You MUST taste this under-the-radar food truck’s crispy, delicious tots for yourself

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Tater Tots are a real big deal at Kings Table in Beavercreek. Video by Amelia Robinson

Call us “Crazy,” but these tots just may change your life.

We may have stumbled upon some of the most AMAZING tots you’ll ever taste.

We stopped by the Crazy Redhead Canteen food truck during the Miami County Food Truck Competition and Rally last weekend and discovered deliciousness. 

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The Crazy Redhead Canteen food truck specializes in grilled cheese and sandwiches plus loaded tater tots. (Source: Crazy Redhead Canteen Facebook page)

The food truck specializes in gourmet grilled cheese and sandwiches made on fresh grilled Italian bread. 

But we heard people raving about the tater tots, and decided to try for ourselves.

These crispy tater tots smothered in cheese, sour cream, chives and barbecue pulled pork are a must-eat food truck treasure from the Crazy Redhead Canteen. CONTRIBUTED

We tried the Trailer Tots ($7), which are a large order of the most crispy tots you’ll find loaded with delicious pulled barbecue pork, cheddar cheese, sour cream and chives.

Three of us, each with our own fork, inhaled the basket of tots literally in a minute.

See! The tater tots from the Crazy Redhead Canteen will vanish just like that! CONTRIBUTED

Another option for tot devotees? The Hot Totties ($7), which are topped with mozzarella cheese, homemade spicy ranch dressing, tomatoes, green onion and buffalo dust and topped with barbecue pulled pork for $1.99 extra. 

More info: Facebook | (614) 499-4552

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5 salads perfect for summer

Published: Saturday, May 21, 2016 @ 12:00 AM
Updated: Friday, May 11, 2018 @ 2:24 PM

Meadowlark’s chopped salad with tofu. Contributed Photo by Alexis Larsen
Meadowlark’s chopped salad with tofu. Contributed Photo by Alexis Larsen

I’m always on the lookout for a good salad. This time of year that’s especially true.


Something light, something refreshing, something summery.


In that spirit, here are five salads that I’ve enjoyed recently that I think you will too:

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(Tina Phan)

Coco’s Bistro


Bourbon Street Salad


Put a pile of mixed greens, several large bourbon glazed shrimp to rest on top, a generous sprinkling of applewood smoked bacon and fontina cheese mixed with diced tomatoes in a toasted pecan vinaigrette, and finish it off with a crown of spicy onion straws and you have the Coco’s Bourbon Street Salad ($17.50). It’s on the pricy side, but the flavors are delightful. This paired with a cold iced tea out on the patio will be heaven this summer.


250 Warren St., Dayton


(937) 228-2626 or


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Corner Kitchen


Arugula and Goat Cheese Salad


Goat cheese isn't for everyone, but it's definitely for me. This salad ($6) with dollops of pillowy soft, savory goat cheese and a sprinkling of cashews and mandarin oranges tossed in an unassuming citrus vinaigrette that compliments nicely is a delicious way to lead into your entrée, or pair with a protein — chicken ($5), steak ($8), salmon ($7, and my choice) or tofu ($2) — and it becomes a meal. Their caesar salad ($6) features white anchovies, which also gets a thumbs up in my book.


613 E. 5th St., Dayton

(937) 719-0999 or

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This new Springfield diner has a 1950s Americana vibe you have to try

Published: Saturday, April 28, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

The dining room at Mundy’s Diner Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Bill Lackey/Staff
The dining room at Mundy’s Diner Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Bill Lackey/Staff

Sometimes, it just takes a bit of help from friends to get a new business started. That’s the case with this week’s featured spot, and things worked out great.

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Restaurant: Mundy’s Diner

Location: 920 Selma Road, Springfield

Telephone: (937) 717-1726

Background/Overview: Michael’s Florist & Gifts resided in this corner building for many years. In 2013, Tammy Mundy saw a “For Sale” sign on the property. She asked a friend if he would help her purchase it on a land contract, and he agreed to do so.

Through the next several years she and her family renovated the place little by little, while she continued to work her fulltime jobs to keep up the payments on everything. Also, she gives a heart-felt thanks to Michael and Ricki Pepin for helping support her financially from the beginning of this lengthy venture.

Finally, everyone’s hard work and dedication resulted in the opening day of Mundy’s Diner on Jan. 30. Tammy notes, “We think it’s a bright spot in the neighborhood, and it’s homemade cooking!”

Mundy’s Diner is in a 1950s-styled setting decorated with nostalgic entertainment memorabilia. Tammy’s son Joshua Mundy is the kitchen manager, serving homemade American food for breakfast and lunch.

The Menu:

  • Beverages: Variety of soft drinks-$1 (cans only); Milk-$1.99 (sm.); Maxwell House Coffee-$2.09; Lemonade-$2.09; Juice-$2.50 (sm.); Milkshake-$3.75.
  • Breakfast: Yogurt-$1.99; Oatmeal-$2 (sm.); Egg Sandwich-$2.25; French Toast, or Pancakes (three)-$3; Two-Egg Cheese Omelette w/toast-$3.99; “Tammy Cooper’s” Homemade Sausage Biscuits & Gravy (sm.)-$4.50; Eggs (two), meat, potato, & toast-$5.99; Three-Egg Spinach Omelette w/fruit, or yogurt, & toast-$6.99; Three-Egg Western Omelette w/potato, & toast-$7.99. Kid’s Meals (w/drink): Grilled Cheese w/side, or Hot Dog w/side-$3.99; Chicken Strips w/side, or Hamburger w/side-$5.50. “Specials” (w/coffee, or tea): BLT w/grits, or potato-$5.99; Corned Beef Hash w/eggs & grits, or potato-$6.99; Egg Sandwich w/meat, & potato-$6.99; “Tammy Cooper’s” Homemade Sausage Gravy & Biscuits w/eggs & grits, or potato-$6.99; Two Egg Rings w/grits, or potato-$6.99; “Fritz Slammer” (eggs, meat, grits, or potato, biscuits & gravy)-$10.95; New York Strip Steak (six oz.) w/eggs, grits, or potato-$11.95.
  • Appetizers: Basket of Fries-$2.99; Cauliflower, Fried Green Tomatoes (six), Fried Pickles, Mushrooms, or Onion Rings-$5.95; Chicken Wings -$8.99.
  • Soups: “Soup-of-the-Day,” or Chili-$2.99 (cup)/$3.99 (bowl).
  • Salads: “House” Salad-$4; Chef Salad, Grilled Chicken Salad, or Taco Salad-$6.99.
  • Sides: Applesauce, Baked Potato, Cottage Cheese, Mac & Cheese, or Pudding-$1.99; Fresh Fruit, Fried Apples; Fried Cabbage, Hash Browns, or Home Fries-$2.99.
  • Sandwiches/Sub (w/French Fries & pickle): Grilled Cheese-$4.99; Tuna Salad Sandwich-$5.50; Hamburger (one-third lb.) w/toppings-$6.50; BLT Double Decker (w/six strips of bacon)-$8; Chicken Philly-$8; Patty Melt-$8; Italian Sub-$8.
  • Hot Dog: $1.50. Customize your Hot Dog for one dollar more.
  • French Bread Pizza (two): Pepperoni-$7.
  • Desserts: Root Beer Float-$2; Cake, or Pie-$2.99; Banana Split-$4.50.


Tuesday-Sunday, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

(Grill closes at 1:45 p.m.)

More Information:

There’s very limited parking in the Diner’s lot, however, plenty of free street parking is near the building.

There’s indoor seating for 26 customers. This summer an outdoor patio will be open with picnic tables for additional customer seating, and cornhole for more family fun at Mundy’s Diner.

Look for local restaurant profiles by Glenn and Kim Creyts every other week in “Life.” For inquiries regarding this column, and “Restaurant Profile” ideas and suggestions for future columns, please contact Glenn and Kim via e-mail:

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Want free pizza? This restaurant is giving out free mini pizzas today

Published: Thursday, April 05, 2018 @ 7:17 AM

Tina Hightower was one of the performers at the Best of 2017 party.
Tina Hightower was one of the performers at the Best of 2017 party.

If you’re a pizza lover, you’re in luck.

In celebration of National Deep Dish Pizza Day on Thursday, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse will dish out 30,000 free pizzas.

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The catch? You have to order using the delivery app DoorDash. Just enter the code “DEEPDISH” at checkout.

You can take your pick between mini cheese or pepperoni deep dish pizzas.

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The pizza and delivery are free, and orders must be placed between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

BJ’s has locations at the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek and at Austin Landing in Miamisburg.

So, what are you waiting for? Get your free lunch, dinner, or even snack while the promotion lasts.

More information can be found on DoorDash’s website.

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6 great places to eat near the Rose Music Center

Published: Tuesday, July 21, 2015 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Monday, April 02, 2018 @ 11:35 AM

The Rose Music Center at The Heights just launched its third concert season.

When it comes to a night out on the town with concert tickets involved, getting to the venue seated and on time is usually the main focus — getting a great meal is often secondary. But you still have to eat. 


Here's a list of six spots to grab a meal near the Rose Music Center at the Heights. 


 1. TJ Chumps  

Whether you’re hosting the whole team or a party of two, TJ Chumps has the perfect setting for all occasions.

The locally owned restaurant chain's Huber Heights location is the largest yet boasting a vast 4,500-square-foot patio with a large outdoor bar. It is also conveniently steps away from the music venue.

Part of the patio is covered while the other part is open air. The patio is a popular destination for Rose concert-goers.

The restaurant features a large menu with plenty of options ranging from baked wings that are flash fried, soups and salads, a variety of sandwiches and burgers, six entrees and several seasonal features that rotate. 


Location: 7050 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights (locations in Englewood, Fairborn and Miamisburg as well)

Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Mon-Friday; 11 a.m-12:30 a.m. Saturday  

Contact: or 937-610-3900 

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2. Texas Roadhouse 

Texas Roadhouse is looking to construct a new location at 7313 Kingsgate Way in West Chester Twp. FILE PHOTO(Staff Writer)

 Go big or go home — ribs, hand-cut steaks, "Texas Size Combos" and a massive 1,480-calorie signature deep fried onion that goes by "The Blossom" …. or you can go with a salad — they have those, too. 


Location: 5611 Merily Way, Huber Heights  

Hours: 4-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m.-10 p.m Sunday.  

Contact: or 937-233-7427 


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3. Rooster's Wings 

A catered spread from Roosters Wings.(

 Roosters offers subs, sandwiches, pizza and an entire menu page geared toward their signature hand-breaded wings. This option offers all of the typical bar fare you are used to seeing, but any place that offers tater tots is alright by us. 


Location: 5571 Merily Way, Huber Heights  

Hours: 11 a.m.-Midnight Sunday; 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.  

Contact: or 937-236-9464 


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4. Osaka Japanese Steakhouse 

The Nigiri & Sashimi Combination lunch portion from Osaka Japanese Steakhouse.


Choose from refreshing sushi and sashimi or steaming hot hibachi. There are noodle dishes, tempura dishes and a variety of combination dinners. 


Location: 8120 Old Troy Pike, Huber Heights  

Hours: 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sunday  

Contact: or 937-236-3888 


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5. Deroma Italian Restaurant 

Ah the lasagna at Deroma in Huber Heights! (CONNIE POST/Staff)


Owner Jimmy Troni has over 36 years of restaurant experience and makes pizzas, calzones, stromboli and a long list of different Italian pastas and entrees fresh daily. The fact that the menu features fried okra, fried ravioli, pirogues and mussels (spicy or sweet) makes us love it even more. 


Location: 6254 Chambersburg Road, Huber Heights  

Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday  

Contact: 937-233-3604 


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6. Double Deuce Tavern and Family Pizzeria 

Double Deuce Tavern & Family Pizzeria officially opened its doors Monday Feb. 12 after relocating from north Dayton to Huber Heights, where it renovated the former site of C’s Pizza at 5186 Brandt Pike (State Route 201). MARK FISHER / STAFF

 This newly-opened pizza spot features pies, subs, wings, salads and more to appease any palette in your group.


Location: 5186 Brandt Pike, Huber Heights

Hours: Sun-Thurs 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Contact: 937-220-9624


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Other nearby options:  

• Cousin Vinny's Pizza, 7742 Brandt Pike  

• Dragon City, 8250 Troy Pike  

• Frickers, 6280 Chambersburg Road  

• Frisch's Big Boy, 8154 Troy Pike  

• Hot Head Burritos, 6480 Chambersburg Road  

• Las Piramides Mexican Restaurant, 6290 Chambersburg Road  

• Sonic Drive-In, 7888 Brandt Pike  

• Waffle House, 7800 Brandt Pike

• Panera Bread, 8104 Old Troy Pike

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