BEST OF DAYTON WINNERS: Restaurants, dishes and sweet treats

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. When we find that local restaurant with the perfect ambiance and delicious food we simply can’t get enough. And, no matter what sort of cuisine you prefer on any given day, it’s likely that the Dayton area has at least one restaurant or dining establishment that serves up ambiance and delicious food in spades.

As decided by your fellow Daytonians, these are the public’s very favorite restaurants in the area (and their favorite dishes). No matter the occasion (romantic date, showing an out-of-towner around, etc.), we have discovered the answer to “Which Dayton restaurant has the best (fill in the blank)?”

These are some of the best places, dishes and sweet treats to eat around Dayton, as voted by the community during Dayton.com’s Best of Dayton contest.

The public submit their nominations last fall and the places with the most nominations made it to the final ballot. These are the top three winners in each categories (and in a few cases, an honorable mention for some of the tight races).

May you discover a new favorite place to eat in 2020!

Here are the Food & Dining winners, as voted by the community, from Best of Dayton 2019-20:

BEST APPETIZER

🥇WINNER: Thai 9 Crab Rangoon 

11 Brown St., Dayton | 937-222-3227 | WebsiteFacebook

SECOND PLACE: Wheat Penny Oven & Bar Eggplant Fries

515 Wayne Ave., Dayton | 937-496-5268 | WebsiteFacebook

THIRD PLACE: Jimmie's Ladder 11 Paisano Pasta Chips

936 Brown St., Dayton | 937-424-1784 | WebsiteFacebook

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

🥇WINNER: Ozu852

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

SECOND PLACE: Thai 9

11 Brown St., Dayton | 937-222-3227 | WebsiteFacebook

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.
Photo: 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 | WebsiteFacebook

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

WebsiteFacebook

THIRD PLACE: Ashley's Pastry Shop 

21 Park Ave., Dayton | 937-293-1719 | WebsiteFacebook

BEST BBQ

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 | 

WebsiteFacebook

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

WebsiteFacebook

SECOND PLACE: Company 7 BBQ 

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

THIRD PLACE: Hickory River Smokehouse 

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

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.
Photo: www.activedayton.com

🥇WINNER: Tank’s Bar & Grill 

2033 Wayne Ave., Dayton | 937-252-2249 | FacebookWebsite

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

WebsiteFacebook

BEST BRUNCH

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

WebsiteFacebook

SECOND PLACE: Another Broken Egg Cafe 

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

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.
Photo: HANDOUT

🥇WINNER: Tank's Bar & Grill 

2033 Wayne Ave., Dayton | 937-252-2249 | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Slyder's Tavern 

836 Watervliet Ave., Dayton | 937-258-1222 | WebsiteFacebook

THIRD PLACE: The Hamburger Wagon 

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

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)

🥇WINNER: Tank's Bar & Grill 

2033 Wayne Ave., Dayton | 937-252-2249 | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: The Hamburger Wagon 

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

THIRD PLACE: Taqueria Mixteca

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

2190 Shiloh Springs Road, Trotwood | 937-529-7535 | FacebookWebsite

BEST CHICKEN SANDWICH

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

🥇WINNER: Chick-fil-A

Multiple Dayton-area locationsWebsiteFacebook

SECOND PLACE: Popeyes

Multiple Dayton-area locationsWebsiteFacebook

THIRD PLACE: Nick’s Restaurant

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

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)

🥇WINNER: Tank’s Bar & Grill 

2033 Wayne Ave., Dayton | 937-252-2249 | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Skyline Chili 

Multiple Dayton-area locationsWebsiteFacebook

THIRD PLACE: Nick’s Restaurant

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

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.
Photo: 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

🥇WINNER: Mikesell's Potato Chip Co.

333 Leo St., Dayton | 937-228-9400 | WebsiteFacebook

SECOND PLACE: Nick’s Restaurant

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

THIRD PLACE: Blind Bob's 

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

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

🥇WINNER: Esther Price Fine Chocolates

Multiple Dayton-area locationsWebsiteFacebook 

SECOND PLACE: Winans Chocolates + Coffees

Multiple Dayton-area locationsWebsiteFacebook

THIRD PLACE: Bellbrook Chocolate Shoppe

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

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.
Photo: Amelia Robinson

🥇WINNER: Ghostlight Coffee 

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

SECOND PLACE: Winans Chocolates + Coffees

Multiple Dayton-area locationsWebsiteFacebook

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

WebsiteFacebook

BEST DELI/SANDWICH SHOP

The Cuban at DiSalvo's Deli.
Photo: Contributed

🥇WINNER: DiSalvo's Deli 

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

SECOND PLACE: Canal Street Deli and Arcade

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

THIRD PLACE: Flyboy's Deli 

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

BEST DINER

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

🥇WINNER: Mel-O-Dee Restaurant 

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

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 | FacebookWebsite

BEST DONUTS

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

🥇WINNER: Bill's Donuts 

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

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)

🥇WINNER: Spaghetti Warehouse

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

SECOND PLACE: Mamma DiSalvo’s

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

THIRD PLACE: Doubleday’s Grill & Tavern

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

BEST FINE DINING

The Pine Club famous steak, rolls and stewed tomatoes
Photo: Lisa Powell/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 | WebsiteFacebook 

THIRD PLACE: Carvers Steaks & Chops

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

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
Photo: 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
Photo: 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

FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Penn Station

Multiple Dayton-area locationsWebsiteFacebook 

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)

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

2033 Wayne Ave., Dayton | 937-252-2249 | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Melt Bar and Grilled 

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

THIRD PLACE: McNasty's food truck

 See Facebook for food truck appearances

BEST HIDDEN GEM RESTAURANT

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

🥇WINNER: Christopher’s Restaurant

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

SECOND PLACE: Nick’s Restaurant

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

THIRD PLACE: The Florentine

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

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
Photo: 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 | WebsiteFacebook

Open seasonally

THIRD PLACE: Chicago Gyros and Dogs

3979 Indian Ripple Road, Beavercreek | 937-705-6072 | WebsiteFacebook

BEST ICE CREAM

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

🥇WINNER: Young's Jersey Dairy 

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

SECOND PLACE: Graeter's 

2412 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood

2330 N. Fairfield Road, Beavercreek

2 N. Main St., Centerville

FacebookWebsite

THIRD PLACE: Ritter's Frozen Custard 

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

2226 Wilmington Pike, Kettering | 937-252-3355

WebsiteFacebook

BEST INDIAN RESTAURANT

🥇WINNER: Amar India

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

SECOND PLACE: Jeet India 

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

THIRD PLACE: Ajanta India Restaurant 

3063 Woodman Drive, Kettering | 937-296-9200 | WebsiteFacebook

BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT

Mamma DiSalvo's famous lasagna. Source: Facebook

WINNER: Mamma DiSalvo's

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

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

SECOND PLACE: The Spaghetti Warehouse 

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

THIRD PLACE: Giovanni’s

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

BEST LATE-NIGHT EATS

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 | WebsiteFacebook

SECOND PLACE: Lucky's Taproom & Eatery

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

THIRD PLACE: 416 Diner 

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

BEST LOCAL CHEF

Elizabeth Wiley, founder of Meadowlark and Wheat Penny restaurants. File photo/submitted
Photo: Staff Writer

🥇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

🥇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

WebsiteFacebook

SECOND PLACE: Zombie Dogz 

FacebookWebsite | 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 | WebsiteFacebook

BEST MEDITERRANEAN/GREEK DINING

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 | FacebookWebsite 

THIRD PLACE: Pasha Grill 

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

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)
Photo: www.activedayton.com

🥇WINNER: Taqueria Mixteca 

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

2190 Shiloh Springs Road, Trotwood | 937-529-7535 | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: El Toro 

Multiple Dayton-area locations | FacebookWebsite

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

FacebookWebsite

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
Photo: 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

🥇WINNER: Cooper's Hawk Winery 

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

SECOND PLACE: Flyby BBQ 

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

THIRD PLACE: Black Rock Bar & Grill 

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

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
Photo: Ty Greenlees

🥇WINNER: The Pine Club 

1926 Brown St., Dayton | 937-228-7463 | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Mel-O-Dee 

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

THIRD PLACE: Hickory Bar-B-Q 

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

BEST ONION RINGS

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

🥇WINNER: The Pine Club

1926 Brown St., Dayton | 937-228-7463 | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Nick's Restaurant 

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

THIRD PLACE: Red Robin 

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

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

WebsiteFacebook

BEST PATIO

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

🥇WINNER: The Trolley Stop

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

SECOND PLACE: Little York Tavern & Pizza 

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

THIRD PLACE: Basil's on Market Dayton 

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

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

BEST PHO

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

🥇WINNER: Linh's Bistro 

5532 Airway Road, Riverside | 937 252-1857 | WebsiteFacebook

SECOND PLACE: What Da Pho 

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

THIRD PLACE: Little Saigon 

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

BEST PIZZA RESTAURANT

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

WebsiteFacebook

SECOND PLACE: Old Scratch Pizza 

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

THIRD PLACE: Joe's Pizzeria 

4313 Airway Road, Dayton | 937-253-8154 | WebsiteFacebook

BEST PLACE FOR A BUSINESS LUNCH

Photo: Coco's Bistro

🥇WINNER: Coco's Bistro

250 Warren St., Dayton | 937-228-2626 | WebsiteFacebook 

SECOND PLACE: Wheat Penny 

515 Wayne Ave., Dayton | 937-496-5268 | WebsiteFacebook

THIRD PLACE: Table 33 

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

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)

🥇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 | WebsiteFacebook

THIRD PLACE: The Pub at The Greene 

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

BEST RESTAURANT AT AUSTIN LANDING

Filet from Firebirds Woodfire Grill / Handout
Photo: Yvonne Zusel/Atlanta Restaurant Scene

🥇WINNER: Firebirds Wood Fired Grill 

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

SECOND PLACE: BJ's Brewhouse

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

THIRD PLACE: Dewey's Pizza 

3600 Rigby Road, Miamisburg | 937-859-7777 | WebsiteFacebook

BEST RESTAURANT AT THE GREENE

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

🥇WINNER: The Cheesecake Factory 

56 Greene Blvd., Beavercreek | 937-320-9901 | WebsiteFacebook

SECOND PLACE: bd's Mongolian Grill 

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

THIRD PLACE: Pies & Pints 

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

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.
Photo: 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

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SECOND PLACE: Old Scratch Pizza

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

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

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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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🥇WINNER: The Dublin Pub 

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

SECOND PLACE: Thai 9 

11 Brown St., Dayton | 937-222-3227 | WebsiteFacebook

THIRD PLACE: Wheat Penny 

515 Wayne Ave., Dayton | 937-496-5268 | WebsiteFacebook

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
Photo: Staff Writer

🥇WINNER: Winds Cafe 

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

SECOND PLACE: Peach's Grill 

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

THIRD PLACE: Ye Olde Trail Tavern 

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

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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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

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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 | WebsiteFacebook 

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 »

🥇WINNER: Jimmie's Ladder 11 Ladder 11 

936 Brown St., Dayton | 937-424-1784 | WebsiteFacebook

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 | WebsiteFacebook


BEST SEAFOOD

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

🥇WINNER: Jay's Seafood 

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

SECOND PLACE: Sweeney's Seafood 

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

THIRD PLACE: Bonefish Grill 

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

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 | WebsiteFacebook

THIRD PLACE: Blind Bob's Pickle Soup 

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

BEST SQUARE-CUT PIZZA

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

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SECOND PLACE: Cassano's

Multiple locations across the Miami Valley | WebsiteFacebook

THIRD PLACE: Joe's Pizzeria 

4313 Airway Road, Dayton | 937-253-8154 | WebsiteFacebook

BEST STEAK

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 | WebsiteFacebook 

THIRD PLACE: Texas Roadhouse

5611 Merily Way, Huber Heights 

2600 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Fairborn

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HONORABLE MENTION: The Paragon 

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

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
Photo: Ozu852 Facebook

🥇WINNER: Ozu852 

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

SECOND PLACE: Thai 9 

11 Brown St., Dayton | 937-222-3227 | WebsiteFacebook

THIRD PLACE: Kabuki 

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

BEST TACO

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 | FacebookWebsite

2190 Shiloh Springs Road, Trotwood | 937-529-7535 | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: El Toro 

Multiple Dayton-area locations | FacebookWebsite

THIRD PLACE: Rusty Taco 

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

HONORABLE MENTION: Victor's Tacos 

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

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
Photo: Lisa Powell

🥇WINNER: Wheat Penny 

515 Wayne Ave., Dayton | 937-496-5268 | WebsiteFacebook

SECOND PLACE: Christopher's Restaurant 

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

THIRD PLACE: Lucky's Taproom 

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

HONORABLE MENTION: Butter Cafe 

1106 Brown St., Dayton | 937 985-9917 | WebsiteFacebook 

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

🥇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

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SECOND PLACE: Nick's Restaurant 

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

THIRD PLACE: Lock 27 Brewing

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

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

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MOST ROMANTIC RESTAURANT

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 | WebsiteFacebook

SECOND PLACE: The Melting Pot 

453 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd Dayton | 937-567-8888 | WebsiteFacebook

THIRD PLACE: Fleming's 

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

HONORABLE MENTION: Salar

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

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