This adorable new coffee shop in Troy is worth the drive

Published: Monday, February 05, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Purebred Coffee is located at 110 E. Main St. in Troy, Ohio. PHOTO / Stephanie Coates
Purebred Coffee is located at 110 E. Main St. in Troy, Ohio. PHOTO / Stephanie Coates

Nestled in Troy’s downtown square across from the retro diner K’s Hamburger at 110 E. Main St., Purebred Coffee opened last November with a menu that will win over any coffee purist. Born and raised Troy natives, Noah Walkup and his wife Meggin are the owners of this specialty coffee shop. 

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Purebred Coffee is located at 110 E. Main St. in Troy, Ohio. PHOTO / Stephanie Coates

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The admitted “coffee newbies” traveled to shops across the Midwest to research the process and learn about what goes into making the best cup. They found a need for making really good coffee that was accessible to everyone and served in a way that even beginners, like himself, could fall in love with the craft. Purebred does just that by creating a direct line from coffee to customer.

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Purebred Coffee is located at 110 E. Main St. in Troy, Ohio. PHOTO / Stephanie Coates

Purity is key -- good beans, quality equipment and a space where people can relax and enjoy their drink. They keep it simple and intentional from the Instagram-worthy interior to the straightforward menu.

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Lead barista Jared Wesbecher not only pours a great latte but is willing to explain how each drink is made. You can watch him do a pour-over or catch a glimpse of the Japanese Yama Tower’s slow-drip cold brew method. (I suggest you Google this, because it’s pretty cool!) They offer a large selection of alternatives to dairy milk and ways to sweeten up your java, if that’s your thing. 

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Purebred Coffee is located at 110 E. Main St. in Troy, Ohio. PHOTO / Stephanie Coates

Purebred represents Ohio local products whenever possible, says Walkup. All of their beautiful bakery items are sourced from another of Troy’s small businesses, The Farmhouse Bakery. Try the Roasted Pineapple Rum Bundt Cake or one of their handmade pop tarts. Gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan pastries are offered.  

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Purebred Coffee is located at 110 E. Main St. in Troy, Ohio. PHOTO / Stephanie Coates

They use Cincinnati-based Deeper Roots Coffee for all their artisan single origin coffee beans. A Meet-the-Roaster event with Deeper Roots and a beginner’s brewing class is slated for late February at Purebred. It’s an opportunity to connect the coffee drinker to the product. This provides a unique, hands-on experience, which is the heart of how the Purebred Coffee story began. 

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The owners plan to add a patio this spring, making their coffee shop even more cozy to hang out. They will also have rotating specialty items and a few other events this summer. Keep up with the latest events and developments by following them on social media (linked below).

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Want to go?

WHAT: Purebred Coffee

WHERE: 110 E. Main St., Troy

INFO: Instagram: @purebredcoffee | Facebook: Purebred Coffee Co. | Website: purebredcoffeeco.com

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This Dayton-famous hoagie is a classic -- have you tried it?

Published: Friday, December 22, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

The Famous Hoagie at Hoagie's Pizza House.
Photo: Amelia Robinson
The Famous Hoagie at Hoagie's Pizza House.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

Sometimes you pass a Dayton gem all the time and never recognize its shine. 

For me, that was the case with Hoagie’s Pizza House, a family-owned business in the mostly green-and-yellow building located at 6128 N. Dixie Drive in Harrison Twp., Montgomery County. 

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To say I’ve been meaning to stop into the independent eatery is an understatement. I’ve heard of the place for years, which is no wonder. 

Ralph Hoagland opened Hoagie’s in 1969.

It sticks out on the corner of Gipsy Avenue and N. Dixie Drive near Dixie Twin Drive-In and the delicious Olive Mediterranean Grill. 

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Hoagland’s daughter, Theresa “Micki” Collins, now owns the store. She closed the Troy location about two years ago. 

Hoagie's Pizza House in Harrison Twp.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

I’ve seen the restaurant’s iconic sign featuring a moustached chef in tails carrying a pizza and reading “How About A Pizza?” more times than I can count. 

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The Leadbelly Boys, Dayton Daily News’ former food crew, tried to take down an 18-inch Hoagie’s square-cut pizza back in 2004 and nearly didn’t live to tell about it. 

Alas, even we mighty and steel-gutted Leadbelly Boys sometimes meet our match. Not often, mind you, but sometimes. In this case, we strode haughtily into the unassuming-looking Hoagie’s, thinking there was no pizza in town that could get the best of us. But we will admit when we’re beaten. And so we admit that the 18-inch whopper that the chuckling waitress brought to our table was more than we could handle. Thin crust but still a thick pizza, with a killer dose of cheese and a humdingin’ sauce. Carrying our leftovers with us, we left with our tails between our Leadbelly legs.

I walked into the restaurant not knowing what to expect, and was greeted by a friendly cashier who answered all my questions with ease. 

The beer and candy selections are displayed on the wall behind the counter. 

After placing my order -- the Famous Hoagie recommended by a friend -- I headed to the dining room and found two rooms of booths and tables. 

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Christmas decorations filled shelves below the main room’s TV. A Mickey and Minnie Mouse cutout was propped up against an old-school CD jukebox in the second dining room. 

Besides pizza and hoagies, the restaurant offers a variety of Italian-inspired sandwiches and pasta dishes. On its menu, Hoagie’s brags about its homemade dough.

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The freshness was apparent when my fully loaded hoagie came out. 

The toasted white sub-style bun held an ample amount of ham, salami, pepperoni, provolone and mayo and a mess of veggies: shredded lettuce, tomato, sliced onion,  chopped bell pepper, sliced banana peppers and surprising green onions. 

The Famous Hoagie at Hoagie's Pizza House.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

I ordered a large sub, about 12 inches, for $10.35. Cut in four, the delicious sandwich came out in a metal basket and could have fed two people easily. I took home leftovers.   

You can get a half-sized Famous Hoagie for $5.20. 

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Hoagie’s fans rave about its pizza and the Spider “Pizza Sandwich,” which has ham, salami, provolone, pizza sauce, banana peppers, pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms and green peppers on a submarine bun. 

I’m looking forward to trying it, and Hoagie’s take on Dayton-style square-cut pizza, on my next visit. 

Let’s see if those Leadbelly Boys had it right. 

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The Famous Hoagie at Hoagie's Pizza House.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

The interior of Hoagie's Pizza House in Harrison Twp. The restaurant was decorated for Christmas 2017.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

The interior of Hoagie's Pizza House in Harrison Twp.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

The front counter at Hoagie's Pizza House.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

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

Published: Tuesday, December 05, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

The newly remodeled Wendy’s restaurant at 4003 Wilmington Pike at East Stroop Road. MARK FISHER/STAFF
Staff Writer
The newly remodeled Wendy’s restaurant at 4003 Wilmington Pike at East Stroop Road. MARK FISHER/STAFF(Staff Writer)

Free food? Don’t mind if we do.

You can get a free burger or chicken sandwich from Wendy’s through the rest of February, thanks to a promotion on the newly updated Wendy’s app.  

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Wendy's restaurants are offering a special promotion in their app, which includes a free Dave's Single burger. PHOTO / wendys.com

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How to get your deal:

First, download the app and sign up. Then, go to your Account page, and click “Offers.” There, the app will pull up all three deals.

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Wendy's has a signature dessert called the Frosty. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for Wendy's)(John Shearer)

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Two of the available offers are for buy-one, get-one spicy chicken sandwiches and buy-one, get-one Dave’s Single burgers.

If you’re going more green this year, there’s also an offer for $2 off any full-sized salad.

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DELICIOUS NEWS: This Dayton cupcake shop is getting big props from Ohio government

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 12:05 PM

Twisted Cupcakery was named the maker of the best cupcake in Ohio by Delish.com.
Source: Twisted Cupcakery
Twisted Cupcakery was named the maker of the best cupcake in Ohio by Delish.com.(Source: Twisted Cupcakery)

A Dayton bakery has received big props from the state of Ohio. 

Twist Cupcakery, located at 25 S. St. Clair St. in downtown Dayton, has been selected by Secretary of State Jon Husted as one of February’s featured businesses for the Ohio Business Profile Program.

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“Twist Cupcakery is a unique sweets and confections bakery that specializes in cupcakes, cakes and other treats. They use the finest ingredients and focus on the little details to ensure their customers are satisfied,” the  secretary of state’s website says of the business. 

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A representative from Husted’s office will visit Twist Cupcakery and present a certificate highlighting this accomplishment.

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Twisted Cupcakery was named the maker of the best cupcake in Ohio by Delish.com.(Source: Twisted Cupcakery)

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Husted declared February as “Minority-Owned Business” month as part of the Ohio Business Profile Program. The month highlights Ohio’s minority-owned businesses. 

Established in 2015, Twist won third place in the “Best Bakery” category in Dayton.com’s recently-announced 2017 Best of Dayton contest. 

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Kate River, Twist’s owner, said she was honored by the 

recognition. 

“I hope to be a role model to other little brown girls that you can live out your dreams with hard work and persistence,” she told this news organization. “Twist has been a dream come true and we are so thankful for the community who has supported and encouraged us along the way."

Twisted Cupcakery was named the maker of the best cupcake in Ohio by Delish.com.(Source: Twisted Cupcakery)

The Downtown Browns are made up of Lisa Scott of Beaute Box Lashes Dayton; Jasmine Brown of De’Lish Cafe, Kate Rivers of Twist Cupcakery and Juanita Darden-Jones of Third Perk Coffeehouse & Wine Bar.

Twist Cupcakery was one of the grant recipients from Montgomery County’s MicroEnterprise program. The funding helped buy an industrial mixer. The owner was doing it by hand. STAFF(Staff Writer)

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LOCAL RESTAURANT CLOSING: Try this deliciously saucy burger before it’s too late 

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 9:00 AM

One Eyed Jacks in Fairborn is closing. Video by Amelia Robinson

After a decade of slinging burgers and booking bands, a well-known Dayton area restaurant is closing up shop for good.

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One Eyed Jacks, located at 2638 Colonel Glenn Highway in Fairborn near Wright State University, will permanently close on Saturday, Feb. 24, co-owner Bill Mangan said. 

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The decision was made not to renew the lease after a satisfactory agreement could not be reach with the building’s owner, he said. 

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One Eyed Jack's will close permanently February 24. Photo: Amelia Robinson(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

“We did really well there for a long time, but it’s been waning there for the last two years,” Mangan said. 

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The last night will include local entertainment from a yet-to-be announced group of local musicians. 

One Eyed Jack’s last show will be the “Jacks I Love Hip Hop Farewell Show” from 9 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23. 

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Mangan said he was happy to provide a venue where local musicians of various genres could meet and perform. 

“Until you get a chance to perform in a live venue, you don’t know what you are capable of doing,” he said. “We were a launch pad for a lot of bands.”

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Mangan, also the owner of Cherry House Cafe, a deli at  1241 Meadow Bridge Dr. in Beavercreek, said he was thankful for the customers that supported One Eyed Jacks.

“We look forward to serving them at Cherry House if they come up this way,” he said. 

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WHAT ABOUT THE FOOD?

One Eyed Jacks became known for its chicken wings and the burgers patties made daily by “Big” Ben Mangan, Bill Mangan’s son.

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At the urging of Dayton sandwich lover Nick Warrington, a Wright State alum and the university’s assistant director of  alumni, I gave One Eyed Jacks Bloomin’ Onion Burger a try. 

Nick raved about the restaurant’s tatonka sauce in a Facebook message:

“As a sandwich guru, I hope you have tried their sandwiches with their ‘famous tatonka sauce,’” he said in a message.

One Eyed Jack's will close permanently February 24. The restaurant's Bloomn' Onion burger and fries are pictured. Photo: Amelia Robinson(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

As Bill Mangan later explained, the sauce -- which is also served on the restaurant’s Veggie Zaffer black bean burger -- was inspired partly by Buffalo-style hot sauce. 

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He kept the spicy secrets to the creation to himself. 

My burger came out fresh and topped with layers of onion rings, tomato, lettuce, provolone cheese, onion and One Eyed Jacks creamy tatonka sauce with its slight kick.

The thick cheeseburger was well-seasoned with juices that melted into the sesame seed bun it came between. 

My lunch came with a mound of crispy, munchable seasoned fries for $9.95.

Each of One Eyed Jacks nine special burgers are eight ounces and cost $8.95 with house made Saratoga potato chips and a pickle spear. 

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LAST CHANCE

Until it closes on Feb. 24, 2018, the restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Monday to Friday and noon to 2:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. 

One Eyed Jack's will close permanently February 24. The restaurant's Bloomn' Onion burger and fries are pictured. Photo: Amelia Robinson(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

 

One Eyed Jack's will close permanently February 24. Photo: Amelia Robinson(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

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