Housed within a building that served as a neighborhood deli and general store since 1910, The Amber Rose chooses to embrace the history and the culinary culture of an area slightly farther away: Eastern Europe. Hearty soups, roasted meats, and vegetable stews fill the menu of eclectically inspired comfort foods. In addition to Polish sausages and Lithuanian-style cabbage rolls, the menu features beef stroganoff inspired by classic Russian recipes, as well as a signature turtle soup served by the bowl, cup, or crazy straw. This selection of rib-sticking comfort foods even includes a few gluten-free items.
The Amber Rose's cottage-style space evokes the ambiance of a casual European cafe. Dark wood trim and weathered floorboards lend a cozy and inviting bit of warmth to the dining room. The restaurant's most distinctive piece is the bar, which is made entirely of imported Turkish marble. Here, bartenders pour glasses of hard-to-find European wines and beer.
Evans Bakery has sweets for every season. Its pies, whose flavors range from pumpkin to peanut butter, are perfect for fall feasts. For winter, nosh on a plate of the bakery's cookies, available in regular rounds or seasonal shapes, such as snowflakes and bells. For spring's first picnic, take a fresh loaf of Evans Bakery's bread to the park. The bakers also whip up custom cakes, such as this summery one, shaped like a pair of flip-flops. And year-round, the bakery serves the Best Glazed Donut in the Miami Valley, an honor bestowed upon the bakery by the Dayton Municipal Court in 2013.