Tanks a lot! The Tankburger at Tank’s in Dayton features a half-pound beef patty that’s more than three-quarters of an inch thick. We selected Pepper Jack cheese and a kaiser roll to make ours extra good. CONNIE POST/STAFF
Photo: Connie Post
Photo: Connie Post

This ‘tank’ of a Dayton restaurant rolled over the competition in Best of Dayton  

Dayton likes you, it really likes you. 

Best of Dayton voters showered love on Tank’s Bar and Grill, the iconic eatery at 2033 Wayne Ave. founded by the late Dan Tankersley in 1987. 

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Tank’s wife, Debra Tankersley, now runs the show and has added more of her own touches since his death in 2016 and has keep the restaurant’s legacy going. 


Based on the results of this year’s Best of Dayton — Dayton.com’s annual showcase of the people, places, businesses and things that make the city awesome — the public has noticed. 

Tank’s Bar & Grill in Dayton has scaled back its late-night hours on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Photo from Tank’s Facebook page
Photo: Staff Writer

Tank’s won or placed in more contests than any other contestant of any sort.

Against stiff competition, the bar and grill nabbed seven first-place wins and one second-place win. 

Below is a breakdown of Tank’s wins.  


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>> People & Places winners


Best of Dayton 2018 winner

Best Breakfast 

First place: Tank’s Bar & Grill in Dayton

Second place: Golden Nugget in Kettering

Third place: Blueberry Café in Bellbrook

Best Chili

First place: Tank’s Bar & Grill

Second place: Skyline Chili (multiple locations) 

Third place: Wendy's (multiple locations) 

Honorable mention: Rivertown Chili in Miamisburg

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Tank’s Award Winning “Road Kill” chili is sweet with a spicy kick. It’s very thick, and packed with meat and potpourri of delicious spices including cumin, white pepper and paprika, among others. You can add cheese and onion if you so choose for an additional 89 cents). We added just cheese. Available by the cup ($3.69) or bowl ($4.69). MICHELLE FONG/STAFF

Best Cheap Eats 

First place: Tank's Bar & Grill

Second place: Hamburger Wagon in Miamisburg

Third place: Taqueria Mixteca in Dayton

Best Bloody Mary 

First place: Tank’s Bar & Grill 

Second place: Bunkers Sports Bar and Grill 

Third place: Trolley Stop 

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Best Late-Night Eats

First place: Tank's Bar & Grill

Second place: Waffle House (multiple locations) 

Third place: Taco Bell (multiple locations) 

Best Dive Bar

First place: Tank's Bar & Grill

Second place: Mack's Tavern in Centerville 

Third place: Red Carpet Tavern in Dayton 

My Way Grilled Cheese from Tank's Bar and Grill. (Source: Tank's)

Best Grilled Cheese

First place: Tank’s Bar & Grill 

Second place: Melt Bar and Grilled in Beavercreek 

Third place: Florentine Restaurant in Germantown 

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Best Burger 

First place: Slyder’s Tavern in Dayton 

Second place: Tank’s Bar and Grill 

Third place: Five Guys (multiple locations)

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