National Bagel Day: How to get a FREE Dayton bagel today

Published: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 5:30 AM

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Although Daytonians have quite a few choices on where to celebrate National Bagel Day today, Barry Bagels in Kettering might have just stolen the spotlight.

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On this national day of doughy recognition, you can get a FREE Barry Bagel at checkout.

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All you have to do is follow three easy steps:

1.) Follow their Instagram

2.) Like their photo 

3.) Show the cashier

Boom— you’re walking out the door with a toasty bagel that you didn’t pay a penny for.

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SNEAK PEEK: Photos from inside this highly anticipated Oregon District restaurant

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 12:51 PM

New restaurant and bar coming to Wayne Avenue

This troll is going to be easy on the eye. 

That’s one conclusion you can draw from some of the new photos that have emerged showing the interior of Troll Pub at the Wheelhouse coming to 220 Wayne Ave. in the Oregon District. 

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Amy Walbridge, the city of Dayton’s special projects administrator for Oregon District East, snapped some photos during her sneak peek inside the tavern. 

She said visitors are in for a treat at the pub, which is expected to celebrate its grand opening between March 15-17. 

Troll Pub in the Wheelhouse is expected to open in March.(Photo: Amy Walbridge,)

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Walbridge said the eatery, the second location for Troll Pub Under the Bridge in Louisville, will start training its employees soon. 

“It is better (than the original location),” said Walbridge,  who was raised in Louisville. “It is very open. You can see into the kitchen.” 

Great care was taken in the design choices, she said.

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Walbridge mentioned the Troll Pub’s reclaimed wood, unique light fixtures — some taken from a ship — and elements that pay tribute to the building’s past use for wheel and car manufacturing.

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 The restaurant meshes well with the dining scene in downtown Dayton, she said. 

“Everyone is trying to create a unique experience when we go in. I am a fan of all the independent restaurants we have,” she said. 

Troll Pub Wheelhouse is a 6,500-square-foot restaurant and bar that is expected to seat as many as 250.

Troll Pub in the Wheelhouse is expected to open in March.(Photo: Amy Walbridge,)

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The Dayton pub will offer an extensive selection of craft beers and bourbons and will offer a food described as pub grub made from scratch.
The Wheelhouse also includes apartment and retail space. 

The 150-year-old building has come a long way since we first took you inside of it back in May 2017. 


Troll Pub in the Wheelhouse is expected to open in March.(Photo: Amy Walbridge,)

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6 of the BEST places for Chinese food in Dayton

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Chinese Restaurants in Dayton

Craving Chinese food? Try one of these top spots in Dayton. 

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1.) Ozu852 

Voted #1 in the 2017 Best of Dayton poll, this spot is known for high-quality customer service and fresh, delicious dishes. Specializes in sushi.

Where: 852 Union Blvd., Clayton

Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

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2.) CJ Chan 

Offering both Japanese and Chinese cuisine, this spot features a create-your-own-dish option to appease nearly any palate and flavor profile.  

Locations: 2747 W. Alex Bell Rd., Moraine and 536 Wilmington Ave., Dayton

Hours: Mon-Thurs 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fri-Sat 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Sun 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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Mai Fun from CJ Chan. Photo via Facebook

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3.) Ginger and Spice 

Handcrafted cuisine in a fast, casual setting. Also offers local craft beers.

Location: 1105 Brown Street, Dayton

Hours: Mon-Sat 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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4.) Shen’s Szechuan & Sushi 

Contemporary restaurant serving Chinese fare and sushi, plus unique cocktails and craft beer.

Location: 7580 Poe Ave., Dayton 

Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Sat 12 to 10:30 p.m., Sun 12 to 9 p.m.

Grand Marnier Chicken. Photo via Facebook

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5.) China Cottage 

A warm, festive atmosphere with a live exhibition kitchen.

Locations: 6290 Far Hills Ave., Dayton; 3718 Wilmington Pike, Dayton; 1983 Shiloh Springs Rd., Trotwood; and 784 N. Main St., Springboro.

Hours: Sun-Thurs 

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6.) Asia Gourmet 

Friendly, casual restaurant specializing in Chinese and Thai cuisine.  

Location: 5518 Burkhardt Ave., Dayton

Hours: Tues-Thurs 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sun 12 to 9:30 p.m.

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

Published: Friday, December 22, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

The Famous Hoagie at Hoagie's Pizza House.
Photo: Amelia Robinson
The Famous Hoagie at Hoagie's Pizza House.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

Sometimes you pass a Dayton gem all the time and never recognize its shine. 

For me, that was the case with Hoagie’s Pizza House, a family-owned business in the mostly green-and-yellow building located at 6128 N. Dixie Drive in Harrison Twp., Montgomery County. 

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To say I’ve been meaning to stop into the independent eatery is an understatement. I’ve heard of the place for years, which is no wonder. 

Ralph Hoagland opened Hoagie’s in 1969.

It sticks out on the corner of Gipsy Avenue and N. Dixie Drive near Dixie Twin Drive-In and the delicious Olive Mediterranean Grill. 

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Hoagland’s daughter, Theresa “Micki” Collins, now owns the store. She closed the Troy location about two years ago. 

Hoagie's Pizza House in Harrison Twp.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

I’ve seen the restaurant’s iconic sign featuring a moustached chef in tails carrying a pizza and reading “How About A Pizza?” more times than I can count. 

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The Leadbelly Boys, Dayton Daily News’ former food crew, tried to take down an 18-inch Hoagie’s square-cut pizza back in 2004 and nearly didn’t live to tell about it. 

Alas, even we mighty and steel-gutted Leadbelly Boys sometimes meet our match. Not often, mind you, but sometimes. In this case, we strode haughtily into the unassuming-looking Hoagie’s, thinking there was no pizza in town that could get the best of us. But we will admit when we’re beaten. And so we admit that the 18-inch whopper that the chuckling waitress brought to our table was more than we could handle. Thin crust but still a thick pizza, with a killer dose of cheese and a humdingin’ sauce. Carrying our leftovers with us, we left with our tails between our Leadbelly legs.

I walked into the restaurant not knowing what to expect, and was greeted by a friendly cashier who answered all my questions with ease. 

The beer and candy selections are displayed on the wall behind the counter. 

After placing my order -- the Famous Hoagie recommended by a friend -- I headed to the dining room and found two rooms of booths and tables. 

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Christmas decorations filled shelves below the main room’s TV. A Mickey and Minnie Mouse cutout was propped up against an old-school CD jukebox in the second dining room. 

Besides pizza and hoagies, the restaurant offers a variety of Italian-inspired sandwiches and pasta dishes. On its menu, Hoagie’s brags about its homemade dough.

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The freshness was apparent when my fully loaded hoagie came out. 

The toasted white sub-style bun held an ample amount of ham, salami, pepperoni, provolone and mayo and a mess of veggies: shredded lettuce, tomato, sliced onion,  chopped bell pepper, sliced banana peppers and surprising green onions. 

The Famous Hoagie at Hoagie's Pizza House.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

I ordered a large sub, about 12 inches, for $10.35. Cut in four, the delicious sandwich came out in a metal basket and could have fed two people easily. I took home leftovers.   

You can get a half-sized Famous Hoagie for $5.20. 

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Hoagie’s fans rave about its pizza and the Spider “Pizza Sandwich,” which has ham, salami, provolone, pizza sauce, banana peppers, pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms and green peppers on a submarine bun. 

I’m looking forward to trying it, and Hoagie’s take on Dayton-style square-cut pizza, on my next visit. 

Let’s see if those Leadbelly Boys had it right. 

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The Famous Hoagie at Hoagie's Pizza House.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

The interior of Hoagie's Pizza House in Harrison Twp. The restaurant was decorated for Christmas 2017.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

The interior of Hoagie's Pizza House in Harrison Twp.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

The front counter at Hoagie's Pizza House.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

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FOOD DEAL: How to get a free burger from Wendy’s this month

Published: Tuesday, December 05, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

The newly remodeled Wendy’s restaurant at 4003 Wilmington Pike at East Stroop Road. MARK FISHER/STAFF
Staff Writer
The newly remodeled Wendy’s restaurant at 4003 Wilmington Pike at East Stroop Road. MARK FISHER/STAFF(Staff Writer)

Free food? Don’t mind if we do.

You can get a free burger or chicken sandwich from Wendy’s through the rest of February, thanks to a promotion on the newly updated Wendy’s app.  

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Wendy's restaurants are offering a special promotion in their app, which includes a free Dave's Single burger. PHOTO /

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How to get your deal:

First, download the app and sign up. Then, go to your Account page, and click “Offers.” There, the app will pull up all three deals.

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Wendy's has a signature dessert called the Frosty. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for Wendy's)(John Shearer)

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Two of the available offers are for buy-one, get-one spicy chicken sandwiches and buy-one, get-one Dave’s Single burgers.

If you’re going more green this year, there’s also an offer for $2 off any full-sized salad.

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