Take your out-of-town guests to these 3 cool Dayton brewpubs

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

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

The biggest food holiday of the year has come and gone, ushering in the biggest holiday season of the year.

With December taking center stage in just a few days, it often can mean meeting and hosting family and friends over the course of the month. But what to do and where to go?

Some of the best options can be destinations that feel a little bit more like an adventure. The Miami Valley craft brewing scene has exploded in the last several years and offers some creative settings that a little more unusual than the typical restaurant destinations — and which offer brewtastic views to grab a pint or a flight by. Some, not all, offer a dining experience to go along with.

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Here’s a look at several local brewery destinations that offer the complete package — the setting, the beer and the food — for you and your holiday posse to pass the time.

Pro-tip: If you are traveling out of town for the holidays, download the Ohio On Tap app from the Ohio Craft Brewers Association. It’s a great resource to find Ohio breweries statewide while you are road tripping to your final destination. Visit ohiocraftbeer.org/app to learn more.

The list below is partial. I will follow up with part two of my recommendations next week.

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Carillon Brewing head brewer Kyle Spears. 2014 file photo by Jim Witmer(Staff Writer)

Carillon Brewing Co.

1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton

937-910-0722 or www.carillonbrewingco.org

Beer: Carillon Brewing Company is the nation’s only production brewery in a museum. Each batch brewed is a historical recreation of the earliest beers made in Ohio’s breweries. If you haven’t been before, grab a flight of four beers for $7 to get a sense of what it’s about. Carillon Brewing Company ales use grain that has been floor malted just as it was done in the 19th century and, when available, Ohio-grown hops. All brewed in open copper kettles, fermented in oak barrels, and unfiltered. Most beers feature varying levels of tartness from the wild yeasts and bacteria that join in on the fermentation.

Food: This isn’t a menu that will blow you away, but it is solid and the setting is unparalleled — a living history exhibit fashioned after and inspired by the more than two dozen breweries built in the Dayton region during the 19th century. This will be a conversation destination for anyone who has never been before. The food too is similar to what would have been historically available in Dayton in the 1850s. The Brewers Sampler ($10) featuring seasonal cheeses, wursts, house-pickled beets, spent grain crackers and bread is perfect to share with others. The wurst platter ($12) featuring the choice of two wursts, topped with sauerkraut and two sides is a filling meal that can be split.

Who to take: History buffs and folks who crave something that’s a little off the beaten path. You really can’t beat the setting.

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Crooked Handle is launching an election-themed beer promotion that pits Deplorable Donald Foam-Over IPA against Crooked Hillary Rye Pale Ale. Photo by JIM WITMER

Crooked Handle Brewing Co.

760 N. Main St., Springboro

937-790-3450 or www.chbeer.com

Beer: With 14 taps dedicated to most of the styles of beer you’d expect — everything from ales to IPAs to porters to stouts — Crooked Handle is working hard to put its stamp on the local craft beer scene in the Miami Valley. Every Tuesday and Thursday is a Growler Grab Day featuring $5 off all 64 oz. fills.

Food: The taproom itself only has straightforward cheese and meat plates ($8-$9) available, but I am including this because Dorothy Lane Market in Springboro is right next door. It may not be a restaurant in the brewery, but what’s a 50-yard walk? With DLM’s Jack’s Grill, fully stocked deli, fresh sushi and salad bar next door you have everything you need to have one heck of a meal. Once you have it the helpful staff with offer suggestions on what to pair with your meal du jour. As Crooked Handle says of its neighbor, “Your menu is a grocery store, so imagine the possibilities!”

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Who to take: Anyone who has never experienced the magic of a DLM or a large group with very different requirements and tastes when it comes to food.

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Fifth Street Brewpub’s Scottish Reign was one of the bottled beers sold a couple of weeks ago at the brewpub’s fifth anniversary bash. SUBMITTED(Staff Writer)

Fifth Street Brewpub

1600 E. Fifth St., Dayton

937-443-0919 or www.fifthstreetbrewpub.com

Beer: Fifth Street Brewpub’s description says it all: “You will find a wide array of beers on tap at any given time of the year at FSB. From styles steeped in tradition to boundary-pushing techniques and ingredient combinations. Rest assured, all FSB beers will be brewed with the highest quality ingredients and held to strict quality control standards. Whether you’re new to craft beer or a seasoned beer geek, we have a beer for you.” With a warm bar and a great setting in St. Anne’s Hill Historic District, this is a sweet little spot place to grab a pint and some food.

Food: If it’s a weekend or it’s busy, you will want to get there early as seats can fill up fast. The menu is brewpub food with some healthy options thrown in that has a little something for everyone. The salads, vegan spinach wrap ($10), vegetarian lettuce wraps ($10) and pork or chicken lettuce wraps ($11) and salmon B.E.L.T. ($13, seared salmon, pecanwood-smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, and an over-easy egg with a housemade creamy garlic-herb aioli, served on a toasted telera roll) will all likely appeal to those with a healthy dining conscience. For everyone else, there are plenty of other options to tempt.

Who to take: Those looking to eat a little healthier or who are on a vegetarian diet, and those who love a historic setting filled with community co-op spirit.

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See this small but mighty restaurant a short drive away TONIGHT on ‘Diners, Drive-ins and Dives’

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 7:00 PM

When husband and wife Pramod Lama and Phuntso D Phin received an email last year from the producers of the hit Food Network series, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, they were certain it was a prank. A last-minute decision to respond would launch the culinary couple’s television debut.

Momo Ghar, the popular Nepalese restaurant located in Columbus, will be featured tonight on Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.” Unlike many of the other established eateries that make it on the show, Lama and Phin’s restaurant has only been up and running since May 28, 2016— a testament to their quick success. 

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Momo Ghar chef and owner, Phuntso Phin is on set of the hit Food Network series, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.(Momo Ghar's Facebook)

“We make everything from scratch,” Lama said. “I think people can taste it in the food. I mean I think that other people make the same dumpling— but they skip a bunch of steps... they don’t make their own dough, they buy wrappers (instead), or they don’t mince their own meat ... One small factor at a time effects the quality.”

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Lama, who takes care of the more technical bits of production, said his wife is the genius behind the food, making all of the most essential components of Momo Ghar’s dishes by herself with the secret recipes kept very much a secret. The restaurant’s sauce — which is what “brings everything together” — is made by Phin with no outside help to ensure it’s up to her standards each and every time.

“I have always said it will be Phuntso who will make Momo famous,” Lama said in a Facebook comment.

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(Momo Ghar)

Phin will be the star of tonight’s segment, while Lama said he’ll be getting his 10 seconds of fame “doing dishes and then taking out the trash.”

Prepping a meal for a guy like Fieri — who has a palette that’s been around the world — can be intimidating. Lama said, however, that Fieri made filming very enjoyable and that the couple’s personalities clicked well with the Food Network star’s.

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“My wife has a great personality and I’m very humble... I think I’m funny as hell,” Lama said. 

You’ll be able to see it all go down tonight at 9 p.m. EST on the Food Network. Phuntso and Lama will be hanging out at Callahan’s Bar in Columbus from 8:45 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. to watch the show air if you happen to be in Columbus.

Want to visit Momo Ghar?

WHERE: 1265 Morse Road, Columbus, inside Saraga International Market

MORE INFO: Website | (614) 749-2901

Check out these ADORABLE tea stops in the Dayton area

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Communitea Facebook page
(Communitea Facebook page)

It’s fitting that National Tea Month would fall in January-- the month for finding new hobbies, starting healthier habits, and giving yourself some extra self-care.

According to eatright.orgtea has a number of possible health benefits including improved heart health, potentially helping to prevent certain cancers, decreased odds of losing teeth, assisting weight loss and more. 

Of course everyone knows cafes like Starbucks or Panera Bread are reliable destinations when on-the-go. But the Dayton area has quite a few unique tea stops that you may not know about. 

Communitea Cafe

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The perfect place to meet a friend you’ve been meaning to catch up with, Communitea in Belmont has a cozy tearoom, a dress-up room complete with hats, feather boas and props, bridal shower opportunities and a menu including high tea. Other food fares on the menu include sandwiches, salads and soups.

(Communitea Facebook page)


WHAT: Communitea Cafe

WHERE: 1000 Watervliet Ave., Dayton

INFO: Facebook

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Edith Mae’s Tea Room and Gift Shop

Most likely unlike any other tea rooms you’ve visited, Edith Mae’s is reportedly a haunted Civil War mansion. The gift shop is open Tuesday through Sunday; however, the Tea Room is by reservation only. For more information, visit the Edith Mae’s Team Room Facebook page.

(Edith Mae's Facebook page)


WHAT: Edith Mae’s Tea Room and Gift Shop

WHERE: 235 E. 2nd St, Xenia 

INFO: Facebook

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D’s Victorian Teas 

D’s Victorian Teas is a sure way to host a tea day that your friends -- or mother -- will never forget. Set in a Victorian-style home, this tea stop is by reservation only. 

(D's Victorian Teas Facebook page)


WHAT: D’s Victorian Teas

WHERE: 1894 Shore Dr., Bellbrook 

MORE INFO: Facebook

Remember When Tea Room

“Remember When Tea Room will transport you to days gone by!” Just a short drive outside of Dayton, we think once you set foot in this Victorian-style Waynesville home, you’ll be glad you made the trip. The tea room offers brunch, multiple sandwich options and is able to take reservations. 

(Remember When Tea Room Facebook page)


WHAT: Remember When Tea Room

WHERE: 370 Old Stage Rd., Waynesville  

MORE INFO: Facebook

(Remember When Tea Room Facebook page)

FOOD DEAL: Here’s how you can get a FREE bowl from Piada this weekend

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Piada's seasonal Mediterranean Power Bowl includes roasted vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and sweet potatoes, glazed chickpeas and pickled red onions on a bed of red quinoa with harissa & Greek yogurt drizzle.

Your poorly-planned New Year’s resolutions just got a little easier.

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Piada Italian Street Food is spotlighting one of its favorite seasonal entrées this weekend: the Mediterranean Power Bowl.

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You can try a bowl for FREE when you purchase any entrée during the weekends highlighted below:

- Friday-Sunday, Jan. 19-21, while supplies last.

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)

This delicious bowl is loaded with 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.

All you need to do is show this blog post to the cashier.  

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So put that cookie down. Or don’t. Either way, Piada’s got your back with this bowl that’s healthy enough to help you keep your resolutions (and delicious enough you won’t feel like you’re missing out). 

Piada's seasonal Mediterranean Power Bowl includes roasted vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and sweet potatoes, glazed chickpeas and pickled red onions on a bed of red quinoa with harissa & Greek yogurt drizzle. CONTRIBUTED

Why Winter Restaurant Week is the perfect time to try somewhere or something new

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 3:02 PM

Chop House
(Chop House)

Twice a year, every year, Dayton restaurant chefs break out their most unbeatable lineups of dishes that they think you must try.
Restaurant Week is the opportunity to try a number of Dayton’s favorites without emptying your wallet. The 2018 Winter Restaurant Week is Sunday, Jan. 21 through Sunday, Jan. 28.

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“This is a week the restaurants showcase their talents and try out new menu items at a really good value,” said Amy Zahora, executive director of the Miami Valley Restaurant Association. “The restaurants love seeing new faces and participating in Restaurant Week. The last week in January is a slower time for the restaurants and this is a way to support (them).”

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Below you will find a sampling of some of the menus being offered next week. We will be updating this list as more menus are announced, so keep checking back!

Please note:  this list of participating restaurants is subject to change and reservations may be required from some participating locations. Calling ahead is recommended for details, hours and reservations (some restaurants are not open seven days a week, for example). For the most up-to-date list and information, visit dineoutdayton.com

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• Amber Rose


• Basil’s on Market (Troy)


• Basil’s on Market (Downtown)


• Bravo


• Brio Tuscan Grill


• Buckhorn Tavern


• Bunker’s Bar and Grill


• Carver’s 


• Chappy’s Social House 


• Chappy’s Taproom 


• Chop House


• Christopher’s


• Coco’s Bistro


• Dewberry 1850


• Dublin Pub


• El Meson


• Ele Cake Co. Bistro & Wine Bar


• Figlio


• Firebirds Wood Fired Grill


• Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse


• Franco’s


• Hickory River Smokehouse


• Jay’s Seafood


• Kabuki


• La Piazza


• Lily’s Bistro


• McGillicutty’s


• Meadowlark Restaurant


• Mills Park Hotel- Ellie’s Restaurant


• Nellys


• Nick’s Restaurant


• Packy’s Sports Bar


• Pasha Grill


• Roost Modern Italian


• Season’s Bistro


• Smith’s Boat House


• Sunrise Cafe


• Sweeney’s Seafood


• The Caroline


• The Dock


• The Melting Pot


• Wandering Griffin


• Watermark


• Wellington Grill


• Wheat Penny


• Winds Cafe