Notorious southern fried chicken and biscuits chain looking to open first Ohio location

Published: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 10:08 AM

Photo from Bojangles' Facebook Page.
Photo from Bojangles' Facebook Page.

Probably the best fried chicken in existence is considering coming to Cincinnati for the first time.

>>RELATED: 11 places to grab some amazing fried chicken in Dayton

Bojangles' -- a fried chicken and biscuits chain restaurant primarily located in the Southeast -- is seeking franchise owners to help the company expand to Cincinnati, according to a news release from Bojangles' spokesman Cliff Cermak.

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This is a deeply emotional announcement for me and likely many other Cincinnatians who have migrated from the southern U.S.

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In addition to Cincinnati, Bo's wants to open restaurants in Louisville and Evansville, Indiana. Right now, restaurants are located only in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington D.C.

Bojangles' is absolutely amazing, according to myself and my taste buds. The restaurant's chicken biscuits are the perfect breakfast, lunch and/or dinner. The chicken itself is just delectable -- it's definitely greasy, but not too greasy. It's crispy and perfect. Bojangles also has Cajun chicken, which is delightfully spicy, and pairs well with a honey and butter-smothered buttermilk biscuit.

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The chain's sides alone blow any other drive-thru restaurant's out of the water: macaroni and cheese, dirty rice and Cajun pinto beans, among others. Bojangles' has truly Southern sweet tea, too -- the kind that gives you a toothache after two swigs. 

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And I'm not the only person crazy about Bojangles': This couple had Cajun chicken biscuits at their wedding.

The best thing to hold onto in life is each other (and a Cajun Filet Biscuit.) 📸: Paige Hanger

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And this guy decorated his graduation cap with a Bo's box and drink cup.

THAT is how you graduate.

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So, if you're looking for your next business venture in the Queen City, this is my personal plea to consider franchising a Bojangles' restaurant. I promise that I, solely, will be the source of a disgusting amount of business.

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Here’s how you can get FREE lasagne from Carrabba’s Italian Grill starting tomorrow

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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5 of the best martinis in Dayton

Published: Friday, June 19, 2015 @ 11:30 AM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 4:52 PM

5 of the best martinis in Dayton

It’s classic. It’s simple. It’s elegant.

The martini is a signature drink at most bars. But some martinis are just a little extra special.

Here are some of our favorite spots that can serve up a martini to compete with any of them:

Phoot: Emma Janzen / AMERICAN-STATESMAN(American-Statesman Staff)

1. Salar, 400 E. Fifth St., Dayton — TEMPORARILY CLOSED

Salar’s knowledgeable bar staff is well-known for delicious and globally-inspired signature cocktails. But they can just as easily go classic and can serve you up a delicious true martini.

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2. Buckhorn Tavern, 8800 Beeker Road, Butler Twp.

This is a rustic steakhouse that has been serving hungry diners since 1943. The Buckhorn is best known for flavorful ribs and grilled steaks, but it also has a robust wine list and can serve up a perfect classic cocktail.

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3. The Oakwood Club, 2414 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood

The Oakwood Club is obviously renowned for its steaks along with its classic atmosphere, so it’s no surprise that their martinis would also be top-notch and true to form.

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4. Lily’s Bistro, 329 E. Fifth St., Dayton

Lily’s has a full menu of specialty (and classic) hand-crafted cocktails, so we’d expect nothing less than a great martini. 

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5. Jay’s Seafood Restaurant, 225 E. Sixth St., Dayton

A seafood restaurant for martinis? It’s true, we promise! We dare say a great dry martini would go deliciously with their oysters on the half shell.

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Bonus: The blue cheese-stuffed olive-filled martinis made at Fleming’s Steakhouse, 4432 Walnut St., are a delicious addition, if not keeping with the true martini recipe. We’re willing to let it slide, because they’re that tasty.

The Colonnade’s classic gin martini has its own style. CONTRIBUTED BY MIA YAKEL(For the AJC)

Need some more options? Here are five other superb locations: 

  • Thai 9, 11 Brown St., Dayton
  • The Meadowlark Restaurant, 5531 Far Hills Ave., Washington Twp.
  • Century Bar, 10 S. Jefferson St., Dayton
  •  Therapy Cafe, 452 E. Third St., Dayton
  • Coco’s Bistro, 250 Warren St., Dayton
  • Is a martini on your happy hour menu tonight? You bet we’ll join you.

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    Lily’s Bistro celebrates 5 years with porky feast including candied bacon & bacon fat beignets

    Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 6:01 AM

    Beignets are among the items Lily's Bistro will serve at the Taste of All Things Oregon District. (Source: Facebook/Lily's Bistro)
    Beignets are among the items Lily's Bistro will serve at the Taste of All Things Oregon District. (Source: Facebook/Lily's Bistro)

    One of Dayton’s favorite farm to table eateries, Lily’s Bistro, will celebrate its 5 year anniversary this week with “The Whole Beast Feast”

    The restaurant’s chefs brought in a whole hog from Keener Farms this week and have been breaking it down and utilizing all of the parts respectfully and resourcefully, according to a press release sent to this news organization. 

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    “This is going to be a ‘nose to tail’ meal, which means we’ll be utilizing every possible part of the animal...” Emily Mendenhall, owner of Lily’s Bistro said.

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    “We'll start with a local whole hog from Keener Farm that we will be butchering in house, and the menu will have everything from house stuffed sausages to pressed terrines and candied pork belly with bacon fat beignets.”

    (Contributed)

    “A lot of people can be intimidated by things they haven’t tried before, and we’re hoping to help people understand that just because you haven’t had something doesn’t mean it’s not delicious,” said Executive Chef Jansen Trotman of Lily’s Bistro. 

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    “I was born in Trinidad, and one dish I’m very excited about is based off a traditional ‘souse,’ which is a dish that uses pickled components like cucumbers along with parts of an animal that are overlooked in some cultures. I’ll be using the pork knuckle from around the trotter of the hog as well,” he said. 

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    Lily's Bistro will host a Rum Night as part of its 5 year anniversary celebrations on Saturday, June 23, featuring special cocktails and the Sailor Jerry Girls giving away merchandise. CONTRIBUTED

    In addition to Thursday’s The Whole Beast Feast, 5-year anniversary celebrations continue with Happy Hour specials all night long on Friday, June 22, and Rum Night on Saturday, June 23, featuring special cocktails and the Sailor Jerry Girls giving away merchandise.

    Then, on July 12, Lily’s will host a counterpart 6-course dinner that is entirely plant-based for vegetarians and vegans. 

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    The Whole Beast Feast costs $49, which includes tax and tip, and takes place at Lily’s Bistro on Thursday, June 21 at 6 p.m. Bar Manager Amber Brady is also planning an optional $14 craft beer pairing to spotlight a number of local and Ohio-made beers.

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    Want to go?

    WHAT: The Whole Beast Feast at Lily’s Bistro

    WHERE: 329 E. 5th St., Dayton 

    WHEN: Thursday, June 21 at 6 p.m.

    TICKETS: $49 (includes tax and tip) purchase via Eventbrite

    INFO: Facebook

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    FOOD NEWS: 18 months after opening, chicken chain shuts down one of its Dayton locations

    Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 1:30 PM

    Mike's Nashville Hot restaurant in Centerville is now closed.

    Less than two years after it opened, a restaurant known for its spicy chicken has closed one if its Dayton-area locations. 

    >>RELATED: ‘Nashville Hot’ chicken coming to Austin Landing, Centerville  (Sept 26, 2016)

    The Mike’s Nashville Hot restaurant at 6230 Far Hills Ave. (Ohio 48) in the Shops of North Village retail center in Centerville is closed, employees at that location and the Mike’s Nashville Hot restaurant in Austin Landing told this news organization.
    The Centerville location opened Monday, Jan. 30, 2017. 

    The Mike’s Nashville Hot restaurant in Centerville is now closed.(Mike’s Nashville Hot)

    The 2,700-square-foot restaurant is next to a Jimmy John’s sandwich shop that opened in May 2014.

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    When it opened, the Centerville Mike’s location had seats for about 72 and employed about 40. 

    This news organization is attempting to reach owner Mike Craddick and left a message seeking additional information from the management team at the Austin Landing location. 

    Customers are being directed to the Austin Landing location. 

    >> RELATED: 11 places to grab some amazing fried chicken in Dayton

    The Centerville Mike's Nashville Hot is closed. A sign on the restaurant's door directs customers to the Austin Landing location.(Amelia Robinson)

    These are the best places to get fried chicken in and around Dayton.

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