Sometimes a stadium dog with mustard and ketchup isn’t enough to hold you over until the ninth inning.
Luckily, Dayton has plenty of delicious grub close enough to grab in time for the first pitch at Fifth Third Field or after the game.
Here are some of our favorite restaurants within walking distance of the Dayton Dragons’ home at Fifth Third Field (or a short ride away).
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⚾ Lock 27 Brewing
This is pretty much as close as it gets. You can’t miss Lock 27 located beneath the Delco Lofts, right next to the ballpark’s main gates.
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Their broad range of house beers make Lock 27 the perfect pit stop before the game begins. Not to mention a huge menu that includes a smoked brisket sandwich.
LOCATION: 329 E. First St., Dayton
⚾ Basil’s On Market
Offering an upscale casual bistro right on the river, this restaurant has been impressing the palettes of downtown Dayton since Basil’s opening in 2016.
Trust us, with Basil’s portion sizes, you won’t have to worry about ordering seconds during the game. Basil’s has a great patio with a river view you don’t want to miss, especially in summer when the fountains are in operation.
LOCATION: 312 N. Patterson Blvd., Dayton
⚾ Canal Street Arcade and Deli
Get your game on before the game! In addition to a packed arcade and full-service bar, Canal Street serves the freshest gourmet deli sandwiches using Smoking Goose and Boar’s Head Meats, as well as the local Rahn’s Artisan Bread that’s delivered daily.
LOCATION: 308 E. First St., Dayton
⚾ Dayton Beer Company
This is about as Dayton as it gets. A short walk around the block from the ballpark, this “European style” brewery is all about the local beer and crispy pizza.
Attached to the brewery is the Second Street Pizza Company, which specializes in pizzas, salads and subs.
LOCATION: 41 Madison Street, Dayton
⚾ Mudlick Tap House
This downtown gastropub has high-end beer and cocktails, plus delicious appetizers, burgers and sandwiches.
You can’t go wrong with the Mudlick burger (whiskey mushrooms, caramelized onion and gorgonzola on brioche) or the pretzel and bier cheese.
LOCATION: 135 E. Second St., Dayton
⚾ Brixx Ice Company
If you like your food deep fried, Brixx is your place. Find deep-fried kettle chips, cheese curds, pickles, mac and cheese bites and more. You can’t go wrong with the giant pretzel. And we mean giant. The menu includes quesadillas, wings, burgers, sandwiches and more. It’s located just across the street from Fifth Third Field (southeast corner).
LOCATION: 500 E. First St., Dayton
⚾ Warped Wing Brewery
The decked-out-in-Dayton warehouse that is Warped Wing Brewery is one of the best places for the whole crew to pregame and fill up on food before the game.
With long beer-hall styled seating and an authentic brewery atmosphere that can’t be beat— we never miss an opportunity to grab a pint at Warped Wing.
LOCATION: 26 Wyandot St., Dayton
⚾ Arepas & Co. Colombian Comfort Food
A piece of “Colombia in downtown Dayton,” this comfort food dive is most known for their Colombian Platter that includes a delicious combination of rice, your choice of beans and meat and a fried plantain. And with all that for just $6.95, you’ll definitely have enough money left to splurge on that 7th inning stretch ice cream cone.
LOCATION: 416 E. Third St., Dayton