Location: 2350 S. Dayton-Lakeview Road, New Carlisle
Why: Family comes to mind when one thinks about the Mel-O-Dee. The restaurant has been family-owned and operated for four generations and the food puts the “home” in home cooking. Dive head first into the bread loafs, coleslaw and broaster chops, chicken and fish.
Location: 797 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Washington Township
Why: When you think supper club, you think The Paragon. They do things the way they should be done at this old-school and still very cool spot with great wine, cocktails seafood, chops and steaks.
•EL MESON RESTAURANT & CATERING
El Meson is hosting its annual Parrot Head Party
Why: Herman and Gloria Castro’s famed restaurant has flourished from a pizza joint to destination that brings the taste of Central America, South America and the Caribbean to Dayton diners. The ever-evolving business even has food trucks.
The Golden Lamb in Lebanon has entertained 12 U.S. presidents.
Location: 27 S. Broadway, Lebanon
Why: You can’t mention classic restaurants in these parts without saying the words “golden” and “lamb.”
The restaurant Jonas Seaman founded in 1803 as a stage coach inn, is now Ohio’s longest continuously running business.
The Golden Lamb has hosted a dozen United States presidents between John Quincy Adams and George W. Bush and a list of well-known people that includes Neil Armstrong, Annie Oakley, Charles Dickens, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Alex Haley, James Whitcomb Riley, Louis Bromfield and Samuel Clemens.
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•TREASURE ISLAND SUPPER CLUB
Location: 250 Chief Woods Lane in Moraine
Why: Talk about a ship that still sails. The nautical-themed restaurant has proved time and time again that it has both sea and land legs.
Many predicted that Treasure Island would sink due to its location when the Moraine GM plant closed five years ago, but the whimsical restaurant still draws loyal diners. There is often a wait for tables on the weekend.
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The Tavern Burger at the Buckhorn Tavern is so good you don’t need to slather it with condiments. (Staff photo by Connie Post)
If you are ready to eat, I mean really eat, the Buckhorn is your spot. Located along the Stillwater River, this eatery is known for its ribs, chicken and steaks as much as its antler chandeliers and other hunting decor.
Why: The Dayton classic is best known for its cabbage rolls and barbecue chicken and ribs. But with its crispy thick cut bacon and toasted white bread, the BLT on the lunch menu ($3.95) deserves a little love, too.
The Mother's Day menu at The Amber Rose has the whole family in mind.
Photo: Jim Ingram/Lisa Powell
Location: 1400 Valley Street, Dayton
Why: Amber Rose takes diners on a voyage to Germany, Lithuania , Poland, Hungary, Russia and Italy with its food.
The cabbage rolls are some of the best in town, but don’t forget the f schnitzel -- jager schnitzel ( breaded and sautéed veal cutlets) and hunter schnitzel ( a sautéed pretzel-crusted pork loin) and turtle soup.
Why: The Oakwood Club might be best known for its steak, but that is far from the only thing this still hip restaurant does right. The Oakwood Club's burgers are out-of-this-world and only a fool would say "no" to The Oakwood Club's potato crusted chilean sea bass or Maryland Crab Cakes.