4 places you should visit within driving distance of Dayton

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

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).


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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 

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College kid launches new made-to-order BBQ food truck in Dayton

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

The new FlyByBBQ food truck comes in for a landing -- and a grand opeing -- in July. (CONTRIBUTED)

Dayton has a new kid in the food truck game -- literally. Flyby BBQ is a new food truck that will serve customizable “build-your-own” smoked meals -- including a vegan option. 

>> The best BBQ throughout Dayton is right here

Founded in 2016 by Yellow Springs native and third-year OSU student David Butcher via an impressive trail of business competition awards, the company has been exploding in popularity through social media, road trips, catering, and taste-testing and is now ready to “show the world what BBQ can be.”

>> The definitive food truck guide for Dayton

Flyby combines old-school family techniques and flavors from different regions of the US into one food truck, showcasing the best BBQ that America has to offer -- without having to leave Dayton. Currently, they offer four regional sauces on their menu: Ohio Apple Bourbon, East Carolina Hotkiss, Florida Fruity Beachside, and Kansas City Original Tangy.

>> The sauce you MUST try at this food truck

Flyby gives power to the customer with a unique ordering experience highlighting fresh, natural, high-quality BBQ. The concept is simple -- you pick your base protein, what you want to eat it with, and the toppings and sauce that strike your fancy.   

>> Food truck casts a spell with this sultry sandwich

Add in from-scratch homestyle sides such as the Cheesiest Wisconsin Macaroni, Brisket Baked Beans, and Granny Smith Cole Slaw to name a few, and you’ve got a backyard family cookout-style meal that can’t be beat. To cool off, they also offer refreshing craft sodas from Boylan's or a California Frozen Chocolate Covered Banana for dessert.

The food truck will host its grand opening July 8, 2017 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at 1855 Successful Drive in Fairborn. Following their grand opening, Flyby will be open at 1855 Successful Dr. every Wednesday-Friday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. for lunch and will “Fly” around the area on weekends visiting new locations. 

Want to go?

WHAT: FlyBy BBQ Grand Opening

WHERE: 1855 Successful Drive, Fairborn

WHEN: July 8th, 11 a.m. -7 p.m.

INFO: WebsiteFacebook


PHOTOS: Mudlick Taphouse in downtown Dayton is SO close to opening

Published: Sunday, June 25, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

In what is probably one of the most anticipated restaurant openings this summer, Mudlick Tap House is busy getting the restaurant and its team ready to pull out all the stops.

>> Sneak peek inside the new Mudlick Tap House in Dayton

The photos they’ve been sharing on social media are great, and we can’t wait to try it.

>> Mudlick Tap House moving ahead with downtown Dayton plans

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

>> What are the oldest bars in downtown Dayton?

>> 12 of the BEST restaurants in Dayton 

>> Here’s how to do Dayton’s Craft Beer Trail 

>> New bar, restaurant opens in former J-Alan’s space in downtown Dayton

>> New owners have big plans for Wiley’s Comedy Club

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FOOD DEAL: This burger is only $1 every Tuesday, and here’s where to find it

Published: Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

If you live in the Dayton area and love a juicy burger, there is nothing to be sad about during this bar’s weekly happy hours from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

>> Dayton’s ultimate burger guide 

With $3.25 drafts, $4.25 wines, $5.25 martinis, half-price select appetizers and flatbreads, Bar Louie’s happy hour certainly lives up to its name. But the juiciest deal comes every Tuesday after 5 p.m. 
>> The best happy hours in Dayton 

For years, both Bar Louie locations in the Dayton area have been offering burgers starting at $1 every Tuesday night. It’s no surprise that a deal like that packs Bar Louie full of customers ready to chow.

>> This food deal might be Dayton’s best kept secret  

In fact, Heather Zerkle, General Manager of Bar Louie in Beavercreek, said they sell at least 500 more burgers on the big night. That’s a LOT of patty flippin’!

Zerkle said handling that many customers could get crazy. But thankfully, summertime means Bar Louie patios are in full-swing— alleviating those who might feel cramped inside. 

>> New restaurant at The Greene

So no matter how you look at it, a thick, flavorful burger for $1 is a bargain. However, be aware that you will need to purchase a drink in order to get the $1 deal. 

If you want to dress up your burger with the works, each additional topping is an extra $.50- $1. So after adding so many toppings, it might be worth it to ‘splurge’ on one of the many specialty burgers offered.

There’s more good news, though! Specialty burgers, like the Blue Louie Burger, are all only about $5 on Tuesday evenings

So whether you want to get creative and build a scrumptious burger for a couple of bucks, or go for a tried-and-true specialty burger for a few dollars extra — Tuesday evenings are your new burger nights.

Check out Bar Louie’s entire menu at both of their Dayton locations: Austin Landing & Beavercreek. 

This Miami Valley restaurant was just named ‘Most Iconic’ in the state of Ohio

Published: Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Drumroll, please. Thrillist has put together a list of “The Most Iconic Restaurant in Every State (and DC),” and Ohio’s happens to be right here in the Miami Valley.

>> 12 of the best restaurants in Dayton

>> The Golden Lamb celebrates 200 years while ringing in modern age 

The Golden Lamb, located at 27 S. Broadway St. in Lebanon, was picked as the most iconic restaurant, which is not quite the same as the oldest.

>> We tried The Golden Lamb’s menu -- and it’s worth the drive

Here’s a bit on Thrillist’s methodology: 

“To qualify for this list, a place had to have been around for 30+ years (all have been in business since at least 1980) and still be a crowd favorite. And while some of these restaurants may not have the best food or be tourist-free, they're all famous.”

>> What are the oldest bars in downtown Dayton?

Here’s what Thrillist had to say about the Golden Lamb itself:

“Staking a claim as Ohio's oldest continually operated business, this joint's got some serious history. Located between Cincinnati and the old National Rd, the hotel and restaurant welcomed everyone from railroad workers to 12 presidents, writers like Mark Twain and Chuck Dickens, and everyone in between. More importantly, the food's good. And yes, lamb is served in the ancient, historic joint.”