BEST OF DAYTON: Should these restaurant and food reigning champs stay on top? Keep nominating to tell us!

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The top three winners in Dayton.com’s Best of Dayton 2019-20 contest in food, dining and restaurant categories.

Our favorite restaurants are important to us. That’s why we’re out to select Dayton’s favorites again in Best of Dayton.

The nomination period for this year’s Best of Dayton goes through Monday. Click here to get involved! We’ll be choosing the finalists based in large part on how many times a person or place is nominated.

Should the reigning champs stay on top? Here’s a look at the winners in the 2019-20 Best of Dayton for motivation as you’re thinking about who to nominate.

BEST APPETIZER

🥇WINNER: Thai 9 Crab Rangoon

11 Brown St., Dayton | 937-222-3227 | Website | Facebook

SECOND PLACE: Wheat Penny Oven & Bar Eggplant Fries

515 Wayne Ave., Dayton | 937-496-5268 | Website | Facebook

THIRD PLACE: Jimmie's Ladder 11 Paisano Pasta Chips

936 Brown St., Dayton | 937-424-1784 | Website | Facebook

BEST ASIAN FOOD

The yuzu salmon appetizer at Ozu 852 is made with black and ikura caviar. Ozu 852 is a repeat winner of the Best Asian Food category in the Best of Dayton contest. The restaurant, located at 852 Union Blvd. in Englewood, is known for fresh, quality sushi, hibachi, Chinese and Japanese foods.  LISA POWELL / STAFF
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The yuzu salmon appetizer at Ozu 852 is made with black and ikura caviar. Ozu 852 is a repeat winner of the Best Asian Food category in the Best of Dayton contest. The restaurant, located at 852 Union Blvd. in Englewood, is known for fresh, quality sushi, hibachi, Chinese and Japanese foods. LISA POWELL / STAFF

🥇WINNER: Ozu852

852 Union Blvd., Clayton | 937-832-3000 | Website | Facebook

SECOND PLACE: Thai 9

11 Brown St., Dayton | 937-222-3227 | Website | Facebook

THIRD PLACE: China Cottage

6290 Far Hills Ave., Centerville | 937-434-2622

3718 Wilmington Pike, Kettering | 937-294-4724

1983 Shiloh Springs Road, Trotwood | 937-854-8033

784 N. Main St., Springboro | 937-748-8866

Website

BEST BAKERY

ele' Cake Co. is the Best of Dayton winner for Best Bakery in the 2019-20 contest.
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ele' Cake Co. is the Best of Dayton winner for Best Bakery in the 2019-20 contest.

Credit: Lisa Powell

Credit: Lisa Powell

🥇WINNER: ele Cake Co.

810 East Dixie Drive, West Carrollton

1279 North Fairfield Road, Beavercreek

3680 Rigby Road at Austin Landing, Miamisburg

937-384-2253 | Website | Facebook

SECOND PLACE: Dorothy Lane Market

2710 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood | 937-299-3561

6177 Far Hills Ave., Washington Twp. | 937-434-1294

740 N. Main St., Springboro | 937-748-6800

Website | Facebook

THIRD PLACE: Ashley's Pastry Shop

21 Park Ave., Dayton | 937-293-1719 | Website | Facebook

BEST BBQ

City Barbeque is the Best of Dayton winner for Best BBQ in the 2019-20 contest. (Source: City Barbeque Facebook)
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City Barbeque is the Best of Dayton winner for Best BBQ in the 2019-20 contest. (Source: City Barbeque Facebook)

🥇WINNER: City Barbeque

2330 N. Fairfield Road, Beavercreek | 937-320-0000 |

Website | Facebook

5 E. Franklin St., Centerville | 937-312-1350 |

Website | Facebook

SECOND PLACE: Company 7 BBQ

1001 S. Main St., Englewood | 937-836-2777 | Website | Facebook

THIRD PLACE: Hickory River Smokehouse

135 S. Garber Drive, Tipp City | 937-669-2271 | Website | Facebook

BEST BREAKFAST

We are betting you can’t finish The Gambler - two pancakes, one slab of french toast, bacon and hash brown and a ‘girle’ size omelet. Pictured with sausage gravy.
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We are betting you can’t finish The Gambler - two pancakes, one slab of french toast, bacon and hash brown and a ‘girle’ size omelet. Pictured with sausage gravy.

🥇WINNER: Tank's Bar & Grill

2033 Wayne Ave., Dayton | 937-252-2249 | Facebook | Website

SECOND PLACE: Golden Nugget

2932 S. Dixie Drive, Kettering | 937-298-0138 | Facebook

THIRD PLACE: First Watch

4105 W. Town & Country Road, Kettering | 937-643-4077

5245 Cornerstone North Blvd., Centerville | 937-732-9013

2614-A Colonel Glen Highway, Fairborn | 937-431-9150

2824 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, Miami Twp. | 937-435-3127

Website | Facebook

BEST BRUNCH

Classic dishes from First Watch. (Source: First Watch)
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Classic dishes from First Watch. (Source: First Watch)

🥇WINNER: First Watch

4105 W. Town & Country Road, Kettering | 937-643-4077

5245 Cornerstone North Blvd., Centerville | 937-732-9013

2614-A Colonel Glen Highway, Fairborn | 937-431-9150

2824 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, Miami Twp. | 937-435-3127

Website | Facebook

SECOND PLACE: Another Broken Egg Cafe

3450 Rigby Road, Austin Landing, Miamisburg | 937-866-4510 | Website | Facebook

2453 Esquire Drive, Beavercreek | (937) 912-5074

THIRD PLACE: Dublin Pub

300 Wayne Ave., Dayton | 937-224-7822 | Website | Facebook

BEST BURGER

A cheeseburger and hand cut fries at Tank's. Photo: Tank's Facebook page.
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A cheeseburger and hand cut fries at Tank's. Photo: Tank's Facebook page.

Credit: HANDOUT

Credit: HANDOUT

🥇WINNER: Tank's Bar & Grill

2033 Wayne Ave., Dayton | 937-252-2249 | Facebook | Website

SECOND PLACE: Slyder's Tavern

836 Watervliet Ave., Dayton | 937-258-1222 | Website | Facebook

THIRD PLACE: The Hamburger Wagon

12 E. Central Ave., Miamisburg | 937-847-2442 | Website | Facebook

BEST CHEAP EATS

A closeup look at Tank’s Bar and Grill’s peanut butter and jelly club ($4.99). (Staff photo by Amelia Robinson)
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A closeup look at Tank’s Bar and Grill’s peanut butter and jelly club ($4.99). (Staff photo by Amelia Robinson)

🥇WINNER: Tank's Bar & Grill

2033 Wayne Ave., Dayton | 937-252-2249 | Facebook | Website

SECOND PLACE: The Hamburger Wagon

12 E. Central Ave., Miamisburg | 937-847-2442 | Website | Facebook

THIRD PLACE: Taqueria Mixteca

1609 E. 3rd St., Dayton | 937-258-2654 | Facebook | Website

2190 Shiloh Springs Road, Trotwood | 937-529-7535 | Facebook | Website

BEST CHICKEN SANDWICH

A chicken sandwich from Chick-fil-A. LISA POWELL / STAFF
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A chicken sandwich from Chick-fil-A. LISA POWELL / STAFF

🥇WINNER: Chick-fil-A

Multiple Dayton-area locations | Website | Facebook

SECOND PLACE: Popeyes

Multiple Dayton-area locations | Website | Facebook

THIRD PLACE: Nick’s Restaurant

1443 N. Detroit St., Xenia | (937) 372-3202 | Website | Facebook

HONORABLE MENTION: The Chicken Spot

3261 W. Siebenthaler Ave., Dayton | (937) 813-1618 | Facebook

This newly opened destination for chicken came in just a couple votes behind Nick’s Restaurant. This is definitely one to watch and one to try.

BEST CHILI

Cup of Tank’s Road Kill Chili. (Staff photo by Amelia Robinson)
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Cup of Tank’s Road Kill Chili. (Staff photo by Amelia Robinson)

🥇WINNER: Tank's Bar & Grill

2033 Wayne Ave., Dayton | 937-252-2249 | Facebook | Website

SECOND PLACE: Skyline Chili

Multiple Dayton-area locations | Website | Facebook

THIRD PLACE: Nick’s Restaurant

1443 N. Detroit St., Xenia | (937) 372-3202 | Website | Facebook

BEST CHINESE FOOD

Shrimp dish at China Cottage No. 4. China Cottage is the winner of Best Chinese Food in Dayton.com’s Best of Dayton 2019-20 contest.
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Shrimp dish at China Cottage No. 4. China Cottage is the winner of Best Chinese Food in Dayton.com’s Best of Dayton 2019-20 contest.

Credit: Chris Stewart

Credit: Chris Stewart

🥇WINNER: China Cottage

6290 Far Hills Ave., Centerville | 937-434-2622

3718 Wilmington Pike, Kettering | 937-294-4724

1983 Shiloh Springs Road, Trotwood | 937-854-8033

784 N. Main St., Springboro | 937-748-8866

Website

SECOND PLACE: Ozu852

852 Union Blvd., Clayton | 937-832-3000 | Website | Facebook

THIRD PLACE: CJ Chan

2747 W. Alex Bell Road, Moraine | (937) 259-8882 | Website

536 Wilmington Ave., Dayton | (937) 259-9866 | Website

BEST CHIPS

Mikesell's is keeping it fresh and fun with two brand new varieties. PHOTO / Mikesell's Snack Food Company Facebook page
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Mikesell's is keeping it fresh and fun with two brand new varieties. PHOTO / Mikesell's Snack Food Company Facebook page

🥇WINNER: Mikesell's Potato Chip Co.

333 Leo St., Dayton | 937-228-9400 | Website | Facebook

SECOND PLACE: Nick’s Restaurant

1443 N. Detroit St., Xenia | (937) 372-3202 | Website | Facebook

THIRD PLACE: Blind Bob's

430 E. Fifth St., Dayton | 937-938-6405 | Website | Facebook

BEST CHOCOLATES

Each heart on the Esther Price peanut butter creams are hand-strung by a person in the candy factory on Wayne Avenue in Dayton. LISA POWELL / STAFF
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Each heart on the Esther Price peanut butter creams are hand-strung by a person in the candy factory on Wayne Avenue in Dayton. LISA POWELL / STAFF

🥇WINNER: Esther Price Fine Chocolates

Multiple Dayton-area locations | Website | Facebook

SECOND PLACE: Winans Chocolates + Coffees

Multiple Dayton-area locations | Website | Facebook

THIRD PLACE: Bellbrook Chocolate Shoppe

101 E. Alex Bell Road, Centerville | (937) 436-5066 | Website | Facebook

BEST COFFEEHOUSE

Ghostlight Coffee is scheduled to open its second location to the public Thursday, Nov. 14. The business will sell coffee, baked goods and an assortment of breakfast and lunch items, including an impossible meatloaf sandwich, Yemeni toast and  Keener Farm sage sausage sandwiches.  The grand opening of the second Ghostlight location will mark the eighth anniversary of the opening of the first.  Shane Anderson opened Ghostlight Coffee in Dayton’s South Park neighborhood Nov. 14, 2011.  The original location remains open. The new location is at 800 S Patterson Boulevard next to Old Scratch Pizza and across from Grismer Tire.
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Ghostlight Coffee is scheduled to open its second location to the public Thursday, Nov. 14. The business will sell coffee, baked goods and an assortment of breakfast and lunch items, including an impossible meatloaf sandwich, Yemeni toast and Keener Farm sage sausage sandwiches. The grand opening of the second Ghostlight location will mark the eighth anniversary of the opening of the first. Shane Anderson opened Ghostlight Coffee in Dayton’s South Park neighborhood Nov. 14, 2011. The original location remains open. The new location is at 800 S Patterson Boulevard next to Old Scratch Pizza and across from Grismer Tire.

🥇WINNER: Ghostlight Coffee

Midtown: 800 S. Patterson Blvd., Dayton | South Park: 1201 Wayne Ave., Dayton | 937-985-2633 | Facebook | Website

SECOND PLACE: Winans Chocolates + Coffees

Multiple Dayton-area locations | Website | Facebook

THIRD PLACE: Boston Stoker

34 W. Second St., Dayton | 937-223-1224

8321 N. Main St., Clayton | 937-890-2345

1293 S. Dorset Road, Troy | 937-552-7965

215 N. Main St., Centerville | 937-439-2400

Website | Facebook

BEST DELI/SANDWICH SHOP

The Cuban at DiSalvo's Deli.
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The Cuban at DiSalvo's Deli.

Credit: Contributed

Credit: Contributed

🥇WINNER: DiSalvo's Deli

1383 E. Stroop Road, Kettering | 937-298-5053 | Website | Facebook

SECOND PLACE: Canal Street Deli and Arcade

308 E. 1st St., Dayton | 937-220-9333 | Facebook | Website

THIRD PLACE: Flyboy's Deli

2515 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood | 937-723–6135 | Facebook | Website

BEST DINER

The Mel-O-Dee Omelette with hashbrowns and biscuits and coffee. Bill Lackey/Staff
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The Mel-O-Dee Omelette with hashbrowns and biscuits and coffee. Bill Lackey/Staff

Credit: Bill Lackey

Credit: Bill Lackey

🥇WINNER: Mel-O-Dee Restaurant

2350 S. Dayton-Lakeview Road, New Carlisle | 937-849-1378 | Website | Facebook

SECOND PLACE: Hasty Tasty Pancake House

3509 Linden Ave., Dayton | 937-254-8431 | Facebook

THIRD PLACE: George's Family Restaurant

5216 N. Dixie Drive, Dayton | 937-275-0705 | Facebook | Website

BEST DONUTS

Bill's Donut Shop order ready in the box on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 in Centerville.    TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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Bill's Donut Shop order ready in the box on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 in Centerville. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

🥇WINNER: Bill's Donuts

268 N. Main St., Centerville | 937-433-0002 | Website | Facebook

SECOND PLACE: Jim's Donuts

122 E. National Rd., Vandalia | 937-898-4222 | Facebook

THIRD PLACE: Stan the Donut Man

1441 Wilmington Ave., Dayton | 937-293-1080 | Facebook

BEST FAMILY RESTAURANT

Spaghetti Warehouse in Dayton offers a heaping pasta dish on Wednesdays for $5, including salad and breadsticks. (Source: Spaghetti Warehouse Facebook)
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Spaghetti Warehouse in Dayton offers a heaping pasta dish on Wednesdays for $5, including salad and breadsticks. (Source: Spaghetti Warehouse Facebook)

🥇WINNER: Spaghetti Warehouse

36 W. Fifth St., Dayton | 937-461-3913 | Website | Facebook

SECOND PLACE: Mamma DiSalvo’s

1375 E. Stroop Road, Dayton | 937-299-5831 | Website | Facebook

THIRD PLACE: Doubleday’s Grill & Tavern

199 E. Alex Bell Road, Centerville | 937-436-4666 |776 N. Main St., Springboro | 937-514-7755 | Website | Facebook

BEST FINE DINING

The Pine Club famous steak, rolls and stewed tomatoes
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The Pine Club famous steak, rolls and stewed tomatoes

Credit: Lisa Powell

Credit: Lisa Powell

🥇WINNER: The Pine Club

1926 Brown St., Dayton | 937-228-7463 | Website | Facebook

SECOND PLACE: The Oakwood Club

2414 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood | 937-293-6973 | Website | Facebook

THIRD PLACE: Carvers Steaks & Chops

1535 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Washington Twp. | (937) 433-7099 | Website | Facebook

BEST FOOD TRUCK

More than 50 trucks participated in this year's Miami County Gourmet Food Truck Rally, including Zombie Dogz. One of their specialties is a pizza-inspired dog called the Blood Graffiti. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY
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More than 50 trucks participated in this year's Miami County Gourmet Food Truck Rally, including Zombie Dogz. One of their specialties is a pizza-inspired dog called the Blood Graffiti. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

🥇WINNER: Zombie Dogz

Restaurant location: 1200 Brown St., Dayton | Website | See Facebook for food truck appearances

SECOND PLACE: McNasty's

See Facebook for food truck appearances

THIRD PLACE: Greek Street Food Truck

See Facebook for food truck appearances

BEST FRENCH FRIES

Penn Station hand-cut fries. CONTRIBUTED
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Penn Station hand-cut fries. CONTRIBUTED

Credit: Sarah M. Baker

Credit: Sarah M. Baker

🥇WINNER: Five Guys

1143 Brown St., Dayton | (937) 222-2325

3286 Pentagon Park Blvd., Beavercreek | 937-427-6590

1057 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, Centerville | 937-428-4897

10635 Innovation Drive, Miamisburg | 937-865-9199

Facebook | Website

SECOND PLACE: Penn Station

Multiple Dayton-area locations | Website | Facebook

THIRD PLACE: Dublin Pub

300 Wayne Ave., Dayton | 937-224-7822 | Website | Facebook

BEST GRILLED CHEESE

My Way Grilled Cheese from Tank's Bar and Grill. (Source: Tank's)
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My Way Grilled Cheese from Tank's Bar and Grill. (Source: Tank's)

🥇WINNER: Tank's Bar and Grill My Way Grilled Cheese

2033 Wayne Ave., Dayton | 937-252-2249 | Facebook | Website

SECOND PLACE: Melt Bar and Grilled

2733 Fairfield Commons, Unit C, Beavercreek | 937-912-1880 | Website | Facebook

THIRD PLACE: McNasty's food truck

See Facebook for food truck appearances

BEST HIDDEN GEM RESTAURANT

Christopher’s Restaurant & Catering, Kettering. MICHELLE FONG/STAFF
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Christopher’s Restaurant & Catering, Kettering. MICHELLE FONG/STAFF

🥇WINNER: Christopher’s Restaurant

2318 E. Dorothy Lane, Kettering | 937-299-0089 | Website | Facebook

SECOND PLACE: Nick’s Restaurant

1443 N. Detroit St., Xenia | (937) 372-3202 | Website | Facebook

THIRD PLACE: The Florentine

21 W. Market St., Germantown | 937-855-7759 | Website | Facebook

BEST HOT DOG

More than 50 trucks participated in this year's Miami County Gourmet Food Truck Rally, including Zombie Dogz. Pictured here is their Blood Graffiti dog. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY
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More than 50 trucks participated in this year's Miami County Gourmet Food Truck Rally, including Zombie Dogz. Pictured here is their Blood Graffiti dog. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

🥇WINNER: Zombie Dogz

Restaurant location: 1200 Brown St., Dayton | Website | See Facebook for food truck appearances

SECOND PLACE: The Root Beer Stande

1727 Woodman Drive, Dayton | 937-640-1114 | Website | Facebook

Open seasonally

THIRD PLACE: Chicago Gyros and Dogs

3979 Indian Ripple Road, Beavercreek | 937-705-6072 | Website | Facebook

BEST ICE CREAM

Dan Young is the Chief Ice Cream Dipper at Young's Jersey Dairy and our Daytonian of the Week.
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Dan Young is the Chief Ice Cream Dipper at Young's Jersey Dairy and our Daytonian of the Week.

Credit: Dan Young

Credit: Dan Young

🥇WINNER: Young's Jersey Dairy

6880 Springfield Xenia Road, Yellow Springs | 937-325-0629 | Website | Facebook

SECOND PLACE: Graeter's

2412 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood

2330 N. Fairfield Road, Beavercreek

2 N. Main St., Centerville

Facebook | Website

THIRD PLACE: Ritter's Frozen Custard

2531 Dayton-Xenia Road, Beavercreek | 937-320-0772

2226 Wilmington Pike, Kettering | 937-252-3355

Website | Facebook

BEST INDIAN RESTAURANT

🥇WINNER: Amar India

2751 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, Miami Twp. | 937-439-9005 | 7070 Miller Lane, Butler Twp. | 937-387-6505 | Facebook | Website

SECOND PLACE: Jeet India

2750 N. Fairfield Road, Beavercreek | 937-431-8881 | Website | Facebook

THIRD PLACE: Ajanta India Restaurant

3063 Woodman Drive, Kettering | 937-296-9200 | Website | Facebook

BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT

Mamma DiSalvo's famous lasagna. Source: Facebook
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Mamma DiSalvo's famous lasagna. Source: Facebook

WINNER: Mamma DiSalvo's

1375 E. Stroop Road, Dayton | 937-299-5831 | Facebook | Website

🏆Dayton.com’s Best of 2017 Best Italian Food winner

SECOND PLACE: The Spaghetti Warehouse

36 W. Fifth St., Dayton | 937-461-3913 | Website | Facebook

THIRD PLACE: Giovanni’s

215 W. Main St., Fairborn | (937) 878-1611 | Website | Facebook

BEST LATE-NIGHT EATS

My Way Grilled Cheese from Tank's Bar and Grill. (Source: Tank's)
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My Way Grilled Cheese from Tank's Bar and Grill. (Source: Tank's)

🥇WINNER: Tank's Bar & Grill

2033 Wayne Ave, Dayton | (937) 252-2249 | Website | Facebook

SECOND PLACE: Lucky's Taproom & Eatery

520 E. Fifth St., Dayton | 937-222-6800 | Facebook | Website

THIRD PLACE: 416 Diner

416 E. Fifth St., Dayton | 937-461-0416 | Website | Facebook

BEST LOCAL CHEF

Elizabeth Wiley, founder of Meadowlark and Wheat Penny restaurants. File photo/submitted
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Elizabeth Wiley, founder of Meadowlark and Wheat Penny restaurants. File photo/submitted

🥇WINNER: Elizabeth Wiley at Meadowlark

SECOND PLACE: Dane Shipp at Lock 27

THIRD PLACE: Jack Skilliter at Corner Kitchen

BEST MAC & CHEESE

Portion of macaroni and cheese
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Portion of macaroni and cheese

🥇WINNER: Chick-fil-A

1910 W. Main St., Troy, OH

3339 Benchwood Rd., Dayton

2727 Fairfield Commons Blvd. Spc. F225, Beavercreek

2360 N. Fairfield Rd., Beavercreek

480 E. Stroop Rd., Kettering

5301 Cornerstone N. Blvd., Centerville

2700 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd. #212, Dayton

1482 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd., Dayton

7602 Trailside Dr., West Chester Township

Website | Facebook

SECOND PLACE: Zombie Dogz

Facebook | Website | Brick-and-mortar store: 1200 Brown St., Dayton | See Facebook for food truck appearances

THIRD PLACE: Corner Kitchen

613 E. 5th St., Dayton | 937-719-0999 | Website | Facebook

BEST MEDITERRANEAN/GREEK DINING

Gyro Palace has opened its second location on Brown Street near University of Dayton.
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Gyro Palace has opened its second location on Brown Street near University of Dayton.

🥇WINNER: Gyro Palace

57 S. Springboro Pike, Miamisburg | 937-436-2770 | Facebook

1124 Brown St., Dayton | 937-813-4004 | Facebook

Website

SECOND PLACE: Olive Mediterranean Grill

44 W. 3rd St., Dayton | 937-221-8399 | Facebook | Website

THIRD PLACE: Pasha Grill

72 Plum St., The Greene, Beavercreek | 937-429-9000 | Website | Facebook

BEST MEXICAN FOOD

Taqueria Mixteca’s chimichanga - a deep fried tortilla filled with meat - comes with cheese sauce, a salad, pico de gallo and rice and beans. The dish is $7.99. (Staff photo by Amelia Robinson)
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Taqueria Mixteca’s chimichanga - a deep fried tortilla filled with meat - comes with cheese sauce, a salad, pico de gallo and rice and beans. The dish is $7.99. (Staff photo by Amelia Robinson)

🥇WINNER: Taqueria Mixteca

1609 E. 3rd St., Dayton | 937-258-2654 | Facebook | Website

2190 Shiloh Springs Road, Trotwood | 937-529-7535 | Facebook | Website

SECOND PLACE: El Toro

Multiple Dayton-area locations | Facebook | Website

THIRD PLACE: Elsa's

Elsa’s On the Border, 1227 Wilmington Ave., Dayton | 937-938-7372

Elsa’s East Restaurant & Cantina, 3618 Linden Ave., Dayton | 937-252-9635

Elsa’s Kettering Sports Grill, 1216 E. Stroop Road, Kettering | 937-294-9210

Elsa’s South Restaurant & Cantina, 6318 Far Hills Ave., Centerville | 937-439-3897

Elsa’s Corner Cantina, 6204A Wilmington Pike, Sugarcreek Twp. | 937-310-1373

Facebook | Website

BEST NEW FOOD TRUCK

6 restaurants, including Amber Rose, Archer's Tavern, Basil's, El Meson, Giovanni's and What the Taco food truck, participated in a Taco Fiesta Sunday, June 30, at Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Boulevard in Kettering. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER
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6 restaurants, including Amber Rose, Archer's Tavern, Basil's, El Meson, Giovanni's and What the Taco food truck, participated in a Taco Fiesta Sunday, June 30, at Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Boulevard in Kettering. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

🥇WINNER: What The Taco?!

See Facebook for food truck appearances

SECOND PLACE: Billie Gold Bubble Tea

See Facebook for food truck appearances

THIRD PLACE: Smokin' Double D's

See Facebook for food truck appearances

BEST NEW RESTAURANT

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, located in the Cornerstone of Centerville, opens Monday, Aug. 26.  Pan-roasted barramundi with blistered green beans, grape tomatoes, ginger rice and Thai lemongrass sauce is one of the entrees on the menu. LISA POWELL / STAFF
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Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, located in the Cornerstone of Centerville, opens Monday, Aug. 26. Pan-roasted barramundi with blistered green beans, grape tomatoes, ginger rice and Thai lemongrass sauce is one of the entrees on the menu. LISA POWELL / STAFF

🥇WINNER: Cooper's Hawk Winery

5220 Cornerstone N. Blvd., Centerville | (937) 900-9463 | Website | Facebook

SECOND PLACE: Flyby BBQ

2733 Fairfield Commons suite A, Beavercreek | (937) 637-3001 | Website | Facebook

THIRD PLACE: Black Rock Bar & Grill

2745 Fairfield Commons Blvd., Beavercreek Township | (937) 988-0026 | Website | Facebook

BEST OLD-SCHOOL RESTAURANT

The Pine Club, 1926 Brown St. in Dayton, has been sold to new ownership, but that ownership has requested to remain anonymous and has indicated it wants to be “completely passive with no role in operations,” former owner David Hulme says.   TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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The Pine Club, 1926 Brown St. in Dayton, has been sold to new ownership, but that ownership has requested to remain anonymous and has indicated it wants to be “completely passive with no role in operations,” former owner David Hulme says. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

🥇WINNER: The Pine Club

1926 Brown St., Dayton | 937-228-7463 | Facebook | Website

SECOND PLACE: Mel-O-Dee

2350 S. Dayton-Lakeview Road, New Carlisle | 937-849-1378 | Website | Facebook

THIRD PLACE: Hickory Bar-B-Q

1082 Brown St., Dayton | (937) 228-5252 | Website | Facebook

BEST ONION RINGS

The Pine Club meal, including its signature onion rings. 2008 staff file photo by Lisa Powell
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The Pine Club meal, including its signature onion rings. 2008 staff file photo by Lisa Powell

🥇WINNER: The Pine Club

1926 Brown St., Dayton | 937-228-7463 | Facebook | Website

SECOND PLACE: Nick's Restaurant

1443 N. Detroit St., Xenia | (937) 372-3202 | Website | Facebook

THIRD PLACE: Red Robin

6404 Miller Ln., Dayton | (937) 410-0073

2671 Fairfield Commons, Beavercreek | (937) 320-9800

Website | Facebook

BEST PATIO

Give peace (of mind) a chance at The Trolley Stop patio. CONTRIBUTED
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Give peace (of mind) a chance at The Trolley Stop patio. CONTRIBUTED

Credit: HANDOUT

Credit: HANDOUT

🥇WINNER: The Trolley Stop

530 E 5th St., Dayton | (937) 461-1101 | Website | Facebook

SECOND PLACE: Little York Tavern & Pizza

4120 Little York Rd., Dayton | (937) 890-6700 | Website | Facebook

THIRD PLACE: Basil's on Market Dayton

312 N. Patterson Blvd., Dayton | 937-818-4390 | Website | Facebook

18 N. Market St., Troy | 937-875-2068 | Website | Facebook

BEST PHO

The sliced chicken pho (left) and Sate Shrimp and Pork Pho from Linh's Bistro. Photo source: Vivienne Machi / Staff
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The sliced chicken pho (left) and Sate Shrimp and Pork Pho from Linh's Bistro. Photo source: Vivienne Machi / Staff

Credit: HANDOUT

Credit: HANDOUT

🥇WINNER: Linh's Bistro

5532 Airway Road, Riverside | 937 252-1857 | Website | Facebook

SECOND PLACE: What Da Pho

3464 Pentagon Blvd. C, Beavercreek | (937) 956-6060 | Website | Facebook

THIRD PLACE: Little Saigon

1718 Woodman Dr., Kettering | (937) 258-8010 | Website | Facebook

BEST PIZZA RESTAURANT

Roger Glass, CEO of Marion's Piazza, is the Dayton.com Daytonian of the Week. CONTRIBUTED
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Roger Glass, CEO of Marion's Piazza, is the Dayton.com Daytonian of the Week. CONTRIBUTED

🥇WINNER: Marion's Piazza

South Piazza, 711 Shroyer Road | 937-293-6991

North Piazza, 3443 N. Dixie Drive | 937-277-6553

Dayton Mall Piazza, 8991 Kingsridge Drive | 937-435-3300

Town & Country Piazza, 50 E. Stroop Road, Kettering | 937-296-1177

Centerville Piazza, 241 N. Main St., Centerville | 937-433-3993

Beavercreek Piazza, 1320 N. Fairfield Road, Beavercreek | 937-429-3393

Englewood Piazza, 404 W. National Road, Englewood | 937-832-0333

Troy Piazza, 1270 Experiment Farm Road, Troy | 937-339-2000

Website | Facebook

SECOND PLACE: Old Scratch Pizza

812 S. Patterson Blvd., Dayton | 937-331-5357 | Website | Facebook

THIRD PLACE: Joe's Pizzeria

4313 Airway Road, Dayton | 937-253-8154 | Website | Facebook

BEST PLACE FOR A BUSINESS LUNCH

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Credit: Coco's Bistro

🥇WINNER: Coco's Bistro

250 Warren St., Dayton | 937-228-2626 | Website | Facebook

SECOND PLACE: Wheat Penny

515 Wayne Ave., Dayton | 937-496-5268 | Website | Facebook

THIRD PLACE: Table 33

130 W. 2nd St., Dayton | (937) 999-3070 | Website | Facebook

BEST PUB

It’s hard to believe that the Dublin Pub on the edge of the Oregon District in downtown Dayton used to be a cinder-block gas station! (CONNIE POST/Staff)
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It’s hard to believe that the Dublin Pub on the edge of the Oregon District in downtown Dayton used to be a cinder-block gas station! (CONNIE POST/Staff)

🥇WINNER: Dublin Pub

300 Wayne Ave., Dayton | 937-224-7822 | Website | Facebook

SECOND PLACE: Fifth Street Brewpub

1600 E. Fifth St., Dayton | 937-443-0919 | Website | Facebook

THIRD PLACE: The Pub at The Greene

39 Greene Blvd., Beavercreek | (937) 320-1199 | Website | Facebook

BEST RESTAURANT AT AUSTIN LANDING

Filet from Firebirds Woodfire Grill / Handout
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Filet from Firebirds Woodfire Grill / Handout

Credit: Yvonne Zusel

Credit: Yvonne Zusel

🥇WINNER: Firebirds Wood Fired Grill

3500 Rigby Rd., Miamisburg | (937) 865-9355 | Website | Facebook

SECOND PLACE: BJ's Brewhouse

10563 Innovation Drive, Miamisburg | (937) 859-6000 | Website | Facebook

THIRD PLACE: Dewey's Pizza

3600 Rigby Road, Miamisburg | 937-859-7777 | Website | Facebook

BEST RESTAURANT AT THE GREENE

A Perth Amboy woman lost her lawsuit against the Cheesecake Factory.
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A Perth Amboy woman lost her lawsuit against the Cheesecake Factory.

🥇WINNER: The Cheesecake Factory

56 Greene Blvd., Beavercreek | 937-320-9901 | Website | Facebook

SECOND PLACE: bd's Mongolian Grill

4488 Glengarry Dr., Beavercreek | (937) 427-1900 | Website | Facebook

THIRD PLACE: Pies & Pints

52 Plum St., Beavercreek | (937) 429-7437 | Website | Facebook

BEST RESTAURANT FOR A LARGE GROUP

Ashley Peterson, Jamie Kremmel, Abby Pifer and Emily Campbell all members of the Fairmont High School Field Hockey team, enjoy some pizza after team pictures at the Marion's Piazza (cq)location at the Town and Country Shopping Center.  They waited for about  1/2 hour in line before being served. Marion's celebrated their 35 anniversary by rolling back their menu to 1965 prices.  Needless to say it was a huge success.  Store manager, Jim Randall figured they would serve 2000 large pizzas in the 12 hour span of the special event.
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Ashley Peterson, Jamie Kremmel, Abby Pifer and Emily Campbell all members of the Fairmont High School Field Hockey team, enjoy some pizza after team pictures at the Marion's Piazza (cq)location at the Town and Country Shopping Center. They waited for about 1/2 hour in line before being served. Marion's celebrated their 35 anniversary by rolling back their menu to 1965 prices. Needless to say it was a huge success. Store manager, Jim Randall figured they would serve 2000 large pizzas in the 12 hour span of the special event.

Credit: BILL REINKE

Credit: BILL REINKE

🥇WINNER: Marion's Piazza

South Piazza, 711 Shroyer Road | 937-293-6991

North Piazza, 3443 N. Dixie Drive | 937-277-6553

Dayton Mall Piazza, 8991 Kingsridge Drive | 937-435-3300

Town & Country Piazza, 50 E. Stroop Road, Kettering | 937-296-1177

Centerville Piazza, 241 N. Main St., Centerville | 937-433-3993

Beavercreek Piazza, 1320 N. Fairfield Road, Beavercreek | 937-429-3393

Englewood Piazza, 404 W. National Road, Englewood | 937-832-0333

Troy Piazza, 1270 Experiment Farm Road, Troy | 937-339-2000

Website | Facebook

SECOND PLACE: Old Scratch Pizza

812 S. Patterson Blvd., Dayton | 937-331-5357 | Website | Facebook

THIRD PLACE: TJ Chumps

7050 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights | (937) 610-3900

559 S. Main St., Englewood | (937) 836-4300

1100 E. Dayton Yellow Springs Rd., Fairborn | (937) 318-1250

12 E. Linden Ave., Miamisburg | (937) 859-4000

Website | Facebook

BEST RESTAURANT IN THE OREGON DISTRICT

Six months after a 24-year-old Bellbrook man killed nine people in the Oregon District during the worst mass shooting in Ohio history, literal signs of strength, appreciation, resilience and the determination to “do something” about gun violence can be found throughout the historic neighborhood. Several "Thank You Dayton Police" signs hang at The Dublin Pub. AMELIA ROBINSON/STAFF
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Six months after a 24-year-old Bellbrook man killed nine people in the Oregon District during the worst mass shooting in Ohio history, literal signs of strength, appreciation, resilience and the determination to “do something” about gun violence can be found throughout the historic neighborhood. Several "Thank You Dayton Police" signs hang at The Dublin Pub. AMELIA ROBINSON/STAFF

🥇WINNER: The Dublin Pub

300 Wayne Ave., Dayton | 937-224-7822 | Website | Facebook

SECOND PLACE: Thai 9

11 Brown St., Dayton | 937-222-3227 | Website | Facebook

THIRD PLACE: Wheat Penny

515 Wayne Ave., Dayton | 937-496-5268 | Website | Facebook

BEST RESTAURANT IN YELLOW SPRINGS

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

🥇WINNER: Winds Cafe

215 Xenia Ave, Yellow Springs | (937) 767-1144 | Website | Facebook

SECOND PLACE: Peach's Grill

104 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs | (937) 767-4850 | Website | Facebook

THIRD PLACE: Ye Olde Trail Tavern

228 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs | (937) 767-7448 | Website | Facebook

BEST RESTAURANT TO TAKE AN OUT-OF-TOWNER

An award-winning pie from Marion's Piazza. An award-winning pie from Marion's Piazza. (File photo)
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An award-winning pie from Marion's Piazza. An award-winning pie from Marion's Piazza. (File photo)

Credit: Ashley Bethard

Credit: Ashley Bethard

WINNER: Marion's Piazza

South Piazza, 711 Shroyer Road | 937-293-6991

North Piazza, 3443 N. Dixie Drive | 937-277-6553

Dayton Mall Piazza, 8991 Kingsridge Drive | 937-435-3300

Town & Country Piazza, 50 E. Stroop Road, Kettering | 937-296-1177

Centerville Piazza, 241 N. Main St., Centerville | 937-433-3993

Beavercreek Piazza, 1320 N. Fairfield Road, Beavercreek | 937-429-3393

Englewood Piazza, 404 W. National Road, Englewood | 937-832-0333

Troy Piazza, 1270 Experiment Farm Road, Troy | 937-339-2000

Website | Facebook

SECOND PLACE: The Pine Club

1926 Brown St., Dayton | 937-228-7463 | Website | Facebook

THIRD PLACE: Oakwood Club

2414 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood | 937-293-6973 | Website | Facebook

BEST SANDWICH

The Ladder 11 at Jimmie’s Ladder 11 consists of hand-cut pastrami and corned beef grilled with homemade slaw and Russian dressing on a toasted hoagie bun or rye.  View the full list of 9 must-eat sandwiches on Dayton.com »
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The Ladder 11 at Jimmie’s Ladder 11 consists of hand-cut pastrami and corned beef grilled with homemade slaw and Russian dressing on a toasted hoagie bun or rye.  View the full list of 9 must-eat sandwiches on Dayton.com »

🥇WINNER: Jimmie's Ladder 11 Ladder 11

936 Brown St., Dayton | 937-424-1784 | Website | Facebook

SECOND PLACE: Dublin Pub The Ruck

300 Wayne Ave., Dayton | 937-224-7822 | Website | Facebook

THIRD PLACE: DiSalvo's Deli meatball sub

1383 E. Stroop Road, Kettering | 937-298-5053 | Website | Facebook

BEST SEAFOOD

Seared Tuna appetizer, with white wine at jay's Seafood, 225 E. Sixth St. Photo by Jim Witmer
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Seared Tuna appetizer, with white wine at jay's Seafood, 225 E. Sixth St. Photo by Jim Witmer

Credit: Jim Witmer

Credit: Jim Witmer

🥇WINNER: Jay's Seafood

225 E. Sixth St., Dayton | 937-222-2892 | Facebook | Website

SECOND PLACE: Sweeney's Seafood

28 W. Franklin St., Centerville | 937-291-3474 | Website | Facebook

THIRD PLACE: Bonefish Grill

2818 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd., Dayton | (937) 428-0082 | Website | Facebook

BEST SOUP

🥇WINNER: Dublin Pub potato soup

300 Wayne Ave., Dayton | 937-224-7822 | Website | Facebook

SECOND PLACE: Nick's Restaurant Guinness Onion

1443 N. Detroit St., Xenia | (937) 372-3202 | Website | Facebook

THIRD PLACE: Blind Bob's Pickle Soup

430 E. Fifth St., Dayton | 937-938-6405 | Website | Facebook

BEST SQUARE-CUT PIZZA

A large pizza from Marion's Piazza sold for the special price of 80 cents.
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A large pizza from Marion's Piazza sold for the special price of 80 cents.

Credit: Staff photo / Kamron Taylor

Credit: Staff photo / Kamron Taylor

🥇WINNER: Marion's Piazza

South Piazza, 711 Shroyer Road | 937-293-6991

North Piazza, 3443 N. Dixie Drive | 937-277-6553

Dayton Mall Piazza, 8991 Kingsridge Drive | 937-435-3300

Town & Country Piazza, 50 E. Stroop Road, Kettering | 937-296-1177

Centerville Piazza, 241 N. Main St., Centerville | 937-433-3993

Beavercreek Piazza, 1320 N. Fairfield Road, Beavercreek | 937-429-3393

Englewood Piazza, 404 W. National Road, Englewood | 937-832-0333

Troy Piazza, 1270 Experiment Farm Road, Troy | 937-339-2000

Website | Facebook

SECOND PLACE: Cassano's

Multiple locations across the Miami Valley | Website | Facebook

THIRD PLACE: Joe's Pizzeria

4313 Airway Road, Dayton | 937-253-8154 | Website | Facebook

BEST STEAK

STEAK AT THE PINE CLUB. (Archive staff photo by Jim Witmer)
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STEAK AT THE PINE CLUB. (Archive staff photo by Jim Witmer)

🥇WINNER: The Pine Club

1926 Brown St., Dayton | 937-228-7463 | Website | Facebook

SECOND PLACE: Oakwood Club

2414 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood | 937-293-6973 | Website | Facebook

THIRD PLACE: Texas Roadhouse

5611 Merily Way, Huber Heights

2600 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Fairborn

Website | Facebook

HONORABLE MENTION: The Paragon

797 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd., Dayton | (937) 433-1234 | Website | Facebook

This decades-old establishment has an old-school charm and serves up some of the best steaks in the area.

BEST SUSHI

A sampling of Ozu852's top-rated sushi. Photo via Facebook
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A sampling of Ozu852's top-rated sushi. Photo via Facebook

Credit: Ozu852 Facebook

Credit: Ozu852 Facebook

🥇WINNER: Ozu852

852 Union Blvd., Clayton | 937-832-3000 | Website | Facebook

SECOND PLACE: Thai 9

11 Brown St., Dayton | 937-222-3227 | Website | Facebook

THIRD PLACE: Kabuki

848 S. Main St., Centerville | (937) 435-9500 | Website | Facebook

BEST TACO

The salsa at Taqueria Mixteca, 1609 E. Third St., Dayton, has just the right amount of heat. (Staff photo by Amelia Robinson)
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The salsa at Taqueria Mixteca, 1609 E. Third St., Dayton, has just the right amount of heat. (Staff photo by Amelia Robinson)

🥇WINNER: Taqueria Mixteca

1609 E. 3rd St., Dayton | 937-258-2654 | Facebook | Website

2190 Shiloh Springs Road, Trotwood | 937-529-7535 | Facebook | Website

SECOND PLACE: El Toro

Multiple Dayton-area locations | Facebook | Website

THIRD PLACE: Rusty Taco

1822 Brown St., Dayton | (937) 938-7384 | Website | Facebook

HONORABLE MENTION: Victor's Tacos

1438 N. Keowee St., Dayton | (937) 224-3293 | Website | Facebook

With locations in Dayton, Springfield and Xenia, this no-frills taco shop has become a local legend.

BEST VEGAN DINING

Wheat Penny Oven and Bar serves a cauliflower t-bone served with roasted potatoes and zucchini with mint. The t-bone is garnished with chopped sauce made of olive, garlic, capers, raisins, orange segments herbs and olive oil. LISA POWELL / STAFF
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Wheat Penny Oven and Bar serves a cauliflower t-bone served with roasted potatoes and zucchini with mint. The t-bone is garnished with chopped sauce made of olive, garlic, capers, raisins, orange segments herbs and olive oil. LISA POWELL / STAFF

Credit: Lisa Powell

Credit: Lisa Powell

🥇WINNER: Wheat Penny

515 Wayne Ave., Dayton | 937-496-5268 | Website | Facebook

SECOND PLACE: Christopher's Restaurant

2318 E. Dorothy Lane, Kettering | 937-299-0089 | Website | Facebook

THIRD PLACE: Lucky's Taproom

520 E. Fifth St., Dayton | 937-222-6800 | Facebook | Website

HONORABLE MENTION: Butter Cafe

1106 Brown St., Dayton | 937 985-9917 | Website | Facebook

For the past several years, locals and outsiders alike have flocked to Butter Cafe for its vegan breakfast-inspired dishes.

BEST WINGS

Roosters chicken wings, crowned the best wings in Dayton in Dayton.com's Best of 2018 poll. Source: Facebook
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Roosters chicken wings, crowned the best wings in Dayton in Dayton.com's Best of 2018 poll. Source: Facebook

🥇WINNER: Roosters

5571 Merily Way, Huber Heights | 937-236-9464

3501 N. Main St., Dayton | 937-277-0114

103 N. Springboro Pike, Miamisburg | 937-433-4630

257 W. Central Ave., Springboro | 937-748-3017

400 W. Main St., Xenia | 937-376-4444

Website | Facebook

SECOND PLACE: Nick's Restaurant

1443 N. Detroit St., Xenia | 937 372-3202 | Website | Facebook

THIRD PLACE: Lock 27 Brewing

329 E. First St., Dayton | 937-433-2739

1035 S. Main St., Centerville | 937-433-2739

Website | Facebook

MOST ROMANTIC RESTAURANT

The Oakwood Club won the “Best Fine Dining” category for Best of Dayton 2012. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF
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The Oakwood Club won the “Best Fine Dining” category for Best of Dayton 2012. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF

🥇WINNER: Oakwood Club

2414 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood | 937-293-6973 | Website | Facebook

SECOND PLACE: The Melting Pot

453 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd Dayton | 937-567-8888 | Website | Facebook

THIRD PLACE: Fleming's

4432 Walnut St., The Greene, Beavercreek | 937-320-9548 | Website | Facebook

HONORABLE MENTION: Salar

400 E. 5th St., Dayton | (937) 203-3999 | Website | Facebook

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