Melt Bar and Grilled’s most famous sandwich returns this month

Published: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Melt Bar & Grilled's most popular sandwich, 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon, is back as a special during the month of December. Photo:
Melt Bar & Grilled's most popular sandwich, 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon, is back as a special during the month of December. Photo:

Melt Bar and Grilled, an Ohio favorite for gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, welcomes back a sandwich almost as popular as its namesake: the 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon Melt

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The most well-known, most beloved, most Melt-iest sandwich special of them all returns in December: hickory smoked bacon, black pepper crusted slab-cut bacon, maple bourbon glazed smoked pork belly, Italian pancetta, herb cream cheese with bacon bits, house-made bacon-infused mayonnaise, sharp cheddar, fresh romaine and sliced tomato. 

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December’s seasonal sides include: 

Cheesy Loaded Potatoes / crispy roasted potatoes, cheddar cheese sauce, crumbled bacon, sour cream and scallions. Vegetarian available. 
Kung Pow Broccoli / sautéed broccoli, spicy kung pow sauce, crushed peanuts. Vegetarian; vegan available.

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The Melt Bar and Grilled featured dessert for December is Peanut Butter Cup Bread Pudding, with homemade chocolate bread pudding served warm and topped with a sweet peanut butter glaze, vanilla ice cream, real whipped cream, powdered sugar and sprinkles.

The featured beer for December is Bell’s Winter White, an alternative to dark and heavy winter warmers and stouts. Winter White is a stylish and refreshing wheat ale fermented with a Belgian ale yeast and a blend of barley and wheat malts that yields a mixture of clove and fruity aromas, all without the use of any spices. 

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The Melt Bar and Grilled November cocktail feature is Dude Goes South for the Winter. The Dude needed a Melt twist to his White Russian for the holiday season so we concocted this magical combination of Smirnoff Vanilla Vodka, Patron XO, house-made mexican cocoa milk, cinnamon sugar and a pinch of cayenne pepper. 

The new Melt Winter Cocktail menu begins Friday, December 1st and is full of creative new signature cocktails to warm your body and soul during the cold months ahead.
  •  Cactus Mule / Absolut Citron Vodka, organic ginger juice, fresh lime juice, prickly pear puree, ginger beer
  •  Irish Vanilla Toddy / Jameson Cask Mates Whiskey, Licor 43, honey, hot water, lemon
  •  Kiwi Cabana / Bacardi 8-Year Rum, fresh lime juice, fresh kiwi, banana
  •  Maple Date Old Fashioned / Bulliet Bourbon, orange, cherry, Medjool date with a dash of maple syrup
  •  Winter Buckeye Fizz Martini / OYO Vim and Petal Gin, Watershed Four Peel Gin, fresh lemon and lime juice, house-made cinnamon clove syrup, a touch of cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar
  •  Samuel Smith Pellini / Samuel Smith Organic Perry Cider, peach nectar

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The wait is over! Cafe is now open at new downtown Dayton library 

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

After much anticipation, the new Main Library in downtown Dayton will open this weekend. The $64 million gathering place for the community expects to have an average of 2,500 visitors each day.

This is news library guests won’t want to be quiet about.

The wait is over for those who want baked goods and a cup of coffee with their books. 

Table 33 has started serving food in its new location inside the Dayton Metro Library’s downtown branch at 215 E. Third St.

The restaurant’s soft opening started this week. 

For now, Chuck Duritsch, the library’s external relations manager, said the restaurant will be open 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Table 33 in downtown Dayton recently expanded its menu. Photo by Amelia Robinson(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

“Right now they are offering their delicious coffee, some drinks, some baked goods, some juices,” he said. “They are going to add to the menu. There are going to be boxed lunches available.  It will be a couple of weeks before their hours expand.”

Duritsch said the restaurant is also exploring the idea of a delivery service that would allow patrons to use an app to order food and/or pick up food from delivery spots designated within the library. 

Table 33 may also offer catering down the road.

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“They want to be responsive to what the patrons are going to be ordering,” he said. “You have to know your audience. That’s why they are doing this slow rollout.” 

Dayton’s $64 million, state-of-the-art main branch library opened in August. 

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The main Table 33 restaurant is located at 130 W. Second St. and opened in 2016. 

Table 33 is now open in the Dayton Metro Library in downtown Dayton.(Photo: Chuck Duritsch)

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A Dayton sandwich so good you’ll say: ‘Pork Lord, have mercy’

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

The Pork Lord sandwich at Fifth Street Brew Pub.  Photo by Amelia Robinson
Photo: Amelia Robinson
The Pork Lord sandwich at Fifth Street Brew Pub. Photo by Amelia Robinson(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

A Dayton restaurant has three little piggies you are going to want battling the wolf in your belly. 

Fifth Street Brewpub, 1600 E. Fifth St. in Dayton’s St. Anne’s Hill neighborhood, might be best known for its beer. But the kitchen brews up some delicious grub, too.

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One particular sandwich stands out from the rest for a very piggy reason. 

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It is called the Pork Lord, and it had me at the words “pork” and “lord.” 

The sandwich is full of porky goodness, as you can imagine. But it will not leave you feeling like a pig. 

The $10 dish is a well-portioned combination of thin-ish sliced pork, bacon horseradish aioli and seasoned in-house pork rinds (called Crack–A–Lackin’s on the menu) on the side. 

Besides the ham and bacon, the anything but simple sandwich includes lettuce, tomato, onion, a fried egg and ghost pepper jack cheese on a telera roll. 

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The Pork Lord sandwich at Fifth Street Brew Pub. Photo by Amelia Robinson(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

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Don’t let the ghost pepper scare you off. 

The sandwich has just the right amount of heat for those of us who love a little kick with supper. 

The egg was cooked to perfection with plenty of delicious runny yolk to sop up. 

The yolk flowed like lava when I cut into my Pork Lord. 

The sandwich is cheesy, bacon-ey, eggy and spicy goodness. 

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The Pork Lord was added to Fifth Street’s menu in February. 

Tanya Brock, Fifth Street’s manager, said the Pork Lord has become a customer favorite and will remain on the menu for a while going forward. 

An order of thick and crunchy Crack-A-Lackin’s are $6 as an appetizer if you don’t want to go all hog wild. 

The Pork Lord sandwich at Fifth Street Brew Pub. Photo by Amelia Robinson(Photo: Amelia Robinson)


What: The Pork Lord: lettuce, tomato, onion,  ham, fried egg, ghost pepper jack cheese, bacon horseradish aioli on a telera roll. The sandwich is served with Crack-A-Lackins, the brewpub’s house-made pork rinds. 

Where: Fifth Street Brewpub, 1600 E. Fifth St. in Dayton’s St. Anne’s Hill neighborhood

Hours: 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays. 

Connect:  Facebook Website | Phone: (937) 443-0919

Cost: $10 

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This decadent new breakfast item from Bob Evans makes us proud to be from Ohio

Published: Monday, April 16, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Sarah Franks
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Last month, Bob Evans revealed its most Ohio-centric menu item yet— Buckeye hotcakes.

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We snuck out of the office to try a stack of these peanut buttery, chocolate drizzled pancakes for lunch, and I am here to report that Bob Evans knocked it out of the park.

The pancakes come loaded with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, topped with Reese’s peanut butter sauce, powdered sugar and whipped topping on the side.

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Now, this is coming from a breakfast connoisseur who opts for a more savory bite. However, Bob’s Buckeye pancakes have all the richness you’d hope for in a sweet breakfast option, but yet wasn’t too much to where I felt like I needed a glass of milk with every other bite.

This next part took my meal to the next level. For only 80 cents, you can top your stack with a generous scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.

A four-stack of the new Buckeye hotcakes costs $7.49.

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JUST IN: New snack shop coming to The Greene, but it’s no stranger to Dayton area

Published: Monday, April 16, 2018 @ 4:50 PM

The Greene Town Center seen from the air

A new snack shop that is no stranger to the Dayton area is coming to The Greene Town Center in Beavercreek, perhaps as early as this summer, a spokeswoman for The Greene said this afternoon.

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Auntie Anne’s, an international pretzel-shop chain that operates a location in the Dayton Mall, has signed a lease and will move into the former Teavana space at 4450 Glengarry Drive on the development’s town square, the spokeswoman said. 

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The Dayton Mall Auntie Anne’s location opened in 2005, and plans to remain open, a manager of the store said today, April 16. 

Auntie Anne's pretzel shop has signed a lease at The Greene and will open on the town square as early as this summer. Photo from Auntie Anne's Facebook page

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Starbucks, which owns and operates the Teavana brand, is in the process of closing all 379 locations across the U.S., and shut down its store at The Greene about six weeks ago. 

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Auntie Anne’s was founded in Pennsylvania in 1988 and now operates more than 1,700 locations in 48 states and more than 25 countries.

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