My Way Grilled Cheese from Tank's Bar and Grill. (Source: Tank's)
Tank’s won or placed in more Best of Dayton 2018 contests than any other establishment or person in Dayton. Against stiff competition, the bar and grill nabbed seven first-place wins and one second-place win.
🏆SECOND PLACE: Melt Bar and Grilled
If you would consider yourself a bit of a Plain Jane when it comes to grilled cheese, the second-place winner in this year’s contest might not be for you. Melt takes grilled cheese to the next level with crazy concoctions that could have only been thought up in Cleveland. And they never forget the cheese, and lots of it.
Sandwich prices range at Melt, as there are tons of options. Most of the gourmet grilled cheese options are around $8 for a half and $11 for a whole.
The Cleveland area-based sandwich restaurant opened its first Dayton-area restaurant at the Mall of Fairfield Commons in 2017. A colorful mural paying tribute to Dayton innovators from the Wright Brothers to Guided by Voices and The Ohio Players greets guests on the way in.
Smokey & The Riblet is Melt Bar & Grilled's sandwich of the month for August. CONTRIBUTED
2733 Fairfield Commons, Unit C, Beavercreek | 937-912-1880 | Website | Facebook
🏆THIRD PLACE: Florentine Restaurant Ultimate Grilled Cheese
This one is in the name. Florentine’s Ultimate Grilled cheese ($11.99) has a following that brings grilled cheese lovers to Germantown from near and far. The Ultimate consists of brioche bread crusted with Parmesan, filled with Swiss, provolone, cheddar jack sliced tomato and basil, grilled to toasty brown and served with seasoned fries.
The Florentine restaurant in Germantown is located in Ohio’s second-oldest inn that dates to 1816. Only the Golden Lamb in Lebanon traces its lineage back farther than the Florentine.
The historic Florentine Restaurant in Germantown has reopened under new ownership. Photo from The Florentine Restaurant Facebook page
21 W. Market St., Germantown | 937-855-7759 | Website | Facebook