4 NEW healthy, delicious restaurants (& 1 meal service) to try in Dayton

Published: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

New juice bar & cafe to open on Brown Street near UD

Sometimes, people assume they’ve got two meal options: healthy or delicious. But these eateries in the Dayton area prove that you can have both.

For good measure, we also include a new meal delivery service that just hit the Dayton area.

Sprinly, a Cleveland-based healthy-meal home-delivery service, expanded to the Dayton area this week. SUBMITTED(Staff Writer)


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A Cleveland-based startup service that delivers organic, plant-based meals expanded its delivery area this week to all of southwest Ohio and other parts of the state. 

Customers choose a weekly plan that can be tailored to an individual, a couple or a family. Customers can then choose dishes from a rotating menu each week, and can skip a week or cancel anytime. Meals are delivered via UPS or FedEx in an insulated box with ice packs.

Menu items include Mediterranean Oasis Bowl with Baked Falafel and Dill Tahini, 8-Spice Cashew Vegetable Soup, and Almond Ginger Quinoa Bowl, among others.

Deg’s Flame Grilled Chicken is gearing up to open May 18 at The Greene Town Center in Beavercreek. This photo shows its first location inside The Foundry at Liberty Center in Liberty Township. The restaurant features chicken dishes with a variety of sauces, and baked fries. File photo by NICK GRAHAM/STAFF(Staff Writer)

Deg’s Chicken (at The Greene)

15 Greene Blvd., Beavercreek

Opens Wednesday, May 24

A new restaurant serving grilled chicken and other healthy dishes is set to open at The Greene Town Center in Beavercreek next week. The menu includes grilled wraps, chicken burgers, salads, brown rice, mashed potatoes, corn, bread rolls and fries. Deg’s will open in a 1,687-square-foot space, previously used by Subway at The Greene.

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The owners of Butter Cafe are opening Glo Juice Bar + Cafe in neighboring space on Brown Street near the University of Dayton. MARK FISHER/STAFF(Staff Writer)

Glo Juice Bar + Cafe

1120 Brown St., Dayton

Opening TBA

The founders of the Butter Café are gearing up to launch a new venture next door to their breakfast-and-lunch spot on Brown Street near the University of Dayton. 

The new business will serve cold-pressed juices and smoothies, a variety of toasts, and perhaps a selection of cold sandwiches.

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Synergy at The Greene is now open inside LA Fitness in The Greene Town Center in Beavercreek. It is open to the public. Photo from Synergy at The Greene Facebook page(Staff Writer)

Synergy Blend at The Greene

Located inside LA Fitness, 4494 Walnut St. (open to public, not just members)

Synergy’s owners are “VERY passionate about changing the the way people eat by offering healthy and nutritionally balanced food that tastes great,” said Katie Maloney, a spokeswoman for Synergy at The Greene. The shop offers smoothie bowls, which Maloney said will likely be “the key attraction from our menu, because they are beautiful, taste great, and are healthy.”  

“We have unique ingredients for our smoothie bowls like chia seeds, goji berries, hemp granola and coconut flakes, to name a few. We also offer regular smoothies. All smoothies are made from a unique blend of oat, almond, soy milk and kefir.”

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CoreLife offers healthy create-your-own bowls of grain and vegetable bowls. CONTRIBUTED(Staff Writer)

CoreLife Eatery

Opening in the fall (projected)

On Wilmington Pike, at The Cornerstone of Centerville

It’s the Chipotle of healthy and quick foods. A fast-casual restaurant offering “clean-eating” options is set to open in Centerville. 

Menu includes: create-your-own grain and vegetable bowls, soups, grass-fed chicken and steak, and organic tofu. Customers can create their own “green bowl,” with options like Sriracha ginger roasted tofu, kale caesar chicken, spicy ginger steak, Mediterranean, and chicken cobb.

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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 / wendys.com

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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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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 palette 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.

Did we miss your favorite? Email alex.perry@coxinc.com.

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DELICIOUS NEWS: This Dayton cupcake shop is getting big props from Ohio government

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 12:05 PM

Twisted Cupcakery was named the maker of the best cupcake in Ohio by Delish.com.
Source: Twisted Cupcakery
Twisted Cupcakery was named the maker of the best cupcake in Ohio by Delish.com.(Source: Twisted Cupcakery)

A Dayton bakery has received big props from the state of Ohio. 

Twist Cupcakery, located at 25 S. St. Clair St. in downtown Dayton, has been selected by Secretary of State Jon Husted as one of February’s featured businesses for the Ohio Business Profile Program.

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“Twist Cupcakery is a unique sweets and confections bakery that specializes in cupcakes, cakes and other treats. They use the finest ingredients and focus on the little details to ensure their customers are satisfied,” the  secretary of state’s website says of the business. 

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A representative from Husted’s office will visit Twist Cupcakery and present a certificate highlighting this accomplishment.

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Twisted Cupcakery was named the maker of the best cupcake in Ohio by Delish.com.(Source: Twisted Cupcakery)

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Husted declared February as “Minority-Owned Business” month as part of the Ohio Business Profile Program. The month highlights Ohio’s minority-owned businesses. 

Established in 2015, Twist won third place in the “Best Bakery” category in Dayton.com’s recently-announced 2017 Best of Dayton contest. 

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Kate River, Twist’s owner, said she was honored by the 


“I hope to be a role model to other little brown girls that you can live out your dreams with hard work and persistence,” she told this news organization. “Twist has been a dream come true and we are so thankful for the community who has supported and encouraged us along the way."

Twisted Cupcakery was named the maker of the best cupcake in Ohio by Delish.com.(Source: Twisted Cupcakery)

The Downtown Browns are made up of Lisa Scott of Beaute Box Lashes Dayton; Jasmine Brown of De’Lish Cafe, Kate Rivers of Twist Cupcakery and Juanita Darden-Jones of Third Perk Coffeehouse & Wine Bar.

Twist Cupcakery was one of the grant recipients from Montgomery County’s MicroEnterprise program. The funding helped buy an industrial mixer. The owner was doing it by hand. STAFF(Staff Writer)

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