Christopher’s Restaurant is one of the better known independent restaurants in Dayton. Excellent vegetarian and vegan fare, unique and innovative dishes, and some of the best French fries in town. Each Thursday they do a theme, and they have daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner specials that last through the month. These are all things that many of you may be familiar with, especially if you follow them on Facebook, where they frequently list all of their specials.
Something interesting they did not list anywhere, and I had the pleasure of discovering; they now serve wine and beer. According to my server, these new additions just started on Monday. Their selections may not be overflowing, but they are definitely interesting. They have a selection of four red (Noble Vines 667 Pinot Noir, Noble Vines 181 Merlot, Menage a Trois Red Blend, and The Show Cabernet Suvignon) and four whites (Beringer White Zinfandel, Blüfeld Riesling, Fog Head Sauvignon Blanc, and Noble Vines 446 Chardonnay). All of the wines were offered by the glass of by the bottle. While looking around the web, all of these wines had very good reviews. The Show, which was sampled, was big and bold as advertised, with a creamy vanilla and oak finish after a tart cherry bite.
Their beer selection is just as varied. If you are looking forward to having a Bud Light or Miller Lite there, you will be disappointed. You are going to have to settle for Yuengling. They even have the Yuengling Black and Tan. There are a few selections from Samuel Smith (a lager, an ale, and a raspberry ale), always a purveyor of high quality organic beer. Rogue Brewery also makes an appearance with their Dead Guy Ale and American Amber Ale, as does Victory Brewing Company’s Golden Monkey and Hop Devil IPA, and Young’s Double Chocolate Stout. They are even kind enough to list the ABV next to the beer, so when the Victory Golden Monkey’s 9.5% ABV comes knocking, you won’t be too surprised. There is a nice selection of beers for all palates at the table.
Christopher’s list of beers and wines is a reflection of their menu in general. They offer a little something for everyone, and of a better quality than most places. It will be interesting to see the evolution of their new menu, if they will start paring it with the specials or other dishes they serve, will any of it end up IN the dishes they serve, and how it could expand as people start to get accustomed to it and make requests. Next time you go in, make sure you take a look, or more importantly a sip, off of their newest menu.