Food & Dining


JUST IN: Restaurant shuts down abruptly at The Greene

One of The Greene Town Center’s flagship restaurants shut down abruptly this morning, Sunday Sept. 24. McCormick & Schmick’s, a full-service seafood restaurant that has been open nearly as long as The Greene has, is closed permanently. “Our lease term came to an end, and due to rising real estate costs, we elected not to renew our lease,” Howard Cole, chief operating officer...
Something crumby makes pasta even better

Something crumby makes pasta even better

Carb lovers, this one's for you. In the vein of potato pizza and squash risotto, it's a carb-on-carb treatment that is also one of the best, time-honored pantry-friendly dishes I can think of: pasta with bread crumbs.  But not just any bread crumbs. These are fresh ones (save the dry ones for another day) that you pan-fry while the pasta is boiling away. Trust me, as soon as the smell of bread-meets-garlic-meets-olive-oil...
‘Froyo’ and ‘Siracha’ are now in the dictionary. What took so long?

‘Froyo’ and ‘Siracha’ are now in the dictionary. What took so long?

This is the life cycle of a food trend: First, it starts bubbling up in cool boutique shops in New York or Los Angeles or San Francisco, and then every city in America has it. It goes mass-market, then there's a backlash, and then a backlash to the backlash, and eventually, if it's something truly enduring, it ends up where froyo finds itself today: In the dictionary. The abbreviation for frozen yogurt...
Cincinnati brewery creates black IPA for zoo’s black rhino

Cincinnati brewery creates black IPA for zoo’s black rhino

We can now raise a glass to the zoo’s black rhino. Listermann Brewing Company created a black IPA in honor of Kendi, the Cincinnati Zoo’s newest rhino baby. Sales of the New-England style brew will help support the zoo’s rhino conservation efforts. MORE: More baby news at Cincinnati Zoo: Kendi the rhino arrives The brewery said they decided to make the beer after they sold out of...
A Whopper of a new restaurant is under construction in Washington Twp.

A Whopper of a new restaurant is under construction in Washington Twp.

A strip of south 48 south of Centerville will add a new fast-food restaurant — and it will have plenty of company along that stretch of Dayton-Lebanon Pike. Ryan Lee, zoning manager of Washington Twp., confirmed that Burger King is developing a new restaurant at 9198 Dayton-Lebanon Pike, at a site that previously housed a car wash. The location near the Skeeter Lane intersection is virtually...
4 things to know about the new restaurant coming to The Greene

4 things to know about the new restaurant coming to The Greene

We’ve learned some tasty new details about the restaurant chain that will make its debut in the Dayton area in one of The Greene Town Center’s newest and most prominent retail spaces. Olshan Properties, owner of The Greene, announced last month that Texas-based Fuzzy’s Taco Shop had signed a lease for a 3,871 square-foot space in a building that opened last year at the center&rsquo...
After Irma, USDA grants free meals for Tampa area school districts

After Irma, USDA grants free meals for Tampa area school districts

Students across Florida returned to school Monday, still reeling from power outages and food shortages caused by Hurricane Irma. To help families still in a bind, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that students in 48 school districts across the state, including those in the Tampa Bay area, will receive free breakfast and lunch until Oct. 20. Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam...
Dayton-area restaurants band together to help fight hunger with these deals

Dayton-area restaurants band together to help fight hunger with these deals

Restaurants throughout the Dayton area are raising funds this month for Hunger Action Month through a special fund-raising promotion entitled “Hop the Gem.” Sponsored by Wagner Subaru, Hop the Gem invites customers of participating restaurants to help solve hunger. Here’s how it works: Each restaurant has a special deal through the month of September. Funds raised will...
Re-creating old whiskeys when you don’t quite know how they tasted

Re-creating old whiskeys when you don’t quite know how they tasted

Robin Coupar, senior brand manager for the fine whiskies portfolio at Campari America, knows how the distilleries that produced pre-Prohibition bourbons like Old Ripy and Bond & Lillard described their whiskeys. But he isn’t sure how they actually tasted. Neither is Norm Matella, Campari America’s North American technical center manager. Nor is anyone else involved in Campari’s Whiskey...
World hunger worsens as war, climate shocks hit food access

World hunger worsens as war, climate shocks hit food access

The number of people suffering from hunger last year rose at the fastest pace since at least the beginning of this century as conflicts and climate-related issues curbed access to food. Those categorized as hungry increased by about 38 million to 815 million in 2016, accounting for 11 percent of the global population, according to a report from the United Nations. The findings also show that food...
Cooking challenge: Hosting a pizza dinner party

Cooking challenge: Hosting a pizza dinner party

"Have been toying with the idea of Squid Ink Ramen," I text my friends. "Thoughts?" I'm planning my first dinner party. But as I quickly learn, if you invite your friends for Squid Ink Ramen, they will decline. (Except for Tori, who texts me: "If you really want to do squid ink I'll try it for you," followed by crying emojis. Get yourself a friend like Tori, guys.) "...
Country-style pork ribs, amplified, make a terrific Sunday meal

Country-style pork ribs, amplified, make a terrific Sunday meal

Nomenclature-wise, country-style pork ribs are a mystery. They don't come from the rib section of the animal, and they are often sold boneless. But tastewise, they make all the sense in the world. Delicious to a fault and wonderfully moist, these "ribs" look like thick and fatty pork chops. If you have never tried them before, you are in for a treat.  You can cook this cut a bunch of...
Nestlé targets high-end coffee by taking majority stake in Blue Bottle

Nestlé targets high-end coffee by taking majority stake in Blue Bottle

In 2002, James Freeman gave up on being a professional clarinetist and began pursuing his other passion, roasting coffee. Freeman started out in a 183-square-foot potting shed in Oakland, California, and named his newborn business Blue Bottle Coffee, after a storied Viennese coffee house. Fifteen years later, Blue Bottle has grown beyond a one-man coffee shop. It is now one of the best-known purveyors...
Exceptional eggplant: 4 great recipes

Exceptional eggplant: 4 great recipes

Let’s face it, eggplant is weird. It has a funny shape. It has a funny name. It has a funny taste.  It is an all-or-nothing vegetable (technically, it’s a fruit, but let’s not go there). You either love it or you hate it.  I happen to love it. I love its mushy texture and the disconcerting way it has of absorbing all the oil you cook it in. I love the different shapes it...
Ohio is #4 in the country for Olive Garden’s Never Ending Pasta Passes

Ohio is #4 in the country for Olive Garden’s Never Ending Pasta Passes

Never let it be said that Ohioans don’t love their pasta. Never EVER let it be said. Ohio was the No. 4 state in America in the number of Pasta Passes sold when the special promotion went live last Thursday, Sept. 14, a spokeswoman for Olive Garden said. It took less than one second for Olive Garden fans to claim all 22,000 Never Ending Pasta Passes and 50 first-of-its-kind Pasta Passports to...
Region’s newest brewery to host grand opening this Saturday

Region’s newest brewery to host grand opening this Saturday

The region’s newest brewery will host a ribbon-cutting and grand opening this Saturday, Sept. 23. Heavier than Air Brewing Co. — located at 497 Miamisburg-Centerville Road in the Normandy Square Shopping Center — will unveil its first year-round beer Saturday and will be pouring a couple more of its own brews in addition to beers from other Dayton-area breweries. The ribbon-cutting...
New fried-chicken restaurant now open in Dayton area

New fried-chicken restaurant now open in Dayton area

The intensely competitive chicken-restaurant scene in the Dayton area has expanded by one — and more are on the way. The Dayton area’s newest Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen — a 2,791-square-foot restaurant that seats 46 diners — is now open at 1100 S. Main St. (Ohio 48) in Englewood. “The opening was literally our best ever,” said Dayton-area Popeyes franchisee...
Here’s where to get killer chicken wings for 59 cents in Dayton

Here’s where to get killer chicken wings for 59 cents in Dayton

You can get a special deal on some of the newest wings in town every Thursday.  The Wandering Griffin, 3725 Presidential Drive in Beavercreek, is offering up their wings in your choice of sauce for 59 cents each.  What better way to kickoff a weekend of football?!  They have 6 homemade sauces you can choose from: Strawberry Sriracha, Soy Lime, Classic...
I used every pumpkin spice product I could find for a week 

I used every pumpkin spice product I could find for a week 

Pumpkin spice is not a flavor, it's a lifestyle. Its mantra is the crackle of fallen leaves and bonfires. "Sweater weather" is its holy creed. The pumpkin spice life, like its coffee, is sweet, and you are always #thankful for your #blessings. It was never really about that particular blend of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger and allspice, but how it makes us feel: warm, nostalgic, loved...
Cake is his ‘art.’ Does that mean he can deny one to a gay couple?

Cake is his ‘art.’ Does that mean he can deny one to a gay couple?

Jack Phillips bakes beautiful cakes, and it is not a stretch to call him an artist. Five years ago, in a decision that has led to a Supreme Court showdown, he refused to use his skills to make a wedding cake to celebrate a same-sex marriage, saying it would violate his Christian faith and hijack his right to express himself. “It’s more than just a cake,” he said at his bakery one...
In the mood for wine: Where and how you enjoy it affects what you think

In the mood for wine: Where and how you enjoy it affects what you think

What if you had to name the best thing you’ve ever eaten? One favorite dish among all of the dishes you have enjoyed in your life. Think about it for a second, and pay attention to where your mind goes. Where did you even begin? A rapid-fire inventory of all the fancy restaurants you’ve been to? Vacation dinners? Childhood lunches? Romantic rendezvous?  I had to do it years ago, on...
We couldn't stop eating this chicken salad

We couldn't stop eating this chicken salad

This salad of shredded chicken tossed with a colorful slaw of red bell pepper, green cabbage and carrot is designed to hold up well in the refrigerator, so it is an ideal make-ahead dinner, packed lunch or potluck party dish. The key is to store its aromatic and Asian-inspired dressing separately, then toss it with the salad within several hours, or right before serving, so all the components stay...
Hold the egg sandwich: Egyptian TV is calling

Hold the egg sandwich: Egyptian TV is calling

Every other day or so, Hatem El-Gamasy connects to a news audience nearly halfway around the world, delivering hot takes on U.S. politics, live from New York, but on Egyptian television. When the broadcast ends, he slips out his earpieces, opens the door of his makeshift studio and returns to his day job. “You want ketchup on that?” he said to a customer on a recent morning. “Extra...
Lobster queso and 4 more dishes we can’t wait to try at this Centerville restaurant

Lobster queso and 4 more dishes we can’t wait to try at this Centerville restaurant

Sweeney’s Seafood Bar & Grill at 28 W. Franklin St. in Centerville has unveiled a special fall menu. The seasonal menu will be available through mid-December, when a winter menu will take its place, according to Holley Thompson, Sweeney’s operations partner and owner. Daily specials also are offered in addition to the standard menu. The fall menu includes: • Lobster Queso Dip...
Chia seeds make eating healthy a crunchy delight

Chia seeds make eating healthy a crunchy delight

I have a love/hate relationship with breakfast. Besides being allergic to everything most people eat for breakfast, it’s just not my meal. Dinner is my favorite meal. I absolutely love to eat, but I’m not a morning person and rarely do I rise with enough time to really cook or leisurely eat. I can hear my Gigi saying, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” and I&rsquo...
Here’s the cookbook for parents tackling back-to-school meal planning

Here’s the cookbook for parents tackling back-to-school meal planning

As a working parent of a 4-year-old, some of the things I Google most are: “meal planning strategies,” “sandwich ideas” and “how to make overnight oats taste good.” During my work hours as a food editor I may produce stories about pairing wines with homemade paella or smoking a brisket for an entire day, but that is generally not what’s happening in my house...
UPDATE: Dayton Woman’s Club hires new chef, opens to public for lunch

UPDATE: Dayton Woman’s Club hires new chef, opens to public for lunch

The Dayton Woman’s Club has hired a new chef, revamped its restaurant’s menu, and expanded the restaurant’s hours to be open the public for lunch each weekday. In recent months, the Dayton Woman’s Club’s restaurant had been open to the public only two days a week. But those hours have expanded to 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, according to Heather Riley...
GOOD EATS: You’re going to want these sweet, spicy meatballs in your mouth

GOOD EATS: You’re going to want these sweet, spicy meatballs in your mouth

There are corn dogs, and then there are corn dogs done Table 33’s way.  The restaurant at 130 W. Second St. in downtown Dayton features its take on the childhood favorite during its 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekday happy hour menu. Keener Wiener Balls are chunks of Keener Farm’s house-made kielbasa covered in Table 33’s gluten-free waffle batter, deep fried in duck fat, drizzled...
Boxed cake mix sweetens life in far-flung regions of Alaska 

Boxed cake mix sweetens life in far-flung regions of Alaska 

In a modest boardinghouse on an Alaskan island just 30 miles across the sea from Russia, a handwritten order form hangs on the refrigerator. There are photos of cakes a few women in this village can make for you: rectangles of yellow cake and devil’s food enrobed in buttercream, with local nicknames piped out in pink. “Happy Birthday Bop-Bop,” one reads. Another, “Happy Birthday...
2 local veterans launch ‘Freedom Whiskey Co.’ small-batch bourbon

2 local veterans launch ‘Freedom Whiskey Co.’ small-batch bourbon

The idea for the “Have a Shot of Freedom Whiskey Co.” started with military veterans Zach Hollingsworth and Scott Brown enjoying a late-night splash of bourbon. “We do some back-porch whiskey-sipping,” Hollingsworth said of Brown, his neighbor in Springboro. “And one night, the conversation turned to, ‘Why don’t we start our own company?’” &lsquo...
What to do with all that zucchini

What to do with all that zucchini

Give a man a zucchini and he will eat for a day. Give a man a zucchini plant, and he will wind up with so much zucchini he won’t know what to do with it, and he’ll probably end up resenting you. Fortunately, zucchini is so versatile it can be used in a seemingly endless variety of dishes. Nevertheless, everyone with too much zucchini usually just ends up making zucchini bread. We try to...

Food safety first 

So many families have been affected by Harvey and Irma, and unfortunately, the hurricane season isn't over yet. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and foodsafety.gov offer guidance on food safety issues after a hurricane or flooding, as detailed below. The first order of business in cleaning up after a disaster is to assess all food and equipment to determine what should be kept or thrown away...
As jellyfish swarm the seas off Italy, a fix emerges: try ragu, or sashimi

As jellyfish swarm the seas off Italy, a fix emerges: try ragu, or sashimi

As a small boat loaded with wet suits, lab equipment and empty coolers drifted into the warm turquoise sea, Stefano Piraino looked back at the sunbathers on the beach and explained why none of them set foot in the water. “They know the jellyfish are here,” said Piraino, a professor of zoology at the University of Salento. While tourists throughout Europe seek out Apulia, in Italy&rsquo...
FigLeaf brewery to release special IPA, celebrate anniversary

FigLeaf brewery to release special IPA, celebrate anniversary

FigLeaf Brewing Co. is releasing a new Imperial IPA called “Inculpatory” this weekend as it gears up for an even larger celebration next month marking its first anniversary. The brewery, located at 3387 Cincinnati-Dayton Road in Middletown, will host a “sneak preview” of its Imperial IPA for Founder members Thursday night, and the beer’s full public release will come...
How big business got Brazil hooked on junk food

How big business got Brazil hooked on junk food

Children’s squeals rang through the muggy morning air as a woman pushed a gleaming white cart along pitted, trash-strewn streets. She was making deliveries to some of the poorest households in this seaside city, bringing pudding, cookies and other packaged foods to the customers on her sales route. Celene da Silva, 29, is one of thousands of door-to-door vendors for Nestlé, helping the...
The no-hassle, just-right meal for a midweek Jewish New Year celebration

The no-hassle, just-right meal for a midweek Jewish New Year celebration

When the Jewish New Year falls midweek, as it does this year at sundown Wednesday, the effort to make a fitting meal comes with extra challenges. The gracious invitation to a communal gathering might run up against homework, dog walks and work deadlines, so the family cook who wants to partake of "simanim" - Hebrew for the many symbolic foods of Rosh Hashanah - might spend the previous weekend...
Their goal: Wines that taste more like Chile and less like everywhere else

Their goal: Wines that taste more like Chile and less like everywhere else

An 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of south-central Chile in the early morning hours of Feb. 27, 2010, causing widespread damage throughout much of the country. At the 123-year-old cellars of Santa Carolina winery in the Macul neighborhood on the outskirts of Santiago, the capital, the temblor also opened a door onto Chile's past. When winery employees arrived to inspect the damage,...
Palermo’s restaurants in Kettering, West Chester are up for sale

Palermo’s restaurants in Kettering, West Chester are up for sale

Palermo’s Restaurant in Kettering and its sister restaurant in West Chester are for sale. Palermo’s owner Mefail “Meef” Demnika is looking to branch out into other business ventures — although he may decide to retain ownership of one of the two restaurants, Demnika said in a release. And both restaurants remain open and operating business as usual. “It&rsquo...
Here’s where you can get a pizza for $3.88 today

Here’s where you can get a pizza for $3.88 today

There’s a new fast-casual pizza restaurant coming to town and you have an opportunity to try their ‘za before they officially open. MOD Pizza is set to open their second Dayton-area location at 9196 N. Main St. (Ohio 48) in the Cornerstone of Centerville tomorrow, Sept. 20th.  Today, MOD is offering a pre-opening special: all of their pizzas are 50% off from 11a...
Are West Carrollton food truck rules driving away business?

Are West Carrollton food truck rules driving away business?

West Carrollton is looking to relax rules on food truck operators, who say the more than $1,100 cost for a mobile food vendor license is driving away business. The city is reviewing the fee structure and requirements after vendors questioned officials about the issue, contending the guidelines “are prohibitive and designed to discourage mobile food vendors from locating in the city,” records...
‘I’m about to have a baby, and you want to stop for BILL’S DONUTS?!?’

‘I’m about to have a baby, and you want to stop for BILL’S DONUTS?!?’

Sazro Mahambrey came up with the idea of publishing a book about how Bill’s Donut Shop’s customers’ lives were so deeply intertwined with the iconic Centerville doughnut shop. And Bill’s customers helped make it happen by providing their stories by the, well, dozen. “Bill’s Donut Shop: The ‘Hole’ Story” is now available in the doughnut destination...
NEW DETAILS: This hardworking couple are getting ready to open their new restaurant 

NEW DETAILS: This hardworking couple are getting ready to open their new restaurant 

The couple behind a locally-owned restaurant is putting the finishing touch on a leap of faith. If all goes as planned, Maria and Eric Walusis will officially open Watermark at 20 S. First St. in downtown Miamisburg on Monday, Oct. 2. The pair introduced the new restaurant to friends, family and reporters this weekend. “I think it is really unique for Dayton,&rdquo...
Drew Nieporent may be the last old-school restaurateur standing

Drew Nieporent may be the last old-school restaurateur standing

Even as a kid, he didn’t eat like one. For sure, at 5 or 6 he’d kick his older brother, Tracy, under the table whenever his parents took the family to restaurants, but mostly he was paying attention, learning about the food of a time in Manhattan when the top restaurants served German, Swiss or other cuisines that are infrequently celebrated these days. Drew Nieporent was born in 1955...
Rethinking Temecula

Rethinking Temecula

In the southwest corner of California's Riverside County, a scant one-hour drive from San Diego, the Temecula Valley wine country enjoys a surging popularity among day-trippers from densely populated Southern California. The rolling hills of Temecula Valley, east of Old Town Temecula, are home to more than 30 wineries. Many of them have excellent restaurants. In fact, in 2016, Leoness Cellars was...
12 Dayton burgers that give you the best bang for your buck

12 Dayton burgers that give you the best bang for your buck

Today, Sept. 18, is National Cheeseburger Day ��, so I suggest you block out some time to grab a thick, juicy burger to celebrate. If you are in the market for fresh destinations to secure a solid case of the meat sweats in beef patty form, you could always go with the burger restaurant brand of the year announced by the Harris Poll EquiTrend Study earlier this year &mdash...
Oreo releases Dunkin’ Donuts mocha cookies 

Oreo releases Dunkin’ Donuts mocha cookies 

Another new flavor of Oreo cookies is hitting store shelves. This time, it’s for coffee lovers. Food & Wine reported that the cookies, first announced in April, are now available across the country. The limited edition cookies are Dunkin’ Donuts Mocha Oreos and have the classic Oreo chocolate wafer and Dunkin’ Donuts mocha-flavored creme. The new flavor is the latest in a number...
When to buy organic & when to save your money

When to buy organic & when to save your money

Step into any supermarket these days and you’re sure to find a wide variety of organic foods on the shelves. From produce, milk and meat to breakfast cereals and snack foods, consumers have their pick of certified organic products—a far cry from the time when you could only find them in natural foods stores. The demand for organic foods continues to soar: According to the Organic...
Meet the ‘Chizza,’ a pizza with a fried-chicken crust

Meet the ‘Chizza,’ a pizza with a fried-chicken crust

What do you call a pizza with a crust that’s made from a big ol’ slab of fried chicken instead of dough? KFC calls it the Chizza. Others have called it an unholy alliance. The Chizza begins with a base of flattened fried chicken topped with tomato sauce, slices of “chicken ham,” pineapple chunks (why, why?), mozzarella and cheese sauce. The Chizza debuted in the Philippines...
McDonald's replacing McFlurry machines after complaints

McDonald's replacing McFlurry machines after complaints

McDonald's is replacing older McFlurry machines after customer complaints about them being broken. The Wall Street Journal reported that the new machines will have fewer parts, making them easier to maintain and clean. The new machines, which will be rolling out in restaurants in the U.S. and Europe, will dispense more flavors than older ones and require less time to clean. Older machines, according...
Pineapple pizzagate forces Iceland president to back off ban

Pineapple pizzagate forces Iceland president to back off ban

Hawaiian pizza is not for everyone. It’s a decadent, tasty treat to some, but for others ham and pineapple are the worst topping choices ever created. Iceland’s president waded into the fray last week when a student asked him a question about pineapple on pizza. (Ham wasn’t mentioned, by the way.)  Guðni Th. Jóhannesson said he found the combination “completely...
Toblerone candy lovers are unhappy with new shape

Toblerone candy lovers are unhappy with new shape

Candy lovers are having trouble with the new look of their Toblerone chocolates. The New York Times reported that the signature triangular peaks of the chocolate, honey and almond nougat treat are much narrower and a lot less dense. Mondelez International, which makes the candy, said that the 400g bar is now 360g and the 170g bar is now 150g. The latter is only sold in the United Kingdom The company's...
Burger King dresses as ghost of McDonald's for Halloween

Burger King dresses as ghost of McDonald's for Halloween

There's nothing like some Halloween cheer to spice up a fast food restaurant rivalry. Burger King and McDonald's have been competitors for decades, but BK's prank take things a bit further. Mashable reported that, in a new promotional video posted to YouTube, a Burger King restaurant and accompanying sign are seen covered in white cloth with two holes and yellow  eyebrows reminiscent of the iconic...
Arby's is celebrating hunting season with venison sandwiches

Arby's is celebrating hunting season with venison sandwiches

Hunting season has begun, and Arby's is offering venison sandwiches to celebrate. Restaurants in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Georgia -- states Arby's said have "heavy deer hunting areas" -- are offering the item starting Oct 31. 1690 Park Place Blvd., St. Louis Park, Minnesota 55416 704 Highway 33 South, Cloquet, Minnesota 55720 348...
Forget the diet, restaurant creates deep-fried Nutella dessert

Forget the diet, restaurant creates deep-fried Nutella dessert

What will the culinary gods think of next? A restaurant in Sydney has come up with one of the most decadent desserts that will be sure to add inches to the waistline of the person who eats it. It's a new deep-fried dessert that weighs more than two pounds of Nutella goodness. The restaurant called Piccolo Me takes a ball of Nutella ice cream, coats it in breadcrumbs and then pours caramel sauce over...
McDonald's recalls Happy Meal fitness trackers

McDonald's recalls Happy Meal fitness trackers

McDonald's is making another effort to emphasize fitness and health by including fitness trackers in its Happy Meals. Engadget reported that a Fitbit-like toy called Step-It will be available for four weeks in children's Happy Meals in the U.S. and Canada. The Step-It fitness trackers, which come in six  colors, blink depending on the level of activity of the child wearing them. “Step-It...
Burger King combines Whopper, burrito for new menu item

Burger King combines Whopper, burrito for new menu item

A week after Chipotle announced plans for its first burger restaurant, Burger King launches another mashup item to its menu. Bloomberg reported that, beginning Aug. 15, the fast-food restaurant is debuting the Whopperito in restaurants across the U.S. The Whopperito, as its name suggests, combines a burrito with Burger King's Whopper. Instead of a bun, it's wrapped in a tortilla and filled with...
The 'McDonald’s of the future' features unlimited fries — and that’s just the beginning

The 'McDonald’s of the future' features unlimited fries — and that’s just the beginning

Walk in, approach the kiosk, place your order via a large touch screen, then sit down and wait for the food to be brought to your table. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the future of McDonald’s. The Chicago Tribune reported that franchisee Chris Habiger brought these upgrades and more to one of his restaurants in St. Joseph, Missouri, which opened to the public Thursday. The 6,500-square-foot...
McDonald's just revamped its chicken nuggets

McDonald's just revamped its chicken nuggets

McDonald's just revamped its chicken nuggets. As of August, they no longer have any artificial preservatives. And later this month, high-fructose corn syrup will be removed from McDonald's buns. McDonald's has, of course, been the target of criticism over its ingredients. The president of McDonald's USA told The New York Times the fast-food chain is trying to talk more openly about...
Health group serves up list of unhealthy eats at chain restaurants

Health group serves up list of unhealthy eats at chain restaurants

Would you eat a 2,850-calorie burger from Uno Pizzera? What about Dave and Buster's 1,910-calorie sandwich? Both of those foods are recipients of the Center for Science in the Public Interest's 2016 XTreme Eating Awards, an annual list of unhealthy food at American restaurants. This year's winners also include The Cheesecake Factory's Fried Chicken and Waffles Benedict, with 2,580 calories, Buffalo...

Beauty is in the mouth of the beholder: Walmart to sell 'ugly' apples

If a fruit or vegetable looked bad but tasted the same, would you buy it? Walmart is betting you will. The retail giant is partnering with a company called "I'm Perfect" that sells apples at a discount because the fruit has cosmetic imperfections that would usually get it thrown into the garbage. When edible food is blemished by hail or high winds, not only does it often go uneaten...
Nutrition labels on tap for beer

Nutrition labels on tap for beer

Drinkers will soon be able to read the number of calories and carbs in a can or bottle of beer.  Health groups have been pushing manufacturers to voluntarily disclose nutrition information. Now, some of the biggest industry names will comply, the Beer Institute announced this month. "No one is going to mistake an alcoholic drink for health food," Lindsay Moyer, of the Center for Science...
Celebrate Labor Day weekend (or anytime) with these incredible BBQ spots

Celebrate Labor Day weekend (or anytime) with these incredible BBQ spots

We have officially entered grilling and barbecue season. The Fourth of July is the most popular holiday in the country for barbecuing, followed by Memorial Day and Labor Day. The truth is that I have been on a BBQ high ever since I came across my favorite new food truck — The Beerded Pig — at a recent food truck rally a few weeks ago at the Yellow Cab Tavern. The salmon, brisket and pulled...
Family-owned restaurant is America's favorite fast-food chain

Family-owned restaurant is America's favorite fast-food chain

A family-owned restaurant tops the fast food list in the American Customer Satisfaction Index Restaurant Report for 2016 was released Tuesday. "The ACSI Restaurant Report 2016 examines the implications of new customer satisfaction benchmarks for major companies in the food services sector, including popular fast food, fast casual and full-service or sit-down dining chains that serve the...
Moe's beats Chipotle to be America's favorite Mexican restaurant

Moe's beats Chipotle to be America's favorite Mexican restaurant

Moe's Southwest Grill has unseated Chipotle as America's favorite fast casual Mexican restaurant. The news comes from a Harris Poll survey that assesses how people feel about certain restaurant brands. This year, Chipotle didn't even rank in the top four after claiming the No. 1 spot the past three years in a row.>> Read more trending stories Taco Bell, Qdoba Mexican Grill and Baja...
Joe's Crab Shack to end no-tipping policy

Joe's Crab Shack to end no-tipping policy

The no-tipping movement may be coming to an end, at least at Joe's Crab Shack. The seafood chain, which began testing a no-tipping model at 18 locations last August, is now ending the practice.
McDonald's testing out new menu item

McDonald's testing out new menu item

Garlic fries may be coming soon to McDonald's. Gilroy Garlic Fries are a limited-time menu item at San Francisco Bay Area McDonald's. "In less than two weeks, our small, four-restaurant test of Gilroy Garlic Fries has been a huge success, and we are now experiencing a temporary shortage of supplies,"  the fast-food restaurant told CNBC Monday. The Twitter account for McDonald's restaurants...
Krispy Kreme launches doughnut dispensing machine

Krispy Kreme launches doughnut dispensing machine

Krispy Kreme is launching a new way to get its doughnuts. But it is only available in the UK. BuzzFeed News confirmed that Krispy Kreme UK is launching a "hole in the wall pop-up" at a London location. The machine will dispense doughnuts into the customer's hand after they select their doughnut. According to BuzzFeed News, the sweet treat will arrive out of a doughnut-shaped hatch after...
9 fresh margarita recipes for Cinco de Mayo

9 fresh margarita recipes for Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo, which is celebrated more in the U.S. than south of the border, isn't Mexican Independence Day. But for many, it is an excuse to eat delicious Mexican foods and indulge in margaritas and beer. >> Read more trending stories   Whether frozen, blended or on the rocks, a margarita is the perfect drink for any festive party or celebratory occasion. Here are nine easy...

Get ready for Cinco de Mayo by whipping up some easy margarita cupcakes

A margarita in cupcake form is perfect for Cinco de Mayo. This easy recipe uses boxed cake mix, which simplifies the process, but don’t be afraid to swap that for homemade white cake if you’d prefer. You will need: Cupcakes1 box white cake mix3 large eggs½ cup vegetable oil1/3 cup lime juice1/3 cup tequila1 tablespoon lime zest1/3 cup buttermilk Frosting8 ounces cream cheese½...
Ben & Jerry's is giving away free ice cream

Ben & Jerry's is giving away free ice cream

Get ready for another free guilty pleasure. Ben & Jerry's scoop shops are scooping out their ice cream for free today all around the world.   From noon to 8 p.m., the popular ice cream company's stores will give everyone who stops by a cone of your favorite flavor for free.  It's the company's way to say thanks for another year of success, according to Ben & Jerry's Facebook event....
Where is America's No. 1 ramen restaurant?

Where is America's No. 1 ramen restaurant?

In Time Out’s list of best ramen restaurants, only two states get multiple shout-outs (New York has two restaurants on the list, and California has four). But it's Texas’ lone star ramen place right here in the 512 - Ramen Tatsu-ya - that has been named America's No. 1 ramen restaurant. Two ex-DJs opened Ramen Tatsu-ya in September 2012, and the restaurant immediately began drawing...

Starbucks celebrates spring with limited-time cherry blossom frappuccino

To celebrate spring, Starbucks is offering a new blended beverage Wednesday through Sunday.  >> Read more trending stories   Starbucks describes the Cherry Blossom frappuccino as "a blend of sweet strawberries and cream with white chocolate sauce and matcha drizzle, topped with whipped cream and a sprinkle of matcha." Matcha is a powdered form of green tea.  "...
Pizza Hut’s National Pi Day contest combines free pizza, math

Pizza Hut’s National Pi Day contest combines free pizza, math

You could win 3.14 years’ worth of free pizza from Pizza Hut if you win the chain’s Pi Day contest, but you better have a sharp mind in addition to a big appetite. That’s because Pizza Hut will require contest participants to solve math problems, ranging from high school to PhD level in difficulty. The three questions will be posted on Pizza Hut’s blog, beginning at 8 a.m....
Cadbury Creme Egg McFlurry comes to McDonald's

Cadbury Creme Egg McFlurry comes to McDonald's

Easter treats have come early for lovers of Cadbury Creme Eggs. McDonald's is blending its famous McFlurry soft serve with the Cadbury treats to make a Cadbury Creme Egg McFlurry. The sweet treat was announced in a McDonald's Australia press release Monday. The release describes the new menu item as "a delicious mouthful of chocolate pieces and Creme Egg topping, blended into a creamy soft serve...
This clever Chick-fil-A promotion encourages family time

This clever Chick-fil-A promotion encourages family time

We're all familiar with the scenario: You sit down to dinner with your family, look around the table and everyone is staring at their phones. In our uber-connected world, it's hard to find a single second that isn't interrupted by some text, tweet, message or alert, and family dinners are no different. But a Chick-fil-A promotion wants to put an end to all that. With the promotion the chain is trying...
New app splits dinner bills based on wage inequality

New app splits dinner bills based on wage inequality

There's an app on the way that helps you split up the dinner bill with some adjustments for race and gender income inequalities.  >> Read more trending stories   The app, called Equipay, is essentially a satirical statement about income gaps in the U.S. For instance, when using the app, women would only pay 78 cents for every $1 men pay of the bill. If a person disagrees with their...
9 fresh margarita recipes for National Margarita Day

9 fresh margarita recipes for National Margarita Day

In case you needed an excuse to indulge, Feb. 22 is National Margarita Day. >> Read more trending stories   According to the Smithsonian, there are many stories about how the margarita came to be. One story says that Carlos "Danny" Herrera developed the drink at his Tijuana-area restaurant, Rancho La Gloria, around 1938. He's said to have created the drink for a frequent customer...
A look inside the new Zinks Meats and Fine Wines

A look inside the new Zinks Meats and Fine Wines

The name tells a lot, but not the whole story. Lunch options look good, such as chicken wings and the Pulled Pork and Reuben sandwiches. Plus, the barbecue sauce is made back in the kitchen. Round out the meal with giant Kosher-style deli pickles and a slice of homemade cake. There’s a display of items that would make great food gifts, such as Chub Rub and Jump’s Peanuts, both locally...
Krispy Kreme returning to New England

Krispy Kreme returning to New England

There's some good news for doughnut loving New Englanders -- Krispy Kreme Doughtnuts has announced it's coming back to the region. The company announced  it will open four stores in New Hampshire and three more in Maine in the "next several years." The company didn't provide a specific timeline for the openings. "We already have a nice following in both states, so we're confident...
Sonic Drive-In celebrates Presidents Day with $1 hot dogs

Sonic Drive-In celebrates Presidents Day with $1 hot dogs

Workers and students across the country will get a little time off Monday to celebrate the birthdays of presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, and at least one fast-food chain is taking the time to celebrate Presidents Day its own way. At participating Sonic Drive-In locations on Monday, hungry customers can choose between a pair of hot dogs for $1. Patrons can get either a 6-inch All American...
Watch: How to make Oreo-filled Reese's and Reese's-filled Oreos

Watch: How to make Oreo-filled Reese's and Reese's-filled Oreos

The Food Surgeon might have just won the key to our hearts and our taste buds.  In a dramatic video uploaded to YouTube on Jan. 31, the "surgeon" precisely operates on an Oreo cookie and a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup to combine the two delicious treats into two new mouthwatering creations.  Behold, the Oreo-filled Reese's cup and the Reese-filled Oreo.  In four and...
Insane Super Bowl nachos feature 50 ingredients, weigh 66 pounds

Insane Super Bowl nachos feature 50 ingredients, weigh 66 pounds

In 2016, Bon Appétit magazine accepted a culinary challenge from Epicurious to create nachos featuring 50 ingredients in honor of Super Bowl 50. The results are mind-boggling.  Let’s break it down for those brave souls who want to attempt the recipe for future games. Bon Appétit’s 50-ingredient nachos is made up of 12 layers, with 9 kinds of meat plus chili and...
Where to find the best bowls of chili in Dayton

Where to find the best bowls of chili in Dayton

Here are five of the area’s best chili recommendations — and they could not be any different than night and day. Each will make a cold night just a little warmer. Where can I find it:  Trolley Stop, 530 E. Fifth St., Dayton, (937) 461-1101 How does it taste: Hearty helping of grass-fed beef and veggies with red beans in a broth sauce. The meat is fresh from Keener Farms...
LaBelle vs. Franklin: Aretha Franklin to start food line

LaBelle vs. Franklin: Aretha Franklin to start food line

Any alleged beef between singers Aretha Franklin and Patti LaBelle may be settled in the food aisle of your favorite grocery store. >> Read more trending stories   Franklin plans to come out with a food line that will likely include desserts. The Queen of Soul talked about her food products with Detroit Local 4. She said she also plans to offer chili, her special gumbo and baked chicken...
Recipe: Apricot-glazed ham steaks

Recipe: Apricot-glazed ham steaks

Hands on time:   Total time: 30 minutes  Serves: 3 3 ( 1/4-pound) ham steaks or 1 ( 3/4-pound) ham steak cut into thirds 1/4 cup apricot spreadable fruit 1/4 cup orange juice 1 orange, peeled and sliced  In a lightly oiled large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, add ham when skillet is hot. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until...
Recipe: Ambrosia dessert

Recipe: Ambrosia dessert

"At holiday gatherings, while Dot was alive, she spoke of her mother and her wonderful cooking. Some of these recipes were passed to me. The ambrosia, simple as it is in ingredients, is definitely a refreshing favorite. It was always served as a dessert after a huge [holiday] meal, when it was peak season for citrus."  Hands on time: 10 minutes  Total time: 10 minutes ...
Cinnamon Bun Oreos debut while a once limited time flavor returns

Cinnamon Bun Oreos debut while a once limited time flavor returns

There’s a new kind of Oreo on the block. To the delight of cookie lovers, Cinnamon Bun Oreos hit the shelves Monday. They consist of a cinnamon bun-flavored cream nestled between a pair of cinnamon cookies. They’re designed to have a “fresh-from-the-oven” taste and cost $4.49, according to Eater. The cookies appeared on shelves alongside a much-loved, limited time flavor that...
How to make Wookiee cookies

How to make Wookiee cookies

Got your Wookiee cookies ready? In anticipation of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” The Force is on just about everybody’s mind — and that includes Robin Davis, the author of the original official “Star Wars” cookbook. It was the late 1990s and Davis, who lives in Ohio now, was working as a food writer at the San Francisco Chronicle. Chronicle Books was publishing...
Bake these mint chocolate chip cookies on Thanksgiving

Bake these mint chocolate chip cookies on Thanksgiving

Betty Crocker has an incredible recipe for Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies. Enjoy! You will need:1 pouch Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix½ cup butter or margarine, softened¼ to ½ teaspoon mint extract6 to 8 drops green food coloring1 egg1 cup crème de menthe baking chips1 cup semisweet chocolate chunks Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl, stir cookie mix, butter, mint extract...
Woman attacks restaurant manager with chicken nuggets

Woman attacks restaurant manager with chicken nuggets

A hungry diner was upset when her nuggets and fries were not as hot as she would have liked. KCCI reports the woman then upped her game by chunking the food at the Burger King manager. When workers told the woman they were calling police her response was, “I don’t (profanity) care.” The nugget tosser left the restaurant, but cops found a car matching descriptions given by witnesses...
Vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes made with real food (not Tofurkey)

Vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes made with real food (not Tofurkey)

Vegetarians at a family Thanksgiving dinner are accustomed to getting the stink eye, the exasperated sigh, and the classic, “I think these mashed potatoes are meat-free…oh wait, I used chicken stock.” On a day that emphasizes indulgence to the point of a bellyache, those who choose to avoid meat are often the odd ones out. Instead of complaining, vegetarians just grin, bear...
Nabisco releases limited-edition Hot Cocoa cookies

Nabisco releases limited-edition Hot Cocoa cookies

Nabisco is hoping to warm you up this winter with its latest Chips Ahoy flavor - but only for a limited time. >> Read more trending stories   Hot Cocoa Chips Ahoy will hit store shelves across the country on Nov. 2. The hot chocolate-flavored cookies are filled with a creamy fudge center and contain marshmallows and chocolate chips. According to Thrillest, the special-edition cookies...

Vermont hotel to serve $75 roadkill-inspired menu

Hotel Vermont will offer a "Wild About Vermont" event on Nov. 7 that will feature a game supper, with donations from hunters and fishermen in the state. The game supper will include fish, deer, bear, moose, muskrat and other roadkill. You read right: They'll serve roadkill. Vermont Fish and Wildlife will supply three animals that were injured or killed on roads and highways for...
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