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The jaw-dropping, jaw-straining burgers from Melt this month

Published: Friday, June 02, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

SNEAK PEEK: Inside the new Melt Bar & Grilled

Just in time for their grand opening at The Mall at Fairfield Commons comes this belly buster of a promotion from Melt Bar and Grilled

The Ohio-based chain has declared June “Old Skool Burger Month,” and have peppered their already outrageously imaginative menu with seven options sure to stick to your ribs and fingers. Most of the eight-ounce burgers are available as either ground steak or a house-made veggie patty. 

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MELT BURGER

Melt Burger(Contributed)

Like the K.I.S.S. acronym says: Keep It Simple Stupid. A no-frills burger with your choice of cheese. Vegetarian and vegan options are available.

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BREAKFAST BURGER

Breakfast Burger(Contributed)

Breakfast? Lunch? Brunch? Whatever. This beast is built using farm fresh eggs , crisp bacon and American cheese. A vegetarian option is available.

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FAT CITY BURGER

Fat City Burger(Contributed)

A meat lover’s paradise, this beast comes with honey ham, salami and crisp bacon topped with Swiss and American cheese. Unsurprisingly, there is not a vegetarian or vegan option. 

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BBQ PIG BURGER

BBQ Pig Burger(Contributed)

Built with roasted pulled pork, thick-cut onion strings, sweet barbecue sauce and smothered in sharp cheddar cheese, this will most assuredly meet most carnivore's requirements. No, there’s not a chance of vegetarian or vegan option here.

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BLACKENED BLUE BURGER 

Blackened Blue Burger(Contributed)

This mess waiting to happen is my personal favorite. Melt uses a blackening spice rub on the patty before topping it with thick-cut onion rings, blue cheese crumbles and a blue cheese dressing. My mouth literally started watering as I wrote that last line. A vegetarian option is available.

EL DIABLO BURGER

El Diablo Burger(Contributed)

As you might guess, this burger is designed for those who like it hot. We’re talking ancho chili pepper, pasilla negro chili, cayenne and chipotle chili rub, fresh jalapeno peppers, honey chipotle sauce and pepper jack cheese. Yowza! A vegetarian and vegan option is also served for this burger.

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REVEREND HORTON MEAT BURGER

Reverend Horton Meat Burger(Contributed)

Whoa! This is damn near an eating challenge. Affectionately named after the rockabilly band Reverend Horton Heat, it’s comprised of two small grilled cheese sandwiches that are deep fried and used as the buns. Between that craziness lies double ground steak patties, crisp bacon and triple American cheese. A vegetarian option is also available. 

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.

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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.

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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.

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FOOD DEALS: 27 ‘Kids Eat Free’ (or cheap) deals in Dayton

Published: Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Whether you need a break in your budget or just from your kitchen, here's kids eat free deals for every day of the week in Dayton. (Video by Tabatha Wharton)

Nothing can really prepare you to become a parent, but the sheer shock of food costs that comes with extra mouths to feed is enough to make any parent start sobbing into their bank account.

Luckily for you, we’ve compiled the ultimate guide to Kids Eat Free (or super cheap) nights at restaurants around the Miami Valley to help ease the strain on your family budget a little.

EVERY DAY

1.) Fricker’s: for kids 10 and under with an accompanying adult meal and kids’ drink purchase, dine-in only.

2.) WG Grinders: free kids meal with purchase of adult combo meal.

3.) Submarine House: from 4-8 p.m. with the purchase of a half sub or equivalent and both an adult and kids’ drink, dine-in only. 

4.) Super Subby’s: for kids 12 and under and the purchase of adult combo meal

5.) IHOP: after 4 p.m. every day for kids 12 and under, with purchase of adult entree

6.) O’Charley’s: kids 12 and under with purchase of adult entree

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MONDAYS

Photo of Lasagna at Italian Restaurant(Spaghetti Warehouse)

7.) Buffalo Wings and Rings: Free kids meal with purchase of adult entree, 12 and under, all day.

8.) Spaghetti Warehouse: Get a kid’s meal for $1.99 with an adult meal purchase, 12 and under, all day.

9.) LaRosa’s: Kids 10 and under can get all-you-can-eat spaghetti kids meal for $0.99, all day

10.) Texas Roadhouse (Huber Heights only): 5 -8 p.m. first Monday of the month with purchase of adult entree

11.) Buffalo Wild Wings: all day $1.99 with purchase of adult entree 

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TUESDAYS

A new Firehouse Subs opens today, April 18 at the Cornerstone of Centerville development. SUBMITTED(Staff Writer)

11.) Beef O’ Brady’s: for kids 12 and under with purchase of adult meal

12.) Lone Star Steakhouse: Kids eat free with purchase of adult meal. Dine in only.    

13.) Oinkadoodlemoo: free kids meal with purchase of adult meal.

14.) Fazoli’s: 5-8 p.m. 1 adult entree = 3 kids meals at $.99 each plus activities for kids ages 12 and under.

15.) LaRosa’s: Kids 10 and under can get all-you-can-eat spaghetti kids meal for $0.99, all day

16.) Texas Roadhouse (Fairborn location): 4-10 p.m. with purchase of adult entree, dine-in only

17.) Texas Roadhouse (Springfield location): 4-10 p.m. $1.99 with purchase of adult entree, dine-in only

18.) Chili’s: 12 and under with purchase of adult entree, all day

19.) Firehouse Subs: 12 and under with purchase of adult meal, all day UD location, after 4 p.m. Kettering location

20.) Uno Chicago Grill: all day kids 10 and under with purchase of adult entree, dine-in only 

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WEDNESDAYS 

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21.) Applebee’s: $0.99 kids meals all day with purchase of adult entree, dine-in only

22.) Skyline Chili: from 5-9 p.m. kids 12 and under with purchase of adult combo meal   

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FRIDAYS

Consumer Reports said 32,405 subscribers participated in its 2014 survey, rating restaurants on food quality and freshness, value, politeness, speed of service and dining area cleanliness. The restaurants then received an overall score.(SPECIAL)

23.) Qdoba: after 4 p.m. with purchase of adult meal, dine-in only

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SATURDAYS

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24.) Steak ’n Shake: One free kid’s plate for every $ spent. Excludes drinks and shakes. Ages 12 and under.  

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SUNDAYS

The menu item Fondue Fusion at the Melting Pot in Centerville includes lobster tail, filet mignon, cedar plank salmon, BBQ pork tenderloin, shrimp, honey dijon chicken and spinach/artichoke ravioli with dipping sauce and fondue.(Jan Underwood)

25.) Melting Pot: Free kids meal with purchase of adult meal.

26.) Steak ’n Shake: One free kid’s plate for every $ spent. Excludes drinks and shakes. Ages 12 and under.

27.) Steak Thyme: 12 and under with purchase of adult combo meal, all day.      

Please check with each location first for availability. Know of another great deal? Let us know at contact@dayton.com!

This hidden restaurant is probably not on your radar yet, but should be

Published: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 12:00 AM
Updated: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 9:59 AM

Dewberry 1850 sandwiches featured at lunch come with a fist full of beer batter fries and are piled high with ingredients. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY ALEXIS LARSEN
Contributing Writer
Dewberry 1850 sandwiches featured at lunch come with a fist full of beer batter fries and are piled high with ingredients. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY ALEXIS LARSEN(Contributing Writer)

If you haven’t been to the Marriott over near UD lately, it’s looking really, really different.

In fact, it’s all grown up.

This summer The Dayton Marriott at the University of Dayton completed a $23 million renovation of hotel rooms, restaurant and conference rooms.

The major remodel ushered in a modern, open restaurant and bar concept that said goodbye to the very dated Gambit’s Bar and Grill and Parmizzano’s Restaurant and hello to Dewberry 1850 Restaurant and Lounge.

The sleek updates, which also saw the closure of Sharkey’s Poolside Lounge, have impressed on multiple visits thanks to modern, hip appointments that look smart and inviting and a menu of tasty, locally sourced dishes being served up.

WHAT TO EXPECT

“With the new restaurant we were able to start with a blank slate. (The) menu hasn’t changed since we opened, but we plan to have a new menu by the first of the year. We plan to introduce an additional à la carte offering for brunches. We also are going to begin a happy hour in the coming months,” said Devin Duncan, Director of Food and Beverage who describes the menu as new American food.

“We really wanted the food to be recognizable and speak to the area, which is why we feature local farms as well as locally sourced products.”

Dewberry 1850 Executive Chef Tim Skiber. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY ALEXIS LARSEN(Contributing Writer)

THE CHEF

The kitchen is in capable hands with Executive Chef Tim Skiber, who made a very positive impression at a recent specialty dinner Dewberry 1850 put on partnering with Dayton Beer Company. The food Skiber was able to deliver from the kitchen left me wanting to see more of what he could do.

Skiber’s culinary resume shows more than two decades of cooking experience, but the true test is always the food a chef is able to produce and Skiber delivered in every way one would hope over the four courses — including presentation, creativity, use of ingredients and paired flavors.

Skiber is definitely a chef to watch. I’m interested to see where he is able to take the food at this restaurant as well as to see how he is able to showcase his skills with future special food events.

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THE MENU

The first course of two large smoked-turkey, blue-cheese fritters dressed with a kicky tomato chutney danced between heavy and light with flavors that gave a nod to the impending winter months. His pork-studded salmon filet poached in lemon olive oil, roasted apples, shallot and parsnip hash bathed in a sweet tea reduction was heavenly with the pork fat cooked into the fish enhancing its flavors.

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A 5-ounce ribeye filet sitting atop a butternut squash puree drizzled with a barrel-aged butter sauce was decadent and a homemade pumpkin pound cake with spiced farmers cheese, toasted pipettes and crunchy caramelized brown sugar was another in a string of favorites.

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Since opening Duncan says the food has been very well received with several dishes continuing to curry favor with diners.

The lunch menu is mostly salads and sandwiches that are reasonably priced and won’t leave you walking away hungry. All of the sandwiches seem to be piled high and deep with a tiny metal bucket of crispy beer battered fries to compliment.

The salmon on the dinner menu ($15) is a nicely priced dish featuring roasted Elmwood Stock Farm beets, glazed Fox Tail Farm carrots and pickled grapes. Several other reasonably priced options include the meatloaf ($12), chicken broccoli casserole ($12) and herb roasted chicken ($19).

DRINKS

A full bar featuring a slate of wines, craft beers and craft cocktails is available to help compliment any meal or occasion.

BREAKFAST AND BRUNCH

In addition to lunch and dinner, I have been able to enjoy brunch at Dewberry 1850 and have especially loved the price. The buffet breakfast on the weekend is $14.50 a person, featuring made to order omelets and waffles. In the coming months they plan to do more à la carte options, but we have enjoyed adding this as an option to our weekend brunch rotation and a nice change of scenery with something for everyone in the group.

LOCAL SOURCING

“We really wanted to focus on local. We are working with a newer company called Ohio Valley Food Connection That allows us to have a farm to table set up with many local farmers and distributors. In addition we feature Rooted Grounds Coffee in our restaurant as well as their espresso beans in our coffee shop (open daily from 6 a.m-midnight),” said Duncan. “We really hope to see our restaurant and our chef climb to the top of the heap as it relates to food and beverage in Dayton. (We want to) make this a destination.”

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WANT TO GO?

What: Dewberry 1850 in the Dayton Marriott at the University of Dayton

Where: 1414 South Patterson Blvd., Dayton

Hours: 6:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The lounge is open until midnight every night.

About the name: The University of Dayton began with an act of faith more than 150 years ago. In the middle of a cholera epidemic, the Bishop of Cincinnati sent Father Leo Meyer, S.M., to minister to the sick at Emmanuel parish in Dayton. Here, he met John Stuart, whose little daughter died of cholera the year before. Mr. Stuart wanted to sell his Dayton property and return with his wife to Europe. Father Meyer gave him a medal of St. Joseph and a promise of $12,000 in return for Dewberry Farm — 125 acres of vineyards, orchards, a mansion and farm buildings. On July 1, 1850, St. Mary’s School for Boys, a frame building that not long before had housed farm hands, opened its doors to 14 primary students from Dayton. Known at various times as St. Mary’s School, St. Mary’s Institute and St. Mary’s College, the school assumed its present identity in 1920.

More information: 937-223-1000 or http://dewberry1850.com

Upcoming: A December beer dinner with Hairless Hare brewery is being planned with details to come. For the Thanksgiving holiday, Dewberry 1850 will be offering a 3-course à la carte meal from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. for $25 per person with choice of starter, turkey entree and choice of dessert.

FOOD DEAL: How to score FREE food from Piada this week

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Piada's new Mediterranean Power Bowl, vegetarian and vegan friendly, offers a bold composition of flavors, and is topped with Piada’s special harissa and Greek yogurt drizzle.
Contributed Photo
Piada's new Mediterranean Power Bowl, vegetarian and vegan friendly, offers a bold composition of flavors, and is topped with Piada’s special harissa and Greek yogurt drizzle.(Contributed Photo)

Thank the food gods, because there’s a deal you can’t pass up. 

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Piada Italian Street Food, which has several locations in the Miami Valley region, is offering a special BOGO deal. 

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To launch the new menu, Piada hosted its first ever Taste Tour, giving Piada’s biggest fans around the nation the opportunity to taste the new fall and winter menu before anyone else. We tried the new Harvest Grain & Apple Salad, Mediterranean Power Bowl, Porchetta Sandwich and Blood Orange Pomegranate Tea at the Dayton Taste Tour stop at Speakeasy Yoga.(Contributed)

Here’s how it works: follow Piada on Instagram. Show the Piada cashier you follow them on Instagram, and you’ll score a buy one, get one free entree

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To launch the new menu, Piada hosted its first ever Taste Tour, giving Piada’s biggest fans around the nation the opportunity to taste the new fall and winter menu before anyone else. We tried the new Harvest Grain & Apple Salad, Mediterranean Power Bowl, Porchetta Sandwich and Blood Orange Pomegranate Tea at the Dayton Taste Tour stop at Speakeasy Yoga.(Allegra Czerwinski)

A pretty sweet deal, right? 

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If you have awesome food deals to share, let us know -- email contact@dayton.com with details.