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FOOD DEAL: Piada offering $5 pasta bowls TODAY ONLY

Published: Wednesday, February 07, 2018 @ 11:12 AM

The Basil Pesto Pasta at Piada Italian Street Food. PHOTO /
The Basil Pesto Pasta at Piada Italian Street Food. PHOTO /

Piada is celebrating the snow day with a pretty sweet deal.

According to an Instagram post, the company is offering $5 pasta bowls all day long. All you have to do is show the Instagram post (featured below) to the cashier. 

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The pasta bowls typically range from $6.49-7.49, depending on what size you get.

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Pasta flavors include:

  • Basil Pesto: Angel hair pasta tossed with parmesan alfredo, fresh basil pesto, sundried tomatoes, freshly grated parmesan
  • Carbonara: Angel hair pasta tossed with parmesan alfredo, bruschetta tomatoes, pancetta, spinach, freshly-grated parmesan
  • Diavolo: Angel hair pasta tossed with spicy diavolo sauce, bruschetta tomatoes, green onions, freshly grated parmesan

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Dayton-area Piada locations:

  • 4397 Far Hills Ave, Kettering
  • 3286-B Pentagon Blvd, Beavercreek
  • 1047 Miamisburg Centerville Rd, Washington Township

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This offer is not valid at the Grove City, Ohio location.

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The ultimate guide to the best burgers in Dayton

Published: Monday, December 01, 2014 @ 9:18 AM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 6:38 PM

Think if you've had one burger you've had them all? Take a look at at these and up your burger eating game. (Video by Tabatha Wharton)

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.

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Below are just a few of our favorite Dayton burgers. Yours not on the list? Tell us all about it at

Tank’s Bar & Grill, 2033 Wayne Ave., Dayton, 937-252-2249

A cheeseburger and hand cut fries at Tank's. Photo: Tank's Facebook page.(HANDOUT)

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)

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Voltzy’s Rootbeer Stand, 4668 Springboro Pike, Moraine, 937-299-1440

The Yuna Lee burger, Fried Mac & Cheese and Orange Creme Float at Voltzy’s Root Beer Stand in Moraine.

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.

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The Oakwood Club, 2414 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood (937)-293-6973

The Oakwood Club won the “Best Fine Dining” category for Best of Dayton 2012. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF

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).

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EO Burgers, 4482 Glengarry Drive, The Greene, Beavercreek, 937-431-1242

Lisa Powell/EO Burgers has opened at The Greene in Beavercreek. Pictured is the EO classic cheeseburger with parmesan fries.(Lisa Powell)

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.

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Coco’s Bistro, 250 Warren St., Dayton, 937-228-2626

Bacon, sweet caramelized onions and Boursin cheese help set the Bistro Burger apart. (Staff photo by Amelia Robinson)(Amelia Robinson)

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

Pine Club owner David Hulme says business has flourished during the second half of 2015, thanks at least in part to The Food Network declaring the Dayton restaurant one of the "Top 5 Steakhouses" in the country in July. TY GREENLEES/STAFF(Ty Greenlees)

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.

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K’s Hamburger Shop, 117 E. Main St., Troy, 937-339-3902

Marcia Ryan, owner of K's hamburger shop in Troy, discusses an order with Bob Skoog during the 70th anniversary celebration of the downtown eatery. PHOTO BY JAN UNDERWOOD(JAN UNDERWOOD)

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.

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Slyder’s Tavern, 836 Watervliet Ave., Dayton, 937-258-1222

Slyder's Swiss bacon cheeseburger with fries. (Photo by Amelia Robinson)(Amelia Robinson)

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.).

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Watermark, 20 S. 1st St., Miamisburg, 937-802-0891

(Watermark Restaurant Facebook)

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

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Nick’s Restaurant, 1443 N. Detroit St., Xenia, 937-372-3202

The Big Nick burger is a half pound of juicy Angus beef.(Jim Ingram)

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

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Gameday Grille and Patio, 7576 State Route 48, Waynesville, 937-886-3572

The Urban Meyer Burger served at Gameday Grille and Patio in Waynesville is patterned after the personality of the Ohio State coach himself.(Jim Ingram)

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

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Benjamin’s The Burger Master100 N. Main St., Dayton, 937-223-8702

Burger with a side of orka at Benjamin’s The Burger Master. (Staff photo by Amelia Robinson)

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.  

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Blind Bob's, 430 E. Fifth St., Dayton, 937-938-6405

The Island Delight burger from Blind Bob’s is a half-pound patty, stuffed with sweet pineapple and zippy pepper-jack cheese, with a teriyaki glaze, more cheese and served with a tangy wasabi-mayonnaise. (Contributed photo by Alexis Larsen)

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.

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Smokin’ BBQ, 200 E. Fifth St., Dayton, 937-586-9790

Smokin BBQ pulled pork bacon cheeseburger via Facebook

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.

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Sam and Ethel’s, 120 E. Main St., Tipp City, 937-667-0113

Derek Long serves up meals at Sam & Ethel’s In Tipp City, while his wife, Heather (background), works the grill. Contributed photo by Mickey Zezzo

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.

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The Hamburger Wagon, 12 E. Central Ave., Miamisburg, 937-847-2442

Miamisburg's Hamburger Wagon is a perennial favorite -- and despite the name, this wagon stays put so you always know where to find it.(Lauren Rinehart for

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.

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White Lotus327 E. Third St., Dayton; (937) 222-7030.

White Lotus ( 327 E. 3rd St., downtown Dayton) The Yummy Burger: To start, White Lotus is an incredible spot. While I don’t know the specific history of this awesome food shack, you just have to walk in the front door to know that it’s storied. Behind a food counter out of the '70s and a row of bar stools stands a lovely yet intense proprietor. I have never seen her not wearing her signature large sunglasses inside while she cooks each dish to order. Hosting a menu that is a mix of Thai and American cuisine, I rarely get beyond the Yummy Burger, which used to be the name of the restaurant. This burger is a pretty standard preparation, sesame seed bun, half-pound ground beef patty, lettuce, tomato, mayo and American cheese. I’ll even note that I once asked to get my burger mid rare, but when I asked the lady, she was very stern and unwavering in her response: “no.” So, I had it her way and honestly I cannot tell you what she did to make this “The Burger.” I think she may slow cook it in melted butter. I have trained as a professional burgernaught, tasting many a cheeseburger and somehow this one has stuck with me. Trust the lady, she knows what she’s doing. Also, their Thai food ain’t bad either.(Contributed by Brian Johnson, marketing consultant and co-owner of Bad Dog Nice Taco)

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).

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Note: prices are subject to change.

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5 Dayton noodle dishes you simply must try

Published: Monday, March 23, 2015 @ 1:50 PM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 2:35 PM

Singapore Noodles from Thai 9. (Contributed photo by Alexis Larsen)
Singapore Noodles from Thai 9. (Contributed photo by Alexis Larsen)

Sometimes you just get a craving for noodles. If that happens to you, here are 5 Dayton noodle dishes you simply must try.
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Grilled Chicken linguini


Where: Town & Country Shopping Center, 424 E. Stroop Road, Dayton; 937-534-0494;

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).

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Franco’s “World Famous” Spaghetti from Franco’s Ristorante Italiano in Dayton’s Historic Oregon District. The classic Dayton dish was created by restaurant owner Franco Germano. (Staff photo by Amelia Robinson)


Where: 824 E. Fifth St., Dayton; 937-222-0204;

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).

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


Where: 5532 Airway Road, Dayton; 937-252-1857;

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.

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Curried Singapore Noodles With Stir-Fried Veggies. MUST CREDIT: Photo by Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post.(Deb Lindsey/For The Washington Post)


Where: 5531 Far Hills Ave., Dayton; 937-434-4750;

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).

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Singapore Noodles from Thai 9. (Contributed photo by Alexis Larsen)


Where: 11 Brown St., Dayton; 937-222-3227;

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).

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You must try the amazing chai French toast at this Dayton café

Published: Thursday, July 20, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 1:47 PM

The chai French toast at Butter Cafe on Brown Street is a must-try. PHOTO / @thebuttercafe Instagram
The chai French toast at Butter Cafe on Brown Street is a must-try. PHOTO / @thebuttercafe Instagram

The adorable little café nestled on Brown Street is quite humble about a heavenly breakfast item we found on their menu. 

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Chai Tea French Toast at Butter Café. Yes, if you thought the aromatic smell of Chai could only be found in your favorite latte, then boy, do we have news for you. 

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Sarah Dudley (left) and Amy Beaver, are business partners for the new restaurant Butter Cafe at 1106 Brown St. opening June 7th. It will be a breakfast and lunch cafe featuring organic, free range, and hand made entrees. Staff photo by Jim Witmer

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Masala chai is the drink we know and love here in the States. It’s a spiced tea usually including cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and pepper. 

Pour that into a frothy cup of warm, sweetened milk and all of a sudden you feel the desire to curl up with a good book on a rainy afternoon. It’s magic.

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Well, Butter Café has done us a favor by dipping their already mouthwatering French toast into a rich chai tea latte batter and creating something wonderful.

This past weekend, I tried them for myself. 

My fork sank into the warm stack as a butter and creamy mascarpone cheese filling oozed from between the slices. The second bite was better than the first, and so on. 

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As powerful as my sweet tooth can be, I’m easily turned off by an overly sweet breakfast. But the mascarpone cheese added just enough to create a good sweet and savory balance. Order a bold cup of Butter Café’s organic coffee with it and you’ll be set.

Want to go?

WHAT: Butter Café

WHERE: 1106 Brown St., Dayton

INFO: (937) 985-9917 | buttercafedayton.comFacebook

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6 of the BEST places for Chinese food in Dayton

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 1:31 PM

Chinese Restaurants in Dayton

Craving Chinese food? Try one of these top spots in Dayton. 

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1.) Ozu852 

Voted #1 in the 2017 Best of Dayton poll, this spot is known for high-quality customer service and fresh, delicious dishes. Specializes in sushi.

Where: 852 Union Blvd., Clayton

Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

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2.) CJ Chan 

Offering both Japanese and Chinese cuisine, this spot features a create-your-own-dish option to appease nearly any palate and flavor profile.  

Locations: 2747 W. Alex Bell Rd., Moraine and 536 Wilmington Ave., Dayton

Hours: Mon-Thurs 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fri-Sat 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Sun 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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Mai Fun from CJ Chan. Photo via Facebook

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3.) Ginger and Spice 

Handcrafted cuisine in a fast, casual setting. Also offers local craft beers.

Location: 1105 Brown Street, Dayton

Hours: Mon-Sat 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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4.) Shen’s Szechuan & Sushi 

Contemporary restaurant serving Chinese fare and sushi, plus unique cocktails and craft beer.

Location: 7580 Poe Ave., Dayton 

Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Sat 12 to 10:30 p.m., Sun 12 to 9 p.m.

Grand Marnier Chicken. Photo via Facebook

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5.) China Cottage 

A warm, festive atmosphere with a live exhibition kitchen.

Locations: 6290 Far Hills Ave., Dayton; 3718 Wilmington Pike, Dayton; 1983 Shiloh Springs Rd., Trotwood; and 784 N. Main St., Springboro.

Hours: Sun-Thurs 

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6.) Asia Gourmet 

Friendly, casual restaurant specializing in Chinese and Thai cuisine.  

Location: 5518 Burkhardt Ave., Dayton

Hours: Tues-Thurs 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sun 12 to 9:30 p.m.

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