Be it a Philly cheese steak, a Chicago deep dish pizza or Cincinnati’s sometime maligned chili (read: Skyline Chili ranked worst in nation, called ‘abominable garbage-gravy’), every town has its signature tastes.
Tastes that scream Dayton may not be as well-known as those mentioned above, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t beloved.
The holiday season is a great time to spread Dayton’s ‘food love’ to friends and family here and elsewhere in the country.
Luckily many of Dayton’s favorites can be wrapped, stuck in stockings, sent by air or assembled in baskets.
Below are a few of our favorites and how to give them.
Esther Price Chocolates
Where to Buy: Seven Esther Price stores in the Miami Valley and Cincinnati areas. Click here to find a location. Select candy can also be found at Kroger locations.
Why it says Dayton: The company Esther Price built has been satisfying local sweet tooth for 85 years now, and has an assortment of chocolate products ranging from chocolate-covered Mike-Sells potato chips to traditional caramel turtles and chocolate-covered cherries.
Nationwide Shipping? Yes. Click here.
Dayton square-cut pizza
Where to Buy: We can debate for hours who makes the best square-cut pizza - Cassano’s,
Why it says Dayton: Each pizza square is packed with cheesy goodness. Square-cut pizza slices are easy to handle and divide among friends and family members. They first took the region by storm 60 years ago.
Mike-Sells Potato Chips Company
Where to Buy: Sold at numerous retailers and online.
Why it says Dayton: The family-owned company based at 333 Leo St. in Dayton has been cooking Dayton’s favorite crunch since 1910. It also sells pretzels and a variety of dips, puffcorns and popcorns. Products are distributed in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois.
Nationwide Shipping? Yes. Chick here.
Dayton Nut Specialties (Dayton Nut, Friesingers, Candy Farm and Riverdale Fine Foods)
Where to Buy: 919 N. Main St. in Dayton and 45 N. Pioneer Blvd. in Springboro. Click here.
Why it says Dayton: Quality nuts and delicious chocolate treats made right here at home.
Nationwide Shipping? Yes. Click here for more information.
Why it says Dayton: Buckeye Vodka established itself as a local pride when it first came on the scene in 2011. (Read: Dayton-based Buckeye Vodka sales triple expectations) The Dayton-bottled and distilled vodka is smooth and economical.
Nationwide Shipping. No
Pine Club Stewed Tomatoes
Where to Buy: Take home jars are sold at the iconic restaurant located at 1926 Brown St. for $5.50 each. They and other products can be purchased on the steakhouse’s website. Stewed tomatoes, garlic house dressing and other Pine Club products can also be found at several area stores.
Why it says Dayton: Stewed tomatoes is one of Dayton’s favorite side dishes. They are cherished at one of the community’s favorite restaurants.
Nationwide shipping? Yes. Click here.