Since our Friday night game group settled together a few years back, it's become custom for us to grab a meal together before slinging the dice. The question, however, has always been, "What do we want to eat this week?" Time isn't usually a factor for us, but taste is! While we're not a picky bunch, we're always looking for great new places across the Miami Valley.
With that in mind, here's just a short run-down of our favorite places!
American and Barbeque
|Oinkadoodlemoo, in Englewood:|
Get the "Brisket Tips" with Smoky Sweet Sauce!
For breakfast, few things beat the local Waffle House at midnight, after a long-running session. However, we also have a running relationship with the fellows at Perkins, after our numerous times there. Perkins is usually fairly quiet, but their omelettes are tasty and they serve latkes--a rare find at a typical breakfast joint. When we're down near Springfield or Yellow Springs, we often stop at Young's Jersey Dairy, though not for the ice cream! Rather, the Golden Jersey Inn serves up a fantastic menu of homestyle favorites.. Their pot roast is stick-to-your-ribs spectacular, and the cheese curds are not to be missed.
Indian and Middle-Eastern
|Jeet India, in Fairborn|
Get the Lamb Korma (spice-level 4)
and an order of Aloo Naan!
I've only recently, though, been finding my way into Middle-Eastern food. After my first foray into Lebanese food while on our honeymoon, I've been doing my best to hunt down some pita-centric delicacies. Pasha Grill, over at The Greene in Beavercreek, is a spectacular choice when the PlatinumChick and I want a night out, but it's a little pricey. However, their lamb is mind-blowingly tender and fragrant, making it well worth the trip. For something a little cheaper, try CedarLand on Linden Ave. We made our first trip there this evening, and were served more than the two of us could possibly eat for $20 total. The fried kibbeh--spiced ground beef in a fried meat shell--were particularly tasty.
Chinese and Italian
For the longest time, we went without a good Chinese take-out place in the area. Fairborn has a shortage on Chinese, though we found solace in the proximity of Jeet India and the PlatinumChick's favorite Korean place, Myong's Cafe. However, upon moving to Englewood, we were lucky enough to have one of Dayton's storied China Cottage branches right nearby in Trotwood! If you haven't been to China Cottage yet, go soon. I recommend the walnut chicken--it comes covered in a savory plum sauce with tiny slivers of garlic, alongside carmelized walnuts. Absolutely delicious.
|Galo's Italian Grill, in Richmond IN|
Get whatever you like, but make sure you add
an order of Wedding Soup and some bruschetta!
Okay--confession time. I hate typical fast food. I haven't been to a McDonalds in nearly a decade, and avoid places of their ilk as much as possible. But, when we're in a pinch and have to grab a bite, we try to find places with more natural ingredients and better taste. Luckily, that seems to be the general trend in the area: there are several Five Guys Burgers and Fries in the area and a Smashburger on nearby Miller Lane. Of the two, I tend to prefer Smashburger, as they have more options. Plus, the SmashFries are absolutely delicious.
That's just a quick run-down of the places we tend to frequent on our various forays before game night. But, we're always on the lookout for new places! With a major new shopping development coming up in Huber Heights, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that some new restaurants pop up with it!