Contact Number: 937 294-1261
Hours of Operation: 11am – 2am Mon – Thurs
*Kitchen closing at 11pm
11am – 2 am Fri – Sat
*Kitchen closing at 12am
*Kitchen closing at 10pm
By Austin Feeser
Looking to discover new dining venues with character around the City of Dayton? As part of the “Hidden Gems Project” conducted by students at the University of Dayton, this article was written to communicate the uncovering of a few local dining spots and their historical background. We were required to make visits to each place, interview the owners and/or workers, and record our experiences of each “Hidden Gem”. The benefit that came from this project is that it serves as a means to learn about the history of Dayton through restaurants which have been around for generations. It also helps to spread the word that these restaurants are still around and have their own story to tell—along with their food and spirits.
Carmel’s current location since 1982 at 1025 Shroyer Rd in Dayton has been a gathering for many locals as well as travelers looking for an enjoyable meal with a great atmosphere. Since 2006 new owner Bob Byers has made a few impact changes including a more unique and modern interior. But perhaps this most important addition was head chef Liam Hennessy who expanded the menu to almost double its original size including house favorites like Corn Cloud Chicken, or the Bronco Buster burger. Carmel’s also offers a full size bar, tv’s in almost every corner, and outdoor seating arrangements. Carmel’s is locally known for its karaoke night starting at 9 PM Thursday for all those who want to relax and sing along with some friends. Happy Hour is Monday – Sunday from 11am to 7pm with specials on both food and drinks.
Since moving around in the 80’s when the manufacturing was at beginning of its decline in Dayton, Carmel’s has been there to provide for all of the workers who live in the Kettering and Oakwood areas. They have provided Dayton with great family atmosphere during the day and a rocking night scene with entertaining music and of course you can’t forget the Thursday karaoke night. To this day Carmel’s has been proudly serving the community of Dayton and welcoming in new visitors weekly to experience this hidden gem of Dayton.
Pictured to the left is Carmel’s fish taco entree for only $7.95, which consists of 3 hard or soft tacos, with grilled barramundi, pico de gallo, shredded lettuce, mixed cheese and chipotle tartar sauce.
Below is a link to the full menu served at Carmel’s Grill