My Dad on Dayton

Sometimes we take things for granted- you know the saying you never miss it till it’s gone.

My father has lived a lot of different places growing up- but Cleveland ended up being where he spent more than half his life. Making the move to Dayton was a tough decision, but now that he and mom are here, they’ve come to really enjoy Dayton.

Today’s Dayton Grassroots Daily Show is just a short (4 min) discussion of what he misses about Cleveland, and what he likes about Dayton.

I plan on taking him to Charlies Imports on Troy Street for lunch next week. Any suggestions for other places he may like?

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8 Responses

  1. Melissa January 22, 2010 / 11:27 pm
    That was lovely. =)
    Amber Rose? Have you tried that new German restaurant in the Oregon District?
  2. Dad January 23, 2010 / 8:53 am
    We have eaten at the Amber Rose, which is not really German but Central European. We have not eaten in a German eatery in the Oregon District. What’s it called?
  3. Jeff of Louisville January 23, 2010 / 9:16 am
    Boulevard Haus.  They have the usual schnitzel and sauerkraut but they also serve rouladen.
  4. Ice Bandit January 23, 2010 / 12:14 pm
    The Old Bandito likes his food like he likes his women; cheesy and greasy. And while others lament the lack of five star cuisine in these hereabouts, the Old Bandito mourns the demise of those dives that bore the label of “greasy spoon.” Places like Wympees in its’ heyday, when an hombre could wander in at 3 am and get a dose of eggs over easy with ham and homefries on the side. Or Nick’s Hideaway at John Glenn and Linden. Sure, one could feel the cholesterol count skyrocket after a visit to these establishments, but who cares? An unpretentious meal for a workingman’s wallet was all we asked. Alas, Rosenkrantz, with its’ (in)famous reptile stew is merely history, as is the Maple Grove and that hole-in-the-wall at East Third and South Jersey. These days, the Old Bandito will drive across town to get the Old North location of Falbs’ at Chapel and Kiser. Good food served with an appreciation for the blue collar dude. Order the pork tenderloin with a side of fries. Soak in the ambiance and be serenaded by the passing freight trains. Not long ago, several dudes entered with larceny rather than food on their minds. They themselves became carry-out, in body bags. It’s the Old Bandito’s kinda’ place. Long live Falbs’ and long live the Old North……..
  5. David Esrati January 23, 2010 / 2:02 pm

    @Bandito- Although my genes say watch out for heart clogging greasy spoons- I too miss many of those greasy spoons. You missed Bunny’s Hasty Tasty- but, all is forgiven. I used to eat the Turtle soup with my friend Ferrucin RIP, and the Maple Grove had a tasty burger and one of the biggest pork tenderloin sandwiches I’d ever laid eyes on. I drove past Falbs’ a few months ago- and thought, I need to try that out.

    There was a time that I used to be regular at the Seven D’s- on Loraine- before it was busted as a front for nefarious behavior – and there was a certain barkeep named LaDonna- who kept me coming back.

    There are still little hidden gems in this city- thanks for bringing back some memories.

  6. Dad January 23, 2010 / 3:12 pm
    In Celina, your hometown, there was a bar with fabulous home-made turtle soup. I did not know you liked it.
    Of course, we could always have served up your pet turtle, George.
  7. Jeff of Louisville January 25, 2010 / 6:57 pm
    Turtle Soup has a following down here in the Gateway to the South (along with frog legs, rolled oysters, and deep fried seafood).
    The popular Mike Linnigs, out along the levee by the Ohio river, had a reputation for good turtle soup.
  8. Teri Lussier January 29, 2010 / 8:15 am
    I agree with Melissa, that was lovely.

    I hope you made it to Charlie’s. They had great turtle soup, don’t know if they still do, and transplants from Germany found Charlie’s to be the only place to find food they were familiar with. Tickets in Fairborn is nice for basic Greek restaurant fare.

    Copley’s is an authentic butcher shop in Medway (it’s not that far, really :) homemade sausage…

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