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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8 classic local restaurants that we miss

Published: Saturday, May 14, 2016 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 10:48 AM

Cocktails on The Barnsider’s menu include a traditional Manhattan as well as the Creme Brulee Martini, featuring vanilla vodka, Irish cream, Kahlua and Cream and garnished with caramel and nutmeg. Contributed photo by Alexis Larsen
Cocktails on The Barnsider’s menu include a traditional Manhattan as well as the Creme Brulee Martini, featuring vanilla vodka, Irish cream, Kahlua and Cream and garnished with caramel and nutmeg. Contributed photo by Alexis Larsen
 

It’s always a shock to find out when a local restaurant that’s been around for generations has shut its doors.

>>RELATED: 3 abrupt restaurant closures that shocked Dayton in September

An old-school restaurant is like a pair of well-worn house slippers, enveloping you in pure comfort.

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As the Dayton restaurant scene develops, we can’t help but be reminded of these 8 restaurants that were once Dayton staples, but are no longer around today.

 >>RELATED: Local Asian restaurant to shut down after nearly 30 years

🍽️ 1. King Cole Restaurant

The dining room of the King Cole restaurant in Dayton, circa 1974.(Dayton Daily News archives/Dayton Daily News archives)

Once located in the Kettering Tower in downtown Dayton, King Cole was known for steaks, seafood and stately paintings on the walls. The server would run a crumb cleaner across the tablecloth between courses.

>>RELATED: 5 restaurants that shut down at The Greene

🍽️ 2. Charley’s Crab

Charley's Crab Sept. 1980(Walt Kleine)

In the upstairs of the Arcade in downtown Dayton, Charley’s served to-die-for rolls, slathered with butter – those rolls went well with any of the seafood dishes.

>>BEST OF DAYTON: 3 places to go for killer seafood in Dayton

🍽️ 3. Neil’s Heritage House

Diners enjoy their dinner in the newly renovated at Neil's Heritage House in Kettering. Dayton-area economic development and restaurant industry officials are hailing a 2011 surge of reborn restaurants across the Miami Valley as a strong sign of the regions economic recovery.(Teesha Mcclam/Dayton Daily News)

Located at the corner of South Patterson Boulevard and West Schantz Avenue, Neil’s Heritage House was a popular supper club for about 50 years, and a highly sought-after venue for wedding receptions, reunions and other private parties. In 2015, the non-profit organization Dayton History purchased the iconic property for about $700,000. It’s within walking distance of Carillon Historical Park.

>>RELATED: Classic Dayton restaurants you have to try and love

🍽️ 4. L’Auberge

L'Auberge’s outdoor patio dining area was called Far Hills Cafe. PHOTO BY JAN UNDERWOOD(Jan Underwood/Jan Underwood)

Once the most highly credentialed restaurant in all of Dayton, l’Auberge on Far Hills Drive near the Town & Country Shopping Center in Kettering was founded in 1979 by Josef Reif and the late Dieter Krug. For 19  years, it held a four-star rating from the Mobil Travel Guide.

>>RELATED: The most romantic restaurants in Dayton

🍽️ 5. Dominic’s

3/2/07 -- ddn030807z7dominics -- Dominics restaurant at 1066 S. Main St. is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. PHOTO BY JAN UNDERWOOD(JAN UNDERWOOD)

Located on South Main Street across from the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Dominic’s served some of the best manicotti in Southwest Ohio. Ordering the House Salad Dressing was almost mandatory. After a meal at Dominic’s, your skin pores exuded garlic for days.

🍽️ 6. Anticoli’s Giuliano Tavern

Anticoli's Giuliano Tavern is scheduled to shut its doors for good on June 7, and its owner, 80-year-old Leo Anticoli, will retire. MARK FISHER/STAFF(MARK FISHER/STAFF/MARK FISHER/STAFF)

Located on South Main Street in Miamisburg, Anticoli’s closed in 2015 after Leo Anticoli, it’s 80-year-old owner, announced his retirement. The restaurant served traditional Italian cuisine, including spaghetti and meatballs as well as ravioli.

🍽️ 7. The Stockyards Inn

The Stockyards Inn will be up for auction on August 15, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Ty Greenlees/Ty Greenlees)

Operating at least since 1900, the Stockyards at 1065 Springfield St. called it quits in 2013. It used to be one of the places to go for a good steak and bottle of wine.

>>Why the Mel-O-Dee Restaurant is one of the area’s most beloved dining destinations

🍽️ 8. Peasant Stock

The Peasant Stock restaurant operated in the Town & Country Shopping Center in Kettering.(Dayton Daily News archives/Dayton Daily News archives)

Once a fixture in the Town & Country shopping mall in Kettering, Peasant Stock was the place to go and was famous for its Peasant Salad, a chopped salad featuring green peas, hardboiled eggs, cheddar cheese and fried bacon crisps. It was served on chilled pewter plates.

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FOOD DEALS: Here’s how to get free pizza and milkshakes today

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Old Scratch Pizza gears up to expand

Today is a day to indulge -- and here’s your chance to get free pizza AND a free milkshake in Dayton.

1.) Get your FREE pizza from Old Scratch 

Old Scratch Pizza, 812 S. Patterson Blvd. near downtown Dayton, will celebrate its first anniversary Oct. 18. 

>> RELATED: Your guide to the best Dayton-area pizza

Get your free pizza by texting “OSP” to 797979. Customers can redeem the text deal for a free pizza on Oct. 18 only.

Old Scratch Pizza is offering free pizzas to guest who text "OSP" to 797979 on its first anniversary, Oct. 18, 2017(Amelia Robinson)

>> RELATED: New pizza-and-craft-beer restaurant to open near downtown Dayton (April 2016)

2.) Get your FREE milkshake from MOD Pizza 

MOD Pizza, located at 5225 Cornerstone N. Blvd., Centerville, is giving away FREE vanilla milkshakes on Wednesday, Oct. 18, according to a Facebook event. To get the deal, simply follow MOD Pizza on social media. 

MOD Pizza is hosting a pretty tasty giveaway on Oct. 18, 2017. PHOTO / MOD Pizza Facebook

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3.) Enjoy your food coma.

(You’re welcome.)

FOOD DEAL: How to get a free milkshake on Oct. 18 in Dayton

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 10:15 AM

MOD Pizza is hosting a pretty tasty giveaway on Oct. 18, 2017. PHOTO / MOD Pizza Facebook
MOD Pizza is hosting a pretty tasty giveaway on Oct. 18, 2017. PHOTO / MOD Pizza Facebook

If you’re a milkshake fan, you’re in luck.

MOD Pizza, located at 5225 Cornerstone N. Blvd., Centerville, is giving away FREE vanilla milkshakes on Wednesday, Oct. 18, according to a Facebook event.

>> Your guide to the best Dayton-area pizza

No purchase is necessary, but you must follow MOD Pizza on social media to receive the deal. You can follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

>> GUIDE: Top 9 delicious Dayton restaurants you don't have to leave your seat to enjoy

And while you’re there, may we suggest you check out their pizza? (Just take a look below.) 

>> Second Dayton-area MOD Pizza opens

Any time is a good time for pizza! #Repost @mkharta.eats #pizza #MODpizza

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Know of any other sweet food deals? Share them with us! Email contact@dayton.com.

Piada launches new menu with healthy (and tasty) options

Published: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 @ 11:05 AM

Piada's new Mediterranean Power Bowl, vegetarian and vegan friendly, offers a bold composition of flavors, and is topped with Piada’s special harissa and Greek yogurt drizzle.
Contributed Photo
Piada's new Mediterranean Power Bowl, vegetarian and vegan friendly, offers a bold composition of flavors, and is topped with Piada’s special harissa and Greek yogurt drizzle.(Contributed Photo)

Experience flavors like you’ve never tasted before at Piada with their new fall and winter menu.

Their culinary team has been working hard to elevate their menu, offering items that are completely different than anything you’ve ever seen at Piada before. 

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Piada hosted its first-ever Taste Tour to launch the new menu last week. We dropped in to the Dayton stop at Speakeasy Yoga on 510 E 3rd St. in downtown Dayton to sample some of the new dishes. 

To launch the new menu, Piada hosted its first ever Taste Tour, giving Piada’s biggest fans around the nation the opportunity to taste the new fall and winter menu before anyone else. We tried the new Harvest Grain & Apple Salad, Mediterranean Power Bowl, Porchetta Sandwich and Blood Orange Pomegranate Tea at the Dayton Taste Tour stop at Speakeasy Yoga.(Allegra Czerwinski)

We couldn’t stop eating the Mediterranean power bowl -- it’s a great option for the health conscious (without sacrificing flavor). We also fell in love with Piada’s first ever SANDWICH

>> MORE: 7 brand new restaurants that you need to try this fall

Here’s your first look at what’s on the new menu: 

Mediterranean Power Bowl

To launch the new menu, Piada hosted its first ever Taste Tour, giving Piada’s biggest fans around the nation the opportunity to taste the new fall and winter menu before anyone else. We tried the new Harvest Grain & Apple Salad, Mediterranean Power Bowl, Porchetta Sandwich and Blood Orange Pomegranate Tea at the Dayton Taste Tour stop at Speakeasy Yoga.(Allegra Czerwinski)

Roasted vegetables including broccoli, cauliflower and sweet potatoes, glazed chickpeas and pickled red onions on a bed of red quinoa with harissa & Greek yogurt drizzle.

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Fall Steak Avocado Piada

When our Steak Avocado Piada gives you more butterflies than your bae 😬

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Hand-rolled Piada filled with pancetta, avocado, arugula, spicy balsamic aioli, mozzarella, pepitas and roasted sweet potato.

The Porchetta Sandwich

To launch the new menu, Piada hosted its first ever Taste Tour, giving Piada’s biggest fans around the nation the opportunity to taste the new fall and winter menu before anyone else. We tried the new Harvest Grain & Apple Salad, Mediterranean Power Bowl, Porchetta Sandwich and Blood Orange Pomegranate Tea at the Dayton Taste Tour stop at Speakeasy Yoga.(Allegra Czerwinski)

Slow roasted Porchetta, a cut of premium pork with Tuscan spices – porcini, rosemary, garlic and pepper. Layered on a rustic Italian roll with basil aioli, pickled red onion & fennel. Served with Rosemary Parmesan Kettle Chips.

>> RELATED: 9 must-eat sandwiches in Dayton

Harvest Grain & Apple Salad

To launch the new menu, Piada hosted its first ever Taste Tour, giving Piada’s biggest fans around the nation the opportunity to taste the new fall and winter menu before anyone else. We tried the new Harvest Grain & Apple Salad, Mediterranean Power Bowl, Porchetta Sandwich and Blood Orange Pomegranate Tea at the Dayton Taste Tour stop at Speakeasy Yoga.(Contributed)

Field greens, feta, Granny Smith apples, pepitas, farro, fennel, cranberries, pecans, sweet potatoes, lemon-basil dressing

Quinoa + Beet: Red quinoa, beets and za’atar spice.

Super Greens Salad: Shaved Brussel sprouts, red cabbage, carrots & kale with glazed chickpeas, bruschetta tomatoes, almonds, parmesan, harissa vinaigrette.

This fall and winter, guests can also select Porchetta as a grill item to accompany their piada, pasta or chopped salad. 

To launch the new menu, Piada hosted its first ever Taste Tour, giving Piada’s biggest fans around the nation the opportunity to taste the new fall and winter menu before anyone else. We tried the new Harvest Grain & Apple Salad, Mediterranean Power Bowl, Porchetta Sandwich and Blood Orange Pomegranate Tea at the Dayton Taste Tour stop at Speakeasy Yoga.(Allegra Czerwinski)