I haven’t felt even mild hunger since I landed in Ohio more than a week ago.
Who knew little ol’ Dayton, Ohio had a food scene? I haven’t stopped eating and drinking coffee since I arrived in Ohio on the 14th. (Urgent side note – England is FINALLY getting pumpkin spice lattes, so I don’t need to stuff myself with them anymore!)
I’ve been horrible about blogging, but I’ve still been Instagraming and Facebooking, so here is a kind of week’s recap of the best Dayton food.
This old, small building downtown used to be a crappy restaurant called WYMPEE, but it’s been turned into a classy little joint called Olive. They’ve kept the WYMPEE sign because it’s sort of awesome. All the food is local and organic. Well, it’s either all or most. In any case, I got a loganic beef burger with fried leeks (!) and spicy chocolate ice cream for dessert. And then some bread pudding.
Papa Bear got scrambled eggs with a corn/avocado salsa, Greek yogurt fruit bowl and stuffed squash blossoms.
We just had those squash blossoms two days ago and we’re still going, “Remember two days ago when we ate those squash blossoms? Those were the days … sigh.”
Karen and the man sharing a bread pudding. I ended up stealing my mom’s bread pudding and eating half of it.
Friday we ate in Dayton’s South Park District and got a giant Reuben pizza, which was interesting and GREAT.
Karen tells me one of our friends ate two. I won’t name him in case he’s embarrassed, but I will say that I totally understand and he should be proud.
The below picture was before the fried green beans and cheese sticks came. The funny thing about this place is that the appetizers aren’t actually fried – they’re baked. So it’s … sorta healthy?
Health probably doesn’t matter when you’re eating a Reuben pizza. I felt so sick. I ate a whole basket of cheese sticks and half that Reuben pizza. Totally worth it.
Last weekend we went to Yellow Springs (a funky, artsy, hippie suburb of Dayton) to what looked like a cheap little cafe. Not cheap! The Sunrise Cafe looks average, but it’s one of the best restaurants I’ve been to.
The description of my dinner:
Scallops with fried green tomatoes, pumpkin-truffle puree and watermelon-chipotle jam.
I think that’s all I need to say about that.
At the Butter Cafe, which I discovered through the Taste of Miami Valley festival last weekend, is excellent as well. It’s right downtown by University of Dayton and is also mostly local, organic food and has lots of vegan options!
I still try to generally choose vegan when available, so I loved actually having options here. I got a tofu scramble with vegan sausage. I was shocked at how good the sausage was. Better than real sausage!
Karen had French toast kebabs with pineapple. Super cute!
Aaaand some pictures of our night out this weekend. We had drinks at Karen’s first, which was great because I got to hear Karen and Connor argue about the scientific inaccuracies of Desperate Housewives. Apparently Connor thought they weren’t paying attention to recessive genes, and Karen had to keep explaining to him it’s not reality and it’s just a show. I love alcohol.