Lily’s Bistro (Dayton, Ohio)
Lily’s Bistro, located in Dayton’s Oregon District, is a neighborhood restaurant. It’s small and cozy and well-lit. There are lots of regulars and the servers all have a tone of informal familiarity. Of course it helps that the food is delicious.
I’ve been to Lily’s three times over the last year and every time has been a delight. Most recently, I went for Sunday brunch. It was crowded and we had to wait a bit to get a table (I recommend calling ahead for a reservation), but not too long. Most of the brunch menu involves gluten in some way or another, but their Omelet of the Day turned out to be just what I wanted anyway. It had asparagus, onions, mushrooms, sausage, and brie. It was delicious, although I will confess to being a sucker for anything stuffed with brie.
Because they are a small restaurant and do their best to source ingredients locally as much as possible, the menu is somewhat limited. They do change it seasonally, though, and for some items, such as the omelet, they change the ingredients depending on what is available. For gluten free diners, I would recommend going for dinner. The dinner menu definitely has more gluten free options than their brunch or lunch menus. Of the nine entrees currently on their dinner menu, three are listed as gluten free—the Fish of the Day, Pork Tenderloin, and a Black Eyed Pea and Tomato Stew. The Pot Roast Pot Pie is listed as “gluten free possible,” along with several of their appetizers, meaning that a gluten free version is available, though they will have to make some modifications.
The thing that puts Lily’s over the top for me, however, is the service. Every time I have eaten there, as soon as I mention that I need my meal gluten free, the servers have gone out of their way to make sure that I was taken care of. At brunch, our server checked to see if the home fries were gluten free (they are not) and made sure the kitchen knew about my needs. When my omelet came out, he made sure to tell me that they had prepared it separately and worn gloves, just in case. It is so nice when eating out with any kind of food intolerance or allergy to know that you are being taken care of.
329 E. 5th St.
Dayton, Ohio 45402
See their website for menus and hours. Reservations recommended.