i flew into Dayton for the express purpose of attending the Cal-Ohio St football game in Columbus for the weekend. i didnt have particularly high expectations on food, but i did manage to find a few gems along the way. it was my first time in the area in almost 20 years when some friends from grad school and i had driven from Bloomington to see the Columbus Crew play in the inaugural MLS season at the Horseshoe.
some of the best Mexican food i have had in the US is this little place called the Red Iguana on a very industrial looking street just outside downtown.
the mole is fantastic. there is usually quite a line unless you go off-hours. we probaly spent 45 min waiting in the middle of Feb on a relatively warm night.