The new, daily changing menus from this Oregon District restaurant will blow you away 

Published: Thursday, November 30, 2017 @ 10:02 AM

Lily's Bistro will be updating its lunch and dinner menus daily to create options that are continually creative, seasonally fresh, and as locally sourced as possible, said owner Emily Mendenhall.
Allegra Czerwinski
Lily's Bistro will be updating its lunch and dinner menus daily to create options that are continually creative, seasonally fresh, and as locally sourced as possible, said owner Emily Mendenhall.(Allegra Czerwinski)


When Emily Mendenhall announced she was shaking things up and changing the menu at her family’s restaurant, we were expecting something good.

As it turns out, the changes are more like great.

Lily’s Bistro, 329 E. Fifth Street in Dayton’s Oregon District, has detoured from the norm with a menu sprinkled with imagination. 

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As Mendenhall explained in a Facebook post earlier this month, Lily’s wanted to do things differently at lunch and dinner.

“There will be updates based on what is tasting the best, what our farmers have available, what products are in season, and what our chefs are feeling creatively,” she wrote. 

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Don’t worry, you’ll be happy to see some of your familiar favorites, like deviled eggs and fried chicken. 

The fun new menu allows for more food sharing. As we all know, sharing is caring. 

Featuring old-school hip-hop-inspired designs from Dayton artist Christopher "Etch" Weyrich of the Mural Machine, the menu itself is broken up in five self-described sections: “Bites and Soups and Sides,” “Charcuteries and Cheese,” “Foraged,” “Small Plates,” “Medium Plates” and “Supper.” 

We bounced around the menu, ordering something from most sections. 

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Lily's Bistro will be updating its lunch and dinner menus daily to create options that are continually creative, seasonally fresh, and as locally sourced as possible, said owner Emily Mendenhall.(Allegra Czerwinski)

On our visit, the charcuterie board included a choice of three of the following for $15: black forest Schinken (German ham); dry age chorizo; Tuscan porchetta, Abruzzese Salami or speck. 

We went with the porchetta, chorizo and salami. The ample board came with pickles and mustard worth raving about. 

For an additional $14, we ordered a cheese board and had the choice of three of the following: Point Reyes Farmstead blue, aged manchego, Middlefield Coop Goat’s milk cheddar, Cypress Grove Truffle Tremor and mustard beer cheese. 

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We selected the beer cheese, blue cheese and the creamy goat’s milk cheddar. 

We hit the small and medium plate sections hard, ordering the delicious seared scallops with carrot ambrosia and pesto; sweet, savory and plentiful pork belly and sweet potato tacos; wholly satisfying kielbasa and cabbage and Latin Carbonara, linguine with peas, sofrito and dry aged chorizo. 

Items in these sections range from $7 to $17. 

Lily's Bistro will be updating its lunch and dinner menus daily to create options that are continually creative, seasonally fresh, and as locally sourced as possible, said owner Emily Mendenhall.(Allegra Czerwinski)

The red wine braised oxtail was a highlight from the Supper section that were glad we did not pass up. 

Chunks of tender meat were served over wild rice, black barley daikon radish seeds and topped with wilted greens for $22.

Other offerings from the Supper section include fried chickenpork shank cassouletcoconut curry swordfish and vegan pot pie ranging in price from $16 to $21 per dish. 

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Lily’s has consistently updated its menu offerings seasonally since it opened in April 2013, but this new concept turns things on their head.

We are looking forward to see what the eatery comes up with next. 

Lily's Bistro will be updating its lunch and dinner menus daily to create options that are continually creative, seasonally fresh, and as locally sourced as possible, said owner Emily Mendenhall.(Allegra Czerwinski)

Lily's Bistro will be updating its lunch and dinner menus daily to create options that are continually creative, seasonally fresh, and as locally sourced as possible, said owner Emily Mendenhall.(Allegra Czerwinski)
Lily's Bistro will be updating its lunch and dinner menus daily to create options that are continually creative, seasonally fresh, and as locally sourced as possible, said owner Emily Mendenhall.(Allegra Czerwinski)

Lily's Bistro will be updating its lunch and dinner menus daily to create options that are continually creative, seasonally fresh, and as locally sourced as possible, said owner Emily Mendenhall.(Allegra Czerwinski)

Lily's Bistro will be updating its lunch and dinner menus daily to create options that are continually creative, seasonally fresh, and as locally sourced as possible, said owner Emily Mendenhall.(Allegra Czerwinski)

Why Winter Restaurant Week is the perfect time to try somewhere or something new

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 3:02 PM
Updated: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 11:50 AM



Chop House
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Twice a year, every year, Dayton restaurant chefs break out their most unbeatable lineups of dishes that they think you must try.
Restaurant Week is the opportunity to try a number of Dayton’s favorites without emptying your wallet. The 2018 Winter Restaurant Week is Sunday, Jan. 21 through Sunday, Jan. 28.

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“This is a week the restaurants showcase their talents and try out new menu items at a really good value,” said Amy Zahora, executive director of the Miami Valley Restaurant Association. “The restaurants love seeing new faces and participating in Restaurant Week. The last week in January is a slower time for the restaurants and this is a way to support (them).”

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Below you will find a sampling of some of the menus being offered next week. We will be updating this list as more menus are announced, so keep checking back! 

Please note:  this list of participating restaurants is subject to change and reservations may be required from some participating locations. Calling ahead is recommended for details, hours and reservations (some restaurants are not open seven days a week, for example). For the most up-to-date list and information, visit dineoutdayton.com

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WINTER RESTAURANT WEEK PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS

• Amber Rose

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• Basil’s on Market (Troy)

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• Basil’s on Market (Downtown)

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• Bravo

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• Brio Tuscan Grill

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• Buckhorn Tavern

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• Bunker’s Bar and Grill

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• Carver’s 

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• Chappy’s Social House 

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• Chappy’s Taproom 

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• Chop House

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• Christopher’s

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• Coco’s Bistro

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• Dewberry 1850

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• Dublin Pub

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• El Meson

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• Ele Cake Co. Bistro & Wine Bar

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• Figlio

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• Firebirds Wood Fired Grill

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• Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse

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• Franco’s

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•Giovanni’s

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• Hickory River Smokehouse

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• Jay’s Seafood

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• Kabuki

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• La Piazza

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• Lily’s Bistro

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• McGillicutty’s

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• Meadowlark Restaurant

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• Mills Park Hotel- Ellie’s Restaurant

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• Nellys

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• Nick’s Restaurant

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• Packy’s Sports Bar

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• Pasha Grill

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• Roost Modern Italian

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• Season’s Bistro

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• Smith’s Boat House

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• Sunrise Cafe

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• Sweeney’s Seafood

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• The Caroline

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• The Dock

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• The Melting Pot

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• Wandering Griffin

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• Watermark

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• Wellington Grill

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• Wheat Penny

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• Winds Cafe 

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This Cajun theme at downtown Dayton restaurant features scrumptious turkey ribs

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 7:00 AM

De'lish Cafe has a turkey rib dinner on its menu.
Photo: Amelia Robinson, staff
De'lish Cafe has a turkey rib dinner on its menu.(Photo: Amelia Robinson, staff)

FACT: turkeys have ribs, and as it turns out, they are delicious covered in tangy BBQ sauce. 

At least that’s the case with the turkey ribs sold at De’Lish Cafe, the restaurant at 139 N. Main St. near the Schuster Performing Arts Center in downtown Dayton. 

De’Lish’s turkey rib entree meshes well with the restaurant’s “Cajun Creole Comfort Food” theme. 

De’Lish owner Jasmine Brown said the turkey ribs have been on the menu for about three years. 

“Our turkey ribs are actually made to order. The BBQ sauce is made in-house. Most of my customers don’t eat pork, so that’s one reason why we chose to put them on the menu. Plus, people love BBQ,” she told this news organization. 

De'lish Cafe has a turkey rib dinner on its menu.(Photo: Amelia Robinson, staff)

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Generally the only pork served at De’lish is the bacon served on loaded potatoes and during brunch, Brown said.  

So what exactly does a rib turkey taste like? Well, really good, for one. 

The juicy, slow smoked white and dark meat turkey falls off the bone, and you can taste the Cajun spices coming through.

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The meal comes with three turkey ribs, which were larger and more meaty than I expected. 

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They are served with coleslaw, broccoli and a macaroni and cheese that stands among the best in Dayton. 

The hearty dish is $18, and is just one of the comforting dishes the restaurant offers. 

Among them is the Southern Comfort — (chicken wing, mac and cheese and must-try collard greens), Creole shrimp and grits, a craveable crawfish, lobster and artichoke spinach dip served with tasty garlic naan bread triangles and De’lish’s raved-about soul rolls, collard greens, braised chicken and sauteed veggies hand rolled in cornmeal. 

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The restaurant held its first weekly Sunday Trap Music Brunch of 2018 on Jan. 7, and features live entertainment with no cover on Friday evenings.

Brown launched the restaurant in 2010, at the former site of Gregory’s Piano Bar.

De’lish raved about soul rolls, collard greens, braised chicken and sauteed veggies hand rolled in corn meal.(Photo: Allegra Czerwinski)

Want to go?

WHAT: De’lish Cafe, 139 N. Main St., downtown Dayton

HOURS: 4 p.m. to midnight Wednesday; 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday; 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday; 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday; Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

INFO: Facebook | Website | Twitter | Instagram | 937-461-2233 (CAFE) 

 

Creole scrimp and grits at De'lish Cafe in downtown Dayton.(Photo: Allegra Czerwinski)

The Southern Comfort— chicken wing, mac and cheese and must-try collard greens - at De'lish Cafe in downtown Dayton.(Photo: Amelia Robinson, staff)

Crawfish, lobster, artichoke spinach dip served with tasty garlic naan bread triangles and De’lish(Photo: Amelia Robinson, staff)

See this small but mighty restaurant a short drive away TONIGHT on ‘Diners, Drive-ins and Dives’

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 7:00 PM

When husband and wife Pramod Lama and Phuntso D Phin received an email last year from the producers of the hit Food Network series, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, they were certain it was a prank. A last-minute decision to respond would launch the culinary couple’s television debut.

Momo Ghar, the popular Nepalese restaurant located in Columbus, will be featured tonight on Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.” Unlike many of the other established eateries that make it on the show, Lama and Phin’s restaurant has only been up and running since May 28, 2016— a testament to their quick success. 

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Momo Ghar chef and owner, Phuntso Phin is on set of the hit Food Network series, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.(Momo Ghar's Facebook)

“We make everything from scratch,” Lama said. “I think people can taste it in the food. I mean I think that other people make the same dumpling— but they skip a bunch of steps... they don’t make their own dough, they buy wrappers (instead), or they don’t mince their own meat ... One small factor at a time effects the quality.”

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Lama, who takes care of the more technical bits of production, said his wife is the genius behind the food, making all of the most essential components of Momo Ghar’s dishes by herself with the secret recipes kept very much a secret. The restaurant’s sauce — which is what “brings everything together” — is made by Phin with no outside help to ensure it’s up to her standards each and every time.

“I have always said it will be Phuntso who will make Momo famous,” Lama said in a Facebook comment.

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(Momo Ghar)

Phin will be the star of tonight’s segment, while Lama said he’ll be getting his 10 seconds of fame “doing dishes and then taking out the trash.”

Prepping a meal for a guy like Fieri — who has a palette that’s been around the world — can be intimidating. Lama said, however, that Fieri made filming very enjoyable and that the couple’s personalities clicked well with the Food Network star’s.

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“My wife has a great personality and I’m very humble... I think I’m funny as hell,” Lama said. 

You’ll be able to see it all go down tonight at 9 p.m. EST on the Food Network. Phuntso and Lama will be hanging out at Callahan’s Bar in Columbus from 8:45 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. to watch the show air if you happen to be in Columbus.

Want to visit Momo Ghar?

WHERE: 1265 Morse Road, Columbus, inside Saraga International Market

MORE INFO: Website | (614) 749-2901

Check out these ADORABLE tea stops in the Dayton area

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 6:00 AM



Communitea Facebook page
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It’s fitting that National Tea Month would fall in January-- the month for finding new hobbies, starting healthier habits, and giving yourself some extra self-care.

According to eatright.orgtea has a number of possible health benefits including improved heart health, potentially helping to prevent certain cancers, decreased odds of losing teeth, assisting weight loss and more. 

Of course everyone knows cafes like Starbucks or Panera Bread are reliable destinations when on-the-go. But the Dayton area has quite a few unique tea stops that you may not know about. 

Communitea Cafe

>> Enjoy lunch and tea at Communitea

The perfect place to meet a friend you’ve been meaning to catch up with, Communitea in Belmont has a cozy tearoom, a dress-up room complete with hats, feather boas and props, bridal shower opportunities and a menu including high tea. Other food fares on the menu include sandwiches, salads and soups.

(Communitea Facebook page)

WANT TO GO?

WHAT: Communitea Cafe

WHERE: 1000 Watervliet Ave., Dayton

INFO: Facebook

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Edith Mae’s Tea Room and Gift Shop

Most likely unlike any other tea rooms you’ve visited, Edith Mae’s is reportedly a haunted Civil War mansion. The gift shop is open Tuesday through Sunday; however, the Tea Room is by reservation only. For more information, visit the Edith Mae’s Team Room Facebook page.

(Edith Mae's Facebook page)

WANT TO GO?

WHAT: Edith Mae’s Tea Room and Gift Shop

WHERE: 235 E. 2nd St, Xenia 

INFO: Facebook

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D’s Victorian Teas 

D’s Victorian Teas is a sure way to host a tea day that your friends -- or mother -- will never forget. Set in a Victorian-style home, this tea stop is by reservation only. 

(D's Victorian Teas Facebook page)

WANT TO GO?

WHAT: D’s Victorian Teas

WHERE: 1894 Shore Dr., Bellbrook 

MORE INFO: Facebook

Remember When Tea Room

“Remember When Tea Room will transport you to days gone by!” Just a short drive outside of Dayton, we think once you set foot in this Victorian-style Waynesville home, you’ll be glad you made the trip. The tea room offers brunch, multiple sandwich options and is able to take reservations. 

(Remember When Tea Room Facebook page)

WANT TO GO?

WHAT: Remember When Tea Room

WHERE: 370 Old Stage Rd., Waynesville  

MORE INFO: Facebook

(Remember When Tea Room Facebook page)