5 decadent food truck dishes we’ve missed the most -- and can’t wait to eat this spring

Published: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

5 Dayton food truck dishes that keep us coming back.

Food trucks become an elusive entity during the colder months of the year, only popping up here and there at events. 

>> Your guide to Dayton-area food truck events this spring

One thing is for certain: we miss our food trucks. The good news is that food truck season is so close, we can hear the rumble of the engines — getting ready to bring us exactly what our stomachs and hearts have been missing the past few months. 

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Here are some of the most decadent food truck dishes that we’ve missed the most. 

1. The 1776 Grill -- Bacon-stuffed grilled cheese 

As soon as you know that every 1776 sandwich starts with bookends of grilled garlic toast, you’ll know why we can’t wait to get our hands on another bacon-stuffed grilled cheese ASAP. This treat is the definition of ooey-gooey. 

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The 1776 Grill brings your garlic, cheese, and bacon dreams to life.(Tabatha Wharton)

2. PA’s Pork -- Pulled pork nachos

We could pretty much name anything from PA’s menu that we really miss. But something about their house-made, queso-drizzled nachos that are tiny vehicles for heaps of PA’s pulled pork has us seriously missing this dish.

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(PA's Pork Facebook)

3. Son Of a Biscuit -- French toast bites

Son Of a Biscuit keeps it simple here, and we’re more than okay with that. These perfectly dippable, poppable and squishable rounds of sweet and savory goodness are completely worth the sticky fingers that follow. 

(Son Of a Biscuit)

4. Thai1On -- Pad Thai

The Pad Thai at Thai1on has never disappointed us and we’re ready for the reliable flavor fest of this foodie dish to be back in our bellies. Traditional Thai noodles, eggs, carrots, cabbage and peanuts with homemade sauce — yeah, we’re excited.

(Thai1On Facebook)

5. The Drunken Waffle -- War Pig sandwich

Let’s just let the ingredients of this tall stack speak for itself: smoked ham, bacon, Monterrey Jack cheese and herbed mayo on a spicy three pepper waffle.  There’s no room for mistakes in this waffle ’wich. 

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(The Drunken Waffle Facebook)

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Here’s how you can get FREE lasagne from Carrabba’s Italian Grill starting TODAY

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 12:42 PM

Carrabba's lasagne. (Source: Carrabba's Facebook)
Jennifer Davick
Carrabba's lasagne. (Source: Carrabba's Facebook)(Jennifer Davick)

Starting today through July 1, Carrabba’s Italian Grill is offering a free lasagna deal when you buy one of three signature dishes.

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Chicken Bryan is one of the favorite dishes at Carrabba’s Italian Grill. Photo credit: Carrabba’s Italian Grill


Choose from wood-grilled Chicken Bryan, savory Chicken Marsala, or creamy Pollo Rosa Maria. With your purchase, you can take home an order of lasagne for later. This special can be found on their Carrabba’s Today, Carrabba’s Tomorrow menu. 

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Build your own potatoes, pasta dishes and hot dogs for $5 at downtown restaurant’s new lunch buffet

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 9:00 AM

Third Perk Coffehouse & Wine Bar recently launched  baked potato, pasta and hot dog buffet lunch specials.
Third Perk Coffehouse & Wine Bar
Third Perk Coffehouse & Wine Bar recently launched baked potato, pasta and hot dog buffet lunch specials.(Third Perk Coffehouse & Wine Bar)

You know what might just pair perfectly with your next glass of chardonnay or cup of Joe? A $5 buffet deal. 

Third Perk Coffeehouse & Wine Bar, 46 W. Fifth St. in downtown Dayton, launched its $5 lunch buffet special Friday. 

So far, Juanita Darden-Jones, the business’ owner, says things have gone swimmingly. 

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“We are just trying to attract some of the businesses that are around here and give people a reason to come over,” she said. “It is a lot of things that taste good.”

The buffets will be available 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. three days a week. 

A potato bar will be featured Mondays, a pasta bar Wednesdays and a hot dog bar Fridays. 

The potato bar’s fixing include cheese, butter and sour cream. 

Third Perk’s much-beloved chili is included on the hot dog bar.

There will be two types of pasta on the pasta bar and extras that include marina and Alfredo sauces, vegetables, meatballs, bread and salad. 

Third Perk Coffehouse & Wine Bar recently launched baked potato, pasta and hot dog buffet lunch specials.(Third Perk Coffehouse & Wine Bar)

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Jones said the buffet is ideal for those in a hurry. 

“You don’t have to wait for your meal to be prepared,” she said. 

Opened in June 2015, Third Perk recently celebrated its third anniversary. 

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Jones said she is excited about the possibilities that will come downtown with the coming opening of the Levitt Pavilion nearby at in Dave Hall Plaza. 

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The Pavilion will offer 34 free concerts Aug. 9 through Oct. 7 by a list of musicians known locally, nationally and internationally playing a range of music that includes jazz, rock, blues, folk, R&B, country, pop, world and children’s music. 

Here is the summer lineup for this inaugural season of the Levitt Pavilion in Dayton. More than 30 concerts are planned. Video produced by Amelia Robinson

Third Perk Coffehouse & Wine Bar recently launched baked potato, pasta and hot dog buffet lunch specials.(Third Perk Coffehouse & Wine Bar)

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5 of the best martinis in Dayton

Published: Friday, June 19, 2015 @ 11:30 AM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 4:52 PM

5 of the best martinis in Dayton

It’s classic. It’s simple. It’s elegant.

The martini is a signature drink at most bars. But some martinis are just a little extra special.

Here are some of our favorite spots that can serve up a martini to compete with any of them:

Phoot: Emma Janzen / AMERICAN-STATESMAN(American-Statesman Staff)

1. Salar, 400 E. Fifth St., Dayton — TEMPORARILY CLOSED

Salar’s knowledgeable bar staff is well-known for delicious and globally-inspired signature cocktails. But they can just as easily go classic and can serve you up a delicious true martini.

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2. Buckhorn Tavern, 8800 Beeker Road, Butler Twp.

This is a rustic steakhouse that has been serving hungry diners since 1943. The Buckhorn is best known for flavorful ribs and grilled steaks, but it also has a robust wine list and can serve up a perfect classic cocktail.

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3. The Oakwood Club, 2414 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood

The Oakwood Club is obviously renowned for its steaks along with its classic atmosphere, so it’s no surprise that their martinis would also be top-notch and true to form.

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4. Lily’s Bistro, 329 E. Fifth St., Dayton

Lily’s has a full menu of specialty (and classic) hand-crafted cocktails, so we’d expect nothing less than a great martini. 

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5. Jay’s Seafood Restaurant, 225 E. Sixth St., Dayton

A seafood restaurant for martinis? It’s true, we promise! We dare say a great dry martini would go deliciously with their oysters on the half shell.

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Martini. DEB LINDSEY FOR THE WASHINGTON POST(Special To The Washington Post)

Bonus: The blue cheese-stuffed olive-filled martinis made at Fleming’s Steakhouse, 4432 Walnut St., are a delicious addition, if not keeping with the true martini recipe. We’re willing to let it slide, because they’re that tasty.

The Colonnade’s classic gin martini has its own style. CONTRIBUTED BY MIA YAKEL(For the AJC)

Need some more options? Here are five other superb locations: 

  • Thai 9, 11 Brown St., Dayton
  • The Meadowlark Restaurant, 5531 Far Hills Ave., Washington Twp.
  • Century Bar, 10 S. Jefferson St., Dayton
  •  Therapy Cafe, 452 E. Third St., Dayton
  • Coco’s Bistro, 250 Warren St., Dayton
  • Is a martini on your happy hour menu tonight? You bet we’ll join you.

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    Lily’s Bistro celebrates 5 years with porky feast including candied bacon & bacon fat beignets

    Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 6:01 AM

    Beignets are among the items Lily's Bistro will serve at the Taste of All Things Oregon District. (Source: Facebook/Lily's Bistro)
    Beignets are among the items Lily's Bistro will serve at the Taste of All Things Oregon District. (Source: Facebook/Lily's Bistro)

    One of Dayton’s favorite farm to table eateries, Lily’s Bistro, will celebrate its 5 year anniversary this week with “The Whole Beast Feast”

    The restaurant’s chefs brought in a whole hog from Keener Farms this week and have been breaking it down and utilizing all of the parts respectfully and resourcefully, according to a press release sent to this news organization. 

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    “This is going to be a ‘nose to tail’ meal, which means we’ll be utilizing every possible part of the animal...” Emily Mendenhall, owner of Lily’s Bistro said.

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    “We'll start with a local whole hog from Keener Farm that we will be butchering in house, and the menu will have everything from house stuffed sausages to pressed terrines and candied pork belly with bacon fat beignets.”


    “A lot of people can be intimidated by things they haven’t tried before, and we’re hoping to help people understand that just because you haven’t had something doesn’t mean it’s not delicious,” said Executive Chef Jansen Trotman of Lily’s Bistro. 

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    “I was born in Trinidad, and one dish I’m very excited about is based off a traditional ‘souse,’ which is a dish that uses pickled components like cucumbers along with parts of an animal that are overlooked in some cultures. I’ll be using the pork knuckle from around the trotter of the hog as well,” he said. 

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    Lily's Bistro will host a Rum Night as part of its 5 year anniversary celebrations on Saturday, June 23, featuring special cocktails and the Sailor Jerry Girls giving away merchandise. CONTRIBUTED

    In addition to Thursday’s The Whole Beast Feast, 5-year anniversary celebrations continue with Happy Hour specials all night long on Friday, June 22, and Rum Night on Saturday, June 23, featuring special cocktails and the Sailor Jerry Girls giving away merchandise.

    Then, on July 12, Lily’s will host a counterpart 6-course dinner that is entirely plant-based for vegetarians and vegans. 

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    The Whole Beast Feast costs $49, which includes tax and tip, and takes place at Lily’s Bistro on Thursday, June 21 at 6 p.m. Bar Manager Amber Brady is also planning an optional $14 craft beer pairing to spotlight a number of local and Ohio-made beers.


    Want to go?

    WHAT: The Whole Beast Feast at Lily’s Bistro

    WHERE: 329 E. 5th St., Dayton 

    WHEN: Thursday, June 21 at 6 p.m.

    TICKETS: $49 (includes tax and tip) purchase via Eventbrite

    INFO: Facebook

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