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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
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American, Bar, Pub
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Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Takeout
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

If your in the mood for bar food good choice. You have to call ahead for them to open the door but answered quick they where waiting at the door for us. Staff was great!

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed March 7, 2020

I had always heard what a great place Tanks was for breakfast, so my wife and I decided to finally try it. We arrived about 8 AM. The place was full but no one was waiting yet. Everything seemed fine, we put our order in,...got our coffee, and then the waiting started. After about 30 minutes, I commented to my wife that I hadn't seen a single plate of food being served to anyone in the place. After about another 15 minutes, our food arrived. Every single thing I ordered , eggs, sausage, toast, and waffle was absolutely at room temperature, and I'm not exaggerating. Do you know bad eggs over easy taste cold? To get that temperature, it had to sit in the kitchen for at least 25 minutes after it was plated. I guess they don't have heat lamps either. My impression is that the people that give Tanks high ratings are the crowd that are looking for the most food for the money, and they do give you large portions. But it's all inedible. Needless to say, I will never be going back.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed February 6, 2020

Attempted to patronize this place with 7 village members on a Saturday morning. Had to park two blocks away. The place was jammed and they said an hours wait. Hope to go here sometimes.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed February 1, 2020

We were in Dayton for the night and went to Tanks after a recommendation from a friend. When we walked in, there were several tables empty but still full of glasses and plates from the last guests. We sat down at one we thought had...been cleaned, only to find my pant leg stuck to syrup on the seat. (Later in the meal, I realized my boot was in a puddle of syrup beneath my chair). We were quickly waited on after sitting down and our waters and beer came out fast. After another 5 or so minutes we ordered. Then sat. And waited. And waited. And waited. The waitress kept coming by to tell us our food should be coming soon. At about 50 minutes after ordering she came by and said "they are just getting it up to the window and we should be getting it". Then we waited. And waited. And.... you get the picture. Ten more minutes tick by (we were sitting directly under the old Budweiser clock by the doors, so it was hard not to count) and our waitress tells us again, it should be any minute. Finally, over a full hour after we ordered, our food is brought out. I had the Lumber Jack breakfast that came with charred black sausage patties, cooled and runny scrambled eggs, burnt hash browns, and a side of pancakes. The pancakes were honestly the only edible part, and I only got to eat about five bites before my infant started screaming (like they do when they are forced to sit in one spot too long). So I had to go out to my car and leave my wife with my cold eggs and warm pancakes. Overall, a miserable experience that our waitress blamed on "trainees in the back". From the looks of other reviews, and for the sake of Tanks, I hope this was a fluke night.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 21, 2020 via mobile

After 10 years in Dayton and being a breakfast connoisseur I have finally found the place I will go to forever. Giant portions of yummy food. Terrific service - timely, friendly, able. The decor is definitely that of a dive bar but don't let that...stop you. I will be back often. Note: I'm not a 5 star raver. Check my reviews; over 400 from around the globe including some of the very best places. Seldom do I give 5 stars. This isn't 5 stars cuz it's cheap. It's just plane great breakfast. See you there.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 1, 2020

I got the Reuben my friend got the Mac and cheese with sweet potato fries. Both were yummy and big portions. Priced Right and the staff was awesome.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed November 6, 2019

Nestled into one of Dayton’s older neighborhoods, Tank’s is a local tavern that always has a waiting list, but the food is worth the wait! Excellent breakfast menu, signature hamburgers and reasonably priced drinks. I enjoyed it.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 31, 2019

Excellent food in large quantities., While close to University of Dayton it attracts a diverse older crowd. Burgers, pancakes, waffles all excellent. Omelets come in Ten egg size and The Girlie is a 5 egg omelet.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 8, 2019

Last night, I had what was easily the strangest experience at a restaurant in my adult life. I went to Tanks with a group of 7 other adults for dinner and a couple of drinks. We ordered our drinks and when mine arrived, I questioned...the drink which was supposed to be a Moscow Mule (I did ask before ordering if they could make one and was told a very enthusiastic YES!). What I received was described by the waitress as a shot of tequila and ginger beer, served in a pint glass. I told her that wasn't right, so apologized and said she would fix it. I saw her having a conversation with a group of other staff at the bar, so I went up to chat. We started talking about what was in one and I gave up the recipe. It was all a very friendly conversation. Another lady, who was apparently the bartender, came up and headed off to make the drink. I asked her what my options were for vodka and we settled on Gray Goose. When she started pouring the vodka in a pint glass, I asked her if we could have a conversation before she made the drink. She seemed very annoyed, but came down the bar to where I was. I asked her what she planned to do and she tells me that she always makes it in a pint glass because they have a policy that you have to buy the entire bottle of ginger beer. I told her I had no problem buying the bottle of beer, but I'd likely get a couple of them, so I'd like to get the portions right rather than just dumping the entire bottle in. She raised her voice and told me that she has been bartending for 10 years and *this* is how they are made and asked if I wanted it. I said no, I don't think I do at this point and started walking back towards the table. She said that was good because she wasn't making anything for me and in fact, I should just leave. I stopped and said "what?" - in fact, I really didn't hear her. She then told me to "get the hell out before she called the cops". I told her that I would comply and went back towards my friends to tell them that I was leaving. She came out from around the bar and started yelling at us that everyone who had actually been served a drink needed to pay for it and we needed to leave immediately. We all left, completely confused as to what just happened. Needless to say, we will never be back. As I understand, the original owner died and the place is NOT the same. It's very sad. For reference, I've been a manager for 25 years, including several restaurants over the years. I've been yelled at, threatened, and even had food thrown at me, and at no time have I ever treated a customer the way I was treated last night. There's no room in the service industry for someone like this.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 3, 2019

We had heard of these place for years and decided to go with some friends after a Dragons game. Place was old and hasn't been updated in a while. Had a Hometown feel but just seemed a little run down. Service was OK but a...little slow. Tater dish was the best thing we had. Burgers were good but nothing to brag about. Not sure we would come again.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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