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)

Sprinly

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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.

>> Deg’s Chicken to open this month at The Greene

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.

>> New juice bar and cafe joining UD strip

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.”

>> New healthier food option now open at The Greene

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.

>> New clean-eating restaurant o open at Cornerstone of Centerville

The SINFULLY sweet brunch dish coming to this new restaurant’s menu

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

Dewberry 1850 Restaurant and Lounge's cannoli French toast includes maple syrup and macerated berries.
Dewberry 1850 Restaurant and Lounge.
Dewberry 1850 Restaurant and Lounge's cannoli French toast includes maple syrup and macerated berries.(Dewberry 1850 Restaurant and Lounge.)

Here are three words that are sure to get your attention: Cannoli French Toast.

Tim Skiber, the new executive director at Dewberry 1850 Restaurant and Lounge inside The Dayton Marriott at the University of Dayton, is planning to add Cannoli French Toast and other items to the restaurant’s à la carte weekend brunch menu early next year. 

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It’s exactly what you are envisioning.

The corners are cut off white bread and the bread is rolled and loaded with cannoli filling, Skiber said. 

The creation is rolled, dipped in egg and sauteed. 

“It is extremely unhealthy, but really good,” said Skiber, a New York native from a culinary family. 

The restaurant is part of a $23 million hotel renovation the university completed this summer. 

Dewberry 1850 Restaurant and Lounge's stuffed Challah Bread includes egg white, arugula, tomato, roasted red pepper, local honey and ricotta cheese. ________________________________________(Dewberry 1850 Restaurant and Lounge.)

Dewberry replaced Gambit’s Bar and Grill and Parmizzano’s Restaurant. Sharkey’s Poolside Lounge also closed for good as part of the renovation.

>> RELATED: What is the food like at Dewberry 1850 

Other items to try? Skiber pointed to the P.L.T.E.— pork belly, romaine lettuce, tomato jam and a sunny side up egg — on the restaurant’s dinner menu as an example.

“We are bringing in things locally when we can,” he noted. 

 >> 4 pork belly dishes you have to try in Dayton 

BREAKFAST AND BRUNCH

The yet to be finalized new à la carte brunch menu will also include a strawberry stuffed French toast and frittatas. 

Dewberry will continue its well-known $14.50 daily breakfast buffet.

An omelette and waffle station is included during Saturday and Sunday brunches.

>> MORE: 9 of the best brunch spots in Dayton

It also plans to continue the craft beer and gourmet food pairing series it started early next year with a collaboration with Toxic Brew Company in early 2018. 

Warped Wing Brewing Company and Dayton Beer Company has already been featured. 

>> 12 signature Dayton beers

Devin Duncan, the hotel’s director of food and beverage, said the restaurant will be far from stuffy. It will aims to set itself apart from the pack. 

“We are definitely looking for people (customers) who are looking to try new things,” Duncan said. “I want people who dig food and like a good beverage.”

Dewberry 1850 Restaurant and Lounge's smoked turkey hash includes tomato jam, egg sunny up, roasted jalapeno and marble rye toast. The dish will be on the restaurant's upcoming weekend brunch menu.(Dewberry 1850 Restaurant and Lounge.)

Dewberry 1850 Restaurant and Lounge's stuffed Challah Bread includes egg white, arugula, tomato, roasted red pepper, local honey and ricotta cheese. The dish will be on the restaurant's upcoming weekend brunch menu.(Dewberry 1850 Restaurant and Lounge.)

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.

>> 12 must-try signature Dayton beers

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!”

>>Two local restaurants — usually closed for lunch — to open in December

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.

>> A guide to Dayton breweries

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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Notorious southern fried chicken and biscuits chain looking to open first Ohio location

Published: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 10:08 AM

Photo from Bojangles' Facebook Page.
Photo from Bojangles' Facebook Page.

Probably the best fried chicken in existence is considering coming to Cincinnati for the first time.

>>RELATED: 11 places to grab some amazing fried chicken in Dayton

Bojangles' -- a fried chicken and biscuits chain restaurant primarily located in the Southeast -- is seeking franchise owners to help the company expand to Cincinnati, according to a news release from Bojangles' spokesman Cliff Cermak.

Life is good today.⠀ ⠀ [📸: @laurelmurrays]

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This is a deeply emotional announcement for me and likely many other Cincinnatians who have migrated from the southern U.S.

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In addition to Cincinnati, Bo's wants to open restaurants in Louisville and Evansville, Indiana. Right now, restaurants are located only in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington D.C.

Bojangles' is absolutely amazing, according to myself and my taste buds. The restaurant's chicken biscuits are the perfect breakfast, lunch and/or dinner. The chicken itself is just delectable -- it's definitely greasy, but not too greasy. It's crispy and perfect. Bojangles also has Cajun chicken, which is delightfully spicy, and pairs well with a honey and butter-smothered buttermilk biscuit.

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The chain's sides alone blow any other drive-thru restaurant's out of the water: macaroni and cheese, dirty rice and Cajun pinto beans, among others. Bojangles' has truly Southern sweet tea, too -- the kind that gives you a toothache after two swigs. 

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And I'm not the only person crazy about Bojangles': This couple had Cajun chicken biscuits at their wedding.

The best thing to hold onto in life is each other (and a Cajun Filet Biscuit.) 📸: Paige Hanger

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And this guy decorated his graduation cap with a Bo's box and drink cup.

THAT is how you graduate.

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So, if you're looking for your next business venture in the Queen City, this is my personal plea to consider franchising a Bojangles' restaurant. I promise that I, solely, will be the source of a disgusting amount of business.

Share the good news with all your Bo-Berry Biscuit lovin’ friends:

This popular downtown Dayton restaurant now offering half-bottles of wine

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

Corner Kitchen is now offering half bottles of wine. PHOTO / Tess Vella-Collette
Corner Kitchen is now offering half bottles of wine. PHOTO / Tess Vella-Collette

At restaurants across the world couples are having some variation of this conversation:

“What should we have to drink?”

“I don’t know, just pick something.”

“Let’s get a bottle of wine.”

“I don’t think I can drink that much, and you have to drive.”

“Ok, fine. We’ll just have water.”

So, you want to have wine with dinner, and you want something more interesting than what can be found on the by-the-glass list, but you can’t drink a whole bottle of wine yourself? What’s a person to do? Corner Kitchen has your fix. We are now offering Half Bottles of Wine

A half bottle makes about 2 large glass pours, so you and your guest can share a glass of something unique and exciting without drinking too much or leaving the rest behind at the restaurant. Problem solved! 

Check out the new half bottles we are offering here at Corner Kitchen.

Corner Kitchen is now offering half bottles of wine. PHOTO / Tess Vella-Collette

WHITE WINES

Corton Charlemagne Louis Latour Grand Cru. This means it’s top of the line with complex nose of almonds, vanilla and smoky notes.

Michele Chiarlo Nivole Moscato from Asti, Italy. It’s a sweet, fragrant, lightly sparkling wine with peach and apricot on the nose.

Corner Kitchen is now offering half bottles of wine. PHOTO / Tess Vella-Collette

RED WINES

Louis Latour Corton Grancey Grand Cru. A complex bouquet of blackcurrant and licorice. In the mouth, it is round and ample displaying notes of black fruits, licorice and chlorophyll with oaky notes.

Bordeaux, Château Paveil de Luze, Margaux. On the nose, great ripe dark fruit, subtle spicy and floral perfumed notes. On the palate, easy drinking, silky firm tannins, just the right acidity, slightly sweet, ripe dark fruit, subtle spicy and perfumed notes

Faust Cabernet- Napa Cabernet. This wine has an inky blue/purple color and notes of Asian plums, blackcurrants, road tar, and charcoal embers in a deep, wonderfully fruited, rich and savory, lush style.

Hess ‘Allomi’ Cabernet. Full bodied, with classic Cabernet red fruit flavors set off by aromas and flavors of currant and blackberry, the Allomi Cab is noted for moderate, well-integrated tannins showing a round, plush mouthfeel

Patz & Hall Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, California. On the nose, warm cherry cobbler, cinnamon, clove, menthol, leather. On the palette, it’s more fruit forward, smooth, elegant, with a creamy tannins. It has a bright acidity, rich flavor and a long finish.