4 ways that Dayton’s local coffee scene is growing

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Dayton's local coffee scene is growing -- here's four to try. (Tabatha Wharton)

That pretty green mermaid isn’t the only coffee in town.

Dayton has a handful of expanding local coffee chains just waiting for you to sample.

>> Five coffee shops you should know (but probably don’t) in Dayton

We’ve rounded up the growing caffeination giants for you to get to know ... and drink right up.

Boston Stoker

Boston Stoker celebrates its 43rd anniversary today, Tuesday Sept. 13, by offering $5 off 12-ounce bags of coffee and $1 off all beverages, today only. Photo from Boston Stoker Facebook page(Staff Writer)

When you think of Dayton-made coffee, Boston Stoker is the name to know. From one shop in Englewood in 1973 to roasting more than 150,000 pounds of coffee annually right here in Dayton, Boston Stoker locations serve more than one million cups of coffee every year.

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The business has evolved to include full service coffee and espresso bars, as well as baked goods and fruit smoothies. Several locations also include handmade cigars and tobacco goods.

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Winans Chocolates + Coffees has opened a store across from Cornerstone of Centerville. Photo from Winans Dayton Facebook page(Staff Writer)

If you like chocolate with your coffee (either in it or as a snack), then you’re likely already familiar with Winans Chocolates and Coffee.

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A five-generation enterprise continues the family traditions of homemade chocolates, bakery goods, and coffee.

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Tastefully Roasted

Tastefully Roasted coffee shops have replaced Saxby’s coffee shops in Oakwood and the Dayton Mall. MARK FISHER/STAFF(Staff Writer)

This new kid to the scene takes up residence in two former Saxby’s Coffee locations in Oakwood and by Dayton Mall.

>> New coffee-shop chain launches in Oakwood & Dayton Mall

It features pastries from Ashley’s Pastry Shop in Oakwood and coffee from Solstice Roasters in Cleveland. Now entirely locally-owned and operated, this shop hopes to grow throughout the Miami Valley.

ONE TO WATCH: The Grind House Coffee and Tea Company

Grind House Coffee & Tea Co. is planning a chain of coffee shops in the Dayton and Cincinnati areas. SUBMITTED(Staff Writer)

This online distributor is based in Fairfield, out of a 100-year family knowledge base of single-origin coffees and teas from around the globe. 

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The plan is for Grind House is to simply grow it into a company that customers can rely on to serve quality coffees. They want their customers to know that they can expect the same quality coffees that they order online in coffee shops as well -- which they say are coming soon!  

These are the best Dayton soups to warm up with 

Published: Friday, February 12, 2016 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Friday, February 12, 2016 @ 6:00 AM

Clockwise from left: Two pho varieties from Linh's Bistro, Meadowlark's tomato soup with cornbread, Ramen Rickshaw's ramen bowl, Chiapas Mexican Grill's pozole. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS
Clockwise from left: Two pho varieties from Linh's Bistro, Meadowlark's tomato soup with cornbread, Ramen Rickshaw's ramen bowl, Chiapas Mexican Grill's pozole. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS

Is there any better cold weather food than soup?


Sipping up spooonfuls of warm, savory broth, meat and vegetables just heats the bones and the soul. Though Dayton has many, many delicious soups, these seven bowls really take it to the next level during Dayton's frequent and sudden cold snaps.


Any kind of pho from Linh's Bistro, but especially the Chicken Pho and Spicy Pork and Shrimp Pho


The sliced chicken pho (left) and Sate Shrimp and Pork Pho from Linh's Bistro. Photo source: Vivienne Machi / Staff


Linh's Bistro's pho is famous in the Miami Valley, and can't you just tell from the photos why? The chicken pho is classic ($6.95 for lunch, $7.95 for dinner), and my colleague Mark Fisher swears it holds medicinal properties. The spicy Sate Shrimp and Pork Soup ($7.95 for lunch, $8.95 for dinner) has a little more complex flavoring and packs a punch, even before you add all of the delicious trimmings (jalapenos, lime, cilantro, bean sprouts) that give pho that heavenly taste.

>>RELATED: 10 Dayton go-to comfort food dishes for cold weather 

Crafted and Cured will offer TO-GO charcuterie boards

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 11:13 AM

Crafted & Cured announced it will offer to-go charcuterie boards and party trays. PHOTO / Ashley Bethard
Crafted & Cured announced it will offer to-go charcuterie boards and party trays. PHOTO / Ashley Bethard

REJOICE! One of Dayton’s top purveyors of all things cured is now offering to-go options of their amazing charcuterie boards.  

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On an Instagram post dated Oct. 22, 2017, Crafted and Cured announced that it would start offering carryout boards and party trays -- just in time for the holidays, no less!

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The text of the Instagram post reads:

“Coming soon…Carryout boards (1-4 person Charcuterie boards) and Party Trays (6+ Charcuterie spreads, perfect for get togethers). Stay tuned for launch date and ordering info.”

A launch date has not yet been announced, but we will follow this story and update it when more information is available.

8 classic local restaurants that we miss

Published: Saturday, May 14, 2016 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 10:48 AM

Cocktails on The Barnsider’s menu include a traditional Manhattan as well as the Creme Brulee Martini, featuring vanilla vodka, Irish cream, Kahlua and Cream and garnished with caramel and nutmeg. Contributed photo by Alexis Larsen
Cocktails on The Barnsider’s menu include a traditional Manhattan as well as the Creme Brulee Martini, featuring vanilla vodka, Irish cream, Kahlua and Cream and garnished with caramel and nutmeg. Contributed photo by Alexis Larsen

It’s always a shock to find out when a local restaurant that’s been around for generations has shut its doors.

>>RELATED: 3 abrupt restaurant closures that shocked Dayton in September

An old-school restaurant is like a pair of well-worn house slippers, enveloping you in pure comfort.

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As the Dayton restaurant scene develops, we can’t help but be reminded of these 8 restaurants that were once Dayton staples, but are no longer around today.

 >>RELATED: Local Asian restaurant to shut down after nearly 30 years

🍽️ 1. King Cole Restaurant

The dining room of the King Cole restaurant in Dayton, circa 1974.(Dayton Daily News archives/Dayton Daily News archives)

Once located in the Kettering Tower in downtown Dayton, King Cole was known for steaks, seafood and stately paintings on the walls. The server would run a crumb cleaner across the tablecloth between courses.

>>RELATED: 5 restaurants that shut down at The Greene

🍽️ 2. Charley’s Crab

Charley's Crab Sept. 1980(Walt Kleine)

In the upstairs of the Arcade in downtown Dayton, Charley’s served to-die-for rolls, slathered with butter – those rolls went well with any of the seafood dishes.

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🍽️ 3. Neil’s Heritage House

Diners enjoy their dinner in the newly renovated at Neil's Heritage House in Kettering. Dayton-area economic development and restaurant industry officials are hailing a 2011 surge of reborn restaurants across the Miami Valley as a strong sign of the regions economic recovery.(Teesha Mcclam/Dayton Daily News)

Located at the corner of South Patterson Boulevard and West Schantz Avenue, Neil’s Heritage House was a popular supper club for about 50 years, and a highly sought-after venue for wedding receptions, reunions and other private parties. In 2015, the non-profit organization Dayton History purchased the iconic property for about $700,000. It’s within walking distance of Carillon Historical Park.

>>RELATED: Classic Dayton restaurants you have to try and love

🍽️ 4. L’Auberge

L'Auberge’s outdoor patio dining area was called Far Hills Cafe. PHOTO BY JAN UNDERWOOD(Jan Underwood/Jan Underwood)

Once the most highly credentialed restaurant in all of Dayton, l’Auberge on Far Hills Drive near the Town & Country Shopping Center in Kettering was founded in 1979 by Josef Reif and the late Dieter Krug. For 19  years, it held a four-star rating from the Mobil Travel Guide.

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🍽️ 5. Dominic’s

3/2/07 -- ddn030807z7dominics -- Dominics restaurant at 1066 S. Main St. is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. PHOTO BY JAN UNDERWOOD(JAN UNDERWOOD)

Located on South Main Street across from the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Dominic’s served some of the best manicotti in Southwest Ohio. Ordering the House Salad Dressing was almost mandatory. After a meal at Dominic’s, your skin pores exuded garlic for days.

🍽️ 6. Anticoli’s Giuliano Tavern

Anticoli's Giuliano Tavern is scheduled to shut its doors for good on June 7, and its owner, 80-year-old Leo Anticoli, will retire. MARK FISHER/STAFF(MARK FISHER/STAFF/MARK FISHER/STAFF)

Located on South Main Street in Miamisburg, Anticoli’s closed in 2015 after Leo Anticoli, it’s 80-year-old owner, announced his retirement. The restaurant served traditional Italian cuisine, including spaghetti and meatballs as well as ravioli.

🍽️ 7. The Stockyards Inn

The Stockyards Inn will be up for auction on August 15, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Ty Greenlees/Ty Greenlees)

Operating at least since 1900, the Stockyards at 1065 Springfield St. called it quits in 2013. It used to be one of the places to go for a good steak and bottle of wine.

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🍽️ 8. Peasant Stock

The Peasant Stock restaurant operated in the Town & Country Shopping Center in Kettering.(Dayton Daily News archives/Dayton Daily News archives)

Once a fixture in the Town & Country shopping mall in Kettering, Peasant Stock was the place to go and was famous for its Peasant Salad, a chopped salad featuring green peas, hardboiled eggs, cheddar cheese and fried bacon crisps. It was served on chilled pewter plates.


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FOOD DEALS: Here’s how to get free pizza and milkshakes today

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Old Scratch Pizza gears up to expand

Today is a day to indulge -- and here’s your chance to get free pizza AND a free milkshake in Dayton.

1.) Get your FREE pizza from Old Scratch 

Old Scratch Pizza, 812 S. Patterson Blvd. near downtown Dayton, will celebrate its first anniversary Oct. 18. 

>> RELATED: Your guide to the best Dayton-area pizza

Get your free pizza by texting “OSP” to 797979. Customers can redeem the text deal for a free pizza on Oct. 18 only.

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

>> RELATED: New pizza-and-craft-beer restaurant to open near downtown Dayton (April 2016)

2.) Get your FREE milkshake from MOD Pizza 

MOD Pizza, located at 5225 Cornerstone N. Blvd., Centerville, is giving away FREE vanilla milkshakes on Wednesday, Oct. 18, according to a Facebook event. To get the deal, simply follow MOD Pizza on social media. 

MOD Pizza is hosting a pretty tasty giveaway on Oct. 18, 2017. PHOTO / MOD Pizza Facebook

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3.) Enjoy your food coma.

(You’re welcome.)