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Published: Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— No, Dave “No Name Cowboy” Buehrle cannot dance. Nope, no way.
What the Clint Eastwood-loving, proud member of Single Action Shooting Society can do is make beef jerky.
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With the encouragement of his late wife Mary, Buehrle opened No Name Cowboy Artisan Beef Jerky in October 2010.
“She loved me, she loved the jerky,” Buehrle, who is also known as “Jerky Dave,” said of his beloved.
A print taken from a painting of the couple in western garb hangs in the small shop, which is decorated with posters of cowboy movies, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Second Amendment.
Buehrle points out that he liked Eastwood a lot more before the actor divorced his wife.
With a sign out front that reads “Beef Jerky,” the store at 549 Miamisburg-Centerville Road in Washington Township’s Normandy Square Shopping Center is hard to miss.
Buehrle said it has been his refuge since his wife died in June 2013.
“(Her death) took the wind out of my sails,” he said.
The couple had been together since 2006, but were married just six months when Mary died following a fight with lung cancer.
An University of Dayton graduate and state licensed electrician for more than 40 years, Buehrle’s arsenal of beef jerky includes 15 flavors.
They are all his own recipe and range from the mildly-flavored original to the Ghost of Boot Hill, a ghost and habanero pepper jerky that earned six bullets on Buehrle’s heat scale.
“I can send fire out of your eyeballs,” the Dayton native, now a Clearcreek Twp. resident, said. “I’ve got a great company. I am proud of it.”
Dill pickle and teriyaki are also popular flavors sold in the shop.
Buehrle cuts choice top round beef using 8-inch butcher knives. The meat is marinated and dried.
“I am knife-cutting fool,” said Buehrle, who started making his own jerky in 1989 or 1990.
His jerky contains no chemicals or preservatives. Cured with sugars and salts, it can last up to a year.
Dog treats are also available.
Christmas and Valentine’s Day are Buehrle’s busiest times of year.
“(For Valentine’s Day), there is a parade of pretty women coming in trying to curry favor with their husbands and boyfriends and partners,” he said.
Vegetarians are probably the only kind of customers Buehrle says he doesn’t get in the shop.
“I get doctors. I get construction workers,” the former rock musician said. “It’s a neat place to work. You’ll be surprise how many people love jerky.”
Want to try it?
WHAT: No Name Cowboy Artisan Beef Jerky
WHERE: 549 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, Washington Twp., Montgomery County
HOURS: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday
PRICING: A pound of beef jerky is $43. Two ounces sell for $7.50. Prices are subject to change.
Published: Tuesday, March 06, 2018 @ 1:30 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— Late night near the University of Dayton is going to be decidedly more delicious in a matter of days.
Butter Cafe, the popular breakfast and lunch spot at 1106 Brown St., will launch its late night walk-up window Friday, March 30.
The window will serve a limited menu 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
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If all goes as planned, late nights near the University of Dayton are about to get far more delicious.
Butter Cafe, the popular breakfast and lunch spot at 1106 Brown St. in Dayton, plans to begin serving a late-night menu, according to co-owner Sarah Dudley.
“We just feel like it’s a need for late night dining around here,” she said. “There’s not many places that have late night dining.”
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The restaurant hopes to start selling a limited menu from a side window near its parking lot beginning in the next three weeks or so, Dudley said.
She said the window will be “jazzed up” for its new purpose.
Butter hinted at the window last week on its Facebook page:
Opened in the former location of Dolcessa gelato shop in 2010, Butter serves a variety of vegan and vegetarian dishes as well as locally grown, free range eggs, waffles, French toast, pancakes, burgers, salads, baked goods and sandwiches.
Initially, the restaurant’s walk-up window will serve a limited menu on weekends from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m., Dudley said.
Items will likely include Butter’s famed potatoes as well as eggs, breakfast sandwiches and pancakes.
“It will be a scaled-down menu,” she said.
The restaurant employees about 20 people. Dudley said schedules will be reorganized to fill the weekend breakfast needs.
“I feel like it will be a lot busier when school is in (session),” she said.
Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
While major grocers might have select “international” aisles, there are still many niche ingredients that can only be found at specialty markets.
Whether you’re coming to Dayton from another part of the world and craving a taste of home, or you just want to venture from your regular menu — the Dayton-area has plenty of international markets ready to explore.
These are some great international markets in our area that could inspire your next global cuisine. If we missed one, let us know -- email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add it to the list.
🌏 Halal International Meat Market
Halal is the Arabic word meaning permissible or lawful in traditional Islamic laws. This Middle Eastern meat market is a great place to start if you’re new to sampling delicious Halal cuisine.
Location: 1009 Wayne Ave., Dayton
🌏 Al Basha International Foods
This Halal grocery also has a deli featuring hot shwarma sandwiches.
Location: 1721 Woodman Dr., Dayton
🌏 La Michoacana #5 Mexican Market
La Michoacana is part of a Columbus-based grocery store chain. It’s called a Mexican market, but a cashier said it sells goods and foods popular throughout South America. The diversity of goods is a major selling point for this Dayton gem.
Location: 748 Troy St., Dayton
🌏 Las Penas Mexican Grocery
This grocery store aims to provide “premium, authentic Mexican food” to the Dayton-area. The stores shelves are packed with authentic Mexican cuisine.
Location: 215 Byers Rd., Miamisburg
🌏 Pleasing Market
This Korean and Japanese grocery store in Fairborn has a huge selection of ingredients and products to help you make your next Asian meal as authentic as it gets in Dayton. I personally recommend the Ginger Biscuit Snacks.
Location: 1352 Kauffman Ave., Fairborn
🌏 Wise Choice British Foods Gifts & Candies
This authentic British grocer offers a shopping trip the Queen herself would approve of. In 1997, Wise Choice was opened by a couple from Wales, choosing the name ‘Wise’ as an acronym for (W)hales, (I)reland, (S)cotland & (E)ngland. Today, you can place your Wise Choice order online and have your order shipped to anywhere in the world.
Location: 6171 Brandt Pike, Huber Heights
Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 10:00 AM
— Santa Claus doesn’t hold a candle to the Easter Bunny when it comes to brunch.
What better way to get excited for Easter than to think of all the delicious springtime meals you’ll be having soon?
We’ll continue to update this guide of all Dayton-area Easter food events as the day gets closer. If you know of any we missed, send us the info at email@example.com and we’ll be sure to add it to the list.
PRO TIP: Most of these places require reservations, so make sure you call ahead.
🐰 The Wright Place’s Chef-Driven Easter Brunch
Executive Chef Justin White will host an extravagant, farm-driven Easter Brunch at his popular flight-inspired restaurant, The Wright Place, located inside the Holiday Inn Dayton in Fairborn. The occasion includes a special visit and free photo with the Easter Bunny, who will have plastic Easter eggs for children to decorate. For adults, freshly-made Mimosas as well as a Bloody Mary Cart will be available. The menu includes a made-to-order omelet station, leg of lamb, stuffed Sole with lobster sauce, carved prime rib with horseradish sauce, carved bourbon honey glazed ham, a shrimp and smoked salmon display, fresh fruit and hand-made desserts.
WHEN: 2 seating times, 12 p.m. & 2 p.m. Sunday, April 1
WHERE: The Wright Place inside Holiday Inn, 2800 Presidential Drive, Fairborn
INFO & RESERVATIONS: 937-426-7800
🐰 Easter Dinner at Roost
Roost Events in Kettering is pulling out all the stops for their Easter brunch buffet. The price is $32 for adults and $15 for children ages 5-10. Aside from cocktails and mocktails, a few of the mouthwatering options include eggs benedict “Bruschetta”, rosemary roasted top round of beef, Belgian waffles and much more.
WHEN: 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sunday, April 1
WHERE: Roost Events, 580 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering
INFO: 937-949-3048 | roostamerican.com
🐰 Bob Evans Easter Farmhouse Feast
With this one, you can have the best of both worlds: ameal at home without the hassle. Bob Evans’ Easter Farmhouse Feast offers a fully cooked, heat-and-serve homestyle meal that serves up to 10 people for $109.99.
“At Bob Evans, we understand the importance and special meaning of sharing a meal with friends and family on Easter,” Saed Mohseni, president and CEO of Bob Evans Restaurants, said in a news release. “Guests can order the feast at any Bob Evans Restaurant or online at www.bobevans.com and schedule their own pick-up date now through March 31. The meals are packed fresh, but quantities are limited, so ordering early is highly recommended.”
INFO: Call your local Bob Evans location or visit bobevans.com
🐰 Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse Easter Brunch
For a finer fare this Easter Sunday, you and your family can enjoy your choice of Lobster Bisque, Modern Caesar or Housemade Burrata Salad followed by a mouthwatering entrée selection that includes Fleming’s Signature Eggs Benedict, Cinnamon Apple Brioche French Toast or Ora King Salmon Cobb Salad.
All entrées are accompanied by Lyonnaise potatoes with caramelized onions and chopped parsley as well as pan-seared asparagus with blistered grape tomatoes. Dessert will be served following dinner. The brunch menu starts at $47.
🐰 The Caroline Easter Brunch
Join The Caroline for Easter Brunch, featuring a buffet for kids and adults alike. Cost is $26 for adults, $13 for children under 12, and kids under 5 eat free. The buffet will feature a variety of brunch foods like scrambled eggs, home fries, sausage gravy and biscuits, bacon, French toast and waffles with bananas foster. There will be a carving station, grilled chicken breast, grilled salmon, and much more. Assorted desserts are available, too.
WHEN: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, April 1
WHERE: The Caroline, 5 S. Market St., Troy
INFO: Call 937-552-7676 for reservations | Website
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🐰 The Golden Lamb
This historic, nationally-renowned restaurant is hosting a special Easter menu, including delicious drinks like Bumbleberry Soda and Maple Peach Spritzer. Appetizers include Golden Lamb sauerkraut balls, house cured smoked salmon bruschetta and house-made family style relish platter. Entrees include Ohio-raised fried chicken, maple dijon-glazed ham, carved beef tenderloin, braised Pennsylvania lamb shank and more. There will also be children’s options and a selection of gelato. See the full menu here. Prices vary depending on item.
WHEN: 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 1
WHERE: The Golden Lamb, 27 S. Broadway, Lebanon
INFO: 513-932-5065 | Website
🐰 Mills Park Hotel — Ellie’s Restaurant Easter Brunch
Celebrate this special holiday with Ellie’s. This restaurant inside the Mills Park Hotel will be serving raspberry almond pancakes, smoked ham benedict and special bakery delights in addition to their regular brunch menu. Reservations suggested for restaurant seating.
WHEN: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, April 1
WHERE: Ellie’s Restaurant, 321 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs
INFO: 937-319-0402 | Website
🐰 Basil’s on Market Easter Buffet Brunch
This Easter brunch special will feature all the usual brunch favorites, along with many other delicious delicacies for $25.95 per person. That price includes your (nonalcoholic) drink of choice. Event is reservation only, so make sure to call and reserve your spot.
WHEN: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, April 1
WHERE: Basil’s on Market, 312 N. Patterson Blvd., Dayton; 18 N. Market St., Troy
🐰 View 162 Restaurant & Lounge Easter Brunch Buffet
You certainly can’t beat the view of Dayton. This restaurant in Crowne Plaza Dayton is hosting an Easter brunch buffet that includes a breakfast station with pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes and a create-your-own-omelet setup; a carving station with pineapple honey-glazed pit ham, a soup and salad bar, several entrees (including baked chicken, broiled salmon, roasted pork loin and penne pasta), herb-roasted fingerling potato, spanish rice and grilled asparagus, and a dessert station. Cost is $28.95 per person. Kids ages 12 and under are $14.95. Seniors will receive a 10 percent discount.
WHEN: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, April 1
WHERE: View 162 Restaurant and Lounge at Crowne Plaza Dayton, 33 E. 5th St., Dayton
🐰 Easter Sunday Brunch & Fried Chicken Dinner at Lily’s Bistro
Join Lily’s for brunch and then chicken dinner. All your favorite brunch items will be there, along with their family-style free range fried chicken dinner. Reservations encouraged.
WHEN: Brunch from 10 a.m.-3 pm. and chicken dinner from 5-9 p.m., Sunday, April 1
WHERE: Lily’s Bistro, 329 E. 5th St., Dayton
🐰 El Meson Easter Brunch
Join El Meson for an Easter Brunch featuring all kinds of dishes, like steak encebollado (beef filet with tomatoes, onions, and chimichurri sauce), Caribbean rum glazed ham, seafood zarzuela with orecchiette pasta, egg and cheese omelet, grits and chorizo, Mexican red rice, saffron rice, Latin stir-fry veggies, manchego scalloped potatoes, garbanzos with spinach, assorted salads, fresh fruit salpicon, Jamaican jerk slaw, assorted crusty breads, coffee cakes and sweet breads. There’s also a kid’s buffet with a burrito bar. Cost is $29 for adults, $14 for children ages $12 and under, and free for children ages 6 and under. Bar opens at 11 a.m. Tax and tip will be added. Reservations can be made by calling 937-859-8229.
WHEN: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, April 1
WHERE: El Meson, 903 E. Dixie Dr., West Carrollton
INFO: 937-859-8229 | Facebook event
🐰 Easter Brunch or Dinner at Carvers
Plated brunch will be served from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., and the dinner menu will be served all day. The three-course Easter brunch is $35 and includes one choice from each course. Soup or Salad course: lobster bisque, spinach salad with honey mustard, romaine salad with balsamic vinaigrette, classic Caesar salad. Entree course: Prime Rib Eggs Benedict, Tenderloin Skillet, Honey BBQ Salmon, Carver’s Steak & Eggs. Dessert Course: Blackberry Chocolate Mousse or Carrot Cake. See the full menu here.
WHEN: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, April 1
WHERE: Carvers Steaks & Chops, 1535 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Dayton
🐰Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern
Rusty Bucket is having an Easter brunch perfect for any late risers. Guests can enjoy their favorites from the Bucket’s weekend brunch menu including Chicken and waffles, Braised Short Rib Hash, Bucket Biscuits and Gravy, Triple Decker Breakfast Sandwich and more. As always, the lunch menu will also be available.
WHEN: 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sunday, April 1
WHERE: Rust Bucket Restaurant, 2812 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd., Dayton
Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— It’s spring break season! The kids are rejoicing (or will be soon). The parents, maybe not so much.
If you’re enjoying a little sunshine in Florida right now, we’re jealous.
If instead you’ve opted for that staycation, here are 10 ideas for some fun kid-friendly excursions close to home while school is out.
We promise these activities will offer fun, get the kids out of the house and maybe cut down the bickering just a little bit. Some are just for fun and others blend fun and education.
Happy spring break!
1. BOONSHOFT MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY
The fun: An indoor mini-zoo complete with entertaining river otters, meerkats, a bobcat and more; space and astronomy exhibits and a space theater; an interactive color wall perfect for dancing; water tables; climbing tower and slide; tidal pool for interacting with sea critters; a treehouse perfect for bird-watching; pretend play stations and a play space just for children 4 and younger.
Location: 2600 DeWeese Parkway, Dayton
Hours: Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (special exhibits 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Sunday noon-5 p.m. Closed on major holidays, including Easter.
Prices: Children (3-17) $11.50, seniors (60+) $12.50, adults $14.50. Children under 3 and members are free.
2. SCENE 75
The fun: More than 140 arcade games, an inflatable play area complete with a 36-foot-high slide, mini-bowling, laser tag, indoor go-karts, spinning bumper cars, virtual reality arcade and black light mini golf.
Location: 6196 Poe Ave., Vandalia.
Hours: Wednesdays and Thursdays 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fridays 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Closed to the public Mondays and Tuesdays.
Prices: No admission charge. Priced per attraction. Preload gaming cards and swipe at each attraction. Attraction prices range from $2-$12 per person and arcade games range from $0.25 to $3 per game.
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3. U.S. AIR FORCE MUSEUM
The fun: It’s no secret Dayton has a rich history in flight and aviation. And most kids are amazed by planes. Visit the Air Force Museum to see some impressive aircraft or check out flight simulators or 3D films. The National Museum of the United States Air Force features more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles along with thousands of historical items and powerful sensory exhibits that bring history to life and connect the Wright brothers' legacy with today's technology.
Location: 1100 Spaatz St., Wright-Patterson AFB
Hours: Open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Christmas Day, Thanksgiving and New Year's Day.
Prices: Free admission and parking
4. AULLWOOD AUDOBON CENTER AND FARM
The fun: Step back in time when you visit an 1880s barn with draft horses, cattle, sheep, goats and hogs. Surrounding pastures are home to cattle, sheep, goats and donkeys. See chickens in portable pens spring through fall. Outlying buildings and paddocks house turkeys, more chickens and an educational garden. Best for a warmer day. Aullwood consists of two major locations, Aullwood Nature Center and Aullwood Farm, connected by six miles of walking trails running through a 200-acre nature sanctuary. You can begin your visit at either site, then enjoy a scenic walk in the Nature Sanctuary along trails leading to the other location or take a quick car ride instead. Your payment at either location pays your admission to both.
Location: The Nature Center is located at 1000 Aullwood Road, Dayton. The Farm is located at 9101 Frederick Pike in Dayton.
Hours: Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Closed most holidays.
Prices: Admission is $7 for adults (12 and over), $5 for children 3-11 and free for children under age 2. Members of Friends of Aullwood and National Audubon Society receive free admission with membership card.
5. BRUKNER NATURE CENTER
The fun: Brukner Nature Center operates the largest licensed wildlife rehabilitation unit in the Miami Valley. It also doubles as a great family-friendly destination to experience nature. Go take a nature walk with your family on easy-to-navigate trails that span 6 miles. Visit some 50 animals from birds, to owls to possums that can no longer survive in the wild housed in indoor and outdoor exhibits. Go birdwatching in a tree-top vista accessible from the interpretive building. Don’t miss the historical 1804 log house.
Location: 5995 Horseshoe Bend Road, just outside of Troy
Hours: The interpretive building is open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 12:30-5 p.m. Trails are open from sunrise to sunset.
Prices: $2.50 per person or $10 per family (parents and children under 18) for admission to the interpretive building. Cash or check only. Sunday admission is free. Admission free for BNC members.
6. CARILLON HISTORICAL PARK
The fun: At Carillon, learning is fun. Learn about Dayton’s role in history by strolling through the park’s 25 historical buildings and interacting with the hundreds of artifacts in the exhibits. See the original 1905 Wright Flyer III, the world’s first practical airplane, built by Wilbur and Orville Wright. Visit Dayton’s oldest building from 1796, Newcom’s Tavern. See the largest carillon in Ohio. Take a ride on the carousel of Dayton innovations or see some of Dayton’s innovators come to life in an interactive theater presentation (sort of like the Hall of Presidents at Disney). Hungry? Stop by the 1940s-style diner Culp’s Café (which opens for the season April 1).
Location: 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton
Hours: Monday to Saturday: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday: noon-5 p.m.
Prices: $8 per adult (ages 18-59), $7 per senior, $5 per child (3 –17). Children under 3 and Dayton History members free. Carousel is $1 per ride for every person who rides.
7. DAYTON ART INSTITUTE EXPERIENCENTER
The fun: The museum’s interactive Lange Family Experiencenter is the perfect spot for the younger set to experience art. Find creative play stations including a puppet theater and problem-solving activities. Create your own work of art on easels. While you’re there, don’t miss a major work of art created with jelly beans. After you experience the Experiencecenter, stroll through the museum’s permanent collection.
Location: 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton
Hours: Wednesday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday: noon – 5 p.m. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and on major holidays. Leo Bistro restaurant is temporarily closed.
Prices: Suggested general admission to The Dayton Art Institute's permanent collection:
- Adults: $8
- Seniors (60+), Active Military & Groups: $5
- College Students (18+ with ID): Free
- Youth & Children (17 and under): Free
- Members: Free
- Some special exhibits carry a separate admission charge.
Info: Website or Facebook
8. WEGERZYN’S CHILDREN’S DISCOVERY GARDEN
The fun: On a warm, sunny day, Wegerzyn Gardens Metropark is a must-see. This child-friendly place to discover and experience gardening offers nature play for kids. Explore the sensory garden. Navigate a musical maze, water plants using an old-fashioned pump, build a home for gnomes and fairies, crawl through a cave and find fossils or design your own garden.
Location: 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave., Dayton
Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Hours will extend April 1 through summer to 10 p.m.. This activity is weather contingent, so it’s best to call ahead at 937-277-6545 to confirm the Children’s Discovery Garden is open.
Prices: Free admission
9. YOUNG’S JERSEY DAIRY
The fun: ICE CREAM! Oh, and there’s also a petting zoo with goats, cows and more, an 18-hole farm-themed mini-golf course, driving range, batting cages, three-lane slide. Did we mention the delicious homemade ice cream?? This destination is also best-suited for a warm day for maximum spring fun.
Location: 6880 Springfield-Xenia Road, Yellow Springs
Hours: Hours vary by attraction and seasonally. Click here for more info.
Prices: No admission fee, but costs per activity. Wristband deals are available at The Dairy Store, Young’s Farmstead Cheese Marketplace, Udders & Putters or The Golden Jersey Inn.
10. SKY ZONE TRAMPOLINE PARK
The fun: No better way than to bounce off some energy than this place. Bounce and flip on trampolines. Soar into a cushy foam pit or play a friendly game of dodgeball.
Location: 976 Senate Drive, Washington Twp.
Hours: Hours vary. Hourly capacity is limited to a specific number of jumpers, so to guarantee a jump time, buy your tickets online and fill out waiver. Special socks required.
Prices (include sky socks):
- 30-minute jump: $13
- 60-minute jump: $17
- 90-minute jump: $21
- 120-minute jump: $24