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5 decadent food truck dishes we’ve missed the most -- and can’t wait to eat this spring

Published: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

5 Dayton food truck dishes that keep us coming back.

Food trucks become an elusive entity during the colder months of the year, only popping up here and there at events. 

>> Your guide to Dayton-area food truck events this spring

One thing is for certain: we miss our food trucks. The good news is that food truck season is so close, we can hear the rumble of the engines — getting ready to bring us exactly what our stomachs and hearts have been missing the past few months. 

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Here are some of the most decadent food truck dishes that we’ve missed the most. 

1. The 1776 Grill -- Bacon-stuffed grilled cheese 

As soon as you know that every 1776 sandwich starts with bookends of grilled garlic toast, you’ll know why we can’t wait to get our hands on another bacon-stuffed grilled cheese ASAP. This treat is the definition of ooey-gooey. 

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The 1776 Grill brings your garlic, cheese, and bacon dreams to life.(Tabatha Wharton)

2. PA’s Pork -- Pulled pork nachos

We could pretty much name anything from PA’s menu that we really miss. But something about their house-made, queso-drizzled nachos that are tiny vehicles for heaps of PA’s pulled pork has us seriously missing this dish.

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3. Son Of a Biscuit -- French toast bites

Son Of a Biscuit keeps it simple here, and we’re more than okay with that. These perfectly dippable, poppable and squishable rounds of sweet and savory goodness are completely worth the sticky fingers that follow. 

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4. Thai1On -- Pad Thai

The Pad Thai at Thai1on has never disappointed us and we’re ready for the reliable flavor fest of this foodie dish to be back in our bellies. Traditional Thai noodles, eggs, carrots, cabbage and peanuts with homemade sauce — yeah, we’re excited.

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5. The Drunken Waffle -- War Pig sandwich

Let’s just let the ingredients of this tall stack speak for itself: smoked ham, bacon, Monterrey Jack cheese and herbed mayo on a spicy three pepper waffle.  There’s no room for mistakes in this waffle ’wich. 

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Skyline Chili is going GREEN for St. Patrick’s Day

Published: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @ 11:28 AM

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Forget green eggs and ham.

Skyline Chili will be serving their signature noodles piping hot and bright green this St. Patrick’s Day.

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Announced on the chili king’s Facebook page earlier this week, Skyline said it will dish out its classic 3-Ways, 4-Ways and 5-Ways with green noodles for one day only on Saturday, March 17. 

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Green chili noodles not calling your name? Regular spaghetti will be available upon request.

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“Green Ways” will be available at most locations,” according to Skyline Chili. For a full list of their locations in the Dayton-area, visit the website.

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Sonic Drive-In selling pickle juice slushes

Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 5:26 PM

As we get closer to summer, Sonic Drive-In will have the perfect slush flavor to cool you down: Pickle juice.

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Food and Wine reports the fast food restaurant will roll out Pickle Juice Snow Cone slushes starting in June.

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Taste testers say it's not as bad as you might think.

This is Sonic's new pickle juice slush, debuting this summer.

It's sweet and tangy.

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It's also a great partner with burgers, hot dogs, and tater tots.

Pickle flavored drinks are a trend in the U.S. There are bars serving the juice in shots and even a pickle juice flavored sports drink on the market.

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9 must-try sandwiches in Dayton

Published: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Must try sandwiches

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. 

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The Ruck 

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.

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The Champ 

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. 

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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.

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Brother Reuben 

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.

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El Meson's Cuban sandwich(Source: El Meson)

The Cuban

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.

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Ladder 11  

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.

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Slow-Roasted Pulled Pork

Trolly 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.

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Loose-meat sandwich

Maid-Rite’s one and only — a perfectly seasoned ground beef loose meat sandwich served on a warm bun. 

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Address: 125 N. Broadway St., Greenville

Hours: Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

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The Italian Grilled Cheese and Tomato Bisque at Coco’s Bistro, located at 250 Warren St. in Dayton. Submitted photo

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.

Did we miss one? Tell us which sandwich you’d add to the list in the comments or drop us a line:

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Your guide to local Pi Day deals

Published: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @ 12:09 PM

The History Of Pi Day

It’s Pi Day, and the deals are piping hot. Here’s how you can celebrate with delicious pies around Dayton. 

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Dorothy Lane Market — $3 off pizza (limit one, applies to 14-inch homemade pizza from the Deli and “Tradizional” Naples-style pizza). $1 off pot pie (limit two, applies to small 12-oz DLM pot pie from the meat department). $4 off cherry pie (limit one, 9-inch whole cherry pie from the bakery). While supplies last. Must use Club DLM card. No coupon necessary. 

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(Jessica Uttinger)

Whole Foods — $3.14 off any large bakery pie while supplies last.

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Blaze Pizza —  Get a pizza for only $3.14 when you dine in.

CiCi’s Pizza —  Buy one adult buffet, get one for $3.14Just show this coupon.

Domino’s Pizza —  Now through March 18, buy one get one free when you order online and pick up in-store.

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O’Charley’s —  Every Wednesday, O’Charley’s offers a free slice of pie with any entree purchase. Choose from southern pecan, country apple or ooey gooey caramel.

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Papa John’s —  Now through April 1, use code 40MAR to take 40% off your online order of any regular priced pizza

Whole Foods Market —  Select stores are offering $3.14 off large bakery pies. 

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