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Local restaurant’s fried chicken dinner gets a fancy upgrade for Christmas Eve

Published: Friday, December 22, 2017 @ 10:02 AM

Contributed photo: Brian Johnson
Contributed photo: Brian Johnson

Nothing goes with fried chicken like... champagne? ðŸ¥‚

Well, when Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday and you’re Lily’s Bistro, it sure does! 

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Lily’s has hosted a fried chicken dinner every Sunday since Jan. 2014 and doesn’t plan on stopping for Christmas Eve

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“Our Chefs are working up a very special menu full of premium appetizers and entrees to go with our local, free-range fried chicken,” said Lily’s Bistro in the event listing on Facebook. You can check out the full menu here

Fried chicken is featured every Sunday at Lily’s Bistro. Photos courtesy of Lily’s Bistro Facebook

The special dinner will be served from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. You can make your reservations by calling (937) 723-7637.

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The best Mother’s Day brunches in Dayton

Published: Thursday, May 04, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 8:00 PM

Best of Dayton 2017 Best Brunch

When I was a kid, Mother’s Day meant getting my mom whatever over-the-top tacky gift my father picked out and saying I “helped.” 

Since there are roughly 1,300 miles between me and my parents these days -- and sometimes that’s a good thing -- I don’t get to take her out to brunch for Mother’s Day. That doesn’t mean I don’t know of a few great places to take Mom should she drop in unexpectedly.

If you’re fortunate enough to have your mom still in your life and near you, here are some great restaurants that are sure to be a hit. 

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The Olympic omelette at The White House Restaurant on Peachtree Rd in Buckhead has been offering homemade Greek and American food since 1948. The omelette includes spinach, tomatoes, peppers, onions, mushrooms, feta and is served with a size of tzaziki sauce. Grits, fresh fruit, orange juice and toasted croissantes are also available. (Jenni Girtman / Atlanta Event Photography)

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Brunch at the Dayton Racquet Club

40 N Main St N Main Street, Dayton

This Mother’s Day event is not only a brunch, but a stylish fashion show celebrating all the latest trends, as well as a raffle with a chance to win a trip to Snowshoe, West Virginia or Cancun, Mexico. Only 400 raffle tickets will be sold. Presented by the Life Essentials organization, at the Mother’s Day Brunch and Style Show, you’ll enjoy “a complimentary mimosa, yogurt parfait bar, waffle and pancake bar, and a seated breakfast.” Visit squareup.com to purchase tickets.

WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday, May 12

COST: $45 for adults, $25 for children 10 and under

RAFFLE: $25 per ticket, $50 for 3 tickets, $100 for 7 tickets

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HOLIDAY INN MOMOSA BRUNCH

2800 Presidential Dr, Fairborn

937-433-7099

Chef White’s culinary staff will roll out a lavish brunch featuring a wide-array of the hotel’s seasonal showcase of locally-sourced, farm fresh cuisine. Brunch highlights include (but not limited to): Shrimp and Grits with Basil and Bacon, Prime Rib, Omelet Station, Herb Roasted Pork Loin, Savory Chicken Crepe, Orange Marmalade Stuffed French Toast with Berry Compote, Assorted Mini Quiches, Potatoes Obrien, Mini Chicken Salad Sandwiches, Seasonal Salads and much more. Reservations recommended. 

WHEN: Sunday, May 13 at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.

COST: $30 per adult, $21 senior/military, $13 children and free for children 5 and under

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ROOST EVENTS 

580 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering

937-222-3100

The brunch buffet menu for Roost Event’s Mother’s Day brunch is plentiful and classic. With Belgian waffles, eggs benedict bruschetta, shrimp cocktail, honey glazed ham and more, there’s something for everyone. 

WHEN: Sunday, May 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

COST: $36 (plus tax and gratuity) per adult, $15 for children ages 5-10 and free for ages 5 and under. Call for reservations.

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THE DAYTON ART INSTITUTE 

453 Belmonte Park N., Dayton

937-223-4278

Enjoy a scrumptious brunch buffet provided by Bernstein's Fine Catering, featuring fresh fruits, spring salads, flavorful meat and seafood choices, and mouth-watering desserts. Ice tea, orange juice and coffee are included, plus a cash bar for soft drinks, wine, beer and specialty drinks will also be available. Make your reservation online.

WHEN: Sunday, May 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

COST: Advance Reservations: $31 per person members; $36 per person non-members; $20 children ages 10 and under  Day of Brunch (as available): $40 per person adults; $25 children ages 10 & under. All prices tax and gratuity included. Children 2 and under free.

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THE CAROLINE

937-552-7676

The Caroline is pulling out all the stops for their Mother’s Day brunch buffet. The menu will include items such as french toast, waffles, grilled salmon, a carving station and house-made pies. 

WHEN: Sunday, May 13 from 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.

COST: $27 per adult, $14 children 5-12 years old and children under 5 free

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CARVERS STEAKS AND CHOPS

937-344-7099

A special Mother’s Day brunch menu will be served 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., followed by a special dinner menu from 3 to 8 p.m. Their regular dinner menu will also be available all day. There will be three featured mimosas including the restaurant’s signature OJ and pineapple juice blend, as well as strawberry- and mango-infused flavors. Choose from a three-course menu including items such as lobster bisque, prime rib eggs benedict, honey bbq salmon and more. Reservations highly recommended. 

WHEN: Sunday, May 13 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

COST: $35 per person

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NEW RESTAURANT: ‘I can’t wait to start giving back to this town that my family and I have grown to love’

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 10:56 AM

Former Red Wagon Cafe food truck owner to open Canal House Eatery

A chef and former owner of a Miamisburg-based food truck is gearing up to open her own restaurant in the same city. 

Tanya Straight, who operated The Red Wagon Cafe food truck with her family, will open The Canal House Eatery on May 11 at 103 S. Second St. in Miamisburg.

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“I chose to open at this location because of my love for this town, its residents and business owners,” Straight told this news outlet. “It is truly a wonderful community to live in, and I have been looking for a location here for quite some time.

“We are very excited to become part of the wonderful downtown businesses here in Miamisburg, and I can’t wait to start giving back to this town that my family and I have grown to love.”

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A ribbon-cutting and grand opening are scheduled for 10 a.m. May 11, Straight said. She will operate the restaurant with the help of her family and between two and five employees, the restaurant owner said. 

Canal House Eatery’s menu will include Specialty Wraps, Paninis, Sandwiches, Soups, Salads, Side Dishes, Desserts and fresh bakery items, Straight said. 

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The leased space previously housed Palmitas Taco Shop, which shut its doors in December 2017 and is working on transitioning to a food truck, according to its Facebook page.

The new Canal House Eatery at 103 S. Second St. in Miamisburg. SUBMITTED

 

Straight, who has lived in Miamisburg for 12 years and has three children in the Miamisburg school district, operated The Red Wagon Cafe for six years before selling it last year to pursue other interests.

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“The opportunity to open The Canal House unexpectedly presented itself” via family members who told her about the former Palmitas space, Straight said. “ The option seemed to good to pass up, so my family and I decided to give it a shot.” 

Plans call for Canal House Eatery to be open Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.. and for Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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The best patios in and around Dayton

Published: Thursday, April 12, 2018 @ 1:08 PM
Updated: Friday, April 13, 2018 @ 9:43 AM

Here are Dayton's top 3 patios as selected by Dayton.com 2017 Best of Dayton voters. Video by Amelia Robinson

Ahh, it’s that time of year again. We can’t wait to hear our hostess ask, “Would you like a seat inside or on the patio?”

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If you’re like us, you’re ready to say “patio please!”  

We’ve rounded up the best patios to visit in and around Dayton. 

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Little York Tavern & Pizza

The patio at Little York Tavern in Vandalia was vote Best of Dayton 2018.(Photo: Little York Tavern)

Why? Our readers voted Little York’s patio the best in Dayton in 2017, and for good reason. The spacious outdoor area features charming archways for you to sit beneath as you scarf down pub fare and brews.

Where: 4120 Little York Rd., Dayton

Hours: Mon-Sat 11 to 2:30 a.m., Sun 12 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

Info: WebsiteCall 937-890-6700

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Bargos Grill & Tap 

The patio at | Bargos Grill & Tap in Centerville(Bargos Grill & Tap)

Why? Another top choice from Dayton.com readers, Bargo’s has a wide selection of beers on tap (including local) as well as tasty kitchen offerings. The patio features an outside connection to the bar so you can stay outside in the sunshine -- oh and don’t miss their “Crazy Hour” for a great drink discount.

Where: Two locations in Centerville and Fairfield

Hours: Mon-Sat 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m., Sun 12- to :30 a.m.

Info: Website | Call 937-999-1347 (Centerville)

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Basil’s on Market

The waterfront patio at Basil's On Market is a great place to soak up some sun and watch the people go by.(Connie Post)

Why? Few things are better than beautiful, delicious drinks and food overlooking the Great Miami River.

Where: 312 N. Patterson Blvd., Dayton 

Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Info: Website | Call 937-818-4390

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The Dayton Beer Company

(Contributed)

Why? A variety of games, locally-crafted brews and the buzz of the city make this spot a patio favorite. 

Where: 41 Madison St., Dayton 

Hours: Tues-Thurs 4 to 10 p.m., Fri 4 p.m. to 12 a.m., Saturday 12 p.m. to 12 a.m., Sun 12 to 6 p.m.

Info: Website | Call 937-228-2337

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Dublin Pub

The patio at Dublin Pub is a great place to kick back for a casual dinner or pint. (CONNIE POST/Staff)

Why? This is one of the chillest patios in the city. Sit under an umbrella and order a pint. 

Where: 300 Wayne Ave., Dayton

Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m., Sun 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Info: Website | 937-224-7822

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Wheat Penny Restaurant

Wheat Penny Oven and Bar, 515 Wayne Ave., now offers a full summer patio. Photo source: Facebook

Why? Nothing goes better with vino and pizza than outdoors. Wheat Penny’s patio is great for groups, too.

Where: 515 Wayne Ave., Dayton

Hours: Mon-Sat 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Info: Website | Call 937-496-5268

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Ye Olde Trail Tavern

(Facebook)

Why? You get a front row seat to people watch in the heart of downtown Yellow Springs, plus there’s great food and drink. Do a little shopping, then find a seat on the patio of Ohio’s second oldest restaurant.

Where: 228 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs

Hours: Mon-Sun 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Info: Website | Call 937-767-7448

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The Caroline 

(Facebook)

Why? The Caroline has great food, and you get to enjoy it with a view of Troy’s charming Public Square.

Where: 5 S. Market St., Troy

Hours: Mon-Thurs 4 to 9 p.m., Fri-Sat 4 to 9:30 p.m.

Info:Website | 937-552-7676

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Coco’s Bistro

Coco’s Bistro (CONTRIBUTED)

Why? Those in search of a little romance need not look further than Coco’s cool, inviting patio.

Where: 250 Warren St., Dayton

Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sat 5 to 11 p.m.

Info: Website | Call 937-228-2626

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Fifth Street Brewpub

Fifth Street Brewpub is celebrating five years with music, special tappings, special bottlings and more on Saturday, June 24. CONTRIBUTED(Staff Writer)

Why? It’s a beer garden with homegrown brew -- what’s not to love?

Where: 1600 E. 5th St., Dayton

Hours: Mon-Thurs 4 to 11 p.m., Fri 11 to 12 a.m., Sat 10 a.m. to 12 a.m , Sun 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Info: Website | Call 937-443-0919

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The Oregon Express

Cinco de Mayo fun in the Oregon District at Dublin Pub and Oregon Express (Teesha McClam)

Why? The patio may no the fancy, but you’ll get a bird’s eye view of the Oregon District and that can been very, very interesting indeed.

Where: 336 E. 5th St., Dayton

Hours: Mon-Fri 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sat 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Info: Website | Call 937-223-9205

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TJ Chumps

A view of the Rose Music Center in Huber Heights from the recently opened TJ Chumps. Contributed photo by Alexis Larsen

Why? With spacious dining spaces, TVs at nearly every angle and a huge variety of food and drink offerings, TJ Chumps patios at its four Dayton-area locations make it easy to enjoy the covered cozy patio tables.

Where: Multiple location sin Englewood, Huber Heights, Miamisburg and Fairborn.

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

Info: Website 

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Lily’s Bistro

Why? Lily’s has three patios with personality, including two that face Fifth Street. The restaurant’s beautifully landscaped back patio is a no-so-secret oasis that can accommodate up to 500 people.

Where: 329 E. 5th St., Dayton

Hours: Tues-Fri 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tues-Thurs 5 to 9 p.m., Fri-Sat 5 to 11 p.m., Sat-Sun 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sun 5 to 9 p.m.

Info: Website | Call 937-723-7637

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Brio Tuscan Grille

(Jennifer Podis)

Why? The restaurant’s sophisticated patio is the perfect place to watch entertainment happening in The Greene with munchies on your fork and wine in your glass.

Where: 4459 Cedar Park Dr., Beavercreek

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

Info: Website | Call 937-429-7792

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Peach’s Bar & Grill 

Worth the drive to Yellow Springs, Peach's Grill is a great place to catch a show and grab some grub.(Jim Ingram/Jim Ingram)

Why? Peach’s is a great spot to put back on those pounds you took off on the nearby Greene County bike path. Good food, people watching and beer help, too. While you’re in the Village, check out the patio at Yellow Springs Brewery.

Where: 104 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs

Hours: Mon-Sun 11 to 2:30 a.m.

Info: Website | Call 937-767-4850

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Jimmie’s Ladder 11

Jimmie's Ladder 11 in Dayton, near the UD campus.(Maria Norman for Dayton.com)

Why? Potted plants help set the mood on this beautifully decorated and relaxed patio near UD. There is plenty of room for the entire gang.

Where: 936 Brown St., Dayton

Hours: Mon-Sun 11 to 2:30 a.m.

Info: Website | Call 937-424-1784

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El Meson

The indoor patio at El Meson.(Contributed photo by Alexis Larsen)

Why? Thanks to food and cocktails that transport you to Central America, South America and the Caribbean, festive decorations, heaters and weather panels, it always feels like the tropics on El Meson’s main patio -- even in the winter. You are not in the Buckeye State when you are one of the eatery’s patios.

Where: 903 E. Dixie Dr., Dayton

Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 4:30 to 9 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 4:30 to 10 p.m., Sat 4:30 to 10 p.m.

Info: Website | Call 937-859-8229

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The Trolley Stop

Why? The Trolley Stop patio is a number of things, depending on the day and time you visit. It is a hidden garden in the middle of the city where you can read a book over lunch, a chill place to catch up with friends or a place to be seen my anyone who wants to look.

Where:

Hours: Mon-Sun 11 to 2 a.m.

Info:Website | Call 937-461-1101

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Did your favorite spot make the list? Drop me a line at alex.perry@coxinc.com.

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Popular brunch spot now has a late-night walk up window

Published: Tuesday, March 06, 2018 @ 1:30 PM
Updated: Friday, April 27, 2018 @ 4:23 PM

Butter Cafe has been a popular spot since opening on Brown Street near UD in 2010.

Late night near the University of Dayton is decidedly more delicious.

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Butter Cafe, the popular breakfast and lunch spot at 1106 Brown St., launched its late night walk-up window Friday, March 30.  

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The window will serve a limited menu 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 

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If all goes as planned, late nights near the University of Dayton are about to get far more delicious. 

Butter Cafe, the popular breakfast and lunch spot at 1106 Brown St. in Dayton, plans to begin serving a late-night menu, according to co-owner Sarah Dudley

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“We just feel like it’s a need for late night dining around here,” she said. “There’s not many places that have late night dining.” 

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The restaurant hopes to start selling a limited menu from a side window near its parking lot beginning in the next three weeks or so, Dudley said. 

She said the window will be “jazzed up” for its new purpose. 

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Butter hinted at the window last week on its Facebook page:

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Opened in the former location of Dolcessa gelato shop in 2010, Butter serves a variety of  vegan and vegetarian dishes as well as locally grown, free range eggs, waffles, French toast, pancakes, burgers, salads, baked goods and sandwiches. 

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Initially, the restaurant’s walk-up window will serve a limited menu on weekends from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m., Dudley said. 

Items will likely include Butter’s famed potatoes as well as eggs, breakfast sandwiches and pancakes.

“It will be a scaled-down menu,” she said. 

The restaurant employees about 20 people. Dudley said schedules will be reorganized to fill the weekend breakfast needs.  

“I feel like it will be a lot busier when school is in (session),” she said. 

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Mmmm Banana Split Pancakes 😋

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