Blind Bob's

430 E. Fifth St.
Bob wanted a bar. Nate wanted to run a business. Lisa wanted Bob and Nate out of her hair. Thus was sparked the idea of a family business. But what could they agree on? Good food and beer had always been a reliable source of numerous gatherings with family and friends. Coupling their strengths and experience, plus the availability of one of Dayton's historic buildings and legendary music venues, gave birth to Blind Bob's--an American Tavern. Nothing over $12.  www.blindbobs.com

Dublin Pub

300 Wayne Ave.
224-7822
The name says it all—the food is Irish, the atmosphere, noisy and fun. Large variety of beers on tap and in the bottle, both foreign and domestic. Offers indoor and patio dining. Live music on the weekends.
www.dubpub.com

Franco's Ristorante Italiano

824 E. Fifth St.
222-0204
Traditional Italian fare. This restaurant has been a staple in the Oregon District for over 35 years. Wonderful patio for warm-weather dining. Many nights Franco will make the rounds as you dine in the restaurant or sip your favorite beverage at the bar. By your second visit, you may be adopted as part of the Germano Family www.francos-italiano.com
www.francos-italiano.com

Jay’s Seafood

225 E. 6th St.
222-2892
Upscale dining known for their excellent seafood and excellent selection of wines. Jay’s offers special "wine and food pairing dinners" about once a month. Why not book your stay in conjunction with a great culinary event such as this?
www.jays.com

Lily's Bistro

329 E. Fifth St.
723-7637
The owners of Blind Bob’s have done it again, creating a new, creative destination for visitors and locals alike. Lily’s offers American fresh-fare with a twist. What does this mean? One of their “snacks” (that’s what they call their appetizers) is deviled eggs, where the filling rotates based on the chef’s choice of ingredients that day. Their Surf-N-Turf is Scallops with Pork Belly. Good wine list, delicious hand-crafter coctails (their blueberry mojito is superb!), and a small selection of craft beers to accompany your meal. Also a great place to simply start or end your evening with a beverage and a snack or a dessert. Tuesday night is ½ price wine by the bottle.

This has the best patio in the neighborhood (located behind the restaurant, so be sure to ask to be seated there). They also have two front patios, one of which is dog friendly. www.lilysbistro.com

Lucky’s Tap Room

520 E. 5th St
222-6800

Directions: Take Brown St. to 5th St, then turn right. Lucky’s will be two blocks down on your right.

Drew, the owner, saw a need in the Oregon District and filled in wonderfully. We had no sports bar, and nowhere to go after 9pm on a weekend that wasn’t charging a cover and/or playing music. Forged from a vision he and his late father “Lucky” had created, Lucky’s is decorated with a collection of miniature autos and trucks, has diner-style food, 20 craft beers on tap, numerous screens with sports, no cover charge, and just the noise of friendly banter and an occasional song on the juke box.

Oregon Express

336 E. 5th St.
223-9205
Offers a friendly, neighborhood tavern atmosphere with live music on weekends. Their specialty item is their pizza, which happens to be discounted 25 percent on Monday through Wednesday.

Press

257 Wayne Ave. 
286-4585
Directions: Take Brown St. To Fifth St., then turn right. Walk apx. 2 blocks to the stoplight, turn left on Wayne. You’ll see the large “Press” sign hanging over the sidewalk.

This is our neighborhood coffee shop. Brett and Janell, the young couple who run it, know coffee. Their “house coffee” is all French press, starting at $1/mug onsite. Espressos, lattes, pour overs and Japanese iced coffees are just a few of the items they will personally prepare for you. Press is a cash-only establishment.

Roost

524 E. Fifth St.
222-3100
Modern Italian--incorporating seasonal items into a delicious dining experience. Chef Dana Downs is an alum Alter High School, Leslie's alma mater.
www.roostdayton.com

Salar

410 E. Fifth St.
203-3999
Upscale contemporary, world-fusion cuisine with French, Peruvian and Mediterranean influences . This is the chic place to see and be seen in the Oregon District. Known for their hand-crafted cocktails.
www.salarrestaurant.com

Thai-9

11 Brown St.
222-3227
As the name states, their specialty is Thai cuisine, and in addition they offer a fresh sushi bar. When you order your entree, you are able to specify how spicy you want your dish on a scale of zero to nine.
www.thai9restaurant.com

The Trolley Stop

530 E. 5th St.
461-1101
Relaxed pub atmosphere with an outdoor, French Quarter style patio for seasonal outdoor dining. Live music many nights.
www.trolleystopdayton.com

Toxic Brew Company

431 E. 5th St.
985-3618
The Oregon District's first micro-brewery. Though not a restaurant, they do allow you to bring in food or order a pizza to be delivered to you, while you enjoy their 10 hand-crafted beers on tap. Front patio is excellent for people watching Fifth Street visitors. www.toxicbrewcompany.com

Wheat Penny Oven and Bar

515 Wayne Ave.
496-5268
The owners of Meadowlark in Centerville have opened this pizza-centric restaurant at a mid-level price point, including salads and sandwiches. www.wheatpennydayton.com

 

 

Restaurants worth a short drive

Carmel’s Mexican Restaurant

1025 Shroyer Rd.
294-1261
A menu of Mex-American favorites, but the reason you go to Carmel’s is their Margaritas. Enjoy them in the restaurant, in the bar or on their patio when weather permits.

Chipotle (pronounced "chip-OHT-lay")

1211 Brown St. (the "other" Brown St. )
222-2238
A burrito place that is taking the country by storm. If you don’t have them in your area yet, you will soon. They make burritos and tacos. That’s it. But they make them delicious and before your very eyes. For around $5 you are getting a meal and a doggie bag. Also offering beer and margaritas.

Coco's Bistro

250 Warren Street
228-Coco
Enjoy their creative menu offerings in a modern, relaxed setting. Upscale enough for a special occasion. Comfortable enough for dining with old friends.
www.228coco.com

Hickory Bar-B-Q

1082 Brown St. (the "other" Brown St. in town)
228-5252
The Hickory is old-school barbecue—with the rotisserie right in the front window. A favorite of the locals, where each new guest is treated like an old friend. Their bar area will take you back to the 50s/60s, especially welcoming if you are a solo traveler.

Marion's Piazza

711 Shroyer Rd.
293-6991
Marion’s is a local institution here in Dayton. They are known for pizza their way, which is thin-crusted and crispy around the edges. Rinse it down with a pitcher of beer, a carafe of wine or a mug of soda-pop. Though they have other restaurants around the city, this is the original. The walls are covered with pictures of the stars who have eaten there and the order-counter bears the signatures of numerous famous people. Please note: Marion’s is a "cash only" establishment. No checks or credit cards, but they do have an ATM onsite.

The Pine Club

1926 Brown St. (the "other" Brown St. in town)
228-7463
When Daytonians think "steak," they think "Pine Club." This is a cash-only establishment, though they are happy to set up a personal account for you.

Wine Gallery

5 W. Monument Ave.
224-9463
First choice for the wine-lover who enjoys good food in a casual atmosphere. Bring your appetite and your patience, as this isn't a quick "in and out" type of venue. Brian and his staff will do their best to take care of you. When we go, we sit at the bar—very fun to watch what the popular pours are on any given night. Appetizers are excellent. Sandwiches and entrees are tasty. Choose a glass or a flight from the artist's palette of red, white and blush wines, or special "mixed drinks." Beer and cocktails also available.

 

Things to do within walking distance

Oregon Arts District

This is the place you come to peruse art, sip a latte while reading poetry, watch a film with subtitles, argue politics over a pitcher of beer, sway to live jazz, cry with laughter at a comedy club. Feed your passion for antiques and vintage merchandise or purchase cutting-edge art. Get in shape with the power of martial arts or the grace of yoga.
www.oregonartsdistrict.com

Dayton Dragons Baseball (April through September)

5/3 Field on 1st Street
Enjoy baseball the way it is meant to be experienced by spending a day or evening with the Dayton Dragons. The Dragons are the Single A farm team of the Cincinnati Reds organization. Games draw 8000+ fans on a regular basis, but a few tickets are always available the day of the game.

www.daytondragons.com


Wiley's Comedy Niteclub

101 Pine St.
Dayton, OH 45402
Phone: 937-224-JOKE

Enjoy live comedy Thursday through Sunday nights. Headliners at Wiley's have appeared on the Bob & Tom Show, Comedy Central, The Tonight Show and HBO. Reservations recommended.
www.wileyscomedyclub.com

The Packard Museum

420 S. Ludlow St.
Dayton, Ohio 45402
Phone: 937.226-1710America's Packard Museum is the world's only restored Packard Dealership operating as a museum, and only full-time museum dedicated exclusively to the Packard Motor Car Company, it's products and philosophies.
www.americaspackardmuseum.org

Riverscape

Formerly Van Cleve Park, this popular park, found along the Great Miami River in the heart of Downtown Dayton, is a hub of activities for all ages — from concerts to laser light and music shows, to pedal boats and even outdoor ice skating in winter. Beautiful floral plantings, hanging baskets, and fountains make RiverScape the Miami Valley’s favorite gathering place.
www.metroparks.org/parks/riverscape/home.aspx

 

The Schuster Center

Corner of Main St. and 2nd St.
Ticket Sales or Show Information :(937) 228-3630
The Schuster Center educates and enriches lives by providing a world-class facility for the best in local, national and international performing artists. Dayton Opera and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra call the Schuster Center home, and it also showcases the latest Broadway blockbusters. Additionally, a variety of local performing arts treasures, such as the Dayton Ballet, will also make use of the facilities.
www.schustercenter.org

 

Second Street Public Market (open Thursday through Saturday)

2nd Street at Webster
Located in Downtown Dayton, this unique public market will tantalize your senses with over 50 local farm, floral, food and gift vendors.
http://www.metroparks.org/Parks/SecondStreetMarket/Home.aspx


Victoria Theater

138 N. Main St
Phone: 937-228-3630
Victoria Theatre is home to many Dayton arts organizations including Dayton Ballet, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC), Dayton Philharmonic's Chamber Series and The Muse Machine. The Victoria also plays host to the summer film series "Ultra Cool Films," featuring all-time classic movies on the big screen.
www.victoriatheater.com

 

Things to do worth a short drive

 

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

2600 DeWeese Parkway
Phone: 937-275-7431
www.boonshoftmuseum.com

Sunwatch Village

2301 West River Road
Phone: 937-268-8199
The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is based on the understanding that science is the process through which we come to understand our world, and that play is the way children do science. Thus, we are a place where play and learning come together so that visitors of all ages can explore the wonders of the world. The Museum includes a host of places for adventure - - That Kid's Playce, the Hall of the Universe, the Caryl D. Philips Space Theater Oscar Boonshoft Science Central, EcoTrek, the Mead TreeHouse, Bieser Discovery Center, Charles E. Exley, Jr. Wild Ohio Zoo, and two galleries for temporary exhibits.

Our sister site, SunWatch Indian Village, brings to life the 900 year old Fort Ancient culture. Here visitors of all ages can experience the daily lives of these members of Dayton's first neighborhood.
www.sunwatch.org


Carillon Park

1000 Carrillon Blvd (off Patterson Blvd)
937-293-2841
A 65-acre outdoor museum with 20 historic exhibit buildings, and the site of the 57-bell Deeds Carillon. Also exhibits the 1905 Wright Flyer III, the world's first practical airplane.
www.carillonpark.org


Dayton Art Institute

456 Belmonte Park North
Dayton, OH 45406–4700
Phone: 937-223-5277
Located about 10 minutes from Inn Port, DAI receives exciting exhibits from around the world. Past exhibits have included Treasures of Ancient Egypt, Chihuly Glass and the "Diana" exhibit.
www.daytonartinstitute.org


Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park

Phone: 937-225-7705
Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park commemorates the work of Orville and Wilbur Wright in the Dayton, Ohio, area where the brothers lived and worked, as well as the life and work of poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. Historic sites at the park include the building which housed the Wright Cycle Company and Wright and Wright Printing; Huffman Prairie Flying Field; the 1905 biplane, Wright Flyer III; and the Paul Laurence Dunbar State Memorial.
www.cr.nps.gov/nr/travel/aviation/daa.htm

Fraze Pavillion

Lincoln Park Boulevard
Phone: 937-296-3300
Just down the road in Kettering, some of the biggest names in musical entertainment make a stop in the Miami Valley during the summer months. The Fraze also plays host to numerous free events and festivals throughout the summer.
www.fraze.com


National Museum of the United States Air Force

Located just 15 minutes away via US 35 and I-675, Dayton is proud to be the home of the world's oldest and largest aviation museum. Open 9am-5pm daily (admission is free), with over 300 aircraft and missiles on display, you will want to dedicate an entire day to see it.
www.nationalmuseum.af.mil

 

University of Dayton

Campus operator: 937-229-1000
As proud alums of UD, Jeff and I can't leave them off the list. This Catholic university was founded by the Marianists in 1850 and is attended annually by over 10,000 students, approximately 6,500 of whom are undergraduates. Whether you are coming for a college visit, want to pick up a souvenir sweatshirt or go to a basketball game at UD Arena, a visit to the campus of the University of Dayton and its surrounding area is time well spent.
www.udayton.edu