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Your guide to the best Dayton-area pizza

Published: Thursday, January 28, 2016 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

It's that time of year for Marion's Pizza deal!

If there is one culinary constant in this world, it's pizza. And this city knows how to do pizza right. 

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Whether you're a fan of thin or thick crust, Brooklyn-style or square-cut, there's no doubt that the Gem City has a pizza place that will fulfill your tastebuds' demands.

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Here is our guide to Dayton-area pizza restaurants.

Local Favorites:

🍕 Beavercreek Pizza Dive

J.R. and Teresa Geraci are the owners of the Beavercreek Pizza Dive. The couple has purchased property at Shroyer Rd. and Wilmington Pike to open a second restaurant, Belmont Pizza Dive.(Lisa Powell)

A unique list of specialty pies, including the Chicken Cordon Bleu and 215 Cheesesteak pizza, plus calzones, Stromboli, oven-baked sandwiches and “Goodie Baskets.” 

Location: 4021 Dayton Xenia Road, Beavercreek

Delivery: Yes, dine-in, curb-service and carry-out also offered

Hours: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. 

Info: WebsiteFacebook | Call 937-431-8669

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🍕 Cassano's Pizza King

The first pizza shop in Dayton started in the back of a grocery store.

Subs, salads, pastas, calzones, and, of course, pizzas are what you'll find at Cassano's, including the monster-sized 30-inch pizza! 

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Locations: 1200 Brown St. #110 (Dayton), 2405 Smithville Road (Dayton), 2814 E. Third St. (Dayton) and multiple other Dayton-area locations

Delivery: Yes, dine-in and carry-out also available

Hours: 10:30 a.m. - 12 a.m. (Mon.-Thur.), 10:30 a.m. - 1 a.m. (Fri. and Sat.), 11 a.m. - 12 a.m. (Sun.) at most locations

Info:  Website | Facebook 

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🍕 Corleone's Pizza

Salads, wings, gyros, specialty and regular pizzas, hoagies, pastas, calzones, wedgies are under one roof!

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Locations: 966 Patterson Road (Dayton) and 725 Lyons Road (Centerville)

Delivery: Yes, carry-out also offered 

Hours: 4 p.m. - 1 a.m. (Mon.-Thur.), 11 a.m. - 3 a.m. (Fri.-Sat.), 11 a.m. - 1 a.m. (Sun.) 

Info: Website

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🍕 Cousin Vinny's Pizza 

Cousin Vinny's co-owner Mark Franks cuts a fresh pizza.

A go-to for late-night deliveries, offering wings, specialty and regular pizzas and cinnamon and garlic breads.  

Locations: Multiple Dayton-area locations

Delivery: Yes, take-out also offered

Hours: 11 a.m. - 3 a.m. (Mon.-Wed.), 11 a.m. - 4 a.m. (Thur.-Sat.), 11 a.m. - 3 a.m. (Sun.) 

Info: Website | Facebook 

 

🍕 Dewey's Pizza 

Dewey's Killer Veggie pizza. CONTRIBUTED/ERIC WAGNER(Eric Wagner)

Choose from 11, 13 or 17-inch versions of Dewey's creatively-named specialty pies, including Porky Fig, Green Lantern and Socrates’ Revenge - or just create your own. 

Locations: 131 Jasper St., Dayton and 3600 Rigby Rd., Austin Landing 

Delivery: through Door Dash, take out is available.

Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Mon.-Thur.) 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. (Fri. and Sat.), 4 - 10 p.m. (Sun.) 

Info: Website | Facebook

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🍕 Jet’s Pizza

Best known for its eight-corner, golden-brown, deep-dish crust.

Locations: 5843 Far Hills Ave (Dayton), 3979 Indian Ripple Rd (Beavercreek), 2418 Esquire Dr (Beavercreek) 

Delivery: Yes, including online ordering 

Hours: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. (Mon.-Thur. and Sun.), 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. (Fri. and Sat.) 

Info: WebsiteFacebook 

 

🍕 Little York Tavern 

In an attempt to bring not only continents together but also world peace, Dining Divas Sandy Collins and Connie Post went half and half and ordered a Taco Hawaiian pizza at The Little York Tavern. CONNIE POST/STAFF(HANDOUT)

With delicious appetizers (including fried cauliflower and big onion bloom), sandwiches and generously topped pizzas, this spot in Vandalia has something tasty for everyone in your crew.  

Location: 4120 Little York Rd, Dayton

Delivery: through Door Dash, dine-in and carry-out also available 

Hours: 11 a.m. - 2:30 a.m. (Mon. - Sat.), 12 p.m. - 2:30 a.m. (Sun.) 

Info: WebsiteFacebook | Call 937-890-6700

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🍕 Marion's Piazza 

It’s been more than 50 years since Dayton fell in love with a thin crust square cut pizza.

Order one of Marion's plain, single-topping and specialty pizzas in 9 or 13-inch sizes. A variety of sandwiches, salads and pastas also available. 

Locations: 711 Shroyer Rd (Dayton), 50 E Stroop Rd (Dayton), 3443 N Dixie Dr (Dayton) and six other Dayton-area locations 

Delivery: No; dine-in and carry-out offered 

Hours: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. (Mon.-Sat.) and 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. (Sun.)

Info: Website | Facebook

 

🍕 Milano's Atlantic City Subs

Pizza and a cheesestake submarine sandwich at Milano’s Atlantic City Subs, which opened its first Butler County location this week at 7701 Voice of America Centre Drive in West Chester Twp., dishing out calzones, pizza, subs and salads. The new location is the company’s fourth restaurant and the first one to settle in the Greater Cincinnati region. Its owners opened its first shop in 1969 near the University of Dayton and since have expanded to Beavercreek and Miami Twp. GREG LYNCH / STAFF(Greg Lynch)

The menu consists of a bevy of options, but the pizzas still leave their mark. 
Locations: 1834 Brown St. (Dayton), 9572 Springboro Pike (Miami Twp.), 2260 N. Fairfield Rd. (Beavercreek) and 7701 Voice of America Centre Dr. (West Chester)
Delivery: Yes, carry-out service also offered  
Hours: 11 a.m. - 1 a.m. (Mon. - Thurs.), 11 a.m. - 2:30 a.m. (Fri. - Sat), and 11 a.m. - 12 a.m. (Sun.)
Info: Website | Facebook

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🍕 Oregon Express

An addictive pie at the Oregon Express.(File photo)

An Oregon District favorite since 1976. Try the new sweet and spicy Sriracha Pizza! Burger, sandwiches and daily specials also available.
Locations: 336 E. 5th St, Dayton
Delivery: No, dine-in  or carry-out available
Hours: 11:30 a.m. - 1 a.m. (Mon. - Fri.) and 5 p.m. - 2:30 a.m. (Sat.)
Info: WebsiteFacebook | Call 937-223-9205
 

🍕 Pizza Factory - Dayton's Original

A large list of gourmet and traditional pizzas awaits you, along with calzones, subs, sides and salads. 
Locations: 1101 Wayne Ave, Dayton
Delivery: Yes, catering and dine-in also available
Hours: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. - 11 p.m. (Mon-Fri), 4 pm - 11 p.m. (Sat), 4 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. (Sun)
Info:  WebsiteFacebook | Call 937-224-4477

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🍕 Ron's Pizza

Boasting "lightning-fast delivery service" Ron's menu features creative specialty pies, including "The Heart Attack."
Location: 5562 Springboro Pike, West Carrollton
Delivery: Yes, carry-out also available 
Hours: 11 a.m.- 12 a.m. (Mon. - Thurs.), 11 a.m. - 1 a.m. (Fri. - Sat.), 4 p.m. - 12 a.m. (Sun.)
Info: WebsiteFacebook | Call 937-866-4321

 

🍕 South Park Tavern

Look at that melty cheese! Chicken Cordon Bleu gourmet pizza is made by scratch and baked in a stone oven at South Park Tavern. (Staff photo by Connie Post)(HANDOUT/Connie Post)

With a lengthy list of craft beers and pub fare, this tavern features a menu to suit all your party’s appetite. As far as the pizza goes - there are classics and specialities (including Ghostlight Delight) that’ll tantalize your tastebuds. 

Location: 1301 Wayne Ave, Dayton

Delivery: No, dine-in or carry-out available

Hours: 11 a.m. - 1 a.m. (Mon.-Sat.) 12 p.m. - 1 a.m. (Sun.)

Info: WebsiteFacebook | Call 937-586-9526

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🍕 The Flying Pizza

This family-owned Dayton pizza mainstay has been serving up New York and Sicilian-style pies for decades.
Locations: Three Dayton-area locations in Beavercreek, Dayton and Centerville
Delivery: Yes, dine-in and carry-out also offered
Hours: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. (Mon-Sat), closed Sunday (Beavercreek location), 10:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. (Mon-Sat, Dayton location, closed Sunday), 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. (Mon-Sat) 12 p.m. - 9 p.m. (Sun) (Centerville location) 
Info: Website Facebook 

🍕 Joe’s Pizzeria

Joe’s has been a family-owned and operated business since 1959, serving delicious, no-frills pizza made from scratch with handmade dough, delicious sauce, freshly ground sausage, and shredded cheeses.  

Location: 4313 Airway Road, Dayton

Delivery: Yes through Door Dash, carry-out available

Dining Room Hours: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11a.m – 11 p.m. Friday and Saturdays, 12p.m. - 9 p.m. on Sunday

Carry Out Hours: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 12 p.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday

InfoWebsite

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🍕 Old Scratch Pizza

Old Scratch spicy honey pizza stings like an Angry Beekeeper. Video by Amelia Robinson

Old Scratch Pizza is a pizzeria and beer hall that has communal seating and a casual environment. Their focus is Neopolitan pizza — wood-fired pizza ovens that reach interior temperature of 800 to 1,000 degrees cook their signature Naples-style pizzas in two minutes or less.

Location: 800 S. Patterson Blvd., Dayton

Delivery: No, online orders available during limited hours

Hours: 11 a.m. –10 p.m. on Tuesdays through Thursdays, 11a.m. – 11p.m. Friday and Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Sunday, closed on Mondays

Info:WebsiteFacebook

🍕 Wheat Penny Pizza

There are robust flavor combos for every sort of taste bud, and Wheat Penny Chef Liz Valenti (who perfected the crunchy outside, soft inside California style at San Francisco’s International School of Pizza) offers gluten-free crusts if requested. Rich, to be sure, but a personal-sized pie ($12.95, $19.95 for a large pie) is just the right size before going overboard.

Location: 515 Wayne Ave, Dayton

Delivery: No but you can get carry-out

Hours: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday

Info: Website | Call: 937-496-5268

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🍕 Rapid Fired Pizza

Rapid Fired Pizza is expanding to Portsmouth in southern Ohio. SUBMITTED(Staff Writer)

Rapid Fired Pizza lives up to its name, for in just 180 seconds your thin-cust pizza will be cooked perfectly (pan pizzas take a bit longer). They even offer fresh spinach leaf or grated parmesan in place of pizza doh for carb-cutters.

Location: Multiple Dayton area locations

Delivery: Select locations, also offers carry-out and online ordering

Hours: 10:30 a.m. –10 p.m. Sunday - Thursday, 10:30 a.m. – 11p.m. Friday - Saturday

Info: Website

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🍕 MOD Pizza

MOD Pizza(Staff Writer)

MOD Pizza is a Seattle-based pizza chain with a fast-serve, build-your-own personal-pizza concept similar to the Kettering-based Rapid Fired Pizza. 

Location: 9196 N Main St (Englewood); 5225 Cornerstone North Blvd (Centerville)

Delivery: No, just carry out

Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday - Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday - Saturday

InfoWebsite

🍕  Kramer’s

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“A lot of that comes down to the sauce,” said manager Jessica Pricci. “One of the things we put in our sauce is 100-percent pure Italian olive oil.” Others prefer the authentic Italian-style crust. 

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Location: 1018 Irving Ave, Dayton

Delivery: No

Hours: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 12 a.m., Sunday, 3 p.m. - 12 a.m. Monday 

InfoFacebook

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Check out these ADORABLE tea stops in the Dayton area

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Friday, May 18, 2018 @ 11:31 AM



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Royal wedding fever has arrived.

What better way to celebrate than with a little British tea? 

Get to know some of Dayton’s finest tea shops and tea rooms — some of which are serving up some special treats in honor of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

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🍵 Communitea Cafe

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.

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WANT TO GO?

WHAT: Communitea Cafe

WHERE: 1000 Watervliet Ave., Dayton

INFO: Facebook

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Communitea is offering royal treats today and Saturday including homemade sugar cookies shaped like the queen as well as tea.

🍵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 by reservation only. 

(Remember When Tea Room Facebook page)

WANT TO GO?

WHAT: Remember When Tea Room

WHERE: 370 Old Stage Rd., Waynesville  

MORE INFO: Facebook

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Meadowlark owner’s new sandwich shop plans off the table — for now

Published: Monday, May 07, 2018 @ 11:56 AM

ScissorTail Sandwich Shop could open as early as June.

A group of Dayton-area restaurateurs have shelved their plans to open a new sandwich shop in a Kettering strip mall.

Elizabeth Wiley and her partners had planned to open their newest venture, ScissorTail Sandwich Shop, at 3141 Far Hills Ave. (Ohio 48), a space they leased in Fountain Square shopping center for Sagecraft Catering & Events

The catering company is phasing down. 

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Wiley said the shopping center was recently sold and the new owner wanted to increase the lease amount.

“(The new owner) decided that our lease didn’t specifically say that we could use it for (a sandwich shop). We were told that we would have to have a new lease, which would mean more money,” Wiley said. “I didn’t feel I could spend anymore money for a place where I could have (about a dozen) seats and have limited space for prosperity.”  

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Heather Murphy, the vice president of Fountain Square owner Miami Valley Commercial Group, said her attorney plans to file a lawsuit against Wiley and her partners for default. 

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She said she was not at liberty to say how long Wiley’s group defaulted on their lease or in what way.

Murphy said claims Wiley made to this news organization misrepresented facts. 

“They never supplied plans. They never supplied anything,” she said.  

Murphy said Miami Valley Commercial Group purchased the shopping center in late March and plans to rename and update it.

“This is going to be a very exciting time,” she said. 

Wiley said an early drawing was provided to Miami Valley Commercial Group. The project never got to the point where architectural drawings were done, she said. 

Wiley said she and her partners moved out of the building and stopped making payments on the advice of their attorney.

Her attorney will be in discussion with the attorney representing Miami Valley Commercial, Wiley said.  

“We fully understand our obligations as a tenant and will fulfill these obligations,” Wiley said.

Wiley, the owner of Wheat Penny Oven and Bar in the Oregon District and Meadowlark Restaurant in Washington Twp., said she and her partners are disappointed that the plan has fallen through. 

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They had planned to make their own bread and were working on sandwich recipes. 

“We are now going to look for a new space with more space,” she said. “A cool little funky sandwiches shop would have been so much fun.” 

She hopes to find a space for the new business between Kettering and downtown Dayton. 

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This Guy Fieri-approved restaurant in Columbus gets national props, thanks to their must-have dumplings

Published: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Friday, May 18, 2018 @ 12:01 PM



Momo Ghar
(Momo Ghar)

It’s the warm dough wrapped minutes before the first bite. It’s the secret ingredients. It’s everything about Momo Ghar’s dumplings — and America’s foodies are taking notice. 

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The small but mighty restaurant in Columbus serving authentic Nepalese and Tibetan cuisine has once again been recognized for their crave-able food. On Monday, Yelp published their “2018 Top Places To Eat In The Midwest” list, and Momo Ghar was at the top of Ohio’s list.

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Owners of Momo and husband and wife Pramod Lama and Phuntso D Phin only opened the restaurant in May of 2016. It was such an instant success that Guy Fieri of “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” came to the state’s capital earlier this year to see if his well-traveled palate would be just as impressed. 

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When the show aired, Fieri was visibly blown away by the flavor packed into each dumpling. What might be just as good as the dumplings themselves, Fieri said, is the homemade sauce served with each order. 

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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.

Dayton.com made the short drive to Columbus this weekend and ordered a generous serving of the Vegetable Dumplings. We have concluded Guy Fieri and Yelp were right on the money. The warm, gooey dough soaked up the perfect amount of sauce for each bite. The cabbage with seasonal vegetables filling was an unexpected lighter dumpling experience than what typical dumplings deliver. 

Momo Ghar exceeded our expectations, and we can confidently say they are on the “Top Places To Eat In The Midwest” list for good reasons. 

Other Ohio restaurants on the list included Guerra’s Krazy Taco in Springfield, Fond: Lunch and Deli in Cincinnati and Mi Burrito Mexican Grill in West Chester.

(Momo Ghar)

WANT TO GO?

WHAT: Momo Ghar

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

INFO: Website

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16 incredible BBQ spots you HAVE to try

Published: Friday, July 01, 2016 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday, May 08, 2018 @ 12:55 PM

as voted by Dayton.com readers

We are officially entering grilling and barbecue season.

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But you don’t have to bust out the charcoal bricks and smoker at home, try one of these beloved institutions in and around Dayton. 

Company 7 Beef Brisket. SUBMITTED(Staff Writer)

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Pa’s Pork | Facebook or (937) 508-1308Voted best BBQ by Dayton.com readers, this food truck specializes 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.Smokin’ Barrels | FacebookBrisket, burgers and ribs. Need we say more? This fan favorite won the 2nd place spot for best BBQ in Dayton. City Barbeque | www.citybbq.com
2330 N. Fairfield Road, Beavercreek937-320-00005 E. Franklin St., Centerville(937) 312-1350

The food at this Columbus-based chain is darn good. Am always happy to eat at City Barbecue when the opportunity presents itself. The beef brisket is not to be missed and the new double-smoked brisket tacos served up with smoked corn, tomato and chimichurri salsa are delicious and priced right (3 for $9).

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Beaugard’s Southern Bar “B” Q
975 S. South St., Wilmingtonwww.beaugardsbbq.com or (937) 655-8100

Get ready for some southern hospitality and some excellent Arkansas BBQ. Accessorize your plate of juicy, smoked meat with sweet potato pie, greens, hush puppies, macaroni salad and some fresh brewed tea and you’re ready to roll.

The Beerded Pig
Food truck, locations varyhttp://thebeerdedpig.com

Those smoked salmon tacos … holy moly. Some of the best I’ve had in ages, but then all the meats and ‘cue they were doling out seemed to be truly terrific across the board. Follow the Beerded Pig’s social media feed and try to track their bright orange food truck down if you are able and then let me know where they are at. I want more!

Bullwinkles Top Hat Bistro
19 N. Main St., Miamisburgwww.bullwinklestophatbistro.com or (937) 859-7677

If you are able and inclined, ride the bike path out for some pre-rib exercise. The ribs are where it’s at when it comes to this popular Miamisburg staple, so look no further. Best to arrive hungry.

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Company 7 BBQ
1001 S Main St., Englewood(937) 836-2777
www.company7bbq.com

At the risk of sounding like a broken record … I can’t get enough of those smoked wings! I’ve written about them before and there’s a reason I keep going back for more.

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Double D’s BBQ
69 Maple St., Waynesville(937) 554-2916

The “BBQ Hotshot” is popular for a reason — a cornbread waffle is piled with pulled pork, BBQ sauce and coleslaw. It’s all delicious, but this is a dish you’re not going to find on most menus.

Eli’s BBQ
3313 Riverside Dr, Cincinnati(513) 533-1957
www.elisbarbeque.com

This Cincinnati gem’s Riverside location is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. The Hickory smoked ribs and hickory smoked turkey breast are tender and meaty and the pulled pork is infused with garlic, cayenne and sugar rub that will bring a smile to your face. Add some sides like jalapeño cheddar grits, jalapeño cornbread, dirty baked beans and you’ll really be cookin’. The record player serenading with wonderful scratchy classics from the past is a nice bonus.

Fatback’s Barbecue
1334 Linden Ave, Daytonwww.fatbacksbarbecue.com or (937) 254-7427

Smoked ribs, pork, brisket and chicken are cooked up low and slow until the meat is perfectly tender and then served up with Memphis-style sauces to accompany. The pig art surrounding the walls is fun and the owners are incredibly proud of what they are doing. It shows.

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Dayton.com tries  City Barbeque's  Double-Smoked Brisket TaQos. They've hit the area just in time for Cinco de Mayo. (Photo by Amelia Robinson)(Photo by Amelia Robinson)

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Hickory Bar-B Que
1082 Brown St., Daytonwww.hickorybarbq.com or (937) 228-5252

This gem located down the street from The University of Dayton gets packed during the dinner hours, so expect a wait. The BBQ chicken dinner ($13.25) and rib dinner ($19.25) don’t disappoint.

KD’s Kettering BBQ
3911 Marshall Road, Kettering
http://ketteringbarbequecarryout.com or (937) 293-3592

Spring for the broasted pork chops with broasted potato wedges, hot bacon slaw and corn casserole. You won’t be sorry.

Pit-to-Plate BBQ
1527 Compton Road, Mount Healthywww.pittoplatebbq.com or (513) 931-9100.

If there was a competition for sides and desserts, this place would probably take home top prize. And with meat served up by the pound you know they are serious about their barbecue. The baby back ribs are about as tender as they come and the other meats options aren’t far behind.

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Smokin’ Bar-B-Que
200 E. 5th St., Dayton(937) 586-9790
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You can’t beat this downtown spot that offers speedy take-out service and evening hours. Although some of the sides are underwhelming, the portions are generous and the meat is tender and delicious.

SmoQ
275 Pictoria Drive, Cincinnati(513) 671-7667
www.smoqbbq.com

They had me at fried green tomatoes. Their motto — “if it’s leagal … we’ll smoQ it!” — cracks me up. Good to be aware that Mondays are $19 slab of ribs night if you find yourself in Cincinnati on a Monday hankering for some smoked meats.

Star City BBQ1015 S Main St., Miamisburg(937) 530-2020http://starcitybbq.com

This unassuming, quaint stop filled with small town charm has a nice-sized menu that’s priced right. It’s a throw-back with solid food that satisfies.

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A one-pound serving of the beef brisket at Fatback’s Barbecue is definitely enough to share. Pictured with the roasted potatoes and cole slaw. We thank you kindly, Fatback’s. Contributed photo by Alexis Larsen
Have a BBQ joint we have to try? Let us know at contact@dayton.com

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