This photo shows the dining room of the Coldwater Cafe in Tipp City in 2010. Staff file photo by Jim Witmer
Photo: Staff Writer
Photo: Staff Writer

Three of Ohio’s best restaurants and festivals are just a short drive from Dayton 

Dayton region well represented in Ohio magazine’s Best of Ohio readers choice awards.

The people of Ohio have spoken.

Ohio magazine has announced its winners in the annual Best of Ohio readers’ choice awards — and the Dayton/Miami Valley region is well represented.

>> BEST OF DAYTON: Nominate your favorite restaurants and destinations now

Here’s a look at the area’s Best of Ohio winners:


Contributed photo by E.L. Hubbard COLDWATER CAFE QUICHE 19 E. Main St., Tipp City

Fine Dining 

Coldwater Cafe 

19 E. Main St., Tipp City 45371 

>> Nominate the best fine dining destination in Dayton

>> The most romantic restaurants near Dayton

Greenville's Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe is known for its steamed loose-meat sandwiches. The shop opened in 1934. LISA POWELL / STAFF
Photo: Lisa Powell

Landmark Restaurant 

The Maid-Rite Sandwich Shop 

125 N. Broadway St., Greenville 45331

>> The story behind the famous little sandwich people will drive hundreds of miles to get

>> Nominate your favorite sandwich in Dayton

Casual Dining 

The Merchant House 

406 S. Broadway St., Greenville 45331

The wine-cask sign in front of the Winery at Versailles. Staff photo by Mark Fisher
Photo: HANDOUT/Staff photo by Mark Fisher


The Winery at Versailles 

6572 St. Rte. 47, Versailles 45380 

>> Nominate your favorite winery for Best of Dayton

Milton s Donuts are on the Butler County Donut Trail. BUTLER COUNTY VISITORS BUREAU/CONTRIBUTED

Tourism Trail/Passport Program 

Butler County Donut Trail 

Butler County

>> What to know about the Butler County Donut Trail

When you're getting ready for family get-togethers and parties, stop in at 2nd Street Market for local produce, baked goods, spices, and other culinary delights. There are also many artisans and vendors to find gifts for everyone on your list. CONTRIBUTED

Farmers Market 

2nd Street Market 

600 E. Second St., Dayton 45402 

>> Nominate your favorite farmers market for Best of Dayton

An ever popular regional brand, Mikesell’s potato chips can be found at most local groceries. LISA POWELL / STAFF
Photo: Staff Writer

Ohio-Made Food 

Mikesells’ Potato Chips 


>> The secrets behind Mikesell’s

Outdoor Dining/Patio 

Lincoln & Main 

624 N Main St., Urbana 43078

>> Nominate your favorite outdoor dining spot for Best of Dayton

>> 50 of the best patios in Dayton for outdoor drinks and dining


Minster is a small village located approximately one hour north of Dayton. Every year, their Oktoberfest weekend attracts a crowd roughly 30 times the size of the village population (yes, we said 30).
Photo: Tom Gilliam

Food + Drink Festival 

Minster Oktoberfest 

E. Fourth St., Minster 45865 

>> PHOTOS: A look back at Minster Oktoberfest 2019

>> Nominate your favorite Oktoberfest celebration for Best of Dayton

The 2019 Troy Strawberry Festival took place June 1-2, 2019, in downtown Troy around the Public Square and along the Great Miami River levee. Festival-goers enjoyed strawberry treats, festival eats and shopped and hundreds of booths. Did we spot you there? DAVID MOODIE/CONTRIBUTED

Summer Festival 

Troy Strawberry Festival 

Downtown Troy

>> PHOTOS: Troy Strawberry Festival 2019

>> Nominate your favorite festival for Best of Dayton

A couple kiss on the midway at The Great Darke County Fair in 2009. After the barn animal are tucked into their stalls the fair midway comes to life. Checkout the video at Jim Noelker/Dayton Daily News

County Fair 

The Great Darke County Fair, 

800 Sweitzer St., Greenville 45331

>> PHOTOS: A look back at The Great Darke County Fair

>> Nominate your favorite county fair for Best of Dayton

The Hometown Holiday Horse Parade in Greenville takes place on Saturday, Nov. 23.

Community Parade 

Hometown Holiday Horse Parade 

Downtown Greenville 


Bear's Mill, 6450 Arcanum-Bear's Mill Road, Greenville, OH
Photo: Handout

Historic Site 

Bear’s Mill 

6450 Arcanum-Bears Mill Rd., Greenville 45331

Mac-O-Chee is one of the Piatt Castles in West Liberty.
Photo: Staff Writer

Historic Property 

Piatt Castles 

10051 Twp. Rd. 47, West Liberty 43357 

>> PHOTOS: Peek inside the enchanting Piatt Castles

John Legend performs at the Rose Music Center last June. This year’s lineup includes the Monkees, Kenny G, Patti LaBelle and Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit. TY GREENLEES/STAFF
Photo: Contributing Writer

Music Venue 

Rose Music Center 

6800 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights 45424

>> Nominate your favorite concert venue in Dayton

For the first time Miami University is offering a scholarship to one qualified student from each of Ohio s 88 counties. The new statewide Governor s Scholarship financial awards, which will start for the 2020-2021 school year, will cover recipients annual full tuition and fees. (File Photo/Journal-News)
Photo: Staff Writer

College Town 

Oxford (Miami University) 

Butler County



Bike Trail 

Great Miami River Trail 

Butler, Miami, Montgomery & Warren counties 

>> The 5 best Miami Valley bike trails

>> What’s your favorite place for a bike ride? Nominate now 

Photo: Mad River Adventures


Mad River Adventures 

5605 Old Lower Valley Pike, Springfield 45506

>> The best places to paddle in the Miami Valley

State Park Campgrounds 

Indian Lake State Park 

13156 St. Rte. 235 N., Lakeview 43331

Skiers at Mad River Mountain on Thursday after a week and a half of spring-like weather. Katherine Collins/Staff
Photo: Staff Writer

Winter Destination (Outdoors) 

Mad River Mountain 

1000 Snow Valley Rd., Zanesfield 43360


Destination Spa 

The Natural Path 

324 E. Third St., Greenville 45331

Independent Shop 

PeachTree Boutique, 

129 W. Columbus Ave., Bellefontaine 43311 

>> Nominate your favorite boutique for Best of Dayton 

Saturday Market in downtown Greenville.
Photo: For the AJC

Main Street Shopping 

Downtown Greenville

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