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luv my dayton
326 posts
Jul 16, 2013
6:30 AM
This would be a good time for us to list some still existing restaurant like we had years ago and that has reasonably good food. I nominate Treasure island supper club and barbecue place on brown st. Come on all and list yours.

Last Edited by luv my dayton on Jul 16, 2013 6:32 AM
blue J
101 posts
Jul 16, 2013
10:12 AM
It doesn't seem that there are many, that's true.

One of the first that comes to mind for me is Christopher's Restaurant, in the Woodman Plaza in Kettering. Opened in 1992. Great food, and reasonable prices.

Giovanni's is an Italan place in Fairborn that is very good.

In Dayton proper, most that I knew are gone, or they are chains that only had one location, which was downtown (Izzy's comes to mind).

There is/was a deli restaurant on Troy Street, I think, that was really good. I don't know if it's still there or not.

I can think of some others, but it will take me some more time.
bentz
98 posts
Jul 16, 2013
12:24 PM
Old Hickory, El grecos, The barnsider are a few that are still around.
Calhoun
174 posts
Jul 16, 2013
1:25 PM
1. El Mason in West Carrollton, my favorite place to eat. Central & South American food, great sangria

2. Tanks on Wayne Ave, more of a tavern, but the best breakfasts and burgers in Dayton.

3. Pops at Miller Lane, everything home made. Huge portions,great food, reasonable prices.

Last Edited by Calhoun on Jul 16, 2013 5:07 PM
blue J
103 posts
Jul 16, 2013
1:56 PM
Ahh, yes, the Oakwood Club (where I had my first job) and the Pine Club...I was thinking of lesser-expensive places, which is why I didn't list those.

As far as Mexican- Pepito's, on Wilmington in Kettering. But was that a chain? The last time I ate there was probably in the '80s.
Mark1984
114 posts
Jul 16, 2013
4:23 PM
El Greco's on Salem Ave. It doesn't look like much from the outside. But the food is fantastic! Old Hickory. Hasty Tasty for breakfast!
Billd1952
78 posts
Jul 16, 2013
5:03 PM
Was just at Tanks last Sunday, for breakfast. AWSOME! Pops is great too. The barnsider has a good Sunday Buffet breakfast as well. Neals Heritage House, King Cole, Suttmiller's were good resturaunts.
Domonick's was my favorite.
Springfielder
14 posts
Jul 16, 2013
6:01 PM
The Buckhorn Tavern in Englewood, Rib House in Vandalia. Someone already said it, but Giovanni's in Fairborn. Mama DiSalvo's, Figlio in Town and Country shopping center. Doubleday's in Centerville.

Not in Dayton, but Collier's in Springfield is wonderful for breakfast.
Calhoun
176 posts
Jul 18, 2013
6:40 PM
My sister reminded me of another really good mom-and-pop place, Holly's Home Cooking in West Carrollton. Great breakfasts, wife liked their chicken. Best slaw in town.
Calhoun
179 posts
Jul 20, 2013
3:45 PM
Oh, that's right, forgot about that. Pop moved to Fairborn on Kaufman Ave. Place is called "Dallas Diner", it's in the former Burger King. Same menu as Pop's, same food.
joeferrara
45 posts
Jul 21, 2013
8:40 PM
Dallas Diner in Fairborn is actually pretty good. Portions are generous and the food is better than average, something I'm always trying to find.
Calhoun
184 posts
Jul 21, 2013
10:00 PM
Luv My Dayton--As far as I know, Holly's is still open. Here is a link for reviews of the place, and shows the address:

http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/123/891352/restaurant/Dayton/Hollys-Home-Cooking-West-Carrollton
Calhoun
185 posts
Jul 21, 2013
11:33 PM
Joe--Want to meet for breakfast at the Dallas Diner some day? Would love to see many of our Dayton Blog members with us as possible.

I vote for breakfast some morning at Dallas Diner. Shold be a hoot.
joey m
81 posts
Jul 22, 2013
11:38 AM
GEORGES ON NORTH DIXIE IS ONE OF THE BEST MOM & POP RESTAURANT IVE BEEN TO. VERY CLEAN GOOD WAITRESSES GOOD PORTIONS FRESH FOOD AND THE PLACE IS VERY CLEAN. ALSO GOOD SENIORS MENU AND PRICES ARE EXTREMELY REASONABLE. ANOYHER FAVORITE IS THE MELODY INN IN NEW CARLISLE, BEST COLE SLAW AND BROASTED CHICKEN AROUND AND LARGE VARIETY OF HOME COOKED FOOD!!!!!!
heckalans
4 posts
Nov 02, 2014
1:12 PM
The Patterson, Sackstetter's, Cafeteria, Heck's Cafeteria, The Oak, Carls Tavern, The Brown Derby, Anticoli's, The Galaxy, The King Cole, The Purple Cow were all independent restaurants, I believe. There was a King Cole in Indianapolis by the same owners, I understood.
SuzyGirl
2 posts
Nov 02, 2014
1:36 PM
looking for info on Lantz Merry Go Round Club/Restaurant who were the owners? thanks
historybuff
241 posts
Nov 03, 2014
9:50 AM
I can list some of my favorite restaurants, which surprise, surprise, surprise, most are downtown establishments but excellent non-chain restaurants. Excellent, reasonably priced food with great wine lists. Try Salar on 5th street, Co-Co’s on Brown Street, Wheatpenny’s on Wayne Avenue, The Roost and Lucky’s in the Oregon District. In the UD district on Brown Street, try Butter’s. Not open for dinner, but great breakfast and lunches. Meadowlark on Far Hills is also fantastic. Last but not least, you must try The Brewery at Carillon Park. German style food at great prices and a fantastic 1850’s style environment. On special days you can observe beer being brewed as done in the 1850s……Bon Appetite…...
historybuff
248 posts
Nov 08, 2014
7:52 AM
Just a recap on a couple of non-chain restaurants in Dayton on a Friday night. Last night was First-Friday in downtown Dayton which is always celebrated on the first Friday of the month. Went to Salars for a 7:30 dinner which was excellent. Salar has two bars and a dining room and they were all packed. Out front, they have valet parking and there was a continual stream of cars coming and going. Harry, the General Manager, came over a couple of times to inquire as to how we were doing. First class treatment. Left Salar at 9:00 and walked over to Jay’s Seafood restaurant which is within walking distance. It also was packed but we were lucky to get a table close to the entertainment Last night the entertainment was Puzzle of Light, a very well-known group in Dayton and stayed for both of their sets. All-in-all, a great night’s enjoyment in the Oregon District. If interested, you can enjoy POL’s music on U-tube, under Puzzle of Light. Just a little more information on a couple of great local restaurants…...

Last Edited by historybuff on Nov 08, 2014 8:16 AM
newsnot
428 posts
Nov 10, 2014
6:13 AM
Hi Luv,
Has anyone tried Church's at Riverview and Broadway. I like it.
historybuff
249 posts
Nov 12, 2014
5:37 PM
At the risk of being a little repetitious, another great dinner at Oregon District’s Salar Restaurant tonight. Again the restaurant was packed, even though it was a middle of the week, Wednesday. If you ever go there, the black-bean scallops are fantastic. For general information, the entertainment group I mentioned previously,(The Puzzle of Light) is playing at the Dayton Art Institute tomorrow, for The Vectren Jazz series. This is the last performance of the year for the Vectren Jazz Series at the Dayton Art Institute, from 5:30 PM till 9:00 PM. Admission is free for DAI members and 8.00 for non-members. If you are interested in going, get there early as the performances are normally SRO……...

Last Edited by historybuff on Nov 12, 2014 5:38 PM
Carolann 1224
1 post
Nov 13, 2014
2:56 PM
One dam good restraint beats them all. It's been closed now f 2 yrs. Geuss??? The Joe bissets Grubsteak . Yum! Nothing like it. Q
newsnot
432 posts
Nov 14, 2014
5:28 AM
Does anyone remember Mr. Jim's Steakhouse on the east side of South Dixie? They had very good steaks for the money.
luv my dayton
731 posts
Nov 14, 2014
6:35 AM
Grub steak was a favorite with friends and family members but had only been there once myself. We did have many wonderful places to eat and plenty of variety in food. Still do I guess but won't go to a mall for an over priced meal. Do like Longhorn steakhouse for food and atmosphere and they are found all over country.

Last Edited by luv my dayton on Nov 14, 2014 6:37 AM
joey m
269 posts
Nov 14, 2014
9:42 AM
newsnotI grew up in the neighborhood and remember it well. It seemed to me it was set up like Ponderosa but a lot better. Ithink that was in the 60's?
joey m
270 posts
Nov 14, 2014
9:47 AM
Only three places to get steaks in Dayton. Pine Club, Oakwood Club and Treasure Island.
newsnot
435 posts
Nov 15, 2014
4:45 AM
joeym,
Yes
it was like Ponderosa. What happened was Mr. Jim, as he was known, was the manager of Tad's steakhouse on 4th street in Cincinnati back in the sixties. they served a Steak dinner for 99 cents.It was very good. Then Jim branched out on his own and started Mr. Jim's.
He opened the location on South Dixie in the sixties. I lost track of him thru the years.Maybe someone knows what happened to him?
newsnot
436 posts
Nov 15, 2014
5:00 AM
Luv,
Isn't there a Mexican restaurant you like on east Third Street?
luv my dayton
734 posts
Nov 15, 2014
7:48 AM
Nothing fancy and plenty of seating for eating in but I get carry out. Plenty to eat and reasonably priced. Really nice people and glad to see them making a go of it as always busy . My only regret is when I had the chance years ago that I never learned Spanish and could in these days have many to communicate with. Place is located across the parking lot of the baptist church at June and Terry. Anything you can think of on their menu but my favorite is their taco salad. Burritos are huge and there are also desserts. Can't say enough about them and for anyone in the area give them a try.

Last Edited by luv my dayton on Nov 15, 2014 7:51 AM
Calhoun
320 posts
Nov 15, 2014
8:41 AM
Luv-

Is this the place that was originally a Burger Chef?
Billd1952
259 posts
Nov 16, 2014
12:15 PM
Calhoun, yes. That used to be Burger Chef, when it was built in the mid 60's.
Calhoun
321 posts
Nov 16, 2014
12:41 PM
OK, then it's the same place I'm thinking of. Outstanding food, although seating can be at a premium at lunch time.

Also recommend "Burrito King" on Valley St. Very small "mom & pop" place, directly across the street from "Dollar General". Not the best neighborhood, but the best burritos I've had in Dayton. I've heard they also have a great breakfast, but never in that area in the morning.
luv my dayton
736 posts
Nov 16, 2014
5:52 PM
FARMERS MARKET IS ON WEBSTER ST OFF OF THIRD. GREAT PLACE WITH REALLY GREAT FOOD VENDORS/MISC VENDORS. HAVENT MADE IT DOWN MUCH THIS YEAR DUE TO LACK OF FUNDS FOR PLAYING AROUND. IF YOU LIKE CREPES THEY HAVE THEM THERE AND A LADY WHO HAS CROCHETED WASH CLOTHS THAT STRETCH WHEN WET AND LAST FOREVER. TOO MANY PLACES TO MENTION BUT RIGHT NOW WOULD BE A PERFECT TIME TO GO BECAUSE OF THE GIFT GIVING SEASON. OPEN LIMITED HRS DURING WEEK AND FROM 8-3 ON SAT. JUST TALKED MYSELF INTO GOING THIS NEXT WEEK.

Last Edited by luv my dayton on Nov 16, 2014 5:55 PM
historybuff
252 posts
Nov 16, 2014
10:22 PM
Ared60: Dominics closed several years ago. Was going to be reopened by a daughter-in-law but had legal issues about the salad dressing recipe by the mother which prevented the restaurant from reopening. Dick Mantia, the owner, whom I knew quite well, had passed away several years ago. Anyone who knew anything else about Dominics Restaurant, which was a great restaurant might want to comment…...

Last Edited by historybuff on Nov 16, 2014 10:24 PM
joey m
273 posts
Nov 18, 2014
7:59 AM
My father was very good friends with Dick Mantias dad and took our family there when I was very young. At that time it was just a converted house that sat on the corner. I didnt know his first name but everybody called him "Skinny". He loved kids and when ever dad took us there Mr. Mantia would get a deck of cards out and entertain us. Later when I got older his son Dick and I became good friends. He got me my first season tickets to U.D. Basketball which at that time were almost impossible to get. The reason for that was that they played at the old Fieldhouse. I knew Dicks children Rick and Christy and when he passed from what I know he left the restaurant to his daughter Christy and his wife Ann. After a while Christy sold her share to Ann. And that's where the problem started. I can tell you this though Dick Mantia was a good friend and a better person.
newsnot
439 posts
Nov 18, 2014
7:59 AM
kennyE11
I don't think older restaurants can compete with newer ones. So the older ones just become pleasant memories. I hated to see the Tropics close. It was a neat place as was the Windjammer in Cincinnati.In Cincinnati there are plenty of new ones.
David C
13 posts
Feb 16, 2015
9:47 AM
I didn't see anyone mention Woody's in (I believe) West Carrollton. It was built over the road and was connected to the grocery store.
lsbair
15 posts
Apr 13, 2015
2:05 AM
I have to add Kettering Village Inn to this :)
joey m
361 posts
Apr 14, 2015
1:06 PM
Did anybody mention Mike's Chili Parlor on west 3rd. St.
historybuff
298 posts
Apr 18, 2015
4:42 AM
I just happened to reread this thread this morning, but did I miss it?. I can’t believe no one has mentioned “The Spaghetti Warehouse” on Fifth Street in downtown Dayton. I believe it is also a “non-chain” restaurant. I go by there often and it always seems to have a crowd going in. Good food and reasonably priced. Anyone else been there?…...
blue J
163 posts
Apr 29, 2015
10:25 AM
Spaghetti Warehouse is technically a chain, yes, but they don't have a lot of locations- I want to say a dozen, or maybe twenty at most, nation-wide. Something like that.

At any rate, yes, I love it. We love to take the kids there, too. Great for adults and families with young kids alike. The prices are somewhat higher than they were about two or three years ago, but it is very good.

I love looking at the old advertisements and decorations- some are specific to Dayton, and some are not.

The wall full of old license plates in the waiting area has been there for as long as I can remember- probably since the restaurant opened here. In the same part of the waiting area, they also have some small, framed historic photos of the areas of West Third/Fourth/Fifth and Ludlow Streets- including what is now known as the Terra Cotta District.

Every time I take my kids downtown, I try to give them a little history lesson, talking about the historic buildings that are still there, and others that no longer are. My hope is that it will mean something to them, as they grow up.
Johnny_Towanda
1 post
May 12, 2015
12:53 PM
For those of you who remember the signature flavor and savor of Pine Club steaks, the secret was Brucken's Steak Seasoning. (Which is available at some Dayton Krogers, as well as at the Brucken store on Smithville Rd.) The other secret was the Salamander broiler which gets up to 1,000°. They would keep the raw steaks at room temp, sprinkle on the Brucken's, and then in the Salamander for 1 minute per side. Mmmm.

Also, when downtown, I always enjoyed a Double Butter Burger at the White Tower. I know it was a regional chain. In the '30s they were sued by White Castle for copying Castle's exterior designs. However, on one can compare the huge Butter Burger to the little "slider." Mmmm.

I live in the Nashville, TN area now. The last time I visited Dayton I got my Marrion's fix straight away. Then I discovered SmashBurger. Wow! (I know... another chain.)
jamesjohnson1970
56 posts
May 12, 2015
3:22 PM
Anybody remember Milanos? Is it still there? Not what I'd call a restaurant, but more of a pizza-sub joint. Heard the owner, Ron Woods, tried to be connected with local crime figures. The story goes that he would set his place on fire every five years or so to collect insurance money. He wore a wig and was called Uncle Wiggy by the employees. Sounds like that wigged guy Morrie Kessler in Goodfellas. lol
luv my dayton
981 posts
May 12, 2015
5:59 PM
Blue j Spaghetti Warehouse is a great place to eat and interesting to see the nostalgic things that decorate it. Think there's even an old phone booth in the placed. Nice size portions,excellent salads and a good staff to serve you. A friend of mines husband could be a pain when going out to have dinner. Took them to SW and he was impressed with 'food and service so we went there many times.
Boatman55
25 posts
May 13, 2015
12:25 PM
Seeing SW mentioned reminds me of 11 years ago when I proposed to my wife there only to remember I left the ring in my car. How embarrassing. We laughed about it afterward. We were married that year and she passed away last June. I miss her so. Be sure to tell the person you love, just how much you love them. You may not get another chance. I didn't.
joey m
379 posts
May 13, 2015
2:07 PM
Good post and sorry for your loss. I'm 71 and I have a 43 year old daughter and she is married and has 6 children and they live in Louisville Ky. and I call them 2 or 3 times a week and I never hang up without telling them I love them. And "THANKS AGAIN" God Bless!
Boatman55
26 posts
May 15, 2015
5:46 AM
Seeing Spaghetti Warehouse mentioned takes me back 11 years ago. I proposed to my beautiful wife at SW and discovered I had left the ring in my car. We laughed about that for years. We were married for ten years and she passed away last June. If you have someone in your life that you love, please tell them. They may be taken away and you wont get another chance. I sure miss her.
Boatman55
27 posts
May 15, 2015
5:47 AM
Sorry I repeated the post. This site doesn't always work for me.
luv my dayton
986 posts
May 15, 2015
10:06 AM
Think theres also a Milanos south of town on 741 out past Dayton Mall.
Springfielder
32 posts
May 15, 2015
6:17 PM
Boatman55 - What a wonderful story! I'm sorry to hear about your wife. I know you treasure the memories.


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