Voltzy’s has a ‘Trump Burger’ -- and here’s what’s on it

Published: Friday, July 14, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

What goes on a Trump Burger?

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. 

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Voltzy's Hamburger & Rootbeer Stand has been celebrating/lambasting the famous and infamous for nearly 30 years.(Jim Ingram)

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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.

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Rick Volz, owner and grill master of Voltzy's in Moraine.(Jim Ingram)

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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

INFO: Facebook

Know of any must-try dishes we should know about? Drop us a line at contact@dayton.com.

This hidden restaurant is probably not on your radar yet, but should be

Published: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 12:00 AM
Updated: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 9:59 AM

Dewberry 1850 sandwiches featured at lunch come with a fist full of beer batter fries and are piled high with ingredients. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY ALEXIS LARSEN
Contributing Writer
Dewberry 1850 sandwiches featured at lunch come with a fist full of beer batter fries and are piled high with ingredients. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY ALEXIS LARSEN(Contributing Writer)

If you haven’t been to the Marriott over near UD lately, it’s looking really, really different.

In fact, it’s all grown up.

This summer The Dayton Marriott at the University of Dayton completed a $23 million renovation of hotel rooms, restaurant and conference rooms.

The major remodel ushered in a modern, open restaurant and bar concept that said goodbye to the very dated Gambit’s Bar and Grill and Parmizzano’s Restaurant and hello to Dewberry 1850 Restaurant and Lounge.

The sleek updates, which also saw the closure of Sharkey’s Poolside Lounge, have impressed on multiple visits thanks to modern, hip appointments that look smart and inviting and a menu of tasty, locally sourced dishes being served up.

WHAT TO EXPECT

“With the new restaurant we were able to start with a blank slate. (The) menu hasn’t changed since we opened, but we plan to have a new menu by the first of the year. We plan to introduce an additional à la carte offering for brunches. We also are going to begin a happy hour in the coming months,” said Devin Duncan, Director of Food and Beverage who describes the menu as new American food.

“We really wanted the food to be recognizable and speak to the area, which is why we feature local farms as well as locally sourced products.”

Dewberry 1850 Executive Chef Tim Skiber. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY ALEXIS LARSEN(Contributing Writer)

THE CHEF

The kitchen is in capable hands with Executive Chef Tim Skiber, who made a very positive impression at a recent specialty dinner Dewberry 1850 put on partnering with Dayton Beer Company. The food Skiber was able to deliver from the kitchen left me wanting to see more of what he could do.

Skiber’s culinary resume shows more than two decades of cooking experience, but the true test is always the food a chef is able to produce and Skiber delivered in every way one would hope over the four courses — including presentation, creativity, use of ingredients and paired flavors.

Skiber is definitely a chef to watch. I’m interested to see where he is able to take the food at this restaurant as well as to see how he is able to showcase his skills with future special food events.

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THE MENU

The first course of two large smoked-turkey, blue-cheese fritters dressed with a kicky tomato chutney danced between heavy and light with flavors that gave a nod to the impending winter months. His pork-studded salmon filet poached in lemon olive oil, roasted apples, shallot and parsnip hash bathed in a sweet tea reduction was heavenly with the pork fat cooked into the fish enhancing its flavors.

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A 5-ounce ribeye filet sitting atop a butternut squash puree drizzled with a barrel-aged butter sauce was decadent and a homemade pumpkin pound cake with spiced farmers cheese, toasted pipettes and crunchy caramelized brown sugar was another in a string of favorites.

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Since opening Duncan says the food has been very well received with several dishes continuing to curry favor with diners.

The lunch menu is mostly salads and sandwiches that are reasonably priced and won’t leave you walking away hungry. All of the sandwiches seem to be piled high and deep with a tiny metal bucket of crispy beer battered fries to compliment.

The salmon on the dinner menu ($15) is a nicely priced dish featuring roasted Elmwood Stock Farm beets, glazed Fox Tail Farm carrots and pickled grapes. Several other reasonably priced options include the meatloaf ($12), chicken broccoli casserole ($12) and herb roasted chicken ($19).

DRINKS

A full bar featuring a slate of wines, craft beers and craft cocktails is available to help compliment any meal or occasion.

BREAKFAST AND BRUNCH

In addition to lunch and dinner, I have been able to enjoy brunch at Dewberry 1850 and have especially loved the price. The buffet breakfast on the weekend is $14.50 a person, featuring made to order omelets and waffles. In the coming months they plan to do more à la carte options, but we have enjoyed adding this as an option to our weekend brunch rotation and a nice change of scenery with something for everyone in the group.

LOCAL SOURCING

“We really wanted to focus on local. We are working with a newer company called Ohio Valley Food Connection That allows us to have a farm to table set up with many local farmers and distributors. In addition we feature Rooted Grounds Coffee in our restaurant as well as their espresso beans in our coffee shop (open daily from 6 a.m-midnight),” said Duncan. “We really hope to see our restaurant and our chef climb to the top of the heap as it relates to food and beverage in Dayton. (We want to) make this a destination.”

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WANT TO GO?

What: Dewberry 1850 in the Dayton Marriott at the University of Dayton

Where: 1414 South Patterson Blvd., Dayton

Hours: 6:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The lounge is open until midnight every night.

About the name: The University of Dayton began with an act of faith more than 150 years ago. In the middle of a cholera epidemic, the Bishop of Cincinnati sent Father Leo Meyer, S.M., to minister to the sick at Emmanuel parish in Dayton. Here, he met John Stuart, whose little daughter died of cholera the year before. Mr. Stuart wanted to sell his Dayton property and return with his wife to Europe. Father Meyer gave him a medal of St. Joseph and a promise of $12,000 in return for Dewberry Farm — 125 acres of vineyards, orchards, a mansion and farm buildings. On July 1, 1850, St. Mary’s School for Boys, a frame building that not long before had housed farm hands, opened its doors to 14 primary students from Dayton. Known at various times as St. Mary’s School, St. Mary’s Institute and St. Mary’s College, the school assumed its present identity in 1920.

More information: 937-223-1000 or http://dewberry1850.com

Upcoming: A December beer dinner with Hairless Hare brewery is being planned with details to come. For the Thanksgiving holiday, Dewberry 1850 will be offering a 3-course à la carte meal from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. for $25 per person with choice of starter, turkey entree and choice of dessert.

FOOD DEAL: How to score FREE food from Piada this week

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Piada's new Mediterranean Power Bowl, vegetarian and vegan friendly, offers a bold composition of flavors, and is topped with Piada’s special harissa and Greek yogurt drizzle.
Contributed Photo
Piada's new Mediterranean Power Bowl, vegetarian and vegan friendly, offers a bold composition of flavors, and is topped with Piada’s special harissa and Greek yogurt drizzle.(Contributed Photo)

Thank the food gods, because there’s a deal you can’t pass up. 

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Piada Italian Street Food, which has several locations in the Miami Valley region, is offering a special BOGO deal. 

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To launch the new menu, Piada hosted its first ever Taste Tour, giving Piada’s biggest fans around the nation the opportunity to taste the new fall and winter menu before anyone else. We tried the new Harvest Grain & Apple Salad, Mediterranean Power Bowl, Porchetta Sandwich and Blood Orange Pomegranate Tea at the Dayton Taste Tour stop at Speakeasy Yoga.(Contributed)

Here’s how it works: follow Piada on Instagram. Show the Piada cashier you follow them on Instagram, and you’ll score a buy one, get one free entree

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To launch the new menu, Piada hosted its first ever Taste Tour, giving Piada’s biggest fans around the nation the opportunity to taste the new fall and winter menu before anyone else. We tried the new Harvest Grain & Apple Salad, Mediterranean Power Bowl, Porchetta Sandwich and Blood Orange Pomegranate Tea at the Dayton Taste Tour stop at Speakeasy Yoga.(Allegra Czerwinski)

A pretty sweet deal, right? 

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If you have awesome food deals to share, let us know -- email contact@dayton.com with details.

ON THE MENU: You MUST try the pierogies and Asian pork sliders at this new restaurant in downtown Dayton

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

The food at Lock 27 in downtown Dayton. Pictured: Lock 27's Keener Burger served with bacon and an egg added. Photo by Amelia Robinson
Photo: Amelia Robinson
The food at Lock 27 in downtown Dayton. Pictured: Lock 27's Keener Burger served with bacon and an egg added. Photo by Amelia Robinson(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

Trust us on this one: you’ll kick yourself if you don’t get past the beer menu at one of downtown Dayton’s newest brewpubs. 

The Lock 27 Brewing menu includes some of the finest pierogies south of Cleveland, and some Asian Pork Sliders with just the right kick. 

We will get to that in just a bit. 

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The downtown restaurant opened in September 2017, and is the second Lock 27 location from founder Steve Barnhart, a Chicago native.  

The food at Lock 27 in downtown Dayton. Pictured: Potato and cheddar pierogies topped with bacon, sautéed onions and garlic. They are served with sour cream. Photo by Amelia Robinson(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

The new gastropub at 329 E. First St. occupies about 12,000 square feet of the Delco Building’s basement and first floor in Dayton Dragons Plaza. 

The original Lock 27 at 1035 S. Main St. serves mostly the same menu as the downtown location.

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ABOUT THE FOOD 

First: those pierogies. The pierogi dumplings are filled with a delicious mix of mashed potatoes and cheddar cheese. 
An order of five costs $12, and they come topped with thick pieces of bacon, sauteed onions, green onions and garlic.

The side of cool sour cream was a must, as many pierogie lovers will tell you. 

My dinner companion ordered dry rubbed and smoked chicken wings and couldn’t get enough of the Sriracha blue cheese. 

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The restaurant’s friendly waitstaff recommended the Asian Pork Sliders ($12). We were not disappointed in the tender, spicy meat served with a plum sauce and a side of frites (French fries).

The meat on the trio of sandwiches was generous, and one bite reminded me of a backyard barbeque. 

The food at Lock 27 in downtown Dayton. Pictured: Lock 27's Asian Pork Sliders served with French fries. Photo by Amelia Robinson(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

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The sandwiches are served with the frites and sage pesto mayo, chipotle ketchup and/or spicy mustard. The mayo and spicy mustard impressed. 

Lock 27 pays respect  to  Keener Farm CSA’s grass-fed beef with its Keener Burger. For just $2 more, we added bacon and an over-easy egg to the cheddar cheese burger. 

DETAILS

Lock 27 Brewing is located in the Dayton Dragons Plaza, 329 E. First St., downtown Dayton.

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Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday and Tuesday (kitchen closes at 10 p.m.); 11 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday (kitchen closes at 10 p.m.); 11 a.m. to midnight  Friday and Saturday (kitchen closes at 11 p.m.) and 11 to 9 p.m. Sunday (kitchen closes at 9 p.m.).

The food at Lock 27 in downtown Dayton. Pictured: Lock 27's Asian Pork Sliders served with French fries. Photo by Amelia Robinson(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

The food at Lock 27 in downtown Dayton. Pictured: Lock 27's sage pesto mayo, chipotle ketchup and spicy mustard. Photo by Amelia Robinson(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

The food at Lock 27 in downtown Dayton. Pictured: smoked chicken wings with a sriracha blue cheese and a hot sauce. Photo by Amelia Robinson(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

The food at Lock 27 in downtown Dayton. Photo by Amelia Robinson(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

The food at Lock 27 in downtown Dayton. Pictured: Potato and cheddar pierogies topped with bacon, sautéed onions and garlic. They are served with sour cream. Photo by Amelia Robinson(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

The food at Lock 27 in downtown Dayton. Pictured: Lock 27's Keener Burger served with bacon and an egg added. Photo by Amelia Robinson(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

The food at Lock 27 in downtown Dayton. Pictured Lock 27's Mouth Breather and Lock Tender. Photo by Amelia Robinson(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

The food at Lock 27 in downtown Dayton. Pictured: Lock 27's Asian Pork Sliders served with French fries. Photo by Amelia Robinson(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

This Miami Valley restaurant was named ‘Most Iconic’ in the state of Ohio

Published: Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

The origins of the historic Golden Lamb hotel date back even further than two centuries to 1803 when New Jersey native Jonas Seaman paid $4 for a license to “keep a house of Public Entertainment” on Broadway in the brand new village of Lebanon.

Drumroll, please. Thrillist has put together a list of “The Most Iconic Restaurant in Every State (and DC),” and Ohio’s happens to be right here in the Miami Valley.

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The Golden Lamb in Lebanon has entertained 12 U.S. presidents.

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Albert Stubbs and his family were photographed in the front of the Lebanon House (now the Golden Lamb) prior to 1909. Stubbs was the owner of the Lebanon House and also served as a Warren County Auditor and Lebanon Mayor. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE WARREN COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

The Golden Lamb, located at 27 S. Broadway St. in Lebanon, was picked as the most iconic restaurant, which is not quite the same as the oldest.

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The entrees on the Golden Lamb’s Fit For Fall Bounty of the Fall Harvest menu feature local, seasonal wild game and produce in unique and delicious dishes. GOLDEN LAMB / CONTRIBUTED

Here’s a bit on Thrillist’s methodology: 

“To qualify for this list, a place had to have been around for 30+ years (all have been in business since at least 1980) and still be a crowd favorite. And while some of these restaurants may not have the best food or be tourist-free, they're all famous.”

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Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, campaigned at The Golden Lamb inn and restaurant in Lebanon with Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in September 2012. Portman endorsed Ohio Gov. John Kasich last week. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)(Charles Dharapak)

Here’s what Thrillist had to say about the Golden Lamb itself:

“Staking a claim as Ohio's oldest continually operated business, this joint's got some serious history. Located between Cincinnati and the old National Rd, the hotel and restaurant welcomed everyone from railroad workers to 12 presidents, writers like Mark Twain and Chuck Dickens, and everyone in between. More importantly, the food's good. And yes, lamb is served in the ancient, historic joint.”

The Ownly Hotel, photographed around 1915, was purchased by Ownly Furman after the previous owner, Albert Stubbs died in Feb. 1914. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE WARREN COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY