As a teen, Ted Phillips learned to scale, clean, and fillet fish in Arcade Seafoods’ kitchen. Out front, he stocked shelves, scrubbed display cases, and mopped floors. The budding restaurateur’s devotion to Arcade Seafoods led him to purchase the business in 1992, and he’s been manning the counter ever since, as featured in the Dayton Daily News. Mr. Phillips maintains the eatery’s tradition of frying catfish, perch, and haddock in crispy batter, serving them with traditional Southern sides such as baked beans and hush puppies. :m]]
Like any worthwhile sports bar, Sidelines Sports Bar & Grill plasters its walls with neon beer signs, sports memorabilia, and a hefty amount of flat-screen televisions. But unlike other sports bars, up to 100 wings pile atop platters in a choice of 14 flavors and sauces, including Hotter Than Hell, caribbean-jerk rub, and parmesan garlic. Toss back 16 different draft beers while cheering on your favorite team or better your aim at one of the pool tables. When it's time to refuel, indulge in fried corn on the cob and the bar’s namesake burger, a patty crafted with Angus ground chuck, sirloin, and brisket.
Owned and operated by three brothers, Horton's Hoagies doles out toasty subs and classic sandwiches for lunch and dinner every day of the week. Prime-rib creations earn first billing on the menu, filling the real estate between fresh bread with rare, well-done, or spicy cuts of meat. Customers highly recommend the prime-rib cheesesteak. Soups, such as broccoli cheese, and chili round out specialty sandwiches alongside salads, chips, and cookies. Horton's also assembles catering trays, which pack enough handheld food to feed large parties or fuel the food-fight portion of jury deliberations.
Salsa’s eclectic offerings originate in Mexico and Latin America. A large portion of the menu is composed of enchiladas, fajitas, and other Mexican fare. The chefs, however, also craft Colombian dishes, such as bandeja paisa, grilled steak topped with crispy pork rinds, spicy chorizo, and a fried egg. They also create Venezuelan arepas by stuffing fried cornmeal with ground beef, veggies, and cheese. To complement these Latin American dishes, the restaurant stays true to its name and offers salsa dancing every Friday and Saturday night.
Slate-colored walls and exposed pipes lend an industrial air to the elegant red curtains and wooden wine racks of Serendipity Bistro. In fact, the curated wine list is one of the bistro's specialties, next to the flatbread pizzas and paninis made from scratch and paired with everything from turkey and apple chutney to shrimp artichoke pesto. Some evenings, guests can also share pitchers of sangria, a sweetened wine beverage the Spanish invented to lull pet tigers into their afternoon siestas.
Situated amid the bustle of Dayton’s Bike Hub, Silver Fern Cafe offers both cyclists and those on foot a respite with its hot and cold concessions, drinks, and snacks. Open seven days a week in late May through early September, Silver Fern’s staff slings savory meat pies, burgers, giant hot dogs, and seasonal fruit smoothies, all of which its guests enjoy on the outdoor patio.