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TODAY: Dress like Elvis, eat for free at all local Chuy’s restaurants

Published: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Monday, January 08, 2018 @ 10:13 AM

Elvis Presley performing at the University of Dayton Arena April 7, 1972. DAYTON DAILY NEWS ARCHIVE
Elvis Presley performing at the University of Dayton Arena April 7, 1972. DAYTON DAILY NEWS ARCHIVE

Three southwest-themed — and southwest Ohio — restaurants believe that Elvis never left their buildings, and they’ll celebrate Elvis Presley’s birthday today on Monday, Jan. 8 by serving a free meal to customers who dress like The King.

Or, in alternative, customers can also score a free meal if they dress as The King’s wife, Priscilla Presley.

Austin, Texas-based Chuy’s — the Tex-Mex chain that operates restaurants in West Chester, Miami Twp. and Beavercreek — hosts an annual Elvis Birthday Bash every Jan. 8, and celebrates what would have been The King’s 83rd birthday today with food and drink specials.

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Customers who come to the restaurant dressed as Elvis or Priscilla Presley can score a free entree of their choice. Chuy’s also is offering all customers $1 off two other menu items: Elvis Green Chile Fried Chicken and the Elvis Presley Memorial Combo. Limited edition Elvis t-shirts will also be available for purchase.

“At Chuy’s, Elvis has never left the building. We celebrate his birthday every year with a bang,” Ashley Ingle, Chuy’s vice president of of marketing, said in a release. “Everyone that walks through the door on Jan. 8 can enjoy food and drink specials. But we encourage you to dress up like Elvis or Priscilla and have fun with it.” 

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The offer is good at ALL locations, Chuy’s officials said. Chuy’s has 91 restaurants in 19 states, including at the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek; at the Austin Landing development in Miami Twp.; and on Civic Center Boulevard in West Chester, according to the restaurant chain’s web site.

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How did The King’s birthday become such a big deal for the Chuy’s restaurant chain? Here’s the explanation from a company release:

“When Chuy’s first opened in 1982 on Barton Springs Road in Austin, Texas, there was little money for restaurant décor. Chuy’s founders hit the streets with $20 in search of something to put on the walls. The over-sized velvet painting of Elvis they returned with changed the course of Chuy’s history forever.”

“Soon, customers were donating their own memorabilia and Elvis was officially named the Patron Saint of Chuy’s. Chuy’s has been constructing shrines in his honor and celebrating his birthday ever since. Join Chuy’s as they ring in The King’s 83rd birthday this year with lots of fun and fanfare, and remember – at Chuy’s, Elvis has never left the building.”

LAST CHANCE to get your tickets for’s Best of 2017 party!

Published: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 2:34 PM's Best of 2016 Party was held Jan. 18, 2017 at Top of the Market in downtown Dayton. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY's Best of 2016 Party was held Jan. 18, 2017 at Top of the Market in downtown Dayton. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY

Well, folks, that’s a wrap!

Final voting for’s Best of 2017 poll ended on Dec. 22, 2017. We’ve been working hard to tally the votes, and will host a party celebrating our community on Jan. 17, 2018. 

The theme: Prohibition. 1920’s-style dress is encouraged, but not required. 

General admission tickets are on sale for $14, and VIP tickets are on sale for $22 (UPDATE: VIP tickets are sold out!)

>> Buy your tickets here's Best of 2017 Party will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018.

VIP ticketholders will receive admission to a special Speakeasy VIP lounge, a free bourbon glass, a free drink, a swag bag, appetizers and more. VIP ticketholders will also have no wait, and their party starts a little earlier at 5 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased on Eventbrite

Winners will be announced Jan. 18, 2018 online at  

>> Restaurants that opened in Dayton in December

The festivities will be held from 6-10 p.m. at Top of the Market Banquet Center, 32 Webster St., Dayton. Ages 21 and up only, please.

A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit the Artemis Center, Dayton’s Domestic Violence Resource Agency.

>> 2018 New Year’s Eve events in Dayton: the best places to eat, drink and party

Are you a local business that wants to participate? 

If you’re a Best of 2017 food and dining finalist who wants to be involved in the party in some way, please let us know. Fill out this Eventbrite link to connect with us. We have a limited amount of booths available for restaurants, and it’s first come, first serve.

If you’re an entertainer who’d like to be involved, we’d like to hear from you, too.

>> PHOTOS: Best of 2016 party

A few tempting dishes you’ll want to try at Winter Restaurant Week preview event

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 1:54 PM

Basil’s on Market will open a new location in Mason in early 2018, and has plans to add more restaurants. Photo from Basil’s on Market Dayton Facebook page.
Staff Writer
Basil’s on Market will open a new location in Mason in early 2018, and has plans to add more restaurants. Photo from Basil’s on Market Dayton Facebook page.(Staff Writer)

The Miami Valley Restaurant Association has teamed up with Buckeye Vodka and Prime Time Party Rental for a night of gourmet samples, music, photos and fun. 

On Wednesday, Jan. 17, the association presents the anticipated Sneak Peek to Winter Restaurant Week. Fifteen restaurants will share exclusive menu samplings, including tastings from three new restaurants on the Winter Restaurant Week lineup. 
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Don't forget dessert! Here's "Steve's Favorite Carrot Cake" from Nibbles up for sampling at the Sneak Peek to Winter Restaurant Week event on Jan. 18, 2017. ALEXIS LARSEN/CONTRIBUTED

The Sneak Peek menu includes:

Amber Rose

  • Reuben Chowder
  • Chicken Rouladen

Basil's On Market - Dayton, OH 

  • Short Ribs Risotto

Bravo! Cucina Italiana (new this year!)

  • Bravo Pasta

Brio Tuscan Grille (new this year!)

  • Pasta ala Vodka

Canal House Chili (opening soon!)

  • Chili

Chappys Social House 

  • Buffalo Chicken Tacos and Pork Tacos with samples of Sangria

Coco's Bistro 

  • Winter Salad and Creme Brulee

Dewberry 1850 (new this year!)

  • Rooted Grounds Coffee Rubbed Braised Beef Short Ribs, Parmesan & Sweet Pea Orzo, Fried Quail Egg finished with Crispy Onions

elé Cake Co. Bistro & Wine Bar 

  • Shrimp and Grits

El Meson 

  • Chicken Enchilada Soup

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill 

  • Lobster Spinach Queso with Tortilla Chips

Lily's Bistro 

  • Marinated Black Grape Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette, toasted almonds and local Lettuces


  • Cuban Style Braised Pork Taco

Watermark Restaurant

  • Red Velvet Cake

Wheat Penny Oven and Bar 

  • Braised Pork and Polenta

>> 5 things we loved at Winter Restaurant Week Sneak Peek 2017

The best way to navigate this sensational menu? As Miami Valley Restaurant Association’s executive director Amy Zahora puts it, “dive right in!” Bring a curious palette and appetite to the affair – there’s a lot to revel in.

Wandering Griffin handed out beef and IPA chicken sliders during the Sneak Peek to Winter Restaurant Week on Jan. 18, 2017. ALEXIS LARSEN/CONTRIBUTED

In addition to the food, DJ and photo booth, guests can enjoy a cocktail crafted by Buckeye Vodka with their drink ticket (included with ticket purchase), as well as a glass of the newly-launched Walking Dead-themed wine for $5. For even more fun, Dayton’s Beer Bike QuadracycALE will be on display at the event booking their portable pub for summer festivities.  
Winter Restaurant Week kicks off Jan. 21 and runs through Jan. 28 offering three tiers of reduced price-points on curated three-course meals, with $1 from each meal donated to a local charity.

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Want to go?

WHAT: Sneak Peek to Winter Restaurant Week

WHERE: Prime Time Party Rental, 5225 N. Springboro Pike

WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

COST: $20.18 in advance, $25 day of. Includes 1 drink ticket

Get ready to snap your best #museumselfie tomorrow — here’s why

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 10:55 AM

January 17th is national Museum #Selfie Day.
January 17th is national Museum #Selfie Day.

If only Mona Lisa had lived long enough to show us her #selfie. We’re almost positive she would have been a pro. 

Wednesday, January 17, is National Museum Selfie Day, and there’s no better day to pose with your favorite portrait.

It’s not every day you get to shamelessly snap away in public. But on this national day of exquisite art and cheesy photo-ops, it’s not time to stop until your arm gets tired.

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"In many ways, the chief curator position is the best role at an art museum," says the Dayton Art Institute's new chief curator Jerry Smith, pictured on the right. Submitted photo.(HANDOUT)

The Dayton Art Institute wants to see how strong your selfie game is. 

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So visit the museum, snap a selfie, and tag it on social media with #MuseumSelfie and #DAIselfie and the Art Institute will share their favorites  on their social media accounts. 

Of course, you’re free to “selfie” all over town at any one of Dayton’s exciting museums — so don’t hold back! 

“Have fun and be creative, but please remember to be mindful/respectful of other museum guests, keep an appropriate distance from the art, and no selfie sticks or tripods in the galleries!” the DAI advises on its Facebook page.

The Cincinnati Museum Center is getting in on the fun as well. Take selfies with the museum’s collection items at any of its #CurateMyCommunity locations. Use the hashtags #MuseumSelfie and #CincyMuseumSelfie.

Here’s how you can eat and drink for a good cause every day this week  

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

The Blue Note Bistro and Lounge celebrates its one-year anniversary this weekend.
AJ Waltz/Contributed
The Blue Note Bistro and Lounge celebrates its one-year anniversary this weekend.(AJ Waltz/Contributed)

From food and art to live music and wine, you'll find it all happening during Culture Works’ first ever Eat. Drink. Arts! 

Enjoy creative cocktails, inspired menus, and one-of-a-kind arts experiences at your favorite Dayton-area restaurants from January 16-21, 2018. 

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“A great meal and an arts performance just naturally go together, and we’re proud to pair some of Dayton’s finest arts groups with amazing dining around town,” says Culture Works Executive Director Lisa Hanson 

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“Eat.Drink.Arts!” in Dayton is a collaborative effort bringing together culinary, visual, and performing artists to cultivate and enhance resources for our visual and performing arts community. 

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A smorgasbord of area eateries is partnering with Culture Works to satisfy your palate and stimulate your artistic senses — all while supporting local arts organizations. 

Tuesday, Jan. 16 

Blue Note Bistro & Lounge


Enjoy a meat and cheese plate and bottle of house wine while you enjoy Deron Bell & Daniel Cook in a dueling piano battle. Request your favorite song and be prepared to sing along. 

Where: 23 E. Central Ave.Miamisburg

When: Doors open at 5 p.m. for seating until 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $35/couple

More info: Facebook event | Tickets

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🍴 Brixx Ice Company 

Dine on an 8oz premium center-cut sirloin grilled to perfection with your choice of two sides while enjoying an excerpt from Dare to Defy’s “Tommy.”

Where: 500 E. First St., Dayton

When: From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Cost: $15/ person 

More info: Facebook event | Tickets

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A bowl of chicken and rice soup from Christopher's in Kettering. Contributed photo by Alexis Larsen(HANDOUT)

Chef Don Warfe will create a three-course dinner featuring vegetarian cuisine.

  • First Course: Sweet potato pancakes topped with herbed ricotta and caramelized tomato jam.
  • Second Course: San Marzano tomatoes, broccoli, and grilled radicchio over rigatoni. Smothered in porcini cream sauce and garnished with toasted walnuts and shaved parmesan.
  • Third Course: Banana pecan crisp with bourbon glazed figs and vanilla bean ice cream.
  • Optional: Wine pairing for each course. 

Featuring a preview of The Human Race Theatre Company's “Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End,” which debuts this April.

Where: 2318 E. Dorothy Lane, Kettering

When: From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Cost: $25/person for meal only; $30/person for meal with wine pairing for each course 

More info: Facebook event | Tickets

Wednesday, Jan. 17th

🍴 Mudlick Tap House

A private four-course elements-themed dinner with select wine pairings! Featuring a sneak peek of the upcoming DVAC exhibition, Stratum, the artists Amy Kollar Anderson & Kate Huser Santucci will create a painting during the dinner in a lightning round collaboration. 

Where: 135 E. Second St., Dayton

When: From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

Cost: $55/person 

More info: Facebook eventTickets

>>CARB LOVERS: 5-course ALL pasta pop-up dinner is coming to Dayton

🍴 Whole Foods

The interior of Whole Foods Market Dayton shortly before it opened in June 2015. LISA POWELL/STAFF

Bring the family by for a delicious Family Meal Deal (eat in or take to-go) which includes 1 large cheese or pepperoni pizza, 1 bucket of wings (flavors: plain, BBQ, & buffalo) and 1 two liter of 365 Soda for $25 and for an extra $5 your kids can create their own work of art with the help of K12 Gallery- No advance ticket needed. 

Where: 1050 Miamisburg Centerville Rd, Dayton

When: From 4 p.m. to 8pm 

Cost: $25 for meal deal. For an extra $5 your kids can create their own work of art with the help of K12 Gallery

Thursday, Jan. 18th

🍴 Texas Beef & Cattle Company


Beef brisket. Photo courtesy of Texas Beef & Cattle Company Facebook page.

Dine on authentic South Texas-style BBQ while watching The Mural Machine in action! Brisket, Sausage or Pulled Pork Plate (comes with 2 sides) for dinner with banana pudding and tea or lemonade.

Where: 1101 W. Third St., Dayton

When: Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Cost: $20/person 

More info: Facebook eventTickets

>>Downtown Dayton adds 1 more Sunday brunch option 

🍴 Old Scratch Pizza -- SOLD OUT

Old Scratch Pizza offering 9 inch pizza.(Photo: Old Scratch Pizza)

A three-course dinner curated by Chef Nate. This will not be your typical pizzeria dinner! It will include a beverage, a special appetizer, salad, and a unique, arts themed pizza paired with music from a classical-jazz crossover quartet with violin, bass, guitar and keyboard. 

Where: 812 S. Patterson Blvd., Dayton

When: From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Cost: $20/person 

More info: Facebook event | Tickets

Friday, Jan. 19

🍴 Amber Rose Restaurant

The Mother's Day menu at The Amber Rose has the whole family in mind.(Jim Ingram/Lisa Powell)

Enjoy a four-course dinner paired with a taste of the arts.

  • First course: Charcuterie Board
  • Second course: Butternut Squash Soup
  • Third course: Smoked Bone-in Pork Chop topped with Cinnamon Apple chutney served with Savory Smashed Sweet Potatoes
  • Fourth course: Chocolate Mousse with fresh berries.

Where: 1400 Valley St, Dayton

When: From 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Cost: Just $35/person. 

More info: Facebook eventTickets

Sunday, Jan. 21

🍴 Table 33

The Winter Berry Waffle at Table 33. Photo from Table 33 Facebook page(Staff Writer)

Enjoy an entree with a mimosa/cocktail and a performance by Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. 

Where: 130 W. Second St., Dayton

When: Seatings at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. 

Cost: $25/person 

More info: Facebook eventTickets

>> Popular downtown Dayton restaurant adds Sunday brunch hours

🍴 The Dublin Pub

Steve Tieber, co-owner of the Dublin Pub. Pictured are three entrees: (clockwise from front) Guiness Beef Stew, the Black and Bleu Salad, and the Irish Dip sandwich with fries.(Jan Underwood)

Enjoy brunch, lunch or dinner and 10% of your bill will be donated to Culture Works. Entertainment by Ashley Knapp, a young bluegrass and traditional country artist. 

Where: 300 Wayne Ave., Dayton

When: All day 

Cost: No advance ticket needed.

More info: Facebook eventTickets