Sweeney’s Seafood House is revamping some things, while keeping old menu favorites. Food Adventures spoke with one of the managing partners, Lisa Long, and learned Sweeney’s will be redecorating and even changing serving plates in the near future to keep up with the times. Located in the heart of Centerville at the intersection of State Routes 725 and 48, Sweeney’s is one of the jewels of the Gem City.
Hungry Jax, Chef House and The Big Ragu absolutely love this dining spot for many reasons. Hungry Jax enjoys their flounder and other fresh fish dinners which are baked, deep fried, grilled or broiled. Fresh seafood in Dayton, Ohio? You bet! The new kitchen chef is bringing in whole fresh fish, which he then carves into fillets for a fresher tasting product. Chef House is also excited to try some of the daily specials such as the recently featured grilled blue marlin and homemade soups like lobster bisque. The Big Ragu can also be found sampling the handful of unique draft beers like Bell’s Oberon Ale which are rotated regularly.
The Big Ragu prefers to sit in Sweeney’s bar area for some appetizers and the before mentioned draft beers. The Big Ragu says the best raw oysters he has ever had in his life are the “Raw Chokers” at Sweeney’s Seafood House. Ragu has had oysters at Emeril’s restaurant. Ragu has eaten oysters from Rhode Island to Florida and high scale places in Vegas, but these are the best. These gigantic Chesapeake Oysters are served over ice, on the half shell for $2.49 each, and worth the price for an incredible treat. The Big Ragu also recommends that you try their fried calamari. It is hand cut into strips and hand breaded. The calamari is some of the best you will ever eat and sometimes so large that you could mistake a piece for a chicken strip! The bartenders Doug and Sam are fantastic and very attentive. Some little known trivia is that the bar at Sweeney’s and the connected cabinets were purchased from the old Tequila Willie’s restaurant that was near the Dayton Mall.
There is definitely a buzz of energy in this place over the new owners with a fresh attitude. The Big Ragu is excited to see what the new chef will be offering in the coming months. We were also happy to learn that many of the favorite menu items will remain unchanged. Sweeney’s remains an inviting place, with friendly service. For the feel of a New England Seafood House right here in Dayton, give Sweeney’s a try. Take our tips, or explore the menu as part of your own Food Adventure!
BREAKING NEWS!! Extended Hours !! Sweeney’s will now be open every night of the week. Restaurant hours will be 4pm – close Monday-Saturday and Sundays 11:30am – close. The dinner menu each day will be accompanied by special features throughout the week.
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