As a purely residential neighborhood, Santa Clara doesn't house any restaurants or bars. Fortunately, several options sit in nearby communities, so you don't have to venture far to enjoy a meal or drinks with your friends.
Grandma's II Restaurant, an old-fashioned diner located on North Main Street in Five Oaks, opens daily from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. to serve breakfast and lunch to hungry patrons. The restaurant serves a variety of made-from-scratch soups, chili, chicken burgers and turkey cheesesteaks, and it offers breakfast all day. Regulars recommend the western omelette with a side of home fries, and they insist that Grandma's serves the best oatmeal in town.
Just south of Grandma's II Restaurant, Benjamin's the Burger Master serves a mixture of Southern comfort food and burgers. The restaurant features a different special each day and serves food cafeteria-style. Whether you order the special of the day or a big, juicy bacon cheeseburger, order a side of fried okra. It comes cooked-to-order so that it stays piping hot and slightly firm. Make sure you have cash before you arrive, because Benjamin's doesn't accept credit cards.
Located north of Santa Clara on North Main Street in Hillcrest, Red House Chinese Restaurant serves large portions of standard, take-out quality Chinese food for an affordable price. You can opt to eat at the restaurant or have your meal delivered to your home. Avoid having your food delivered around the restaurant's dinner rush, though; during that time, delivery takes about an hour. Regular customers recommend the restaurant's General Tso's chicken, and the restaurant gives customers a complimentary egg roll with every meal.
Santa Clara has a nonexistent nightlife scene, but you don't have to look far to find a local watering hole. The Oregon
District east of Downtown Dayton remains the place to be for those seeking a number of nightlife options. The cobblestone streets feature a variety of popular bars that offer live music and dance clubs with DJs on Friday and Saturday nights. For a fun night of dancing, be sure to check out Ned Peppers Bar. Located in the center of the Oregon District, this place boasts great drink specials and a famously friendly staff.