we took my in-laws to THE PINE CLUB in dayton on a recent visit. this is an old style classic steakhouse---lots o' locals, no res, cash only, dark paneled booths, large square bar in the middle---in other words correct steakhouse atmosphere in every way.
instead of ordering appetizers we just started with a bottle of coppola's merlot (which was just ok) and ate from the stellar mixed bread basket. we were told the baker is hit or miss with this but it was a hit on our night. mom in law ordered shrimp and the rest of us ordered steaks. i had a rare extra-heavy strip loin which is a thicker cut. it was done correctly and was tasty but had a piece of fat running through it that drove me nuts the whole time. you steak eaters know what i mean. the sides were just the best, perfect potatos lyonnaise/battered and shredded onions on the plate and stewed tomatos/onions on the side. this is one of america's great older steakhouses.
MILANOS: by the university of dayton on brown street. also stuck in a time warp, but thankfully so. fantastic subs. my spouse always gets turkey/provolone and i get canadian bacon/provolone. its the peppery oil and the hero roll that makes it special.
BOSTON STOKER: forget charbux dayton has its own superior coffee house chain. not quite as good of coffee as ARABICA chain in clevelandia but made a nice iced cappichino. they have walk-in humidor too. not to worry though, there is no smoking in these strip plaza joe joints.
CASSANO'S PIZZA: just as tasy as ever. round party pizza cut into bite-sized squares. the salty crust bottom is what does it. this chain has the gutsy nerve to be no delivery, but you'll drive for it.
was sorry i didnt make it north to THE SHUCKIN SHACK and an old mexican restaurant, but there was no time this visit. the anniverary of flight events were nifty fun and the class-a baseball dayton dragons have a great stadium and are a nice night out for families.