Tips for Safe Grilling

Where to find the best meat for grilling around Dayton

It’s about to be grilling season. 

Here is a guide to some of the best meat you’ll find in the Dayton-area to hit those flames.

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We take you on a tour of Dot's Market with owner Robert Bernhard Jr.  (Photo by Amelia Robinson)
Photo: Amelia Robinson

Dot’s Market

Dot’s has been around since 1951, and is known for its quality meat, with no added solutions and no antibiotics. Dot’s offers custom cut orders on steaks, chops and chicken. Dot’s also offers four meat bundles, ranging from $49 to $209.

Hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday; 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. 

Address: 118 W. Franklin/Ohio Route 725, Bellbrook (937-848-6751) | 2274 Patterson Road, Kettering (937-253-6169) 


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Zinks Meats and Fine Wines offers Choice 3 and Prime meats that are free of hormones, preservatives, antibiotics, fillers and steroids. Zinks also has a grill and full kitchen, food gifts and a selection of wines that you won't find in a grocery store. Wine tastings are held every Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. Reservations are recommended. CONNIE POST/STAFF

Zink’s Meats and Fine Wines

Zink’s offers Choice Three and Prime meats only. The meats contains no preservatives, hormones, antibiotics, steroids or fillers. Co-owner Melissa Metzger used to be a nurse, and she’s told us it’s important for her to sell only quality food. The meat is grain-fed and delivered to the store daily.  Meat bundles range from $99.99 to $204.99. You’ll find a wide variety, including New York strips, pork chops, ribs, boneless chicken breasts and whole fryers. Save around 25 percent off when you have whole cuts cut to order.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday to Friday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday.

Address: 409 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, Washington Twp. (937-435-4980)


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Joe Neuhauser, general manager of the meat department at Dorothy Lane Market in Oakwood, cuts a slab of meat before Memorial Day weekend. KARA DRISCOLL/STAFF
Photo: Staff Writer

Dorothy Lane Market

DLM’s meat department offers a variety of products. The meat is all-natural, steroid-free, hormone-free, antibiotic-free and is fed a 100% vegetarian diet. 

Hours: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Springboro and 6177 Far Hills Ave.), 24 hours (2710 Far Hills Ave.) 

Address: 2710 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood (937-299-3561), 740 N. Main St., Springboro (937-748-6800), 6177 Far Hills Ave., Washington Square (937-434-1294)  


David Hoffer, president of Zinks Meats and Fine Wines, prepares a boneless ribeye in his butcher shop Friday on Marco Lane in Washington Twp.

Copey’s Butcher Shop

Founded in 1950, Copey’s is family owned and operated in Medway. They offer old-fashioned smoked meats, homemade brats and sausages and custom butchering (no fillers or parts added). Copey’s features Ohio farm-raised fresh beef and pork in old-fashioned full-service meat cases.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday

Address: 10988 Gerlaugh Road, Medway


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Matthew Keener's great-great grandfather John Keener bought the land that is now Keener Walnut Grove Farm CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)  in 1830. Matthew, his parents -  Karen and David Keener  and girlfriend Amber Espey now work it.  The farm specializes in grass fed beef and pastured poultry.  All photos by Amelia Robinson
Photo: Amelia Robinson

Keener Farm 

If you’ve ever eaten at Lily’s Bistro, Lock 27, Lucky’s or Table 33, you’ve probably had Keener Farm’s meats. On a 160-acre farm that’s been in the Keener family since 1830, you’ll find the home to some of the best antibiotic-free, grass-fed beef, pastured chicken, and choice cuts of pork, sausage and bacon from pigs in the Dayton-area. Keener Farm has a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) package for its customers. These feature choice cuts and ground meat. Each CSA member gets assigned a cut list that contains all the cuts from each animal. As the packages are filled the cuts are rotated each month. Keener Farms now has a retail shop, allow you to buy directly and place orders in-store.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday

Address: 2857 Crescent Blvd., Dayton


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Haren’s Market

If you’ve ever tried the strawberry brats at the Troy Strawberry Festival, then you’ve tasted the deliciousness that comes from Haren’s. This hometown favorite located just north of Dayton is a full-service butcher shop featuring a variety of beef, pork, poultry, seafood and select exotic meats (as well as a deli, produce and grocery items). The market features fresh cut as well as pre-packed frozen items, and their cows are grass-fed and free range. 

Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday

Address: 502 Garfield Ave., Troy


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