The new Lefty’s Eats & Espresso in Fairborn is a must-try -- here’s why


Last week, Lefty’s Eatery & Espresso opened in downtown Fairborn. On a rainy Thursday, a cozy, local cafe was an ideal spot for lunch. 

>> 7 restaurants that opened in the Dayton-area this March

>> EARLIER COVERAGE: Lefty’s Eats & Espresso gears up to open

>> Former Beavercreek Don Pablo’s may have a replacement in the works

As I approached the corner shop, Lefty’s logo was instantly recognizable on large windows, and a noticeable line had formed at the register.

>> Miamisburg is getting a cookie dough shop soon -- here are the details

I asked for a menu favorite, or what seemed to be a popular order, before I made my decision: carnitas grilled cheese, Caesar salad and Chai latte it was. The menu offered a variety of savory options, including a black bean vegetarian sandwich. Diners will likely appreciate having the option to order a half or whole serving.  

>> Your guide to the best grub within walking distance of the Dayton Dragons stadium

>> This downtown Dayton bike shop is set to reopen 

Without the latte, my total would’ve been under $10. Not bad for being fresh and made-to-order. The grilled cheese was delicious. A slight toast on the bread offered the perfect sink-your-teeth-in crunch. Gooey cheese complemented the tasty carnitas, peppers, and onions. The fresh salad, made with a garden blend rather than romaine, gave the meal a nice balance. 

>> Rosé is so last season -- let’s make some spring sangria

A not-too-spicy organic chai latte finished off my meal. The verdict: fresh, tasty, and affordable. Next time I’ll be sure to grab an espresso latte, which features locally-roasted beans.

“We roast our own coffee beans, and also have a great partnership with Reza’s Roast,” said owner Lawren Williams.

Last month, this news organization covered Reza’s Roast opening a shop on Wayne Ave., the growing coffee hot spot in Dayton.

>> Brew 101: 6 things to do -- and not do -- at your first craft beer fest

>> Dayton turns 222 -- and we’re celebrating the BIG milestone with memories

As I ate, I spoke with a retired veteran, a barista named Kristen, and the manager on duty. I watched Williams speak with the seated customers. There was a warm, friendly vibe inside, contrary to the dreary weather outdoors. 

>> Here’s how you can help give a Dayton high-schooler the prom of their dreams

I caught up with Williams on our way out the door, where we briefly spoke about what his new shop means for downtown Fairborn. 

“We’re trying to do something simple, casual,” he said. I thought this was reflected pretty clearly in their menu, atmosphere and location. I’ll definitely be adding Lefty’s to my growing list of go-to lunch spots. 

Want to go?

WHAT: Lefty’s Eatery & Espresso

WHERE: 2 W. Main St., Fairborn

HOURS: Mon-Sat 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

INFO: Facebook


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in

Authors’ Fair to pen a new chapter in Springfield this weekend
Authors’ Fair to pen a new chapter in Springfield this weekend

A new chapter will be written for local authors this weekend, thanks to the Clark County Public Library . The library’s main branch will revive its Springfield Writes Authors’ Fair with 20 writers in a broad range of genres converging in the library’s rotunda from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The day will begin with guest speaker Vick Mickunas...
The event this weekend every aspiring writer and book lover in Dayton should know about
The event this weekend every aspiring writer and book lover in Dayton should know about

Book lovers, the Great Hall is calling you.  More than 80 authors are expected to participate and sign books at the Dayton Book Expo this weekend.  Coleman — the author and professional speaker behind the PenOfTheWriter.com — and her partners will present the  ninth annual book expo from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday...
Ohio among states battling sudden rise in Hepatitis A cases
Ohio among states battling sudden rise in Hepatitis A cases

The number of Hepatitis A cases in Ohio and neighboring states has spiked since January, the Ohio Department of Health is reporting. The are currently 31 cases in the state, the highest since 2015, the Greene County Public Health said in a release Tuesday. In comparison, there were four cases during the same period in 2017, two in 2016 and five...
What is Earth Day? 5 things to know
What is Earth Day? 5 things to know

Sunday is Earth Day 2018, and more than one billion people across the globe are expected to celebrate with environmentally friendly events. But what exactly is Earth Day? Here's what you need to know: >> Read more trending news  The first Earth Day celebration took place 48 years ago, in 1970, after a devastating oil spill in America brought...
Did you want extra tarantula on that hamburger?

When it comes to food, there aren’t a lot of things I won’t try. But I draw the line at eating any species I ever had as pets. There are some exceptions. Although as a child I briefly had a pair of rabbits given to me on Easter, I eventually bent the rule and sampled jugged hare on a trip to England. And I will order duck a l’orange...
More Stories