OT: orders to Ohio

As the title states, we've just received orders to wright-patt, so we'll be living basically in the Dayton area. Any fellow Hokies that are Ohio natives that can give me the scoop on good eats and local dives?

I'm excited to be waaay closer to home (9 hour drive to VB) and I'll likely be going to my first game in Blacksburg this year!

The only downsides, for me, are snow and having to give up the green.

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Give it up? Just be an outlaw...really adds another element of mystique.

Amateur superstar and idiot extraordinaire.

Paging HokieFireman. He has nothing but good things to say about the area.

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The only downsides, for me, are snow and having to give up the green.and Ohio


Jokes aside, the proximity to Cincy is a net positive. Cincinnati might as well be another country compared to the rest of the state.

TKPhi Damn Proud
BSME 2009

I lived in NE Ohio for a dozen years or so, however the mother in law lives in Cincinnati; we've visited her a number of times.

Awesome city- not sure what all you're into but Jungle Jim's is a must-see. It's a grocery store as big as a mall- kitschy as hell but you can find almost anything you can imagine there (their foreign food area is bigger than most supermarkets).

If you like liquor, the selection across the River in KY is better; craft beer distribution is better on the Ohio side. Taft Ale house is a great restaurant built inside a huge old church building (it gets noisy, but an amazing experience.) The top floor of the Rheingheist brewery is all ping pong tables and cornhole boards. Lots of bars near the River have outdoor activities, too.

Plenty to do in the city. We try to do Thanksgiving there whenever we can- they have a 10K Turkey trot the morning of Thanksgiving that gets 10s of thousands of walkers/runners. Great time to show off your favorite Hokiebird gear. And a great way to start off a guilt-free day of gorging yourself.

Unfortunately the skyline chili had closed so no idea on where to eat now.

I had Skyline in Dayton last summer. I show three there now but not convenient to Wright-Patt.

It was closed in September. At least the one close to wright patt

Going to hijack this thread because I don't have enough legs. I'm headed out to Baumholder, Germany on orders. Any Hokies out in the Rheinland-Pfalz area?

Nope, but enjoy the fuck out of Germany. Travel, travel, travel while you're there. It's easy to do. Book a room at the MWR Resort Edelweiss in Garmisch-Partenkirchen when you get a 4-day. Do this in both summer and winter. Both are glorious, and it makes a good base to do day trips to all kinds of cool places. Go to every friggin' beer fest you can. Go to Nuremberg to see the Christkindlmarkt. Drink a bunch of good beer. Remember to hit PT hard enough to keep it off.

Don't know if you are single or not. But, I had Germany in my contract for my first duty station and my recruiter told me, "Everyone who goes to Germany either comes back with a cuckoo clock or a wife. I suggest the clock."

That is sage advice, my friend. Sage advice I nearly didn't escape because I am hard-headed and German girls are lovely.

...but they crazy.

If you play it, they will win.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used." -The BoD

Haha, I've pretty much heard all of this. Thanks for all of the suggestions! One of the primary reasons we took this assignment was to explore as much of Europe as possible.

If I end up bringing a German woman home... My wife probably won't let me forget it 儭

Yeah, it's great for that. It's too easy to do something like pop down to Venice on a 4-day. If you are sitting around the barracks, in your case housing, on the weekends you're doing Germany wrong.

That's good. It will be easy to stick to the clock.

Hopefully, you can hit Oktoberfest. My unit always scheduled field problems during it. So, if you wanted to go you had to burn leave time. At the time, I hoarded my leave so I could come home more often. I regret not giving some up to go to Oktoberfest at least once though.

The lesson to that is, if there's a chance you will regret not going to an event, country, city, or site if you don't go while you're there...GO!!!!

If you play it, they will win.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used." -The BoD

Sage advice. Can't wait to start with the 4 day next weekend!

Born and raised in Dayton, now in Cincy. Grew up with soccer practice on the Wright-Patt Fields and learned to drive going around base (before 9/11). You have an email you want me to give you the run down at?

I am not sure what to do with my hands now

Hamburger wagon Miamisburg a must try once trip down. I'll have a whole post tomorrow after some sleep.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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So if your not from Ohio don't even bother with chili on spaghetti, don't eat the square pizza fast food crap.
Now for places to eat in the metro Dayton area: Mexican: Taqueria Mixteca Local good places: tanks bar and grill, Chappy's Social House Fried Chicken, Milanos Pizza and subs, Dorothy Lane Market awesome grocery store and even prepared meals like cooked to order steaks, TJ chumps; fast food: Raising Canes Chicken, Hot Head Burrito, Penn station subs. We left 9 almost 10 years ago so a lot has changed.
Are you living on base or have a preferred area?

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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If are looking for food only here is the Dayton list
Pizza: Marion's is the standard all others are measured against, if Marion's is packed you go to Casano's. If it's late and you are leaving the bar, hope Cousin Vinny's is nearby.

Donuts: Bill's Donuts in Centerville.

Ester Price Chocolate for occasions and apologies.

Warped Wing is doing pretty well on the local brew side of things

Dive Bar: Kings Table, near base/Wright State, sells tots by the bucket. Timothy's by UD.

Wings: find a Fricker's, can catch the game there.

Subs: Milano's, says pizza and subs, they made their name on subs, the locals do not eat the pizza, see Marion's. Can also catch games since B-Dubs bought the chain and made sure they all have a bar now.

Ice Cream: Make the trip to Young's Dairy, it's practically an amusement park now. Also you can stop by the Import House, you know for glass pipes and tobacco accessories on the way. Rumor was Dave Chappelle bought it a few years back, he has a place out there still. If you don't want to head to the country any UDF or Graeter's has better ice cream than most of the country.

Mexican: Elsa's is where everyone goes. Mostly for the Bad Juan margarita, to but the food holds up, especially after a Bad Juan.

Mike Sells potato chips are the local variety and I think they put Utz to shame.

If you go to a Dorothy Lane Market, get some Killer Brownies, ask for them to be cut in quarters or prepare for diabetes when you can't control yourself from eating the whole tray.

Skyline is boss, don't let any outsider talk you out of it. Standard order, medium three way and one all the way (chili spaghetti and a Coney dog on the side with mustard and onion).

Burgers: find Sliders in Belmont, hope they aren't busy. If they are Cold Beer and Cheeseburgers isn't far and is also pretty good.

You can get a taste of Shittsburg too, Primanti Bros opened a spot south of the base.

At Christmas go back to Yellow Springs and to Clifton Mills, millions of lights, nice walk around, great hot chocolate, buy some pancake mix from the mill, be prepared for traffic on single lane country roads.

I am not sure what to do with my hands now

Skyline and Bob Evans are two of my must eats every time I go through Ohio.

I also can't remember the name of the place in Dayton, but there is the little drive in there that makes their own Root Beer, and it is absolutely amazing.

The Root Beer Stande, like the E makes it fancy or something. I haven't been in awhile, might have been bought out by A&W. I also don't think about Bob Evans as a local chain, there is Frisch's, but it's all just typical Midwestern food, always good, not usually great.

I am not sure what to do with my hands now

We always stop at Dogs N Suds in Elyria when visiting the in-laws. Root beer is pure perfection. And Diabetes.

Don't know why, but Ohio has a million of these.

TKPhi Damn Proud
BSME 2009

Hey everyone, sorry I've been largely absent - crazy busy fixing up and selling the house (which sold!). I do really appreciate all the responses though, I've looked them over and discussed with the wife a bit. Looking forward to some of these digs


If you wanted to see the house we sold...


You can... Almost tell which room is mine, right