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4 ways that Dayton’s local coffee scene is growing

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Dayton's local coffee scene is growing -- here's four to try. (Tabatha Wharton)

That pretty green mermaid isn’t the only coffee in town.

Dayton has a handful of expanding local coffee chains just waiting for you to sample.

>> Five coffee shops you should know (but probably don’t) in Dayton

We’ve rounded up the growing caffeination giants for you to get to know ... and drink right up.

Boston Stoker

Boston Stoker celebrates its 43rd anniversary today, Tuesday Sept. 13, by offering $5 off 12-ounce bags of coffee and $1 off all beverages, today only. Photo from Boston Stoker Facebook page(Staff Writer)

When you think of Dayton-made coffee, Boston Stoker is the name to know. From one shop in Englewood in 1973 to roasting more than 150,000 pounds of coffee annually right here in Dayton, Boston Stoker locations serve more than one million cups of coffee every year.

>> Dayton Arcade redevelopment could house 2nd Warped Wing, Boston Stoker

The business has evolved to include full service coffee and espresso bars, as well as baked goods and fruit smoothies. Several locations also include handmade cigars and tobacco goods.

>> Cat cafe approved by the city of Dayton, one step closer to opening

Winans

Winans Chocolates + Coffees has opened a store across from Cornerstone of Centerville. Photo from Winans Dayton Facebook page(Staff Writer)

If you like chocolate with your coffee (either in it or as a snack), then you’re likely already familiar with Winans Chocolates and Coffee.

>> 7 things to know about Winans Coffee

A five-generation enterprise continues the family traditions of homemade chocolates, bakery goods, and coffee.

>> Springboro coffee shop to drop Saxbys affiliation, go independent

Tastefully Roasted

Tastefully Roasted coffee shops have replaced Saxby’s coffee shops in Oakwood and the Dayton Mall. MARK FISHER/STAFF(Staff Writer)

This new kid to the scene takes up residence in two former Saxby’s Coffee locations in Oakwood and by Dayton Mall.

>> New coffee-shop chain launches in Oakwood & Dayton Mall

It features pastries from Ashley’s Pastry Shop in Oakwood and coffee from Solstice Roasters in Cleveland. Now entirely locally-owned and operated, this shop hopes to grow throughout the Miami Valley.

ONE TO WATCH: The Grind House Coffee and Tea Company

Grind House Coffee & Tea Co. is planning a chain of coffee shops in the Dayton and Cincinnati areas. SUBMITTED(Staff Writer)

This online distributor is based in Fairfield, out of a 100-year family knowledge base of single-origin coffees and teas from around the globe. 

>> A familiar coffee brand may soon become a coffee shop

The plan is for Grind House is to simply grow it into a company that customers can rely on to serve quality coffees. They want their customers to know that they can expect the same quality coffees that they order online in coffee shops as well -- which they say are coming soon!  

See this small but mighty restaurant a short drive away TONIGHT on ‘Diners, Drive-ins and Dives’

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 7:00 PM

When husband and wife Pramod Lama and Phuntso D Phin received an email last year from the producers of the hit Food Network series, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, they were certain it was a prank. A last-minute decision to respond would launch the culinary couple’s television debut.

Momo Ghar, the popular Nepalese restaurant located in Columbus, will be featured tonight on Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.” Unlike many of the other established eateries that make it on the show, Lama and Phin’s restaurant has only been up and running since May 28, 2016— a testament to their quick success. 

>> Food Network Star calls Dayton sandwich ‘amazing’

>> Brand new Fairborn coffee shop and eatery to open soon

Momo Ghar chef and owner, Phuntso Phin is on set of the hit Food Network series, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.(Momo Ghar's Facebook)

“We make everything from scratch,” Lama said. “I think people can taste it in the food. I mean I think that other people make the same dumpling— but they skip a bunch of steps... they don’t make their own dough, they buy wrappers (instead), or they don’t mince their own meat ... One small factor at a time effects the quality.”

>> Where Alton Brown stopped to eat when he was in Dayton

>> Where Alton Brown SHOULD HAVE STOPPED when he was in Dayton

Lama, who takes care of the more technical bits of production, said his wife is the genius behind the food, making all of the most essential components of Momo Ghar’s dishes by herself with the secret recipes kept very much a secret. The restaurant’s sauce — which is what “brings everything together” — is made by Phin with no outside help to ensure it’s up to her standards each and every time.

“I have always said it will be Phuntso who will make Momo famous,” Lama said in a Facebook comment.

>> The best things to do, eat and see in Columbus

(Momo Ghar)

Phin will be the star of tonight’s segment, while Lama said he’ll be getting his 10 seconds of fame “doing dishes and then taking out the trash.”

Prepping a meal for a guy like Fieri — who has a palette that’s been around the world — can be intimidating. Lama said, however, that Fieri made filming very enjoyable and that the couple’s personalities clicked well with the Food Network star’s.

>> Best of Dayton 2017 Winners: Food and Dining

“My wife has a great personality and I’m very humble... I think I’m funny as hell,” Lama said. 

You’ll be able to see it all go down tonight at 9 p.m. EST on the Food Network. Phuntso and Lama will be hanging out at Callahan’s Bar in Columbus from 8:45 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. to watch the show air if you happen to be in Columbus.

Want to visit Momo Ghar?

WHERE: 1265 Morse Road, Columbus, inside Saraga International Market

MORE INFO: Website | (614) 749-2901

Check out these ADORABLE tea stops in the Dayton area

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 6:00 AM



Communitea Facebook page
(Communitea Facebook page)

It’s fitting that National Tea Month would fall in January-- the month for finding new hobbies, starting healthier habits, and giving yourself some extra self-care.

According to eatright.orgtea has a number of possible health benefits including improved heart health, potentially helping to prevent certain cancers, decreased odds of losing teeth, assisting weight loss and more. 

Of course everyone knows cafes like Starbucks or Panera Bread are reliable destinations when on-the-go. But the Dayton area has quite a few unique tea stops that you may not know about. 

Communitea Cafe

>> Enjoy lunch and tea at Communitea

The perfect place to meet a friend you’ve been meaning to catch up with, Communitea in Belmont has a cozy tearoom, a dress-up room complete with hats, feather boas and props, bridal shower opportunities and a menu including high tea. Other food fares on the menu include sandwiches, salads and soups.

(Communitea Facebook page)

WANT TO GO?

WHAT: Communitea Cafe

WHERE: 1000 Watervliet Ave., Dayton

INFO: Facebook

>> Daytonian of the Week: Chris Harmon, Town Hall Theatre

Edith Mae’s Tea Room and Gift Shop

Most likely unlike any other tea rooms you’ve visited, Edith Mae’s is reportedly a haunted Civil War mansion. The gift shop is open Tuesday through Sunday; however, the Tea Room is by reservation only. For more information, visit the Edith Mae’s Team Room Facebook page.

(Edith Mae's Facebook page)

WANT TO GO?

WHAT: Edith Mae’s Tea Room and Gift Shop

WHERE: 235 E. 2nd St, Xenia 

INFO: Facebook

>> Where can you get bubble tea in Dayton?

D’s Victorian Teas 

D’s Victorian Teas is a sure way to host a tea day that your friends -- or mother -- will never forget. Set in a Victorian-style home, this tea stop is by reservation only. 

(D's Victorian Teas Facebook page)

WANT TO GO?

WHAT: D’s Victorian Teas

WHERE: 1894 Shore Dr., Bellbrook 

MORE INFO: Facebook

Remember When Tea Room

“Remember When Tea Room will transport you to days gone by!” Just a short drive outside of Dayton, we think once you set foot in this Victorian-style Waynesville home, you’ll be glad you made the trip. The tea room offers brunch, multiple sandwich options and is able to take reservations. 

(Remember When Tea Room Facebook page)

WANT TO GO?

WHAT: Remember When Tea Room

WHERE: 370 Old Stage Rd., Waynesville  

MORE INFO: Facebook

(Remember When Tea Room Facebook page)

FOOD DEAL: Here’s how you can get a FREE bowl from Piada this weekend

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Piada's seasonal Mediterranean Power Bowl includes roasted vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and sweet potatoes, glazed chickpeas and pickled red onions on a bed of red quinoa with harissa & Greek yogurt drizzle.

Your poorly-planned New Year’s resolutions just got a little easier.

>> RELATED: Piada launches new menu with healthy (and tasty) options

Piada Italian Street Food is spotlighting one of its favorite seasonal entrées this weekend: the Mediterranean Power Bowl.

>> MORE: 2 fast-casual restaurants that started in Ohio make BuzzFeed's ‘most underrated’ list

You can try a bowl for FREE when you purchase any entrée during the weekends highlighted below:

- Friday-Sunday, Jan. 19-21, while supplies last.

Piada's new Mediterranean Power Bowl, vegetarian and vegan friendly, offers a bold composition of flavors, and is topped with Piada’s special harissa and Greek yogurt drizzle.(Contributed Photo)

This delicious bowl is loaded with roasted vegetables, including broccoli, cauliflower and sweet potatoes, glazed chickpeas and pickled red onions on a bed of red quinoa with harissa & Greek yogurt drizzle.

All you need to do is show this blog post to the cashier.  

>> MORE: Here’s where you can get FREEBIES for National Tea Day

So put that cookie down. Or don’t. Either way, Piada’s got your back with this bowl that’s healthy enough to help you keep your resolutions (and delicious enough you won’t feel like you’re missing out). 

Piada's seasonal Mediterranean Power Bowl includes roasted vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and sweet potatoes, glazed chickpeas and pickled red onions on a bed of red quinoa with harissa & Greek yogurt drizzle. CONTRIBUTED

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. 

>> Dayton.com 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 Dayton.com 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 | ozu852.com | 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

WINNER: PA’s Pork

(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 Onlyinyourstate.com, 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 Dayton.com'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

FacebookWebsite

>> 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

FacebookWebsite

>> 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

FacebookWebsite

>> 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 

ozu852.com | 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