2 fast-casual restaurants that started in Ohio make BuzzFeed's ‘most underrated’ list

  • Dayton.com staff
Oct 13, 2017
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Piada's new Mediterranean Power Bowl, vegetarian and vegan friendly, offers a bold composition of flavors, and is topped with Piada’s special harissa and Greek yogurt drizzle.

The fast-casual restaurant trend is one that’s shown no signs of stopping. 

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It’s considered a step above fast food for many in terms of quality, but still has the convenience of quick service and extremely customizable options. Two Ohio-based chains were included in BuzzFeed’s “28 Of The Most Underrated Fast-Casual Restaurants in the U.S.” list

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To launch the new menu, Piada hosted its first ever Taste Tour, giving Piada’s biggest fans around the nation the opportunity to taste the new fall and winter menu before anyone else. We tried the new Harvest Grain & Apple Salad, Mediterranean Power Bowl, Porchetta Sandwich and Blood Orange Pomegranate Tea at the Dayton Taste Tour stop at Speakeasy Yoga. Photo: Allegra Czerwinski

1.) Piada Italian Street Food 

From BuzzFeed: “This growing chain is the place to go for quick and fresh salads, pastas, and piadas: thin-crust, Italian dough baked on the grill and rolled up with cheese, veggies, and meat.” 

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To launch the new menu, Piada hosted its first ever Taste Tour, giving Piada’s biggest fans around the nation the opportunity to taste the new fall and winter menu before anyone else. We tried the new Harvest Grain & Apple Salad, Mediterranean Power Bowl, Porchetta Sandwich and Blood Orange Pomegranate Tea at the Dayton Taste Tour stop at Speakeasy Yoga. Photo: Allegra Czerwinski

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Bibibop’s signature purple rice. Submitted Photo: Staff Writer

2.) Bibibop

From BuzzFeed: “Based in Columbus, Ohio, Bibibop already has 12 locations around the state. Customers can choose from several twists on classic bimbimbap at this Korean grill.” 

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Bibibop specializes in Korean dishes served in a fast-casual serving style that allows diners to customize their rice bowls. Photo from Bibibop Asian Grill Facebook page Photo: Staff Writer