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5 must-try foods at Dayton’s Root Beer Stande

Published: Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 @ 10:47 AM

We take a closer look at this piece of Dayton dining Americana.

Classic, greasy American food. Most of us crave it at some point. 

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So what’s wrong with a little cheesy, cholesterol level-peaking indulgence now and then? We’ve already told you about the Dayton gem that is The Root Beer Stande on Woodman Dr. It’s a classic piece of Americana dining with an impressive menu. But here are five things you have to try when you visit -- though we don’t recommend them all at once.   

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1.) ’MERICA DOG

It doesn’t get much more patriotic than this. This Nathan’s all-beef dog is served with bacon and nacho cheese, topped with pickle fries on a poppy-seed bun. As you eat this wonder, you’ll realize that nacho cheese and hot dogs were meant for one another. 

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Celebrate your freedom to eat all things tasty with the 'Merica Dog.(Contributed)

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2.) THE BACON SUPREME

Two beef patties loaded with extra bacon, with lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise, all held together with a generous portion of melted cheese. The delicious greasy burger is alive and well in Dayton. 

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Supreme Bacon Burger: Two patties covered in bacon and smothered with melted cheese.(Jim Ingram)

3.) EL DIABLO DOG

Like a little heat with your dog? The El Diablo is your next challenge. It’s a beef dog smothered in chili and onions with jalapenos and ghost pepper cheese. You have to try it just to see if you can handle the fire. 

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Can you handle the heat of the El Diablo?(Contributed)

4.) THE DIRTY D

The hot dog your cardiologist warned you about, this features a dog wrapped in bacon and then deep fried. It’s topped with chili, onions, mustard and cheddar cheese. You may feel a little guilt, but you won't care. 

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The "D" could be for "delicious".(Jim Ingram)

5.) ROOT BEER FLOAT

It’s just inconceivable that you would visit The Root Beer Stande and not partake in their signature item. Served in an old-fashioned frosty mug, everything is right with the world while you sip this sweet, refreshing indulgence. 

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It doesn't get much more refreshing than a classic root beer float.(Contributed)

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Here’s how you can get a FREE drink of frozen lemonade for Summer Solstice today

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 9:10 AM

Dunkin' Donuts has a new frozen lemonade drink available in original and strawberry flavors. CONTRIBUTED
Dunkin' Donuts has a new frozen lemonade drink available in original and strawberry flavors. CONTRIBUTED

Nothing is more refreshing than frozen lemonade in the summertime. 

That’s why Dunkin’ Donuts is making the longest day of the year, possibly the coolest day as well.

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Dunkin’ Donuts is hosting a special nationwide Frozen Lemonade tasting event today, Thursday, June 21.

You’re invited to chill out and enjoy a complimentary sample (3.5-ounce) from 10 AM to 2 PM, while supplies last.

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Frozen Lemonade is Dunkin’ Donuts’ newest way to seize and freeze the day.

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The frozen beverage is available in two flavors, Original and Strawberry, both made with real fruit juice for a delightful frozen refreshment.

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Introduced last month, Frozen Lemonade will be served through summer at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants throughout the country. 

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Break out the newspaper! Here are 3 local shrimp boils to get you through hot days 

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 8:00 AM

Scatter the shrimp boil ingredients on your finest linen (not!), and make sure you have plenty of napkins nearby. (Contributed by LibbyVision.com)
Scatter the shrimp boil ingredients on your finest linen (not!), and make sure you have plenty of napkins nearby. (Contributed by LibbyVision.com)

Don’t fight the heat! Use it to your tummy’s advantage. 

Three dining opportunities are coming up that will allow you to eat seafood on newspaper. 

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Mark your calendars for these three shrimp boils:

Here are the details:

WHAT: Summer Seafood Boil

WHERE: The Wandering Griffin, 3725 Presidential Drive,  Beavercreek

WHEN: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 30  

COST: $59.99 per person. Tickets available on Eventbrite.

DESCRIPTION: 

“The full menu includes...
- an endless pot of seafood boil with shrimp, mussels, crab, andouille sausages, potatoes and corn
- four drink tickets redeemable for beer, wine or well-liquor drinks”

MORE INFORMATION: (937) 956-5216| FacebookWebsite

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Slow cookers are great for making all kinds of party-friendly dishes, including a Cajun shrimp boil, from “The Great American Slow Cooker Book,” by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough.(Eric Medsker)

WHAT: Guest Chef Anne Kearney's Shrimp Boil 

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WHERE: JD Legends, 65 Millard Drive, Franklin

WHEN: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, July 1 

COST: $22 per person. Tickets available on Eventbrite.

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DESCRIPTION: 

“As part of a week long celebration of our 15 year party JD Legends presents chef Anne Kearney . You can come at 6pm or 7pm. Seating is first come first serve on the patio.

Kearney describes her cooking with the motto "Food of Love". With a background at Bistro at the Maison de Ville and Peristylewith John Neal and as line cook and culinary assistant at Emeril Lagasse's Emeril's, she was given the opportunity to purchase Peristyle from Neal's estate in 1995. She rose to national recognition and later was honored in 2002 with a James Beard Foundation award as "Southeast Regional Best Chef". Kearney's food is an American interpretation of Provençal bistro fare.”

MORE INFORMATION: (937) 746-4950 | FacebookWebsite

WHAT: Shrimp Boil for Wright Dunbar

WHERE: West Third Street in the Wright-Dunbar business District, Dayton 

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WHEN: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 28  

COST: $30 per person. Tickets available on Planned2give.

(Ticket includes shrimp boil dinner and two beer tickets.) 

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DESCRIPTION: 

“The full menu includes...

Celebrate summer with a low key fundraiser for Wright Dunbar by joining us for a Shrimp Boil. We'll cook up the shrimp, corn, and sausage, have plenty of cole slaw and potato salad. Don't be afraid to dig in and peel some shrimp, drink some ice cold brews and enjoy.
Thanks to our friends at Bonbright Distributors, we'll be featuring the beers of New Belgium Brewing and our friends at Gordon Food Service are helping to make this possible.

MORE INFORMATION: (937) 956-5216| FacebookWebsite

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Here’s how you can get FREE lasagna from Carrabba’s Italian Grill

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

HOW IT WORKS

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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NEARBY LOCATIONS

900 Miamisburg Centerville Rd., Washington Township

IF YOU’RE TRAVELING

3949 Trueman Blvd., Hilliard

5152 Merten Drive, Mason

8460 Lyra Drive, Columbus

7500 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati 

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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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