Some of Dayton's best Mexican eateries you may not know about

Published: Friday, February 19, 2016 @ 7:57 AM
Updated: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

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The Miami Valley could do much, much worse for Mexican food. From long-standing restaurants to mobile food trucks, we have numerous businesses that can fulfill your craving for something spicy, cheesy, meaty or sizzling. In no particular order, we suggest these Mexican eateries: 

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A new Victor’s Taco Shop opens today in Xenia, offering a variety of Mexican specialties, including tacos, enchiladas, burritos, taquitos and tostadas, as well as omelets and breakfast burritos. MARK FISHER/STAFF(Staff Writer)

Victor’s Tacos

Multiple locations | (937) 224-3293 | WebsiteFacebook

Having just opened its seventh Dayton-area location, it’s no surprise this spot made the list. You have to try the big OH burrito — trust us.

Dayton.com staff writer Allegra Czerwinski takes a photo with Taqueria Mixteca's monster burrito for scale.(Contributed photo)

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El Meson celebrating 40 years with throwback recipes at its EPIC 2-day party

Published: Tuesday, June 05, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

El Meson hosted a two-day Cinco De Mayo party on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5, 2018. The eatery featured margaritas, dancing, live music, food trucks, a Cantera Negra Tequila Tasting, and amazing food from the restaurant’s own kitchen and bar. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY
Tom Gilliam
El Meson hosted a two-day Cinco De Mayo party on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5, 2018. The eatery featured margaritas, dancing, live music, food trucks, a Cantera Negra Tequila Tasting, and amazing food from the restaurant’s own kitchen and bar. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY(Tom Gilliam)

It is not every day that a Dayton classic turns the big 4-0. 

It is a good thing the Castro family at El Meson knows how to throw a party that rises to the occasion. 

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The restaurant at 903 E. Dixie Drive in West Carollton is planning a two-day weekend blowout to celebrate its 40th anniversary, according to details posted to Eventbrite.   

Herman and Gloria Castro opened the restaurant to the public July 15, 1978, as the Pizza Queen. 

The restaurant morphed into El Meson and now specializes in dishes from Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
Bill Castro, the founders’ son and co-owner, says old favorites will return. 

“In addition to Latin street food and drinks from out of our trucks in the lot, we’re going to have one truck that serving items from the original Pizza Queen restaurant that El Meson began as back in 1978,” Bill Castro said. “Some of our customers may remember favorites like the Exotic Burrito and Mexican Pizza from that menu.”

The parking lot parties set for 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. July 20-21 will feature live music and dancing under tents and street grub from El Meson’s fleet of food trucks. 

Admission is $5 for both days and a limited number of $35 VIP tickets are available for Friday or Saturday patio seating.

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VIP admission includes admission to a less crowded area, servers and a better view of the yet-to-be announced lineup of bands that includes from Ithika and Nothing But Treble Friday and Saturday from Funky G & The Groove Machine and Nasty Bingo Saturday.

A customer appreciation happy hour is set for 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. both days in the restaurant’s “party lot.”

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It includes free entry and $5 margaritas. 

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The business is now owned and operated by their children and sons and daughters-in-law — Bill, Marie, Scott and Chef Mark Abbott.
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WANT TO GO? 

What: El Meson’s 40th Anniversary Weekend 

When: 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21 

Where: El Meson, 903 E. Dixie Drive in West Carrollton

Cost: Admission is $5 for both days and a limited number of $35 VIP tickets are available for Friday or Saturday patio seating.

Tickets: Visit the Eventbrite page for advance VIP tickets

El Meson hosted a two-day Cinco De Mayo party on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5, 2018. The eatery featured margaritas, dancing, live music, food trucks, a Cantera Negra Tequila Tasting, and amazing food from the restaurant’s own kitchen and bar. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY(Tom Gilliam)

El Meson hosted a two-day Cinco De Mayo party on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5, 2018. The eatery featured margaritas, dancing, live music, food trucks, a Cantera Negra Tequila Tasting, and amazing food from the restaurant’s own kitchen and bar. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY(Tom Gilliam)

El Meson hosted a two-day Cinco De Mayo party on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5, 2018. The eatery featured margaritas, dancing, live music, food trucks, a Cantera Negra Tequila Tasting, and amazing food from the restaurant’s own kitchen and bar. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY(Tom Gilliam)

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Our favorite dishes from Summer Restaurant Week Sneak Peek

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 1:05 PM

The Miami Valley Restaurant Association’s Summer Restaurant Week promotion runs July 22-29 offering meals from more than 40 restaurants ranging in price from $20.18-$30.18. Diners got an early taste of some of the dishes that will be offered at a special sneak peek event on July 18, 2018, at the Steam Plant. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS BY ALEXIS LARSEN
ALEXIS LARSEN
The Miami Valley Restaurant Association’s Summer Restaurant Week promotion runs July 22-29 offering meals from more than 40 restaurants ranging in price from $20.18-$30.18. Diners got an early taste of some of the dishes that will be offered at a special sneak peek event on July 18, 2018, at the Steam Plant. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS BY ALEXIS LARSEN(ALEXIS LARSEN)

A large crowd of hungry guests descended on the Steam Plant on Wednesday to sample a small taste of what some restaurants will be serving up this year for Summer Restaurant Week. 

The Sneak Peek to Summer Restaurant Week event put on by the Miami Valley Restaurant Association had some fantastic food served up by some of the region's best local restaurants. 

The traditional "sneak peek" that happens before the Restaurant Week promotion begins featured tastes from more than a dozen restaurants including Amber Rose, Basil’s, Brio, Bravo’s, Coco’s Bistro, Dewberry 1850, The Dock, El Meson, The Famous Restaurant, JD Legends, Roost, Watermark and Wheat Penny. 

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Across the board the food that we tried was delicious, with several dishes that rose to the top.

Here are four dishes that warranted return visits: 

Confit pork loin served with brussel sprouts, fingerling potatoes and craft root beer BBQ sauce from ele Bistro and Wine Bar served during the Miami Valley Restaurant Association's Sneak Peek to Summer Restaurant Week at the Steam Plant on July 18, 2018. ALEXIS LARSEN/CONTRIBUTED

 

ele Bistro and Wine Bar 

3680 Rigby Rd., Miamisburg, (937) 384-2253 

The name of this dish alone is music to our ears: Confit pork loin served with brussel sprouts, fingerling potatoes and craft root beer BBQ sauce. And thankfully the execution fired on all cylinders. This was a fantastic symphony of flavors that put the spotlight on a tender, savory piece of pork. Really delicious. 

 

"The Italian Nibble" from Roost Modern Italian is a spread made with poached yellowfin tuna, hard boiled egg, garlic confit aioli and capers that we tried during the Miami Valley Restaurant Association's Sneak Peek event on July 18, 2018, at the Steam Plant in Dayton. ALEXIS LARSEN/STAFF

Roost Modern Italian 

524 E. 5th St., Dayton, (937) 222-3100 

We couldn't get enough of "The Italian Nibble" a wonderful spread made with poached yellowfin tuna, hard boiled egg, garlic confit aioli and capers. This was something that we nibbled at the beginning of the evening and were back for by the end. A return visit is always the sign of a great dish. 

 

El Meson's Caribbean curry shrimp and garlic rice served at the Miami Valley Restaurant Association's Sneak Peek event on July 18, 2018, at the Steam Plant in Dayton. ALEXIS LARSEN/CONTRIBUTED

El Meson 

903 E. Dixie Drive, West Carrollton, (937) 859-8229 

El Meson's Caribbean curry shrimp and garlic rice was dynamite. The flavors were full of kicks and punches thanks to the curry and flavorful broth the shrimp and veggies were simmered in. Poured over the rice this was a very satisfying and filling stop for us at the Sneak Peek event. 

 

The Miami Valley Restaurant Association’s Summer Restaurant Week promotion runs July 22-29 offering meals from more than 40 restaurants ranging in price from $20.18-$30.18. Diners got an early taste of some of the dishes that will be offered at a special sneak peek event on July 18, 2018, at the Steam Plant. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS BY ALEXIS LARSEN(ALEXIS LARSEN)

Wheat Penny 

515 Wayne Ave, Dayton, (937) 496-5268 

The tomato and fresh peach caprese was a light, bright delightful dish that had many wonderful summery flavors dancing together for our tastebuds’ enjoyment. It was a simple preparation that put the spotlight on the tomatoes and peaches that were the true star of the dish.  

Contact this contributing writer at alexis.e.larsen@hotmail.com.

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Here’s how you can get half off a Starbucks Frappuccinos TODAY

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 11:13 AM

Starbucks offering 50 percent off  Grande or Venti Frappuccinos Thursday, June 21, starting at 3 p.m. at participating locations. (Joshua Trujillo, Starbucks)
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Starbucks offering 50 percent off Grande or Venti Frappuccinos Thursday, June 21, starting at 3 p.m. at participating locations. (Joshua Trujillo, Starbucks)(Joshua Trujillo, Starbucks/Starbucks)

If you find yourself in need of an afternoon pick-me-up on Thursday, July 19, head on over to Starbucks where you can score half-off a Frappuccino blended beverage!

Starting at 3 p.m., you’ll be able to get 50 percent off any grande or larger Frappuccino as part of Starbucks’ Happy Hour. To get the deal, just sign up for Starbucks’ Happy Hour emails, then show the code you receive to your barista and you’ll get the discount.

The 50 percent offer is valid July 19 only, but by signing up for the emails, you’ll be notified about the coffee chain’s other upcoming discount events. Previous Happy Hours have included 50 percent off Macchiatos or Lattes and buy one, get one free Frappuccinos.

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Starbucks is offering 50 percent off Frappuccinos after 3 p.m., Thursday, June 21st.

Along with flavors you already know, like caffè vanilla and white chocolate, the deal also includes new drinks like the ultra caramel Frappuccino or the triple mocha Frappuccino. The ultra caramel features dark caramel coffee with layers of whipped cream infused with cold brew, then white chocolate and dark caramel. Same goes for the triple mocha, except each layer of whipped cream has rich, dark mocha sauce.

Since it will be the afternoon, you don’t have to worry about starting your day with sugar, so you could also choose an even more decadent flavor, like cupcake crème, red velvet cream or serious strawberry, another newer drink that blends milk and ice with a “strawberry-botanical infusion,” then layers of of strawberry puree and vanilla whipped cream.

The deal lasts from 3 p.m. until close on July 19, so sneak away from the office for a treat or grab one on your way home.

Will you be heading to Starbucks for half off your favorite Frappuccino flavor?

The Starbucks Serious Strawberry Frappuccino debuts on Tuesday in the U.S. and Canada.

This story originally appeared on Simplemost.

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Black Rock Bar and Grill officially a go for Mall at Fairfield Commons

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 3:57 PM
Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 9:02 AM



Black Rock Bar & Grill- Toledo
(Black Rock Bar & Grill- Toledo)

There have been whispers of what restaurant is to replace the former Don Pablo’s restaurant at the Mall at Fairfield Commons and finally, those rumors have been confirmed. 

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The Mall at Fairfield Commons announced in a press release that Black Rock Bar and Grill will be joining the already diverse mix of restaurants on the mall’s property later this fall. 

“The Mall at Fairfield Commons is excited to welcome Black Rock Bar and Grill with their extensive menu and unique dining experience.” said Dawn Mader, Director of Marketing at The Mall at Fairfield Commons. “This is the perfect complement to the types of dining options that we are able to showcase to our visitors.”

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The space has been vacant for 18 months, since Don Pablo’s shut its doors for good in September 2016.

Black Rock Restaurants, which operates 11 “Black Rock Bar & Grill” locations, mostly in Michigan and Florida. The restaurants serve their steaks sizzling on a 755-degree volcanic rock, Black Rock’s web site says.

The new Black Rock location in Beavercreek will continue a tradition started in 2010 by the Morganroth family when they decided to “combine family recipes, a 755-degree volcanic stone used for cooking and a love for food,” according to a press release. 

After winning first place in a nationwide competition to be named “America’s Next Top Restaurant Franchise” in 2013, the brand has expanded to 11 restaurants across the country, with four additional restaurants opening in the near future. Black Rock has since been voted the number one steakhouse in Michigan for the past five consecutive years. 

“Their hot volcanic stone cooking is the focal point of their menu with a selection of steaks and seafood options that are sure to satisfy anyone’s palate,” according to a press release. 

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