Vietnamese Bistro

200 Able Dr,Ste 11
Dayton, 37321
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We hit up this place on our summer vacation on a total whim and got our a$$es handed to us with some AWESOME Vietnamese food with AWESOME prices!!! Checked into our hotel, cleaned up and drove down the Dayton "strip", totally expecting to only find crappy fast food as it was 8:30 pm. I will be honest; on the outside the Vietnamese Bistro looks questionable compared to some of the Vietnamese restaurants I've been to in Houston, Texas but do not let the strip center location fool you! This "fish out of water" (according to our server) did not disappoint and offered up authentic, well portioned and beautifully garnished dishes that tasted delicious. We started with the pork spring rolls, which had a lightly seasoned pork, noodle and sprout filling that melted in your mouth. The dipping sauce wasn't overpowering and it was a tasty treat to wake up our sleepy and dog-tired taste buds. My husband had the traditional Pho Bo with all of the traditional garnish; cilantro, lime, sprouts, hot sauce and true Thai basil. Because he doesn't know the limitations of his stomach size, he also ordered a dinner plate of seared pork with lemongrass, noodles and a small salad. Both of his meals were again not overpowering with their seasonings, but the spices complemented both dishes nicely. He ate them both BTW... I ordered steamed dark meat chicken with plain rice and a small salad. The chicken drums were authentically split lengthwise with what appeared to be a meat cleaver and cooked perfectly. The two accompanying dipping sauces also complemented the food perfectly and I particularly enjoyed the ginger/red pepper dipping sauce with my chicken. Also, if you have not ever had authentic Vietnamese hot cafe, please TRY IT! Grounds were perfectly pressed to allow the flavors to reach their maximum strength and were slow dripped over cold, condensed milk. Before you make a face, ask for a cup, mix the milk and coffee once brewed (this is done at the table) and take a sip. You will probably throw rocks at Starbucks. All in all, we were highly impressed with this restaurant. As two people who love food and are considering relocating to the Tennessee area, I really hope Vietnamese Bistro continues to grow and expand to other locations. The family pride in the food is evident upon the first bite. As an aside, our server (I'm sorry I did not get his name) was a super nice and super polite young man. He was the first person to give us a "Welcome to Dayton!" greeting in this town and presented himself and his family's restaurant with the utmost pride. Thank you, Vietnamese Bistro!
Man, I didn't know how to feel about trying Vietnamese food but I'm glad I did. The food was awesome! The fresh cut herbs they put on top is fantastic and the Jackfruit smoothie was amazing! The curry is great. Can't wait to go back.
Awesome food. The Pho is great. When you order the spicy beef soup don't ask for more than 2 on a scale of 5 for heat or you will be sweating.

(423) 570-0100

Vietnamese, Asian Fusion

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Ellies Catfish Cafe

260 16th Ave,Unit 61
Dayton, 37321
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If you are looking for Catfish this is the place to go. The fish is cooked after you order it. Actually it is too hot to eat when it is first brought out. All you can eat 'fixins', White Beans, Slaw, Hush Puppies, Onions, Pickles. Atmosphere is simple country, clean, friendly and fast service, plenty of close parking. Going back and would recommend to others.
A solid, clean, hometown-styled diner in Dayton, Tennessee. Ellie's would fit well on main street Hooterville, or Mayberry - it's that kinda place. You gotta understand two things about Ellie's: Fried & Friendly. From my perusal of the menu, EVERYTHING except steak is FRIED. This is not a bad thing, as Dayton IS on the northern end of South, after all. About 'Friendly': It wasn't uncommon to hear folk yelling out a "Hello!" to friends as they passed through the door, leading to extended conversations regarding births, marriages (sometimes in that particular order), deaths, hospital visits, the state and condition of pets, the Union, gardens, etc. I ordered the catfish/shrimp combo and a side of mac 'n cheese. This brought me two perfectly breaded catfish filets and a armada of small, breaded shrimp. The catfish was very good; evenly done (not chewy or crunchy), lightly seasoned and breaded, and delivered to our table 'piping-hot'. The numerous shrimp were somewhat over-breaded, and honestly, over-cooked, although they retained a decent, if heavy breaded shrimp flavour. My mac 'n cheese portion was a tad lacking for the price of $1.00, but provided a decent accompaniment to the meal. During the dinner hours, country slaw and white beans and baskets of hush puppies are included with your meal and they'll keep refilling the bowls as often as they're emptied. Ellie's, while not slow food, isn't fast food: It's cooked when ordered. Our meal was aprox 20 minutes to our table, as one of our party ordered 'bone-in' chicken. The wait was very tolerable, filled with several baskets of puppies, glasses of iced-tea, a very attentive waitress, and the viewing and hearing of life, as practiced in small-town America. Please notice their hours, as they observe a mid-afternoon shut-down. ADA is excellent, as is table and restroom access. I like Ellie's. It's not fancy, nor the best catfish I've ever eaten, but the over-all experience left me with a good feeling, and isn't that what dinning out is all about?
Nice enough for a local spot but not worth the drive! Coleslaw & white beans were good, hushpuppies really good! I have to say I have had better catfish!

(423) 570-0620

Cafes

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Mo-Mo’s Bar-B-Q

7481 Rhea County Hwy
Dayton, 37321
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WOW! The ribs were perfect. Yummy for my tummy. I hope I get this run more often
Stopped in while on a business trip, amazing BBQ! Service was great and friendly as well! I will definitely stop in next time I'm in town.
The ribs were the worst i have ever had. This post is a little bit old from when i had the ribs, but it still speaks for the quality of the food. The meat on the ribs was 90% junk. One rib actually had just a bit if meat on it. What was on the ribs was either burnt to a crisp or rendered unfit to eat. If i had looked at my meal before leaving i would have demanded a refund. Seriously, i could have ate a leather shoe with barbecue sauce on it and got the same satisfaction.

(423) 775-6868

Barbeque

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Delia’s Taqueria

8795 Rhea County Hwy
Dayton, 37321
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I have never been to Mexico. So I cannot say whether the food at Delia's Authentic Mexican Restaurant is truly "authentic". But I can say that it is truly delicious! Tacos or tamales are my go to but the chimichangas are great as well. Service is quick. Take out or eat inside. Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area!
Authentic home cooking. Mexican food at its best! This is not Americanized...it's the real deal.
Rockin food!!! Guacamole is amazing! And I would put their chorizo on anything! Seriously some if the best Mexican food I have had and such a cool little place. Definitely worth stopping. Don't let the crazy horse statue and weird color fool you, this place is the bomb!!

(423) 570-1813

Mexican

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Kenny’s Sports Bar & Grill

1305 Railroad St
Dayton, 37321
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This place is okay, it really depends on your tastes. It's smoky, and you'll leave smelling as such, but some people don't mind that. There is an outdoor seating area to avoid that, but beware that this place is immediately next to the railroad tracks: a fun source of character and rumbling while inside; a huge, loud machine feet from you while outside. The food is good, American-style foods: burgers, hotdogs, fries, tater tots, etc. It's a bit on the greasy side for me, but again some people love it. When I try to eat a bit healthier they have a great bowl of chili. There are tvs, the staff is always friendly, and you can usually count on some of the interesting local usuals to be there. Kenny's has its own style which appeals to most a little, and to some a lot. But don't expect it to apologize to anyone for it. ;)

(423) 775-5001

American (Traditional), Sports Bars

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Jacob Myer’s Restaurant on the River

185 Chickamauga Dr
Dayton, 37321
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I came across this place while in town on business. We went for lunch. The service was great and very attentive. I had the buffalo chicken sandwich. It was pretty typical, but with a very large portion for chicken. The river was beautiful. I would definitely go back.
I've been three times now. Just recently moved to the area. Food is good but nothing special. Had excellent service each time so more than likely I'll be back. Not a whole lot in Dayton and probably the "nicest" place in town, worth the try if you're visiting or passing through.
I'm currently sitting at the bar waiting on my to-go order. This is my second time at this restaurant and both times have been less than stellar. The food is pretty good but the service is absolutely pitiful. I've been sitting at the bar for 14 minutes now and have not been asked if I'd like a drink or a water while I wait. I have counted 9 staff members literally frolicking about, running through the restaurant, speaking with inappropriate language around the guests and just over being immature. Two servers argued in front of me about my order. I will not come here again. This place is probably okay for locals in a small town who have nothing better but I would not recommend it to anyone who is passing through. Go to mcdonalds instead, at least then you expect mediocre food and poor service and it won't cost you much. Food just came and my order was wrong... And still no drink.

(423) 570-0023

American (Traditional)

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You-nique Cuisine

1371 Market St
Dayton, 37321
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Hope this restaurant makes it. Went on a Saturday afternoon not very busy in downtown Dayton at this time. The chicken avocado sandwich was huge and delicious. Wife had the Greek salad which was huge and loaded with fresh ingredients. Would have given 5 stars but bathroom lights did not work which is important to me!
Spent $20 on a Greek salad and salmon with sautéed vegetables and mushroom risotto to go. Substituted the mixed vegetables for sautéed asparagus. The salad was good. Salmon was a small portion but cooked very nicely and the asparagus as well. However, I received rice pilaf instead of the mushroom risotto. Overall it was okay.
We found this place on yelp & decided to give it a try. Good food - they were alittle just but it was worth the wait. I had the special of meatloaf, mashed potatoes & substituted mashed winter squash for green beans - excellent comfort food. He had the cheeseburger & onion rings- handmade patty that was good beef & the onion rings were incredible. They have only been open since September - hope they make it. The only suggestion I would make is done additional heaters - at 37 degrees outside it was a little chilly inside. Very good - glad we found it!

(423) 567-6068

Desserts, Salad, Sandwiches

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Papa John’s Pizza

4009 Rhea County Hwy
Dayton, 37321
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Decent pizza.

(423) 570-0006

Pizza

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YAMATO JAPANESE STEAK HOUSE

2668 Rhea County Hwy
Dayton, 37321
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For a small town in TN, not bad. I'm from Florida so I'm a bit of a sushi snob. But, they did OK.
We had dinner on Christmas Eve and were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food. The sushi rolls were beautifully presented (we had the Volcano, Dragon, Dinosaur, and Spicy Tuna). My husband also ordered the shrimp udon which he wasn't thrilled with; it lacked much flavor, although I tasted the noodles and they were very good. .. big, fat, and perfectly cooked, but again, the broth lacked something. The food took a long time to get to us but they haven't been open long so I'm sure they're still in "shake down" mode. The atmosphere is drab and needs lots more decorating and maybe they need to get those giant yellow dispensers (I've never seen any so big!) off the tables; they really cheapen the look of the place. My expectations weren't high (come on. .. this is Dayton, Tennessee) and they were definitely exceeded. We'll be back.
We came to Yamato in Dayton for lunch and enjoyed the chicken hibachi lunch special which comes with a salad. Its not prepared in front of you like Ichiban, but it's still good. Their sushi is good as well and their prices are comparable to anywhere you would eat in Chattanooga or Cleveland. Portion size is decent. I recommend it for average Japanese fare.

(423) 428-9162

Japanese

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Bimbo’s

7606 Rhea County Hwy
Dayton, 37321
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Nestled at the end of a gee-normus parking lot on the north side of Dayton, Tennessee, is Bimbo's. Dayton is best known for their unfortunate bit of over-exuberant boosterism (see Monkey Trial) back in 1925, though the event did make a pretty good movie (Inherit the Wind), which is sometimes shown (weather permitting) on 'the' courthouse lawn. Judging from the era and time-frame, Dayton can be forgiven their act of self-promotion, and in many respects it did manage to place the town 'on the map'. Bimbo's will not; at least in a positive respect, which in retrospect pretty well parallels the lasting effect of the Monkey Trial. Generally, any restaurant that offers 'breakfast anytime' will automatically rate three stars; taste unseen. Bimbo's is the exception. I have never eaten in a restaurant that offers such uneven service, food quality, and overall atmosphere. My first visit went splendidly, the coffee was fresh, the food piping hot, the biscuits light and fluffy. The next visit two days later, well. . . . not so good. The coffee was terrible, with a stale, acidic aftertaste. The food was barely warm (and portions much smaller, too) and the biscuits could have been used to train Labrador pups for water fetchin' - 'cept the odds on their floating long enough to be retrieved by even the most exuberant lab-pup were long, indeed! Still, not wanting to totally write-off an establishment carrying such a wonderfully eccentric name, and having a high threshold for 'avoidance learning', I stopped in again, this time for the standard classic, "Country-fried Steak". Now many of you will know that the item called "Country-fried Steak" is really "Chicken-fried Steak", even though it's really not chicken, and not really an identifiable steak. However, when done correctly it's one of the tastiest items found on any lunch or dinner menu. To be done 'correctly' the 'steak' should be lightly breaded, fast fried, and quickly drained of any residual grease that might ruin the salty-floured crispy coating encapsulating the 'steak' item. The accompanying gravy should never be ladled onto the item before serving, lest the salty-floured crispy coating dissolve into a sticky, unpalatable mess. The entire dinner should be served piping hot, so hot in fact, that one might be tempted into gently blowing upon each initial forkful, lest one's tongue be irreparably damaged. The nuances of the serving process might be observed, as well. A smile from the server, though not a requirement, is an added bonus. Points added for not displaying chewing gum or back teeth during the process of over-mastication. Any flies on the table or buzzing about, should be flicked away with an unobtrusive, casual gesture, not through twirling the serving towel about in a lasso-like motion reminiscent of Pecos Pete, Hop-along Cassidy, Roy Rogers, the Lone Ranger, or any of their various and colorful sidekicks. While I confess to admiring the female form, appropriate apparel should be worn when serving, lest a patron receive a brain-searing optical exposure, which when combined with a cold plated, gummy breaded, dark tasting, entrée of what at one time had the potential of actually being a Country/Chicken- fried Steak. . . . well, just deduct a star for the unwanted floor show. Now, on the positive side of the plate: The restaurant was clean, there was plenty of parking, and the service was at least prompt and colorful, if not stellar. Still, if you're wanting a memorable moment in Dayton, you'd best find it under one of the old oaks on the courthouse lawn, and not at a table or booth in 'Bimbo's!
My friends and I have come here a couple times after going to the range for a little target practice. Bimbo's makes for a decent meal, even if the service leaves something to be desired. There's nothing special about this place. Someone is obviously a fan of the Southeastern Conference, as they have the football helmets of the SEC painted on the side of the building. Since it's in Tennessee, they are first and foremost a Tennessee Vol fan. I had to forgive them for that mistake, they didn't know any better than to paint the building bright orange. Inside, it's always clean. The restrooms are always clean. Tables and chairs and other fixtures are always in good repair. It's a pretty big restaurant and when we show up, it's usually mid-afternoon. That means the place is dead There might be one or two other tables and maybe that's why the service isn't that great. The girls (I've yet to see a male server) seem to be more interested in whatever goes on in the kitchen than anything else. Maybe that's where they socialize. Bimbo's could definitely use a dress code, some of the things the servers wear are ... well, not very appealing. I"m sure they think they look hot, but when your restaurant is called Bimbo's, you probably don't want to look like one. It might not hurt them to smile once in awhile too. The food, on the other hand is pretty decent. Each time I've been, I've had a good meal. The Country Fried Steak is a huge meal. I had a hard time finishing the whole thing when I had it. They do pour on the gravy, so it's definitely not something you'd want to take home and reheat. It would be a mess. But it sure is good when it comes hot from the kitchen. I've also had their chicken tenders, which are also huge! They come out hot and crisp and are really better than some other places I've had chicken tenders. I have yet to have a bad meal here. The food is always hot, and there's always plenty of it. Bimbo's is worth a stop if you happen to be driving by, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get here. If you're in Dayton, and hungry for a lot of food... give it a try!
Well this was the only restraunt open in Dayton on the 4th of July around 9pm.I went here with a group of girlfriends and we had driven up from Atlanta.I ordered the Bimbo burger, which was good.Service was fair, and there was nothing really special about the place

(423) 775-6353

Southern, Breakfast & Brunch, American (Traditional)

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