Wow! This was a really fun and tasty article to research. Lots of eating was involved in putting this article together for you. Someone had to do it, so Sydney and I took one for the team! 🙂 Behold…some of our favorite Dayton restaurants!
There are so many great cities and small towns that have amazing eating establishments. Why not check out Dayton, Ohio!? We really learned a lot about some local Dayton area restaurants while out and about doing our taste testing.
The first of our favorite Dayton restaurants we are going to talk about is LaRosa’s Pizzeria. I grew up on LaRosa’s pizza when we would take our annual trip to Kings Island. I looked forward to eating at LaRosa’s Pizzeria as much as I looked forward to riding all the thrilling rides. Can you believe it…I must have been a foodie way back then and didn’t even know it!
Buddy LaRosa always loved his Aunt Dena’s pizza. Using her recipe, he made a few dozen to sell at his church’s summer festival. They were a big hit! So in 1954, Buddy opened his first family pizzeria in Cincinnati, OH. Word spread quickly about LaRosa’s delicious pizza. Today they serve thousands of guests a week across Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.
We started with the Rondos, which is a blossom of pizza dough. They are brushed with garlic-pesto sauce and stuffed with provolone cheese. You can have your choice of pepperoni or spinach. They were amazing!
We enjoyed JoJo’s BLT Salad next. It has fresh lettuce, roma tomatoes, croutons and LaRosa’s special recipe Creamy Garlic Dressing. Check this gorgeous salad out!
Finally, we get to the pizzas! The first pizza is their new 937 Pizza that came out in November of 2018. It is piled with crumbled sweet sausage and artisanal pepperoni. I really wish you could taste this! And, of course, it wouldn’t be Small Town Living USA for you if we didn’t feature Sydney’s favorite…pepperoni pizza.
We couldn’t leave without trying LaRosa’s Hot Fudge Chocolate Chunk Cookie Sundae. It is a warm chocolate chunk cookie topped with vanilla ice cream. It is then covered in hot fudge sauce with whipped cream and a cherry to finish this beautiful and delicious dessert off. Check this bad boy out!
If you have never been to a LaRosa’s Pizzeria you are really missing out! This particular LaRosa’s Pizzeria can be found at 291 E Alex Bell Rd, Centerville, OH. Go and give them a try today.
Brixx Ice Co.
Another one of our favorite Dayton restaurants that we would like to share with you is Brixx Ice Co. It is located at 500 E First St, Dayton, OH. It is across the street from Fifth Third Field. Such a great location! Go see a Dayton Dragon’s baseball game and then have dinner right within walking distance. So convenient and their food is absolutely delicious!
Sydney and I started with an appetizer at Brixx Ice Co. We chose the Pretzel Bread Stixx and were so glad we did! They are delicious Bavarian pretzel bread sticks served with Brixx spicy queso. Not too spicy, just right.
Sydney had the Chicken Finger Platter for her entree. They only use hand-cut, premium free-range chicken breasts. Then they hand bread the fingers in their original seasonings and fry them to perfection. They are served with your choice of dipping sauce. The platter also comes with a side of your choice and coleslaw. Sydney said they were excellent!
I selected the Dragon Fire Chicken for my entree. It was so delicious! This dish has a good little kick to it for those of you who like a little bit of spice with your meal. The Dragon Fire Chicken is once again free-range chicken breast that is grilled. It is served on a bed of Brixx Southwest rice and is basted with their signature Dragon Fire hot sauce. This is topped with shredded Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese. Finally, it is garnished with pico de gallo. So good! Check this out!
We couldn’t leave without trying a dessert recommendation from our awesome server, Olivia. We took her suggestion and ordered the Smores Brownie Bites. Oh my goodness, did they ever deliver! The S’mores Brownie Bites are baked with marshmallow cream and milk & dark chocolate pieces. They are topped with more marshmallow cream, graham cracker topping and chocolate fudge sauce. They seriously melted in your mouth!
Whether you are in Dayton to catch a game or just happen to be in the area, make sure a have lunch or dinner at Brixx Ice Co.
We can’t do an article about our favorite Dayton restaurants without including dessert! Spoonful is a great little place to go for dessert or date/family night. It was our first time having edible cookie dough and it did not disappoint! Spoonful is located in downtown Miamisburg, OH at 36 S Main St.
Spoonful opened in April 2018. You can have your little one’s (or big one’s) birthday party here. They also cater for birthday parties, showers and weddings.
Sydney had a dip of Snickerdoodle and a dip of Sugar Cookie. I had the The Buckeye. The Buckeye is 1 scoop Brownie Batter, 1 scoop peanut butter, caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, whipped cream and Reese’s Pieces. Seriously, these are so beyond delicious! The great thing is that they will last two weeks in the refrigerator. This will allow you to eat one in the store and take one (or two) home for later. 🙂
Spoonful has many different flavors and combinations. Stop in today and try a few of them out. Let us know what your personal favorite is!
The next of our favorite Dayton restaurants is an oldie but most definitely a goodie! Spaghetti Warehouse has been in business since December of 1980. You can find Spaghetti Warehouse at 36 W 5th St, Dayton, OH.
Spaghetti Warehouse used to house the Royal Bowling Alley, was then turned into a furniture shop, a warehouse, a print shop and finally…what we all have come to know and love…Spaghetti Warehouse. We had the great honor of speaking with Charlotte, who has been with Spaghetti Warehouse since it opened its doors. She was a joy to talk with and a wealth of information on the history of this long standing restaurant.
We started our dining experience with the Toasted Ravioli. It is a crispy, breaded ravioli that is filled with four different types of cheese. It is served with fresh tomato and ranch sauce for dipping. I now have a new favorite appetizer!
Up next was their delicious crispy House Salad with their homemade dressing.
Sydney chose the Baked Ziti for her main course. The Baked Ziti is ziti pasta, meat sauce, garlic butter sauce and ricotta & mozzarella cheeses baked until golden brown. She said it was pure heaven!
For me it was the 15-Layer Lasagna. It is their top seller and so easy to see and taste why! This lasagna was incredible! It is layered with lasagna noodles, meat sauce, Italian pork sausage, ground beef and Romano, ricotta and mozzarella cheeses.
Spaghetti Warehouse serves their famous complimentary sourdough bread and homemade garlic butter. It is off the charts!
For dessert Sydney had the Red Velvet Cupcake with cream cheese icing and I had the Godiva Double Chocolate Cheesecake. Both of these were so creamy and scrumptious!
If you have never been to Spaghetti Warehouse or if it has been quite a while, you really will want to make the trip to visit them soon!
Osaka Japanese Steakhouse
The last, but definitely not the least, of our favorite Dayton restaurants is Osaka Japanese Steakhouse. They are located at 2476 Commons Blvd, Beavercreek, OH.
You can come to Osaka Japanese Steakhouse and it is like getting dinner and a show all in one evening. The chef will cook your selections right in front of you. These chefs really put on quite a show! If you have never been to Osaka Japanese Steakhouse you will enjoy the show as much as you will the delicious food!
Sydney and I both had the Hibachi Chicken. It is our absolute favorite! We can’t recommend it enough! You can choose from steamed or their famous fried rice. The chicken is moist and flavorful and the mixed veggies are crisp and delicious. Don’t forget the Ginger and Yum Yum sauces. They are the perfect addition to this meal!
Some traditional Japanese soda pop is the perfect compliment to any meal served here.
You cannot leave without trying their famous Tempura Ice Cream. It is a traditional favorite with many who dine here. The presentation is so beautiful you hate to mess it up by eating it!
Osaka Japanese Steakhouse is a great place to go for date night or for a family celebration. It is just such a fun time with delicious food!
We hope you enjoyed this article about some favorite Dayton restaurants and we hope you will give them a try. We had such a fun time putting this all together that we think we may do some more of these in the future. Have any requests?!
Have a great day everyone and do some dining out soon!