This weekend is your chance to sample some of the Miami Valley’s best restaurants in one location.
Miami Valley Restaurant Association’s annual Taste of the Miami Valley kicks off tonight at RiverScape MetroPark, 111 E. Monument Ave., as part of Downtown Dayton Partnership’s Urban Nights celebrate.
The Taste of The Miami Valley is from 5 to 11 p.m. tonight and 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday.
Urban Nights is 5 to 10 p.m. tonight only in downtown Dayton, the Oregon District and Wright-Dunbar Business Village.
There is a chance of rain for tonight night’s activities, but hopefully that won’t stop the party or rappelling.
Massive tents will cover the three specially designated areas — “International Street,” Second Street between Main and Jefferson streets; “Arts Corner,” St. Clair and Fourth streets; and “Live on Five,” corner of Fifth and Pine streets in the Oregon District — this evening and 100 indoor venues are participating in Urban Nights.
About 20 restaurants will participate in the Taste of the Miami Valley.
Amy Zahora, executive director of the Miami Valley Restaurant Association, said the event will also showcase wine and craft beer as well as street performers and live musical acts. The Waiting , a popular Tom Petty Tribute Band, will be featured Saturday night.
The grub is the man draw. Dishes will cost $3 to $6 each and a ticket system will be used. Each ticket is a dollar.
“The menu looked really good,” Zahora said.
Several new restaurants will serve at this year’s taste.
Several hits from Bacon Fest at the Fraze will also be served, Zahora said.
This writer will be a part of a four person panel judging best, soup, fries, seafood, BBQ, appetizer, entree, ethnic dish, dessert; Italian, sandwich, booth and best damn taste.
A people’s choice award will also be given out.
Here is a look at what will be served:
Agnes All Natural Grill
Veggie Skewer two tickets
Jerk Wings one ticket per wing
Lamb Burger three tickets
Brown Sugar Lemonade three tickets
Brown Sugar Lemonade Cake two tickets
Cabbage Roll three tickets
Apple Crisp three tickets
Cheddar Bacon Fries four tickets
Strawberry Pie three tickets
Pumpkin Pie three tickets
Pumpkin Supreme Pie three tickets
Boxes of Chocolate Chunk or M&M cookies three tickets
Brixx Ice House
Fat Elvis Sandwich (Peanut Butter, Bacon and Banana) three tickets
Brixx Dragon Toes (Boneless Wings | Medium, BBQ, Teriyaki) three tickets
Brixx 1/4 Pound Cheese Burger three tickets
Brixx Cheesy Mac and Cheese three tickets
Brixx Frozen Flavored Lemonade (Non-Alcoholic Version) three tickets
Sides three tickets
BBQ Chicken Quarters Jerk Style five tickets
Chicken Wings five tickets
Pork Chops six tickets
Tomato Bisque served with Parmesan Crisp three tickets
Crazy Mango Bar & Bistro
Thai Chunga – Pad Thai wrapped in flour tortilla and deep fried (a Bahn Mai original)
Basil Stir Fry
Boneless Wings – Mojito, Asian peanut, Huli Huli (Hawaiian sweet & sour) sauce
Thai Ice Tea
Three Lemon pepper wings three tickets
Soul Roll 1 four tickets or two for six tickets
Sweet Potato Bread Pudding three tickets
Crazy Crab Dip with Deep Fried Pita Crisps three tickets
Two Bacon Wrapped Crab Balls Deep Fried and topped with Lobster Sauce four tickets
Lobster Bisque Served with Oyster Crackers six tickets
Homemade Cheesecake with Apple Walnut Chutney four tickets
Arepa three tickets
Chicken Empanadas four tickets
Paella six tickets
Meatball Sub three tickets
Steak Pepper and Onions three tickets
Hickory River Smokehouse
Pulled Pork Sandwiches three tickets
Baby Back Ribs four tickets
Loaded Pulled-Pork Nachos three tickets
Mixed Vegetable Korma with rice and Naan five tickets
Chicken Tikka Masala with rice and Naan five tickets
Naan one ticket
Vegetable Samosa one ticket
Mango Lassi one ticket
McCormick & Schmick’s
Blackened Fish Tacos three tickets
Salmon Orzo with Pesto, Tomato, Mushroom, and artichoke six tickets
Humus four tickets
Salad four tickets
Falafel six tickets
Beef Gyro six tickets
Chicken Gyro six tickets
Ritter’s Frozen Custard
All Sundaes five tickets
Small Dish No Toppings three tickets
Parmesan Truffled Fries three tickets
Italian Shrimp and Grits five tickets
Chips and Hummus four tickets
Shish Crisps three tickets
Shish Fried four tickets
Stuffed Grape Leaves five tickets
Chicken Skewer with Sauce five tickets
Smoothie King’s Menu
Angel Food Smoothie three tickets
Berry Punch Smoothie three tickets
Mango Fest Smoothie three tickets
Chocolate Covered Bacon three tickets
Turtle Brownies four ticket
Chocolate Pretzels two for five tickets
Caramel Apples six tickets
Iced Coffee three tickets
Ice Tea three tickets
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