A view of the Dorothy Lane Market (DLM) deli and cheese aisle. DLM and the grocery empire of James Bonamino (Jungle Jims) began as fruit stands and have grown into destination grocery shopping experiences.
Photo: Jim Witmer
Photo: Jim Witmer

BEST OF DAYTON: The best stops for delicious deli food

Maybe your goal is to shop for great deli meats and sides for your next picnic, gathering or to prepare a masterpiece for lunch.

Maybe your goal is to head out for sandwiches and other deli favorites for lunch.

Either way, Dayton has some delis that can compete with best in any big city, if you ask us.

These are the top-three winners in Dayton.com’s Best of 2018 contest for Best Deli:

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WINNER: Dorothy Lane Market

Dorothy Lane Market, with three Dayton-area locations, is celebrating 70 years. CONTRIBUTED
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Dorothy Lane helps take the work out of meal prep, and the deli is no exception. This deli is a cut above the rest. It offers freshly prepared foods from their own kitchen, deli salads, prepared deli sandwiches, panini press sandwiches, fresh deli meats, homemade soups, Naples style pizzas and boxed lunches and catering.

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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

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SECOND PLACE: DiSalvo's Deli 

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DiSalvo's Deli and Italian Store is a great destination for lunch or takeout with a specialty shop that carries all sorts of imported grocery items, meats, cheeses, homemade breads, deli meats, freshly made salads, desserts, wines, soups and exciting and changing daily specials. It’s located adjacent to Mamma DiSalvo’s restaurant. Their subs are customizable with a variety of meats, cheeses and breads. You can’t go wrong with the meatball grinder, ever. View the menu here.

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

THIRD PLACE: Flyboys Deli 

The “Sam’s New Yorker” at Flyboys Deli. Staff file photo by Amelia Robinson
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What’s better than a New York style deli that pays homage to Dayton’s world-famous Wright brothers? Flyboys has two locations: the original in Oakwood and the recently opened Beavercreek location outside the Mall at Fairfield Commons.  Flyboys Deli menu includes lunch, dinner and Saturday breakfast. Lunch and dinner options include appetizers, sandwiches, pizzas, wraps, hot paninis, soup and salads.   

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

2729 Fairfield Commons Blvd., Beavercreek | 937-306–8623 | FacebookWebsite

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