Classic Dayton restaurants you have to try and love

7:09 a.m. Friday, May 27, 2016 What To Do

Here are a few of the best sit-down restaurants in the community.

• MEL-O-DEE RESTAURANT AND CATERING

The Mel-O-Dee Restaurant. Bill Lackey/Staff

Location: 2350 S. Dayton-Lakeview Road, New Carlisle

Established: 1965

Why: Family comes to mind when one thinks about the Mel-O-Dee. The restaurant has been family-owned and operated for four generations and the food puts the “home” in home cooking. Dive  head first into the bread loafs, coleslaw and broaster chops, chicken and fish.  

More infohttp://melodeerestaurant.com or 937-849-1378

•THE PARAGON SUPPER CLUB

Eastablished: 1978

Why: When you think supper club, you think The Paragon. They do things the way they should be done at this old-school and still very cool spot with great wine, cocktails seafood, chops and steaks.

•EL MESON RESTAURANT & CATERING 

El Meson is hosting its annual Parrot Head Party
 
 
 

 @elmesondayton is so good. #daytonspring

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•JAY’S SEAFOOD

Location:  225 E 6th St, Dayton

Why: Amy Haverstick is continuing the tradition her father, Jay Haverstick, started 40 years ago, but the restaurant's history goes beyond even that thanks to its awe-inspiring bar.  

More info: jays.com or 937-222-2892

•ROB’S RESTAURANT 

Location: 705 Arlington Road, Brookville

Established: 1976

Why: This is the place for home cooking away from home that tastes just like home. Order from the menu or eat, eat and eat comfort food from Rob’s hot bar buffet.

 
 
 

 First trip to Rob's Restaurant. Yummy

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•GOLDEN LAMB INN AND RESTAURANT 

The Golden Lamb in Lebanon has entertained 12 U.S. presidents.

•TREASURE ISLAND SUPPER CLUB 

•THE PINE CLUB

 
 
 

 Pine Club named second best steakhouse in nation by @foodnetwork. #daytonfood #daytoninspires http://on.dayton.com/1IG7lfH

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The Pine Club is in its 70th year of serving up steaks in Dayton. FILE

More infowww.thepineclub.com or 937-228-7463

 
 
 

 #noleftovers Pine Club

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•BUCKHORN TAVERN

The Tavern Burger at the Buckhorn Tavern is so good you don’t need to slather it with condiments. (Staff photo by Connie Post)

More info: buckhorntavern.biz or (937) 890-3261.

•JOE KISS HICKORY BAR-B-Q

Established on Brown Street: 1962

Why: The Dayton classic is best known for its cabbage rolls and barbecue chicken and ribs. But with its crispy thick cut bacon and toasted white bread, the BLT on the lunch menu ($3.95) deserves a little love, too.

• MAMMA DISALVO RISTORANTE

Mamma DiSalvo’s is having a meatball eating contest.

Location:  1375 E. Stroop Road, Kettering

Established: 1979

Why: The family-owned institution satisfies with classic eggplant parmigiano, spaghetti alla carbanara, calamari, toasted ravioli and linguini vongole.

The restaurant started off small with recipes from Italy’s Abruzzi Molise Region. The secret is out, and it is one of Dayton’s most beloved eateries. Ask nearly anyone.

http://www.dayton.com/what-to-do/restaurants/8-reasons-to-love-Mamma-DiSalvos/

More infowww.mammadisalvo.com  or 937-299-5831

•THE WINDS CAFE

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The Winds Cafe in Yellow Springs was and is a pioneer in farm-to-table cuisine. Photo from Winds Cafe Facebook page

Location: 215 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs

•FRANCO’S RISTORANTE ITALIANO

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Franco’s World Famoso Spaghetti. Franco’s Ristorante Italiano in Dayton is just one of the many restaurants participating in Winter Restaurant Week 2017. CONTRIBUTED

Established: 1976

Take Franco’s “World Famoso” Spaghetti for instance. 

•GIOVANNIS PIZZERIA E RISTORANTE ITALIANO

Location: 215 W. Main St., Fairborn

•CHINA COTTAGE

Crab Rangoon at China Cottage in Kettering. (Staff photo by Connie Post)
 
 
 

 Flame on.

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Established: 1987

•AMBER ROSE 

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The Mother's Day menu at The Amber Rose has the whole family in mind.

•OAKWOOD CLUB 

Established: 1962

Location: 2414 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood

Why: The  Oakwood Club might be best known for its steak, but that is far from the only thing this still hip restaurant does right. The Oakwood Club's burgers are out-of-this-world and only a fool would say "no" to The Oakwood Club's potato crusted chilean sea bass or Maryland Crab Cakes.  

More info: 937-293-6973 or  theoakwoodclub.com

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