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Dayton OH: Oakwood Room

Oakwood seems to be the Main Line neighborhood of Dayton. The streets are lined with large, elegant houses and manicured lawns. The main street is nicely curated collection of upscale shops. The Oakwood Room fits in that mold as a classic beef house with wood paneling, low lighting, and classic d├ęcor. I would say steak but their signature beef dish is the prime rib. Naturally, they also serve seafood. The service is very gracious. Many of the patrons were clearly regulars and I was treated with equal warmth.

The bread course was hearty and appreciated after a day of travel. The dressing was a vinaigrette dressing that was very nicely balanced.

I was in the mood for a fine piece of prime rib and that’s what I got. It was tender, juicy, and delicious. My server warned me that the horseradish was extremely hot and she was right---wow. The hash browns were formed into a neat cake, as is the style with steak houses. My only very small complaint is that the vegetables had a hint of fish, probably from sharing the steamer with some. But overall, this was a classic meal nicely done and service that made me feel like an old hand.

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