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Let your garlic, bacon and cheese dreams come true at this food truck

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

We gave a visit to the 1776 Grill food truck and all of our cheese and bacon dreams became reality. Video by Tabatha Wharton

Garlic toast grilled cheese? The Pork-splosion? Homemade southern sweet tea? This food truck has it all.

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

The 1776 Grill begins every. single. one. of its sandwiches with grilled garlic toast, and it only gets better from there.

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

From the bacon-stuffed grilled cheese (which we sampled) to the “Pork-splosion” pulled pork sandwich and of course, the iconic 1/3 lb bacon cheeseburger, you are sure to get your garliccheese, and most importantly bacon fix — complete with southern sweet tea to wash it all down.

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

The prices are more than reasonable and the plethora of options to upgrade your sandwich means this food truck is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

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The 1776 Grill brings your garlic, cheese, and bacon dreams to life. (TABATHA WHARTON)(Tabatha Wharton)
Go and bring you home some cheesy bacon goodness, friends.

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

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

The origins of the historic Golden Lamb hotel date back even further than two centuries to 1803 when New Jersey native Jonas Seaman paid $4 for a license to “keep a house of Public Entertainment” on Broadway in the brand new village of Lebanon.

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.

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The Golden Lamb in Lebanon has entertained 12 U.S. presidents.

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Albert Stubbs and his family were photographed in the front of the Lebanon House (now the Golden Lamb) prior to 1909. Stubbs was the owner of the Lebanon House and also served as a Warren County Auditor and Lebanon Mayor. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE WARREN COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

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.

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The entrees on the Golden Lamb’s Fit For Fall Bounty of the Fall Harvest menu feature local, seasonal wild game and produce in unique and delicious dishes. GOLDEN LAMB / CONTRIBUTED

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.”

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Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, campaigned at The Golden Lamb inn and restaurant in Lebanon with Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in September 2012. Portman endorsed Ohio Gov. John Kasich last week. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)(Charles Dharapak)

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.”

The Ownly Hotel, photographed around 1915, was purchased by Ownly Furman after the previous owner, Albert Stubbs died in Feb. 1914. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE WARREN COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

FOOD DEAL: How to get a free milkshake on Nov. 15 in Dayton

Published: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 @ 12:01 PM

MOD Pizza is hosting a pretty tasty giveaway on Oct. 18, 2017. PHOTO / MOD Pizza Facebook
MOD Pizza is hosting a pretty tasty giveaway on Oct. 18, 2017. PHOTO / MOD Pizza Facebook

If you’re a milkshake fan, you’re in luck.

MOD Pizza, located at 5225 Cornerstone N. Blvd., Centerville, is giving away FREE vanilla milkshakes on Wednesday, Nov. 15, according to a Facebook event.

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No purchase is necessary, but you must follow MOD Pizza on social media to receive the deal. You can follow them on FacebookTwitter and Instagram

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And while you’re there, may we suggest you check out their pizza? (Just take a look below.) 

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Any time is a good time for pizza! #Repost @mkharta.eats #pizza #MODpizza

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Taco Bell makes big change as it expands around globe 

Published: Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Taco Bell Doritos Locos Taco
Taco Bell Doritos Locos Taco

A major shift is coming to one of the nation’s most popular fast food chains’ leadership. 

Melissa Lora, Taco Bell International’s president, will retire this summer after 31 years with the company, Taco Bell recently announced. 

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Liz Williams, the company’s current chief financial officer, will replace her.

“Everyone at Taco Bell has been positively impacted by the contributions of Melissa Lora over the last 30 years. I have had the privilege of working with many talented people, and Melissa is one of the brightest and most thoughtful leaders in the business,” Taco Bell Corp. CEO Brian Niccol said in a press release.

“Her accomplishments have made an enduring impact on our people, culture and business, and have paved the path for us to continue opening new restaurants 

around the world, pursuing our path to more than 9,000 restaurants by 2022.”

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Taco Bell serves more than 42 million customers weekly in 7,000 restaurants in the United States. 

Internationally, the chain has more than 250 restaurants. It plans to open 2,000 more more within the decade. 

Lora worked her way up the Taco Bell chain of command after joining the company’s as an analyst in development in 1987. 

She was named president of international in 2013. The role was created when Taco Bell took over international expansion from parent company Yum Brand

According to a press release, Taco Bell International “achieved record new restaurant openings, entering five new countries with growth-minded franchise partners.” 

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Taco Bell had this to say about Williams, the new international president: 

Williams is currently chief financial officer, and under her leadership, the company has been delivering strong returns, best-in-class margins and financial performance that has taken Taco Bell’s restaurant growth to a 20-year high.

4 of the most delicious (and healthy) bowls from the new CoreLife Eatery

Published: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Corelife Eatery now hiring for Centerville restaurant

DANG! We didn’t know healthy food could taste THIS good. 

CoreLife Eatery opened at the Cornerstone of Centerville on Nov. 10, 2017, so naturally the team had to investigate to see if it lived up to the hype.

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We tried greens bowls, grain bowls and broth bowls for lunch and here’s what we thought.

Mediterranean Green Bowl 

The Mediterranean green bowl from CoreLife Eatery had a shredded kale & chopped romaine base, house-made hummus, house-made falafel, cucumbers, tomatoes, feta, red onion. We tried it with the suggested with cucumber. ASHLEY BETHARD / STAFF(Ashley Bethard)

🥗 Taste-tester Ashley Bethard had this to say: 

This bowl is SO good, and $8 is a great price for really healthy food ... and a LOT of it. There were generous amounts of cucumbers, tomatoes and red onions, which really balanced out the kale.

The falafel, hummus, cucumber-basil dressing and feta cheese were all really delicious on their own, but it made the perfect combination of flavors together. Oh, and did I mention the dressing? Because I would happily put it on everything.

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Tuna Poke Grain Bowl 

The Tuna Poke grain bowl featured poke ­ahi tuna, cabbage, cucumber, quinoa, carrots, scallions, avocado, kale, almonds, sesame seeds, edamame. We tried it with the suggested with miso sesame ginger dressing. MARK FISHER / STAFF(Mark Fisher)

🍛 Taste-tester Mark Fisher had this to say:

The Tuna Poke Grain Bowl ($10) was a winner. Small square-cut chunks of uncooked, marinated Ahi tuna is served in a colorful bowl of cucumber, quinoa, carrots, scallions, avocado, kale, cabbage, sliced toasted almonds, sesame seeds and edamame. Follow CoreLife's suggestion and order the Miso sesame-ginger dressing -- it has a nice ginger bite that brings the flavors together.

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Sriracha Ginger Tofu & Acient Grains Bowl

The Sriracha Ginger Tofu & Ancient Grains was the only vegan option we tried. It featured warm quinoa, shredded kale, roasted tofu, carrots, raw beets, broccoli, ginger, sriracha. We tried it with the suggested carrot chili vinaigrette dressing. SIERRA SMITH / STAFF(Sierra Smith)

🍛 Taste-tester Sierra Smith had this to say:

It was tangy and I feel like it had a hint of lime in it which was refreshing and it wasn't too spicy either! 

Usually with these things my mouth catches on fire and I want to die -- for example, spicy chicken from Bibibop for the first time -- but this was a good, mild spicy. 

And I liked the texture combo of soft tofu with crunchy greens and carrots, plus it was just pretty with all the colors.


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Spicy Ginger Steak & Rice Noodle Broth Bowl 

The Spicy Ginger Steak & Rice Noodle broth bowl featured a beef bone broth, grass fed steak, rice noodles, shredded kale, broccoli, carrots, scallions, sliced almonds, ginger, cilantro, sriracha. ALLEGRA CZERWINSKI / STAFF

🍲 Taste-tester Allegra Czerwinski had this to say: 

The broth bowl ($8.95) was a perfect choice for a chilly day. It had a surprising amount of texture, thanks to the shredded kale and broccoli, and the broth itself was extremely flavorful. The sriracha gave it a little kick and the notes of ginger shined through, making the dish a little brighter. 


What: CoreLife Eatery

Where: 5201 Cornerstone North Blvd., Centerville, OH

Hours: Open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

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