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Published: Monday, May 15, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
— At the beginning of last year, Sky Asian Cuisine quietly opened on Wilmington Pike.
The restaurant location had been through several different lives by that point. It was originally built as a Perkins, became Starlite Diner and then Sidelines Sports Bar and Grill.
It is a location that has struggled to gain traction over the years.
Sky Asian Cuisine now has more than a year under its belt, and I know I am not alone in saying I hope it is here to stay.
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The restaurant has found a lot of fans since opening. The online reviews are glowing and the parking lot is always busy during peak hours.
A few reasons why:
The restaurant’s decor and open floor plan convey a modern, big city contemporary vibe. Two nice sized bars — one sushi and one cocktail — flank the perimeter of the space that seats approximately 120.
On one visit, the music struck a hip chord that went with the decor including tracks from M83 and Empire of the Sun. It was impressive and catchy. On other visits it sounded like elevator music was being piped in bringing the cool factor down several notches.
But you don’t go to a restaurant for the music. The Asian fusion food Sky served up on repeated visits was fantastic (although at times uneven).
The lemon grass seafood soup ($5.50) is one of my new favorites. The light broth packs a kick with several generously sized shrimp and a smattering of tiny scallops with cellophane noodles in a tom yum broth. It’s a soup that works regardless of the weather and is an evergreen favorite. It’s light enough to satisfy during summer and packs enough heat to help take away some of the bite of winter.
The coconut seafood chowder ($6) was satisfying and tastes like an Asian version of New England clam chowder with a creamy coconut milk base.
The complimentary salad that comes with dinner is topped with a cool, creamy ginger dressing over very fresh greens punctuated with cucumber and radish. It’s simple, but done right.
The pork gyoza ($6) was served up perfectly pan fried each time we ordered it with a crispy outer shell and deliciously soft, flavorful filling.
There is a long list of appetizers to choose from, but the gyoza, Indian pancake ($5) and crispy calamari ($8) were especially great values for the price.
The Kung Pao shrimp ($17) packed a fiery punch with generously sized shrimp served with stir-fried vegetables, peanuts and hot peppers. It didn’t match the pile of shrimp the menu had pictured, but was a tasty dish that hit the spot. A variety of different entrees on the extensive menu include a variety of curries and General Tso combinations.
A chicken negimaki ($15) featuring sliced chicken wrapped with crab meat, scallion, mushroom and asparagus with a mango sweet chili sauce is one of several interesting, must-try dishes on the menu.
There are several pan-fried noodle options that range from $12-13 as well as sizable noodle soups ($12-15) made with Japanese udon or soba noodles. Hibachi, teriyaki, fried rice and tempura dishes are also available.
The food isn’t just pleasing to eat, these are pretty dishes that are plated with intent and a create a satisfying visual start to the meal.
>> BEST OF DAYTON: Sky Asian voted Best Asian food
The menu’s shining star is by far the myriad of choices featured when it comes to the sushi.
There are sushi bar entrees, 16 signature sushi rolls, a variety of raw and cooked handrolls as well as a full list of sashimi.
The snowflake roll ($15), dressed with grilled sea bass, spicy lobster and avocado wrapped in soy bean or and served with an orange mayo and eel sauce, is a decadent, creamy option that is as rich and savory as it sounds.
The seared truffle white tuna ($11) served with yuzu citrus and shaved truffle is a nice way to start any of the meal options you decide to pursue.
The restaurant features a full bar and wine, sake and cocktail lists.
The lychee martini ($8.50) — made with vodka, triple sec, lychee puree, champagne and garnished with a lychee — is a light, pleasant way to kick things off.
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Want to go?
WHAT: Sky Asian Cuisine
WHERE: 4090 Wilmington Pike south of Stroop Road, Kettering
HOURS: Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday noon to 11 p.m.; and Sunday noon to 10 p.m.
MORE INFORMATION: (937) 949-9883 and www.skyasiancuisine.com
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 3:02 PM
— 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.
“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).”
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.
WINTER RESTAURANT WEEK PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS
• Amber Rose
• Basil’s on Market (Troy)
• Basil’s on Market (Downtown)
• Brio Tuscan Grill
• Buckhorn Tavern
• Bunker’s Bar and Grill
• Chappy’s Social House
• Chappy’s Taproom
• Chop House
• Coco’s Bistro
• Dewberry 1850
• Dublin Pub
• El Meson
• Ele Cake Co. Bistro & Wine Bar
• Firebirds Wood Fired Grill
• Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse
• Hickory River Smokehouse
• Jay’s Seafood
• La Piazza
• Lily’s Bistro
• Meadowlark Restaurant
• Mills Park Hotel- Ellie’s Restaurant
• Nick’s Restaurant
• Packy’s Sports Bar
• Pasha Grill
• Roost Modern Italian
• Season’s Bistro
• Smith’s Boat House
• Sunrise Cafe
• Sweeney’s Seafood
• The Caroline
• The Dock
• The Melting Pot
• Wandering Griffin
• Wellington Grill
• Wheat Penny
• Winds Cafe
Published: Thursday, August 31, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
— There’s no doubting the Gem City loves its pizza, and Daytonians are pretty fortunate to have a plethora of pizza options from which to choose. Whether it’s a chain joint you’re feeling or something a little more local, there’s no shortage of places to go.
But when you mention the bar and restaurant Kramers, located at 1018 Irving Ave., people immediately react. A variation of two things usually come up: 1) They serve beer in the classic 40-oz. bottles, and 2) The pizza. While beer, and booze in general, tends to sell itself, it’s tough to fake the funk on food. Though Kramers has had a kitchen serving your standard bar food for decades, it wasn’t until the 1990s that they started serving their now-famous pizza.
Just what is it about this pizza at this 84-year-old Dayton institution? It depends on who you ask.
“A lot of that comes down to the sauce,” said manager Jessica Pricci. “One of the things we put in our sauce is 100-percent pure Italian olive oil.”
Others prefer the authentic Italian-style crust.
"I liked their pizza,” said Douglas Shrout, a former Kramers employee. “The salt and crust combo went good with the beer and peanuts.”
Regardless of the reasons, if beer is #1 at Kramers, the pizza is a close second.
“(The pizza) is everything,” said kitchen manager Matt South. “Take the pizza out of here, it’s just regular bar food. We may not even have a kitchen otherwise.”
Just how popular is this pie? While most orders can usually be picked up in 30 minutes on most nights, Kramers customers have been known to wait up to two hours -- particularly University of Dayton basketball nights -- to sink their teeth into this super cheesy item.
“Sometimes people will be late for the game,” South added.
And while we’re on the subject, Kramers uses a generous blend of both shredded mozzarella and provolone. They also order their pepperoni from a Chicago-based Italian family who makes their own.
Recently, Kramers did something it rarely does: offer a discount on their pies. Tuesday nights feature $2 off any 16-inch pizza.
But is it the crust or the sauce that’s the superstar? Loyal Kramers patron Chet Cheadle thought he had the answer.
“I love the crust. I don’t know...the sauce, probably.”
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— Let’s get this parTEA started! 🍵
Dunkin’ Donuts will celebrate its version of a National Tea Day on Friday, Jan. 19 at all of its Dayton and Greater Cincinnati area locations.
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They’ll be offering free samples of their flavored teas, including for the occasion.
Their flavor lineup is as follows: Bold Breakfast, Hibiscus Kiss, Harmony Leaf, Chamomile Fields (forever!) and Cool Mint, which is similar to a Girl Scout cookie but more than half the calories.
Sounds like the perfect way to warm up on these cold winter days!
Published: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 12:16 PM
— Calling all carb lovers! 🍝
There’s a new pop-up dinner company in Dayton and their first event is dedicated entirely to fresh, handmade pasta.
Simpatico Pop-Up will host a 5-course pasta dinner at Lily’s Bistro, 329 E. 5th St. in Dayton and NOT at District Provisions on 521 Wayne Avenue in Dayton as we previously reported. The dinner will still be on Monday, Jan. 29.
“The doors open at 6 p.m., and the bar will be available for cocktails, beer, and wine. We plan on seating and welcoming everyone at 6:30 p.m.,” James Tam, organizer of Simpatico Pop-Up said in an e-mail.
Each of the 5 dishes feature a different type of pasta.
Take a look at the full menu here:
Tickets are $45 and gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options will not be offered with this set menu. The event has SOLD OUT according to its Eventbrite page here.
The company describes itself as, “a team of like minded individuals that are offering a wonderful experience through food,” in a Facebook post on Dec. 6.
WANT TO GO?
What: Simpatico Pop-Up Presents: Pasta Dinner
Where: Lily’s Bistro, 329 E. 5th St., Dayton
When: Monday, Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m.
Cost: SOLD OUT. $45 with tickets available for purchase here