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Dayton area restaurant offering FREE sandwiches 

Published: Thursday, December 28, 2017 @ 10:41 AM

Olive Mediterranean Grill on Dixie Drive is building us its reputation with great grub. Video by Amelia Robinson

A Facebook share can send your tastebuds on a Mediterranean holiday. 

Olive Mediterranean Grill, the tasty eatery at 6129 N. Dixie Drive in Harrison Twp., is offering a free gyro sandwich to anyone who shares the video it posted on Facebook Dec. 23. 

Here is the post to share:

>> MORE: This AMAZING lunch platter is just one reason to try Olive Mediterranean Grill

Opened about two years ago, Olive was a Best of 2016 winner. 

Winners of the 2017 awards will be announced on Jan. 17 at the Best of 2017 party.

The festivities will be held 6 to 10 p.m. at Top of the Market Banquet Center, 32 Webster St., Dayton. The celebration is for those ages 21 and up.

Voting for this year’s contest ended Dec. 22. 

>> MORE: How to find out first who won  2017 Best of Dayton 

Olive Mediterranean Grill is across from Hoagie’s Pizza, a Dayton mainstay for more than 45 years. 

>> MORE: This Dayton-famous hoagie is a classic -- have you tried it?

Want to try it?

WHAT: Olive Mediterranean Grill

WHERE: 6129 N. Dixie Drive in Harrison Twp.

INFO: olivedayton.comFacebook | Instagram | Snapchat: olivedayton 

Olive Mediterranean Restaurant's lunch mix platter.(Amelia Robinson)

UPDATE: 5-course ALL pasta pop-up dinner has changed locations 

Published: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 12:16 PM

Simpatico Pop-Up will host a 5-course pasta dinner at District Provisions on 521 Wayne Avenue in Dayton on Monday Jan. 29 starting at 6:30 p.m. The Consomme Sacchettoni (pictured here) is one of the courses that will be served. 
Simpatico Pop-Up will host a 5-course pasta dinner at District Provisions on 521 Wayne Avenue in Dayton on Monday Jan. 29 starting at 6:30 p.m. The Consomme Sacchettoni (pictured here) is one of the courses that will be served. 

Calling all carb lovers! 🍝

There’s a new pop-up dinner company in Dayton and their first event is dedicated entirely to fresh, handmade pasta. 

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Simpatico Pop-Up will host a 5-course pasta dinner at Lily’s Bistro329 E. 5th St. in Dayton and NOT at District Provisions on 521 Wayne Avenue in Dayton as we previously reported. The dinner will still be on Monday, Jan. 29. 

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“The doors open at 6 p.m., and the bar will be available for cocktails, beer, and wine. We plan on seating and welcoming everyone at 6:30 p.m.,” James Tam, organizer of Simpatico Pop-Up said in an e-mail.

Each of the 5 dishes feature a different type of pasta.

Simpatico Pop-Up will host a 5-course pasta dinner at District Provisions on 521 Wayne Avenue in Dayton on Monday Jan. 29 starting at 6:30 p.m. The Pear Ravioli (pictured here) is one of the courses that will be served.


Take a look at the full menu here:

Tickets are $45 and gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options will not be offered with this set menu. The event has SOLD OUT according to its Eventbrite page here

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The company describes itself as, “a team of like minded individuals that are offering a wonderful experience through food,” in a Facebook post on Dec. 6. 

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Simpatico Pop-Up will host a 5-course pasta dinner at District Provisions on 521 Wayne Avenue in Dayton on Monday Jan. 29 starting at 6:30 p.m. The Crab Agnolotti (pictured here) is one of the courses that will be served.


What: Simpatico Pop-Up Presents: Pasta Dinner

Where: Lily’s Bistro, 329 E. 5th St., Dayton

When: Monday, Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. 

Cost: SOLD OUT. $45 with tickets available for purchase here 

More Info: FacebookEvent page

Why this old-school restaurant is one of the area’s best-kept dining secrets

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Friday, January 12, 2018 @ 12:39 PM

The New York Strip Steak at The Tavernette in Medway. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY ALEXIS LARSEN
The New York Strip Steak at The Tavernette in Medway. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY ALEXIS LARSEN

Tucked half-way between Springfield and Dayton in tiny Medway is a Clark County restaurant gem that residents from both cities should get to know.

The Tavernette Inn, established in 1939, is one of the area’s best kept restaurant secrets, boasting atmosphere and ambiance that goes on for days.

Here are just a few reasons you should plan a visit as soon as possible …

The vibe: Get ready for a time warp. The walls and cabinets full of old toys and kitschy antiques will transport you to another era. The hot orange chairs and turquoise booths add to the feel. This spot is a vintage feast for the eyes and provides a one-of-a-kind dining setting.

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The Tavernette in Medway is worth the visit. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS BY ALEXIS LARSEN(Contributing Writer)

The specials: Tavernette specials are where it’s at — Tuesdays are a pizza special of the day. Wednesdays are fresh smoked BBQ ribs after 5 p.m., served with two sides ($18.95 for a half rack and $23.95 for a full). Thursdays is a chef’s choice surprise and Fridays and Saturdays feature a prime rib entrée after 5 p.m.

The food: The menu is a terrific companion to the throwback setting. The New York Strip ($23.95) is a great cut grilled to order and well worth it.

The Baked Meatloaf ($15.95), a newer option, made with onions, green peppers and bread crumbs and topped with house-made brown sugar glaze was savory, soft and comforting. The batter-fried walleye ($16.95) was a huge piece of crispy, golden-brown breaded fish that was perfectly fried and satisfying.

Other notable menu items: fried green tomatoes ($8.95), frog legs ($15.95), a Tavern Sticky Burger ($12.95) topped with bacon, pepper jack cheese, peanut butter and jalapeño jelly. The restaurant’s pork chops ($16.95), pizzas (various) and seafood dishes are also worth exploring.

Brunch: Brunch is available 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Friday and Saturday. Bonus: Free non-alcoholic drink with food purchase. The Tavernette’s sausage gravy and biscuits ($5.95) is a great place to start.

The pizzas: They come in nine, 12 and 16 inches. The garden veggie is topped with a house-made garlic butter cream sauce, sprinkled with a blend of mozzarella and cheddar cheese, topped with fresh diced red onions, red peppers, broccoli, mushrooms, and sliced tomatoes ($10.95, $15.95, $18.95). There’s a meat lovers, a Tavern Deluxe and the noteworthy Tavern Sticky made just like the burger with hamburger, bacon, pepper jack cheese blend, peanut butter, and jalapeño jelly ($11.95, $16.95, $19.95). I can guarantee you there’s no other place to find that particular combination on a pizza in town. Definitely a conversation piece amongst friends if you’re going out in a group.

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The Tavernette in Medway is worth the visit. Pictured is the bar. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS BY ALEXIS LARSEN(Contributing Writer)

The drinks: The old-school bar cranks out the classic cocktails, wine and beer. The bar greets you when you walk through the door and sets the right tone for the evening.

The patio: Keep this in your memory bank: The patio at the Tavernette should be on your summer dining list. Overlooking woods, it offers a beautiful view and a great setting and is a great summertime destination.

The location: Just over 15 minutes from downtown Springfield and downtown Dayton, it offers a scenic drive and an adventure opportunity that isn’t a huge investment of time.

If you love vintage and crave opportunities to get nostalgic, look no further. The Tavernette offers great food in a setting that is powerfully evocative and a whole lot of fun.

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What: The Tavernette

Where: 111 W. Main St., Medway

Hours: Closed Sunday and Monday; 3-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Reservations: Call before 4 p.m. for reservations.

More info: or 937-849-0423.

This Beavercreek restaurant popular brunch is back, and the menu is INSANE

Published: Friday, January 12, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

The Wandering Griffin in Beavercreek is relaunching its brunch menu.
Photo: submitted
The Wandering Griffin in Beavercreek is relaunching its brunch menu.(Photo: submitted)

A Beavercreek eatery is calling your name with chicken and waffles and Tex Mex tots. 

The Wandering Griffin, 3725 Presidential Drive in Beavercreek, is relaunching brunch with some fan favorites. 

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Opened in December of 2016, Wandering Griffin halted its brunch menu in October to focus on its dinner menu, Brian Johnson, a spokesman, said. 

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“Customers have been asking for it back ever since. So, know that their nightly menu is in line they have opted to reintroduce brunch,” he said. 

>> Wandering Griffin’s patio is pretty epic  

The brunch menu relaunches this Sunday, Jan. 14.

It will be served Sundays going forward 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
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The Wandering Griffin in Beavercreek is relaunching its brunch menu.(Photo: submitted)

The Menu 

Huevos Rancheros: two over-medium eggs, fresh pico, sriracha-lime sour cream, avocado. served over a flour tortilla, seasoned black beans 

The Hangover Cure: glazed donut bun, hand-pattied seasoned ground beef, bacon, house goetta, cheddar, over-easy egg. served with tater tots 

Chicken & Waffles: hand-breaded chicken breast, zesty syrup, waffle, fresh berries 

Tex-Mex Tots: crispy tots, scrambled eggs, shredded cheddar, black bean and corn relish, salsa cruda, sour cream, guacamole 

Charred Brussel Sprouts Benedict: Brussel sprouts, bacon lardons, poached eggs, hollandaise  

Poutine: fries, cheese curds, brown gravy, shredded swiss  

B.L.F.G.T: candied bacon, lettuce, fried green tomato, egg, cheese and mayo served on a toasted croissant 

Pumpkin Spice Skillet Cinnamon Rolls: cinnamon rolls, orange icing 

Bacon Avocado Egg: avocado, soft boiled egg, bacon 

Nutella Fondue: bananas, strawberries, marshmallows, chocolate dipping sauce 

Loaded Brunch Skins: potato skins, avocado, eggs, cheese and bacon  

Banana Pancake Split Stack: bananas, strawberries, whipped cream, sprinkles 

French Toast Nachos: deep fried toast nachos, crème fraiche, strawberries, chocolate syrup 

The Full Monty: three bacon strips, two sausages, two fried eggs, baked beans, fried tomatoes, button mushrooms, potatoes and onions and fried toast 

Scotch Eggs: hard-cooked egg wrapped in sausage & bread crumbs & golden-fried. served with greens and Branston pickle and stilton cheese 

French Toast: apple, cheesecake, smores, Baileys and peanut butter banana. All are served with crème fraiche. 

Brunch sides include: fresh fruit, two eggs, home fries, toast, buttermilk pancake, sausage and bacon 

The Wandering Griffin in Beavercreek is relaunching its brunch menu.(Photo: submitted)

The Drinks

Mimosas: original mimosa, strawberry mimosa, guava mimosa, mango mimosa or peach mimosa 

Virgin Mary: handcrafted mix garnished with celery. 

Irish Mary: vodka with handcrafted mix and a splash o’ stout beer garnished with an olive. 

Angry Bloody: Absolut Peppar with handcrafted mix and Tabasco garnished with a jalapeño. 

Bloody Maria: tequila with handcrafted mix and Tabasco garnished with a lime. 

Original Bloody:  vodka and handcrafted mix garnished with olives + celery. 

Griffin Bloody: Tito’s Texas Vodka and handcrafted mix garnished with bleu-cheese stuffed olives.

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WHAT: The Wandering Griffin, 725 Presidential Dr. in Beavercreek

PHONE: 937-956-5216

ONLINE: Website|  Facebook | Instagram

HOURS: The restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10  p.m. Friday;  4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. 

Why you need to hack this classic Dayton restaurant’s cheesy snack

Published: Thursday, January 11, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

The jumbo pretzel at the Oregon Express in Dayton's Oregon District with Swiss cheese.
Photo: Amelia Robinson
The jumbo pretzel at the Oregon Express in Dayton's Oregon District with Swiss cheese.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

When you see the light, you can never snack in the darkness again. 

That was my thought after taking my first bite of the Oregon Express’ jumbo pretzel hack

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I’ll explain. 

I’d had the pretzel bites before, but never have I had them jacked up with baked-on Swiss cheese and honey mustard dipping sauce

>> Meet the owners of the Oregon Express

Oregon Express, located at 336 E. 5th St. in Dayton’s Oregon District, is best known for its square-cut, Dayton style pizzas.  

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The jumbo pretzel with Swiss is a simple snack with complexity.  

The pretzels themselves are salty, chewy and have just the right amount of  crunch. 

The baked on cheese has a Parmesan-crisp quality and adds the oil a great bar snack needs. 

You can have them with marinara dipping sauce. 

Two pretzels and sauce are $5.29. It is an additional $2 to add the Swiss. 

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The jumbo pretzel at the Oregon Express in Dayton's Oregon District with Swiss cheese.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)


Where: Oregon Express, 336 E. 5th St. in Dayton’s Oregon District 
Hours: 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m. Mon.-Fri. and 5 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Sat.
Info: WebsiteFacebook | 937-223-9205

Dine-in or carryout available; no delivery.

The jumbo pretzel at the Oregon Express in Dayton's Oregon District with Swiss cheese.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)