Every couple of weeks, your humble FOOD ADVENTURERS will give you “SMALL BITES,” a quick feature of some restaurant items that we love.
SMALL BITES – 1/6/2012 includes these favorite cravings in the Dayton Area:
THE FRESH CUT FRIES at PENN STATION EAST COAST SUBS:
Freshly cut, and just out of the fryer, there is something about these “skin-on” french fried potatoes. Maybe it is because the potatoes are fried in cholesterol-free peanut oil. Whether you dip them in ketchup, splash some vinegar on them, or eat them plain, these tasty treats always hit the spot! There is one problem, they always give you that small white holder of ketchup, and you have to fill up like 4 of them. Want to learn a “fat kid trick?” Use a beverage lid and turn it upside down and squirt the ketchup on that. Problem solved, Big Ragu style..
THE POT STICKERS at CHINA COTTAGE:
Huge on taste and huge on size, you have to try the pot sticker appetizers at China Cottage. They are the best anywhere in the Big Ragu’s opinion. Want an appetizer that will awaken your tastebuds and satisy that pre-dinner hunger? Trust us on this one, you cant go wrong. These dumplings are filled with pork and garlic spices. The magnificent creation is then pan seared and brought to your table. It is served with a soy based sauce and scallions. Definitely the most memorable appetizer we have had at a Chinese restaurant in a while.
THE CHICKEN WINGS at ELSA’s:
Wings at Elsa’s? HECK YES ! In a place known for their Bad Juan margaritas and their Mexican food like the Super Mini burrito, you would not think to try the wings on their menu. But let the Big Ragu tell you, they are his favorite wings in the Dayton area. Another trick is heading out to eat these wings while watching your favorite NFL game and you will not have to fight the typical Sunday sports bar crowd. The order will definitely fill up the biggest appetites with 10 nice sized wings. Your humble Food Adventurers suggest the following sauces: either Jamaican Jerk, or Regular BBQ. You cannot go wrong with these wings in such an unlikely place. Order them with the sauce on them, or order the wings plain with the sauce on the side for dipping. you choose, but please save a couple of wings for us !
THE BRANDON BURGER at ARCHER’s TAVERN:
Our Food Adventures crew enjoy a good burger now and then. One of his favorites is the Brandon Burger found at Archer’s Tavern in Centerville. This big burger starts with fresh meat from local Zink’s Meat Market and is loaded with toppings, including bacon and a fried egg. At a price of $8.64 for the platter, we think it is a pretty good deal. We also like the taste, which is a juicy, explosion of flavors and defintely worth a try. With a parking lot full of customers at Archer’s everyday, they must be doing something right!
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