Coldwater Cafe in downtown Tipp City is housed in a former bank building.
Photo: Lisa Powell/
Photo: Lisa Powell/

3 Dayton dining treasures to discover in charming Tipp City

A short, twenty minute drive from Dayton is the canal town of Tipp City.

Downtown dining highlights in walking distance from local boutiques to shop in include Harrison’s, Coldwater Cafe, Sam and Ethel’s and the Grounds for Pleasure Coffeehouse. Uptown and a short car ride away, dinner can be enjoyed at Greenfire Bistro. Hickory River Smokehouse is also nearby, as well as Hinders (famous for its wings).

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The options range from a snack to a high-end dinner. Here are three great dinner spots worth stopping at in downtown Tipp City.

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Tipp City’s Coldwater Cafe oozes with charm from the second you step inside. It’s cozy, quaint and inviting, with great food and cocktails. CONTRIBUTED
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Coldwater Cafe and Catering

19 E. Main St., Tipp City

937-667-0007 or

The Miami County restaurant, founded in 1994, is a quick 20-minute jaunt from downtown Dayton. Once you have arrived in the quaint downtown, the restaurant will begin to charm you the minute you step through its doors. Housed in a regal former bank building, the exterior doesn’t even begin to hint about what’s inside. The cozy, quaint décor, peppered with flourishes of European inspired flair, is broken up into several rooms with distinct personalities — a warm, inviting bar, a main dining room, the bank vault, the boardroom, a private outdoor deck and a second floor that can be rented out for exclusive dining events for larger parties.

Coldwater Cafe in Tipp City. E.L. Hubbard/Contributed
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Harrison’s Restaurant in Tipp City specializes in burgers, wraps and paninis, seafood, chicken and pasta as well as different cuts of steak, pork chops and ribs. CONTRIBUTED
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106 E. Main St. Tipp City

937-667-5200 or

The owners of the Wellington Grille, Barnsider and Blueberry Cafe know how to operate a restaurant, so it’s no surprise that Harrison’s Restaurant delivers with well-prepared American cuisine. The menu features burgers, wraps and paninis, seafood, chicken and pasta as well as different cuts of steak, pork chops and ribs.

Sam & Ethel’s in Tipp City is an old-school retro diner that specializes in home cooking. CONTRIBUTED
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Sam and Ethel’s Restaurant

120 E. Main St., Tipp City

937-667-0113 or

This old-school retro diner specializes in home cooking. If you want a slice of pie and a good cup of coffee or a solid burger they have it. The S&E Signature Burger ($8.49) features two 1/4 pound burger patties topped with special sauce, lettuce, pickles, American cheese and onion straws served on a grilled double decker bun. They have super old-school dishes like fried bologna and liver and onions as well as great traditional diner food. 

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3 more Tipp City dining destinations worth checking out

These spots are a short drive from historic downtown Tipp City.

1. Greenfire Bistro

965 W. Main St. | 937-667-6664 |

Formerly known as Chin’s Ginger Grill, this fusion restaurant is famous for Asian cuisine, seafood, sandwiches, pastas and stir-fries. It also has a great wine and beer selection. Serves lunch and dinner.

2. Hickory River Smokehouse

135 S. Garber Drive | 937) 669-2271 |

This casual family destination located just off Interstate 75 serves up award-winning Texas barbecue and hearty sides. Serves lunch and dinner and offers drive-through service.

3. Hinders Sports Bar & Grill

902 W. Main St. | (937) 667-4433 |

If you’re looking for no-frills eats, Hinders serves up some of the best wings in Dayton along with a cold beer.

Hickory River Smokehouse’s award-winning pulled pork sandwich. Tender, juicy, delicious. Regular price, $4.49. (MICHELLE FONG/STAFF)
Hickory River Smokehouse in Tipp City offers Texas-style barbecue in the form of sandwiches, plates and combo platters. The restaurant, easily accessible off Interstate 75, offers dine-in, carryout, drive-through and catering services. (MICHELLE FONG/STAFF)
Bottom line: Hinders' Butt Warmer Chicken Hunks are delicious chicken breast chunks lightly breaded and coated with a sweet and tangy sauce. CONNIE POST/Photo