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Archive for the month “July, 2020”

Wandering Griffin

Excellent pork belly mac & cheese at Wandering Griffin! Their use of penne pasta though was rather pedestrian. Would have been much better made with a nice cavatappi pasta.

Thai 9

My first foray into shrimp in Ohio was with this excellent Pad Thai! Located in downtown Dayton’s historic Oregon District is Thai 9. Dayton’s premium Thai and sushi restaurant. Probably the most stunning Thai restaurant I’ve been in across America. The place is beautiful and cavernous with an old world Asian charm.

Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen

Outstanding pizza at Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen in Kettering, OH! Such a charming Italian family restaurant with excellent service. They have been making pizza with homemade dough and their family’s secret sauce recipe since 1975. And whenever I travel east of the Mississippi I always enjoy at least one or more Yuengling beers.

Tank’s Bar & Grill

Tank’s is an institution in downtown Dayton. Filled with salt of the earth locals and a trippy vibe with some great food. I had an outstanding Reuben sammich and cup of delicious chili.

Wandering Griffin

I enjoyed a bar-food bonanza at Wandering Griffin in Beavercreek, OH! Outstanding, fatty fried cheese curds and an order of excellent chicken wings. This place is an impressive, spacious brewpub offering exceptional house-brewed craft beers. The space is expansive, contemporary and inviting. Will not be my last visit here during this trip, that I can tell you.

Hasty Tasty Pancake House

Definitely among the most memorable restaurants I visited while in Ohio! Hasty Tasty Pancake House is a legit, old school diner serving up some great breakfast. I just love saying the name “Hasty Tasty Pancake House”. So much fun. Few places make me feel like I’m in a time warp and this was certainly one of them. I had an outstanding CFS breakfast with perfectly cooked sunny side eggs, even a side of B&G. I had to lay down after this one. Good thing it was a Saturday and I had nothing to do but laundry at the hotel. That was an odyssey in itself but I digress. The funniest part is when I asked the waitress for some hot sauce. She felt around in her apron pocket and pulled out two packets. Upon close examination I observed that this hot sauce was made in New Jersey! It could not have been more obvious that I was NOT in SoCal LOL.

Texas Roadhouse

Back to that same Texas Roadhouse across from my hotel where I had that great grilled chicken salad. This time was the worst “prime rib” I’ve ever put in my mouth. That salad though with the boiled egg, etc. was outstanding. Not to mention the warm yeast rolls and soft butter from the get go. I could just eat a basket full of those.

Marion’s Piazza

I visited another Ohio institution at the recommendation of a local co-worker and I’m so glad that I did! Marion’s Piazza has been in business since 1965 and has grown to 9 locations throughout the Dayton region. The menu is simple and focuses on the 4 best food groups. Pizza, pasta, sandwiches and salad. The place is cavernous and somewhat of a trip. Ideal for large families or groups. There were so many tables that could seat a dozen or more comfortably. I felt out of place dining solo. Seemed like I should have had half my family tree with me. That pizza I had was excellent! Perfectly thin, crispy crust, cut tavern style and such a liberal amount of Italian sausage.

The Pub Beavercreek

The Pub claims to have the best fish & chips in the U.S. Well, I tried them and I can tell you that I don’t disagree! Beer-battered haddock, house-made tarter sauce, etc. I just loved this British pub. Great menu, beers, beautiful decor and genuine hospitality.

Giovanni’s Pizzeria & Ristorante Italiano

Located in downtown Fairborn, OH, Giovanni’s has been an institution since 1953. I loved this restaurant so much I visited again before my time in Ohio came to a close. This is definitely in old school place that specializes in pizza, pasta and delicious salads. I had an outstanding order of spaghetti with two meatballs.

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