3 amazing ‘hidden gem’ restaurants in the Dayton-area

Dayton has a lot of fantastic restaurants, and there are great finds in some of the smaller towns in the surrounding region.

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Here are three hidden gems to try next time you want something away from the hustle and bustle.

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Credit: Lauren Rinehart for Dayton.com

Credit: Lauren Rinehart for Dayton.com

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Sam & Ethel’s Restaurant, 120 E. Main Street, Tipp City

This quaint little Mom and Pop diner tucked away in the heart of downtown is a Tipp City staple. You’ll find your typical diner and comfort foods but prepared very well, and be sure to save room for some homemade pie. It’s a cozy spot in a nice, though small, downtown.

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The Village Parlor Restaurant & Ice Cream, 22 S. Broadway Street, Lebanon

If you’re looking for a more upscale option, hit The Golden Lamb just down the street, but The Village Parlor is a great old-fashioned soda shoppe that you have to try at least once. It’s a taste of local charm among great shopping and makes for a great lunch spot with delicious sandwiches, burgers and of course ice cream in a family-like atmosphere.

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Sunrise Café, 259 Xenia Avenue, Yellow Springs

An all-day hangout, they believe in “from scratch" cooking, and almost everything is made in house, including all breads, burgers, gyros, jams, dressings, soups, sauces and more. They source from 20-plus local farms that refrain from use of pesticides, GMOs, antibiotics and growth hormones for top quality ingredients.

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