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3 places to go for a classy brunch on Christmas Eve

Published: Friday, December 22, 2017 @ 9:46 AM

Fried Chicken and Waffles from Mudlick Tap House. ALLEGRA CZERWINSKI / STAFF
Fried Chicken and Waffles from Mudlick Tap House. ALLEGRA CZERWINSKI / STAFF

If you’re not brunching on a Sunday, you’re doing it wrong. 

And yes, that even extends to Christmas Eve.

Luckily, our local restaurants understand your need to brunch and embrace it.

>> CHRISTMAS DINING: Local restaurants that are open on the holiday

Here are a few places you can go for a killer holiday meal on Christmas Eve:

🍳 Table 33 

Table 33 is usually closed on Sundays, but when Santa asked for a brunch reservation, they couldn’t deny him! 

>>RELATED: Here’s why Table 33’s menu was worth the wait

They’ll be open and serving food from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 24. You can call (937) 999-3070 or e-mail info@table33dayton for reservations.

🍳 Mudlick Tap House 

The Bloody Mary Bar at Mudlick Tap House, which launches weekend brunch service this weekend. SUBMITTED(Staff Writer)

Start your Christmas celebrations with a boozy brunch at Mudlick. If the fully loaded Bloody Mary bar isn’t convincing enough, wait until you see the menu. The “Nog Cakes” will surely get you in the holiday spirit. They’ll be serving brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

>>RELATED: New downtown Dayton restaurant launches weekend brunch menu

🍳 The Dublin Pub 

The Dublin Pub will have a brunch buffet decked out with all your breakfast and lunch favorites, plus a build-your-own hash bar and carvery. It’ll be a truly enchanting holiday experience, as they’ll have live classical music by Viva La Strings as you brunch. The brunch buffet is $17.99 and is open from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. 

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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.

>> Why this tavern north of Dayton is a throwback favorite

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.

>> 5 things to try at The Oakwood Club

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.

>> A few things we love about Jay’s restaurant

Martini. DEB LINDSEY FOR THE WASHINGTON POST(Special To The Washington Post)

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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    JUST IN: 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.

    >> Opening day today for new Mike’s Nashville Hot in Centerville (Jan 30, 2017)

    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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    11 places to grab some amazing fried chicken in Dayton

    Published: Wednesday, August 12, 2015 @ 6:00 AM
    Updated: Thursday, July 06, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

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

    It’s almost impossible to go wrong with crackling, savory fried chicken.

    It may not be healthy, but it’s delicious almost every time you order it.

    We celebrate this magical dish with a golden brown crust that emits a satisfying crunch with each bite. Underneath the moist, juicy succulent meat that greets you is the stuff dreams are made of.

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    Here are our picks for the best spots to nab some delicious fried chicken in town when the mood hits and you decide to celebrate this classic dish.

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


    Every Sunday night from 5-9:30 p.m., Lily’s Bistro in the Oregon District offers up local, free-range, deep fried Sunday supper goodness. The sharable family-style plates of crispy spiced chicken and Southern sides are prepared to order. A whole chicken for $32 shared with some friends seems like the perfect recipe to cap off a great weekend.

    Location: 329 E. Fifth St., Dayton

    More info: or 937-723-7637


    Fried chicken, butter beans, fried okra, pecan pie, awesome burgers? That diet’s going to have to wait. If you’ve never been, get here as soon as possible. The burgers are amazing, and the soul food is off the charts.

    Location: 1000 N. Main St., Dayton

    More info: or 937-223-8702

    >> The best wine-tastings and beer events list is HERE

    The dinning room at the Mel-O-Dee Restaurant. Bill Lackey/Staff(Bill Lackey)


    This New Carlisle classic has been serving up home cooked meals since 1965. Their fried chicken is broasted as opposed to the country-fried chicken you might be attempting to conjure up. Broasting is a technique that was created and patented by the Broaster Company in Beloit, Wisconsin that uses a combination of pressure cooking and deep-frying the meat to create a crunchy outer coating that seals in the tender meat. Be sure to try their famous cole slaw when you order up a fabulous broasted chicken dinner that they’ve been perfecting since 1965.

    >>RELATED: Mel-O-Dee restaurant reopens after being damaged by tornado

    Location: 2350 S. Dayton-Lakeview Road, New Carlisle

    More info: or 937-849-1378

    KD’s Kettering BBQ will be closed Saturday and Sunday to mourn the loss of founder Jim Keadey, who died Monday at 63. It will reopen Monday. MARK FISHER/STAFF(Staff Writer)


    More succulent broasted chicken awaits at the Kettering destination. Pair it with sweet potato casserole and some hot bacon slaw and you will be making a plan for a return visit in your mind as you feast. The fried whitefish and deep fried oysters are also worth seeking out.

    >>RELATED: Customers rally around deceased Kettering restaurant owner

    Location: 3911 Marshall Road, Dayton

    More info: or 937-293-3592


    Now is the time to head to Springboro’s Lovely’s Farm Market & Country Cafe. Shop for fresh fruits and vegetables and stay for the home cooked food including delicious Amish fried chicken and a variety of sandwiches. Finish your meal with a fresh slice of pie. You can thank us for the suggestion later.

    Location: 330 E. Central Ave., Springboro

    More info: or 937-748-3616

    Chappy’s  (2733 W Alex Bell Rd, Moraine) - Chicken and Waffles: Chappy’s is well known as having some of the best bar food in Dayton, nay, Ohio, as well as a killer beer selection. They’ve long had one of my favorite fried chicken dinners in Dayton, but they’ve recently started offering chicken and waffles, first as a brunch option, and now on their regular dinner menu. This combo has it all, well spiced, crispy fried chicken, and a yeasty sweet Belgian waffle. Served with spicy syrup (recommend) or regular syrup.  Rarely, when eating chicken and waffles, do you find all the components done well, usually the waffle is soggy, or the chicken is dry or under -seasoned. Chappy’s nails it.


    Marinated 24 hours, hand battered and prepared to order, the fried chicken at Chappy’s will take 30 minutes, but it’s well worth the wait. The restaurant also has a chicken and waffle dish now available all day, every day. With a rockin’ beer list and large menu, this is a great place to head to if people in the party aren’t ready to celebrate the glory of fried chicken in the same way you are. Do people like that actually exist???

    >>RELATED: Chappy’s brunch menu is small but fierce

    Location: 2733 W. Alex Bell Road, Moraine

    More info: or 937-299-7427


    Chicken Louie’s began in 1958 on Main Street in Dayton and 50 years later the business sadly shut its doors. Six years later, in 2014, it opened against all odds in one of the most unexpected spots — the Super Subby’s in Miamisburg. Head there to try the Chicken Louie’s marinated broasted chicken and relish in the flavor of a Dayton tradition.

    Location: 1242 E. Central Ave., Miamisburg

    More info: or 937-866-6080


    This classic supper club stop has a comfort food packed menu with a broasted chicken dish as a specialty option. The Hungarian cabbage roll recipe on the menu has been in the family over 100 years and should not be missed.

    Location: 1082 Brown St., Dayton

    More info: or 937-228-5252

    Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers has two restaurants in the works in the Dayton area, in Washington Twp. and in Beavercreek. SUBMITTED(Staff Writer)


    Columbus and Cincinnati poultry lovers have been getting their fill of Raising Cane’s flaky, fried chicken tenders for quite some time. With the recent opening of the first Dayton-area Cane’s in Centerville, ‘Caniacs’ in Dayton no longer need to drive out of town for that tempting, signature taste. If delicious dipping sauce with your fried chicken is your thing, look no further. This fried chicken chain has got their sauce recipe DOWN. But we’ll let you decide.

    >>RELATED: The secret's out on Raising Cane's sauce

    Location: 1136 Miamisburg-Centerville Road in Washington Twp.

    More info:

    Nashville Hot opened its first restaurant in February 2016 in Crescent Springs, Kentucky. Photo by Phil Didion from


    This fried chicken joint serves it up hot and crispy. The golden brown outside is hand-breaded with just the right combination of spices. The chicken tenders are large and piled on toasty bread with pickles that pairs nicely. People who frequent this fried chicken stop also rave about their Hash Brown Casserole. 

    Location: 6228 Far Hills Ave., Centerville & 10655 Innovation Drive, Austin Landing

    More info:

    A three piece combo at Krispy Krunchy Chicken. Bill Lackey/Staff(Contributing Writer)


    Gas station fried chicken? Yep! And people SWEAR by it. This convenience store fried chicken chain established in 1989 has a basic-yet-delicious menu that will fill you up while you fill your tank. The franchise boasts their Cajun recipe as well as their buttery biscuits. If you’re on the hunt for some fried chicken, don’t rule out this dive!

    >>Gas station chicken? Here’s why it’s a must try

    Location: 3960 Far Hills Ave., Kettering and 100 N James H McGee Blvd., Dayton 

    More info:

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

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    Local KFC closes dining room for extensive renovation

    Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

    The Kettering KFC on East Dorothy Lane is renovating its lobby, which will look similar to this photo when renovations are complete. SUBMITTED
    The Kettering KFC on East Dorothy Lane is renovating its lobby, which will look similar to this photo when renovations are complete. SUBMITTED

    The lobby and dining room inside KFC restaurant at 2109 E. Dorothy Lane in Kettering are closed for an extensive remodeling project.

    The restaurant’s drive-through, however, will remain open during construction, a spokesman for the restaurant told this news outlet.

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    “We should be done around June 27,” the spokesman said.

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