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Published: Thursday, December 28, 2017 @ 10:41 AM
— A Facebook share can send your tastebuds on a Mediterranean holiday.
Olive Mediterranean Grill, the tasty eatery at 6129 N. Dixie Drive in Harrison Twp., is offering a free gyro sandwich to anyone who shares the video it posted on Facebook Dec. 23.
Opened about two years ago, Olive was a Dayton.com Best of 2016 winner.
Winners of the 2017 awards will be announced on Jan. 17 at the Best of 2017 party.
The festivities will be held 6 to 10 p.m. at Top of the Market Banquet Center, 32 Webster St., Dayton. The celebration is for those ages 21 and up.
Voting for this year’s contest ended Dec. 22.
Olive Mediterranean Grill is across from Hoagie’s Pizza, a Dayton mainstay for more than 45 years.
Want to try it?
WHAT: Olive Mediterranean Grill
WHERE: 6129 N. Dixie Drive in Harrison Twp.
Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 8:00 AM
— For those of us with a sweet tooth begging to be satisfied, all the new sweet shops in Dayton are sure put a smile on our face. We’ve rounded up all of the newly opened (or soon to be opening) ice cream, bakery and candy spots in and around town.
Jubie’s Creamery: Features hand-dipped and soft-serve ice cream (all made in-house), sundaes, shakes, concretes, create-your-own-cookie sandwiches, and a variety of cones along with other specialty items.
Location: 471 W. Dayton-Yellow Springs Rd., Fairborn
Hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The Sweet Retreat: Launching in the next week or two, this shop will offer more than 20 flavors of soft-serve ice cream along with pizza and sandwiches.
Location: 2613 S Smithville Rd., Dayton
La Puf Sweets: Here, you’ll find a number of classic confections and bakery goodies. From cotton candy to scratch-made marshmallows, to cupcakes and cookies, you’ll find just about everything you could want here.
Location: 1003 Shroyer Rd., Dayton
Hours: Monday to Friday 12 to 6 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed Sunday
Partial to Pie: A first of its kind in Dayton, this bakery specializes in pies exclusively, and will also offer quiche and other sweet treats. The made-fresh sweets will use local ingredients and suppliers, including local milk, cheese and butter.
Location: 200 Shroyer Rd., Dayton
Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., closed Sunday
>> Opening date set for new Dayton pie shop
Scratch Bakery: Your new destination for petite desserts, this new bakery features beloved recipes from Moore Dessert Please and Sweet by Kristy. There will soon be gluten-free and vegan options.
Location: 29 E. Main St., Tipp City
Hours: Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed Sunday
Spoonful: This full-service cookie dough shop sells dough by the scoop or pint -- or in a cup or a cone. They have multiple toppings to create all the sweet concoctions you can think of.
Location: 36 D South Main St., Miamisburg
Hours: Closed Monday, Tuesday to Thursday, 1 to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday 1 to 9 p.m., Sunday 1 to 7 p.m.
Do you know of any new sweet shops coming to Dayton? Let us know! firstname.lastname@example.org
Published: Tuesday, June 05, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— It is not every day that a Dayton classic turns the big 4-0.
It is a good thing the Castro family at El Meson knows how to throw a party that rises to the occasion.
The restaurant at 903 E. Dixie Drive in West Carollton is planning a two-day weekend blowout to celebrate its 40th anniversary, according to details posted to Eventbrite.
Herman and Gloria Castro opened the restaurant to the public July 15, 1978, as the Pizza Queen.
The restaurant morphed into El Meson and now specializes in dishes from Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
Bill Castro, the founders’ son and co-owner, says old favorites will return.
“In addition to Latin street food and drinks from out of our trucks in the lot, we’re going to have one truck that serving items from the original Pizza Queen restaurant that El Meson began as back in 1978,” Bill Castro said. “Some of our customers may remember favorites like the Exotic Burrito and Mexican Pizza from that menu.”
The parking lot parties set for 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. July 20-21 will feature live music and dancing under tents and street grub from El Meson’s fleet of food trucks.
Admission is $5 for both days and a limited number of $35 VIP tickets are available for Friday or Saturday patio seating.
VIP admission includes admission to a less crowded area, servers and a better view of the yet-to-be announced lineup of bands that includes from Ithika and Nothing But Treble Friday and Saturday from Funky G & The Groove Machine and Nasty Bingo Saturday.
A customer appreciation happy hour is set for 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. both days in the restaurant’s “party lot.”
It includes free entry and $5 margaritas.
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The business is now owned and operated by their children and sons and daughters-in-law — Bill, Marie, Scott and Chef Mark Abbott.
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WANT TO GO?
What: El Meson’s 40th Anniversary Weekend
When: 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21
Where: El Meson, 903 E. Dixie Drive in West Carrollton
Cost: Admission is $5 for both days and a limited number of $35 VIP tickets are available for Friday or Saturday patio seating.
Tickets: Visit the Eventbrite page for advance VIP tickets
Published: Monday, July 09, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— Mudlick Tap House relocated from Germantown to downtown Dayton this time one year ago.
They pride themselves on mindfully sourced food and handcrafted drinks.
In fact, the only freezer in the entire building is a small reach-in that holds gelato and sorbet.
Proprieters Jennifer Dean and Forrest Williams are passionate about the sourcing of Mudlick dishes and working with the kitchen staff to create them from scratch.
Dean and Williams have found many exciting ways to create events that compliment the Mudlick Tap House brand including bimonthly guided kayaking tours on the Mad River (happening July 9 and July 30) as well as special dinners. The restaurant is planning a New Holland beer dinner coming up for Dayton Beer Week on Aug. 22 featuring a four-course dinner with limited and season release pairings.
The restaurant continues to fine tune its offerings with a new summer menu that launched in early June.
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New menu items include:
Happy hours, specials
Special features are constantly in rotation and can be found by visiting the restaurant’s Facebook page. "Happiness hours" happen from 3-6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday featuring half price bottles of wine, $6 cocktail feature and $2 off draft beers as well as half off the pretzel and bier cheese appetizer.
"Much of our menu incorporates liquor and craft beer in the dishes. The flavor profiles take dishes to the next level," said Dean who is looking forward to another great year downtown.
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WANT TO GO?
What: Mudlick Tap House
Where: 135 E. 2nd St., Dayton
Published: Friday, July 13, 2018 @ 8:00 AM
— When summer ushers in warmer weather there are several things in the world of food that you can count on — seasonal produce and dishes being at the top of the list.
A close second is the Miami Valley Restaurant Association’s Summer Restaurant Week promotion, which this year runs July 22-29 offering meals from more than 40 restaurants ranging in price from $20.18-$30.18.
The traditional “sneak peek” that happens before the promotion kicks off will take place on Wednesday, July 18, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Steam Plant.
Tickets are $20.18, which covers one drink and tastes from more than a dozen restaurants including Amber Rose, Basil’s, Brio, Bravo’s, Coco’s Bistro, Dewberry 1850, The Dock, El Meson, The Famous Restaurant, JD Legends, Roost, Watermark and Wheat Penny.
The restaurant week promotion was established more than a decade ago as a way to generate traffic to local restaurants and help give diners a chance to explore the menu at a more affordable price point. The kick-off event offers a nice preview of what’s in store at the restaurants that are on hand. Many restaurants do a really nice job of showing off some of those special seasonal flavors that summer ushers in.
“The first restaurant week was in 2005 with about 15 restaurants participating. It has grown over the years to an event that people call and ask when summer restaurant week is so they can plan their vacations around it. Now that’s pretty cool. It’s also just great for the restaurants and the community. People get excited about trying a different restaurant and it’s just fun,” said Amy Zahora, executive director of the Miami Valley Restaurant Association.
This year Zahora says Brigid’s Path and the MVRA Scholarship Fund will receive a donation from restaurant week meals that are sold.
Due to the popularity of both, Zahora suggests making reservations in advance and purchasing sneak peek tickets now.
“I think it’s so popular because people get to try new places or places they wouldn’t normally try at a really good price. You can beat $20.18 or $25.18 for a three-course meal,” said Zamora. “Some of these restaurants will do over 400 Summer Restaurant Week meals, which is a huge boost. And this doesn’t include drinks, so it definitely helps the restaurants during the week when it is typically slower.”
2018 SUMMER RESTAURANT WEEK PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS
The following is a list of the businesses scheduled to participate in the 2018 Miami Valley Restaurant Associations’ Summer Restaurant Week taking place July 22-29.
Please note — this list of participating restaurants is subject to change and reservations may be required from some participating locations. Calling ahead is recommended, for details, hours and reservations. For the most up-to-date list and information visit http://dineoutdayton.com.
Amber Rose, 1400 Valley St., (937) 228-2511
Basil’s on Market, 312, N. Patterson Blvd., (937) 818-4390
Coco’s Bistro, 250 Warren St., (937) 228-2626
Dewberry 1850, Marriott at the University of Dayton, 1414 S. Patterson Blvd., (937) 223-1000
Dublin Pub, 300 Wayne Ave., (937) 224-7822
Franco’s Ristorante Italiano, 824 E. Fifth St., (937) 222-0204
Jay’s Seafood Restaurant, 225 E. Sixth St., (937) 222-2892
Lily’s Bistro, 329 E. Fifth St., (937) 723-7637
Roost Modern Italian, 524 E. 5th St., (937) 222-3100
Wheat Penny, 515 Wayne Ave., (937) 496-5268
Buckhorn Tavern, 8800 Meeker Road, (937) 890-3261
Christopher’s Restaurant, 2318 E. Dorothy Lane, (937) 299-0089
Figlio, 424 E. Stroop Road in the Town & Country shopping center, (937) 534-0494
McGillicutty’s Pub, 1980 E. Whipp Road, (937) 436-0057
Bravo at Dayton Mall, 2770 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, (937) 439-1294
Carvers Steaks & Chops, 1535 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, (937) 433-7099
Chappy’s Social House, 7880 Washington Village Drive, (937) 439-9200
Kabuki, 848 S. Main St., (937) 435-9500
Nelly’s 79 S. Main St., (937) 859-5555
Sweeney’s Seafood Bar and Grill, 28 W. Franklin St., (937) 291-3474
The Chop House, 7727 Washington Village Drive, (937) 291-1661
Meadowlark, 5531 Far Hills Ave., (937) 434-4750
The Melting Pot, 453 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, (937) 567-8888
ele Bistro and Wine Bar, 3680 Rigby Road, (937) 384-2253
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, 3500 Rigby Road, (937) 865-9355
Watermark Restaurant, 20 S. First St., (937) 802-0891
El Meson, 903 E. Dixie Drive, (937) 859-8229
Bunker’s Sports Bar & Grill, 893 E. National Road, (937) 890-8899
Basils on Market, 18 N. Market St., (937) 875-2068
The Caroline, 5 S. Market St., (937) 552-7676
Smith’s Boathouse Restaurant, 439 N. Elm St., (937) 335-3837
Hickory River Smokehouse, 135 S. Garber Drive, (937) 669-2271
Brio Tuscan Grill at The Greene, 4459 Cedar Park Drive, (937) 429-7792
Bravo at Fairfield Mall, 2731 Fairfield Commons, (937) 431-5460
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, 4432 Walnut St., (937) 320-9548
Pasha Grill, 72 Plum St., The Greene, (937) 429-9000
The Wandering Griffin, 3725 Presidential Drive, (937) 956-5216
Wellington Grille, 2450 Dayton-Xenia Road, (937) 426-4600
Packy’s Sports Bar and Grill, 10823 Chidlaw Road, (937) 879-2696
Mills Park Hotel, 321 Xenia Ave., (937) 319-0400
Sunrise Cafe, 259 Xenia Ave., (937) 767-7211
The Winds Cafe and Bakery, 215 Xenia Ave., (937) 767-1144
Nick’s Restaurant, 1443 N. Detroit St., (937) 372-3202
The Dock, 250 W. Main St., (937) 864-5011
Season’s Bistro & Grille, 28 S. Limestone St., (937) 521-1200
OTHER UPCOMING MVRA EVENTS
Here are other upcoming MVRA events that are worth marking on the calendar:
Taste of Austin Landing
2-6 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Park at Austin Landing
Sample from more than a dozen Austin Landing restaurants for just $20 in advance or $25 day of. Includes one drink ticket.
For tickets and more information visit www.austinlanding.com/taste
The Taste of The Greene
5:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 9
Sample dishes from different restaurants at the Greene including Ace’s Asian Cafe, BD Mongolian’s, Brio, Deg’s, EO Burgers, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse. Tickets $15 in advance, $20 the day of.
For tickets and more information visit www.thegreene.com/event/Taste-of-The-Greene/2145508509/
Bacon Fest at the Fraze
3-10 p.m. Aug. 18
Free and open to the public, savor the flavor of breakfast’s favorite side item – the greatest food on planet Earth – BACON. Whether you’re in the crispy bacon or chewy bacon camp, you’ll love this summer festival. This year more than 10 restaurants will be participating including Amber Rose, Basil’s, The Dock, El Meson and Sweetum’s.
For more information visit http://fraze.com/bacon-fest-2018
Beer Fest at The Greene
5-9 p.m. Sept. 15
Live music, food and beer collides with music by The Reaganomics starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of.
For more information visit thegreene.com/events
HOW TO GO
What: Sneak Peek to Summer Restaurant Week
When: 5:30-8:30 p.m. July 18
Where: The Dayton Steam Plant, 617 E. Third St., Dayton
Cost: $20.18 per ticket which includes one drink ticket. Additional drink tickets can be purchased at the event for $3-$4. Sneak Peek tickets can be purchased at http://dineoutdayton.com/project/sneak-peek-summer-restaurant-week/
More info: (937) 461-MVRA or www.dineoutdayton.com
HOW TO GO
What: Summer Restaurant Week
When: July 22-29
Where: Various locations
Cost: Meals range in price from $20.18-$30.18
More info: (937) 461-MVRA or www.dineoutdayton.com