Where can you warm up with this cold weather? May we suggest a Latte with the ladies? How about a Mocha with the Mayor? Ghostlight Coffee on 1201 Wayne Ave is just the place for a Food Adventure that will heat up your winter months. Opened in 2011 by owner Shane Anderson, it is a “must drink” on our list of locally owned spots. This coffee house already has a cult following, and deservedly so. Great beverages are the cornerstone of Ghostlight Coffee. The storefront of glass windows in the dining room, overlooks a bustling Wayne Avenue. the walls are adorned with local art, and music usually fills the air. The place has a warmth to it, and we are not just talking about the coffee. The Big Ragu finds the inviting atmosphere very appealing. Another attraction is that the menu has a variety of choices to please almost anyone.
Ghostlight uses the “pour over” method to prepare many of their brews. It is a manual method of making coffee, and a secret to great taste. The hot water is poured just enough to wet all of the coffee grinds and seeps through a filter into a cup. The hot water is poured slowly, starting in the middle and moving toward the outside in circles. Free entertainment with each order! The “Baristas” (coffee making staff), know what they are doing and the benefit from their expertise is in each flavorful cup.
Being a coffee connoisseur and frequent customer at Ghostlight, Hungry Jax has a couple of recommendations to beat the cold. The Fig Vanilla Black Pepper Latte is her favorite. Black pepper in a latte? Trust us, it works. The fig and vanilla flavor makes it one of the better and more unusual lattes that we have tasted. Every sip is incredible, and at the end you taste the black pepper. It is one of those drinks that makes you wonder, in a good way. We also suggest the Balsalmic Walnut Latte. Again, with this coffee, Ghostlight creates yet another unique, creamy latte, with a nutty finish. The Big Ragu goes for simple pleasures at Ghostlight like the hot chocolate, or a cappuccino. The hot chocolate is creamy and rich, and the same goes for the cappuccino. Other menu offerings include Chai Teas, Espresso, French Press Coffees, and Rishi Organic Teas.
The menu also includes many locally made pastries. Depending on the week, the selection will vary with seasonal choices or standard favorites. One of our favorite snacks available are the packaged toffees from Sweet Nothings, a local Dayton confectioner. Their Sea Salt Toffees are so good and addicting that they should be illegal.
Ghostlight is not only coffee and snack central. There are many other activities going on in this vivacious venue. Events include live music, poetry, story slams, and the venue is available for scheduling special private parties. Ghostlight Coffee is such an eclectic spot with a local flair. It is a great place to bring friends, or go solo. The friendly staff and patrons make it a joy to meet and see people from all walks of life, who are enjoying a good cup of coffee. If you love what life in Dayton has to offer, than Ghostlight Coffee is a wonderful place to “get your drink on.”
[flagallery gid=16 name=Gallery]
Ghostlight Hours are 7am-7pm Monday thru Friday and 8:30a-7p Saturday & Sunday. Check the Ghostlight Facebook Page for “After Hour” Events.