Free fries: Restaurant to thank customers with free food

Published: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 @ 2:44 PM
Updated: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 @ 5:42 PM

“Free fries Wednesday” doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, but I am guessing that won’t bother fans of Penn Station East Coast Subs.

The fast food chain with several Miami Valley locations will offer a free small order of its fresh cut fries to customers as a ‘thank you’ on Wednesday.

The fries cut from unpeeled Idaho potatoes and fried in free peanut oil are an undeniable hit.

“Our fries aren’t like anything else you’ll find,” Craig Dunaway, president of Penn Station Inc., said in a press release. “Our customers crave our fresh-cut fries, and we are excited to offer them to our customers and neighbors as a complimentary token of our appreciation.”

Founded in Cincinnati in 1985, Penn Station is known for its fries, lemonade and hot and cold subs.

The chain has more than 250 restaurants in Ohio and 12 other states.

All but two Penn Station locations are owned by franchisees.

The chain hopes to open 40 new restaurants in 2013 and 45 in 2014.

There are about 10 locations in the Dayton area.

Click link to find one near you.

The Skinny:

Fries 5.5 oz

Calories: 378

Saturated fat: 4.6 g

Sodium: 612 mg

Carbs: 33.8 g

Where to find the best bowls of chili in Dayton

Published: Tuesday, February 02, 2016 @ 3:50 PM
Updated: Tuesday, February 02, 2016 @ 3:50 PM

Where to find the best bowls of chili in Dayton

Ask nearly anyone where you can find the best chili in town, and nine times out of 10, the answer will be “my house” — as in the home of the person you asked.

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.

NOTE: prices may have changed since the original publication date of this article. 

Health Inspections: Taco Bell

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 12:24 PM

Health Inspections: Taco Bell

 

Address: 109 N. Springboro Pike, Dayton

Date of inspection: Jan. 23

Violations: Observed multiple plastic containers and knives with build-up of food residue. Ensure food contact surfaces are washed, rinsed, and sanitized after use or every 4 hours, if they are used throughout hours of operation, in order to prevent contamination.

- Staff began to clean during inspection

Observed soda nozzles in kitchen and dining area with build-up of food residue. Ensure each are washed, rinsed, and sanitized more frequently so that they are free of build-up and contamination is prevented.

Observed multiple non-food contact surfaces with build-up of food residue. Ensure non-food contact surfaces are cleaned more frequently and maintained so that they are free of build-up.

- Spray nozzle at three compartment sink (underside and around)

- Soda nozzle housings (kitchen)

- Soda machine drains tubes (kitchen)

- Outside of Pro Max flat top grills

Comments: At the time of inspection, heavy ice build-up was observed on shelving and floor of walk-in freezer. PIC informed that maintenance has been contacted for repair. PIC was informed to ensure no foods are stored under ice build-up.

Discussed “wet nesting” of dishes with PIC. PIC was informed to ensure all dishes and utensils are fully air-dried, after washing, before being stored.

PIC was informed to ensure all knives and utensils are free of cracks, breaks, chips, and fraying.

Health Inspections: Arby’s Roast Beef

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 12:38 PM

Health Inspections: Arby’s Roast Beef

 

Address: 705 S. Main St., Englewood

Date of inspection: Jan. 23

Violations: Observed boxes of food items on the floor near the ice machine and in the walk-in freezer as well as boxes of soda syrup on the floor. Ensure food items are placed at least 6 inches off the floor to limit the risk of contamination. PIC explained they would be picked up.

Observed build-up in and around the drains in the cabinetry, as well as ice build-up in the freezer. Ensure the hard to reach areas of the facility are cleaned regularly.

Comments: Food items are being held at proper temperatures. Cold items are below 41F and hot items are at or above 135F.

Discussed cleaning hard to reach areas with PIC as well as keeping items off the floor.

Health Inspections: Rally’s

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 12:21 PM

Health Inspections: Rally’s

 

Address: 3955 Salem Ave., Dayton

Date of inspection: Jan. 23

Violations: Observed chili hot holding in make table at 131F. Ensure ready-to-eat, TCS food items are held at 135F or above to prevent potential bacterial growth. PIC promptly turned the dial on high of unit to reheat chili to 165F. A second container of chili holding proper temperature is being used as other chili reheats. PIC stated a thermometer is available to check temperature of chili before serving.

Observed some damage to fry baskets on fry line. Repair/replace any damaged fry baskets to prevent potential contamination.

Observed no sanitizer available at the three compartment sink. Ensure sanitizer is available to properly sanitize dishware and utensils to prevent potential contamination. PIC stated sanitizer will be obtained today for three compartment sink.

Comments: PIC stated the grout and missing tiles on floor will be replaced in the next few weeks.

PIC stated the back part of the make table heating unit has recently been repaired and the freezer door has recently had work completed.

Observed handsink properly stocked with warm water, soap, and paper towels.