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The pre-prom dinner is an integral part of the prom experience, and hey, those calories are going to be needed to carry prom-goers through the dancing and revelry of the main event and the post-prom celebration.

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We reached back to our vintage list of some of the most romantic restaurants in the Miami Valley to offer some initial suggestions. But we also offer some alternatives down below that in some cases may be more accessible and practical.

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Credit: File Photo

THE CAROLINE

Basics: 5 S. Market St., Troy. Call (937) 552-7676. Website.

Why it rates: Great blend of an intimate atmosphere and well-crafted dishes.

COCO'S BISTRO

Basics: 250 Warren St., Dayton.Call (937) 228-2626. Website.

Why it rates: This restaurant has carved a strong reputation with its eclectic menu and inviting decor.

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Credit: E.L. Hubbard

COLDWATER CAFE

Basics: 19 E. Main St., Tipp City. Call (937) 667-0007. Website.

Why it rates: This restaurant in downtown Tipp City serves up perfectly executed, creative dishes in a charming atmosphere.

FRANCO’S

Basics: 824 E. Fifth St., Dayton. Call (937) 222-0204. Website

Why it rates: The World Famoso spaghetti is always a crowd-pleaser, plus tons of other Italian faves.

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Credit: Jim Witmer

JAY'S RESTAURANT

Basics: 225 E. Sixth St., Dayton's Oregon Historic District. Call (937) 222-2892. Website.

Why it rates: Fine seafood dishes and great desserts.

LILY’S BISTRO

Basics: 329 E. 5th St., Dayton; Call (937) 723-7637. Website.

Why it rates: Lily's Bistro offers unique, seasonal comfort dishes with a Southern vibe.

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Credit: Ohio Pork Council

MEADOWLARK

Basics: 5531 Far Hills Ave., Washington Twp.; Call (937) 434-4750. Website.

Why it rates: An eclectic but comfortable vibe and inspired cuisine make this an inviting destination.

MELTING POT

Basics: 453 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, Washington Twp. Call (937) 567-8888. Website.

Why it rates: This fondue restaurant's subdued lighting helps create an undeniably romantic atmosphere.

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Credit: HANDOUT

THE OAKWOOD CLUB

Basics: 2414 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood. Call (937) 293-6973. Website.

Why it rates: In addition to the classic steakhouse menu, the "OC" has several fine seafood options, all in an elegant atmosphere. 

SHEN'S SZECHUAN & SUSHI

Basics: 7580 Poe Ave., Vandalia. Call (937) 898-3860. Website.

Why it rates: The soft lighting and rich woods of this restaurant's interior make it one of the most inviting atmospheres in the Miami Valley.

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Credit: Photo: Salar

SALAR RESTAURANT & LOUNGE

Basics: 400 E. Fifth St., Dayton. (937) 203-3999. Website.

Why it rates: A beautifully decorated restaurant, with classy creative dishes.

ROOST ITALIAN

Basics: 524 E Fifth St., Dayton. (937) 222-3100. Website.

Why it rates: Cozy atmosphere, upscale Italian cuisine combine to boost the romance quotient.

WELLINGTON GRILLE

Basics: 2450 Dayton-Xenia Road, Beavercreek. Call (937) 426-4600. Website.

Why it rates: High-backed, comfortable booths, consistent service and a fine atmosphere.

But wait, there’s more: Here are some other options to consider

• Basil's on Market, Troy and Dayton locations

• BRAVO Cucina Italiana (two locations)

• Bonefish Grille, Miami Twp.

• Brio Tuscan Grille, Beavercreek (The Greene)

• Carrabba's Italian Grill, Washington Twp.

• Carvers Steaks & Chops, Washington Twp.

• Cheesecake Factory, Beavercreek (The Greene)

• Firebirds Grill (Austin Landing)

• Greenfire Bistro, Tipp City

• J. Alexanders, Washington Twp.

• Mamma DiSalvo's, Kettering

• Michael Anthony's at the Inn, Versailles

• Olive Garden (two locations)

• Pasha Grill, Beavercreek (The Greene)

• P.F. Chang's, Miami Twp.

• Spaghetti Warehouse, downtown Dayton

• Spinoza's Pizza & Salads, Beavercreek (Mall at Fairfield Commons)

• View 162 Restaurant & Lounge in the Crowne Plaza hotel, Dayton

• Thai 9, Dayton (Oregon District)

The Florentine, Germantown

• The Winds, Yellow Springs

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