CHAMPPS AMERICANA – Dayton Ohio Restaurant Proves Its “Champion” Status!

Every so often, I will write about a topic that is non-music related. This is one of those times. A couple of weekends ago, my wife and I had to travel on business to Dayton, Ohio. A very fine city is Dayton. The surrounding area and townships around Dayton are excellent to explore as well. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express in Centerville, which is located south of (and minutes from) Dayton.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Dayton, Ohio

Our stay at the Holiday Inn Express in Centerville was superb, from top-to-bottom. Angela Shockley, CHS, Director of Sales was a class-act. I have no problem with recommending anyone to stay at this Holiday Inn Express. Located in the same business park as this Holiday Inn Express (and within walking distance) is Champps Americana. Seeing this restaurant conveniently located, next to where we were staying, was instant comfort for us. Food… and cold beer for Stone. Whoa.


This was our first time dining at Champps Americana and needless to say, it won’t be our last. The service and staff were brilliant. Television screens were strategically located everywhere; each one showing a different live or vintage sports game. If you are a sports junkie and like to eat, this is the place! The bar is HUGE and the table seating throughout Champps is numerous. One aspect I really enjoyed about Champps is the spaciousness between tables. This is one vibrant Sports Bar and yes, the restrooms were clean too. Whoa.

Champps Americana (bar) – Dayton Ohio 

The menu at Champps is an All-American festival of food. The portions that were served to us were bountiful! My wife ordered the BBQ Chopped Salad and loved it. She stated: “this is one of the best salads I’ve had in a long time”. I ordered the Champps Cheeseburger with waffle fries and I thoroughly enjoyed every bite. What a juicy burger it was! Whoa.

BBQ Chopped Salad and Champps Cheeseburger

Upon our first trip to Champps (we went 3 times) the General Manager made his way over to our table. Adam Harkless is his name and taking care of Champps business is his game! Adam was professional, courteous, humorous and made my wife and I feel like we were home again. In essence, Adam Harkless became an instant Metal Buddy to Stone. We both wish Adam nothing short of the very best with his career at Champps; the corporate level should know they have a top-tier General Manager running this franchise in Dayton. Whoa.

Stone and General Manager Adam Harkless – Dayton, Ohio

Our stay in Dayton included my wife’s birthday. On Saturday, July 14th, we both returned to Champps for our third time! Adam was on top of his game that Saturday night. He stopped by our table once again for some chit-chat and was thrilled that it was my wife’s birthday. Being both a gentleman and a Champps asset, Adam ordered the Mile High Ice Cream Pie for us to enjoy! On the house baaabbbbyyyy! Can you say: birthday surprise? Trust me, this Mile High Ice Cream Pie can feed four or more people.

Whoa! That’s the Mile High Ice Cream Pie! Um, that’s me in the background with a cold one.

Both my wife and I agree, that Champps Americana in Dayton Ohio has some gooooood food and nice staff, coupled with a good-times and relaxing atmosphere. Thank you, Adam. Metal be thy name.


Champps Americana – Dayton (Centerville), Ohio – address & info:

Phone: (937) 433 – 2333

7880 Washington Village Drive

Dayton, Ohio 45459


Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Dayton (Centerville) Ohio – address & info:

Phone: (937) – 938 – 9550

7701 Washington Village Drive

Dayton, Ohio 45459


For more info on CHAMPPS AMERICANA, click on the link below!



The words “chit-chat” were used in this post.


4 Responses to “CHAMPPS AMERICANA – Dayton Ohio Restaurant Proves Its “Champion” Status!”

  1. Belated Birthday Greetings to your wife, Stone! – My God, the mile -high pie looks like MY kinda dessert! 🙂

    I like that you highlight the service there man, because in my experience the world (and especially the Spanish where I live!) can learn a LOT from the Americans when it comes to the service industry. When Miki and I were over for 2 months doing my ‘Blue Odyssey’ tour from Nashville via Memphis, thru the Delta, New Orleans, Houston, Austin, Little Rock etc, we were constantly delighted by the efficiency and friendliness we encountered almost everywhere we chose to eat or drink.

    • Metal Odyssey Says:

      Thanks Kev!

      Yeah, that Mile High Ice Cream Pie was not “fully consumed” by either of us! LOL!

      I always like to point out “the good” in life… with so much bad stuff going on in the world these days, it is nice to have such sincere service at a place that is built on serving up good-times.

      I am surprised to hear that the service industry isn’t up-to-par over there in Spain. The “bad” service over here is the drive-thru windows at McDonalds. I’ve never had an order filled correctly by McDonalds… ever! I’m not even exaggerating a bit either, LOL!

  2. Hey Stone, looks like you had a great time in Dayton and looking at some of the food has me feeling hungry. Just curious if you partook of any of the local metal scene.

    • Metal Odyssey Says:

      I checked the events calendar and there wasn’t any shows in the immediate area that weekend. I looked around for a record store… didn’t find one… yet I’ll find “something” on one of the trips back there, LOL!

      The following Thursday, July 19th, had FUEL doing (I believe) a “free” concert outdoors in nearby Beavercreek… then I read a few days ago that show was cancelled due to “bad” thunderstorms.

      That FUEL show has been rescheduled to August 30th… so fans out there will still be able to catch them, weather pending, LOL!

      Here is FUEL’s site link 80’s Metalman, they’re a very cool band:

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