Best of Dayton 2018: Top 10 most popular categories, so far

The countdown clock is ticking, and Dayton is watching.’s Best of 2018 is the contest that lets you determine the best of the best in Dayton. There is over a week left in the VOTING round and while we cannot say who is in the lead, we can give you some insider information.

The voting in's Best of 2018 contest runs through Dec. 26! Click the button below to start telling us your favorites.

These are so far, the most popular categories based on total votes cast.

🏆Best Nationally Known Celebrity from the Dayton area

These legends of the big screen, small screen and stage have roots in Dayton or surrounding communities, and all have made us proud. But who will take the crown?

• Dave Chappelle

• Allison Janney

• John Legend

• Martin Sheen

• Rob Lowe

• Sherri Saum

• Bob Pollard

• The Deal sisters




🏆Best Asian Food

Chinese food. Vietnamese food. Japanese food. Dayton has so many choices, it’s hard to choose. Here are the finalists in Best of Dayton’s Best Asian food contest.

• China Cottage


• Kabuki Korean Restaurant and Sushi Bar

• Lihn's Bistro

• Ozu852

• Shen's Szechuan & Sushi

• Sky Asian Cuisine

• Thai 9


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🏆Best Breakfast

Eggs, scrambled, poached or overeasy. Bacon. Sausage. Biscuits and gravy. Overstuffed omelettes. Fluffy pancakes. Fruity waffles. When it comes to the most important meal of the day, Dayton has you covered. But where is the best place to go for breakfast?

• Blueberry Cafe

• Bunkers Sports Bar and Grill

• Butter Cafe

• Center Street Cafe

• First Watch

• Golden Nugget

• Rivertown Chili

• Tanks Bar & Grill


🏆Best Donuts

Glazed. Cream-filled. Cake. Sprinkled. Twisted. Dayton has a ton of top-notch donut destinations. Some have even gotten state and national recognition. Which is your go-to donut shop?

• Bill's Donuts

• Jim's Donuts

• Bear Creek Donuts

• Stan the Donut Man

• Duck Donuts

• The Donut Haus

• Evans Bakery

• Donut Palace


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🏆Best Burger

Thin and crispy. Thick and juicy. Traditional or drenched in unconventional toppings. Whether it’s an everyday eat or a gourmet treat, Dayton knows how to make a mean burger. But which one is the best of the best?

• The Rootbeer Stande

• Slyder's Tavern

• McNasty's

• Tank's Bar & Grill

• Watermark

• Five Guys

• The Oakwood Club

• Archer's Tavern

• Red Robin

• Voltzy's


🏆Best Pizza Restaurant

Thin or thick crust? Square cut or triangles? Crispy crust or gooey crust? Dayton has more pizza than you could hope for, from traditional, to unusual and everything in between.

• Marion's Piazza

• Old Scratch Pizza

• The Growler Pub & Grub

• Double Deuce Tavern & Family Pizzeria

• Classic Pizza (Huber Heights)

• Joe's Pizzeria

• Little York Tavern & Pizza

• Wheat Penny Oven & Bar

• Milano's

• Dewey's Pizza

• Kramer's


🏆Best Cheap Eats

These places let you eat out, fill your bellies with tasty food and go home without the guilt. These are some of your favorite cheap eats around the Gem City. But which destination has won your heart, belly and wallet?

• Mack's Tavern

• Tanks Bar & Grill

• Hamburger Wagon

• Taqueria Mixteca

• Hasty Tasty

• Slyder's Tavern

• The Rootbeer Stande


🏆Best Ice Cream

Where can you get the best scoop of ice cream in town?

• Graeter's

• Young's Jersey Dairy

• JD's Old Fashioned Frozen Custard

• Ritter's Frozen Custard

• United Dairy Farmers

• Jubie's Creamery


🏆Best Spot to Take a Picture for Instagram

Looking for the picture perfect backdrop? So many choices, but these ones have risen to the top.

• Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum

• Dayton Inspires mural in Oregon District

• Carillon Park

• Riverscape MetroPark

• Cox Arboretum

• Deeds Point


🏆Best Dayton landmark

More picturesque spots that scream Dayton. Which one is your go-to place?

• Dayton Masonic Center

• Carillon Park's Deeds Carillon

• Carillon Park's Brethren Tower

• Dayton Art Institute

• National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

• Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum

• Riverscape fountains


If you have a favorite person, restaurant, place or business in the race to win the Best of Dayton title, make sure to get those votes in before time is up. There are over 100 categories this year, so remember to check out several to make sure you can support everyone you might want to vote for.

>> Complete list of finalists for Best of Dayton 2018

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