harshman Rd, Dayton; 6770 Miller Ln, Dayton; 2335 Miamisburg Centerville Rd, Dayton; 1375 N Fairfield Rd, Dayton; more online


>> 10 of Dayton’s best Mexican food spots

SECOND PLACE: Taqueria Mixteca, 1609 E. 3rd St., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: El Rancho Grande, multiple locations: 1200 Brown St, Dayton; 1450 W Dorothy Ln, Dayton; 4139 Wilmington Pike, Kettering; 2008 S Alex Rd, West Carrollton

Best Patio

WINNER: Little York Tavern

4120 Little York Rd, Dayton | (937) 890-6700 | FacebookWebsite

>> Your guide to the best patios in and around Dayton

SECOND PLACE: Trolley Stop, 530 E. 5th St., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Bargos Grill & Tap, 588 Miamisburg Centerville Rd., Centerville

Old Scratch Pizza is offering free pizzas to guest who text "OSP" to 797979 on its first anniversary, Oct. 18, 2017(Amelia Robinson)

Best Pizza (local or chain)

WINNER: Old Scratch Pizza

812 S Patterson Blvd, Dayton | (937) 331-5357 | FacebookWebsite

>> Your guide to the best pizza in Dayton

SECOND PLACE: Kramer’s, 1018 Irving Ave, Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Joe’s Pizzeria, 4313 Airway Rd, Dayton

Best Place for a Business Lunch

WINNER: Flyboys Deli

2515 Far Hills Ave, Dayton | FacebookWebsite

>> Take a sneak peek inside the new Flyboy’s Deli location

SECOND PLACE: Table 33, 130 W 2nd St, Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Coco’s Bistro, 250 Warren St., Dayton

Best Place to Take a Date 

WINNER: Watermark

20 S. 1st St., Miamisburg | 937-802-0891 | FacebookWebsite

>> The new Watermark restaurant is open -- and you’ve got to taste their food

SECOND PLACE: D20: A Bar With Characters, 2144 E Whipp Rd, Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Coldwater Cafe, 19 E Main St, Tipp City

Best Place to Take an Out-of-Towner

WINNER: The Pine Club

1926 Brown St., Dayton | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: The Oakwood Club, 2414 Far Hills Ave., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Marion’s Piazza, multiple locations: 711 Shroyer Road; 3443 N. Dixie Drive; 8991 Kingsridge Drive; 50 E. Stroop Road; 241 N. Main Street, Centerville; 1320 N. Fairfield Road, Beavercreek; 404 W. National Road, Englewood; 1270 Experiment Farm Road, Troy; 6176 Soundwave Blvd., Mason

Best Sandwich

WINNER: Mackenzie Reuben, The Highland Stag

75 N. Main St., Springboro | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: The War Pig, Drunken Waffle; follow the food truck on Facebook

THIRD PLACE: The Liberty Reuben, Flyboy’s Deli; 2515 Far Hills Ave., Dayton

Best Seafood

WINNER: Jay’s Seafood

225 E 6th St, Dayton | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Sweeneys Seafood Bar & Grill, 28 W Franklin St, Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Bonefish Grill, 2818 Miamisburg Centerville Rd, Dayton

Best Secret Menu Item

WINNER: Ice Cream at Spinoza’s Pizza & Salads

2727 Fairfield Commons Blvd, Beavercreek | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Grid Iron Burger at The Highland Stag, 75 N. Main St., Springboro 

THIRD PLACE: Cross Sauce at The Growler Pub & Grub, 3808 Wilmington Pike, Dayton

The Pine Club is in its 70th year of serving up steaks in Dayton. FILE(Staff Writer)

Best Steak

WINNER: The Pine Club

Brown St., Dayton | WebsiteFacebook

>> Dayton’s Pine Club named one of the nation’s best steakhouses

SECOND PLACE: The Oakwood Club, 2414 Far Hills Ave, Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Longhorn Steakhouse, multiple locations: 6418 Miller Ln, Dayton; 1921 W Dorothy Ln, Moraine

Best Sushi

WINNER: Ozu852

852 Union Blvd, Clayton | 937-832-3000 | Facebook

SECOND PLACE: Kabuki Korean Restaurant and Sushi Bar

THIRD PLACE: Sky Asian Cuisine, 4090 Wilmington Pike, Dayton

R Taco will open its first Dayton-area location in the coming weeks on Brown Street. Photo from R Taco Facebook page(Staff Writer)

Best Taco

WINNER: Taqueria Mixteca

1609 E. 3rd St., Dayton | FacebookWebsite

>> 4 great places to get tacos in Dayton

SECOND PLACE: Victor’s Tacos, multiple locations: 1438 N Keowee St, Dayton; 6418 Chambersburg Rd., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: R Taco, 1822 Brown St., Dayton

Best Vegan Dining

WINNER: Lucky’s Taproom & Eatery

520 E. 5th St., Dayton | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Christopher’s Restaurant, 2318 E Dorothy Lane, Kettering

THIRD PLACE: Wheat Penny Oven & Bar, 515 Wayne Ave., Dayton

Best Wine Selection (restaurant)

WINNER: Wine Gallery

5 W. Monument Ave., Dayton | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Jay’s Seafood, 225 E. 6th St., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Ray’s Wine Spirits Grill, 8268 N Main St, Dayton

Best Wings

WINNER: Bunkers Sports Bar & Grill

893 E National Rd, Vandalia | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Lock 27 Brewing, two locations: 329 E 1st St, Dayton; 1035 S. Main St., Centerville

THIRD PLACE: Hairless Hare Brewery, 738 W National Rd, Vandalia

Friendliest Staff / Best Customer Service

WINNER: MJ’s on Jefferson

20 N. Jefferson St., Dayton | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Mack’s Tavern, 381 Miamisburg Centerville Rd., Washington Twp.

THIRD PLACE: The Highland Stag, 75 N. Main St., Springboro