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106 posts
Feb 15, 2015
5:54 AM
Growing up in Dayton left me with a lot of good memories. I wish I could revisit, but the reality is we can't do that other than playing them out again in our memories. That is what this blog is all about. From the time I was around 6 or 7, until I graduated from Beavercreek High School and left the Dayton area for college and then the military, one of the things I remember that I loved was our family would go to church most Sunday's. We attended Belmont EUB (now Methodist) on Smithville. I went there when it was at the original location across from the trolley barn as well as it's present location. About 2 times a month, after church was out, we would go to the Patterson Restaurant across from Carrillon Park. I remember the restaurant was a small building with a new addition built on to it to extend it. The main room was typical 40s notty pine casual, and the addition was more of a supper club motif with aqua marine booths all around the walls. My favorite thing to eat there was the Turkey & Dressing. The real treat to me as kid was we would all get a small order of Corn Fritters with Maple Syrup. The waitress would bring them to us before our meal and a few minutes later the main course would come out. There was something special about that place. When we were in town last year at my Mom's Funeral Service, I drove by it. The main building is still there, but the addition is gone and it is painted gray and is a real estate office. The Patterson is one of my favorite memories about growing up in Dayton.
luv my dayton
864 posts
Feb 15, 2015
8:27 AM
The Patterson was one of many places we would take the kids to eat after church. Think the big hill behind the place with many trees is what made it nice. Other places were Golden Nugget,and Bill Knapps. My adult daughters were laughing recently about how one of these places had a pee wee plate and they ate those until almost hitting their teens.

Last Edited by luv my dayton on Feb 15, 2015 8:34 AM
107 posts
Feb 15, 2015
11:18 AM
I loved Bill Knapps. I think they came along after the Patterson Closed down. The one we went to was at the corner of Dorthy Lane, or maybe it was Indian Ripple at that point, and county line road. I think they tore it down when they built The Greens.
luv my dayton
865 posts
Feb 15, 2015
1:51 PM
We went to that one you just mentioned. We actually would go there to buy one of their cakes when a birthday came along. Did love the food as was more like home cooked. Think that may be where kids got pee wee plates. By the way the place out on Wilmington that was BB Que hut has now reopened and heard it has great food. I used to go to BBQ hut and was saddened when they closed. Nice people and great staff. Will try the new place soon. Think it may be called Kettering Grill. Years ago it started as a Friendly.Have you tried the brewery and restaurant yet at the Carillon? Its busy every time I go by there and should be jumping when spring and summer get here.

Last Edited by luv my dayton on Feb 15, 2015 1:56 PM
108 posts
Feb 15, 2015
3:24 PM
My cousin who lives in Xenia confirmed the new place is very good. I live in Atlanta GA so haven't had a chance to try the new place at the Carillon. Next time we come home for a visit, we'll have to try it.
29 posts
Feb 16, 2015
5:13 AM
The only thing left of the Bill Knapps franchise is their cakes. You can buy them at some Kroger and Meijer locations in the refrigerated sections of their bakery. They come in a nondescript white box.
When it was your birthday at Bill Knapps you got your age as a percentage off your bill. For example - you are 42, you got 42% off.
We had a Bill Knapps in Springfield on the hill behind the Upper Valley Mall.
joey m
331 posts
Feb 16, 2015
7:45 AM
trollyfan Amen to the corn fritters and they had the best banana cream pie. And talking about corn fritters first thing that comes to mind is Peerless Mill Inn.
272 posts
Feb 16, 2015
11:06 PM
trolleyfan - I believe the Peerless Mill Inn closed in 2008 - it was really a shame, since that restaurant was one of my family's favorites in the Dayton area.

The restaurant was located at 319 S. 2nd St in Miamisburg. There is currently a microbrewery (Star City Brewing Company) in the old building, but if you go to Google Maps street view, the old picture is still of the Peerless Mill Inn.

Like joey m, we really enjoyed the corn fritters from Peerless Mill Inn. On my recent visit to the Dayton area, I ate at the Pearson House Restaurant in West Milton - they had pretty decent food including corn fritters!
75 posts
Feb 17, 2015
7:02 PM
We'd eat at the Patterson after burials at Calvary. Seriously. (Wonder how many grieving families they served over the years??)
114 posts
Feb 18, 2015
4:25 AM
I'm sure hundreds, and I'm also sure they served them well.
26 posts
Mar 15, 2015
8:14 AM
The Patterson Restaurant is remembered for their t-bone steak which I had when I was a kid when the family went there occasionally. When? The last 50s?
117 posts
Mar 15, 2015
4:11 PM
Come to think of it, I never had anything I didn't like at The Patterson, and I was a picky eater !
7 posts
Mar 29, 2015
9:44 AM
I never mate at the Patterson Inn.I always wanted to but put it off and I missed my chance. I used to go to the Carrilon cafeteria from time to time. They have closed too. On that same stretch of road (S. Dixie) used to be Budco Electronics and Audio Warehouse.
joey m
349 posts
Mar 30, 2015
8:56 AM
trolleyfan Pancake house was called The Golden Nugget.
38 posts
Mar 31, 2015
5:28 PM
Yes the Golden Nugget Pancake House is great. Remember when it caught fire and was closed for a spell?
136 posts
Apr 04, 2015
5:04 AM
There are no trolleys in Atlanta, but in a few parts of town, the railroads still cross over streets to get to the larger manufacturing plants. There are also a few tracks in the street that haven't been used in years, yet they have never been torn out. Charlotte North Carolina has a new trolley system that would make you proud and Atlanta is talking about one here too. I sure hope it comes to fruition. I understand there is some talk about a limited trolley system in Dayton as well.

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