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🥇WINNER: Jay’s Seafood Restaurant
Jay's Seafood Restaurant opened 43 years ago this week on Feb. 26, 1976, and is considered a true Dayton classic.
Jay’s has managed to establish itself as a staple of the downtown Dayton dining scene by staying consistent over the years and retaining many of its favorite menu items.
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It’s located in a former grist mill in the Oregon District , which features a majestic 32-foot mahogany bar commissioned by James Ritty, the Daytonian who invented the first cash register. Some have even called it the oldest bar in Dayton.
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Some dishes worth trying are the bourbon salmon, steamed whole lobster or calamari strips. To get the full retro feeling, order "the wedge," an iceberg lettuce salad. Wash everything down with a perfect martini and save room for the flourless chocolate cake with chocolate ganache.
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225 E. Sixth St., Dayton | 937-222-2892 | Facebook | Website
🥈SECOND PLACE: Sweeney’s Seafood
The classic oysters Rockefeller ($12) in the foreground is one of the highlights of the Sweeney’s menu as well as the large Chesapeake Bay oysters served on the half shell over ice ($2.50 each). The seared ahi tuna ($13) and Captain s Seafood Platter ($23) can be seen in the background. ALEXIS LARSEN/CONTRIBUTED
Sweeney’s Seafood Bar & Grill in the heart of Centerville launched in 1994 and it was later sold in 2012 keeping the same name and a similar approach with a seafood focus.
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Some notable menu items worth trying are the classic oysters Rockefeller, seared ahi tuna and the crab-stuffed mushrooms.
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28 W. Franklin St., Centerville | 937-291-3474 | Website | Facebook
🥉THIRD PLACE: Greenfire Bistro
Greenfire Bistro has started selling custom-cut fresh fish from the restaurant at 965 W. Main St.
Formerly known as Chin’s Ginger Grill, this fusion restaurant is famous for Asian cuisine, seafood, sandwiches, pastas and stir-fries. It also has a great wine and beer selection. Serves lunch and dinner.
There is even a fresh fish market located behind Greenfire that supplies the restaurant for all its seafood dishes — and there are many.
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965 W. Main St., Tipp City | 937-667-6664 | Website | Facebook