Brown Street restaurant to launch late-night grub window THIS WEEK

Published: Tuesday, March 06, 2018 @ 1:30 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Butter Cafe has been a popular spot since opening on Brown Street near UD in 2010.

Late night near the University of Dayton is going to be decidedly more delicious in a matter of days. 

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Butter Cafe, the popular breakfast and lunch spot at 1106 Brown St., will launch its late night walk-up window Friday, March 30.  

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The window will serve a limited menu 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 

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If all goes as planned, late nights near the University of Dayton are about to get far more delicious. 

Butter Cafe, the popular breakfast and lunch spot at 1106 Brown St. in Dayton, plans to begin serving a late-night menu, according to co-owner Sarah Dudley

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“We just feel like it’s a need for late night dining around here,” she said. “There’s not many places that have late night dining.” 

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The restaurant hopes to start selling a limited menu from a side window near its parking lot beginning in the next three weeks or so, Dudley said. 

She said the window will be “jazzed up” for its new purpose. 

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Butter hinted at the window last week on its Facebook page:

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Opened in the former location of Dolcessa gelato shop in 2010, Butter serves a variety of  vegan and vegetarian dishes as well as locally grown, free range eggs, waffles, French toast, pancakes, burgers, salads, baked goods and sandwiches. 

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Initially, the restaurant’s walk-up window will serve a limited menu on weekends from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m., Dudley said. 

Items will likely include Butter’s famed potatoes as well as eggs, breakfast sandwiches and pancakes.

“It will be a scaled-down menu,” she said. 

The restaurant employees about 20 people. Dudley said schedules will be reorganized to fill the weekend breakfast needs.  

“I feel like it will be a lot busier when school is in (session),” she said. 

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Where to eat Easter brunch and dinner in Dayton

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

Cookbook recipes don't always turn out as you'd hope. The original recipe for Eggs Baked in Ham calls for two eggs, but you can see how the ham cup fell apart with the additional egg. Better to use just one. [SCOTT KEELER, Times]  **Mark for release Tuesday, April 7, 2009**  .St. Petersburg Times photo by Scott Keeler
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Cookbook recipes don't always turn out as you'd hope. The original recipe for Eggs Baked in Ham calls for two eggs, but you can see how the ham cup fell apart with the additional egg. Better to use just one. [SCOTT KEELER, Times] **Mark for release Tuesday, April 7, 2009** .St. Petersburg Times photo by Scott Keeler(Keeler, Scott/St Petersburg Times)

Santa Claus doesn’t hold a candle to the Easter Bunny when it comes to brunch. 

What better way to get excited for Easter than to think of all the delicious springtime meals you’ll be having soon? 

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We’ll continue to update this guide of all Dayton-area Easter food events as the day gets closer. If you know of any we missed, send us the info at and we’ll be sure to add it to the list. 

PRO TIP: Most of these places require reservations, so make sure you call ahead.

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🐰 The Wright Place’s Chef-Driven Easter Brunch

Executive Chef Justin White will host an extravagant, farm-driven Easter Brunch at his popular flight-inspired restaurant, The Wright Place, located inside the Holiday Inn Dayton in Fairborn. The occasion includes a special visit and free photo with the Easter Bunny, who will have plastic Easter eggs for children to decorate. For adults, freshly-made Mimosas as well as a Bloody Mary Cart will be available. The menu includes a made-to-order omelet station, leg of lamb, stuffed Sole with lobster sauce, carved prime rib with horseradish sauce, carved bourbon honey glazed ham, a shrimp and smoked salmon display, fresh fruit and hand-made desserts.

WHEN: 2 seating times, 12 p.m. & 2 p.m. Sunday, April 1
WHERE: The Wright Place inside Holiday Inn, 2800 Presidential Drive, Fairborn

INFO & RESERVATIONS: 937-426-7800

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🐰 Easter Dinner at Roost

Roost Events in Kettering is pulling out all the stops for their Easter brunch buffet. The price is $32 for adults and $15 for children ages 5-10. Aside from cocktails and mocktails, a few of the mouthwatering options include eggs benedict “Bruschetta”, rosemary roasted top round of beef, Belgian waffles and much more.

WHEN: 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sunday, April 1

WHERE: Roost Events, 580 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering

INFO: 937-949-3048

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🐰 Bob Evans Easter Farmhouse Feast

With this one, you can have the best of both worlds: ameal at home without the hassle. Bob Evans’ Easter Farmhouse Feast offers a fully cooked, heat-and-serve homestyle meal that serves up to 10 people for $109.99. 

“At Bob Evans, we understand the importance and special meaning of sharing a meal with friends and family on Easter,” Saed Mohseni, president and CEO of Bob Evans Restaurants, said in a news release. “Guests can order the feast at any Bob Evans Restaurant or online at and schedule their own pick-up date now through March 31. The meals are packed fresh, but quantities are limited, so ordering early is highly recommended.” 

INFO: Call your local Bob Evans location or visit

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🐰 Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse Easter Brunch 

For a finer fare this Easter Sunday, you and your family can enjoy your choice of Lobster Bisque, Modern Caesar or Housemade Burrata Salad followed by a mouthwatering entrée selection that includes Fleming’s Signature Eggs Benedict, Cinnamon Apple Brioche French Toast or Ora King Salmon Cobb Salad. 

All entrées are accompanied by Lyonnaise potatoes with caramelized onions and chopped parsley as well as pan-seared asparagus with blistered grape tomatoes. Dessert will be served following dinner. The brunch menu starts at $47.

WHEN: Sunday, April 1
WHERE: Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, 4432 Walnut St., Dayton
INFO: Facebook | 937-320-9548

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🐰 The Caroline Easter Brunch

Join The Caroline for Easter Brunch, featuring a buffet for kids and adults alike. Cost is $26 for adults, $13 for children under 12, and kids under 5 eat free. The buffet will feature a variety of brunch foods like scrambled eggs, home fries, sausage gravy and biscuits, bacon, French toast and waffles with bananas foster. There will be a carving station, grilled chicken breast, grilled salmon, and much more. Assorted desserts are available, too.

WHEN: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, April 1

WHERE: The Caroline, 5 S. Market St., Troy

INFO: Call 937-552-7676 for reservations | Website

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🐰 The Golden Lamb

This historic, nationally-renowned restaurant is hosting a special Easter menu, including delicious drinks like Bumbleberry Soda and Maple Peach Spritzer. Appetizers include Golden Lamb sauerkraut balls, house cured smoked salmon bruschetta and house-made family style relish platter. Entrees include Ohio-raised fried chicken, maple dijon-glazed ham, carved beef tenderloin, braised Pennsylvania lamb shank and more. There will also be children’s options and a selection of gelato. See the full menu here. Prices vary depending on item.

WHEN: 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 1

WHERE: The Golden Lamb, 27 S. Broadway, Lebanon

INFO: 513-932-5065 | Website

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🐰 Mills Park Hotel — Ellie’s Restaurant Easter Brunch

Celebrate this special holiday with Ellie’s. This restaurant inside the Mills Park Hotel will be serving raspberry almond pancakes, smoked ham benedict and special bakery delights in addition to their regular brunch menu. Reservations suggested for restaurant seating.

WHEN: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, April 1

WHERE: Ellie’s Restaurant, 321 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs

INFO: 937-319-0402 | Website

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🐰 Basil’s on Market Easter Buffet Brunch

This Easter brunch special will feature all the usual brunch favorites, along with many other delicious delicacies for $25.95 per person. That price includes your (nonalcoholic) drink of choice. Event is reservation only, so make sure to call and reserve your spot.

WHEN: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, April 1

WHERE: Basil’s on Market, 312 N. Patterson Blvd., Dayton;  18 N. Market St., Troy

INFO: 937-818-4390 (Dayton) or (937) 875-2068 (Troy) | Dayton Facebook event  | Troy Facebook event

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🐰 View 162 Restaurant & Lounge Easter Brunch Buffet

You certainly can’t beat the view of Dayton. This restaurant in Crowne Plaza Dayton is hosting an Easter brunch buffet that includes a breakfast station with pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes and a create-your-own-omelet setup; a carving station with pineapple honey-glazed pit ham, a soup and salad bar, several entrees (including baked chicken, broiled salmon, roasted pork loin and penne pasta), herb-roasted fingerling potato, spanish rice and grilled asparagus, and a dessert station. Cost is $28.95 per person. Kids ages 12 and under are $14.95. Seniors will receive a 10 percent discount. 

WHEN: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, April 1

WHERE: View 162 Restaurant and Lounge at Crowne Plaza Dayton, 33 E. 5th St., Dayton

INFO: 937-229-9853

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🐰 Easter Sunday Brunch & Fried Chicken Dinner at Lily’s Bistro

Join Lily’s for brunch and then chicken dinner. All your favorite brunch items will be there, along with their family-style free range fried chicken dinner. Reservations encouraged.

WHEN: Brunch from 10 a.m.-3 pm. and chicken dinner from 5-9 p.m., Sunday, April 1

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

INFO: 937-723-7637

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🐰 El Meson Easter Brunch

Join El Meson for an Easter Brunch featuring all kinds of dishes, like steak encebollado (beef filet with tomatoes, onions, and chimichurri sauce), Caribbean rum glazed ham, seafood zarzuela with orecchiette pasta, egg and cheese omelet, grits and chorizo, Mexican red rice, saffron rice, Latin stir-fry veggies, manchego scalloped potatoes, garbanzos with spinach, assorted salads, fresh fruit salpicon, Jamaican jerk slaw, assorted crusty breads, coffee cakes and sweet breads. There’s also a kid’s buffet with a burrito bar. Cost is $29 for adults, $14 for children ages $12 and under, and free for children ages 6 and under. Bar opens at 11 a.m. Tax and tip will be added. Reservations can be made by calling 937-859-8229.

WHEN: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, April 1

WHERE: El Meson, 903 E. Dixie Dr., West Carrollton

INFO: 937-859-8229 | Facebook event

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🐰 Easter Brunch or Dinner at Carvers

Plated brunch will be served from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., and the dinner menu will be served all day. The three-course Easter brunch is $35 and includes one choice from each course. Soup or Salad course: lobster bisque, spinach salad with honey mustard, romaine salad with balsamic vinaigrette, classic Caesar salad. Entree course: Prime Rib Eggs Benedict, Tenderloin Skillet, Honey BBQ Salmon, Carver’s Steak & Eggs. Dessert Course: Blackberry Chocolate Mousse or Carrot Cake. See the full menu here.

WHEN: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, April 1

WHERE: Carvers Steaks & Chops, 1535 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Dayton

INFO: 937-433-7099

🐰Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern

Rusty Bucket is having an Easter brunch perfect for any late risers. Guests can enjoy their favorites from the Bucket’s weekend brunch menu including Chicken and waffles, Braised Short Rib Hash, Bucket Biscuits and Gravy, Triple Decker Breakfast Sandwich and more. As always, the lunch menu will also be available. 

WHEN: 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sunday, April 1

WHERE: Rust Bucket Restaurant, 2812 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd., Dayton

INFO: Facebook | reservations

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7 great places to get frozen treats in Dayton

Published: Friday, May 22, 2015 @ 11:48 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 10, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Here's seven places you can beat the heat with a delicious frozen sweet treat. (Video by Tabatha Wharton)

From creamy custards to crunch-laden cones, these Dayton establishments are ready to shake, scoop and soft-serve all the frozen treats you need to beat the heat and chill out. 

Here are some of our favorite places to grab some yummy ice cream.

Young’s Jersey Dairy

Emily Dyer of Springfield takes a customer order at Young’s Jersey Dairy. KARA DRISCOL/STAFF(Staff Writer)

WHERE: 6880 Springfield Xenia Road, Yellow Springs 

HOURS: (Spring and Fall Hours) March 10 to May 25 & Aug 19 to Nov 2, Sunday-Thursday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday & Saturday 7 a.m.-11 p.m.. (Summer Hours) May 26 to Aug 18, Sun-Thur 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday & Saturday 7 a.m.-Midnight 

INFO: 937-325-0629 |

Not only will the goats and cows greet you at this “udderly” fun family farm, but more than 50 flavors of homemade-on-location ice cream. Prepare to be overwhelmed by choices. 

Seasonal flavors include Key Lime Crunch, Chocolate Chunk Black Cherry, Cotton Candy and more. Best-sellers Cow Patty and Chocolate P-Nut Butter are always available. All of the ice cream is made on the farm with a 15-percent butterfat mix, which basically means it’s delicious.

Whether you keep cool by shopping the Dairy Store, take a walk through the barn to visit with goats, sheep and pigs, or play a full 18 holes of mini golf, Young’s is a fun place to get outdoors and enjoy some of the best ice cream in the region.

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Why now is the perfect time to visit Table of Contents Cafe

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

A tuna melt with Tillamook cheddar and a bowl of homemade cream of tomato soup taken surrounded by books at Table of Contents Cafe. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY ALEXIS LARSEN
A tuna melt with Tillamook cheddar and a bowl of homemade cream of tomato soup taken surrounded by books at Table of Contents Cafe. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY ALEXIS LARSEN

XENIA — With the announcement last month that Blue Jacket Books in Xenia would be closing, my first thought was simply just how sad it was.

One more local bookstore to disappear. Another mom and pop operation that’s closing its doors.

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With a single visit to this homey independent book store it quickly became clear you were in a place that was built on a deep-seated love and commitment to the written word. It was always a nice place to visit that was warm, comfortable and offered voracious readers plenty to dig into.

My next thought went immediately to Table of Contents Cafe.

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Lawrence Hammar and Cassandra Lee, husband and wife and co-owners of the bookstore and cafe, have created a really sweet stop in Xenia to peruse 50,000 used, rare and out-of-print books and grab a bite to eat right in the middle of the store.

Table of Contents is a cafe inside Blue Jacket Books at 30 S. Detroit in Xenia. Specializing in used books, the store has 50,000 books. CONNIE POST/STAFF(Connie Post)

The bookstore, now in its 11th year of business, opened at its current location, 30 S. Detroit St., in 2013 while Table of Contents Cafe, run by Lee, opened a couple of years ago.

Hammar announced in a Jan. 30 Facebook post that May 12 will be the store’s last day. Table of Contents Cafe and the other businesses that share the space, including Our Family Soap and Yellow Dogs Pet Supplies will stay open.

That news welcomed a sigh of relief when I read it.

The cafe, tucked away a few rooms back from the front of the bookstore is surrounded by handwritten signs directing book lovers to the subject matter they might be in search of.

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Hungry diners are only a few steps away from a wealth of knowledge on Ancient Greece and Rome, German and Russian studies, Psychology, The United Kingdom, Historiography, African American studies, Asian studies, Central America, Archeology, Native and non-native Americans and the United Kingdom.

Table of Content's Grilled Cheese (with tomato bits and scallions in the melted cheese) and a coup of Anjou Pear Soup hit the spot. The cafe is inside Blue Jacket Books at 30 S. Detroit in downtown Xenia. CONNIE POST/STAFF(Connie Post)

The Table of Contents Cafe menu is small, but mighty and often has changes with specials and updates. One thing always seems to be consistent — fresh, healthy, vegetarian-friendly, homemade soups, salads and sandwiches. Even the bread has been made fresh in-house.

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The cafe’s Facebook page is updated almost daily, so learn more about the specials and what’s being offered there if you are interested to see what’s being served up on a particular day.

Both businesses reflect the owners Pacific Coast roots and sensibilities, for a little touch of Portlandia in Xenia, Ohio.

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The food makes for a delicious and filling lunch that’s reasonably priced and good for you with plenty of heart-healthy options to choose from.

The menu at Table of Contents changes daily. The cafe is inside Blue Jacket Books at 30 S. Detroit in Xenia. CONNIE POST/STAFF(Connie Post)

This is not the place to go to if you are looking for soda or anything fried.

In fact, beverages you can choose from are hot coffee ($2.25), hot tea ($2.25) or hot spiced apple cider ($2.75). If that doesn’t float your boat, go with water because it’s the only other option.

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The paleo-inspired salad plate on a recent visit in January featured deviled eggs, greens, sweet potato quinoa, coleslaw, black rice, mushroom lentils, carrot and couscous for ($9.75). The homemade soups served in a bowl with salad and fresh baked bread ($7) included cream of tomato, potato-kale and a white bean soup with ham.

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A tuna melt with Tillamook cheddar ($6.50) hit the spot on a blustery winter day with a nice cup of the tomato soup. The special was a pulled pork burrito topped with roasted poblano and sweet pepper spaces served with black beans, brown rice and lime coleslaw ($9.50). It was packed with meat and a great value for the size of the meal and the quality of the ingredients used.

Made-from-scratch Chocolate Cake and Meyer Lemon Cake at Table of Contents -- why choose when you can have both? The cafe is inside Blue Jacket Books at 30 S. Detroit in Xenia. CONNIE POST/STAFF(Connie Post)

This is a feel-good dining spot knowing there are no preservatives, everything is fresh and almost everything is made from scratch.

The business has a five-star rating on Facebook after more than 60 reviews. Probably because it does exactly what it says it is going to do and does it really well.

Last year a reviewer wrote: “Stopped on my way home from work and picked up takeout. I got soup, four types of salads, and two types of bread for $34. It fed four of us with enough leftover soup and bread for my lunch today! I had my food in 10 mins, it tasted great, and cost less than fast food for four!”

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If you are into clean eating, there’s no doubt that this is a spot that can do what you are looking for. And if you are into books the Facebook post from Hammer said they will be selling everything in the store beginning in early March, so some great deals may be available for those willing to put in the time to look.

In the winter months, there is nothing better than curling up with a good book and this is a humble little spot to find your next book while you grab a bright, tasty meal.

Now is certainly the time to try out this little gem before they sell all of the inventory and the Table of Contents Cafe is no longer surrounded by Tables of Contents.

Table of Contents cafe is inside Blue Jacket Books at 30 S. Detroit in Xenia. CONNIE POST/STAFF(Connie Post)
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Want to go?

WHAT: Tables of Contents Cafe

WHERE: Inside Blue Jacket Books, 30. S. Detroit St., Xenia

MORE INFORMATION: 937-376-3522 or

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9 must-try sandwiches in Dayton

Published: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Must try sandwiches

Few things in life are better than a well-made sandwich. The cheesiness, the meatiness, the crunchiness, the toastiness...the list goes on. 

Luckily for us, there's a slew of sandwiches to try in the region. Here's a list of 9 must-eat sandwiches in the Dayton area. 

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The Ruck 

The Ruck at the Dublin Pub is the No. 1 seller. It features smoked beef brisket, covered in house-made Guinness BBQ sauce, sauteed onions and cheddar cheese on a pretzel roll. Don’t forget a side of cheese fries.

Address: 300 Wayne Ave., Dayton

Hours: Mon-Wed 11 a.m. - 1 a.m., Thurs-Sat 11 a.m. - 2:30 a.m., Sun 11 a.m - 12 a.m.

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The Champ 

The Champ at Canal Street Arcade & Deli is a doozy, stacked with grilled roast beef, corned beef, baby Swiss, horseradish cheddar, sauteed red onion, banana peppers and Thousand Island dressing on hot-pressed bread. They also have fantastic vegetarian options for those less inclined to eating meat.

Address: 308 E. First St., Dayton

Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m. - 11 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. 

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Smokey the Bear

Charlie’s Deli & Catering’s sandwich has Lebanon bologna, mesquite smoked turkey, smoked sharp cheese, Woeber’s smoky bacon mayo, and jalapenos on a toasted pretzel roll.

Address: 429 Troy St., Dayton
Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Brother Reuben 

With lean top round of corned beef, fresh sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing on light rye bread. “Every bite is a bit of wonderfulness,” says Christopher’s Restaurant & Catering owner Chip Pritchard.

Address: 2318 E. Dorothy Ln., Kettering

Hours: Mon-Sat 7:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.

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El Meson's Cuban sandwich(Source: El Meson)

The Cuban

El Meson’s signature South American flavors make their Cuban a sandwich staple. Choose pork, chicken or fish and top it off with cheese, pickle, mayo and mustard on a Cuban pressed roll.

Address: 903 E. Dixie Dr., Dayton

Hours: Mon-Fri 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Mon-Thurs 4:30 - 9 p.m., Fri-Sat 4:30 - 10 p.m.

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Ladder 11  

The Ladder 11 at Jimmie’s Ladder 11 is the restaurant’s namesake and No. 1 seller. It has hand-cut Romanian pastrami and corned beef, topped with hand-cut coleslaw and homemade Russian dressing on a toasted hoagie bun or rye bread.

Address: 936 Brown St., Dayton

Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m - 1 a.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

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Slow-Roasted Pulled Pork

Trolley Stop’s dish features pulled pork with their own bourbon BBQ sauce, house-made apple cole slaw, pickles and chipotle mayo on a pretzel bun.

Address: 530 E. 5th St., Dayton

Hours: Daily 11 a.m. - 2 a.m.

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Loose-meat sandwich

Maid-Rite’s one and only — a perfectly seasoned ground beef loose meat sandwich served on a warm bun. 

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Address: 125 N. Broadway St., Greenville

Hours: Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

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The Italian Grilled Cheese and Tomato Bisque at Coco’s Bistro, located at 250 Warren St. in Dayton. Submitted photo

Italian grilled cheese

Coco’s Bistro makes the list for their panko-breaded sourdough bread with a delicious four-cheese blend between the slices: Provolone, Mozzarella, Fontina and white cheddar. And of course creamy tomato bisque for dipping.

Address: 250 Warren St., Dayton

Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Fri 11 a.m - 11 p.m., Sat 5 - 11 p.m.

Did we miss one? Tell us which sandwich you’d add to the list in the comments or drop us a line:

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