National Bagel Day: How to get a FREE Dayton bagel today

Published: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 5:30 AM

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Although Daytonians have quite a few choices on where to celebrate National Bagel Day today, Barry Bagels in Kettering might have just stolen the spotlight.

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On this national day of doughy recognition, you can get a FREE Barry Bagel at checkout.

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All you have to do is follow three easy steps:

1.) Follow their Instagram

2.) Like their photo 

3.) Show the cashier

Boom— you’re walking out the door with a toasty bagel that you didn’t pay a penny for.

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BREAKING NEWS: Dayton restaurant closes after less than 2 years 

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 3:14 PM

ARCHIVED PHOTO from 2011:  Bartender Dawn Booher, left, talks with co-owners Larry Parr, middle, and Eddie Holbrook, right, inside of  the Paradise Key Cafe  on Needmore Road in Dayton.
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ARCHIVED PHOTO from 2011: Bartender Dawn Booher, left, talks with co-owners Larry Parr, middle, and Eddie Holbrook, right, inside of the Paradise Key Cafe on Needmore Road in Dayton.(Teesha Mcclam/Dayton Daily News)

A Dayton restaurant celebrated for its chicken wings has closed one of its two Dayton locations. 

Paradise Key Cafe, 1060 Patterson Road in the Breitenstrater Plaza, has closed permanently. 

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A Facebook post from the restaurant’s chief executive officer Jennifer Lynn Jones reads as follows: 

“Public Announcement - With a heavy heart, I am sorry to announce that Paradise in Kettering has closed its doors due to under performance. When we took over, we had hoped to bring the party to this location, but we just couldn't quite get it to where it needed to be. I will miss every one of you deeply with all the laughs and good times and I hope that you will stop in, if not become a regular at our North Store which is still open. Who knows? Maybe we all can create better and more memories together there. Thank you to every one of you for being so loyal to us through all the troubles and I hope that you all will keep us in your hearts as I will surely keep you in mine.”

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The owners of the original Paradise Key Cafe located at 3243 Needmore Road in Dayton began transforming the Patterson Road location into Paradise Key Cafe South from Cold Beer and Cheeseburgers in late 2016. 

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A message was left for management at the Needmore Road location seeking comment. 

Paradise Key’s original location is a former winner of the Miami Valley Restaurant Association’s Kickin’ Chicken Wing Festival at the Fraze.

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16 incredible BBQ spots you HAVE to try

Published: Friday, July 01, 2016 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday, May 08, 2018 @ 12:55 PM

as voted by readers

We are officially entering grilling and barbecue season.

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But you don’t have to bust out the charcoal bricks and smoker at home, try one of these beloved institutions in and around Dayton. 

Company 7 Beef Brisket. SUBMITTED(Staff Writer)

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Pa’s Pork | Facebook or (937) 508-1308Voted best BBQ by readers, this food truck specializes in unique BBQ sandwiches. Top recommended dishes include pulled pork nachos, sauerkraut balls, The Pig Apple (smoked pork, braised cinnamon apples and sharp white cheddar on a toasted bun), and the schnitzel.Smokin’ Barrels | FacebookBrisket, burgers and ribs. Need we say more? This fan favorite won the 2nd place spot for best BBQ in Dayton. City Barbeque |
2330 N. Fairfield Road, Beavercreek937-320-00005 E. Franklin St., Centerville(937) 312-1350

The food at this Columbus-based chain is darn good. Am always happy to eat at City Barbecue when the opportunity presents itself. The beef brisket is not to be missed and the new double-smoked brisket tacos served up with smoked corn, tomato and chimichurri salsa are delicious and priced right (3 for $9).

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Beaugard’s Southern Bar “B” Q
975 S. South St., or (937) 655-8100

Get ready for some southern hospitality and some excellent Arkansas BBQ. Accessorize your plate of juicy, smoked meat with sweet potato pie, greens, hush puppies, macaroni salad and some fresh brewed tea and you’re ready to roll.

The Beerded Pig
Food truck, locations vary

Those smoked salmon tacos … holy moly. Some of the best I’ve had in ages, but then all the meats and ‘cue they were doling out seemed to be truly terrific across the board. Follow the Beerded Pig’s social media feed and try to track their bright orange food truck down if you are able and then let me know where they are at. I want more!

Bullwinkles Top Hat Bistro
19 N. Main St., or (937) 859-7677

If you are able and inclined, ride the bike path out for some pre-rib exercise. The ribs are where it’s at when it comes to this popular Miamisburg staple, so look no further. Best to arrive hungry.

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Company 7 BBQ
1001 S Main St., Englewood(937) 836-2777

At the risk of sounding like a broken record … I can’t get enough of those smoked wings! I’ve written about them before and there’s a reason I keep going back for more.

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Double D’s BBQ
69 Maple St., Waynesville(937) 554-2916

The “BBQ Hotshot” is popular for a reason — a cornbread waffle is piled with pulled pork, BBQ sauce and coleslaw. It’s all delicious, but this is a dish you’re not going to find on most menus.

Eli’s BBQ
3313 Riverside Dr, Cincinnati(513) 533-1957

This Cincinnati gem’s Riverside location is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. The Hickory smoked ribs and hickory smoked turkey breast are tender and meaty and the pulled pork is infused with garlic, cayenne and sugar rub that will bring a smile to your face. Add some sides like jalapeño cheddar grits, jalapeño cornbread, dirty baked beans and you’ll really be cookin’. The record player serenading with wonderful scratchy classics from the past is a nice bonus.

Fatback’s Barbecue
1334 Linden Ave, or (937) 254-7427

Smoked ribs, pork, brisket and chicken are cooked up low and slow until the meat is perfectly tender and then served up with Memphis-style sauces to accompany. The pig art surrounding the walls is fun and the owners are incredibly proud of what they are doing. It shows.

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Hickory Bar-B Que
1082 Brown St., or (937) 228-5252

This gem located down the street from The University of Dayton gets packed during the dinner hours, so expect a wait. The BBQ chicken dinner ($13.25) and rib dinner ($19.25) don’t disappoint.

KD’s Kettering BBQ
3911 Marshall Road, Kettering or (937) 293-3592

Spring for the broasted pork chops with broasted potato wedges, hot bacon slaw and corn casserole. You won’t be sorry.

Pit-to-Plate BBQ
1527 Compton Road, Mount or (513) 931-9100.

If there was a competition for sides and desserts, this place would probably take home top prize. And with meat served up by the pound you know they are serious about their barbecue. The baby back ribs are about as tender as they come and the other meats options aren’t far behind.

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Smokin’ Bar-B-Que
200 E. 5th St., Dayton(937) 586-9790

You can’t beat this downtown spot that offers speedy take-out service and evening hours. Although some of the sides are underwhelming, the portions are generous and the meat is tender and delicious.

275 Pictoria Drive, Cincinnati(513) 671-7667

They had me at fried green tomatoes. Their motto — “if it’s leagal … we’ll smoQ it!” — cracks me up. Good to be aware that Mondays are $19 slab of ribs night if you find yourself in Cincinnati on a Monday hankering for some smoked meats.

Star City BBQ1015 S Main St., Miamisburg(937) 530-2020

This unassuming, quaint stop filled with small town charm has a nice-sized menu that’s priced right. It’s a throw-back with solid food that satisfies.

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A one-pound serving of the beef brisket at Fatback’s Barbecue is definitely enough to share. Pictured with the roasted potatoes and cole slaw. We thank you kindly, Fatback’s. Contributed photo by Alexis Larsen
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Celebrated Cincinnati chef opening new restaurant in Warren County

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Local chef and restaurateur Jean-Robert de Cavel’s new fine, fast-casual dining concept, Frenchie Fresh, puts a French twist on American-inspired classics.
Local chef and restaurateur Jean-Robert de Cavel’s new fine, fast-casual dining concept, Frenchie Fresh, puts a French twist on American-inspired classics.(CONTRIBUTED)

The second Frenchie Fresh restaurant in the region will open at Deerfield Towne Center this summer.

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Local chef and restaurateur Jean-Robert de Cavel’s new fine, fast-casual dining concept, Frenchie Fresh, puts a French twist on American-inspired classics.

Think mac ‘n’ cheese or build your own burger.

The French-inspired food aims to offer fresh ideas, fresh ingredients and a fresh approach to high-quality dining.

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Frenchie Fresh will be located in the shopping center’s newly developed, central gathering place area called The Grove.

For more information, visit

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The two best seafood deals you’ll find at this throwback restaurant

Published: Saturday, July 01, 2017 @ 12:00 AM
Updated: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 10:11 AM

The classic oysters Rockefeller ($12) in the foreground is one of the highlights of the Sweeney’s menu as well as the large Chesapeake Bay oysters served on the half shell over ice ($2.50 each). The seared ahi tuna ($13) and Captain s Seafood Platter ($23) can be seen in the background. ALEXIS LARSEN/CONTRIBUTED
The classic oysters Rockefeller ($12) in the foreground is one of the highlights of the Sweeney’s menu as well as the large Chesapeake Bay oysters served on the half shell over ice ($2.50 each). The seared ahi tuna ($13) and Captain s Seafood Platter ($23) can be seen in the background. ALEXIS LARSEN/CONTRIBUTED(ALEXIS LARSEN)

The location that houses Sweeney’s Seafood Bar & Grill in Centerville has been an operating restaurant since 1959, when Antonio’s opened almost 60 years ago.

Sweeney’s launched in 1994 and it was later sold in 2012 keeping the same name and a similar approach with a seafood focus.

Chef Michael Kruse, General Manager Lisa Long, Operations Partner Holley Thompson and Managing Partner Larry Thompson all have ownership stakes, working together to run and focus the restaurant over the last five years.

Most of the sustainably raised fresh fish and seafood Sweeney’s serves is sourced locally from Foremost Seafood, Michael’s Meats and Seafood or Reinhart Distributing and GFS.

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Sweeney's Seafood in Centerville. STAFF FILE PHOTO(Lisa Powell/Lisa Powell)


Two of the best values are the Captain’s Seafood Platter ($23), which buys three sea scallops billed as jumbo (ours were a little on the small side) and a choice of salmon, tilapia or flounder and the Fisherman’s Platter ($25) where diners select their favorite three items from clams, shrimp, tilapia, scallops, flounder, frog legs, calamari and oysters, which can be prepared to the customer’s specifications. 

Both are served with fresh bread, a house salad and an additional side. 

By far our favorite preparation was the broiling option that leaves a crisp outer layer protecting moist delicious meat inside.

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There are dishes you would expect to see on the list of appetizer options — classic shrimp cocktail ($10), mussels ($10), crab cakes ($10) as well as welcome fresh seafood options that are harder to find on local menus, such as large Chesapeake Bay oysters served on the half shell over ice ($2.50 each) and escargot ($9).

The classic oysters Rockefeller ($12) is a rich mixture of bacon, seasoned spinach, Pernod and a creamy Asiago cheese sauce. It’s a wonderful dish that does the original — perfected more than 115 years ago in New Orleans — justice and is one of the gems on the Sweeney’s menu.

The seared ahi tuna ($13) features a very nice cut of sushi-grade tuna, sliced sashimi style and pan-seared. The amount of meat is a great value for the price and can be paired with a salad for a meal. The crab-stuffed mushrooms ($9) are another highlight.

There are 19 seafood dinner entrees featured on the standard menu, typically along with several specials. Choose between fried, grilled, sautéed or broiled preparations.

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Cajun breaded fried catfish over creamy beans and Rice with and andouille sausage

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Other entree options worth mentioning include a scallop and shrimp combo ($24), pesto scallops ($27) marinated in a salad of roasted red peppers, artichokes and garbanzo beans topped with a balsamic syrup, as well as an old-school clam strip dinner ($17), three 5-ounce Canadian lobster tails cooked in the shell (market value) and frog legs ($17), which you don’t see on many menus anymore.

The English-style fish and chips is another good option for dinner, but a little pricey for what you get at $20.

There are four steak, chicken and chop options for those who shy away from the bounty of the sea, including a 6-ounce filet ($26), a 10-ounce bone-in pork rib chop and a 10-ounce New York strip ($24).

There are 10 pasta options, most featuring rich cream sauces or Cajun preparations ranging from $17-$24. The lobster raviolis with squid ink pasta ($24) tossed in a house-made Brandy Alfredo sauce is a strong offering.

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The restaurant boasts some terrific sides, most notably their burgundy mushrooms, which coupled with the restaurant’s oyster dishes are alone a reason for a visit.

The cheddar bacon grits, sautéed garlic spinach and white truffle oil mashed potatoes are also strong options, but the burgundy mushrooms are a must.

Additional sides are $2.50 each or add a cup of New England clam chowder ($4) or lobster bisque ($5) to kick your meal off.

Seafood can be added to any entree including another lobster tail ($13), four fried shrimp ($7), 3/4-pound snow crab legs ($14) and an additional scallop ($3).

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The restaurant features a full bar, a robust wine selection and a rotating selection of 12 rotating craft beers.

The house-made Key Lime Pie is a nice way to finish the meal.


The restaurant has the feel of a throwback seafood restaurant you’d find in Florida. The four 150-gallon saltwater fish tanks are great entertainment, especially kids who can choose from eight items priced at $5.95. It’s an affordable, tasty way to introduce kids to seafood.

With so many new restaurants opening, it’s easy to forget about the established and consistent establishments that have been putting out good food for a long time. Sweeney’s is one to consider putting back on your radar if it’s fallen off.

Want to go?

WHAT: Sweeney’s Seafood Bar & Grill

WHERE: 28 W. Franklin St., Dayton

HOURS: 4–9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 4–10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 4–8:30 p.m. Sundays.

MORE INFO: 937-291-3474 or

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