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National Cheeseburger Day: We tried a new veggie option at Five Guys and were happily surprised 

Today is National Cheeseburger Day and we understand that not everyone is going to want to participate in this meaty day of celebration.  There’s a non-beef, veggie option unveiled at Five Guys earlier this year that is a great alternative for anyone going out to dinner tonight with their patty-loving companions.  The Veggie Sandwich is not a veggie burger patty like you might expect...
JUST IN: Asian restaurant in Kettering closes after 10 years, will relocate

JUST IN: Asian restaurant in Kettering closes after 10 years, will relocate

 An Asian restaurant that has operated in Kettering for nearly a decade has closed, but its owner, who helped introduce many in the Dayton area to Thai cuisine 14 years ago, says she intends to reopen a new restaurant two miles away in Dayton in early 2019. Siam Pad Thai — which has offered a variety of Thai dishes as well as an extensive menu of sushi and sashimi since it opened in...
BREW NEWS: Washington Twp. brewery to host 1st anniversary party this weekend

BREW NEWS: Washington Twp. brewery to host 1st anniversary party this weekend

The only Dayton-area brewery to win multiple gold medals two months ago in the first-ever Ohio Craft Brewers Cup will celebrate its first anniversary this Sunday, Sept. 23. The anniversary party for Heavier Than Air Brewing Co. will be held from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the brewery and tap room at 497 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, in the Normandy Square retail center in Washington...
Start your Oktoberfest celebration early with Warped Wing special beer release

Start your Oktoberfest celebration early with Warped Wing special beer release

Oktoberfest. It’s everyone’s favorite time of year, right? You can get a jump start on your Oktoberfest fun with a special event Thursday night to celebrate the release of Warped Wing Brewing Company’s Oktoberfest Lager, Lagerstadt. The seasonal brew will be available for a limited time. “See a bright golden color with copper highlights. Taste subtle hints of honey, hazelnut...
Basil’s on Market dishing out three courses of comfort every Monday

Basil’s on Market dishing out three courses of comfort every Monday

Every Monday night at Basil's, you can feast on a Prime Rib Dinner Special. The tender, juicy prime rib entree starts with a salad and comes with a baked potato and seasoned vegetables, and ends with a decadent dessert. This three-course meal is $25 and available in limited quantities. What: Prime Rib Monday night special at Basil’s on Market TROY LOCATION  937.875.2068  18 N. Market...
Why this fund-raiser featuring Dayton’s best chefs should be on your radar

Why this fund-raiser featuring Dayton’s best chefs should be on your radar

YELLOW SPRINGS — Last weekend more than 160 people packed into tents in the middle of a nature preserve outside of the Glen Helen Raptor Center on a rainy evening to enjoy the Whoo Cooks for You? benefit. The event started more than seven years ago with a farm to table event that had 40 people attend. As Ann Simonson, project manager at The Glen Helen Ecology Institute puts it, “fine dining...
Familiar face at the 2nd Street Market to retire at end of the year

Familiar face at the 2nd Street Market to retire at end of the year

The man who has overseen the Five Rivers MetroParks 2nd Street Market for the last 16 years is proud of the sense of community that he sees every week in the market’s corridors, farmers market stands and other vendor spaces. “This market really reflects Dayton and the Midwest and our values,” Jimmy Harless said of the public market at East Second and Webster streets in downtown Dayton...
RESTAURANT CLOSING: Star City BBQ shuts its doors after 3 years

RESTAURANT CLOSING: Star City BBQ shuts its doors after 3 years

The Dayton area has one fewer barbecue restaurant — but the eatery’s building and contents are for sale or lease. Star City BBQ at 1015 S. Main St. in south Miamisburg closed its doors permanently on Tuesday, owner Ray Isaac confirmed to this news outlet Tuesday night. “It’s been three years, and I’ve enjoyed it. I’m going to miss it,” Isaac said. The building...
Donato’s Pizza shuts down Dayton restaurant

Donato’s Pizza shuts down Dayton restaurant

A Donato’s Pizza restaurant that had operated for more than two decades in the Five Oaks Neighborhood of Dayton — and which had a national chain competitor directly across the street — has shut its doors for good. The restaurant at 1805 N. Main St. closed its doors Sunday night, Sept. 9. It is the first local store closing for the Columbus-based Donato’s Pizza chain during...
Here’s how you can get your hands on a $250 bottle of ultra-premium bourbon — without driving to Kentucky

Here’s how you can get your hands on a $250 bottle of ultra-premium bourbon — without driving to Kentucky

The Ohio Division of Liquor Control is again teaming up with Russell’s Reserve Bourbon for a special release in the Buckeye state, but this time, the bourbon will be even more limited — and much more expensive. It is also, according to division officials, one of the most sought-after vintage bourbon releases of the year, the Russell’s Reserve 2002. There will be a scant...
Two Winans chocolate shops to be sold

Two Winans chocolate shops to be sold

Two Dayton-area Winans Chocolates + Coffees shops will soon get new franchise ownership, the current franchisee told this new outlet. Ben Czajka, the franchisee who oversees six Dayton-area stores for the Piqua-based Winans, said he is selling two of his Winans shops: one at 5839 Far Hills Ave. (Ohio 48) in Washington Twp. and one at The Greene Town Center in Beavercreek. The shops’ new...
Rivertown Brewery promises you’ll have an exBEERience

Rivertown Brewery promises you’ll have an exBEERience

I was unfamiliar with Rivertown Brewery and Barrel House in Monroe when we stopped in for dinner recently. With no prior expectations, I sauntered in to the 4,000-square-foot dining room with sweeping views into the brewing area. It was clear immediately that this was a place that was serious about its beer. The $6 million facility that opened in early 2017 is spacious, open, industrial and pays proper...
El Meson’s 40th birthday celebration continues with four more epic anniversary events

El Meson’s 40th birthday celebration continues with four more epic anniversary events

El Meson is keeping the party going in celebrating four decades in business.>> 40 things to know and love about El Meson The restaurant announced this week they will be hosting four separate events in a world-spanning celebration, which kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 11. “We had such a great time with all of our neighbors last July at the anniversary party that we wanted to extend the celebration...
Order Greek Festival foods, treats in bulk today to take and bake at home

Order Greek Festival foods, treats in bulk today to take and bake at home

The Dayton Greek Festival just announced an offer today for bulk food carryout that you can take and bake at home. You can enjoy some of the festivals most beloved treats for days and weeks to come. PASTITSIO (macaroni with meat and white sauce), frozen, 24 pieces — $75 MOUSSAKA (eggplant and meat with white sauce), frozen, 24 pieces — $ 75 DOLMATHES (meat and rice in grape leaves)...
FESTIVAL DELICIOUSNESS TO GO: Italian festival to offer carryout again today

FESTIVAL DELICIOUSNESS TO GO: Italian festival to offer carryout again today

When rain puts a damper on your plans, you change the plans. One of Dayton’s most beloved festivals — famous for food prepared over countless hours by dedicated volunteers — is offering drive-up service again today so you can grab some festival food to take home.  Both the Dayton Greek Festival and the Italian Fall Festa offered to-go options on Saturday. The Italian Fall Festa...
THROWBACK: The top 10 Dayton-area restaurants of a quarter-century ago

THROWBACK: The top 10 Dayton-area restaurants of a quarter-century ago

Good food alone isn't enough anymore for a restaurant to survive. In Dayton, as with the rest of the country, customers want more for less money. They want atmosphere and action, and they want it on their terms. For most diners, that translates into a casual and lively setting.   With that in mind, I looked at the major restaurant players and some that are trying to scramble to the top....
Boston Stoker coffee to celebrate 45 years with discounts, special offers 

Boston Stoker coffee to celebrate 45 years with discounts, special offers 

Dayton-area coffee shop retailer and coffee roaster Boston Stoker will celebrate its 45th anniversary next week with a variety of special offers and discounts. A three-week-long “Flashback Sale” will start Monday, Sept. 10 and extend through Sept. 30 and will offer $2 off all 12-ounce bags of coffee beans. Also on Monday, Boston Stoker’s coffee shops will offer 25 percent off...
JUST IN: Change of plans for the NUTmobile’s schedule

JUST IN: Change of plans for the NUTmobile’s schedule

The Planters NUTmobile had a change of plans today.  Initially, the schedule for the vehicle affectionately known to its driver as a “24-foot-long peanut on wheels” called for an appearance today, Thursday Sept. 6, at Marc’s, the grocery store that opened last month on Whipp Road in the southeast corner of Kettering.  That appearance has been cancelled and replaced...
NUTmobile to crack open some nut love with 4 Dayton-area appearances

NUTmobile to crack open some nut love with 4 Dayton-area appearances

** UPDATE** There has been a change of plans, and the Planters NUTmobile will NOT be appearing at Marc’s grocery store in Kettering on Thursday, Sept. 6 as previously announced, but will instead appear at the Kroger store at 3520 W. Siebenthaler Ave. in Dayton from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Thursday, Sept. 6 date. All other appearances described below are unchanged. **** A Planters NUTmobile...
Eat your way through Ohio’s best Buckeyes, including many in Dayton

Eat your way through Ohio’s best Buckeyes, including many in Dayton

While it may not be the official state candy, it certainly is one of Ohio’s most beloved candy traditions. The Buckeye candy is in the state spotlight not only because it’s Buckeye season. There is now an official statewide Ohio Buckeye Candy Trail. The Ohio Buckeye Candy Trail is a 31-stop trail highlighting local, family-owned and nationally known chocolate artisan from across the...
Restaurant famous for its crazy grilled cheese creations to take on Mac & Cheese 

Restaurant famous for its crazy grilled cheese creations to take on Mac & Cheese 

MELT Bar & Grilled is embracing Mac & Cheese in a very big way with some new menu additions. The Cleveland-based restaurant chain that operates a location at the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek will unveil what it calls a “Maniacal Macaroni & Cheese” menu in October that will allow diners to build their own, and then customize their dish. Here’s how it works: Diners...
Sporty’s Taphouse & Grill opens with 60 taps and ‘food that goes with beer’

Sporty’s Taphouse & Grill opens with 60 taps and ‘food that goes with beer’

It’s been several months of hard work for managing member Howard Mason and others involved in the founding and development of Sporty’s Taphouse & Grill, but the region’s newest sports-themed restaurant  and its 60 beer taps are ready to make their debut today, Thursday, Sept. 6, at 11 a.m. The sports pub is located at 5202 N. Main St. in Harrison Twp., in space that formerly...
Tangy coleslaw a perfect side dish for spicy Southwest burgers

Tangy coleslaw a perfect side dish for spicy Southwest burgers

Spicy tomato salsa gives these light, juicy chicken burgers a hint of the Southwest. Cool coleslaw is a perfect side dish for burgers. Making fresh coleslaw that is tangy and crunchy is a breeze using shredded cabbage or coleslaw mix available in the produce department of the supermarket. Look for ground chicken made from chicken breast meat only. If it says ground chicken, it may contain skin, fat...
COMING SOON: New tapas bar overlooking the Great Miami River 

COMING SOON: New tapas bar overlooking the Great Miami River 

A Spanish-themed tapas bar with a striking riverfront view is gearing up to open on the banks of the Great Miami in downtown Dayton. “Bar Granada” will be part Spanish deli, part European Cafe, according to co-founder Paul Pelnar. Build-out for the new business is underway at 5 W. Monument Ave. at North Main Street, in space that previously housed the Wine Gallery Cafe. No opening...
August restaurant highlights: 3 new, 7 coming soon and 1 closing

August restaurant highlights: 3 new, 7 coming soon and 1 closing

Here is what happened on the Dayton dining scene this month. The good news and the bad news ... A new Mexican restaurant, Rancheros Cocina Mexicana, opened at Cross Pointe Centre.  The Rancheros Cocina Mexicana menu includes fajitas, chimichangas, enchiladas, burritos and other Mexican specialties, including the Jalisco Special: Sauteed shrimp, chicken or steak in red sauce served with zucchini...
Restaurants and bars in Dayton that will be open for Labor Day

Restaurants and bars in Dayton that will be open for Labor Day

If you’re planning on heading out for food or drinks on Labor Day, be advised many local institutions will be closed or have adjusted hours. We reached out to local restaurants on Facebook to find out which restaurants are operating with special hours. Here are the details the restaurants shared with us: • Ghostlight Coffee will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Labor Day &bull...
A ‘Queer Eye’ makeover for a vintage diner

A ‘Queer Eye’ makeover for a vintage diner

The first thing Antoni Porowski — the food and wine expert on “Queer Eye,” this year’s hit reboot of the makeover TV show — wants everyone to know about his new West Village restaurant is that it will not center on avocado. The fruit became a meme associated with Porowski after two episodes of the inaugural season showed him teaching the program’s recruits how to...
Hospitality, Senegal’s way, at Teranga in Harlem

Hospitality, Senegal’s way, at Teranga in Harlem

For years, chef Pierre Thiam has been planning to open a restaurant and call it Teranga. Translated from Wolof, a language spoken in Senegal, teranga means hospitality — though as Thiam explained it, the meaning is more significant, and more complex, than any English translation will allow. “It’s such an important word in our culture, and it’s high up in our values,”...
Tangy coleslaw a perfect side dish for spicy Southwest burgers

Tangy coleslaw a perfect side dish for spicy Southwest burgers

Spicy tomato salsa gives these light, juicy chicken burgers a hint of the Southwest. Cool coleslaw is a perfect side dish for burgers. Making fresh coleslaw that is tangy and crunchy is a breeze using shredded cabbage or coleslaw mix available in the produce department of the supermarket. Look for ground chicken made from chicken breast meat only. If it says ground chicken, it may contain skin, fat...
A beautiful mess in a savory pie

A beautiful mess in a savory pie

Ratatouille can take many forms. There’s fancy: eggplant, tomatoes and zucchini artfully cut and arranged in a dish before baking — the kind of thing you don’t mind getting the china down for. And there’s simple: a potentially sloppy mix of long-stewed vegetables, liable to collapse in an oily heap on your everyday plates before being devoured. The same can be said for ratatouille...
La Vie is so bad I'm only writing about it as a warning

La Vie is so bad I'm only writing about it as a warning

Every now and then I encounter a restaurant that's so dismissive of diners' senses, my initial reaction is simply not to write about it. Why waste the money, the words and your precious time? But the bigger and pricier a place, the more I feel the need to warn readers away from, among other dining pratfalls, kitchens that can't cook and design that makes you dizzy. Take La Vie, which opened in July...
JUST IN: A small, specialty frozen-yogurt maker to open new Dayton area shop, then look to expand

JUST IN: A small, specialty frozen-yogurt maker to open new Dayton area shop, then look to expand

A Cincinnati-based frozen-yogurt chain that operates five locations in and around Cincinnati will open a new shop in the Dayton area this fall — and there could be more to follow.   Yagoot frozen yogurt will add a store in the Marketplace at Settlers Walk retail center anchored by Dorothy Lane Market (DLM) on Ohio 741 in Springboro. The space at 734 N. Main St. Suite B formerly housed...
Eat the best Turkish food around all in one place at this weekend’s festival

Eat the best Turkish food around all in one place at this weekend’s festival

Everyone’s favorite reason to head to a festival is obviously the smells and tastes of fresh festival food. This Dayton festival cuts to the chase and gets right down to the good stuff. The Turkish American Society of Ohio-Dayton is holding a Turkish Food Festival on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Turkish food can be, at times, just as tricky to prepare as it is delicious. That’s...
The best food deals and sales to score at The Greene over Labor Day weekend

The best food deals and sales to score at The Greene over Labor Day weekend

Today and tomorrow, Aug. 30 and 31, are the final days to take advantage of a free ice cream offer at a restaurant at The Greene, and other stores and shops in the center are offering discounts that extend through the Labor Day weekend.  Deg’s Flame Grilled Chicken, a healthy-alternative restaurant serving grilled chicken and other lower-fat offerings, opened in May 2017 at 15 Greene Blvd...
General Mills adds more leave for new moms and other parents

General Mills adds more leave for new moms and other parents

Starting next year, General Mills will bump its paid maternity and parental leave offerings to match some of the more generous big employers in the U.S. All new parents at the food giant will be eligible for 12 weeks of paid time off to care for a newborn, and birth mothers will get an additional six to eight weeks of maternity leave. Under the old policy, General Mills gave two weeks of parental...
This herbaceous take on a blondie is crispy, gooey and impossible to stop eating

This herbaceous take on a blondie is crispy, gooey and impossible to stop eating

I tend to hoard cookbooks at my desk, waiting to flip through them when I'm on the lookout for something new/interesting/delicious/fast/easy. "Sticky Fingers, Green Thumb" by Hayley McKee had been languishing on the shelf for the better part of the year. The cover features a "naked" cake adorned with greenery and blooms, and frankly all I could think of was flower crowns and the...
Batidos for Bed-Stuy

Batidos for Bed-Stuy

Cuban bakeries in Miami offer pastries, breads, sandwiches and those wonderful pre-smoothie-era confections, tropical fruit batidos. Ricardo Barreras, a restaurateur who is from Miami, opened his Pilar Cuban Eatery in Brooklyn nine years ago. Soon his Pilar Cuban Bakery next door will be ready to sell savory and sweet specialties, including croquettes and empanadas, Cuban tamales filled with pork...
Snoop Dogg’s first cookbook includes mac and cheese, gin and juice, even lobster thermidor

Snoop Dogg’s first cookbook includes mac and cheese, gin and juice, even lobster thermidor

These days, Snoop Dogg is known in food circles as much for his collaboration with Martha Stewart as he is for his music. The rapper, who was born and raised in Long Beach, Calif., has been co-hosting “Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party” on VH1 with Stewart since 2016. (The show was nominated for an Emmy last year; Snoop has 17 Grammy nominations.) So it might not come as too...
London flavors head west

London flavors head west

In theater and music, the English come to New York in droves. In food, not so much. But this season London is on our doorstep with Sunday roasts, afternoon tea and lemon posset. The first British opening this season is in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in the new Hoxton hotel that has taken over a former factory for Rosenwach tanks, those wooden rooftop reservoirs that dot the New York skyline. The central...

You know fall’s near when Pumpkin Spice everything hits Starbucks and store shelves

It seems that for some folks, it’s never too early to celebrate autumn. At least, that’s the motivation behind Starbucks’ decision to release its Pumpkin Spice Latte, a fall favorite, this week ahead of any actual season change. Made with real pumpkin, Starbucks’ espresso, steam milk and fall spices, the seasonal beverage returns for its 15th year on Aug. 28 — nearly...
New York is just a bowl of Chinese noodles

New York is just a bowl of Chinese noodles

The Bowery already has a restaurant called Great NY Noodletown. But these days, that name could describe the entire city, which suddenly seems awash in noodle menus. It’s not all lo mein and chow fun. Young, savvy Chinese-Americans are leaning into the regional dishes of their heritage, building restaurant groups that leverage China’s diverse noodle canon. This fall, Dunhuang, a northwestern-Chinese...
‘We are eating the salmon they need to eat’: Seattle chef’s gesture aims to help hungry orcas

‘We are eating the salmon they need to eat’: Seattle chef’s gesture aims to help hungry orcas

To save more chinook salmon for starving orcas, Seattle chef Renee Erickson has taken it off the menu. Erickson, chef and co-owner of Sea Creatures, which includes Seattle restaurants The Walrus and the Carpenter and The Whale Wins, announced her decision recently to her newsletter subscribers and chefs. It’s something she has been thinking about for a while. But it was the sight of Tahlequah...
Video shows Taco Bell employee refusing to take English-speaking customer's order

Video shows Taco Bell employee refusing to take English-speaking customer's order

Taco Bell has parted ways with an employee captured in a video telling a woman at a Florida drive-through that she couldn't take her order because no one working at the store spoke English. » RELATED: Taco Bell voted best Mexican restaurant in US The video was posted on Wednesday by Alexandria Montgomery. It depicted her and at least one other person in a car at the drive-through window...
How to deal with your picky eater

How to deal with your picky eater

Tired of dealing with kids who have demanding palates? Instead of indulging their often unhealthy demands, Atlanta-based Chef Ahki offers a few table-tested ideas to satisfy finicky eaters. "Sometimes our kids will try to see if they can get away with eating foods that they know you don't approve of," said Chef Ahki, who's also a mother of one. "They will test us with chips and...
Grilling fanatic? Get $10K to eat barbecue as Reynolds' new 'chief grilling officer'

Grilling fanatic? Get $10K to eat barbecue as Reynolds' new 'chief grilling officer'

Hungry for a new career? Reynolds Kitchens has a mouthwatering new job opportunity. According to a post on its website, the company best known for its aluminum foil is hiring a chief grilling officer to help "identify the best grilling techniques and tips" to pass along to Reynolds' fans. "As CGO, you won't need a comfy corner office. That's because for two weeks, you'll be too...
Why this old-school restaurant is one of the area’s best-kept dining secrets

Why this old-school restaurant is one of the area’s best-kept dining secrets

Tucked half-way between Springfield and Dayton in tiny Medway is a Clark County restaurant gem that residents from both cities should get to know. Here are just a few reasons you should plan a visit as soon as possible … The vibe: Get ready for a time warp. The walls and cabinets full of old toys and kitschy antiques will transport you to another era. The hot orange chairs and turquoise booths...
Take your out-of-town guests to these 3 cool Dayton brewpubs

Take your out-of-town guests to these 3 cool Dayton brewpubs

The biggest food holiday of the year has come and gone, ushering in the biggest holiday season of the year. With December taking center stage in just a few days, it often can mean meeting and hosting family and friends over the course of the month. But what to do and where to go? Some of the best options can be destinations that feel a little bit more like an adventure. The Miami Valley craft...
6 easy side dishes anyone can make for Thanksgiving Day

6 easy side dishes anyone can make for Thanksgiving Day

Although the turkey will surely take center stage at your Thanksgiving table, a few unforgettable side dishes can't hurt. These simple Thanksgiving sides won't take very much time or effort to pull together, but look (and taste) like a million bucks. This Thanksgiving Day, give your family a feast they won't forget by including a few of these easy-to-make dishes to accompany the big star. Homemade...
This hidden restaurant is probably not on your radar yet, but should be

This hidden restaurant is probably not on your radar yet, but should be

If you haven’t been to the Marriott over near UD lately, it’s looking really, really different. In fact, it’s all grown up. This summer The Dayton Marriott at the University of Dayton completed a $23 million renovation of hotel rooms, restaurant and conference rooms. The major remodel ushered in a modern, open restaurant and bar concept that said goodbye to the very dated Gambit&rsquo...
The ultimate guide to a budget-friendly Thanksgiving dinner

The ultimate guide to a budget-friendly Thanksgiving dinner

Does Thanksgiving make your mouth water, dreaming of your favorite pumpkin or sweet potato pie recipes? Are you ready to pull out your crowd-pleasing stuffing recipe or are you a cautious cook easing into the kitchen for the first time?  No matter what your culinary skill level, it's easy to make a delicious Thanksgiving meal on a budget. Just follow these simple tips to make these delicious...
Make it fast or make it slow: Thanksgiving turkey, two ways

Make it fast or make it slow: Thanksgiving turkey, two ways

    For those of us who love to cook, there's nothing better than spending an entire Sunday afternoon in the kitchen, simmering sauces and baking cakes. But the reality is that those days of long-recipe luxury are few and far between. In Make it Fast or Make it Slow, we're bringing you two versions of the same dish: one that's quick and easy and one that's well, not so quick. Both are...
Stuffing vs. dressing: Is there really a difference?

Stuffing vs. dressing: Is there really a difference?

Almost everyone agrees that the traditional mix of spices, bread and other ingredients that's served at Thanksgiving is delicious.  But when it comes to what to call this yummy dish, people are divided. Is it stuffing, dressing or something else entirely? And does the way it's prepared make a difference in what it's called? Below, liftestyle experts from Martha Stewart to writers at Southern...
8 skinny holiday cocktails you can drink without guilt

8 skinny holiday cocktails you can drink without guilt

Why not skip the calorie-heavy mistakes of yesteryear, and put something a little skinnier into our cups this winter? With these eight skinny holiday cocktail ideas, you can celebrate in style, but without having to buy stretchier pants come the new year. Sangria is a great choice for any holiday because it's light, refreshing and versatile. Simply substitute seasonal fruits to match any time of year...
Why McDonald's is beating out the 'fresh,' 'healthy' competition

Why McDonald's is beating out the 'fresh,' 'healthy' competition

Americans aren't forsaking fast food just yet. Three years after analysts predicted that Chipotle would be the death of McDonald's and other fast-food stalwarts, the onetime fast-casual darling is in free fall - and McDonald's is reporting its third consecutive quarter of solid same-store sales. McDonald's is not alone. All of the "Big 3" burger joints - McDonald's, Wendy's and Burger King...
This fall, say hello maple and so long pumpkin spice

This fall, say hello maple and so long pumpkin spice

Come on, admit it. You're so over the pumpkin-spice craze. Seasonal beer, coffee drinks and cookies spiced with ginger, nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon are one thing. But when those cozy fall flavors sneak their way into a Kit Kit candy bar or a stick of Burt Bees lip balm or onto a pizza, you know it's officially jumped the shark. Big time.  Which is why some of us were glad to hear that a new flavor...
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...
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...
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...
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