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Published: Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 @ 11:10 AM
— Snow melting, birds chirping and flower buds sprouting are all considered signs of spring. But most Daytonians know the truly unmistakable sign of the season is when there’s life at The Root Beer Stande at 1727 Woodman Drive.
The car-hop style restaurant has been a staple of the Dayton and Kettering area since it first opened for business in 1961.
In 2008 previous owner Alex Fabrick sold the business to then 25-year-old Emily Collins. She had a little experience working in the food industry, and zero managerial experience.
“I was straight out of college. I had my bachelors in fine arts. I came back to Dayton and there weren’t a lot of jobs for a potter,” Collins said. “I taught part-time. I worked in and liked the food business, and I always wanted to own my own business.”
“I told my mom, ‘I’m going to buy that.’ She said ‘You’re crazy,’” she remembered.
So, with business plan in hand, Collins convinced a bank to back her vision. That’s when the real work began -- working to regain the customers who no longer saw The Root Beer Stande as a place to grab a good old-fashioned American meal. Collins says she was also battling a location that had deteriorated from years of neglect. So she began fixing things as she could, piece by piece.
CUSTOMERS HAVE RETURNED
Nine years later, Collins says business has more than doubled, thanks to a number of developments. Those include updating the menu, while retaining old favorites like the hot dogs, footlongs, hamburgers, milkshakes and floats. For example, you can still get a hot dog, or you can dress it up Chicago, New York or southern style. Want ghost pepper or blue cheese on your cheeseburger? They can do that.
Collins, a graduate of Stivers School for the Arts, has also brought the cash-only business into the 21st century by enabling customers to order and pay using a smartphone app, as well as having an aggressive social media presence.
“We’ve not changed a lot. We’ve added a lot. So the people that have been coming here forever seem to be very happy with us still. We’ve also attracted the younger crowd,” Collins said.
Customers appreciate that The Root Beer Stande has maintained its 1960s American charm all these years later.
“We love the old-fashioned hot dogs and hamburgers, and of course, the root beer floats,” said Gary Leasure. He and his wife, Rose, have been loyal customers since the 1980s.
And longtime customers, who often point out the business is older than Collins herself, love to share their memories with her.
“I get a lot of that. Everybody’s got a story -- they’ve eaten here as a kid. They’re bringing their grandkids.”
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NEW LIFE FOR AN OLD FAVORITE
Collins, who has been keeping the seasonal business open from February through mid-November in recent years, says the biggest asset of The Root Beer Stande is that it is basically the same as it was 56 years ago.
“We serve them in the cold mug and the trays hang on the window. It’s carhop-only service. We’ve kept all the nostalgic, old-school (things).”
Published: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— Few things in life are better than a well-made sandwich. The cheesiness, the meatiness, the crunchiness, the toastiness...the list goes on.
Luckily for us, there's a slew of sandwiches to try in the region. Here's a list of 9 must-eat sandwiches in the Dayton area.
The Ruck at the Dublin Pub is the No. 1 seller. It features smoked beef brisket, covered in house-made Guinness BBQ sauce, sauteed onions and cheddar cheese on a pretzel roll. Don’t forget a side of cheese fries.
Address: 300 Wayne Ave., Dayton
Hours: Mon-Wed 11 a.m. - 1 a.m., Thurs-Sat 11 a.m. - 2:30 a.m., Sun 11 a.m - 12 a.m.
The Champ at Canal Street Arcade & Deli is a doozy, stacked with grilled roast beef, corned beef, baby Swiss, horseradish cheddar, sauteed red onion, banana peppers and Thousand Island dressing on hot-pressed bread. They also have fantastic vegetarian options for those less inclined to eating meat.
Address: 308 E. First St., Dayton
Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m. - 11 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Smokey the Bear
Charlie’s Deli & Catering’s sandwich has Lebanon bologna, mesquite smoked turkey, smoked sharp cheese, Woeber’s smoky bacon mayo, and jalapenos on a toasted pretzel roll.
Address: 429 Troy St., Dayton
Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
With lean top round of corned beef, fresh sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing on light rye bread. “Every bite is a bit of wonderfulness,” says Christopher’s Restaurant & Catering owner Chip Pritchard.
Address: 2318 E. Dorothy Ln., Kettering
Hours: Mon-Sat 7:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
El Meson’s signature South American flavors make their Cuban a sandwich staple. Choose pork, chicken or fish and top it off with cheese, pickle, mayo and mustard on a Cuban pressed roll.
Address: 903 E. Dixie Dr., Dayton
Hours: Mon-Fri 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Mon-Thurs 4:30 - 9 p.m., Fri-Sat 4:30 - 10 p.m.
The Ladder 11 at Jimmie’s Ladder 11 is the restaurant’s namesake and No. 1 seller. It has hand-cut Romanian pastrami and corned beef, topped with hand-cut coleslaw and homemade Russian dressing on a toasted hoagie bun or rye bread.
Address: 936 Brown St., Dayton
Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m - 1 a.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Slow-Roasted Pulled Pork
Trolley Stop’s dish features pulled pork with their own bourbon BBQ sauce, house-made apple cole slaw, pickles and chipotle mayo on a pretzel bun.
Address: 530 E. 5th St., Dayton
Hours: Daily 11 a.m. - 2 a.m.
Maid-Rite’s one and only — a perfectly seasoned ground beef loose meat sandwich served on a warm bun.
Address: 125 N. Broadway St., Greenville
Hours: Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Italian grilled cheese
Coco’s Bistro makes the list for their panko-breaded sourdough bread with a delicious four-cheese blend between the slices: Provolone, Mozzarella, Fontina and white cheddar. And of course creamy tomato bisque for dipping.
Address: 250 Warren St., Dayton
Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Fri 11 a.m - 11 p.m., Sat 5 - 11 p.m.
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 @ 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: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— Love carrot cake?
You can eat this sinfully delicious treat for breakfast, and don’t even have to feel guilty about it, thanks to First Watch.
The brunch chain offers carrot cake as one of the options when you order the multigrain pancakes.
They’re loaded with shredded carrots, of course, walnuts and raisins and just like any great flapjack, it’s crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. You can get one for $4.79 or a stack of two for $6.79.
“I’d say the carrot cake pancake is the perfect mix of farm fresh food they’re known for, and an indulgent meal that fulfills my sweet tooth cravings,” said local foodie Lauren Turner.
She recommends pairing the pancakes with an order of the Million Dollar Bacon, which First Watch describes as four slices of hardwood smoked bacon baked with brown sugar, black pepper, cayenne and a maple syrup drizzle.
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An order of the ‘millionaire’s bacon’ costs $4.99, but it’s on First Watch’s seasonal menu, so its availability may be limited.
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You’ve surely heard of breakfast for dinner, so why not try dessert for breakfast?!