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Published: Thursday, July 13, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Everyone knows TLC’s famous words of advice, “Don’t go chasing waterfalls.” But we think it’s in your best interest to do exactly the opposite.
Fall is the perfect time to do a little waterfall adventuring to cool off and unwind.
Perhaps surprising to many people even from the Dayton-area, there are actually quite a few prime waterfall spots nearby.
Here are a handful of waterfall destinations we suggest you “chase” down:
1. LUDLOW FALLS
Location: 110 Covington Ave., Ludlow Falls
The next time a heavy rain hits, make plans to find Ludlow Falls, located under the Route 48 bridge that runs over Ludlow Creek.
When the flow of the creek is higher, the wide waterfall is quite impressive in size. An old stairway leads to a breathtaking view from below, or, walk along the edge and see the spectacle from above.
2. CHARLESTON FALLS
Location: 2535 Ross Road, Tipp City
Arguably the most popular waterfall in the Dayton-area, this is one stop you should be sure to visit on your adventure.
A part of the 216-acre nature preserve, Charleston Falls is hidden among nearly 4 miles of hiking trails. The stunning cascade pours over a jagged drop off into a calm pool, just a few feet away from the boardwalk trail.
This waterfall is surely a nature photographer’s dream come true.
3. CLIFTON GORGE STATE NATURE PRESERVE
Location: 2381 Ohio 343, Yellow Springs
This preserve near John Bryan State Park has two trails that travel the rim of a 40-foot deep limestone gorge that holds a portion of the Great Miami River.
Along the gorge trails, steep, sudden drops in the stream reveal a few small waterfalls that are modest but rewarding to stumble upon.
Just east of the preserve, is the historic Clifton Mill. Although it’s man-made, the mill is home to a picturesque 20-foot waterfall that will remind you why you love the Dayton-area so dearly.
4. WEST MILTON CASCADES
Location: 204 N. Miami St., West Milton
If you’re short on time but still need a mother-nature pick-me-up, this waterfall can be your quick-fix.
Located in the village of West Milton, the multi-tiered fall is easy to access, with almost no hiking required. A stairway leads right up to the base where the water flows gradually from smaller and smaller cascades.
This beloved, small-town wonder is straight out of your favorite fairy tale story.
Published: Monday, December 01, 2014 @ 9:18 AM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 6:38 PM
— Sure, you can fire up your grill this Memorial Day weekend. But before you do, let some of Dayton’s finest burgers inspire you.
The Gem City is home to some incredible burgers, each as distinct as the place that crafts it.
Below are just a few of our favorite Dayton burgers. Yours not on the list? Tell us all about it at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tank’s Bar & Grill, 2033 Wayne Ave., Dayton, 937-252-2249
Why? Juicy, thick and grilled just right, Tank’s burgers can be served topped with nothing or a laundry list of items at no additional cost. Banana peppers and horseradish, anyone?
Menu includes: Cheeseburger, $6.99; Hamburger, $6.79; Tankburger (half-pounder), $7.99 (double the patty for $5)
Voltzy’s Rootbeer Stand, 4668 Springboro Pike, Moraine, 937-299-1440
Why? What Voltzy’s lacks in grandeur it makes up in great-tasting sliders and character – plenty of it. Burgers are made to order.
Menu includes: About a dozen ways to order a burger, starting with a basic $1.30 hamburger and $1.40 cheeseburger. Double patty both of those for $2.25 and $2.45.
The Oakwood Club, 2414 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood (937)-293-6973
Why? Oakwood Club steaks are an area favorite, but some of the tastiest beef is used to make the burgers.
Menu includes: Oakwood Club Steak Burger, $8.95; Oakwood Club Roquefort Steak Burger, $9.50 (cheese is 25 cents more).
EO Burgers, 4482 Glengarry Drive, The Greene, Beavercreek, 937-431-1242
Why? The people love EO. The EO stands for EXTRAORDINARY. This fast-casual restaurant offers traditional burgers and a series of premium burgers and sliders.
Menu includes: EO Classic Burger, $6.99; EO Classic Cheeseburger and Bourbon Street Burger, $7.99 each; Kobe Burger, $11.99 and the Santa Barbara (guacamole, jalapeno, Monterey Jack cheese with a special sauce), $9.99.
Coco’s Bistro, 250 Warren St., Dayton, 937-228-2626
Why? Start with the creamy Boursin cheese, thick Applewood smoked bacon and sweet caramelized onions and go from there. The Bistro Burger is always on the lunch menu, but not available for dinner.
Menu includes: Bistro Burger with side, $16.
Pine Club, 1926 Brown St., Dayton, 937-228-5371
Why? The Pine Club may be famous for its steak. But its burger is also pretty legit. Beef and lamb are ground in-house before being cooked to perfection.
Menu includes: Pine Club Hamburger Platter with onion rings or fries, $12.75; Pine Club Cheeseburger Platter with onion rings or fries, $12.95.
K’s Hamburger Shop, 117 E. Main St., Troy, 937-339-3902
Why? Low frill, all-American burger in a retro burger shop, with beef ground in-house. What more do you need? Well, besides a delicious milkshake ...
Menu includes: Cheeseburger, $2.90; Hamburger, $2.70.
Slyder’s Tavern, 836 Watervliet Ave., Dayton, 937-258-1222
Why: Winner of our 2017 Best of Dayton poll, the juicy meat is packed with flavor. This restaurant in Dayton’s Belmont neighborhood consistently appears on — often topping — local best burgers list.
Menu includes: Hamburger with chips, $6.05 (7 oz.) and $6.75 (10 oz.); Cheeseburger with chips, $6.45 (7 oz.) and $7.15 (10 oz.).
Watermark, 20 S. 1st St., Miamisburg, 937-802-0891
Why: Another top choice on our 2017 reader’s choice poll, Watermark’s signature Weare-Burger is an all-prime grilled burger, topped with house-made bacon jam, dill pickles, pickled red onion, choice of blue cheese or Swiss, on a brioche bun. The burger may be ordered “pink” or “not pink.”
Menu includes: The Weare-Burger served with dressed greens or fries, $14.95
Nick’s Restaurant, 1443 N. Detroit St., Xenia, 937-372-3202
Why: The bar and eatery has been a staple of its community since it opened in 1949 under then owner and namesake Nick Malavazos, and reopened in 2009. The signature burger, the Big Nick, is king of them all. It’s a half pound of juicy Angus beef with your choice of trimmings and the restaurant’s special sauce. It’s a mountain of meat, so come starving or come with friends to help you finish it.
Menu includes: Big Nick with choice of: lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, Nick’s special sauce & add 50¢ for cheese and $1 for bacon. $8.99
Gameday Grille and Patio, 7576 State Route 48, Waynesville, 937-886-3572
Why: The OSU-graduate owners present their tribute to the school’s superstar football coach with the Urban Meyer Burger. It’s a fresh half-pound Angus patty topped with a butterflied quarter-pound Angus beef hot dog, with a sweet and tangy wing sauce while pepper jack cheese tried to hold it all together.
Menu includes: Urban Meyer Burger (half-pound patty topped with a grilled all-beef Hot Dog, Pepper jack Cheese and signature Sweet Heat Sauce) for $12.25 and the Who Dey Burger (a half-pound burger topped with an Onion Rings, Sautéed Mushroom and Jalapeno, Chili, Bacon, Swiss and American cheeses and signature BBQ Sauce) for $12.25
Benjamin’s The Burger Master, 100 N. Main St., Dayton, 937-223-8702
Why: Slider-style burgers with names like Poor Richard’s Burger and the Big Ben to pay homage to the restaurant’s namesake, Benjamin Franklin.
Menu includes: full-size, made-to-order burgers range from the $2.79 hamburger ($3.79 double) to the $3.79 bacon cheddar burger to the $3.79 mushroom swiss burger.
Blind Bob's, 430 E. Fifth St., Dayton, 937-938-6405
Why: You will find robust stuffed burgers, including the Island Delight burger ($10) — a half-pound patty, stuffed with sweet pineapple and zippy pepper-jack cheese, covered in a teriyaki glaze with a tangy wasabi-mayonnaise — and the Italian Burger ($10) — a half-pound patty, stuffed with provolone cheese and cooked basil and green peppers, topped with marinara and a mound of caramelized onions.
Menu includes: a vegetarian friendly Garden Burger ($8), a quarter pound “Little Lisa’s Burger” ($8) for those looking for something a little more petite. Add cheese, veggies, bacon, seasonings and extra goodies for 50 cents to $2. Don’t forget the sauce for an extra 50 cents.
Why: This place is known for its barbecue, but one of the best things on the menu is the burger. This burger will literally melt in your mouth. No chewing required.
Menu includes: a full half-pound patty that’s been smoked for more than 2 hours in beef broth for $5. You can add cheese or a tomato for 50 cents each or bacon for $1.50.
Sam and Ethel’s, 120 E. Main St., Tipp City, 937-667-0113
Why: Think homemade. The “S&E Burger” includes two quarter-pound patties, a “special S&E sauce,” onion straws and the fixings on a grilled double-decker bun.
Menu includes: The burger is $8.49. You can add cheese for 50 cents or bacon for 99 cents.
The Hamburger Wagon, 12 E. Central Ave., Miamisburg, 937-847-2442
Why: The Hamburger Wagon has served the Dayton area for 100 years and has been ranked as one of the top 150 Hamburger Joints in the U.S. by “Hamburger America”. These burgers are simple, crispy and delicious. No cheese on these burgers. Just pickle, onion, salt and pepper.
Menu includes: Get a single for $1.25 or a double for $2.50. You might also spot the mobile wagon at festivals and fairs this summer.
White Lotus, 327 E. Third St., Dayton; (937) 222-7030.
Why: The White Lotus has an eclectic menu that includes Thai cuisine and yummy burgers. We recommend the Yummy Burger, hand-crafted with care just like mom used to make you at home. A half-pound hand-formed patty cooked to perfection.
Menu includes: The Yummy Burger is $4.95 and add cheese for 25 cents. You can also opt for the Yummy Bacon Burger ($8.20) or the Yummy Extreme Double Burger ($9.20).
Note: prices are subject to change.
Published: Monday, March 23, 2015 @ 1:50 PM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 2:35 PM
— Sometimes you just get a craving for noodles. If that happens to you, here are 5 Dayton noodle dishes you simply must try.
>> Dayton’s 12 best restaurants
FIGLIO’S LEMON CHICKEN IN PARMESAN CREAM
Where: Town & Country Shopping Center, 424 E. Stroop Road, Dayton; 937-534-0494; www.figliopizza.com
Description: Linguine served up in a lemon cream sauce with chicken, mushrooms and fresh spinach sautéed in garlic butter ($13.75).
Also worth trying: The Mussel and Shrimp “Cioppino” Pasta ($14.95) made with shrimp, scallops, P.E.I. mussels and a filet of salmon in a sauce made with garlic, celery, wine and tomatoes over a nest of angel hair pasta ($14.95).
FRANCO’S “WORLD FAMOSO” SPAGHETTI
Where: 824 E. Fifth St., Dayton; 937-222-0204; www.francos-italiano.com
Description: Garlic, Romano cheese and egg with a good quality olive oil over a bowl of pasta with the option of adding mushrooms or spicy sausage or both ($11.95 for plain, $14.95 for sausage or mushroom or $16.95 for both sausage and mushroom).
LINH’S BISTRO SOUPS
Where: 5532 Airway Road, Dayton; 937-252-1857; www.linhsbistro.com
Description: These meal-sized Vietnamese noodle soups — Pho, Mi, Hu Tieu — rely on piping hot broth, the noodles, herbs and meat. They come with a pile of jalapeños, cilantro and bean sprouts to dress it up. The Pho Bo Tai made with thinly sliced beef and rice noodles or Pho Ga made with chicken are both the place to start if you haven’t had them yet. Heat it up with the spicier Sate options. There are also soups made with egg noodles and wonderful Vermicelli salads as well as stir-fried noodle dishes. The soups range in price from $7.95-8.95 for dinner and are a dollar less if you order lunch before 4 p.m.
Looking for something similar? Little Saigon (1718 Woodman Drive, Kettering) offers similar menu items.
MEADOWLARK’S VIETNAMESE NOODLE SALAD
Where: 5531 Far Hills Ave., Dayton; 937-434-4750; http://meadowlarkrestaurant.com
Description: “Chilled rice noodles, a goodly portion of crunchy, thinly-sliced vegetables, hot grilled chicken, steak or tofu and a showering of mint, basil, cilantro and peanuts. Served with the chile/lime juice/fish sauce condiment called nuoc cham. Ask for vegetarian nuoc cham or even non-spicy nuoc cham if that suits you better,” as described perfectly on the menu. Tofu ($11.95) grilled chicken ($11.95) or steak ($13.95).
THAI 9’S SINGAPORE NOODLES
Where: 11 Brown St., Dayton; 937-222-3227; www.thai9restaurant.com/Main.html
Description: A plate of thin rice noodles comes doused with a generous amount of yellow curry powder, making the dish bright yellow (beware of stains). The noodles are stir-fried with egg and veggies including baby corn, carrots, celery, onion and green onion. Choose a protein or two to add to the mix — Chicken, Pork Tofu ($11.95), beef or shrimp ($12.95) or seafood ($16.95).
Published: Saturday, June 03, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 2:03 PM
— While by now you’ve surely made the trip out to Scene 75 and had a mega(bit) of great time, maybe you’re looking for a more intimate gaming experience for your next outing.
Have no fear, our socially competitive friends, as we have a round up of the Dayton area’s gaming bars and arcades ready for you.
2144 E. Whipp Road, Dayton | Facebook
If you’re looking for a distraction-free zone to get your hard core board gaming on, then you need to head over to Kettering. D20 is a bar that offers an extensive beer selection and over 300 board games that prides itself on not having a single television in the entire place. The bar is even family-friendly during the daytime hours, serving coffee and tea and “mocktails” for kids. Popular titles include Twilight Imperium, Pandemic, Joking Hazard, Apples to Apples, Cards Against Humanity, League of Legends, Settlers of Catan, Fluxx, and the more throwback favorites such as Monopoly, Chutes & Ladders and CandyLand.
2.) Bar 145/Reset
10259 Penny Lane, Miamisburg | Website
At the tail end of last year, Bar 145 opened at Austin Landing offering a nice-sized menu. The restaurant is attached to Reset — a bar within a bar boasting a full slate of vintage arcade games including The Simpsons, Street Fighter, Frogger and Off Road and many others. It bills itself as gastropub specializing in “Burgers, Bands, and Bourbon.” For the most part, the food is just OK, but the sides are a lot of fun if you head there for happy hour and some gaming with friends. Fried cheese curds ($7.99), tempura green beans ($6.99), buffalo chicken dip ($8.99), white truffle french fries ($6.99) and bar nachos ($6.99, with shredded pork, spicy chicken or beef added for $3 more) are good options to split and share. For families, Bar 145 has some nice built-in entertainment options for restless kids who will enjoy the novelty of these old-school hits.
3.) Hole In The Wall
423 E. Fifth St, Dayton | Facebook
This Oregon District bar bills itself as Dayton’s “first barcade.”
Hole in the Wall is the kind of dive bar where adults can go to find their inner child and a stiff drink that’s priced right.
Fans of the Mario Brothers game will love the bar and the lighting. It’s a fun stop before or after dinner in the district if you are looking for something that’s colorful and different. If it’s packed with people (and you’re a little claustrophobic), steer clear. But if it’s early and it’s open, it’s a fun spot to schedule a stop.
308 E. First St, Dayton | Website
The building that formerly housed Canal Street Tavern found new life over the summer when Canal Street Arcade and Deli opened.
When owner Rob Strong closed his Fifth Street Wine and Deli early this year, I was sad to see his deli sandwiches go, but with the opening of Canal Street Arcade and Deli they are back and better than ever.
Deli sandwiches served up hot come in three sizes — a small half-sandwich ($6.25), a medium full-sized sandwich ($8.25) and a large sandwich ($9.25). Wraps, subs, salads and pizzas, as well as build-your-own breakfast or grilled cheese sandwiches, are also available. This spot has quickly turned into a favorite destination to pick up a sandwich and hang-out on unprogrammed weekends. In addition to the games, this has one of the best jukeboxes in town.
5.) DK Effect
1600 E. Third St, Dayton | Facebook
This Huffman Historic District hot spot that opened over the summer features 40 beers on tap, a full bar and a slew of classic arcade hits.
Sit at the bar and play or grab a drink and make your way to the vintage gaming titles around the room.
This venue does not have a kitchen, but pizza delivers there and it’s right across the street from the inexpensive and very tasty Taqueria Mixteca (1609 E. Third St., Dayton).
Grab a large burrito for $6.49 and some of the best guacamole in town ($2.99) and head across the street for your margarita and some gaming. DK Effect has been doing some Tacos and Tequila events where you can purchase Taqueria tacos there and order one of seven specialty margaritas.
Owner Tony Clark has plans to open a spot next door that will serve food, but with that happening some time away, some Taqueria Mixteca will hit the spot for now.
>> PHOTOS: See the stunning transformation of DK Effect
6.) Proto BuildBar
While not your typical arcade, Proto is the world’s first BuildBar, a creative experience center featuring hands-on technology experimentation with 3D printing, electronics kits, and micro-computing in a full service café environment. With a stocked bar for when you need something a little stronger than coffee, Proto houses the World’s Largest Claw game and their homemade Edison vs Tesla arcade-style game with a shocking twist. If you’re looking for a more laid-back vibe, Proto is definitely your place.
7.) Cardboard Crowns
147 N. Springboro Pike, Dayton | Facebook
The café’s concept is part of a national and local trend to combine gaming and drinks.
The café will offer eight craft beers on tap and a selection of 30 to 40 bottled or canned craft beers, along with wines and a limited cocktail list, Adams has said. The food menu features sandwiches, snacks and lighter fare.
The board games list is extensive. The selections ranges from lighter games to more involved, strategic games.
Know of a spot we missed? Send us a note at email@example.com
Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— Things are warming up, which means it’s time to look for fun places to cool off and take a dip this summer.
Here are 4 great places to go swimming in and near Dayton that you should totally consider the next time you need a day by the water. We’ll be updating this list throughout the summer, so keep checking back for more pool ideas.
Did we miss your favorite summer swimming spot? Please let us know and we’ll add it to the list! firstname.lastname@example.org
🌞Kroger Aquatic Center At The Heights
8625 Brandt Pike, Huber Heights
This water park in Huber Heights has it all. The family can enjoy the sun with water slides, a leisure pool, a “spray-ground,” and a lazy river.
Hours and info: www.hhoh.org
🌞Adventure Reef Water Park
2900 Glengarry Drive, Kettering
The 3-acre outdoor water facility has some of the highest and fastest slides in Montgomery County, according to its website. With deck seating, a large water playground and a splash pad, this could be your summer destination.
Hours and info: playkettering.org
🌞Gardner Memorial Swimming Pool
105 Patterson Rd., Oakwood
The Gardner Memorial Swimming Pool was gifted to the residents of Oakwood to “provide relaxation from Memorial Day to Labor Day.” Although it is a smaller community pool, Gardner still sells lunch and drinks— perfect for a couple of hours poolside to help break up your day. You do, however, need to be an Oakwood resident and purchase a pool membership to go.
Hours and info: Facebook
🌞Black Oak Swim Club
1570 Ambridge Rd., Centerville
There are year-round activities at this member-owned pool facility in Centerville. But in the summertime, it’s all about splashing and sliding into the pool.