The smooth and slightly spicy Caribbean crab chili soup from Taste in Trotwood was among the standout sample dishes served at the sneak peek at the Dayton Art Institute, as was the upscale yet down home shrimp and grits from Fresco in Kettering.
Fresco's chef and owner Jenn DiSanto described the sauce that helps makes the dish unique as a "'holy trinity' based sauce with a little tomato in it among lots of other yummy ingredients."
On top of that, the shrimp was plump and the grits were creamy.
El Meson also did not disappoint with its sneak-peek dish, a simple, but well-cooked pork tenderloin with garlic and rice.
The renovated Oakwood Tavern at Neil's Hertitage House brought its seafood paella.
Serena Walther Leventhal, granddaughter of the restaurant’s founder, Neil Swafford, said her husband has worked hard to refine the dish’s recipe.
“We are all about craft — from craft beer to crafting our food perfectly to crafting our cocktails by muddling basil and (using) fresh juices,” Leventhal said.
Amy Zahora, the MVRA’s executive director, urged area residents to eat their way through the week.
“It is a great way for them (area residents) to try some new restaurants in the area or to try a restaurant they have never tried before at a really good price,” she said.
A dollar from each meal purchased will benefit the Cancer Support community of Western Ohio and MVRA’s scholarship program. MVRA has donated nearly $50,000 to charities due to the restaurant week efforts the past two years, Zahora noted.
Three-course meals and meal deals will be sold for $20.13, $25.13 and $30.13.
Stan McKnight of Dayton and his sister Tina Porter of Oakwood couldn’t wait to hit the restaurants.
McKnight said the boneless chicken from Crazy Mango Bar and Bistro at The Greene in Beavercreek and the Shrimp and tilapia ceviche from Salar Restaurant and Lounge in Dayton's Oregon District were her hits of the preview party.
“I am a big fan of Salar. Salar has a nice blend. I was there just last night,” he said. “I love their spin and their cuisine.”
Which restaurants do you plan to visit as part of Dayton’s restaurant week? Let us know below.
There are often last-minute changes to the list of participating restaurants and menus. The information below is subject to change. For the latest updates, visit dineoutdayton.com.
Amber Rose, 1400 Valley St., Dayton, (937) 228-2511
Jay's Seafood Restaurant, 225 E. Sixth St., Dayton, (937) 222-2892
The Deli at Top of the Market, 32 Webster St., Dayton, (937) 224-3663
Salar Restaurant and Lounge, 400-410 E. Fifth St., Dayton, (937) 203-3999
Lily's Bistro, 329 E. Fifth St., Dayton, (937) 723-7637
Dublin Pub, 300 Wayne Ave., Dayton, (937) 224-7822
Coco's Bistro, 250 Warren St., Dayton, (937) 228-2626
Franco's Ristorante Italiano, 824 E. Fifth St., Dayton, (937) 222-0204
Buckhorn Tavern, 8800 Meeker Road, Butler Twp., (937) 890-3261
Fresco, 3141 Far Hills Ave., Kettering, (937) 296-0600
Hawthorn Grill, 1222 E. Stroop Road, Kettering, (937) 298-2222
Figlio, 424 E. Stroop Road in the Town & Country shopping center, Kettering, (937) 534-0494
The Tropics, 580 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering, (937) 293-8800
Mamma DiSalvo's, 1375 E. Stroop Road, Kettering, (937) 299-5831
McGillicutty's Pub, 1980 E. Whipp Road, Kettering, (937) 436-0057
Neil's Heritage House, 2323 W. Schantz Ave., Kettering, (937) 298-8611
Pepito's Mexican Restaurant, 3618 Wilmington Pike, Kettering, (937) 293-3777
Christopher's Restaurant, 2318 E. Dorothy Lane, Kettering, (937) 299-0089
The Barnsider, 5202 N. Main St., Dayton, (937) 277-1332
C'est Tout, 2600 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood, (937) 298-0022
Station House, at St. Leonard Franciscan Living Community, 8200 Provincial Way, Centerville, (937) 439-7154
Sweeney's Seafood, 28 W. Franklin St., Centerville, (937) 291-3474
Kabuki, 848 S. Main St., Centerville, (937) 435-9500
Carvers Steaks & Chops, 1535 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, Centerville, (937) 433-7099
Twisted Root Restaurant, 79 S. Main St., Centerville, (937) 610-9835
Meadowlark, 5531 Far Hills Ave., Washington Twp., (937) 434-4750
The Melting Pot, 453 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, Washington Twp., (937) 567-8888
The Chop House, 7727 Washington Village Drive, Washington Twp., (937) 291-1661
Charleston BBQ, 671 Lyons Road, Washington Twp., (937) 432-9576
Chappy's Tap Room & Grille, 2733 W. Alex-Bell Road, Moraine, (937) 299-7427
Taste, 2555 Shiloh Springs Road, Trotwood, (937) 854-7060
TJ Chumps, 12 E. Linden Ave., Miamisburg, (937) 859-4000
Anticoli's Giulano Tavern, 67 S. Main St., Miamisburg, (937) 859-3000
El Meson, 903 E. Dixie Drive, West Carrollton, (937) 859-8229
TJ Chumps, 559 S. Main St., Englewood, (937) 836-4300
Radar's Bar & Grill at Scene 75, 6196 Poe Ave., Vandalia, (937) 619-3202
The Caroline, 5 S. Market St., Troy, (937) 552-7676
La Piazza, 2 N. Market St., Troy, (937) 339-5553
Hickory River Smokehouse, 135 S. Garber Drive, Tipp City, (937) 669-2271
TJ Chumps, 1100 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Road, Fairborn, (937) 318-1250
Wellington Grille, 2450 Dayton-Xenia Road, Beavercreek, (937) 426-4600
Spinoza's Gourmet Pizza & Salads, 2727 Fairfield Commons Blvd., Beavercreek, (937) 426-7799
McCormick & Schmick's, 4429 Cedar Park Drive at The Greene, Beavercreek, (937) 431-9200
Pasha Grill, 72 Plum St., The Greene, Beavercreek, (937) 429-9000
Crazy Mango Bar and Bistro, 81 Magnolia Lane, Beavercreek, (937) 431-3822
Amelia's Bistro, 129 W. Franklin St., Bellbrook, (937) 310-3040
Sunrise Cafe, 259 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs, (937) 767-7211
The Winds Cafe and Bakery, 215 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs, (937) 767-1144
The Dock, 250 W. Main St., Enon, (937) 864-5011
Season's Bistro & Grille, 28 S. Limestone St., Springfield, (937) 521-1200
The Bridge, 127 W. Poplar St., Sidney, (937) 492-2542