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4 places you should visit within driving distance of Dayton

Published: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 6:35 AM

4 cities to visit within driving distance of Dayton

Summer is here and with it comes warm days, long nights and road trips. Explore these unique cities that are all within driving distance of Dayton (by driving distance).

Columbus

Drive time: 1 hour to 90 minutes

Columbus’ Short North is perfect for either a day trip or a night on the town. With a multitude of eclectic shops and eating establishments running along High Street, there’s a little something for everyone. 

Large murals like this rendition of American Gothic grace the exterior walls of buildings in the Short North Arts District in Columbus. BAILEY LYTLE/SHORT NORTH ALLIANCE

Louisville

Drive time: 2.5 hours
Home to both the Kentucky Derby and the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, Louisville is steeped in Southern charm and bourbon. The city is also home to the Louisville Mega Cavern, which is the world’s only fully underground zip lines, bike course and ropes course which spans 100 acres under the city. 

The Louisville Kentucky Derby Museum. GREATER LOUISVILLE CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU

Toledo

Drive time: 2.5 hours

Toledo, situated on Lake Erie and the Maumee River, is known as both the Glass City and the “Water Recreation Capital of the Midwest.” The city showcases its past and present at the internationally known Toledo Museum of Art and the National Museum of the Great Lakes. 

At the Toledo Museum of Art you can see Alexander Calder's piece "Stegosaurus," painted steel, 1973. CONTRIBUTED

Pittsburgh

Drive time: 4 hours

Pittsburgh, known as the City of Bridges, boasts of having the most bridges of any city in the world. The city has reinvented itself from a struggling steel town to a modern city that attracts those who love fine dining and the arts. 

The Duquesne Incline gives people an especially scenic view of the city. PITTSBURGH CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU

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We had a double-helping of this food truck for breakfast, and we’re still talking about it

Published: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Some of the most popular food trucks in the Dayton area.

Excuse our French. or should we say, French toast. But son of a biscuit, did we have a tasty breakfast! And we need to tell you about it. 

We spotted the retro-styled blond and baby blue food truck in Dayton this morning, and our rumbling appetites were almost louder than Son Of a Biscuit’s engine. 

After all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially when it’s this satisfying. So a double order later, and our breakfast cravings were fixed. Here’s what we recommend ordering the next time you spot Dayton’s favorite breakfast buggy.

Sausage gravy & biscuits

(Sarah Franks)

We admit, presentation was not what sold us on this dish. However, a breakfast staple like biscuits and gravy doesn’t need the pizzazz factor — its delicious, fill-you-up all morning long reputation is enough to keep us coming back. 

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Son Of a Biscuit chose its name wisely. The biscuits were the perfect combination of soft, buttery and flaky, while still having a dense consistency to each bite.

>> 9 great brunch spots in Dayton

(Sarah Franks)

The biscuits were good enough to be served on their own, but the almost-smoky sausage gravy smothered on top made this order one we’ll still be thinking about come dinner time.

>> 7 places to get a healthy brunch in Dayton

Bacon, egg and cheese sandwich 

(Sarah Franks)

This sandwich isn’t meant for someone who doesn’t want to truly chow-down on a hearty, filling breakfast in the morning.

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The picture says it all: ooey-gooey cheese held together the extra-thick bacon and egg duo between a fresh English muffin. 

>> The best Bloody Marys in Dayton

SOB uses only organic eggs, according to their Facebook page, and the food truck gets all its sausage and bacon from Landes Fresh Meats in Clayton.

These were our favorites, but we encourage you to decide for yourself which SOB breakfast is the best. The menu also features loaded and plain hashbrowns, French toast bites and omelettes. 

Where to eat near the University of Dayton

Published: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 @ 10:47 AM

Food options are plentiful near the UD. Here are six place you really should try.

Restaurant options near the University of Dayton have come a long way since a 2000 boom introduced Chipotle and Panera Bread near one corner of Brown and Jasper street and Penn Station and Jimmy John’s to the other. 

>> MORE: New taco restaurant open near UD

Long-closed businesses like the Westward Ho cafeteria, National Lanes bowling alley and the Magic Hat magic store have been replaced by a list of restaurants that cater to University of Dayton students, Miami Valley Hospital staffers and others looking for good grub. 

>> MORE: Bibibop Asian Grill confirms new Dayton location 

Mainstays like the original Submarine HouseHickory Bar-B-Q and the 70-year-old Pine Club are feeding the masses alongside restaurants with newer concepts like Zombie Dogz,  Bibibop and Fusian

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A steady stream of new restaurants have come in recent years, with more on the horizon. 

>> MORE: New Greek restaurant to open this spring 

With so many options, it’s hard to pick -- but here are six places you have to try. 

PINE CLUB

1926 Brown St., Dayton | Phone:  937-228-7463

Online: Website | Facebook 

The Pine Club offers a wide variety of steaks.

Why go: The Pine Club not only makes some of the best steaks in Dayton, it makes some of the best steaks in the nation. 

The 70-year-old restaurant’s 20-ounce bone-in ribeye with the restaurant’s signature onion rings are to die for and has made several “best steak” lists. 

>> MORE: Pine Club named second best steakhouse in nation

ZOMBIE DOGZ 

1200 Brown St., Dayton  | Phone: 937-951-2942

Online: Website | Facebook | Instagram

Zombie Dogz on Brown Street in Dayton.(Photo by Amelia Robinson)

Why go: Zombie Dogz is relatively new to Brown Street, but the business owned by husband and wife team Dave and Lee VanArtsdalen has been a Dayton favorite since the moment it made its first gourmet dog. 

Founded in 2012 as a food truck, Zombie Dogz is known for sandwiches like Calling in Dead (housemade white truffle mac and cheese topped with Parmesan garlic cracker crumbs) and the Germinator (shredded garlic-crusted beef topped with local beer cheese and fried onions).

>> MORE: Here's why Zombie Dogz is making people lose their BRAINS 

Zombie Dogz’s tater tots are also unstoppable. 

>> MORE: Where to find the best tater tots in Dayton

 SUBMARINE HOUSE 

1137 Brown St., Dayton | Phone: 937-222-7939 

Online: Website | Facebook | Twitter

In this archived photo, Gary Danner from the Submarine House shows the 16-inch Super Duper Cheesesteak that six contestants raced to consume in the 2011 Miami Valley Cheesesteak Challenge. (Staff photo by Jan Underwood.(www.activedayton.com)

Why go: The Submarine House is a Dayton original, and the original Submarine House is on Brown Street. 

The low-frills location that opened in 1973 specializes in East coast-style cheesesteak subs. There are also pizzas and an impressive list of appetizers that include wings, nachos, pretzel sticks, Cheese Stix, onion rings, fries, chicken tenders and the must-try Teezer Basket —  a basket of fried baked potato buds stuffed with cheddar cheese and jalapeno bits.  

GINGER AND SPICE

1105 Brown St., Dayton | 937-716-1298  

Online: WebsiteFacebook   

Food from Ginger and Spice on Brown Street. Photo: Amelia Robinson(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

Why go: Fresh and flavorful food from China and other Asian nations is served at Ginger and Spice.  

The casual eatery is founded by Grace Peng, the former operator of Tsao’s Cuisine near Wright State University in Fairborn, and serves dishes created by Anne Tsao, the founder of Tsao Cuisine.

Try the pan-seared, hand wrapped pot stickers or wontons stuffed with ground pork in a delicious sweet and spicy sauce. The pork belly with king oyster mushroom and the mala beef are also great options. 

JOE KISS HICKORY BAR-B-Q

1082 Brown St., Dayton | Phone: (937) 228-5252

Online: Website

BLT at Hickory Bar-B-Q on Brown Street (Staff photo by Amelia Robinson)BLT and loaded potato at Hickory Bar-B-Q on Brown Street in Dayton. (Staff photo by Amelia Robinson)

The Dayton classic founded in 1962 is best known for its cabbage rolls and barbecue chicken and ribs. You can catch those ribs roasting in the front window. 

Try the shrimp cocktail and fried oysters before diving into one of the steaks. 

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JIMMIE’S LADDER 11

936 Brown St., Dayton | Phone: (937) 424-1784 

Online: Website | Facebook | TwitterInstagram 

The Ladder 11 at Jimmie’s Ladder 11 consists of hand-cut pastrami and corned beef grilled with homemade slaw and Russian dressing on a toasted hoagie bun or rye.  View the full list of 9 must-eat sandwiches on Dayton.com »

Why go: The tavern founded by Jimmie and Sue Brandell and housed in a historic firehouse building has come along way since 2011. 

The Brandells moved their business from 1001 Brown Street into the new location, and rebranded it from Jimmie’s Cornerstone Bar and Grille in 2011. 

The eatery quickly became a go-to-spot lunch spot for Miami Valley Hospital employees and other nearby workers. 

It is also a great space to listen to local music, grab a pint and eat dinner. 

Jimmie’s has a fun menu of salads, appetizer, pizza, calzones, pasta, steaks and burgers and other sandwiches. 

The Shrimp Po’ Boy, the Gyro and the Ladder 11 (Romanian-style pastrami, corned beef cole slaw and Russian dressing on a  toasted hoagie roll or rye) are among the standouts. 

Blind Dates are a treat on the appetizer menu. 

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Looking for other options? Here are a few other good places to check out: 

Flanagan’s Pub, 101 E Stewart St.

Irish pub with good booze and grub. A UD fan favorite. 

Milano Pizza and Subs, 1834 Brown St. 

Good place to catch the game and grab a pint.

BIBIBOP Asian Grill,  1200 Brown St. 

Korean-inspired bowls with fresh ingredients.

Ben & Jerry's Dayton Ice Cream Shop, 1934 Brown St.

Cherry Garcia, anyone? 

Buffalo Wild Wings, 1900 Brown St. 

Wings, screens and brew. 

FUSIAN, 1200 Brown St. 

Americanized sushi made on an assembly line. 

Bourbon Street Grill and Cafe, 1043 Brown St.

Get the bourbon chicken.

North Village Chinese Restaurant, 137 Jasper St. 

The rock salt pork is the bomb. 

Smashburger, 1200 Brown St. 

Unique burgers and shakes (and vegetarians, they make a MEAN black bean burger, too).

Five Guys, 1143 Brown St.

Grab some peanuts while they make your burgers and fries. 

El Rancho Grande Mexican Restaurant, 1200 Brown St. 

Fast Mexican food and margaritas.   

Dewey’s Pizza, 131 Jasper St.

Good beer and gourmet pizza. 

 

In college? Here are 20 things you must do in Dayton this semester

Published: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Food options are plentiful near the UD. Here are six place you really should try.

Welcome to your new home away from home, college students! 

Whether you’re part of the incoming freshman class this year or you’re an upperclassman, there are plenty of things to do in Dayton that we bet you haven’t yet experienced.

>> Where to eat near the University of Dayton

Once you’re done finalizing your classes and making sure you have the right books, it’s time to hit the town for some exploration and most importantly: some fun! 

>> PHOTOS: UD signs welcome students during move-in

1. Hit up Dayton’s walking beer trail and try some of Dayton’s finest brews (if you are 21 and up, of course).  

We take you on a tour of downtown craft beer breweries and bars. Video by Amelia Robinson

>> DIRECTIONS:Take a walk along Dayton’s walking beer trail  

2. Soak up the beer with a killer dog from Zombie Dogz, our favorite food truck turned storefront.  

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3. Splurge on a steak of historic proportions at the Pine Club (some argue its the best in Dayton!). And while you’re there, actually try a stewed tomato. Bring cash.

The Pine Club offers a wide variety of steaks.

4. Find a random, possibly unnecessary, very likely bizarre souvenir at Mendelsons Liquidation Outlet. Plan to spend at least an hour wandering the building; you never know what sort of treasure you’ll find.

Mendelson’s Liquidation Outlet in downtown Dayton has expanded its already enormous array of products to offer a selection of non-perishable groceries, beauty products, and electronics, and is currently holding a blowout sale with products from clothing to restaurant wares to chemistry kits for less than $2. Photo by: Vivienne Machi

>>Get your everyday items ridiculously cheap at Mendelson’s

5. Take the whole family to try Young’s Jersey Dairy’s ice cream in Yellow Springs for the best ice cream around, then work it off playing 18 holes at Udders and Putters next door.

Young’s Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs offers more than 50 varieties of creamy ice cream goodness. Heaven! (Contributed photo)

>> 5 ice creams to try this summer from Young’s Jersey Dairy

6. Take a selfie at the #DaytonInspires selfie wall on the side of Brim on Jackson Street in the Oregon District.

>> 10 reasons we love the Fifth Street and the Oregon District, and why you should, too

7. Get out to the MetroParks.

David Harris of Trotwood took this photo on June 15 at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark in Dayton.(HANDOUT)

Be a kid again and venture to the Children’s Discovery Garden at Wegerzyn Gardens, or take a walk and snap some beautiful pics with your best friends at Cox Arboretum.

Stare pensively out at the Great Miami River while rocking back and forth on the bench swings at Riverscape or, if you’re feeling adventerous, take a ride down River Run

>>12 top hiking trails in Dayton and nearby

8. Survey the city from above at Woodland Cemetery

The highest point in Dayton is at Lookout Point in Woodland Cemetery.(Connie Post)

While you’re there, visit the graves of the Wright BrothersPaul Laurence Dunbar, and Erma Bombeck.

>>RELATED: 17 things to see at Woodland Cemetery

9. Eat a burger at Voltzy’s Rootbeer Stand in Moraine.

A customer holds a mega-burger from Voltzy's Hamburger & Root Beer Stand in Moraine. The "Bill Clinton Divorce Finale" contains 14 pounds of meat, 20 slices of cheese and a half-pound of onions, on a one-pound bun. The cost: $40, unless a diner finishes it in one hour, in which case, it's free. Submitted photo/Photo courtesy of Voltzy's

It’s cheap and oh so delicious. If you’re lucky, the owner will involve you in “the show.” 

>> GUIDE: Your ultimate guide to the best burgers in Dayton

>> Can you eat your way through Dayton’s ‘Burger Bermuda Triangle’?

8. Sip on an Elsa’s Bad Juan Margarita. (If you’re 21 and up, that is.)

An assortment of Elsa’s legendary “Bad Juan” margaritas. File photo by TY GREENLEES/STAFF(Staff Writer)

Get it on the rocks. Savor it.

>> RELATED: 5 places to find great margaritas in the Dayton area

9. Step back in time and enjoy a beer at the Carillon Brewing Company

Tanya Brock, Brewmaster, Carillon Brewing Company in1850's era costume during brewery operations. The opening of the $3.5 million Carillon Brewery represents Dayton's strong history of brewing, and is a working brewhouse that produces a variety of ales as well as serving other brands of craft beer. It is the only one of its' kind in the country. A dozen new craft breweries of varying sizes and concepts have opened their doors in the greater Dayton area where none existed just three years ago. JIM WITMER/STAFF(JIM WITMER)

While you’re at Carillon Historical Park, go see the the original 1905 Wright Flyer III and celebrate Dayton innovation.

>>PHOTOS: Dayton's must-try craft beers

10. Drop by View 162, the penthouse bar and restaurant of the Crowne Plaza downtown.

Archive photo of Bill Thomas, director of food and beverage at the Crowne Plaza hotel and Kris Davis, director of sales talk in the renovated Crowne Plaza rooftop restaurant and lounge. (Staff photo by Lisa Powell)

We recommend going there for an after-dark drink and enjoy the city’s lights spreading out in every direction before you.

11. Brunch it up with crepes, arepas, gyros and more at the 2nd Street Market.

Five Rivers MetroParks announced this week it will test expanded hours at the 2nd Street Market, Dayton’s popular downtown public market.

>>2nd Street Market is a Dayton gem

12. Impress your family with your aviation and military knowledge at the United States Air Force Museum.

Aug. 9, 1945 is the 70th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Nagasaki. Six days later, the Japanese surrendered.The plane that dropped the bomb, the B-29 Bockscar is at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Joe Sweeney, the son of the B-29 pilot Charles Sweeney, was at the museum Friday for media interviews and to give a talk in the auditorium. JIM WITMER/STAFF(Jim Witmer)

Note the B-29 “Bockscar,” which is credited with ending World War II by dropping the second atomic bomb on Nagasaki.

>> RELATED: 5 badass planes at the Air Force Museum

13. Take a long bike ride on the Dayton region’s amazing interconnected bikeways and trails.

With more than 340 miles of connected bike trails, the Dayton area is a haven for cyclists. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

>> The 5 best Miami Valley bike trails (and how to make the most of them)

14. Get a Gem City-themed tattoo.

15. Get your picture taken with Heater and Gem at a Dayton Dragons game.

You know spring has arrived when Dragons baseball begins. Heater and Gem and the rest of the Dragons will play at home Sunday through Friday. (Source: Contributed)

>> Daytonian of the Week: Heater

16. Stop by and visit a great exhibit or permanent collection at the Dayton Art Institute

As the new Dayton Art Institute opened its doors in 1930 the entire city celebrated.

>> Your guide to art galleries in Dayton

17. Create a lasting 3-D souvenir at Proto BuildBar, the world’s first buildbar.

18. Go to the drive-in with your college sweetheart.

Drive-Ins in Dayton still popular summer spots

>>Your guide to drive-in movie theaters in the Dayton area

19. Check out a local band you’ve never heard of, at a bar you’ve never been to. 

Motel Beds rocked the house at Blind Bob's during the Dayton Music Fest in Dayton, Ohio.(Brian Glass/Concert-Captures.Com)

Pay one $5 cover at either Blind Bob’s BarTumbleweed Connection, or the Trolley Stop on a weekend and gain access to all three of their shows that night.

>> Where to watch live music in Dayton 

20. Regain your strength after a night out in the Oregon District with pulled pork and mac n’ cheese at 3 a.m. at Smokin’ Bar-B-Que.

Smokin BBQ pulled pork bacon cheeseburger via Facebook

4 delicious (and healthy!) dishes you can enjoy dining out in Dayton

Published: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Pan-seared scallops at Corner Kitchen. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
Pan-seared scallops at Corner Kitchen. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Health experts tell you that a healthy meal means that over half of your plate should be filled with vegetables. Sounds great right? But how many of us actually follow that rule when we go out to eat?

>> Dayton gets its 1st Au Bon Pain restaurant

Treating yourself to a meal outside of the home doesn’t mean that your health has to go out the window. Corner Kitchen gives you the option of making good choices, that also happen to be delicious ones too. Trust us, we like fries as much as the next person, but we also like to take care of our health conscious friends.   

>> New restaurant sets opening date in former Max & Erma’s location in Beavercreek

Here at Corner Kitchen, we are proud to provide dinner options for everyone. Whether you are on a diet, have a food allergy, or just like to fill your body with lots of yummy vegetables, we have something for you. 

Squash pasta at Corner Kitchen. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

  • The Squash Pasta - a big plate full of veggies fresh from our local farmers. Zucchini and yellow summer squash julienned thin to look like pasta, tossed with fresh herbs in a white wine butter sauce. Want to skip the butter? No problem, we can make this dish completely vegan. But if you don’t want to skip the protein, add a piece of delicious salmon to round it out!
  • The Quinoa Pita Salad - healthy, protein packed quinoa and chickpeas make up the bulk of this salad, tomatoes, mint, parsley and lemon round it out, served over lettuce. It’s a satisfying salad that’s completely vegan. Skip the pita for a gluten-free option, or keep the vegan train rolling by adding some tofu for a little extra oomph! 
  • The Stuffed Eggplant - yet another dish on the menu where vegetables are the star of the show. A whole eggplant, sliced, stuffed and surrounded with fresh, bright, local vegetables, savory, and satisfying. Chef considers this dish the standout of our summer menu: the epitome of summer, and as satisfying as a steak.
  • Stuffed eggplant at Corner Kitchen. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
  • The Pan-Seared Scallops - a generous serving of pan-seared sea scallops over a bed of succotash: green beans, corn, tomatoes, with a basil oil. This dish hits all the notes, from the scallops which are low in fat and high in protein, to the fresh produce at the peak of the season. If you happen to lick your plate, we promise not to judge. 
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    These are just a few of the great options for the healthier side of things. Don’t want to give up your burger or meatloaf? You don’t have to, but you can swap out the fries or mashed potatoes for our vegetable of the moment: rotating options of local, fresh vegetables. 

    The point? You don’t have to sacrifice flavor for health, and you can make a good choice when you dine at Corner Kitchen. So good, in fact, that you can justify dessert.