2 of Dayton’s finest are combining talents Sunday June 12 outside Toxic Brew to celebrate their birthdays! Dane & Co will be serving up a Cajun Seafood Boil starting at 2:00- 1/2 lb shrimp or vegan “shrimp,” corn and potatoes with Cajun butter- while Cooley supplies the beats. Come enjoy your Sunday and show our dudes some birthday love while you enjoy what they do best.
It doesn’t get much better than quality time outside with man’s best friend and a cold drink in your hand. With the heatwave over and temperatures falling back to normal, some of our most comfortable patio days are ahead of us. Not sure what patios are dog friendly? Have no fear! Listed below are a few of our favorite canine friendly patios in the area. Be sure to check back as our list is sure to grow:
- The Barrel House – 417 E. 3rd Street, Dayton
- The Trolley Stop – 530 E. 5th Street, Dayton
- Mudlick Tap House – 135 E 2nd Street, Dayton
- Lily’s Bistro – 329 E. 5th Street, Dayton
- CoCo’s Bistro – 250 Warren Street, Dayton
- Dublin Pub – 300 Wayne Avenue, Dayton
- South Park Tavern – 1301 Wayne Avenue, Dayton
- Wheat Penny Oven & Bar – 515 Wayne Avenue, Dayton
- Milano’s – 1834 Brown Street, Dayton
- Dayton Beer Company – 41 Madison Street, Dayton
- Archers Tavern- 9496 Dayton Lebanon Pike, Centerville
- Bennett’s – 67 S Main St., Miamisburg
- El Meson – 903 E Dixie Dr, West Carrollton
- Flavors Eatery – 865 E. Franklin Street, Centerville
- Heather’s Cafe – 505 S. Main Street, Springboro
- Mack’s Tavern – 381 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Centerville
- Milano’s- 9572 Springboro Pike, Miami Twsp, 260 N Fairfield Rd, Beavercreek
- Mr. Boro’s Tavern – 495 N. Main St., Springboro
- Ray’s Wine and Spirits Grill – 8268 N. Main Street, Dayton
- Ritter’s Frozen Custard- 2531 Dayton-Xenia Rd., 2226 Wilmington Pike, Kettering
- Roma’s Pizza&Pasta – 282 W Central Ave Springboro
- So Your Yogurt- 971 S Main St, Centerville
- Ye Olde Trail Tavern – 228 Xenia Avenue, Yellow Springs
- Zink’s Meats & Fine Wines – 409 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Centerville
- Branch& Bone Artisian Ales- 905 Wayne Ave, Dayton
- Crooked Handle Brewing Co.- 60 N. Main Street, Springboro
Dayton Beer Company – 41 Madison Street, Dayton
- Devil Wind Brewing – 130 South Detroit Street, Xenia
- Eudora Brewing Company – 3022 Wilmington Pike, Kettering
- FigLeaf Brewing Company – 3387 Cincinnati-Dayton Rd, Middletown
- Fifth Street Brewpub – 1600 E 5th St, Dayton (Dogs allowed Wednesdays only 6-9PM)
- Lock 27 Brewing – 1035 South Main Street, Centerville
- Mother Stewart’s Brewing Co – 102 W. Columbia St, Springfield
- Southern Ohio Brewing – 818 Factory Rd, Beavercreek
- Star City Brewing Company – 319 S 2nd St, Miamisburg
- Toxic Brew Company – 431 E. 5th Street, Dayton
- Warped Wing Barrel Room & Smokery – 25 Wright Station Way, Springboro
- Yellow Springs Brewery – 305 Walnut Street, Yellow Springs
If you know of other pup friendly patios, post them in the comments below so we can add them.
Dayton is birthplace of amazing artistic as well as engineering feats. That spirit of innovation blossomed during the late 1960s-1980s in a couple of unique ways: the invention of funk music and the birth of modern dance. In 1968, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company became the first modern dance company established in Ohio. Shortly after, Dayton become the proud capital of Funk music in the 1970s and 1980s.
On Saturday August, 24, 2019 both of those innovative art forms are celebrated together at DCDC’s Soulfully Funkalicious All-White Party! Enjoy delicious soul food while watching DCDC’s dance artists take to the floor in grand funk style with live music from the Dayton Funk All-Stars! Make sure to bring an appetite and your dancin’ shoes for this truly fun and fabulous way to support one of Dayton’s world-class artistic institutions!
How To Go?
What: Soulfully Funkalicious All-White Party
When: August, 24, 2019 from 6-11pm
Where: Dayton Convention Center (22 E 5th St, Dayton)
Tickets: $80 General Seating / $120 VIP Seating / $800 General Table (seats 10) / $1200 VIP Table (seats 10)
For this event only, please purchase tickets at Eventbrite or contact DCDC at 937-228-3232. Ticket purchases are non-refundable.
Please note: All white attire requested.
It is time for our annual breakdown of the year in food. The Food Adventures Crew recaps the restaurants that closed forever and new ones that have opened in the Miami Valley. It was a year of 40 year old restaurant closings. It was a year of new chains and new mom and pop stores. It was a year of movers and salt shakers, a year of burger and pizza makers. Some fire shut downs, and other financial closedowns. It was a year of heartbreak and first takes. Sit back and let’s recall 2018 the year in food.
First places that closed, a couple temporarily ….
DAYTON RESTAURANTS THAT CLOSED IN 2018:
The Tex Mex mega restaurant, with the atmosphere like Bravo inside. Known for decorative drinks and Mexican dishes, this restaurant shut its doors after 13 years near the Fairfield Mall in Beavercreek. Sad to hear, because the food was good for a chain.
APPLEBEES WILMINGTON PIKE:
Plagued with service woes, the Cornerstone development down the street may have been the final straw to bury this eatery. Located on Wilmington Pike, many were surprised by the closing in June 2018. Guess not enough people wanted their baby back baby back ribs.
BLUE NOTE BISTRO AND LOUNGE:
An abrupt and unexpected close for this critically acclaimed spot due to a financial dispute. Known for food and live music, the incredible atmosphere at this Miamisburg restaurant will be missed. Owner Julie Delph still operates the Miami Valley Sports Bat Alex Rd and 725, and opened the Blue Note in the summer of 2016.
This 14 year old trendy eatery in Springboro closed in October, 2018. Known for healthy dishes, breakfasts and lunches, they also had a cult following like many on this list. Nestled in the shopping center by Dorothy Lane Market, Springboro, the shop was known for its wraps.
BUFFALO WINGS AND RINGS:
Even with a chaos room video arcade attached, they couldn’t quite attract the big crowds for sporting events, which was a shame. They had huge TV’s everywhere, a good beer selection and great food. The service was hit or miss and possibly lead to the decline. We will miss this spot and their hand breaded boneless, fresh chicken tenders and sauces.
CADDYS TAP HOUSE BEAVERCREEK:
Recent problems with scuffles in the restaurant from some seedy customers, help lead to the demise. Located near the Fairfield Commons Mall, Caddy’s was known for good live music and decent appetizers and food. Their burgers, wings and beer selection were very strong too. May 2018 ended the final run for this restaurant.
CHAPPY’S TAP HOUSE IN MORAINE:
Popular eatery on Alex Rd, known for their chicken, fish and beer selections. Fans don’t fret, they still have a restaurant open on 725 in the old Chammps Grille Location.
CHOE’S ASIAN BISTRO:
Rent disputes ended the tenure of this restaurant at the Greene. A sleek interior and a gourmet Asian menu were the attractions. The doors eventually shut in February 2018.
DARK HORSE TAVERN:
Known for good grub and killer BBQ, this spot also had a following for local, live music. It was a fun place to dance, eat and get your drink on. They had suffered a couple of opening and closings and owner transfers before the final end in April, 2018.
This Downtown family owned restaurant had been in business for 8 years. In a heartfelt post, the owner posted a Facebook message informing of the final closing in Summer 2018. They were known for gourmet comfort food and, good soul food. The business overcame a brief tax hiccup in January 2018.
DONATOS IN 5 OAKS:
1st time a Donato’s has closed in Dayton since the presence of this Columbus based chain. Known for thin crust pizza and subs, there remains another dozen surviving pizzerias in the area.
EUDORA BREWING CO.
It is moving up the street to 3022 Wilmington Pike with an expected opening date of Spring 2019. This is the brewery with a gluten-free beer choice, and an option to bottle your own beer. Looks like they will be serving food at the new location, which will be much larger than the previous one.
Near the Dayton Mall, this one was open a short time. We had seen some gamer interest, but unfortunately not enough for the bar to survive. Meanwhile other gamer bars in town continue to thrive. Maybe the mall rent levels were too much to overcome.
This eatery was known for its lunch buffet and Indian menu. Tucked into a shopping center in Fiesta Lane, not far from Chuck E. Cheese, they had a small following which never developed into larger crowds. It is a shame, because the food was great.
Springboro Indian food spot located in the strip mall with Marie Scramblers on 741. It is a small shop, and was short lived. They were unable to hook enough of Lexis Nexis lunch crowd to stick around.
For some reason this store was in not in performance line with other LaRosas. But don’t fret if you are a lover of this Cincinnati based pizza place. There still remains 3 LaRosa Restaurants in Centerville, Kettering and Englewood.
LA PIAZZA in TROY:
Italian restaurant owned by the Anticoli family. This will leave a hole in the Troy community as it was a favorite stop. Still selling house dressing and house butter for pickup Dec 16th, 2018.
Drinking hole on Woodman Dr. that would soon open at another location. So fans don’t worry, they moved just around the corner on Stroop Rd.
The restaurant moved and had a change of name, It is now 5 Points Cafe in Xenia. Expect similar comfort, family style breakfasts and lunch/dinners.
MAX N ERMAS MILLER LANE:
Icon chain out of Columbus, one of the last Dayton locations calls it quits. Will miss the Erma Burger and those wonderful onion rings. Something tells us they started the decline when they got rid of the telephones at each table. They have a restaurant left in the Dayton Airport Terminal. According to their website, the next closest Max n Ermas is in Wilmington, Ohio.
MCALISTER’S DAYTON MALL:
Short lived deli chain that never got a foothold. Don’t worry if you love it or never had a chance, there is another one open near the Fairfield Commons Mall by Half Price Books. This franchise is 400 locations strong and headquartered in Mississippi. They are known for turkey sandwiches and seasonal soups.
This was an unsung restaurant that was fantastic, yet did not get much notice. Located in the old BBQ Hut Restaurant on Wilmington Pike. Not long after it is was opened, it transformed into another restaurant. They had great fish, steaks and brunches.
NASHVILLE HOT CENTERVILLE:
One of two locally owned hot chicken spots. If you love this place like we do, make sure you visit the other Nashville Hot restaurant at Austin Landing. The Centerville store on 48 closed due to lack of patronage. The food is good and hot, and the dessert pie is incredible.
OINK A DOODLE MOO MIAMISBURG:
This spot in downtown Miamisburg lasted over three years, but owner Steven Meyer said the store was “underperforming” in sales and shut it down in November, but delivery is still available from the Kettering spot.
ONE BISTRO MIAMISBURG:
The “pay it forward” restaurant concept was one of the first of its kind in the area. Customers choose their own price for dinner and evidently the customers who are down on their luck would be picked up by those doing well. That didn’t happen enough at this Miamisburg location, though the Xenia location remains open,
OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE CROSS POINTE CENTER:
Australian Steakhouse chain with great steaks, and the bloomin’ onion. After a run of 22 years, the Cross Pointe Center location has closed to make way for the mega store opening by the Dayton Mall. Get your chocolate thunder from down under there.
PAPA MURPHYS CENTERVILLE:
Take and Bake pizza shop that had suffered some recent sign vandalism decided to close its doors this summer. This was the last one in the Dayton area.
PARADISE KEY CAFE – BREITENSTRATER PLAZA:
In May, this full bar known for its wings shut down. Customers wont freak out too much, because the flagship restaurant on Needmore Rd remains open from 11am-3am most days..
PEPITOS – on WILMINGTON PIKE:
The Wilmington location closed after 38 years. Known for good Mexican food, their nachos and margaritas were fantastic. The owners have opened a new spot up the street called Jorrges (see below).
This was a short-lived fast, assembly style pizzeria in the new strip mall near Shroyer and Route 48. Lack of sales lead to a corporate decision to close the doors in January.
ROCKYS PIZZA RING:
For forty years they served pizza in Beavercreek’s Lofino’s Beaver Valley Shopping center. Once one of the hottest spots to drink and eat for 20 somethings in the late 70s’ the last decade had seen a slow decline. Location and not enough sales to absorb moving costs were to blame for Dayton’s only “eat in a boxing ring” restaurant.
ROOST AMERICAN or ROOST EVENTS NEAR FRAZE:
The long cursed site outside Fraze Pavillon gets another victim. After closing normal hours for event hours, the gourmet eatery stopped operating this fall. The building has finally decided they’re not going to try another eatery and is turning the site into offices.
A kitchen fire turned into a longer than anticipated closing as repairs were delayed in this Oregon District fixture. They have opened backup after the hiatus and we hope they don’t miss a beat.
The Cross Pointe fixture for 2 decades closed its doors in 2018. This all happened while the fairly new restaurant neighbor “Old Bag of Nails” continues to draw big crowds. We thought this might give them some runnoff business, but apparently not.
SIAM PAD THAI:
Closing in Kettering on Wilmington Pike with the hope of opening a location closer to Patterson Rd., this Thai Eatery is a local favorite. Known for soups, sushi and pad Thai, look for them to open again soon in 2019.
STAR CITY BBQ:
This shack served some great BBQ while it lasted in Miamisburg. The usual ribs, pulled pork and brisket were the specialties at this humble eatery. They closed in September after 3 years of serving and gained lots of fans. Sales must not have been enough to maintain a presence in the burg.
This Yellow Springs restaurant lasted a decade before it closed. The owners are investigating new opportunities and has plans to open another restaurant.
WINANS BY DAYTON MALL:
Choco-holics and coffee lovers are mourning the closing of this specialty shop. A huge chocolate selection was the base of this business. Even though they closed this 12 year establishment, the company has 2 more locations in the Centerville area where you can get your fix.
THE WINE GALLERY:
Billed as Downtowns “only true wine bar”, the business closed after 12 years. Located near Main and Monument, it had a former location near the Cannery.
THE WRIGHT WING FAIRBORN:
Chicken wing joint on Colonel Glenn Highway in Fairborn went out of business this year. Bar known for its drink specials and wings couldn’t quite get enough of the Wright State and Wright Patt Air force Base crowd to stay afloat.
Two spots shut their doors this year. One restaurant was in the Cornerstone Development and the other was in the strip mall at 725 and McEwen in Centerville. Soup and salads were the attraction here. The chain abruptly closed the stores without warning and that has caused some legal wrangling by the property managers.
Now, the excitement builds as you wipe your tears from those we lost and say hi to the new places to eat in Dayton.
RESTAURANTS THAT OPENED IN 2018:
ACE ASIAN CAFE:
Featuring the menu of a Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and Thailand, this eatery has a powerful punch. Sleek, modern dining areas include tables with Korean BBQ built inside. Full sushi bar and more at this restaurant in Beavercreek at The Greene.
The Greene gets another eatery on Glengarry Dr. It is the pretzel place you love from the mall food courts. This shop will include the famous pretzels and more.
A downtown “Tapas Pub” is the old Wine Gallery. The Monument Street location hopes to attract theater and downtown gourmet food lovers. Calling themselves a Spanish European restaurant, it is reminiscent of restaurants popular in downtown Chicago. Full cocktail bar is another feature.
BRANCH N BONE BREWERY:
Wayne avenue’s entry into the craft beer world of Dayton. Brewed in-house, the Artesian ale’s on hand include IPA’s, Stouts, Weiss beer and more. You can find food trucks parked outside feeding the hungry drinkers.
BURGER KING CENTERVILLE:
The home of the Whopper has returned to Centerville, but for the first time, south of 725. Located near Spring Valley Pike, the site is tucked into a row of fast food restaurants. Get your flame broiled cravings here.
CALYPSO GRILL & SMOKEHOUSE:
An incredible looking menu of Latin and Caribbean cuisine. This restaurant is on Xenia Street in Yellow Springs and features and Sunday Brunch and a libations menu. This one sounds like a Food Adventure !
CANAL HOUSE EATERY:
The establishment on 2nd Street in Miamisburg is featuring Wraps and Sandwiches. They have daily specials on things like chicken salad sandwiches and have some incredible looking cakes. Check them out !
CHEDDAR’S SCRATCH KITCHEN:
Chain mega restaurant comparable to TGI Fridays. They say they are all about American Classic meals. They are known for affordable huge portions. From burgers to ribs, and hand breaded chicken to pot pies, the rich menu has an indulgence for everyone located on Cornerstone in Centerville.
This replaces the India Oven in the Fiesta Lane shops by the Dayton Mall. They still feature a lunch buffet and private room. Initial feedback is good. The food is great, flavorful and sometimes spicy as ordered !
DEVILS WIND BREWERY:
Brewery named after a nickname for tornadoes in a town that has seen a couple. Owned by four friends, they hope to separate themselves from other local breweries by offering styles not currently found in Dayton. European ales and lagers, specifically German lagers are mentioned. They will also offer innovative and newer American styles of beers
DJ’S CHILL AND GRILL:
This is an ice cream shop with sandwiches. Featuring burgers, dogs, sandwiches, pizza and a whole menu for ice cream treats. Open for lunch and dinner this spot is located on Route 40 in Tipp City. From banana splits to cones and malts, you can get your ice cream cravings satisfied here.
This Brand Street pizzeria with bar food and a nice beer selection is the basis for this pub, a definite upgrade from their previous spot on Valley St. The also feature burgers, salads, wings and subs. However the pizza is the main event here, and they look delicious. A Food Adventure is in order here for sure.
DUNKIN DONUTS – HUBER AND BEAVERCREEK:
Whether you passion is their coffee or their donuts, the monster chain from the Northeast is spreading in Dayton too. They also have decent bagels and of course donut holes known as “munchkins.”
ELSAS CORNER CANTINA:
Located at Wilmington Pike, this is the latest installment of Dayton’s popular Mexican restaurant. Known for the “Bad Juan” drinks and “mini-super” burritos, this menu carries on the quality, legacy and traditions of the other restaurant locations. A little known fact is they have some of the most underrated wings in the area. Try the Jamaican Jerk ones, and some crunchy tacos with a Mexican Beer.
THE EPIC COFFEE SHOP:
Lattes, Mochas and the norm are the tip of the iceberg at this unique shop at the corner of Stroop and Far Hills. They offer soups and hot cocoa. Coffees like apricot and other interesting flavors are always rotated. It seems their specialties are Guatemalan and Nicaraguan coffees. Their soups of the day sound delicious from chicken pot pie to tomato basil. Sounds like it is worth checking out !
A reopened Germantown gourmet restaurant with a full bar. Known for steak specials like prime rib, New York strips and even pork chops, they have had some awards by Dayton readers. The restaurant is located in an old hotel with lots of history. The buzz around this eatery is eyebrow raising and begs for a visit !
FIVE POINTS CAFE:
A Xenia cafe known for breakfasts, and American comfort foods. How about some caramel apple cobbler or some slow roasted chili? The breakfasts look great from pancakes, to eggs any way you like them. It looks like this could become a cozy little favorite for locals.
FLYBOYS DELI BEAVERCREEK:
Eat like you are in New York City, while never leaving Dayton. These guys have expanded their successful formula to Beavercreek. Known for incredible, authentic New York pastrami and corned beef sandwiches, they also serve wraps and salads. This location will also feature bagels, breakfasts and soups.
FUZZYS TACO SHOP:
Found at The Greene, this shop’s patrons say they are addicting. More than a huge selection of soft and crunchy types of tacos, they also offer quesadillas and queso dips. Burritos? Oh yes they have those too, as a wrap or in a bowl. They even offer a nacho selection and fajitas. More than just your average taco shop, the menu is encompassing many Mexican favorites !
GEM CITY CATFE:
A full-blown coffee shop with separate cat lunge for adopting cats and kittens. We think they should name a drink a “Cafe Meowcha” but it probably wont make the menu. What is on the menu is an espresso bar, various teas, and bottled beverages. They have hot coffees and iced coffees of all sorts. They are open 7 days a week. Purrrfect.
The owners of Doubleday’s have expanded with a new concept on Main Street in Centerville. Paying homage to a restaurant in Pottsdam, Pennsylvania and a dedication to the former owners of The Golden Nugget Pancake House, a full pub was born. A Huge beer selection is the first thing noticed. Other specialties are soups, sandwiches, burgers, chicken dinners, tater tots and fresh-cut fries.
GYRO PALACE BROWN STREET:
The place with the great Gyros has expanded to Brown street. This means the UD students can enjoy their great stuff. Oversized beef/lamb pitas or chicken gyros, are the hallmark of this spot. Greek fries and baklava seal the deal for a great meal. If you have not been here, you are missing one of Dayton’s best Greek food offerings. The regular Gyros are MUST EATS!
HUNGER PAYNES DAYTON MALL:
The popular Food truck has a restaurant inside the Dayton mall now. Featured are their different flavored croquettes, as well as a beer and wine garden. They have a wine slushy that is picking up a following as well. Owner Andy Payne has also been known to offer wings, wraps and Strawberries with Sriracha sauce.
Tipp City has a new wings and pizza spot at 7031 S. County Road 25A. The menu also includes wraps, sandwiches and more, all reasonably priced in a casual atmosphere.
JORRGES RESTAURANT CANTINA:
This Wilmington Pike eatery is now open. It was formerly Merit Grill. The owners of Pepitos took it over after moving their operation down the street with a name change. They serve American style breakfast and Tex-Mex food for lunch and dinner. Yes, you can get waffles here in the morning and chimichangs at lunch. No liquor license yet, but it’s in the works.
JUBIES CREAMERY IN FAIRBORN:
They offer premium, scoopable ice cream. They offer soft serve frozen custard. They offer ice cream cookie sandwiches. From sundaes to banana splits, if you can dream it up with frozen custard or ice cream, they have it . Also on the just desserts menu are shakes and topping add ons.
New, quaint Asian cafe on Bigger Rd across from the Victoria Secret call center. The menu is NOT your typical one. Items like Cambodian Curry Soup, Khor Ko Noodles and Bread are new ones we have never heard of before. They also have traditional favorites like Lo Mein and Sweet N Sour. We cant wait to try out this unique menu.
LEFTYS EATS AND ESPRESSO IN FAIRBORN:
Pretty straight forward menu here. A nice list of soups, salads and specialty sandwiches. They also have a full coffee bar menu. Located a 2 W. Main Street, it looks like a fresh place to stop in for a bite when in the area. Could be a nice pick up and go option as well.
Leo’s is back at The Dayton Art Institute. This time, the theme is a fast, casual eatery. They close at 5pm every day except Thursday at 8pm. Now featuring Boosalis Bakery items and Boars Head Meats, they look to capitalize on the deli crowd to swing into the Dayton Art Institute for a bite. They serve Starbucks Coffees, beers and wine, and the restaurant is available for private events.
LISAS PRETZELS IN THE DAYTON MALL:
These are the hard pretzels with all types of toppings and dipped flavors. From chocolate choices to cinnamon and everything in between, the pretzels are bagged and make great gifts . They also are great for a treat to go or to save for a night at home.
LITTLE CAESARS IN CENTERVILLE:
Papa Murphy’s old location has morphed into an eatery/drive thru Little Caesars in Centerville near Kabuki Sushi Bar on 48. This franchise makes a comeback in the area as a store used to be near Lock 27 in the 80’s. No longer known for the pizza pizza gimmick, they are now famous fro ready to go pizzas on the fly. This has lt them hold on to the 3rd biggest pizza company in the USA behind Pizza Hut and Domino’s.
LOCAL HERO BUTCHERY AND FARE and JACK LUKEYS OYSTER SALOON AN CAVIAR BAR:
This place sounds amazing. Yes a caviar bar and Oyster saloon in Dayton! Shucking and slurping to your favorite craft beer, what else is there in life? This is part of the District Provisions company, and is located at 521 Wayne Ave.
Located in the Shoppes of Dayton Mall at 2806 Miamisburg Centerville Rd., this place is a Columbian cafe. They have cookies, desserts, chocolates, cheese breadsticks and more. Smoothies and Columbian beverages are featured as well. It loks like a unique place and a must visit for a Food Adventure. They have packaged candies “to go” as well.
MILAS SUBURBAN CAFE:
Englewood’s Northmont Plaza has a new cafe. The menu features flat bread pizzas. sandwiches, salads and burgers. How a bout a full cofee bar.. YES! They also feature live music from time to time. This sound like a nice relaxing place to take a break for a coffee or a bite.
Bakery featuring the 60’s and 70’s classic bundt cake! They are a national company out of Texas, and this is the Dayton franchise located on 741 across from LexisNexis. Bundt cakes are prominent on the menu coming in 8 inch, 10 inch, tiered cakes or mini bundt cakes. With over 9 flavors of cakes from Pecan Praline to Red Velvet, this place looks delicious!
OINK A DOODLE MOO KETTERING:
The oink is back in Kettering. The same casual BBQ you learned to love and those signature sauces are back too. From pulled pork to ribs, and sliced turkey and brisket we are ready to visit them soon. The restaurant on E. Dorothy Lane also features Applewood smoked wings. Sounds like a nice Wintery feast is due to load up on protein!!
OLIVE MEDITERRANEAN GRILL:
Catering company and restaurant moved from Dixie to Downtown Dayton on 3rd Street. Click on the name of the restaurant for a link to the website, which has some fabulous photos of their menu items. From hummus to feta rolls the Greek Isle specialties look amazing. They also have wraps, meat plates and vegetarian options.
ONE MORE TAVERN:
The former owner of the libation spot called the Library Lounge has opened this Tavern with the dream of running a bar with a kitchen. They are just starting to serve food at this establishment on Stroop Rd.
OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE DAYTON MALL:
Out of the chains these guys have some of the best steaks. The newest Outback is in the old Sears Auto Service Center building in front of the Dayton Mall. This unlikely spot allows for a HUGE dining room. The crowds are already filing in and this looks to be one of the most popular places by the Dayton mall. Crikey !!
Located at the Greene on Glengarry Dr., this restaurant offers a 10% discount to all military members. Their menu mostly consists of bowls of Vietnamese style soups and salads with grilled meat, over vermicelli noodles in a bowl. They also have the typical appetizers like seafood spring rolls and soft rolls.
PHONE BOOTH LOUNGE:
These guys moved their operation to the old Dogs Breath Tavern where Whipp Rd splits with Hewitt Rd. The crowds have been good and it looks the their clientele followed them to the Centerville Kettering border. Drink specials, a full bar and live music are the favorites here.
POPEYE’S LOUISIANA KITCHEN in SPRINGBORO:
Nationally loved chain hits South Dayton for the first time since Wilmington Pike’s store closed a few years back. Known for their Louisiana style, slightly spicy fried chicken, Popeye’s has a big fan base. They also have fried fish and shrimp, as well as Southern “soul food” style sides.
RAISING CANES BEAVERCREEK:
Wrap around drive thru lines are the norm at this chicken place. Known for their fried tenders and dipping sauce, this southern style fast food chain has a charm and friendly service. They even sell lemonade and sweet tea by the gallon. What’s not to love when you get greeted with an employee saying “Hot chicken, Hot chicken, what combo you pickin’?
RANCHEROS COCCINA MEXICANA:
The buzz has been positive about this new restaurant in Cross Pointe Center. Cleanliness, good service and good food has given it high reviews on Facebook. The Tex-Mex formatted eatery is known for Margaritas, Mexican Beers and T-Bone Steaks. Besides burritos, tacos and enchiladas, they have some seafood and shrimp specialties as well. The pictures of the food look delicious. We can’t wait to try this one !
Rapid Fired continues to expand across the Dayton area. The quick bake, fresh crust pizza is made your way by an assembly line style of ordering. Your pizza is typically complete a couple of minutes after you pay for it. Other must eats include their salads. Fresh, flavorful and locally owned, this has become a great stop for a bite in the Miami Valley.
We cannot wait to try this new spot in Miamisburg. We love chili and this time of year beckons for us to get to Rivertown! But guess what… they serve breakfast too during their days open which is Thursday – Saturday 7am – 2:30pm and Sunday 8-2pm. They also tout Beef Brisket, sandwiches, eggs and hotcakes. Looks like a Food Adventure is due at “The Burg.”
R TACO aka “RUSTY TACO” IN BEAVERCREEK:
Dallas based chain with “street tacos” on the menu. This eatery started in 2010 and has locations in 8 states. Making sauces from scratch and slow roasting meats, the pride freshly chopped veggie toppings as the finishing touch. Offerings include vegetarian options, pork, beef, chicken, and fish tacos. Breakfast burritos and Margaritas are on fleek as well. We always wanted to use the word “fleek” in an article.
We missed the down time of this restaurant due to a kitchen fire. That is behind them now and good food is ahead. Terrific steaks and seafood, rule here, with Peruvian influences from Chef/Owner Margot. The cocktail selection here is unparalleled in Dayton. One must see to believe this fun experience in the Oregon District. There is valet parking available out front as well.
SANTA CLARA JUICERY:
Clean, organic and fresh juice options for the health conscious. This new juicery offers pickup or delivery if close. They offer raw, organic, pressed juices, smoothies, smoothie bowls, vegan snacks, coffee, and tea. Whether a cleanse special or a supplement to your diet, they have a choice here for you. This looks like they are turning healthy into yummy.
The old Barnsider Restaurant has a new tenant. It is Sportys Tap House and Grill on N Main St in Dayton. Featuring and incredible 60 beers on tap, these guys also offer pizza, chicken, salads and tacos. One of their specialties we cant wait to try… Crawfish Bites ! Yeah – we gotta try this place soon, it is on our Food Adventure Hit List …
STEAK ESCAPE WILMINGTON PIKE:
Escape to the BP gas station on Wilmington Pike for a Cheesesteak to go. Guess what – they are fricking great. Columbus, Ohio based chain started in 1982, they had previously been known in mall food courts. Fresh cut fries, cheesesteaks and chicken Phillys are their calling card. Our humble advice – extra mayo makes the sandwich.
SWEET RETREAT ICE CREAM FOOD AND SWEETS:
They have 24 flavors of soft serve ice cream. They offer ice cream cakes. The hours are seasonal, as they are closed during winter months. When spring hits, they will again be selling tater tots, hot dogs, soft pretzels, and other appetizers. Other specialties include hand dipped ice cream, shakes, sundaes and more!
TASTE OF THE WORLD:
Located on Fuyao Rd in Moraine, the extensive menu especially impresses on the seafood offerings. It is an Asian menu, that seems mostly Japanese and Chinese influenced. Beware, this is one of those restaurants that closes at 2pm and reopens at 5pm. Sorry but we think that’s a pain in the… Oh well, the reputation we hear is the food is great. We are excited to check it out before year end.
Not much is known about this restaurant. We were unable to find an online menu presence. There were posts by other outlets that they had been serving wings and side dishes. It looks like we will have to make the trek up to 3736 Salem Avenue to see for ourselves what they offer.
This is a chain restaurant in 216 Wayne Ave is in a building that house Dayton’s first automobile manufacturer, so it is a sizable place. A big bar and menu featuring pretzels with beer cheese, fried pickles, fish and chips, burgers, Reuben sandwiches and cheesecake. The buzz surrounding this restaurant is very positive. If you like pub food and beer, this is a place you need to check out ASAP!
TUDORS BISCUIT WORLD:
Southern comfort chain comes to Xenia on 2nd Street, with a promise for a store soon in Fairborn. From all you can eat biscuit and gravy or pancake specials, to southern style breakfast platters and wraps, you can find a lot of food here. They even have lunch sandwich features like BBQ Pork, Grilled Chicken and Burgers. We have no rules at Food Adventures, we eat it all. See you in Xenia soon.
THE VISTRO :
This is actually a new restaurant grown out of a favorite food truck in Dayton. Located on Linden Ave, the menu features modern Vietnamese Cuisine. Look for Pho Vietnamese Noodle Soups, Vietnamese Noodle salads and Vietnamese style subs.
WHICH WICH ON FEEDWIRE RD:
A chain sandwich and wrap shop with some incredible flavors has setup in Bellbrook. As part of the Cornerstone development you can find superfood wraps. You want a sandwich? How about the Wicked, a 5 meat and 3 cheese sandwich of your choosing. Whether you build your own or eat a specialty like the meatball grinder or Italian you cant go wrong. The Reuben, BanhMai Thai sub and the BrunchWich round out the top favorites.
2018 also saw the popularity soar for food delivery sites like the local grubhub and national doordash companies and ubereats. Now you can enjoy almost any restaurant while you stay home in your sweatpants. It does come with inflated prices and service/delivery fees, but sometimes…. it is worth it.
There you have it the movers and the salt shakers for the year that was 2018.
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Play Music on The Porch Day started out as an idea…“What if for one day everything stopped…and we all just listened to the music?”
Even though this seems like a simple idea, if it worked, it could produce profound results. So in 2013 the organizers of the first “Play on a Porch Day” decided to share this idea with the world and to their surprise the idea spread even faster than they could have ever imagined.
In 2017 thousands of musicians from at least 40 countries and over 400 cities – including Dayton for the first time – participated and the movement continues to grow every day. Musicians from across the globe, regardless of their differences, are finding common ground through music.
This year Dayton again participates in this growing international music phenomenon as the now annual event known as Dayton Porchfest, a free, family friendly event for all ages. The festivities take place in the historic St. Anne’s Hill neighborhood, just east of downtown. There you will find over 40 live Dayton musical acts performing on home owner’s porches. Not only do you get to listen to music all afternoon, you get to experience one of Dayton’s most charming neighborhoods!
This event celebrates Dayton’s rich and diverse music scene, with musicians and bands covering funk and blues to indie rock and jazz, classical and country, to bluegrass and old time muisc that has deep Appalachian roots here. This event also celebrates our “Welcome Dayton” spirit that has contributed to a significant influx of immigrants and refugees over the past decade.
Dayton Porchfest is organized by The Collaboratory, a non-profit incubator for community enterprises and initiatives, located on Courthouse Square. Proceeds from Porchfest go to benefit The Collaboratory. Tips for the musicians are appreciated!
St Anne’s is home to the Fifth Street Brew Pub, who will be open during the festivities. Four food trucks will also be on site, including: McNasty’s, Courtland’s Mobile Grill, Pa’s Pork, Chi-Dogs, and Gary’s Italian Ice. Be sure to scroll below for map and music schedule.
How to Go?
When: Saturday August 25th from 1:30pm – 7pm aka “International Play on the Porch” Day. See schedule below.
Where: Throughout St. Anne’s Hill Historic District located between 4th and Josie St. Please do not park in the neighborhood. Parking is available at the Liederkranz building, Stivers High School, Becker Electric, RSC Graphics, and Miami Valley Gasket. Signs will be present. See map below.
Ages: All ages welcome
Remember to bring: Sunscreen, chair, and umbrella (just in case!)
Take photos? Please use #DaytonPorchfest #MusicOnTheHill #DiscoverDayton
Yes, you CAN eat the cookie dough!
We’ve all been there. You’re ready to bake 2 dozen cookies, so you assemble the ingredients. You get to stirring. The dough forms. You take a taste. Then 2. Then 27. You’ve got enough left to make 6 small cookies, are on a sugar high but possibly ready to be sick because you’re full.
Then it happens.
You hear the voice of your mom, grandma, or auntie in the back of your head. “Don’t eat raw dough, you’ll be sick!”
But, you can. You really can!
Cake, Hope & Love to the rescue!
Beginning this week, you can purchase ready to eat cookie dough at the cutest lil cake shop in Beavercreek. CH&L will be offering cookie dough Fridays & Saturdays only in the beginning. If the demand is there, they will happily add more days.
YOU GUYS! ARE YOU READING THIS? YOU CAN BUY COOKIE DOUGH THAT IS MADE FOR EATING!
Ok, so I may have screamed from excitement, but I calmed down enough to ask Shannon what made her
put this voodoo in our lives inspired to create this concoction.
I saw the shop Do in New York & I knew this was something Dayton would love! Plus, who doesn’t love cookie dough?! I’m so excited about this new sweet!
Yep, Shannon, we all are. We. All. Are.
Yay for Dayton!
Needless to say, we’re pretty excited to try these new treats. They fit right into our New Year’s Resolution of “doing what we want because we are grown-ups”. It’s pretty great knowing this adorable little bakery is right in our backyard, just changing the culture of crave-worthy treats on a regular basis. No ticket to New York required.
Treat Yo’ Self
1490 N Fairfield Rd, Ste B
Beavercreek, Ohio 45432
Cookie Dough on the big red counter all day on Saturday – 11am to 5pm (or until sell out). Fridays and Saturdays in the future.
Dayton saw lots of restaurants come and go in 2017. As is our tradition each year end, Food Adventures is here to talk about those eateries. Some restaurants were old dinosaurs, others ended up being flash in the pans, and a couple were in between. The Miami Valley’s vibrant food scene saw some exciting additions as well.
Without further delay we give you our annual review of Dayton movers, shakers, and vanishers in 2017, “THE YEAR IN DAYTON AREA FOOD.”
HERE IS THE SKINNY ON PLACES DAYTON LOST IN 2017:
937 GRILL and CAFE:
Barely opened, after Murray’s Place closed, 937 Grill quickly closed as soon as it got started. Rumors of land lord agreements and liquor license problems were mentioned but nothing ever confirmed.
AWESOME YOGURT: Naomi Anderson Fogel opened her yogurt shop in August of 2012, but by March of 2017 she decided that her life and the business had changed and it was time to shut down the Far Hills Ave business.
BAR DUMAINE: Chef Anne Kearney went through a couple of service changes before finally shutting the doors in July of 2017. Lucky for us she’s done a few pop up events so we can still enjoy her amazing cooking.
BOB EVANS – MORAINE: In Oct the chain shuttered their Dorothy Lane location, near the Moraine Wal-Mart.
BRUNING’S WINE CELLAR:
After over 30 years as a clock store, this place added wines and beers. Unfortunately, this location near Fairfield Commons Mall, closed in January, 2017.
CADDY’S TAP HOUSE:
It was in May 2017 when the restaurant abruptly closed, surprising many. The sister restaurant in Beavercreek near the Fairfield Commons Mall remains open.
CARAMELLA’S ITALIAN KITCHEN:
Very short lived Italian restaurant on Wilmington Pike in Kettering. It was formerly Murphys Pub, and Barleycorn’s before that. Elsa’s is debuting a new restaurant in this spot any day now.
THE DAYTON BEER COMPANY on DORTHY LANE:
The smaller, and original location of the Dayton Beer Company locations closed in 2017. This is the spot where the “birth” of the new wave of Breweries started. Owner Pete Hilgeman and his family, purchased a 2nd location near 2nd and Madison. The location is huge and allowed him more brewery area and infinitely more seating. (Editor’s Note- this location will soon open as OinkADoodleMoo)
DISTRICT 6 DONUTS:
Opened by a former Dayton police officer, they stopped operations in December 2017. Long hours and time dedication constraints were cited by the owners for the reason they closed, after 7 short months in business.
EL RANCHO GRANDE – POE AVE
With some popping up and others closing, sometimes this is like a whack a mole game. Probably the location was a problem here, and the opted for a more visible venue.
HAWTHORNE GRILL / SWEET PRINCE DELI:
This upscale eatery on Stroop Rd had a short lived stint as Sweet Prince Deli, before closing for good.
KETTERING GRILL & CAFE:
The building that for years housed BBQ Hut has closed and became Merit Grill. Although they had an extensive menu, Kettering Grill and cafe never gathered a huge following. The food was good when we went there.
MAX n ERMA’s – FAIRFIELD COMMONS MALL:
Oh how the mighty have fallen. In the late 1970’s, Max n Erma’s was one of the most popular restaurants in town, now they have closed 2 sites in the past 2 years. Still holding on to the one on Miller Lane…
MCCORMICK and SCHMICKS:
Abrupt close for this high end restaurant leaving a big vacancy at the Greene. The next closest one is in Cincinnati.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS:
so much good food has been enjoyed here over the past 100 years at Festivals and County Fairs. The memories and the tastes and smells will live on.
After 2 years, the announcement came that Nibbles was moving to a bigger location and re-branding under the name Watermark. No it didn’t really close, it morphed into something more!
PADDY’S IRISH PUB:
This former Beef O Bradys location in Centerville on State Route 48, just couldn’t get the traction they wanted. We loved the fish and chips, among other menu selections.
PALMITAS TACO SHOP: This small business on 2nd Street in Miamisburg had a short run, but look for their food truck this spring.
STAN THE DONUT MAN- XENIA
After 30 years this spot closed not due to lack of business, but the owners citing “personal reasons.”
TACO LOCO closed, but not really. They changed their name to “Tres Hermanos” and the menu is the same with new owners in the family. this restaurant has some of the cheapest and most authentic Mexican dishes in Dayton.
TGIFRIDAY’S – First Huber Heights, then the Dayton Mall location of this casual franchise chain claimed inability to negotiate favorable leases as the reason for closing down these eateries in Sept 2017.
TIM HORTON’S – CENTERVILLE (725):
This Tim Hortons on 725 in Centerville ws one of the first to open in the Miami Valley. Times and competition had changed the landscape in 2017, and in May they closed the doors.
THE WRIGHT WING – on WILMINGTON PIKE:
A deal was struck and the owners of this eatery on Wilmington Pike was taken over by new owners who immediately changed the name to “The Growler.”
HERE IS THE SKINNY ON PLACES DAYTON GAINED IN 2017:
This spot has a breakfast, lunch and late night menu for the crowds near their East Fifth St. location. Salad, soup of the day and more round out this menu with incredible photos on their webpage.
In Jan of 2017 they opened a 2nd location on Miller Lane, featuring a great buffet featuring soups, fresh baked nan, vegetarian and meat entrees, salad and chutneys.
AU BON PAIN:
Located in JFK Memorial Union hall on the campus of the University of Dayton, it is open to the public as well. French for “with good bread” this shop specializes in healthy sandwiches, soups and salads.
In late summer 2017, Dayton received its first Barry Bagels restaurant in Kettering on Far Hills. This Toledo based, family owned restaurant will fill the void for many left by the Bagel Cafe that operated on the corner of Far Hills and Dorothy Lane. This place is fantastic featuring everything from “must eats” like Matza Ball Soup to Lox n Bagels.
Owner Sean McKown has brought back the popular restaurant in a new location (The old Murray’s Place). We expect his popular gumbos, pies, and inventive entrees to steal the hearts of a whole new following. This a Steelers bar with lots of friendly fans.
CANAL STREET DELI:
Familiar sandwiches you grew to love from the 5th Street Deli, reborn in a new location. Time for a quick bite downtown? Here is your new “go to.”
With over 800 games, this cafe is a fun place ti visit with friends or family. Games range from ages 3 and up, so all ages are welcome. Fro, role playing games, to board games, you are sure to find your favorite indulgence.
This Miamisburg area Pakistani and Indian restaurant used to house India Oven. The food is amazing and the restaurant features a lunch buffet that is one of the area’s best.
CHICK FIL-A -KETTERING
Opened in the busy Town n Country Shopping Center, they somehow squeezed this into an already bustling series of streets and intersections. Good luck !
This chain out of Upstate New York focuses on a completely gluten free menu based on fresh vegetables. Salads, soup,homemade broths and several house made dressings. Quench your thirst with the health based spiced teas and juices.
DEG’S FLAME GRILLED CHICKEN:
A quick serve concept that serves healthy fresh baked chicken and fries opened this summer at The Greene.
DICKEY’S BARBEQUE PIT:
This Dallas, Texas based franchise opened their doors in Springboro in November and have already announced they are looking for additional area locations. They smoke their meat onsite and alway offer free soft serve ice cream for dessert!
DOS LUNAS MEXICAN BAR & GRILL:
This locally owned Mexican restaurant in Tipp City has an extensive menu with a variety of enchiladas, quesadillas, fajitas and burritos.
DOUBLE DEUCE TAVERN:
This restaurant moved to Brandt Pike in Huber Heights. Known for pizza and beer, the friendly staff will make you feel at home.
THE DRAGON GRILL at CLUB EVOLUTION:
Inside the 120 N. Ludlow location, is now open for business. Nothing like good eats at a dance club.
This donut chain has a “top it yourself” theme, as well as pre made available donuts. There are locations all over the USA and Dayton’s first taste is the spot on Brown Street.
EL RANCHO GRANDE – DOROTHY LANE
Another El Rancho in town… This one opens up in the old Applebees restaurant on Dorothy Lane. Look for solid choices as always from this chain. The crunchy beef tacos are second to none.
EL RANCHO GRANDE – OLD TROY PIKE
Yet another El Rancho restaurant opens. This one goes into Huber Heights, and will feature Mexican beers and margaritas. Try the Del Mar Trio dinner. It is amazing.
FUYAO’s TASTE OF THE WORLD RESTAURANT:
What an idea, for a large corporation to open their cafeteria open to the public. This restaurant in Moraine is 8,000 square feet and will feature international food.
GRANDPA JOE’S CANDY SHOP:
Behold a Nostalgic candy store in Miamisburg. Get lost as a kid in this store. We think it was named after the Grandpa in the Willy Wonka movie. We hope you find a golden ticket.
Did someone say they offer $2.50 raw oysters? Sounds like a delicious Food Adventure. Beers too? Lead the way and bring lemons and tobasco !
HEAVIER THAN AIR BREWING:
The Tarkany family is the latest to launch a brewery. This one is the second one in Centerville, the first being Lock 27. Located on 725 not far from Adventure Golf, they are currently working on an experimental Oatmeal Stout and and a Strawberry Farmhouse Ale.
THE HIGHLAND STAG:
Scottish fare and flare from owner Heather Davis and her family. The food is wonderful and the beer selection is unique. This is a fun atmosphere, and the servers are very attentive.
The classic pancake chain dives into Huber Heights. Filled Pancakes and French Toasts, breakfast isn’t breakfast around here if you don’t have whipped cream on top !
East Monument Ave’s newest coffee shop. Expect commuters and downtown workers to take advantage of this locale.
LOCK 27 – DOWNTOWN
In the new development across from the Dragon’s Stadium, Lock 27 has branched into a state of the art facility. With his time tested quality beers and food, the formula for success should work in Dayton as well. Lock 27 has a strong, loyal following in Centerville.
MS. PAM’S OLD DAYTON STYLE GOLDEN FRIED CHICKEN: They barely got the doors open on Wayne Ave before they got a “cease-and-desist” order from Fricker’s and had to abandon their original name –Ms. Pam’s Parkmoor Style Dixie Fried Chicken. We haven’t had a chance to check this place out yet, but it’s on our list.
McALISTER’s DELI – DAYTON MALL
New deli sandwich shoppe that features double deckers. In the mood for some lunchmeat? This chain is your place for some great club an d turkey sandwiches.
A Pizza based grill and pub near the Fairfield Commons Mall. It replaces the closed Max n Erma’s. This chain operates in 9 different states and brings a Tex-Mex feel to a menu filled with burgers, quesadillas, flat breads, pastas and pizzas.
The menu is over the top, rich and sinful. It is all in the name of cheese. Want the craziest grilled cheeses known to man? Come to Melt, a Cleveland creation that is spreading across the mid-west, throw your diet out the window and enjoy !
They took over the spot of the former Kettering Grill. Merit Grill’s menu goes from steaks to pasta to orange chicken. The kitchen has been getting great feedback. Check this restaurant out. It is one of Dayton’s sleepers.
Quick, personal, assembly line Artisan pizzas made in a couple of minutes. Delicious fresh ingredients where you pick the sauces and toppings. The new spot is located in the Cornerstone development.
MIKE’S NASHVILLE HOT:
Damn good stuff, but boy is the Nashville hot sauce hot. Go with a mild sauce, unless you are a hot sauce lover, because this chicken will light you up! Get the banana pudding to seal the deal. Find them at Austin Landing and on 48 in Centerville.
MR. BORO’S TAVERN:
Opened in March 2017, this bar has a huge patio and friendly staff. The pub food is promising and this looks to be a popular place in the future too. Located on 741 in Springboro, it was formerly Bella Vino.
MUDLICK TAP HOUSE – DAYTON:
This restaurant decided to cease operations in Germantown and move to the busier area of E. Second Street in Downtown Dayton. Known for a nice draft beer selection, and a gourmet menu from an in-house chef, this place promises to be a splash hit.
OAKWOOD CANDY SHOPPE:
New candy shop in the heart of Oakwood. We hope this place fits perfectly into the hustle and bustle of the shops on on Far Hills.
The newest spot just opened in Englewood. This eatery will bring spicy, Louisana Style fried chicken to the northern Dayton area. Years ago, Popeye’s closed their location on Wilmington Pike at the Kettering / Bellbrook border.
This Brown Street eatery offers authentic street style tacos for breakfast, lunch and dinner along with margaritas. It is the first Ohio franchise for this Texas based company, run by the same folks that run Milano’s.
RAISING CANE’S CHICKEN:
For weeks the line was a wrap around mess to get into this place. They literally have chicken strips and 2 other menu items, and people come from all over to eat them up. We love being greeted with “Hot Chicken, Hot chicken, what combo you pickin’?”
S & S MEAT HOUSE:
Sommer and Smith’s Meat House is the new 3rd street BBQ spot. Lifelong Daytonians honing their verisons of Kansas City and Texas style barbecque. These guys have some serious rubs going on….
THE GYRO ROOM:
Brown Street got their own greek eatery this summer. It’s a great place to grab a gyro and be sure and try their spanakopita and grape leaves, as well.
TAQUERIA TRES HERMANOS:
The new Taco Loco is no frills. It is authentic Mexican food at its best. This means homemade taco sauces, soft corn tortillas, and specialty items like sopes and huaraches. Try it, you will love this place.
TIM HORTON’S – RIVERSIDE:
A Harshman Rd. location so you an get your fill of this Canadian companies pastries, eh ? Donuts, coffee or pastries, they make it right for you.
VICTOR’S TACO SHOP:
In July Huber Heights got the newest drive-thru by this locally owned chain, making it the area’s 4th spot featuring tacos, enchiladas, burritos.
WAT DA PHO:
A fun play on words to describe this casual Vietnamese eatery. Obviously the meal sized soups are the specialty, but look for other favorites like soft rolls as well. Located next to long standing cigar shop, The Wharf, it is not far from Wright State University or the Fairfield Commons Mall.
The larger, revamped restaurant with the chef/owner Maria Walusis of Nibbles Catering/Restaurant fame. Look for big successes from this charming eatery.
So here is a road map for 2017 Dayton Restaurants, where we have been and where we are going.
That was…The Year in Food.
Try all the new places in town and find some new favorites. As always, please FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK HERE.
Happy New Year from THE BIG RAGU, CHEF HOUSE, and HUNGRY JAX – your Food Adventure Crew !
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Dayton Most Metro has EXCLUSIVE scoop on a free concert coming to the 2017 Garlic Fest Saturday evening, July 22nd.
A Prince Tribute band out of Chicago and Columbus, called “Prince Night” will perform hits from “Cream” to “Little Red Corvette,” and everything in between. There may even be a Sheila E. and Appolonia song or two.
Get ready to party like it’s “1999,” because the concert will go off “Purple Rain” or shine…
The band is set to hit the stage Saturday Night July 22nd at 7:30pm.
The concert is FREE and will take place at the
Sons of Italy Bella Villa Hall
on 2625 County Line Rd,
Beavercreek, OH 45430.
Many of you may know this site from September’s Italian Fall Festa, Dayton’s annual Italian Festival.
Folding chairs are welcome.
FYI no pets are allowed on premises due to insurance reasons.
Come out to the Garlic Festival for an unforgettable night of Food, Adult Drinks, Music, and more.
The Bocce Classic will also be underway, so you can watch one of the biggest Bocce Tournaments in the nation kick off.
Garlic Fest is part of a huge weekend at the Sons of Italy lodge. Here is a breakdown of the weekend’s festivities.
FRIDAY JULY 21st – 5pm-10pm
SONS OF ITALY FOOD TRUCK RALLY
-Food Truck Rally with 15 Trucks
-Beer Trucks & Wine
-Free Acoustic Band
-Beginner Bocce Ball Tournament called the “Bocce Bash” This is for charity and some local celebs will be on hand.
We need teams! Sign up here, but you must be a complete bocce beginner !
-10pm-11pm Food and Beer Vendors shut down
SATURDAY JULY 22nd – 11am-10pm
GARLIC FEST & PRINCE TRIBUTE CONCERT
-15 Local Restaurants & Food Vendors
-Beer Trucks & Wine
-Free Cooking Demos inside the Bella Villa Hall noon, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm
-1pm-4pm Live Band “Blue Caboose”
-5pm Garlic Eating Contest
-6pm Bocce Classic Tournament Kickoff
-7:30pm Prince Tribute Band “Prince Night”
-10pm-11pm Food and Beer Vendors shut down
SUNDAY JULY 23rd 9am – ?
BOCCE CLASSIC BOCCE BALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
–Enter a team in the tournament click here
So “Let’s Go Crazy” on July 22nd when “doves are sure to cry..” Just “Take Me with U” and wear your “Rasberry Beret.”
It’s GARLIC FEST 2017, and we want your extra time and your …. “Kiss.”
The Big Ragu sat down with the comedian and actor this weekend at the Dublin Pub and had one heck of a Food Adventure. Kevin Farley is proud of his Irish American heritage and a lover of good Irish food. He is a humble, down to earth, guys guy, who is one of the coolest cats in the room. Oh and funny as hell. We talked sports, we talked music and bad lyrics. We talked family, metaphors and of course FOOD!
We even picked out some cigars from the Dublin Pub humidor after lunch and bonded a bit.
What a perfect venue for a great visit to learn about his career, insight and places he is going, His take on life is simple to see. He works hard and makes things happen.
HERE’S THE SKINNY on KEVIN FARLEY:
—A Madison, Wisconsin native he loves the Green Bay Packers, will root for some Wisconsin Badgers, and is pretty much a fan of Wisconsin teams. We are working to get him on College Gameday next time they visit Madison ! Hey Herbstreit !! Little help ?
—He is a graduate of Marquette University and remembered Dayton played them in basketball.
—Kevin of course had a famous brother, but has been growing his own brand, breaking ground and making an identity of his own for years.
—Kevin Farley is a foodie. He enjoys Irish Food, Buffets, Italian food, Sushi and Seafood. He seemed impressed with the Dublin Pub, taking advantage of the Bottomless Chips, Potato Soup and Corned Beef and Cabbage. He was a true Food Adventurer, and now has the t-shirt to prove it.
—Kevin currently lives in West Hollywood and is in tune with the entertainment and food scene.
KEVIN FARLEY PROJECTS YOU “MUST SEE”:
—His standup routine is a riot. Kevin is currently touring the Midwest he has pretty full schedule this summer hitting other states like Texas, Florida, Washington, and Nevada to name a few. He will be back in Ohio at a Cleveland show in September. His full stand up schedule can be seen at www.kevinfarleyofficial.com/
—His “Kevin Farley on the Road” podcast – Check out Kevin at Itunes for his free podcast. Here is the link: CLICK HERE
— “F is for Family” – Kevin’s animated series on Netflix with fellow comedian Bill Burr.
— “Still the King” a CMT Channel original starts it’s second season on July 11th ! Kevin Farley stars alongside Billy Ray Cyrus. How bout dat? Catch me outside watchin that.
Now drumroll please for our feature must eats as suggested by KEVIN FARLEY! Take this tip and hit these spots when traveling. you have the expertise of a famous foodies behind you!
KEVIN FARLEY’S “MUST EATS” RESTAURANT LIST:
Favorite Closed Restaurant – BEN BENSON’S STEAKHOUSE in NYC
MUST EATS at DUBLIN PUB from KEVIN FARLEY:
—POTATO SOUP: Why is it “world famous?” add bacon and cheese and you’ll know why…
—CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE: Center cut corned beef brisket, red potatoes and steamed cabbage. Kevin prefers they “hold the onions.” An authentic dish and delicious, unique plate of goods.
— After Meal Cigar – mini -Macanudo cigar from the Dublin Pub humidor
Dayton Most Metro wants to thank Kevin Farley for taking time out for a Food Adventure. He was great company and we look forward to seeing his standup shows this weekend. JOIN US BY CLICKING THE LINKS ABOVE !
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Below are some more photos from our Dublin Pub visits !
With the Oscars approaching, we thought we would do a little twist.. As you know, our blog usually centers around local Food Adventures. Thousands of fellow Miami Valley foodies discuss, like, suggest and comment on various Dayton area restaurants, festivals, photos and events. We even have a website, DaytonFoodies.com
What we don’t have (yet) is a movie studio. Being fanatical fans of delicious grub, we have developed a love for various movie scenes over our lifetime. With the Oscars coming up this Sunday, we thought the timing was right for a list of our favorite movie scenes with food…
A little unorthodox, but what the heck… here is our “Top 60 Food Adventures” of Hollywood.
So here , without further delay, Food Adventures with the Big Ragu, Chef House and Hungry Jax present our list of..
THE TOP 60 CLASSIC DINING and FOOD SCENES in MOVIES (click on the movie title for a link to see a video of the scene)
1—ANIMAL HOUSE – “BLUTO’S CAFETERIA SCENE”:
Who can forget this classic scene with Belushi scarfing down food at his college cafeteria. The scene ends with Bluto’s imitation of a zit and the famous “food fight” yell. This could easily be Big Ragu at MCL Cafeteria.
Incredibly tense scene at an Italian restaurant between two mob families that ends in murder. The other scenes in the Godfather that make honorable mention are “Leave the gun, take the cannoli scene” and “the Godfather’s Orange scene.”
3— OLIVER! – “PLEASE SIR, I WANT SOME MORE”:
The little orphan gets ballsy and approaches the mean orphanage director for seconds on soup. In this poor setting, it doesnt go over so well. Preceded by the classic song “Food Glorious Food.” A musical for the ages.
4— LADY AND THE TRAMP – “SPAGHETTI DINNER”:
One of Hungry Jax’s favorites. A Disney animated classic about puppy love. Who can forget the two dogs eating the same strand of spaghetti into a kiss? The first “nose nudging” of a meatball scene in movie history. If only every first date was like this one, with Italian music in the background.
Charlie Chaplin plays this lovable man who is down on his luck in this silent film. Hungry and poor on Thanksgiving, there is no food left, so he decides to eat his leather shoe. The result is one of the classic scenes in film history, from a true genius.
6— “GOODFELLAS BACKYARD PICNIC”:
A classic mob movie with lots of food scenes. Chef House loves this scene where everybody is eating sausages and taking care of business at the back yard picnic. Two other scenes worth noting are the “SPAGHETTI and KETCHUP” scene and the “DINNER IN PRISON” scene. Both classic views into the Italian mob life and how important food was to them.
A creepy scene where the witch tempts Snow White with a poisoned apple. Asking her just to “make a wish and take a bite.” Don’t do it Snow White, that bitch is cray cray… This Disney animated movie was groundbreaking artistic work at the time.
8—FORREST GUMP: “BOX OF CHOCOLATES”:
Mama always said “Life is like a box of chocolates… you never know what you’re gonna get.” When Tom Hanks uttered these words, so was born one of the most famous lines in movie history. Ether Price agrees.
9— 9 1/2 Weeks – “EROTIC REFRIGERATOR SCENE”:
Who could forget this sexy scene with Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke when he still had his own face. Spilled milk, honey and strawberries never looked so good. Like many movie scenes, the background music made it a classic. Here it was the 1964 song “Bread and Butter” by the Newbeats.
A boxer has to do what he has to do to get some protein in this world. Sylvester Stallone gulps down some raw eggs before dawn in this unforgettable scene. Yo Adrian, he has to get ready for Apollo Creed ya know?
11— WHEN HARRY MET SALLY – “ORGASM AT KATZ DELICATESSEN”:
Meg Ryan does her best imitation of having a big “O” in the middle of a crowded deli. The scene is an instant classic and is cemented in the annuals in a movie mostly about the battle of the sexes. We have never seen anyone do this at DiSalvo’s Deli, 5th Street Deli or Flyboys
Deli, thank goodness. The scene ends with the customer across the restaurant saying the classic line “I’ll have what she’s having.”
12— CHRISTMAS VACATION – “TIME TO CUT THE TURKEY”:
Chevy Chase digs in with all the family, including cousin Eddie. He finds the turkey a bit overdone and dry. But hey, they are going to have the hap happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby danced with Danny friggin Kaye. Two other famous food line in this scene:
“Aunt Bethany, does your cat by any chance eat jello?” — I don’t know about the cat, but I sure am enjoying it.” Also “he’s just yackin on a bone”.. blllleeeaack.. he got it up.” And who could forget the egg nog scene1 and egg nog scene 2
13— THE BREAKFAST CLUB – “LUNCH SCENE”:
A Preppy, a Jock, a Nerd, a Stoner and a Weirdo unpack their lunch. From Sushi to donuts and pixie stix, the result is a classic foodie scene. This movie is a perfect look into high school life in the 1980’s. Thank goodness no one took Mike Bender up on his “eat my shorts” offer. There are a ton of great lines in this one including “Where’s your lunch?” — You’re Wearing it…
14— INDIANA JONES and THE TEMPLE of DOOM – “CHILLED MONKEY BRAINS”:
In another country, Indy Jones and his crew must learn not to insult “his highness” and eat the exotic and downright disgusting dishes served up one after the other. Snake Suprise? Chilled Monkey brains? Huge Beetles? When eyeball soup is the soup du jour, you might want to leave and go to Rue Dumaine instead.
15— WILLY WONKA – “THE CHOCOLATE ROOM”:
Gene Wilder unleashes the brats into his world of pure imagination. Ladies and gentlemen… the chocolate room. You can even eat the dishes. But the damn Augustus kid falls into the chocolate river and ruins all the fun.
16— E.T. the EXTRA TERRESTRIAL: “E.T. TRIES REESE’S PIECES”:
Drew Barrymore and Elliot get E.T. into the house by using a trail of Reese’s Pieces. This scene put that candy on the map. It is crazy to imagine that an alien would come all this way and love processed chocolate.
17— PULP FICTION – “ROYALE WITH CHEESE”:
John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson have a classic discussion about McDonalds in France. Another great food scene in this movie worth mentioning is the “Big Kahuna Burger scene.” Don’t ever let Samuel L. Jackson take a sip of your soft drink.
18— FATAL ATTRACTION – “PET RABBIT IN THE POT”:
Horrifying climax to a stalker scene where Glenn Close’s character boils the pet rabbit. She’s “not going to be ignored.” We think the family probably ended up ordering out for delivery that night, after this scene. Worst Food Adventure on film.
19— SILENCE OF THE LAMBS – “LIVER, FAVA BEANS, CHIANTI”:
When psycho cannibals brag about eating whiners with wine, you have a classic movie clip. We don’t like whiners either, but prefer to avoid them, rather then sautee them. Oh well, Anthony Hopkin’s other mention is from Hannibal – WARNING in this GRAPHIC SCENE, he feeds Ray Liotta’s character a piece of his brain, lightly pan seared. Don’t look for this on any Food Adventure menus, anytime soon.
20—WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE – “RATS IN THE CELLAR”:
Bette Davis is a vengeful servant in this dark 1962 film also starring Joan Crawford. Blanch’s Lunch scene is unforgettable.To this day whenever we see a covered dish… we just don’t know what lurks beneath! She could have at least served her some side dishes with this meal, don’t you think ? Heartless wench!
21—KRAMER vs KRAMER – “FRENCH TOAST”:
A newly separated dad finds out that making his son’s favorite breakfast is not so simple. Also, it reiterates the importance of hot pads. Later in the movie you see the pair have come full circle and have turned breakfast into a well oiled machine… It is a sad scene because they have just found out they are going to be separated again by a judge’s order in divorce court. You’ll never look at French toast the same again….
22—RAGING BULL – “DON’T OVERCOOK MY STEAK”:
A look into an abusive Italian boxer’s relationship with his wife. When she has had enough of his grief she serves him his dinner, he flips out in return. Just remember this was based on a true story. Robert Deniro won a Best Actor Oscar for his performance of real life fighter, Jake LaMotta. The film was shot in black and white.
23—TALLADEGA NIGHTS – “DINNER PRAYER”:
A politically incorrect, yet very funny take on a NASCAR family saying a prayer before their meal. Hilarity ensues. Some of the best one liners on this list are in this scene. Not for the easily offended.
24—BRUNO – “PETE ROSE’S SUSHI”:
Although this scene was in the credits. It is one of the most hilarious food scenes ever. Pete Rose is brought in for what he thinks is a legit interview. There is no furniture so he has to sit on people, and the scene climax is dinner being served. The catch is, the sushi is laid out on the prone body of a hairy , large man. Bon appetite Pete! His reaction is priceless, as is his response. Now we know why he prefers Montgomery Inn.
25—A CHRISTMAS STORY – “CHINESE CHRISTMAS DINNER”:
Who could forget the waiters singing “Deck the Halls” to the family at Christmas dinner? This cult classic is a part of the holiday season each year. Also, we learn that Peking Duck is Chinese Turkey to a kid!
26—BLAZING SADDLES – “CAMPFIRE DINNER”:
See what happens when the cowboys sit down at the campfire after days of eating pork n beans. One of the first gas scenes in motion picture history. Lesson, if you have been eating beans, don’t turn your back to the camp fire. “How bout some more beans Mr Taggart?” — I’d say you’ve had enough…
27—THE PRINCESS BRIDE– WINE WITH VIZZINI:
The battle of wits has begun. Which glass is poisoned with the deadly iocaine powder? One of funniest character scenes in the movie. The unforgettable line, “Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line! hahahahaha… (plop)” This scene had to make the list…
28— ARTHUR – “DINNER WITH A HOOKER”:
This one is broken up into 3 clips. a) Arthur meets his date for the evening. b) Arthur realizes his date’s occupation c) Dinner ends and Arthur’s aunt Pearl is across the dining room. This movie is a riot and the upscale restaurant scene is worthy of a top spot on this list. “Are you a hooka? Jezzus I forgot, I just thought I was doing great with you.” Probably not the thing to say in a posh, elegant eatery. We miss Dudley Moore.
29— THE BLUES BROTHERS – “FINE DINING RESTAURANT SCENE”:
The genius of Dan Akroyd and John Belushi’s characters in the most unexpected of places. Nothing says threatening your friends to join your band by showing up at their work and threatening to disrupt the entire place. Well.. actually disrupting the entire place and disturbing the entire dining room. All because they are putting the band back together and need the waiter in their horn section.
30— HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE – “FEAST at HOGWARTS”:
A giant feast in the hall has Harry Potter and his friends in awe. Does anyone know a Pepto Bismol spell? And you know it’s not a dinner party until “Nearly Headless Nick” shows up. Eat up Harry, your adventure awaits…
31— TOMMY BOY – “MY PRETTY NEW PET”:
Chris Farley’s scene in a diner, where he tells a
waitress why he ruins everything he touches. David Spade’s comments on Shrimp Cocktail are also classic. Farley wins the sympathy of the waitress who fires up the deep fryer to make Tommy Boy some chicken wings. “Tommy likey, Tommy want wingy..” Some people are now calling Big Ragu “biscuit” because of this scene.
32— MRS DOUBTFIRE – “PIE ON HER FACE”:
Without his female mask, Robin Williams’ character has to do some quick thinking when a guest stops by to visit Mrs Doubtfire. Thankfully a pie in the refrigerator helps save the day.
Putting whip cream on his face from the pie, Mrs. Doubtfire appears, apologizing for wearing her nightly meringue mask, part of her beauty regiment.” A great scene, where she even drop a bit of the mask cream into her guests coffee.
33—CADDYSHACK – “BABY RUTH IN THE POOL”:
When someone flings a candy bar into the pool, paranoia ensues. People bail and finally Spaulding snorkles up to the BabyRuth bar and screams “Doodie!” Another great food related joke from the movie is Rodney Dangerfield in the Country Club restaurant saying “This steak still has marks where the jockey was hitting it.” Or how about Rodney in the pro shop saying “buy a hat like this and you get a
34—THE UNTOUCHABLES- “BAT DINNER”:
Who could forget this intense movie clip? Robert Deniro’s classic scene playing Al Capone talking to his men, about baseball. This conversation has a surprise ending at dinner. It might be hard to eat dessert after this scene.
35—RESERVOIR DOGS – “I DON’T TIP”:
Steve Buscemi goes on a rant in this Quenten Tarantino film about gratuity. “Mr Pink” is pretty much every waiter and waitresses worst nightmare. A classic roundtable ensues of crooks and murderers discussing the finer points of manners.
36— BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – “BE OUR GUEST”:
Animated classic scene with marching of the banquet food. When your candle holders, plates and tea kettle start singing about how they are tired of collecting dust. It is time to throw a dinner party. One of Hungry Jax’s favorite scenes.
37— YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN – “DINNER WITH THE BLIND MAN”:
Nothing pisses a Frankenstein monster off more that hot soup dumped on his crotch, a mishandled toast, and lighting his finger and cigar at once. This comical scene based on the original horror classic is unforgettable. Peter Boyle and Gene Hackman are perfect in this one.
Oh the change in language a few decades can cause. Marty McFly newly stuck in 1954, stumbles into a diner and learns it is more difficult to order something to drink than he expects. Then he realizes he is sitting next to his 18 year old dad.
39— ELF – “THE FOUR FOOD GROUPS”:
We learn from Will Ferrell that the four food groups are indeed candy, candy canes, candy corn and syrup. We had it all wrong! Oh well, the Christmas season is a time for learning, so we will try maple syrup on spaghetti during our next pasta night.
40— THE JERK – “SNAILS ON HER PLATE”:
Steve Martin’s character flips out when he orders escargot then goes ballistic because there are snails on the plate. “You would think at a fancy restaurant like this, at these prices you would be able to keep the snails off the food.” Equally funny is the line “2 boobs, that’s what he takes us for.” Watch the clip and you will see why. Also, check this clip of Navin’s birthday meal “Tuna fish salad on white bread with mayonnaise, a Tab and a couple of twinkies.”
41—ANCHORMAN – “A LITTLE JAZZ FLUTE”:
Ron Burgandy wows the dinner crowd like only he can. Suave 70’s style and seductive sultry flute notes is all he needs. “A little ham and eggs comin at ya.” If only every restaurant had jazz flute night.
42—ANNIE HALL – “LOBSTERS ON THE LOOSE”:
Woody Allen and Diane Keaton’s </strong>characters, try to cook live lobsters. The result is they are both scared to handle to
live creatures and they somehow end up crawling away on the kitchen floor, behind the refrigerator. Woody’s worried comments only add to the comedy.
43— MY BEST FRIENDS WEDDING – “I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER FOR YOU”:
When Julia Robert’s character attends an engagement dinner, her friend breaks out an old Dionne Warwick/ Bert Bacharach song. The result is the entire table singing an unforgettable
version of “Say a Little Prayer.” This scene was an instant classic, and propelled the career of Rupert Everett as well. Feast and song, every Food Adventure should be so fun.
44—STAND BY ME – “BARF-O-RAMA”:
A story of revenge is the reason for this scene. Never in the history of cinema has their been more people puking on camera in a scene. A pie eating contest gone wrong at the county fair is the premise of this legendary “barf” story. People projectile vomiting blueberry pies, for your viewing pleasure
45— BETTER OFF DEAD- “FRENCH BREAD, PERU”:
A foreign exchange student is welcomed to the USA by her host family in an absurd display of “french” food. This underrated teen movie classic, addresses obsession, foreign students, and paperboys just trying to collect… two dollars.
46— SIXTEEN CANDLES – “DINNER WITH GRANDPARENTS”:
Long duck Dong tries Keesh pie and explains at the dinner party that he pushes the lawnmower so Grandpa’s “Hyena” don’t get disturbed. This John Hughes classic shows the tough life of a teenage in the 80’s being embarrassed by your parents and grandparents, all while chasing the guy of your dreams.
Living the same day over and over can cause you problems. But one of the benefits is you can eat whatever you want to, and it doesnt matter. Bill Murray drinks out of the coffee pitcher, orders donuts and pancakes, all in a day’s breakfast.
When trying to get seated at a posh restaurant, Ferris looks at the guest book and sees the name “Abe Fromann.” When he tells the host, he realizes he has just claimed to be the sausage king of Chicago. This was one of Ferris’ few failures of the day.
49— THE NUTTY PROFESSOR – “KLUMPS DINNER and FART SCENE”:
When you invite the Klumps to dinner, you might want to make sure you have some renuiz-it air freshener on hand. Even little “Herc-a-leees” gets into the gas game. Eddie Murphy plays almost every character in this scene.
50— ROAD TRIP – “YOUR FRENCH TOAST IS ALMOST DONE”:
Before you say your waiter is a nice guy, make sure he isn’t dipping your French toast in his underpants to steam it. Horatio Sans is that waiter. Not Oscar worthy, but a scene you won’t soon forget.
51— MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING – “BUNDT CAKE”:
The fun of language barriers and cultural differences is exposed in this scene. A simple
gesture, such as giving a cake for a gift causes an English lesson and confusion. Next time, just bring the Greek family a bottle of Ouzo. OPA !
52— AMERICAN PIE – “ITS JUST LIKE WARM APPLE PIE”:
When asking his friends what it is like losing his virginity, his friend tells him it is like warm apple pie. Somehow this leads to him being caught by his dad while making it with a pie. Ahh the things parents have to deal with.
53— MONTY PYTHON’S THE MEANING OF LIFE – “BIG GUY IN A RESTAURANT”:
A large, “difficult” customer in every way, in an upscale restaurant sets the scene. This clip shows the inherent humor in the actions of waiters in posh restaurants, literally putting up with everything a client does. Enjoy the surprise ending.
54— NATIONAL LAMPOONS VACATION – “THE DOG WENT ON THE PICNIC BASKET”:
No worse time to realize you are eating a sandwich soaked in dog pizz, than when you are flirting with supermodel Christie Brinkley. Chevy Chase’s dance moves with wheat bread
are the best in the business.
55— ACE VENTURA 2- “DO I HAVE SOMETHING IN MY TEETH?“:
The over the top comedy of Jim Carrey on display in another one liner. This one involves food and holds the records for most asparagus in a mouth in movie history.
56—THE WOLF OF WALL STREET – “CHEST POUND at the RESTAURANT”:
You’re at a high rise restaurant, and your business associate starts humming and pounding his chest. In between the olives and martinis you listen to his speech. Is he crazy or a genius? You decide.
57— DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS – “RUPRECHT”:
A great scene with Steve Martin and Michael Caine as they plan to scam a woman out of her riches. You wont look at applesauce and corked forks the same way ever again.
58— AS GOOD AS IT GETS – “RESTAURANT”:
When you have obsessive compulsive disorder like Jack Nicholson does in this film, someone sitting in your favorite restaurant table can be a bit difficult to deal with. There are so many good food scenes in this movie. From the many deli scenes, to using bacon for dog treats, it was hard to pin down one favorite moment.
59—NAPOLEON DYNAMITE – “TINA, EAT THE FOOD”:
What is more strange, Napoleon Dynamite or the fact that he has a Llama as a pet. The disgusted main character hates everything, including feeding the pet. “Tina you fat lard, come get some dinner.” Aaahh the frustrated life of a high school kid.
60—THE BIG LEBOWSKI – “GROCERY SCENE”:
The dude, in a bath robe at the grocery, decides to open a carton of half & half for a test smell. This is the opening scene of the movie. Sometimes there’s a man, who’s the man for his time and place and apparently the laziest man in Los Angeles county.
Honorable Mention: a) “The Donut Bribe Scene” in the Canadian classic movie “STRANGE BREW.” It is the famous scene that brought us the phrase ” It’s a jelly .” This film made Bob and Doug Mckenzie cult classic heroes, and introduced us to a whole new vocabulary of slang phrases like “who horked our clothes?” and “How’s it going eh?.” Ahh, such International education value from these beer loving “brothers!”
b) “Fink vs the Stomach Hot Dog Eating Contest” from the movie “MEATBALLS” It stars Bill Murray as the best summer camp counselor of all time. Look at those steaming wienies… Could this be the year that Fink beats the other camp eater, simply known as “The Stomach.” Watch the whole movie and learn why … “It just doesn’t matter…. it just doesn’t matter…it just doesn’t matter.”
So that’s it – our favorite food scenes. Did we forget any? Were there any on this list you disagree with ? Comment below.
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With the wacky weather lately, the saying, “Chilly today, Hot Tamale” applies here. Of all of the Mexican eateries in town, only a handful can claim to be “authentic” to the Mexican people’s tastes. These menus are not Americanized, but are true to the way people dine in Mexico City or Chiapas, Mexico. Simple, fresh ingredients and simple, homemade recipes. Authentic is the case of Chiapas Mexican Grill in Centerville on State Route 48. The small diner is a perfect atmosphere for an authentic, Mexican Food Adventure.
As you know, what makes our food blog different, is that we visit a restaurant many times before we write a thorough article. If a place shows promise, we revisit, and go on different hours, and different days and try almost every dish on the menu. That way, one can
REALLY get the feel of the place. Not just a one or two plates and a forkful of a friend’s dish, we are talking full Food Adventure experiences. That is our philosophy to share with you reliable feedback on the very best spots in the Miami Valley. After at least a half dozen visits to Chiapas Mexican Grill, we are here to give you the full scoop and some incredible photos.
From Horchata cinnamon like milk drinks with our friend Elsa, to Chimichangas and Enchiladas during Sunday football, we ate it all and are ready to share the goods.
HERE’S THE SKINNY on CHIAPAS MEXICAN GRILL:
—Located in the heart of Centerville at 298 N Main St. The quaint dining room seats about 50 people.
—Locally owned operation by a family from Chiapas, Mexico. One of the owners used to work at Las Piramides restaurant in Centerville. He finally convinced family members to get in on his plan to own their own authentic restaurant.
—Menu features family recipes and dishes from their town of Chiapas, which is at the most southeastern part of Mexico, near Guatemala.
—They are open 7 days a week with special prices on Margaritas on Mondays and Fridays. All tacos
are just $1.99 on Mondays.
This place is definitely one for your Food Adventure hit list. Each meal starts out right, with warm tortilla chips and some excellent salsa, packed with fresh cilantro. Now that your tastebuds are warmed up… We present to you the best of the best of their menu… our patented feature ………… MUST EATS !
MUST EATS at CHIAPAS MEXICAN GRILL:
The best tamales we have ever had, hands down, Chico. We know their secret. They use banana leaves instead of corn leaves. The bbq sauce, the corn mush and the pulled pork combine for a taste we have never experienced before. Our mouths are watering for more.
—IN HOUSE HOT SAUCES: IMPORTANT! Take advantage of the 2 homemade in house hot sauces, one red one green. They are great to add to your salsa to thicken things up, or squirt across your dinner of choice. Also dive into the bottled sauces on the table called El YucatecoXXX and Cholula
—TACO’S – SOFT and CRUNCHY:
The soft tacos are incredibly authentic, and are made with soft CORN tortillas which is, of course, the difference. No cheese on the soft ones, just meat, onions and cilantro. All tacos are served with lime quarters. Grab these quarters, and squeeze every bit of lime juice onto your taco meat. It makes the whole thing. All the taco meats are good, but our top 4 soft taco meat choices you “must eat” are : a) Chorizo, b) Shepard Style (rotisserie pulled pork), c) Chicken and d) Carnitas (steak). Don’t forget to add some salsa or house hot sauce.
The crunchy ground beef taco is delicious and loaded with lettuce and shredded, white, Mexican cheese. Don’t forget to order one of those.
Get your butt in here on Mondays, when all tacos are $1.99, for a feast you will not soon forget.
—CAMARONES ALA DIABLA (Spicy shrimp): Large, perfectly pan seared shrimp, in a plate with hot sauce, rice and beans. We got lost for a moment in our plate. What woke us up was the powerful flavor and HEAT! This is definitely a MUST EAT. Good dish, make sure a soft drink, water or beer is near, Gringo. Wow, was this dish something to write home about.
—CHICKEN FAJITAS: Served sizzling from the kitchen, the result is a nicely seared collection of chicken, green peppers, onions and tomatoes. Served with lettuce and tortillas on the side, along with sour cream and guacamole, you have the building blocks for an epic fajita creation.
—CHILE RELLENOS CHIAPANECOS:
Oh man, this dish is the best of both worlds. It is two, large stuffed peppers on a plate. One is filled
with cheese, and the other is filled with ground beef and potatoes. The results are one of the best chile rellenos plates we have ever eaten. It has plenty of cheese sauce, salsa and rice so you can use the extra tortilla chips to make your own nacho scooping end to this dinner.
—TORTA DE MILANESE (chicken):
A huge sandwich, with a lightly deep fried chicken breast inside. This is a big, delicious sesame seed roll, with all the fixins. Each half could be a lunch sandwich on its own. Eating this will have you yelling “Arrriba.”
A delicate little dessert. Like carmalized vanilla pudding with whip cream and cherry, the caramel drizzle sauce is naughty too. We are not going to lie, we each could have eaten four of these, they were that good.
The owner’s favorite. It is a spicy soup filled with chicken and hominy. The warm, red broth will soothe your soul. The recipe is a family tradition from Mexico and like almost all of the menu items, a recipe from their Grandmother.
—THE GOLD MARGARITA:
A family favorite. Try it frozen, walk out smiling. No shortness of tequila here.
**Note: We learned something on our trip to Chiapas. Every table has a ketchup bottle from a company called “Tip Top Ketchup.” We read the label and realized it was a local condiment company from Tipp City. It went perfect with the fries on the Torta plates and kids cheese quesadilla plate. We have found ourselves a new ketchup alternative.
That does it for our rundown of what you gotta try at this new hot spot.
The small sign in the window says Taqueria, which means a place where tacos, burritos, and other Mexican dishes are made and sold. That is an understatement. This place is a treasure. The building has housed eateries from Poor Richards and the Hungry Elk to Wrapsody, Roc-a-Fellas, and House of Kabab. We look to see this one stay a while. Chiapas Mexican Grill, you’ve come a long way, baby!
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“You see us when we are sleeping, and know when we’re awake. /We know we better be good, but some shortcuts we just had to take.”
The Food Adventures Crew admits it. We made the naughty list. Today we come clean about our secret shortcuts we use from time to time while in our kitchens.
THE BIG RAGU HAS BEEN NAUGHTY:
The Big Ragu has a secret. It is a blemish on his Food Adventure career… Yes it is true, sometimes he fakes it. Sometimes, when in a pinch and he needs some marinara sauce, he turns to a locally jarred sauce. It is one of the only ones
he trusts. Mamma DiSalvo’s Marinara Sauce has saved him in many a tight spots. From parties, to last minute luncheons, it has saved him from Manicotti to Mostaccioli. When faced with hours and hours of cooking down a home made spaghetti sauce, sometimes he gets a little help from Mamma! The sauce is the closest thing to The Big Ragu’s family recipe that he has tasted in a jar. Ahh and the stress it saves. Seriously, Foodies out there, this is the best jarred sauce in the WORLD. Honorable mention to 2 other sauces: Schiavione’s and Zappia’s, both made locally! I’m sorry Santa, shhhhhh no one knows!
HUNGRY JAX HAS BEEN NAUGHTY:
Jax has a secret. Yes, this impeccable home cook has a naughty short cut. Not even her Elf on a Shelf knows about this one. Her bad Food Adventure act? Sometimes she uses American cheese in my mac and cheese. To top it off, she uses
the Boar’s Head Sharp American Cheese instead of Kraft. (This is actually a great tip for you cooks out there who love a rich Mac n Cheese. Hint #2 add maple sausage crumbles into your mac n cheese.) Ahem .. Dear Santa, I am sorry I have been bad, and if you think I deserve coal in my stocking, I will use it for summer cookouts.
CHEF HOUSE HAS BEEN NICE:
Dear Santa, I have been nice. I would never do anything like those culinary shortcuts, as you know. If you need a wooden spoon to spank the other two, you can borrow one of mine. Now to reiterate my Christmas list, let’s go over it again shall we Santa? To start with, I want a HUGE de-stemming machine, something that can really breakdown the peppers for my sauces. Also, an endless supply of empty glass bottles would be nice. And a cleaver, remember? A BIG cleaver. One last thing… how about one more little sweet puppy from the Miami Valley Pit Crew, who rescues local dogs? (Miami Valley Pit Crew is a great organization that has helped place dozens of dogs into loving homes. Locally owned, it is a great Dayton area charity to support this holiday season). That’s all, Santa. (Here is a tip though… the frozen gnocchi at Trader Joe’s is a great product if you don’t have time to make your gnocchi from scratch).
Have you been naughty or nice this year? Do you have any shortcut culinary confessions you want to share below?
Please comment and tell us about your naughty Food Adventures!
From all of us at Food Adventures, we with you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a very prosperous New Year.