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)

Best of Dayton 2017 Winners: Food & Dining

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 8:00 AM

We visit Zombie Dogz on Brown Street. Video by Amelia Robinson

The most sizzling steak. The juiciest burger. The most flavorful tacos. The most decadent desserts. 

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We know, we know -- you get the idea. Without further ado, here are some of your absolute favorite restaurants and dining establishments, and the winners of the Dayton.com Best of 2017! 

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Sky Asian Cuisine’s Pacific Roll, with yellowtail, lobster salad and fresh jalapeno pepper wrapped with soybean nori and topped with tuna, salmon, black tobiko, drizzled with a creamy, spicy sauce. MARK FISHER/STAFF

Best Asian Food

WINNER: Ozu852

852 Union Blvd, Clayton | 937-832-3000 | ozu852.com | Facebook

It’s been highly praised as having some of the best sushi in the region, but their Chinese menu is nothing to sniff at, either. Several highly-rated customer reviews rave about the spring rolls, the soft shell crab, and the fried rice.

SECOND PLACE: Sky Asian Cuisine, 4090 Wilmington Pike, Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Thai 9, 11 Brown St, Dayton

Best Bakery

WINNER: Ashley’s Pastry Shop

21 Park Ave., Dayton | 937-293-1719 | ashleyspastries.comFacebook

Maybe you’ve heard of their apple fritters, which are as big as your head. Or maybe you’re a fan of the original ‘cronut,’ a delicious, flaky, chewy croissant turned into a glazed sweet treat. Or maybe, like Dayton native and recent Golden Globe award-winner Allison Janney, you’re a fan of their sand tarts. Either way, we can’t recommend this place enough. 

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SECOND PLACE: ele Cake Co, three locations: 810 East Dixie Dr., West Carrollton; 1279 North Fairfield Rd., Beavercreek; 3680 Rigby Road, Miamisburg

THIRD PLACE: Twist Cupcakery, 25 S. St. Clair St., Dayton

Best BBQ

WINNER: PA’s Pork

(937) 508-1308 | Facebook

This year’s winner is the first time a food truck has snagged top honors for Best BBQ, but we’re on board. This truck is still making rounds in the winter at various events, restaurants and brewpubs. Follow their Facebook page to keep tabs on where they’ll be. Specializing in unique BBQ sandwiches, top recommended dishes include pulled pork nachos, sauerkraut balls, The Pig Apple (smoked pork, braised cinnamon apples and sharp white cheddar on a toasted bun), and the schnitzel. 

SECOND PLACE: Smokin’ Barrels food truck, location details on Facebook

THIRD PLACE: City Barbecue, two locations: 2330 N. Fairfield Rd., Beavercreek; 5 East Franklin St., Centerville; 

Best Bloody Mary

WINNER: Mack’s Tavern

381 Miamisburg Centerville Rd., Washington Twp. | 937-813-7217 | mackstavern.comFacebook 

Self-described as a “laid-back neighborhood bar and grill,” this spot has made quite a name for itself. Opened in 2015, it has built up a loyal clientele and a highly-reviewed menu, including the Bloody Marys. In fact, Mack’s Tavern’s secret recipe tied for first place in 2017’s Bloody Mary Showdown.

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SECOND PLACE: Pour Haus, 536 Miamisburg Centerville Rd., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Bunkers Sports Bar & Grill, 893 E. National Rd., Vandalia

Best Breakfast

WINNER: Blueberry Cafe

72 Bellbrook Plaza, Bellbrook | 937-848-5900 | Facebook

“After you find yourself stuffed from the most satisfying brunch of your life, ‘The Muffin Man’ comes around to entice you with warm, homemade muffins you simply can’t resist — no matter how stuffed you are.” That’s from Onlyinyourstate.com, which honored this spot as one of the top restaurants for brunch in the state of Ohio. Dishes of note: the French toast platter, breakfast burrito, and waffles, to name few. 

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SECOND PLACE: Tank’s Bar & Grill, 2033 Wayne Ave., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Butter Cafe, 1106 Brown St., Dayton

Best Brunch

WINNER: Dublin Pub

300 Wayne Ave., Dayton | 937-224-7822 | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Lily’s Bistro, 329 E. 5th St., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Meadowlark, 5531 Far Hills Ave., Dayton

Slyder's Swiss bacon cheeseburger with fries. (Photo by Amelia Robinson)(Amelia Robinson)

Best Burger

WINNER: Slyder’s Tavern

836 Watervliet Ave., Dayton | 937-258-1222 | WebsiteFacebook

This isn’t the first time Slyder’s topped the list, and it likely won’t be the last. The 65-plus-year business in Dayton’s Belmont neighborhood consistently appears on -- and often topping -- ‘best burger’ lists. Heck, we’d put it up against the state’s top burgers, too.

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SECOND PLACE: Five Guys, 1143 Brown St., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Watermark, 20 S. 1st St., Miamisburg

Best Cheap Eats

WINNER: Hamburger Wagon

12 E. Central Ave., Miamisburg | 937-847-2442 | WebsiteFacebook

Taking a look at the menu, it’s easy to see why these prices are impossible to beat. Hamburger Wagon offers a single for $1.25, a double for $2.50, chips for $1.25 and a drink for $1.25. Hamburgers are served simply, with pickle, onion, salt and pepper (their website reads: “No stinkin’ cheese or sloppy sauces!). Bonus: it was ranked as one of the top 100 hamburgers in the United States in the book “Hamburger America.”

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SECOND PLACE: Mack’s Tavern, 381 Miamisburg Centerville Rd., Washington Twp.

THIRD PLACE: Slyder’s Tavern, 836 Watervliet Ave., Dayton

Joseph Head of the Century Bar in downtown Dayton. File photo by Jim Witmer(Staff Writer)

Best Cocktails 

WINNER: The Century

10 S. Jefferson St., Dayton | 937-223-3382 | FacebookWebsite

One of Dayton’s favorite watering holes, The Century was named one of “America’s 80 Best Bourbon Bars” for the fifth consecutive year by The Bourbon Review. And while bourbon’s certainly its forte, it makes one hell of a cocktail, bourbon or not.

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SECOND PLACE: Salar, 400 E. 5th St., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Watermark, 20 S. 1st St., Miamisburg

Best Coffeehouse (chain or local)

WINNER: Ghostlight Coffee

1201 Wayne Ave., Dayton | 937-985-2633 | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Boston Stoker, multiple locations: 34 W. 2nd St., Dayton; 8321 N Main St, Dayton; 10855 Engle Rd, Vandalia

THIRD PLACE: Press, 257 Wayne Ave., Dayton

Best Craft Beer Selection

WINNER: Ollie’s Place

518-20 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd., Centerville | 937-723-8998 | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Warped Wing Brewing Company, 26 Wyandot St., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Dayton Beer Company, 41 Madison St., Dayton

Canal Street Arcade and Deli held a preview party on Tuesday, June 28. The restaurant an bar are located in downtown Dayton near Fifth Third Field.(Photo by Amelia Robinson)

Best Deli

WINNER: Canal Street Arcade & Deli

308 E. 1st St., Dayton | 937-220-9333 | FacebookWebsite

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SECOND PLACE: Flyboy’s Deli, 2515 Far Hills Ave, Dayton; second location coming soon to 2729 Fairfield Commons Blvd., Beavercreek

THIRD PLACE: Charlie’s Deli, 429 Troy St, Dayton

Best Dessert 

WINNER: Chocolate Stout Cupcakes at Ginniebug’s Creations

2182 N. Dayton-Lakeview Rd., New Carlisle | 937-9997878 | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Sweet Potato Caramel Cake at Twist Cupcakery, 25 S. St. Clair St., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Sticky Toffee Pudding at The Highland Stag, 75 N. Main St., Springboro

Best Diner

WINNER: George’s Family Restaurant

5216 N. Dixie Dr., Dayton | 937-275-0705 | FacebookWebsite

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SECOND PLACE: Hasty Tasty Pancake House, 3509 Linden Ave., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: 416 Diner, 416 E. 5th St., Dayton

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Have a favorite donut spot? Make sure to vote for your favorites in Dayton.com's Best of 2017 poll. File photo

Best Donuts

WINNER: Bill’s Donut Shop

268 N. Main St., Centerville | 937-433-0002 | FacebookWebsite

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SECOND PLACE: Jim’s Donuts, 122 E. National Rd., Vandalia

THIRD PLACE: Bear Creek Donuts, 80 S. Main St., Miamisburg 

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Best Fine Dining

WINNER: Watermark

20 S. 1st St., Miamisburg | 937-802-0891 | FacebookWebsite

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SECOND PLACE: The Oakwood Club, 2414 Far Hills Ave., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: The Pine Club, 1926 Brown St., Dayton

Best Food Truck

WINNER: Zombie Dogz

FacebookWebsite | Brick-and-mortar store: 1200 Brown St., Dayton

SECOND PLACE: PA’s Pork; see scheduled events on Facebook 

THIRD PLACE: Greek Street Food Truck; see scheduled events on Facebook

Best French Fries

WINNER: Five Guys

1143 Brown St., Dayton | (937) 222-2325 | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Dublin Pub, 300 Wayne Ave., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Corner Kitchen, 613 E. 5th St., Dayton

>> 6 of the most delicious French fries in Dayton

Young’s Jersey Dairy will have discounts on ice cream and other treats to celebrate its 149th anniversary from Jan. 12-15. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

Best Ice Cream

WINNER: Graeters

Multiple locations: 2412 Far Hills Ave, Oakwood; 2330 N Fairfield Rd., Beavercreek; 2 N. Main St., Centerville

FacebookWebsite

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SECOND PLACE: JD’s Old Fashioned Frozen Custard, 322 Union Blvd #A, Englewood

THIRD PLACE: Young’s Dairy, 6880 Springfield Xenia Rd., Yellow Springs

Best Indian Food

WINNER: Amar India 

2751 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd., Dayton | 937-439-9005 | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Jeet India, 2750 N. Fairfield Rd., Beavercreek

THIRD PLACE: Ajanta India, 3063 Woodman Dr., Kettering

Best Italian Food

WINNER: Mamma DiSalvo’s

1375 E. Stroop Rd., Dayton | 937-299-5831 | FacebookWebsite

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SECOND PLACE: Franco’s Ristorante Italiano, 824 E. 5th St., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen, 3002 Woodman Dr., Kettering

My Way Grilled Cheese from Tank's Bar and Grill. (Source: Tank's)

Best Late-Night Grub

WINNER: Tank’s Bar & Grill

2033 Wayne Ave., Dayton | 937-252-2249 | FacebookWebsite

>> Tanks Bar & Grill has new late-night hours (Oct. 2017) 

SECOND PLACE: Mack’s Tavern, 381 Miamisburg Centerville Rd., Washington Twp.

THIRD PLACE: Waffle House, multiple locations: 4382 Indian Ripple Rd., Beavercreek; 2226 Needmore Rd., Dayton; 9295 N. Main St., Dayton; 7800 Brandt Pike, Dayton; 4912 N. Springboro Pike, Moraine; 1107 E. Dayton Yellow Springs Rd., Fairborn; 3998 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Fairborn

Warped Wing Brewing Company hosted a 4th anniversary beer bash in January 2018. FILE PHOTO BY JIM WITMER(Staff Writer)

Best Local Brewery

WINNER: Warped Wing Brewing Company

26 Wyandot St., Dayton | 937-222-7003 | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Hairless Hare Brewery, 738 W. National Rd., Vandalia

THIRD PLACE: Yellow Springs Brewery, 101 Dayton St., Yellow Springs

Best Locally-Made Spirits

WINNER: Belle of Dayton

122 Van Buren St., Dayton | 937-867-2355 | FacebookWebsite 

SECOND PLACE: Buckeye Vodka, 827 S. Patterson Blvd., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Stillwrights Distillery, 5380 Intrastate Dr., Fairborn

An assortment of Elsa’s legendary “Bad Juan” margaritas. File photo by TY GREENLEES/STAFF(Staff Writer)

Best Margarita 

WINNER: Elsa’s 

Multiple locations: 1227 Wilmington Ave., Dayton; 3618 Linden Ave., Dayton; 1216 E. Stroop Rd., Dayton; 6318 Far Hills Ave, Dayton

FacebookWebsite

>> Best places to get margaritas in Dayton

SECOND PLACE: El Meson, 903 E Dixie Dr, Dayton

THIRD PLACE: El Toro Mexican Bar and Grill, multiple locations: 4448 Indian Ripple Rd, Dayton; 2915 Harshman Rd, Dayton; 6770 Miller Ln, Dayton; 2335 Miamisburg Centerville Rd, Dayton; 1375 N Fairfield Rd, Dayton; more online

Best Mediterranean/Greek Dining

WINNER: Olive Mediterranean Grill

6129 N Dixie Dr, Dayton | 937-264-1455 | FacebookWebsite 

>> The amazing lunch platter is just ONE reason to try Olive Mediterranean Grill 

SECOND PLACE: Pasha Grill, 72 Plum St, Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Gyro Palace, 57 South Springboro Pike, Miamisburg

(File Photo)

Best Mexican Food

WINNER: El Toro Mexican Bar & Grill

Multiple Locations: 4448 Indian Ripple Rd, Dayton; 2915 Harshman Rd, Dayton; 6770 Miller Ln, Dayton; 2335 Miamisburg Centerville Rd, Dayton; 1375 N Fairfield Rd, Dayton; more online

FacebookWebsite

>> 10 of Dayton’s best Mexican food spots

SECOND PLACE: Taqueria Mixteca, 1609 E. 3rd St., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: El Rancho Grande, multiple locations: 1200 Brown St, Dayton; 1450 W Dorothy Ln, Dayton; 4139 Wilmington Pike, Kettering; 2008 S Alex Rd, West Carrollton

Best Patio

WINNER: Little York Tavern

4120 Little York Rd, Dayton | (937) 890-6700 | FacebookWebsite

>> Your guide to the best patios in and around Dayton

SECOND PLACE: Trolley Stop, 530 E. 5th St., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Bargos Grill & Tap, 588 Miamisburg Centerville Rd., Centerville

Old Scratch Pizza is offering free pizzas to guest who text "OSP" to 797979 on its first anniversary, Oct. 18, 2017(Amelia Robinson)

Best Pizza (local or chain)

WINNER: Old Scratch Pizza

812 S Patterson Blvd, Dayton | (937) 331-5357 | FacebookWebsite

>> Your guide to the best pizza in Dayton

SECOND PLACE: Kramer’s, 1018 Irving Ave, Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Joe’s Pizzeria, 4313 Airway Rd, Dayton

Best Place for a Business Lunch

WINNER: Flyboys Deli

2515 Far Hills Ave, Dayton | FacebookWebsite

>> Take a sneak peek inside the new Flyboy’s Deli location

SECOND PLACE: Table 33, 130 W 2nd St, Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Coco’s Bistro, 250 Warren St., Dayton

Best Place to Take a Date 

WINNER: Watermark

20 S. 1st St., Miamisburg | 937-802-0891 | FacebookWebsite

>> The new Watermark restaurant is open -- and you’ve got to taste their food

SECOND PLACE: D20: A Bar With Characters, 2144 E Whipp Rd, Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Coldwater Cafe, 19 E Main St, Tipp City

Best Place to Take an Out-of-Towner

WINNER: The Pine Club

1926 Brown St., Dayton | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: The Oakwood Club, 2414 Far Hills Ave., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Marion’s Piazza, multiple locations: 711 Shroyer Road; 3443 N. Dixie Drive; 8991 Kingsridge Drive; 50 E. Stroop Road; 241 N. Main Street, Centerville; 1320 N. Fairfield Road, Beavercreek; 404 W. National Road, Englewood; 1270 Experiment Farm Road, Troy; 6176 Soundwave Blvd., Mason

Best Sandwich

WINNER: Mackenzie Reuben, The Highland Stag

75 N. Main St., Springboro | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: The War Pig, Drunken Waffle; follow the food truck on Facebook

THIRD PLACE: The Liberty Reuben, Flyboy’s Deli; 2515 Far Hills Ave., Dayton

Best Seafood

WINNER: Jay’s Seafood

225 E 6th St, Dayton | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Sweeneys Seafood Bar & Grill, 28 W Franklin St, Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Bonefish Grill, 2818 Miamisburg Centerville Rd, Dayton

Best Secret Menu Item

WINNER: Ice Cream at Spinoza’s Pizza & Salads

2727 Fairfield Commons Blvd, Beavercreek | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Grid Iron Burger at The Highland Stag, 75 N. Main St., Springboro 

THIRD PLACE: Cross Sauce at The Growler Pub & Grub, 3808 Wilmington Pike, Dayton

The Pine Club is in its 70th year of serving up steaks in Dayton. FILE(Staff Writer)

Best Steak

WINNER: The Pine Club

Brown St., Dayton | WebsiteFacebook

>> Dayton’s Pine Club named one of the nation’s best steakhouses

SECOND PLACE: The Oakwood Club, 2414 Far Hills Ave, Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Longhorn Steakhouse, multiple locations: 6418 Miller Ln, Dayton; 1921 W Dorothy Ln, Moraine

Best Sushi

WINNER: Ozu852

852 Union Blvd, Clayton | 937-832-3000 

ozu852.com | Facebook

SECOND PLACE: Kabuki Korean Restaurant and Sushi Bar

THIRD PLACE: Sky Asian Cuisine, 4090 Wilmington Pike, Dayton

R Taco will open its first Dayton-area location in the coming weeks on Brown Street. Photo from R Taco Facebook page(Staff Writer)

Best Taco

WINNER: Taqueria Mixteca

1609 E. 3rd St., Dayton | FacebookWebsite

>> 4 great places to get tacos in Dayton

SECOND PLACE: Victor’s Tacos, multiple locations: 1438 N Keowee St, Dayton; 6418 Chambersburg Rd., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: R Taco, 1822 Brown St., Dayton

Best Vegan Dining

WINNER: Lucky’s Taproom & Eatery

520 E. 5th St., Dayton | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Christopher’s Restaurant, 2318 E Dorothy Lane, Kettering

THIRD PLACE: Wheat Penny Oven & Bar, 515 Wayne Ave., Dayton

Best Wine Selection (restaurant)

WINNER: Wine Gallery

5 W. Monument Ave., Dayton | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Jay’s Seafood, 225 E. 6th St., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Ray’s Wine Spirits Grill, 8268 N Main St, Dayton

Best Wings

WINNER: Bunkers Sports Bar & Grill

893 E National Rd, Vandalia | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Lock 27 Brewing, two locations: 329 E 1st St, Dayton; 1035 S. Main St., Centerville

THIRD PLACE: Hairless Hare Brewery, 738 W National Rd, Vandalia

Friendliest Staff / Best Customer Service

WINNER: MJ’s on Jefferson

20 N. Jefferson St., Dayton | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Mack’s Tavern, 381 Miamisburg Centerville Rd., Washington Twp.

THIRD PLACE: The Highland Stag, 75 N. Main St., Springboro

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
(Chop House)

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.

>> 5 new restaurants coming in 2018 you should know about

“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).”

>>Best of Dayton 2017 Winners: Food & Dining

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

>>Best of Dayton 2017 Winners: Bars & Nightlife

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)

>> RELATED: Meet Jasmine Brown of De’lish Cafe 

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.

>> RELATED: Where is the best BBQ in Dayton?    

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