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Published: Friday, July 14, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
— Whether you like him or not, there’s no denying President Donald Trump is a celebrity -- and a polarizing one at that.
Voltzy’s Hamburger & Root Beer Stand in Moraine has been a Dayton-area institution for nearly 30 years, and during that time, owner and cook Rick Volz has commemorated celebrities in his own special way with a burger dedicated to them.
From the mammoth, 14-pound Bill Clinton Divorce Finale Burger, with a half-pound of onions and 20 slices of cheese on a one-pound bun for $100 (if you eat it in an hour or less, it’s free), to the Yuna Lee Burger -- named for the former WHIO reporter, Volz keeps his eye and spatula on current events.
His latest creation is the Donald Trump Burger, which is a six-ounce patty with bacon in the grinder placed atop a bed of deep-fried onions, sweet mustard and horseradish sauce and topped with American cheese.
The sweet and spicy sauce compliment the beef and bacon mixture, with the onions giving it just a little extra sweetness. The cheese brings it all together for a yuuuuuuge taste.
Want to go?
WHAT: Voltzy’s Rootbeer Stand
WHERE: 4668 N Springboro Pike, Moraine
Know of any must-try dishes we should know about? Drop us a line at email@example.com.
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
Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Friday, January 12, 2018 @ 12:39 PM
— Tucked half-way between Springfield and Dayton in tiny Medway is a Clark County restaurant gem that residents from both cities should get to know.
The Tavernette Inn, established in 1939, is one of the area’s best kept restaurant secrets, boasting atmosphere and ambiance that goes on for days.
Here are just a few reasons you should plan a visit as soon as possible …
The vibe: Get ready for a time warp. The walls and cabinets full of old toys and kitschy antiques will transport you to another era. The hot orange chairs and turquoise booths add to the feel. This spot is a vintage feast for the eyes and provides a one-of-a-kind dining setting.
The specials: Tavernette specials are where it’s at — Tuesdays are a pizza special of the day. Wednesdays are fresh smoked BBQ ribs after 5 p.m., served with two sides ($18.95 for a half rack and $23.95 for a full). Thursdays is a chef’s choice surprise and Fridays and Saturdays feature a prime rib entrée after 5 p.m.
The food: The menu is a terrific companion to the throwback setting. The New York Strip ($23.95) is a great cut grilled to order and well worth it.
The Baked Meatloaf ($15.95), a newer option, made with onions, green peppers and bread crumbs and topped with house-made brown sugar glaze was savory, soft and comforting. The batter-fried walleye ($16.95) was a huge piece of crispy, golden-brown breaded fish that was perfectly fried and satisfying.
Other notable menu items: fried green tomatoes ($8.95), frog legs ($15.95), a Tavern Sticky Burger ($12.95) topped with bacon, pepper jack cheese, peanut butter and jalapeño jelly. The restaurant’s pork chops ($16.95), pizzas (various) and seafood dishes are also worth exploring.
Brunch: Brunch is available 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Friday and Saturday. Bonus: Free non-alcoholic drink with food purchase. The Tavernette’s sausage gravy and biscuits ($5.95) is a great place to start.
The pizzas: They come in nine, 12 and 16 inches. The garden veggie is topped with a house-made garlic butter cream sauce, sprinkled with a blend of mozzarella and cheddar cheese, topped with fresh diced red onions, red peppers, broccoli, mushrooms, and sliced tomatoes ($10.95, $15.95, $18.95). There’s a meat lovers, a Tavern Deluxe and the noteworthy Tavern Sticky made just like the burger with hamburger, bacon, pepper jack cheese blend, peanut butter, and jalapeño jelly ($11.95, $16.95, $19.95). I can guarantee you there’s no other place to find that particular combination on a pizza in town. Definitely a conversation piece amongst friends if you’re going out in a group.
The drinks: The old-school bar cranks out the classic cocktails, wine and beer. The bar greets you when you walk through the door and sets the right tone for the evening.
The patio: Keep this in your memory bank: The patio at the Tavernette should be on your summer dining list. Overlooking woods, it offers a beautiful view and a great setting and is a great summertime destination.
The location: Just over 15 minutes from downtown Springfield and downtown Dayton, it offers a scenic drive and an adventure opportunity that isn’t a huge investment of time.
If you love vintage and crave opportunities to get nostalgic, look no further. The Tavernette offers great food in a setting that is powerfully evocative and a whole lot of fun.
>> Big city experience, small-town touch at this Springfield restaurant
WANT TO GO?
What: The Tavernette
Where: 111 W. Main St., Medway
Hours: Closed Sunday and Monday; 3-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Reservations: Call before 4 p.m. for reservations.
More info: www.thetavernette.com or 937-849-0423.
Published: Friday, January 12, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— A Beavercreek eatery is calling your name with chicken and waffles and Tex Mex tots.
The Wandering Griffin, 3725 Presidential Drive in Beavercreek, is relaunching brunch with some fan favorites.
Opened in December of 2016, Wandering Griffin halted its brunch menu in October to focus on its dinner menu, Brian Johnson, a spokesman, said.
“Customers have been asking for it back ever since. So, know that their nightly menu is in line they have opted to reintroduce brunch,” he said.
The brunch menu relaunches this Sunday, Jan. 14.
It will be served Sundays going forward 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
>> Brunch at Mudlick Tap House
Huevos Rancheros: two over-medium eggs, fresh pico, sriracha-lime sour cream, avocado. served over a flour tortilla, seasoned black beans
The Hangover Cure: glazed donut bun, hand-pattied seasoned ground beef, bacon, house goetta, cheddar, over-easy egg. served with tater tots
Chicken & Waffles: hand-breaded chicken breast, zesty syrup, waffle, fresh berries
Tex-Mex Tots: crispy tots, scrambled eggs, shredded cheddar, black bean and corn relish, salsa cruda, sour cream, guacamole
Charred Brussel Sprouts Benedict: Brussel sprouts, bacon lardons, poached eggs, hollandaise
Poutine: fries, cheese curds, brown gravy, shredded swiss
B.L.F.G.T: candied bacon, lettuce, fried green tomato, egg, cheese and mayo served on a toasted croissant
Pumpkin Spice Skillet Cinnamon Rolls: cinnamon rolls, orange icing
Bacon Avocado Egg: avocado, soft boiled egg, bacon
Nutella Fondue: bananas, strawberries, marshmallows, chocolate dipping sauce
Loaded Brunch Skins: potato skins, avocado, eggs, cheese and bacon
Banana Pancake Split Stack: bananas, strawberries, whipped cream, sprinkles
French Toast Nachos: deep fried toast nachos, crème fraiche, strawberries, chocolate syrup
The Full Monty: three bacon strips, two sausages, two fried eggs, baked beans, fried tomatoes, button mushrooms, potatoes and onions and fried toast
Scotch Eggs: hard-cooked egg wrapped in sausage & bread crumbs & golden-fried. served with greens and Branston pickle and stilton cheese
French Toast: apple, cheesecake, smores, Baileys and peanut butter banana. All are served with crème fraiche.
Brunch sides include: fresh fruit, two eggs, home fries, toast, buttermilk pancake, sausage and bacon
Mimosas: original mimosa, strawberry mimosa, guava mimosa, mango mimosa or peach mimosa
Virgin Mary: handcrafted mix garnished with celery.
Irish Mary: vodka with handcrafted mix and a splash o’ stout beer garnished with an olive.
Angry Bloody: Absolut Peppar with handcrafted mix and Tabasco garnished with a jalapeño.
Bloody Maria: tequila with handcrafted mix and Tabasco garnished with a lime.
Original Bloody: vodka and handcrafted mix garnished with olives + celery.
Griffin Bloody: Tito’s Texas Vodka and handcrafted mix garnished with bleu-cheese stuffed olives.
WANT TO GO?
WHAT: The Wandering Griffin, 725 Presidential Dr. in Beavercreek
HOURS: The restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Published: Thursday, January 11, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— When you see the light, you can never snack in the darkness again.
That was my thought after taking my first bite of the Oregon Express’ jumbo pretzel hack.
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I’d had the pretzel bites before, but never have I had them jacked up with baked-on Swiss cheese and honey mustard dipping sauce.
Oregon Express, located at 336 E. 5th St. in Dayton’s Oregon District, is best known for its square-cut, Dayton style pizzas.
The jumbo pretzel with Swiss is a simple snack with complexity.
The pretzels themselves are salty, chewy and have just the right amount of crunch.
The baked on cheese has a Parmesan-crisp quality and adds the oil a great bar snack needs.
You can have them with marinara dipping sauce.
Two pretzels and sauce are $5.29. It is an additional $2 to add the Swiss.
WANT TO GO?
Dine-in or carryout available; no delivery.