Great places to eat and drink in Dayton OH

I’m lucky. I’ve been invited to the sneak peek, and stopped in on the quiet opening day. I’ve tried the Whiting, Perch and Cod- which is every fish on the menu, and I’m a fan. Now, full disclosure, I do work for Quincy’s- but, I’m going to make a confession- I don’t usually like fried […]

VOB Ohio, of which I was one of the founders, is hosting an open house- with a special visit from the food trucks and the National Guard. VetTown is at 140 N. Keowee St at the corner of N. Keowee and Monument in the building that last held ISUS charter school- and for the old […]

I’ve been campaigning on the West side of Dayton a lot lately, and the concept of food desert has been setting in. I’ve tried to eat at locally owned places- Marilyn’s Grill on Gettysburg, Moe’s Fish and Chicken, the new Cheesesteak guy on W. Third by the old Home Avenue plant, Dragon China, Napoleon’s,  Diamond […]

[Full disclosure, my firm The Next Wave has done work for Tonia and Joe Fish in the past. She spreads her work around, so there is no ongoing relationship.] Last night, there was a long line at the Zombie Dogz food truck, which was the first truck of food truck row, lined up in a […]

Sa-Bai was another instance of the City of Dayton trying to play developer. The space, formerly Chins, then Chins and Elbos, then just Elbos, then empty- was leased to an operator out of Cincinnati at a bargain basement rate. They took a real long time opening. Of course, if you were Thai 9 right around […]

I’m pretty sure a bunch of you will tell me I’m about 2 years late sharing this gastronomical find, but it’s worth talking about. Located in the butt fugly strip mall off the Northwoods exit on 75 by the airport, 2 doors down from Kroger is a former Quizno’s gone eclectic. The World Café’s sandwich […]

My very first clients for The Next Wave were restaurants. The Video Deli, The Third and Linden Market, Sodexo Marriott’s in house catering for Hobart in Troy, Pacchia. Since 1990, I’ve worked with many small businesses, but, of all of them, restaurants are by far the toughest. Employees act more like free-agents, you are judged […]

Thanks to the efforts of a whole lot of people, fans of Haitham Iman and his little deli, Carmen’s Deli has signed a 10-year lease in the space at the corner of 2nd and St. Clair in the Kettering tower. The new owner, Albert Macanian of Dunkirk Realty seems to understand how important small businesses […]

The real credit for these goes to the now defunct Dharma Deli that was in the Second Street Market. I loved their spicy peanut rolls, and since we sort of cut out bread in the house, these have become a lunch staple. I typically whip 2 of these up for lunch. Everyone I’ve made them […]

Faez Al Mosawi is one of those immigrant success stories that all the anti-immigration nut jobs ignore. He walked out of Iraq around 15 years ago- literally- a 28=day walk, then came here and started working hard. Now he owns Halal International Grocery with 2 locations (one in South Park), Princess Beauty supply on North […]