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Downtown Dayton: Feast Your Way Around the Globe

This vibrant Ohio city center offers 11 great places to savor international cuisine.

By Val Hunt Beerbower on July 8, 2021

Dayton, OH
Five Rivers Metroparks

Too busy to jet set to New Zealand or Peru? Longing to tour Central and Eastern Europe but haven’t found time? >

No worries. Just head to downtown Dayton, OH, which offers a collection of unique, independent eateries that allow you to sample the world without leaving the country.>

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, as well as local colleges and universities, draws people from all around the globe to Dayton. Fortunately, many of them stick around long enough to put down roots in the community and share the cuisine of their homeland. Here are 11 amazing places for you to enjoy:

2nd Street Market

This farmers market at 600 E. Second St. features fresh produce, meat, cheeses and other goods sourced from local producers as well as merchandise from local retailers. Also, a core of prepared food vendors feature several ethnic food stalls, including Azra’s, Cheeky Meat Pies, and Napales.


Located at the market, you can enjoy flavors of Eastern and Central Europe every weekend. Cabbage rolls and cream puffs are usually the first items to the 86 list, so arrive early and hungry!

Cheeky Meat Pies

Why do Kiwis absolutely love meat pies? You’ll have to try this popular New Zealand street food for yourself while visiting the 2nd Street Market.


Choose from tacos, tamales, pambazos and more at this Mexican street food vendor located at the market.

Carmen’s Deli

Hailing from Jerusalem, owner Haitham Imam has been serving the community Mediterranean fare from his homeland for more than a decade.

Franco’s Ristorante Italiano

Nick Germano continues the tradition of offering homestyle Italian favorites his father, Franco, started serving in 1976.

Olive Mediterranean Grill

Cooking authentic Middle Eastern cuisine is a family affair at this business. Many recipes come directly from the Palestinian family’s dinner table.

Reza’s Roast

Perk up with coffee, teas and light fare at this cafe. Ebi Maki, whose family immigrated to the U.S. from Iran, owns the roastery with his wife, Audria.


Chef Margot Blondet showcases the flavors of her native Peru, including a build-your-own pisco cocktail bar.

Thai 9

Located in the historic Oregon District, this restaurant is well-known for its sushi and array of noodle and curry dishes.

White Lotus Cafe

Yong Shoop flies behind the counter of this short-order style bistro whipping up American dishes alongside tasty fare from her native Thailand.

Eager to sample more of what Dayton has to offer? Check out the new edition of Livability Dayton, Ohio.

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