Food & Dining


Two Dayton classic restaurants — usually closed for lunch — to open extra hours in December

Those looking for holiday lunch destinations have two options in December from two full-service Dayton-area restaurants that are not normally open for lunch the rest of the year.  Carvers Steaks & Chops at 1535 Miamisburg-Centerville Road (Ohio 725) in Washington Twp. and Jay’s Restaurant at 225 E. Sixth St. in the Oregon District in Dayton — two restaurants that are dinner-only...
Yes, you can make turkey stuffing out of White Castle burgers. Here’s how.

Yes, you can make turkey stuffing out of White Castle burgers. Here’s how.

Yes, you read that right. Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? Well, according to food writer Mark Fisher’s tips and tricks for surviving Thanksgiving, it’s a pretty legit offbeat stuffing recipe. Oh, and it’s simple, too. Here’s how it’s done, according to White Castle: - 10 White Castle sliders, (no pickles) from either a restaurant or from the grocer’s frozen-foods...
JUST IN: New & independently owned restaurant coming soon to Salem Avenue

JUST IN: New & independently owned restaurant coming soon to Salem Avenue

A new and independently owned restaurant called T-Bird's Kitchen is gearing up to open on Salem Avenue northwest of Dayton. “Everything is pretty much in place and ready to go,” T-Bird’s founder LaCory Adams of Kettering told this news outlet today. If late preparations fall into place as planned, the new restaurant at 3736 Salem Ave. in Harrison Twp. could open as early as next...
Boston Stoker now serving breakfast sandwiches at all of its coffee shops

Boston Stoker now serving breakfast sandwiches at all of its coffee shops

Dayton-area coffee shop retailer and coffee roaster Boston Stoker is now offering breakfast sandwiches at all of its locations, effective today, Nov. 19, the company announced this morning. “We’ve been working on this concept for awhile because we wanted to make sure we could make the best sandwich possible,” Henry Dean, president of Boston Stoker, said in a release. “Through...
Dayton Beer Company scores national shout-out at barrel-aged beer competition

Dayton Beer Company scores national shout-out at barrel-aged beer competition

Dayton Beer Company founder Peter Hilgeman calls it “quite possibly the most competitive beer competition we enter.” And his brewery’s beer passed the test.   DBC captured a bronze medal for its barrel-aged Lost Tunnel Deep Sea Diving Sea Salt Stout at the 2018 Festival of Wood & Barrel-Aged Beer’s National Barrel Aged Beer Competition held over the weekend...
Mint Cookie Stout is finally coming back to Fifth Street Brewpub — in two different versions

Mint Cookie Stout is finally coming back to Fifth Street Brewpub — in two different versions

It’s that time of year where it’s decided who was naughty and who was nice. Fifth Street Brewpub doesn’t care, though. The brewpub is still treating you to one of its holiday favorites. First brewed in 2015 by Jim Witmer and Niall Foster, Mint Cookie Stout was an instant hit. On Wednesday, Nov. 21, it’s officially back for the season, according to the brewpub’s general...
Winter is coming! Time running out to eat at Dayton classic

Winter is coming! Time running out to eat at Dayton classic

Fans of a greasy American food had better not drag their feet.  The Root Beer Stande,1727 Woodman Drive, is shutting down for the season, owner Emily Collins said.  The business famous for its burgers, hot dogs and floats will shut down after service noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. “Unless I run out of food,” Collins said. “We will open back up Feb. 1.”  ...
Downtown Dayton café renamed for new owner’s 7-year-old autistic daughter 

Downtown Dayton café renamed for new owner’s 7-year-old autistic daughter 

His family was a driving force behind Lonnie Sholar’s decision to purchase the coffee shop and cafe that he had spent a couple of years managing in downtown Dayton. And his family also was the driving force behind Sholar’s decision to rename the business. The Ohio Coffee Co., on the first floor of the Fifth Third Center at 1 S. Main St. in downtown Dayton, has morphed into Phebe's...
A Skyline Chili and White Castle love affair! Dayton men live out elusive food fantasy

A Skyline Chili and White Castle love affair! Dayton men live out elusive food fantasy

Chris Thompson and Gus Stathes dreamed it, and they did it.  What was just the dream of two guys passing an exit with both a White Castle AND Skyline Chili has resulted in the wedding of the century for fans of the two iconic Ohio fast food chains. A White Castle slider and Skyline Chili together in their mouths at once.  The dream started a while ago during the Dayton men&rsquo...
Ohio’s Pappy Van Winkle bourbon lottery to expand this year with more bottles, online entries

Ohio’s Pappy Van Winkle bourbon lottery to expand this year with more bottles, online entries

Ohio will expand its holiday bourbon lottery this year to give more of the Buckeye state’s bourbon enthusiasts the opportunity to purchase some of the most sought-after spirits on the market, including, yes, the Pappy Van Winkle 23-year that to some aficionados is the Holy Grail of bourbon. Ohio Division of Liquor Control Superintendent Jim Canepa announced today, Nov. 14, that the 2018...
Pizza to Pacchia to Spinoza’s: Glen Brailey is our Daytonian of the Week

Pizza to Pacchia to Spinoza’s: Glen Brailey is our Daytonian of the Week

Glen Brailey’s restaurant-owning days date back to the mid-1980s, when he and former business partner Bill  Daniels founded Dayton’s Original Pizza Factory at the corner of Salem Avenue and Catalpa Drive. But his dough-spinning days go back even farther. Many thousands of pizzas (and salads and pastas and a few steaks) later, Brailey is still at it. And he is also the Dayton.com...
EVICTED: The Greene wins $384K judgment against former restaurant 

EVICTED: The Greene wins $384K judgment against former restaurant 

A judge has rebuffed an attempt by a former restaurant at The Greene Town Center to reduce or eliminate a judgment that it owes the retail center $384,000 in back rent, fees, and other obligations under the lease it signed prior to opening at 4394 Juniper Way on the eastern side of The Greene. Greene County Common Pleas Judge Michael A. Buckwalter ruled in December that the owners of Choe&rsquo...
The newest version of chicken & waffles is here now, and it’s being served at SEVERAL local restaurants

The newest version of chicken & waffles is here now, and it’s being served at SEVERAL local restaurants

The newest rendition of the famed chicken & waffles dish has arrived in the Miami Valley, and the restaurant destinations offering the trendy dish may come as a bit of a surprise.  “You can forget the reservations, long lines and expensive checks and get back to what really matters: the food,” Kentucky Fried Chicken officials said in a release announcing the introduction of its new...
Local restaurant launches gluten-free Taco Tuesdays

Local restaurant launches gluten-free Taco Tuesdays

Taco ‘bout a great idea!  Christopher’s Restaurant, located at 2318 E. Dorothy Lane in Kettering, announced that it would be serving new, gluten-free taco options every Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. You can plan your visit around which special taco you’d most like to try. Here’s what Christopher’s plans on serving for the next 4 weeks, according...
JUST IN: Gourmet pretzel company founder to launch new ‘clean foods’ restaurant

JUST IN: Gourmet pretzel company founder to launch new ‘clean foods’ restaurant

The founder of a locally owned gourmet pretzel company is gearing up to open a cafe-style restaurant that will focus on “clean foods” such as salads, juices and smoothies, along with a sandwich menu and baked goods. The build-out of “The Greene Canteen” is underway with plans to open by spring of 2019 at 134 Dayton St. in Yellow Springs, according to Brittany Baum, the...
November food events help you get ready for — and enjoy — the holidays

November food events help you get ready for — and enjoy — the holidays

When it comes to the complete calendar year of dining, November is home to one of the country’s favorite meals of the year. Turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and more turkey, combined with quality family time and the official kickoff to the December holiday season puts Thanksgiving dinner on the top of the list of meals that many of us know going into each...
NEW RESTAURANT: Jason’s Deli is eager to introduce itself to Dayton

NEW RESTAURANT: Jason’s Deli is eager to introduce itself to Dayton

Jason's Deli, which operates a restaurant in Cincinnati and three in Columbus, is gearing up to open its first Dayton-area restaurant in Beavercreek.  The Texas-based sandwich chain will be Giordano's Pizza’s neighbor at the site of a former Logan’s Roadhouse restaurant near the Mall at Fairfield Commons and Wright State University. Jay Tortorice, spokesman for the Jason’s...
Get a taste of Thanksgiving early with this Turducken sandwich and pumpkin pie milkshake

Get a taste of Thanksgiving early with this Turducken sandwich and pumpkin pie milkshake

Already craving Thanksgiving food? Beginning Nov. 13, you can satisfy your Thanksgiving cravings at Potbelly Sandwich Shop with the limited-time Turducken sandwich. The sandwich features a delicious combination of turkey, duck and chicken toasted with cornbread stuffing and topped with a cranberry-honey sauce, mayo, lettuce, cheddar cheese, tomato and seasoning. Like all Potbelly sandwiches...
If you’re not a Bloody Mary fan, this new brunch cocktail might win your hearts

If you’re not a Bloody Mary fan, this new brunch cocktail might win your hearts

It’s hard to tell whether you should tackle this new concoction with a straw or a tortilla chip. But trust the bartender. Mudlick Tap House has introduced a mean, green drink they’re calling the Verde Madre. It’s more simple than it looks and could be a drink perfect for those who just can’t get on board with a Bloody Mary. Even as a Bloody Mary fan, I thought the Verde Madre...
JUST IN: Qdoba Mexican Eats to relocate its restaurant on 725

JUST IN: Qdoba Mexican Eats to relocate its restaurant on 725

One Dayton-area location of the Qdoba Mexican Eats restaurant chain is moving on up. On up the street, that is. The fast-casual restaurant at 2008 Miamisburg-Centerville Road (Ohio 725) has signed a lease to relocate to 1524 Miamisburg-Centerville Road (Ohio 725) at Washington Village Drive in Miami Twp., according to Danielle Kuehnle, commercial realtor and director of new development, sales...
Warped Wing’s Esther’s L’il Secret revealed

Warped Wing’s Esther’s L’il Secret revealed

The little secret is out. Warped Wing Brewing Company and Esther Price Candies have teamed up once again to brew the beer that’s become a mainstay of the holiday season in Dayton.  So what’s this year’s Esther’s L’il Secret?  This year’s special brew is a Chocolate Cherry Cordial Stout. It was revealed Thursday night, Nov. 8, at a special...
Following devastating fire, Dayton restaurant makes BIG donation for burned kids

Following devastating fire, Dayton restaurant makes BIG donation for burned kids

A Dayton restaurant that recently bounced back from a devastating fire just made a big donation to help burned children.  Salar Restaurant and Lounge, 400 E. Fifth St. in Dayton’s Oregon District, has donated $3,600 to Dayton Children’s Hospital Burn Program. The restaurant raised the money during its soft opening and grand opening events in September. Salar reopened to...
Aloha! New food truck bringing food of Paradise, Orient Seas to Dayton 

Aloha! New food truck bringing food of Paradise, Orient Seas to Dayton 

The flavors of the Aloha State and Pearl of the Orient Seas are coming to a local shopping center’s parking lot.  HaolePino, a 26-foot-long food truck trailer that specializes in  Hawaiian and Filipino Island cuisine, will set up shop 10:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m.  this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9 and 10, in the parking lot of Airway Shopping Center, 4916 Airway Road, Riverside...
END OF AN ERA: The last Pepito’s Mexican restaurant shuts its doors after more than 35 years

END OF AN ERA: The last Pepito’s Mexican restaurant shuts its doors after more than 35 years

The last remaining Pepito’s Mexican restaurant has shut down after 35 years, marking the end for a locally based chain that served the Dayton area for 38 years. The Pepito’s at 3618 Wilmington Pike closed last week, but a successor restaurant is gearing up to open perhaps by the end of this week under a new name just two blocks up the street at 3800 Wilmington Pike. That space, until...
Star City Brewing Company hosting 5 year anniversary events all this week

Star City Brewing Company hosting 5 year anniversary events all this week

A Dayton-area brewery is poised to celebrate its fifth anniversary in the coming days, and they’ve arranged to do so in style. Star City Brewing Company decided to spread out its five-year anniversary party over four days, which will encompass special tappings, free music and, yes, pie, from Wednesday, Nov. 14 through Saturday, Nov. 17 at the brewery at 319 S. 2nd St. in Miamisburg.  ...
New bubble tea food truck to throw grand opening party tonight

New bubble tea food truck to throw grand opening party tonight

Tonight, people will be going bubbles out in honor of one of Dayton’s newest food trucks. The Billie Gold Bubble Tea food truck will be hosting a grand opening and dance party to celebrate its delicious bubbly beverages and four-wheeled food truck. The party, being held at Cloak and Dagger Tattoo Studio, will feature guests in costumes, henna art, a photo booth and a make-your-own flower crown...
Ohio takes a break from bourbon to offer ultra-rare Scotch from Macallan

Ohio takes a break from bourbon to offer ultra-rare Scotch from Macallan

Man (and Woman) cannot live on bourbon alone. At least, that appears to be the mindset of the Ohio Division of Liquor Control. Who are we to argue? The state’s liquor agency has released a flurry of rare and sought-after bourbons in limited releases over the last several months, but the agency is switching gears for its latest release with what Jim Canepa, the state’s liquor-control superintendent...
Ohio finds a New Riff for its single-barrel bourbon program

Ohio finds a New Riff for its single-barrel bourbon program

The Ohio Division of Liquor Control has discovered a new riff for its single-barrel bourbon release program, and it didn’t have to trek into the heart of Kentucky’s traditional bourbon country to find it. The agency that oversees spirits sales in the state secured six barrels of bourbon from the New Riff distillery — located in Bellevue, Ky., just across the river from...
Landlord sues Zoup! franchisees for ‘abrupt’ closure of Cornerstone of Centerville restaurant

Landlord sues Zoup! franchisees for ‘abrupt’ closure of Cornerstone of Centerville restaurant

The landlord of one of the two Zoup! restaurants that closed with little warning in May has filed a lawsuit against the franchisees who operated the restaurant. In the lawsuit filed Oct. 15 in Greene County Common Pleas Court, Shoppes of Cornerstone III claims that Soup KP Cornerstone LLC, along with Brian G. Wood and Patti Ebner Glaser, violated the terms of their 10-year lease when they &ldquo...
How to take a whack out of this addictive new Dayton pie 

How to take a whack out of this addictive new Dayton pie 

It is not every day that a lumberjack comes along that you’d actually want to take a whack at.  Enter the Lumberjack Pie.  The crave-worthy treat is the latest addition to Ghostlight Coffee’s Thanksgiving dessert menu.  The 10-inch pie can be pre-ordered for the holiday or requested by special order now, said Shane Anderson, owner of the coffee shop located at...
Another locally owned coffee shop shuts down at the Dayton Mall

Another locally owned coffee shop shuts down at the Dayton Mall

Tastefully Roasted has shut down its coffee shop inside the Dayton Mall, the retail center’s second coffee-shop closing in the last six months. The locally owned Tastefully Roasted’s remaining location in Oakwood is open and operating. Both locations operated as Saxby’s Coffee shops until transitioning to local ownership in June 2017. Tyler Wilkerson, business manager of Tastefully...
Another BBQ restaurant shuts down in Miamisburg, 2nd in two months

Another BBQ restaurant shuts down in Miamisburg, 2nd in two months

Miamisburg has lost its second barbecue restaurant in two months.  In early September, it was Star City BBQ in south Miamisburg that shut down after three years in business, its owner citing the inability to hire and retain dependable employees as a factor in decision. Last week, in downtown Miamisburg, an OinkADoodleMoo restaurant that had been open for nearly three years shut...
The race is on and the stakes are high for the 17th annual Oregon District Barstool Open

The race is on and the stakes are high for the 17th annual Oregon District Barstool Open

More bars than ever are participating in this year’s Oregon District Barstool Open. It will be Troll Pub’s first year joining the ranks of nine other downtown Dayton bars at the 17th Annual Oregon District Barstool Open. The indoor miniature golf outing is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 10.  Proceeds of the Open help local children and adults with disabilities at United Rehabilitation...
JUST IN: Dayton brewery applies for license to produce wines — but maybe not the kind of wines you were expecting

JUST IN: Dayton brewery applies for license to produce wines — but maybe not the kind of wines you were expecting

A downtown Dayton brewery applied this week to the Ohio Department of Commerce for a wine-manufacturing license, but the Mondavis and Gallos have nothing to fear for now: the brewery actually has other fermented beverages in mind. The application was filed by the Dayton Beer Company on Tuesday, according to the Ohio Division of Liquor Control.  Peter Hilgeman, Dayton Beer Company&rsquo...
Giordano’s reveals details of its 1st Dayton-area deep-dish pizza restaurant 

Giordano’s reveals details of its 1st Dayton-area deep-dish pizza restaurant 

Deep-dish pizza specialist Giordano’s today elaborated on plans for its first Dayton-area restaurant, which will soon become the Chicago-based chain’s second location in Ohio. Giordano’s Beavercreek, to be located at the site of a former Logan’s Roadhouse restaurant near the Mall at Fairfield Commons and Wright State University, is tentatively scheduled to open in the...
Carillon Brewing’s first Catawba wine is unlike most you have tried 

Carillon Brewing’s first Catawba wine is unlike most you have tried 

Last fall, the historic Carillon Brewing Company delighted Dayton wine-lovers when it corked its first bottles. This week, they finally got to release the wine they intended on making the first time around.  “Carillon Catawba” hit the brewery’s shelves this morning after more than a year of effort to find the right grapes. Carillon Brewing — Dayton’s only licensed...
Why is Dayton so crazy about stewed tomatoes?  

Why is Dayton so crazy about stewed tomatoes?  

Lance Stewart remembers well that ONE time in the 1970s he took stewed tomatoes off his family restaurant’s menu.  “I never thought dad would consider firing me. He came close,” said Stewart, now the owner of that restaurant — the Oakwood Club. Steamed whole tomatoes with basil couldn’t hold a candle to stewed tomatoes, a Dayton favorite. Those stewed tomatoes...
Dunkin’ Donuts confirms locations of 2 MORE Dayton-area doughnut shops

Dunkin’ Donuts confirms locations of 2 MORE Dayton-area doughnut shops

Pat Gilligan, the franchise owner for  Dunkin’ Donuts throughout Dayton and southwest Ohio, is slowly but steadily making good on a promise he made in 2013 to open as many as 13 new doughnut shops around the Miami Valley. Gilligan disclosed to this news outlet today the locations of his eighth and ninth Dunkin’ Donuts locations in the Miami Valley, and set a projected timeline...
Warped Wing’s brand new Holiday Special brew is on its way 

Warped Wing’s brand new Holiday Special brew is on its way 

Every city has its own holiday traditions. And if we’re talking Dayton, we’re talking seasonal brews. With other specialty beers on their way to Warped Wing Brewing as a part of their Lager Series, the brewery recently announced on its Facebook page the upcoming arrival of its Holiday Special— “a well-balanced Lager with aromas of Ginger, Lemon Peel and Nutmeg. Made with...
Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine gives Barrel House an international pat on the back

Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine gives Barrel House an international pat on the back

The Barrel House keeps proving small can certainly be mighty in the craft beer world.  Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine, a publication with an international audience and prestige, recently published a feature including Downtown Dayton’s own Barrel House. Barrel House owners Sara Levin and Gus Stathes said this is the most attention their operation has received. The article highlighted different...
October restaurant highlights: 4 new, 5 coming soon and 3 closed

October restaurant highlights: 4 new, 5 coming soon and 3 closed

There was quite a bit of local restaurant-related news during October. Here is a roundup of some of the most significant developments. Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, the Louisiana-based restaurant company, has opened in Beavercreek at 4384 Indian Ripple Road. This will be Raising Cane’s 400th restaurant system-wide. SIGN UP: New weekly food newsletter to deliver the latest restaurant...
Beerry Christmas Dayton event coming Saturday to Kettering Tower

Beerry Christmas Dayton event coming Saturday to Kettering Tower

Beer enthusiasts take note: The 4th Annual Beerry Christmas Dayton charity event will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Kettering Tower, 40 N. Main St. in downtown Dayton. The beer-tasting event will be hosted by Planned2Give and Dayton Most Metro, and will raise funds for Dayton-based Brothers Helping Brothers, which helps purchase tools and life-saving equipment...
Local, independent pizza-shop owner calls out diners, chain restaurants — and his sales surge

Local, independent pizza-shop owner calls out diners, chain restaurants — and his sales surge

Glen Brailey has decades of experience as a local, independent restaurant owner and has spent his career competing against chain restaurants, starting when he was in his 20s as co-founder of Dayton’s Original Pizza Factory and moving through an extended tenure as founder and owner of Pacchia in the Oregon District, and more recently the founding of Spinoza’s Pizza & Salads in the...
UPDATE: Tasty new details of the 280-seat restaurant coming soon to Beavercreek

UPDATE: Tasty new details of the 280-seat restaurant coming soon to Beavercreek

The franchise owners of a new 280-seat restaurant coming to the front porch of the Mall at Fairfield Commons are shooting for an early-February opening of the eatery that will be the first of its concept in the Dayton area. “I don’t think you could ask for a better location,” Caleb Ward, spokesman for the franchise owners of the new Black Rock Bar & Grill, told this news...
Tickets are going fast! Sip on more than 25 hand-picked wines at Corner Kitchen wine tasting 

Tickets are going fast! Sip on more than 25 hand-picked wines at Corner Kitchen wine tasting 

When Corner Kitchen does something, we can trust they’re going to do it right — and that includes wine tastings. A selection of reds, whites, pinks and bubbles will be available for the Corner Kitchen Wine Tasting on Sunday, Nov. 18 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Heavy hors d’oeuvres will accompany the more than 25 wines available at the event. A $55 per person ticket includes...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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