You told us Bunkers serves the best chicken wings in the Dayton area. It's hard to disagree. JIM INGRAM/STAFF

BEST OF DAYTON 2018: The only guide you’ll need to stock your Dayton Super Bowl party 

If you’re looking to satisfy a hungry (and thirsty) crowd at your Super Bowl party, the Best of Dayton 2018 awards stand ready to help guide your winning strategy. 

Super Bowl LIII will take place on Feb. 3 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. You can watch coverage on WHIO-TV, Channel 7. CBS Sports will begin their special coverage of Super Bowl LIII beginning at 11:30 a.m. on WHIO-TV. The game begins at 6 p.m.

>> How to watch Super Bowl LIII on WHIO-TV

From winning BBQ, to pizza and saucy wings — you can smother your hungry squad in the best Dayton has to offer. The way we see it, win or lose, everyone’s walking away happy with this spread of Dayton grub: 


The food at Lock 27 in downtown Dayton. Pictured: smoked chicken wings with a sriracha blue cheese and a hot sauce. Photo by Amelia Robinson
Photo: Photo: Amelia Robinson

🏈WINNER: Roosters  

A manager at Roosters said the restaurant can get “insane” on Super Bowl Sunday, however, the 2018 Best of Dayton winner in Best Wings will be open and pumping out hot wings all day. You can also order to-go the day of, but keep in mind it’s better to call sooner than later if you want to beat the game-day wing rush. The restaurant typically does a Super Bowl Sunday boneless wing deal, however, that has yet to be announced.  

• 5571 Merily Way, Huber Heights | 937-236-9464  

• 3501 N. Main St., Dayton | 937-277-0114  

• 103 N. Springboro Pike, Miamisburg | 937-433-4630  

• 257 W. Central Ave., Springboro | 937-748-3017  

• 400 W. Main St., Xenia | 937-376-4444  


🏈SECOND PLACE: Lock 27 Brewing  

Coming in at a sweet second place, Lock 27 was happy to say it will be open for Super Bowl Sunday and offers carry-out as well as catering. 

• 329 E. First St., Dayton | 937-433-2739  

• 1035 S. Main St., Centerville | 937-433-2739  

Website | Facebook  

🏈THIRD PLACE: Fricker's  

When asked if they will be open for game day, Fricker’s said “absolutely.” Catering and to-go options are available by calling the location closest to you. 

• Fricker's Dayton (Woodman Drive), 1818 Woodman Drive, Dayton | 937-252-9007  

• Fricker's Dayton (Miller Lane), 6834 Miller Lane, Dayton | 937-890-0020  

• Fricker's Huber Heights, 6280 Chambersburg Road, Huber Heights | 937-233-9464  

• Fricker’s Troy, 1187 Experiment Farm Road, Troy | 937-335-2900  

• Fricker’s Centerville, 1383 Miamisburg-Centerville Road | 937-434-1000  

• Fricker’s Vandalia, 22 Foley Drive | 937-454-9464  

• Fricker’s Miamisburg, 251 N. Springboro Pike | 937-866-9464  


>>Best of Dayton 2018 winners: Food & Dining


Photo: For the AJC

🏈WINNER: City Barbeque  

Dayton’s favorite BBQ joint plans to have all hands on deck on Super Bowl Sunday. “Most locations will be open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. for pick-up and catering. Hours may vary by location, but all will be open for at least those hours.”

• 2330 N. Fairfield Road, Beavercreek | 937-320-0000 |  WebsiteFacebook  

• 5 E. Franklin St., Centerville | 937-312-1350 |  WebsiteFacebook  

🏈SECOND PLACE: Hickory River Smokehouse  

Hickory River is making sure it is not left out of the action. “As always, our ‘Meats from the Pit’ are available by the pound. A pound feeds four and starts at $10.69. Choices include Pulled Pork, Ham, Turkey, Polish Sausage, Pork Loin, and Brisket ($2 more). Other fan favorites are our Loaded Pulled Pork Nachos, and our hickory-smoked Baby Back Ribs. They are perfect for the big game!”

• 135 S. Garber Drive, Tipp City | 937-669-2271 | WebsiteFacebook  

🏈THIRD PLACE: Company 7 BBQ  

Company 7 is open with regular hours on Super Bowl Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. and it will be offering its full menu as catering and pick-up options. You can view the full menu here

• 1001 S. Main St., Englewood | 937-836-2777 | WebsiteFacebook


Bacon is one of the ingrediants on this Marion's Pizza. (Source: Facebook/Marion's Piazza)
Photo: Amelia Robinson/Seen and Overheard

🏈WINNER: Marion's Piazza   

If your party is a bunch of squares, or if they just prefer their pizza deliciously square-cut, Marion’s has got you covered on game day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. They will handle normal carryout and dine-in orders. 

• South Piazza, 711 Shroyer Road | 937-293-6991

• North Piazza, 3443 N. Dixie Drive | 937-277-6553  

• Dayton Mall Piazza, 8991 Kingsridge Drive | 937-435-3300  

• Town & Country Piazza, 50 E. Stroop Road, Kettering | 937-296-1177  

• Centerville Piazza, 241 N. Main St., Centerville | 937-433-3993  

• Beavercreek Piazza, 1320 N. Fairfield Road, Beavercreek | 937-429-3393  

• Englewood Piazza, 404 W. National Road, Englewood | 937-832-0333  

• Troy Piazza, 1270 Experiment Farm Road, Troy | 937-339-2000  


🏈SECOND PLACE: Old Scratch Pizza  

Old Scratch is open on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Carryout orders can be placed in person, online or through the mobile app.

• 812 S. Patterson Blvd., Dayton | 937-331-5357 | WebsiteFacebook  

>>JUST IN: Old Scratch Pizza to open 2nd location

🏈THIRD PLACE: Dewey's Pizza  

Dewey’s will be open on game day from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

• 131 Jasper St., Dayton | 937-223-0000  

• 3600 Rigby Road, Austin Landing, Miamisburg | 937-859-7777 | WebsiteFacebook


Perhaps the easiest way to impress guests is having their favorite local craft brews on hand when they arrive. Stopping by the Best of Dayton 2018 winners ahead of time is a sure-fire way to stock up on the best pours. All three ARE open on game day, in case you need to do last-minute beverage prepping. Each of these locations offer select beers in growlers or howlers to go.

>>Best of Dayton 2018: Bars, Beer & Nightlife winners

Warped Wing brewery in Dayton earned several first-place wins in the beer categories in's Best of 2018 contest including Best Craft Beer Selection, Best Local Brewery and Best Locally Made Beer for its Trotwood lager. CONTRIBUTED
Photo: unknown

🏈WINNER: Warped Wing 

Open on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

• 26 Wyandot St., Dayton | 937-222-7003 | WebsiteFacebook 

🏈SECOND PLACE: The Barrel House 

Open on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

• 417 E. Third St., Dayton | 937-222-4795 | Website | Facebook 

🏈THIRD PLACE: Dayton Beer Company 

Open on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

• 41 Madison St., Dayton | 937-228-2337 | WebsiteFacebook


In this file photo from 2005, Jim Brandeberry looks over the fermentation tanks he used to make wine in what was then a climate-controlled basement room in his southern Clark County home.

It’s not  ALL about beer during the big game. Wine enthusiasts can be football fans, too. Brandeberry and The Winery at Versailles are both closed on Sundays, so you will want to stop by and stock up before game day. Valley Vineyards, however, will be open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. in case you wanted a more “pinky’s up” Super Bowl experience. 

🏈WINNER: Brandeberry Winery 

• 5118 W. Jackson Road, Enon | 937-767-9103 | Website | Facebook 

🏈SECOND PLACE: Valley Vineyards 

• 2275 E. U.S. 22, Morrow | 513-899-2485 | WebsiteFacebook 

🏈THIRD PLACE: The Winery at Versailles 

• 6572 State Route 47, Versailles | 937-526-3232 | WebsiteFacebook


🏆Best Place to Watch the Game

The unsung heroes of game day are the places that will do all the cooking and cleaning for you. Factors such as the number and quality of screens, food, service, space and overall environment went into these places winning the Best of Dayton 2018 contest. Of course, their doors will be open on Super Bowl Sunday. 

Here’s who we saw during Super Bowl XLIV at Fricker’s on Woodman Drive in Dayton in 2010.
Photo: / Peter Wine

🏈WINNER: Fricker's  

• Fricker's Dayton (Woodman Drive), 1818 Woodman Drive, Dayton | 937-252-9007 

• Fricker's Dayton (Miller Lane), 6834 Miller Lane, Dayton | 937-890-0020 

• Fricker's Huber Heights, 6280 Chambersburg Road, Huber Heights | 937-233-9464 

• Fricker’s Troy, 1187 Experiment Farm Road, Troy | 937-335-2900 

• Fricker’s Centerville, 1383 Miamisburg-Centerville Road | 937-434-1000 

• Fricker’s Vandalia, 22 Foley Drive | 937-454-9464 

• Fricker’s Miamisburg, 251 N. Springboro Pike | 937-866-9464 


🏈SECOND PLACE: Buffalo Wild Wings 

Multiple Dayton-area locationsWebsiteFacebook 

🏈THIRD PLACE: Bunkers Sports Bar & Grill 

• 893 E. National Road, Vandalia | 937-890-8899 | WebsiteFacebook

🏆Best Chips

Mikesell’s Potato Chips scored a shout-out from Bon Appetit magazine in its current issue. MARK FISHER/STAFF
Photo: Staff Writer

🏈WINNER: Mikesell's Potato Chip Co. 

They might not be the highlight of the entire show, but what would any game day food spread be without a standout chip player? Luckily, Dayton’s MVP is, once again, Mikesell’s Potato Chip Co. The nationally recognized snack company based in Dayton offers services like home delivery, which could make prepping a lot easier come game day. The store is closed on Sundays, however, so you’ll either need to visit before Feb. 3, or just visit one of the many stores in the Dayton area that sell the famous chips.

• 333 Leo St., Dayton | 937-228-9400 | WebsiteFacebook 

🏈SECOND PLACE: Fifth Street Brewpub 

Fifth Street Brewpub will be open on game day and planning a special Super Bowl event. 

• 1600 E. Fifth St., Dayton | 937-443-0919 | WebsiteFacebook 

>> Beer, wings and football fun! These Dayton establishments have Super Bowl Sunday covered

🏈THIRD PLACE: Blind Bob's 

Blind Bob’s might not package their chips for retail, however, the bar said you can call ahead and speak to a manager to place a large order to pick up for your game day party. They just ask to give them about a day’s notice. The Oregon District bar will be open on Super Bowl Sunday, so for $5 you can get an order of chips with a side of their special sauce and enjoy in house.

• 430 E. Fifth St., Dayton | 937-938-6405 | WebsiteFacebook

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