OUTDOOR DINING: Take advantage of warmer weather with the best restaurant patios in the Miami Valley

Moving from the original Kettering location, the Dayton Beer Company opened its downtown production brewery and tap room on April 23 2015 in a building that formerly housed Weiler Welding. JIM WITMER/STAFF
Moving from the original Kettering location, the Dayton Beer Company opened its downtown production brewery and tap room on April 23 2015 in a building that formerly housed Weiler Welding. JIM WITMER/STAFF

Credit: JIM WITMER

Credit: JIM WITMER

Despite these uncertain times, there are still ways to take advantage of the warmer weather without putting your health at risk.

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Throughout the Miami Valley, restaurants are opening their patios to the public and offering a safer way to dine on your favorite Dayton staples. Unsure of where to start? We have come up with a list of the best restaurant patios in the Miami Valley, from Blind Bob’s Bar to Franco’s Ristorante Italiano. These are the best restaurant patios in the Dayton area.

Please research each of your favorites before you go, as restaurant hours and dining policies are rapidly evolving amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

While dining at these establishments, masks must be worn by customers while they are dining inside (or outside, on the patio), except when they are actively consuming food or drink. Masks must be worn when customers are not seated at their table.

🌞🍔BARGOS

Locations: 588 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Centerville and 7105 Dixie Highway, Fairfield

Hours: Centerville location: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. and Sunday from noon to 2:30 a.m.; Fairfield location: Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Sunday from noon to 1 a.m.

Why it rates: The patios features an outside connection to the bar so you can stay outside in the sunshine.

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The patio at | Bargos Grill & Tap in Centerville
The patio at | Bargos Grill & Tap in Centerville

Credit: Bargos Grill & Tap

Credit: Bargos Grill & Tap

🌞🍔BLIND BOB’S

Location: 430 E. 5th St., Dayton

Hours: Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight

Why it rates: This patio is very laid-back and chill and a prime people-watching spot in Dayton's Oregon District. Enjoy that people watching with a nice cold beer and a famous Bob's burger.

More info: WebsiteFacebook

Patrons enjoy lunch on the patio of Blind Bob’s on September 5, 2019. STAFF/BONNIE MEIBERS
Patrons enjoy lunch on the patio of Blind Bob’s on September 5, 2019. STAFF/BONNIE MEIBERS

🌞🍔CARILLON BREWING COMPANY

Location: 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton

Hours: Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Why it rates: This spacious patio overlooks the gorgeous Carillon Historical Park. It overlooks the park. it's spacious. Enjoy a peaceful evening with some really old-school brews.

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🌞🍔CARMEL'S BAR & GRILL

Location: 1025 Shroyer Road, Dayton

Hours: Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from noon to 11 p.m.

Why it rates: The best part of Carmel's is its patio, if you ask us. Unwind with a cool refreshing margarita and Tex-Mex eats on this casual patio that makes everyone feel instantly welcome and relaxed.

More info: Facebook

The southwestern fare of Carmel's is appealing. However, a Bobarita on their patio is tough to beat.
The southwestern fare of Carmel's is appealing. However, a Bobarita on their patio is tough to beat.

Credit: Jim Ingram

Credit: Jim Ingram

🌞🍔CARVER’S STEAKS & CHOPS

Location: 1535 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, Centerville

Hours: Sunday and Monday from 4-8 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from 5-9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 4-9 p.m.

Why it rates: A casual place to enjoy a fine meal.

Pro tip: Carver’s hosts parking lot and patio parties that are always a huge hit.

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🌞🍔CHUY'S (AUSTIN LANDING)

Location: Austin Landing, 10445 Innovation Drive, Miamisburg 

Hours: Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Why it rates: The perfect margarita is best enjoyed on the perfect patio that overlooks the beautiful Park at Austin Landing.

More info: WebsiteFacebook

The patio at Chuy’s at Austin Landing in Miami Twp. (MICHELLE FONG / STAFF)
The patio at Chuy’s at Austin Landing in Miami Twp. (MICHELLE FONG / STAFF)

Credit: MICHELLE FONG/STAFF

Credit: MICHELLE FONG/STAFF

🌞🍔COCO’S BISTRO

Location: 250 Warren St., Dayton

Hours: Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 5-11 p.m. and closed on Sunday

Why it rates: Those in search of a little romance need not look further than Coco's cool, inviting covered patio. It's perfect for date night.

More info: WebsiteFacebook

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Coco’s Bistro (CONTRIBUTED)
Coco’s Bistro (CONTRIBUTED)

🌞🍔DAYTON BEER COMPANY

Location: 41 Madison St., Dayton

Hours: Tuesday through Thursday from 4-10 p.m., Friday from 4 p.m. to midnight, Saturday from noon to midnight and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

Why it rates: A variety of games, locally-crafted brews and the buzz of the city make this spot a patio favorite.

More info: WebsiteFacebook

Moving from the original Kettering location, the Dayton Beer Company opened its downtown production brewery and tap room on April 23 2015 in a building that formerly housed Weiler Welding. JIM WITMER/STAFF
Moving from the original Kettering location, the Dayton Beer Company opened its downtown production brewery and tap room on April 23 2015 in a building that formerly housed Weiler Welding. JIM WITMER/STAFF

Credit: JIM WITMER

Credit: JIM WITMER

🌞🍔DOUBLE 18 LOUNGE

Location: 1818 Brown St., Dayton, above Timothy's Bar

Hours: Wednesday and Thursday from 4 p.m. to midnight and Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Why it rates: Timothy's Bar near UD has a hidden treasure: a rooftop patio that's part of the Double 18 Lounge located above Timothy's.

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Paul Kennel and Marty Brown, owners of Timothy's bar, 1818 Brown St., says they have invested some $800,000 into the venue in the past two years to update it, make it more comfortable and to create the new Double 18 Lounge upstairs.
Paul Kennel and Marty Brown, owners of Timothy's bar, 1818 Brown St., says they have invested some $800,000 into the venue in the past two years to update it, make it more comfortable and to create the new Double 18 Lounge upstairs.

🌞🍔DUBLIN PUB

Location: 300 Wayne Ave., Dayton

Hours: Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Why it rates: This is one of the most chill patios in the city. Sit under an umbrella and order a pint and a side of ooey-gooey Pub fries.

More info: WebsiteFacebook

The patio at Dublin Pub is a great place to kick back for a casual dinner or pint. STAFF/FILE
The patio at Dublin Pub is a great place to kick back for a casual dinner or pint. STAFF/FILE

🌞🍔EL MESON

Location: 903 E. Dixie Drive, Dayton

Hours: Thursday from Saturday from 4-9 p.m.

Why it rates: Escape with a little help from El Meson, its delicious drinks and tapas and its famous patios. Yes, patios plural.

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The indoor patio at El Meson.
The indoor patio at El Meson.

Credit: Contributed photo by Alexis Larsen

Credit: Contributed photo by Alexis Larsen

🌞🍔ELE CAKE BISTRO & WINE BAR

Location: 3680 Rigby Road, Miamisburg

Hours: Monday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Why it rates: This intimate bistro and wine bar at Austin Landing offers the perfect setting for wine al fresco with a perfect view of Austin Landing.

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🌞🍔ELSA’S CORNER CANTINA

Location: 6204 Wilmington Pike in the Sugarcreek Plaza

Hours: Sunday through Thursday from 3-8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 3-9 p.m.

Why it rates: This breezy covered patio that also features an outdoor bar includes five TVs perfect for game day. The only thing that will make it better is a Bad Juan.

More info: Website

A sneak preview of the patio at the new Elsa's Corner Cantina in Sugarcreek Plaza on Wilmington Pike. MARK FISHER/STAFF
A sneak preview of the patio at the new Elsa's Corner Cantina in Sugarcreek Plaza on Wilmington Pike. MARK FISHER/STAFF

Credit: Mark Fisher

Credit: Mark Fisher

🌞🍔FIFTH STREET BREWPUB

Location: 1600 E. 5th St., Dayton

Hours: Tuesday through Thursday from 4-10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 1-11 p.m.

Why it rates: Think of this as a beer garden with homegrown brews and tasty eats in a casual, picnic-table setting.

More info: WebsiteFacebook

Fifth Street BrewPub (CONTRIBUTED)
Fifth Street BrewPub (CONTRIBUTED)

🌞🍔ELSA’S KETTERING SPORTS GRILL

Location: 1216 E. Stroop Road, Kettering

Hours: Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Why it rates: This covered patio is lively, huge and a popular destination on game day, with TVs outside. Again, Bad Juans are required.

More info: Website

🌞🍔FLYBOY'S DELI OAKWOOD

Location: 2515 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood

Hours: Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Why it rates: Head up the stairs of the deli and find yourself on a balcony with tables and umbrellas overlooking Far Hills Avenue.

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The rooftop patio at Flyboy’s Deli in Oakwood. Photo from Flyboy’s Deli Facebook page.
The rooftop patio at Flyboy’s Deli in Oakwood. Photo from Flyboy’s Deli Facebook page.

🌞🍔FRANCO'S RISTORANTE ITALIANO

Location: 824 E. 5th St., Dayton 

Hours: Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday from 4-11 p.m.

Why it rates: This patio offers great ambiance and is perfect for date night. While you're there, drink some wine and enjoy some of Franco's World Famoso Spaghetti.

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🌞🍔JIMMIE’S LADDER 11

Location: 936 Brown St., Dayton

Hours: Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Why it rates: Potted plants help set the mood on this beautifully decorated and relaxed patio near UD. There is plenty of room for the entire gang.

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🌞🍔LILY’S BISTRO

Location: 329 E. 5th St., Dayton

Hours: Tuesday through Friday from 4-10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4-10 p.m.

Why it rates: Lily's has three patios with personality, including two that face Fifth Street. The restaurant's beautifully landscaped back patio is a not-so-secret oasis that can accommodate up to 500 people.

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This Friday, July 3, Lily's Bistro in the Oregon District will be hosting its "Super Dad's Backyard BBQ Porterhouse for Two, a summer-themed menu to be enjoyed on their patio.
This Friday, July 3, Lily's Bistro in the Oregon District will be hosting its "Super Dad's Backyard BBQ Porterhouse for Two, a summer-themed menu to be enjoyed on their patio.

🌞🍔LITTLE YORK TAVERN

Location: 4120 Little York Road, Vandalia

Hours: Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. and Sunday from noon to 2:30 a.m.

Why it rates: The spacious outdoor area features charming archways for you to sit beneath as you enjoy pizza and brews. There's a reason this patio is usually a Best of Dayton winner.

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The patio at Little York Tavern in Vandalia was voted Best of Dayton 2018. CONTRIBUTED
The patio at Little York Tavern in Vandalia was voted Best of Dayton 2018. CONTRIBUTED

Credit: HANDOUT

Credit: HANDOUT

🌞🍔MUDLICK TAP HOUSE

Location: 135 E. Second St., Dayton

Hours: Tuesday through Thursday from 4-10 p.m., Friday from 4-11 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Why it rates: This cozy little patio offers a great view of the downtown scene and a nice intimate spot to enjoy a cold fancy brew and a pretzel with bier cheese.

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Jennifer Dean and Forrest Williams are opening Mudlick Tap House in downtown Dayton. AMELIA ROBINSON/STAFF
Jennifer Dean and Forrest Williams are opening Mudlick Tap House in downtown Dayton. AMELIA ROBINSON/STAFF

Credit: HANDOUT

Credit: HANDOUT

🌞🍔OLD SCRATCH PIZZA

Location: 812 S. Patterson Blvd., Dayton

Hours: Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Why it rates: Old Scratch has quickly grown a loyal following for its Neapolitan-style pizzas and its communal hall seating. Step outside to the spacious patio and you'll find your new happy place.

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Old Scratch Pizza's Dayton location will be closed from May 20-24, 2020 for renovations. Carryout is scheduled to resume May 27.
Old Scratch Pizza's Dayton location will be closed from May 20-24, 2020 for renovations. Carryout is scheduled to resume May 27.

Credit: Contributed

Credit: Contributed

🌞🍔THE OREGON EXPRESS

Location: 336 E. Fifth St., Dayton

Hours: Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday from 4-11 p.m.

Why it rates: The patio may not no-frills, but you'll get a bird's eye view of the Oregon District that is best enjoyed with delicious pizza.

More info: Facebook

🌞🍔SOUTH PARK TAVERN

Location: 1301 Wayne Ave., Dayton

Hours: Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Sunday from noon to 1 a.m.

Why it rates: Some of Dayton's best pizza should be enjoyed in a cozy, friendly setting.

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South Park Tavern cook Ivan Braatz sets up outdoor seating. JIM NOELKER/STAFF
South Park Tavern cook Ivan Braatz sets up outdoor seating. JIM NOELKER/STAFF

🌞🍔TABLE 33

Location: 130 W. Second St., Dayton

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Why it rates: This is the perfect downtown gathering place for friends to enjoy Dayton craft beer and craft cocktails, delicious coffee and easily shareable small plates.

More info: WebsiteFacebook

A view of the patio at Table 33 in downtown Dayton. ALEXIS LARSEN/CONTRIBUTED
A view of the patio at Table 33 in downtown Dayton. ALEXIS LARSEN/CONTRIBUTED

🌞🍔THAI 9

Location: 11 Brown St., Dayton

Hours: Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5-9:30 p.m., Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5-10 p.m., Saturday from 5-10 p.m. and Sunday from 5-9:30 p.m.

Why it rates: Sushi and Thai noodles and fried rice are the stars of the menu. But one of the best parts about Thai 9 is that it offers casual outdoor seating and is open for lunch and dinner.

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🌞🍔THE TROLLEY STOP

Location: 530 E. 5th St., Dayton

Hours: Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Why it rates: It is a hidden garden in the middle of the city where you can read a book over lunch, a chill place to catch up with friends or a place to be seen by anyone who wants to look. It's the reigning champ for best patio in Best of Dayton for good reason.

More info: WebsiteFacebook

Give peace (of mind) a chance at The Trolley Stop patio. CONTRIBUTED
Give peace (of mind) a chance at The Trolley Stop patio. CONTRIBUTED

Credit: HANDOUT

Credit: HANDOUT

🌞🍔RAY’S WINE SPIRITS GRILL

Location: 8268 N. Main St., Clayton

Hours: Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Why it rates: This retail wine shop also doubles as a restaurant with a patio. It's worth getting on the radar.

More info: WebsiteFacebook

🌞🍔RIP RAP ROADHOUSE

Location: 6024 Rip Rap Road, Dayton

Hours: Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to midnight, Saturday from 9 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Why it rates: This biker bar is a great place to enjoy outdoor live music on a spacious bar/patio.

More info: WebsiteFacebook

🌞🍔ROOST MODERN ITALIAN

Location: 524 E. 5th St., Dayton

Hours: Wednesday and Thursday from 5-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5-11 p.m. and Sunday from 5-9 p.m.

Why it rates: This patio is more of a four-season dining room with an open-air feel that's perfect for date night or a night out with friends.

More info: WebsiteFacebook

🌞🍔WHEAT PENNY OVEN AND BAR

Location: 515 Wayne Ave., Dayton

Hours: Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Why it rates: Nothing goes better with vino and pizza than outdoors. The covered patio is great for groups, too.

More info: WebsiteFacebook

Wheat Penny Oven and Bar, 515 Wayne Ave., now offers a full summer patio. Photo source: Facebook
Wheat Penny Oven and Bar, 515 Wayne Ave., now offers a full summer patio. Photo source: Facebook

🌞🍔BASIL’S ON MARKET 

Locations: 312 N. Patterson Blvd., Dayton and 2729 Fairfield Mall Rd., Beavercreek (coming soon)

Hours: Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and closed on Sundays

Why it rates: Few things are better than beautiful, delicious drinks and food overlooking the Great Miami River and the Riverscape fountains all summer long.

More info: WebsiteFacebook

GREENE COUNTY

🌞🍔BRIO TUSCAN GRILLE

Location: The Greene, 4459 Cedar Park Drive, Beavercreek

Hours: Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Why it rates: This is the best patio at The Greene when it comes to a perfect view of Towne Square. Sip on some wine and enjoy some bites or a hearty Italian meal while soaking up all of the action.

More info: WebsiteFacebook

Brio Tuscan Grille has reopened for carryout and delivery at The Greene in Beavercreek, while its corporate parent, FoodFirst Global Restaurants Inc., continues its bankruptcy reorganization proceedings in Florida.
Brio Tuscan Grille has reopened for carryout and delivery at The Greene in Beavercreek, while its corporate parent, FoodFirst Global Restaurants Inc., continues its bankruptcy reorganization proceedings in Florida.

Credit: Mark Fisher

Credit: Mark Fisher

🌞🍔PASHA GRILL

Location: The Greene, 72 Plum St., Beavercreek

Hours: Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Why it rates: This gorgeous covered patio overlooks The Greene. Try some authentic Turkish cuisine including hummus, baba ganoush, falafel and feta cheese rolls.

More info: WebsiteFacebook

Patio of Pasha Grill at the Greene in Beavercreek. (Staff photo by Amelia Robinson)
Patio of Pasha Grill at the Greene in Beavercreek. (Staff photo by Amelia Robinson)

🌞🍔PEACH’S BAR AND GRILL

Location: 104 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs

Hours: Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.

Why it rates: Chill out with good food, good beer and people watching with a visit to this Yellow Springs covered patio.

More info: WebsiteFacebook

🌞🍔THE PUB BEAVERCREEK

Location: The Greene, 39 Greene Blvd., Beavercreek

Hours: Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Why it rates: With two patios to choose from, this is a great spot to hit before the weather cools — or after — for its European-inspired bar and delicious English grub.

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🌞🍔THE WINDS CAFE

Location: 215 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, serving lunch from noon to 4 p.m. and dinner from 4-9 p.m.

Why it rates: This patio combined with the amazing food will make you feel like you're at a European bistro.

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The Winds Cafe in Yellow Springs
The Winds Cafe in Yellow Springs

Credit: Amelia Robinson

Credit: Amelia Robinson

MIAMI COUNTY

🌞🍔THE CAROLINE

Location: 5 S. Market St., Troy

Hours: Tuesday through Thursday from 4-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 4-9:30 p.m. and closed on Sunday and Monday

Why it rates: Enjoy the perfect view of Troy's fountain and picturesque public square while sipping a scrumptious craft cocktail or enjoying a fine meal. This patio is small but mighty.

More info: WebsiteFacebook

Brunch on The Caroline's patio may just make Mom's day.
Brunch on The Caroline's patio may just make Mom's day.

Credit: Jim Ingram

Credit: Jim Ingram

🌞🍔LA FIESTA MEXICAN RESTAURANT

Location: 836 W. Main St., Troy

Hours: Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Why it rates: La Fiesta always draws a crowd and one of the reasons why is its adorable rooftop patio. Grab a giant margarita, frozen, and some fajita nachos and you're set for a fun night with friends.

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🌞🍔SMITHS’ BOATHOUSE RESTAURANT

Location: 439 N. Elm St., Troy

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 4:30-9 p.m.

Why it rates: Seafood is meant to be enjoyed outdoors with a river view. That's what you get at this restaurant.

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MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

🌞🍔TJ CHUMPS

Locations: 1100 East Dayton-Yellow Springs Road, Fairborn | 12 E. Linden Ave., Miamisburg | 559 S. Main St., Englewood | 7050 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights

Hours: Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Why it rates: One of the best features of this family-friendly sports restaurant chain is its covered patio and bar, TVs and fans.

More info: WebsiteFacebook

TJ Chumps, 7050 Executive Blvd. in Huber Heights, has a large outdoor patio. LISA POWELL / STAFF
TJ Chumps, 7050 Executive Blvd. in Huber Heights, has a large outdoor patio. LISA POWELL / STAFF