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5 sandwiches we can’t wait to eat at Canal Street Arcade & Deli 

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 9:51 AM

Canal Street Arcade & Deli sets opening date

The highly anticipated Canal Street Arcade & Deli opens on June 27, and it’s kind of a big deal. 

>>8 things you'll love about new Canal Street Arcade and Deli

While the music-enthused are stoked to see new life in a place that was once home to one of Dayton’s most infamous music venues, the foodies of Dayton are literally chomping at the bit for the chance to taste all their favorite 5th Street Deli sandwiches once again. 

>> PHOTOS: Look back at Canal Street Tavern through the years

If that isn’t music to your mouths already, Canal Street Arcade & Deli has also added personal pizzas served on naan bread to its menu.

Without further ado, these are the most mouth-watering sandwiches from the old 5th Street Deli that we can’t wait to sink our teeth in at the new Canal Street.

>> 9 must-eat sandwiches in Dayton


This is a photo of “The Champ,” a sandwich served at 5th Street Wine and Deli, 416 E. Fifth St. The 5th Street Wine and Deli in Dayton’s Oregon District will move to this space at 308 E. First St., the former Canal Street Tavern and Canal Public House, and will morph into the Canal Street Arcade and Deli. The new pub’s menu will be expanded to include deli sandwiches and personal-sized pizzas. Photo by AMELIA ROBINSON/STAFF

Well, duh. Of course the glorious sandwich that is The Champ is going to be at the top of this list (I mean, just LOOK at it!).

Between two buttery, perfectly toasted pieces of  white bread lies grilled roast beef, corned beef (yes TWO types of beef), baby swiss, horseradish cheddar, sauteed red onion, banana peppers and Thousand Island dressing.  It’s like if a cheesy roast beef sandwich and a Reuben had a spicy lovechild. 

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We see what they did there! 😏 This sandwich is as delicious as it is clever. 


The Pig Kahuna is loaded with grilled porchetta (pork loin rubbed with rosemary and black pepper), sauteed red onion and pineapple served on toasted ciabatta bread with cream cheese and sweet BBQ sauce. Oh, and no sandwich is complete without one of their perfect pickles. 

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Nothing marks the start of summer quite like a Summer Jam. It starts with two slices perfectly crispy foccacia bread, next comes the oven roasted turkey and it’s all topped with roasted red pepper, red onion, tomato and asiago cheese. Finally, the pesto spread is what really sends this sandwich over the top.

>> PHOTOS: See the transformation of Canal Street Arcade & Deli


Nuclear Sub with a juicy slice of pickle

Posted by Bill Jaylynn Talbot Fiedler on Tuesday, June 9, 2015

This sucker will knock your socks off (and possibly your sandals, if you’re not careful)! Only a sub roll could hold all the grilled roast beef, cajun turkey, red onion, banana peppers, jalapenos stuffed in this sandwich.

If that’s not enough spice for you, they top the whole thing off with pepper jack cheese. You can, however, specify your spice level: mild, wild or nuclear. 

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The Yellow Springs is one of the best veggie sandwiches in Dayton

We know, we know... this sandwich doesn’t even have meat on it -- but do not underestimate the combination of brie and honey mustard (it’s surprisingly good!). Shredded carrots, roasted red peppers, red onion and spring mix sit atop that cheesy pillow of melted brie. 

>> 9 must-try veggie sandwiches in Dayton

The additions of crunchy pine nuts and crispy ciabatta bread make this sandwich a textural bliss. Plus it’s named for everyone’s favorite town, just outside of Dayton, for a day trip.

>> 5 things you must do in Yellow Springs

The menu at Canal Street Arcade & Deli.(Mark Fisher)

The list could go on and on -- that’s just how delicious these sandwiches are. Now that Canal Street Arcade & Deli is finally open we suggest you try one, or go back for your old favorites yourself!


What: Canal Street Arcade & Deli

Where: 308 E. First St., Dayton

Price: Small (half sandwich) is $6.75, Medium (or regular) is $8.75, Large (with more meat) $9.75.

FOOD DEAL: Here’s how to get a FREE order of McNuggets today

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

McDonalds Fast (Food) Facts

Whether you’re at work, home, or your hanging out at a friend’s place, you can enjoy an order of McNuggets by having it delivered right to you through Uber Eats.

>> MORE INFO: McDonald’s, UberEats partner to offer McDelivery in Dayton area

Today, on Dec. 13, McDonald’s restaurants in the Miami Valley that participate in McDelivery are offering customers the opportunity to dive into an order of 10-piece Chicken McNuggets when they place an order using the Uber Eats app. 

While there is no charge for the order of McNuggets, the booking fee applies.

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McDelivery on Uber Eats is available at eight (8) participating McDonald’s restaurants around the Miami Valley. 

  • 2450 Needmore Road 
  • 3411 York Commons Boulevard 
  • 160 Woodman Drive 
  • 410 S. Main Street 
  • 1070 S. Smithville Road 
  • 4770 N. Main Street 
  • 3918 Free Pike 
  • 4501 Linden Avenue

Select McDonald's in the Dayton-area are offering a deal on 10-piece McNuggets on Dec. 13, 2017 when you order through Uber Eats CONTRIBUTED

The deal is redeemable by new and existing customers, and includes one order of 10-piece Chicken McNuggets with two dipping sauces of their choice for just the cost of the booking fee on the Uber Eats app between 11 a.m. – 10 p.m while supplies last. No other purchase is necessary, only the $4.99 booking fee still applies. 

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 “We are thrilled to close out the year with a Chicken McNuggets treat on Uber Eats just in time for the holidays,” said Uber Eats Ohio General Manager Berry Kennedy. 

Select McDonald's in the Dayton-area are offering a deal on 10-piece McNuggets on Dec. 13, 2017 when you order through Uber Eats CONTRIBUTED

“With Uber Eats, McDonald’s fans have been enjoying some of their favorites all around the Miami Valley – whether it is at home, at work or on campus – and we can’t wait to see where they take us next.” 

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

Select McDonald's in the Dayton-area are offering a deal on 10-piece McNuggets on Dec. 13, 2017 when you order through Uber Eats CONTRIBUTED

Why this old-school restaurant is one of the area’s best-kept dining secrets

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

The New York Strip Steak at The Tavernette in Medway. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY ALEXIS LARSEN
The New York Strip Steak at The Tavernette in Medway. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY ALEXIS LARSEN

Tucked half-way between Springfield and Dayton in tiny Medway is a Clark County restaurant gem that residents from both cities should get to know.

The Tavernette Inn, established in 1939, is one of the area’s best kept restaurant secrets, boasting atmosphere and ambiance that goes on for days.

Here are just a few reasons you should plan a visit as soon as possible …

The vibe: Get ready for a time warp. The walls and cabinets full of old toys and kitschy antiques will transport you to another era. The hot orange chairs and turquoise booths add to the feel. This spot is a vintage feast for the eyes and provides a one-of-a-kind dining setting.

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The Tavernette in Medway is worth the visit. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS BY ALEXIS LARSEN(Contributing Writer)

The specials: Tavernette specials are where it’s at — Tuesdays are a pizza special of the day. Wednesdays are fresh smoked BBQ ribs after 5 p.m., served with two sides ($18.95 for a half rack and $23.95 for a full). Thursdays is a chef’s choice surprise and Fridays and Saturdays feature a prime rib entrée after 5 p.m.

The food: The menu is a terrific companion to the throwback setting. The New York Strip ($23.95) is a great cut grilled to order and well worth it.

The Baked Meatloaf ($15.95), a newer option, made with onions, green peppers and bread crumbs and topped with house-made brown sugar glaze was savory, soft and comforting. The batter-fried walleye ($16.95) was a huge piece of crispy, golden-brown breaded fish that was perfectly fried and satisfying.

Other notable menu items: fried green tomatoes ($8.95), frog legs ($15.95), a Tavern Sticky Burger ($12.95) topped with bacon, pepper jack cheese, peanut butter and jalapeño jelly. The restaurant’s pork chops ($16.95), pizzas (various) and seafood dishes are also worth exploring.

Brunch: Brunch is available 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Friday and Saturday. Bonus: Free non-alcoholic drink with food purchase. The Tavernette’s sausage gravy and biscuits ($5.95) is a great place to start.

The pizzas: They come in nine, 12 and 16 inches. The garden veggie is topped with a house-made garlic butter cream sauce, sprinkled with a blend of mozzarella and cheddar cheese, topped with fresh diced red onions, red peppers, broccoli, mushrooms, and sliced tomatoes ($10.95, $15.95, $18.95). There’s a meat lovers, a Tavern Deluxe and the noteworthy Tavern Sticky made just like the burger with hamburger, bacon, pepper jack cheese blend, peanut butter, and jalapeño jelly ($11.95, $16.95, $19.95). I can guarantee you there’s no other place to find that particular combination on a pizza in town. Definitely a conversation piece amongst friends if you’re going out in a group.

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The Tavernette in Medway is worth the visit. Pictured is the bar. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS BY ALEXIS LARSEN(Contributing Writer)

The drinks: The old-school bar cranks out the classic cocktails, wine and beer. The bar greets you when you walk through the door and sets the right tone for the evening.

The patio: Keep this in your memory bank: The patio at the Tavernette should be on your summer dining list. Overlooking woods, it offers a beautiful view and a great setting and is a great summertime destination.

The location: Just over 15 minutes from downtown Springfield and downtown Dayton, it offers a scenic drive and an adventure opportunity that isn’t a huge investment of time.

If you love vintage and crave opportunities to get nostalgic, look no further. The Tavernette offers great food in a setting that is powerfully evocative and a whole lot of fun.

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What: The Tavernette

Where: 111 W. Main St., Medway

Hours: Closed Sunday and Monday; 3-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Reservations: Call before 4 p.m. for reservations.

More info: or 937-849-0423.

The best ice cream in Ohio is just a short drive from Dayton 

Published: Friday, December 08, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Here's seven places you can beat the heat with a delicious frozen sweet treat. (Video by Tabatha Wharton)

A Dayton-area favorite is getting some well-deserved recognition. 

Young’s Jersey Dairy was deemed Ohio’s Best Ice Cream according to the 2018 Best in Ohio listing released by Ohio Magazine.

>> MORE: 7 great places to get frozen treats in Dayton

Readers and visitors to the publication’s website were invited to vote on the places they thought were the best places to visit in the state.

Dan Young, owner of Young’s Dairy, serves up some sorbetto and ice cream in February 2013. File photo by LISA POWELL / STAFF

Seeing Young’s on the list may not come as a surprise, especially considering the local favorite recently won another award from the Best in Springfield competition

The spot, located at 6880 Springfield-Xenia Rd. in Yellow Springs, offers a lot more than just great ice cream, though. A fully functioning dairy farm, batting cages and even a year-round restaurant also operate on the property, making it a go-to destination for locals and visitors alike.

>> RELATED: Young’s Dairy is on the MOOve -- literally!

Not only will the goats and cows greet you at this “udderly” fun family farm, but more than 50 flavors of homemade-on-location ice cream. Prepare to be overwhelmed by choices.  

Patrons rang in the unofficial start of summer at one of Dayton's most popular destinations, Young's Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs. (TOM GILLIAM)(Tom Gilliam)

Seasonal flavors include Key Lime Crunch, Chocolate Chunk Black Cherry, Cotton Candy and more. Best-sellers Cow Patty and Chocolate P-Nut Butter are always available. All of the ice cream is made on the farm with a 15-percent butterfat mix, which basically means it’s delicious. 

>> RELATED: 5 things you must do in Yellow Springs

Whether you keep cool by shopping the Dairy Store, take a walk through the barn to visit with goats, sheep and pigs, or play a full 18 holes of mini golf, Young’s is a fun place to get outdoors and enjoy some of the best ice cream in the region.

2 restaurants that closed last month that we’re REALLY going to miss 

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

El Rancho Grande shut down its restaurant in Vandalia to relocate to Huber Heights.

November saw a number of announcements of new eateries coming to the area.

Luckily, our list of restaurant openings this past month far exceeds our closings. 

>> RELATED: 6 new restaurants that opened in November

Nevertheless, we’re paying homage to the restaurants we’ve lost.

Here are 2 restaurants that closed in November that we’ll miss:

>> RELATED: 7 restaurants that are opening SOON in the Dayton area

El Rancho Grande Mexican Grill & Cantina 

The building that houses El Rancho Grande on Poe Avenue in Vandalia is being sold through an online auction. Photo from Ohio Real Estate Auctions Facebook page(Staff Writer)

So, there’s some good news and bad news with this announcement. We’ll give you the bad news first:

After a 12-year run for the El Rancho Grande Mexican Grill & Cantina at 7500 Poe Avenue in Vandalia has closed. 

Considering its location and iconic exterior, the restaurant was considered high profile. 

The good news is that there is a new El Rancho Grande location about a mile-and-a-half away in Huber Heights. 

It’s situated just off I-75 on the other side of the interstate from the Miller Lane restaurant row, at 7375 Old Troy Pike (Ohio 202) in Huber Heights.

>> READ MORE: Mexican restaurant shuts down in Vandalia, relocates to Huber Heights

The Flight Line Coffee Company

Flight Line coffee shop has shut down in Riverside. Photo from Flight Line Coffee Company Inc. Facebook page(Staff Writer)

A locally owned, independent coffee shop that opened just over a year ago has shut its doors for good. 

The Flight Line Coffee Company opened Oct. 31, 2016 at 5604 Airway Road in the Page Manor Shopping Center in Riverside. But its owners announced on the coffee shop’s Facebook page that it was forced to shut down last week, on Nov. 19.

>> READ MORE: Locally owned, independent coffee shop shuts down after 1 year