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Published: Thursday, May 04, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Friday, May 11, 2018 @ 12:53 PM
— There’s one true way to win on Mother’s Day.
Cheese? Well, close.
Amazing food, maybe a mimosa or two. Cake. Chocolate.
(Oh, and sleep. And quiet. And no chores. And no fighting or drama.)
Here are some of the best places to take all of the moms in your life for Mother’s Day brunch in Dayton where moms can feast without the work.
Most of these places fill up quickly, as you will see below with several now sold out or close to it, so don’t procrastinate! Reservations recommended for most.
135 E. Second St., Dayton
Tickets: Click here
After all her hard work raising you, your mom definitely needs a drink! Take her to Mudlick Tap House to enjoy an afternoon of brunch and a special cocktail class taught by Mudlick’s team of bartenders along with Catherine from Watershed Distillery. Tickets include brunch, choice of a Bloody Mary or mimosa and the cocktail class with samplings.
WHEN: 12 p.m.- 3 p.m. Sunday, May 13
40 N. Main St., Dayton
This Mother’s Day event is not only a brunch, but a stylish fashion show celebrating all the latest trends, as well as a raffle with a chance to win a trip to Snowshoe, W.Va., or Cancun, Mexico. Only 400 raffle tickets will be sold. Presented by the Life Essentials organization, at the Mother’s Day Brunch and Style Show, you’ll enjoy “a complimentary mimosa, yogurt parfait bar, waffle and pancake bar, and a seated breakfast.” Visit squareup.com to purchase tickets.
WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday, May 12
COST: $45 for adults, $25 for children 10 and younger
RAFFLE: $25 per ticket, $50 for 3 tickets, $100 for 7 tickets
2800 Presidential Drive, Fairborn
Chef White’s culinary staff will roll out a lavish brunch featuring a wide-array of the hotel’s seasonal showcase of locally-sourced, farm fresh cuisine. Brunch highlights include (but are not limited to): Shrimp and Grits with Basil and Bacon, Prime Rib, Omelet Station, Herb Roasted Pork Loin, Savory Chicken Crepe, Orange Marmalade Stuffed French Toast with Berry Compote, Assorted Mini Quiches, Potatoes Obrien, Mini Chicken Salad Sandwiches, Seasonal Salads and much more. Reservations recommended.
WHEN: Sunday, May 13, at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
COST: $30 per adult, $21 senior/military, $13 children and free for children 5 and under
580 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering
The brunch buffet menu for Roost Events Mother’s Day brunch is plentiful and classic. With Belgian waffles, eggs benedict bruschetta, shrimp cocktail, honey glazed ham and more, there’s something for everyone.
WHEN: Sunday, May 13, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
COST: $36 (plus tax and gratuity) per adult, $15 for children ages 5-10 and free for ages 5 and younger. Call for reservations.
453 Belmonte Park N., Dayton
Enjoy a scrumptious brunch buffet provided by Bernstein's Fine Catering, featuring fresh fruits, spring salads, flavorful meat and seafood choices, and mouth-watering desserts. Iced tea, orange juice and coffee are included, plus a cash bar for soft drinks, wine, beer and specialty drinks will also be available. Make your reservation online.
WHEN: Sunday, May 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
5 S. Market St., Troy
The Caroline is pulling out all the stops for their Mother’s Day brunch buffet. The menu will include items such as French toast, waffles, grilled salmon, a carving station and house-made pies.
WHEN: Sunday, May 13, from 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.
COST: $27 per adult, $14 for children 5-12 years old and children under 5 free
1535 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Dayton
A special Mother’s Day brunch menu will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., followed by a special dinner menu from 3 to 8 p.m. Their regular dinner menu will also be available all day. There will be three featured mimosas including the restaurant’s signature OJ and pineapple juice blend, as well as strawberry- and mango-infused flavors. Choose from a three-course menu including items such as lobster bisque, prime rib eggs benedict, honey bbq salmon and more. Reservations highly recommended.
WHEN: Sunday, May 13 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
COST: $35 per person
21 W. Main St., Versailles
Brunch will feature a carving station (prime rib and ham), an omelet station, salad and fruit table, pastry/gelato table and a buffet featuring cinnamon French toast, bacon, eggs benedict, fried cod, chicken marsala, mashed potatoes and some assorted pasta and vegetables. Reservations are highly recommended.
WHEN: Sunday, May 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
COST: $26 for adults, $11 for 10 and under, under 3 is free. $10 discount for active military
312 N. Patterson Blvd., Dayton; 18 N. Market St., Troy
A few of the options that will be available include bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, corn beef hash, fruit and cheese display, carving station with turkey and ham, banana fosters, hashbrown casserole, omelet station, chicken piccata, rolls, mango gazpacho, a Bloody Mary bar and much more! Reservations are required for the brunch.
WHEN: Sunday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
COST: $25.95 per person
5 S. Market St., Troy
The Bucket’s weekend brunch menu includes chicken and waffles, braised short rib hash, breakfast burrito and new cinnamon French toast. The restaurant also offers a kids’ brunch menu. Lunch and dinner will also be available. Make your reservation online.
WHEN: Sunday, May 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
COST: See menu.
1400 Valley St., Dayton
Buffet will feature everything from scrambled eggs, honey ham, omelet casserole, French toast bake, chicken & waffles,biscuits & gravy, roasted turkey, a carving station, cabbage rolls, kids chicken tenders, sausage and sauerkraut and much more. Reservations are recommended, but not required. BONUS: There will be specialty drinks (mimosa, bloody mary and Irish coffee) for $5, and pitcher mimosas will be available for $25.
WHEN: Sunday, May 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
COST: $28 for adults, $10 ages 10 and under. 10% military discount.
3680 Rigby Road, Miamisburg
This year, the bistro will offer a buffet. Offerings include shrimp and grits, eggs benedict, smoked salmon platter, chicken and waffles, and more.
WHEN: Sunday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
COST: $19.95 for adults, $7.95 for kids.
**AFTERNOON RESERVATIONS ONLY
2110 Nicholas Road, Dayton
The owner of Ms. V’s, Barbara Vinzant, is serving “good food, fun and fellowship to mothers and their loved ones this Mother’s Day. “You don’t have to travel to other areas of the city to enjoy a good meal — for such is available in West Dayton,” Vinzant said in a press release. The planned meal includes entrees of shrimp scampi with jasmine rice, fried or smothered pork chops, or baked chicken and dressing with the topping of cranberry sauce. Select two side items of green beans, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, cornbread dressing, candied yams, corn muffins and a beverage of lemonade and top this meal off with the delicious peach cobbler.
WHEN: 12:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 13
10000 Yankee St., Centerville
Only one more seating time has available reservations left at Yankee Trace for their annual Mother’s Day Brunch. The 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. times are full, but 4 p.m. still has spots available so you must call for reservations as soon as possible if you wish to attend. Over 600 people are expected for the brunch, as Mother’s Day is always highly anticipated, said owners of Yankee Trace. This is a lunch style buffet — serving carved lamb, ham, turkey and more.
WHEN: 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. & 4 p.m. Sunday, May 13
COST: 28$ for adults, $14 for children 6-12, children 5 and under eat free
**AFTERNOON RESERVATIONS ONLY
903 E Dixie Drive, West Carrollton
You’ve got to move fast if you want to enjoy El Meson’s Mother’s Day brunch. Reservations are expected to fill up the week before the brunch, so you must call as soon as possible. Their mouthwatering menu so far includes steak encebollado, fish tacos with mango salsa, sauteed filet with tortillas and all the fixings, pollo de Los Andes, omelets, Manchego scalloped potatoes, jamaican jerk slaw and more.
WHEN: 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Sunday May 13
COST: $29 for adults, $14 for children 12 and under, ages 6 and under eat free
Published: Monday, December 01, 2014 @ 9:18 AM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 6:38 PM
— Sure, you can fire up your grill this Memorial Day weekend. But before you do, let some of Dayton’s finest burgers inspire you.
The Gem City is home to some incredible burgers, each as distinct as the place that crafts it.
Below are just a few of our favorite Dayton burgers. Yours not on the list? Tell us all about it at email@example.com.
Tank’s Bar & Grill, 2033 Wayne Ave., Dayton, 937-252-2249
Why? Juicy, thick and grilled just right, Tank’s burgers can be served topped with nothing or a laundry list of items at no additional cost. Banana peppers and horseradish, anyone?
Menu includes: Cheeseburger, $6.99; Hamburger, $6.79; Tankburger (half-pounder), $7.99 (double the patty for $5)
Voltzy’s Rootbeer Stand, 4668 Springboro Pike, Moraine, 937-299-1440
Why? What Voltzy’s lacks in grandeur it makes up in great-tasting sliders and character – plenty of it. Burgers are made to order.
Menu includes: About a dozen ways to order a burger, starting with a basic $1.30 hamburger and $1.40 cheeseburger. Double patty both of those for $2.25 and $2.45.
The Oakwood Club, 2414 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood (937)-293-6973
Why? Oakwood Club steaks are an area favorite, but some of the tastiest beef is used to make the burgers.
Menu includes: Oakwood Club Steak Burger, $8.95; Oakwood Club Roquefort Steak Burger, $9.50 (cheese is 25 cents more).
EO Burgers, 4482 Glengarry Drive, The Greene, Beavercreek, 937-431-1242
Why? The people love EO. The EO stands for EXTRAORDINARY. This fast-casual restaurant offers traditional burgers and a series of premium burgers and sliders.
Menu includes: EO Classic Burger, $6.99; EO Classic Cheeseburger and Bourbon Street Burger, $7.99 each; Kobe Burger, $11.99 and the Santa Barbara (guacamole, jalapeno, Monterey Jack cheese with a special sauce), $9.99.
Coco’s Bistro, 250 Warren St., Dayton, 937-228-2626
Why? Start with the creamy Boursin cheese, thick Applewood smoked bacon and sweet caramelized onions and go from there. The Bistro Burger is always on the lunch menu, but not available for dinner.
Menu includes: Bistro Burger with side, $16.
Pine Club, 1926 Brown St., Dayton, 937-228-5371
Why? The Pine Club may be famous for its steak. But its burger is also pretty legit. Beef and lamb are ground in-house before being cooked to perfection.
Menu includes: Pine Club Hamburger Platter with onion rings or fries, $12.75; Pine Club Cheeseburger Platter with onion rings or fries, $12.95.
K’s Hamburger Shop, 117 E. Main St., Troy, 937-339-3902
Why? Low frill, all-American burger in a retro burger shop, with beef ground in-house. What more do you need? Well, besides a delicious milkshake ...
Menu includes: Cheeseburger, $2.90; Hamburger, $2.70.
Slyder’s Tavern, 836 Watervliet Ave., Dayton, 937-258-1222
Why: Winner of our 2017 Best of Dayton poll, the juicy meat is packed with flavor. This restaurant in Dayton’s Belmont neighborhood consistently appears on — often topping — local best burgers list.
Menu includes: Hamburger with chips, $6.05 (7 oz.) and $6.75 (10 oz.); Cheeseburger with chips, $6.45 (7 oz.) and $7.15 (10 oz.).
Watermark, 20 S. 1st St., Miamisburg, 937-802-0891
Why: Another top choice on our 2017 reader’s choice poll, Watermark’s signature Weare-Burger is an all-prime grilled burger, topped with house-made bacon jam, dill pickles, pickled red onion, choice of blue cheese or Swiss, on a brioche bun. The burger may be ordered “pink” or “not pink.”
Menu includes: The Weare-Burger served with dressed greens or fries, $14.95
Nick’s Restaurant, 1443 N. Detroit St., Xenia, 937-372-3202
Why: The bar and eatery has been a staple of its community since it opened in 1949 under then owner and namesake Nick Malavazos, and reopened in 2009. The signature burger, the Big Nick, is king of them all. It’s a half pound of juicy Angus beef with your choice of trimmings and the restaurant’s special sauce. It’s a mountain of meat, so come starving or come with friends to help you finish it.
Menu includes: Big Nick with choice of: lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, Nick’s special sauce & add 50¢ for cheese and $1 for bacon. $8.99
Gameday Grille and Patio, 7576 State Route 48, Waynesville, 937-886-3572
Why: The OSU-graduate owners present their tribute to the school’s superstar football coach with the Urban Meyer Burger. It’s a fresh half-pound Angus patty topped with a butterflied quarter-pound Angus beef hot dog, with a sweet and tangy wing sauce while pepper jack cheese tried to hold it all together.
Menu includes: Urban Meyer Burger (half-pound patty topped with a grilled all-beef Hot Dog, Pepper jack Cheese and signature Sweet Heat Sauce) for $12.25 and the Who Dey Burger (a half-pound burger topped with an Onion Rings, Sautéed Mushroom and Jalapeno, Chili, Bacon, Swiss and American cheeses and signature BBQ Sauce) for $12.25
Benjamin’s The Burger Master, 100 N. Main St., Dayton, 937-223-8702
Why: Slider-style burgers with names like Poor Richard’s Burger and the Big Ben to pay homage to the restaurant’s namesake, Benjamin Franklin.
Menu includes: full-size, made-to-order burgers range from the $2.79 hamburger ($3.79 double) to the $3.79 bacon cheddar burger to the $3.79 mushroom swiss burger.
Blind Bob's, 430 E. Fifth St., Dayton, 937-938-6405
Why: You will find robust stuffed burgers, including the Island Delight burger ($10) — a half-pound patty, stuffed with sweet pineapple and zippy pepper-jack cheese, covered in a teriyaki glaze with a tangy wasabi-mayonnaise — and the Italian Burger ($10) — a half-pound patty, stuffed with provolone cheese and cooked basil and green peppers, topped with marinara and a mound of caramelized onions.
Menu includes: a vegetarian friendly Garden Burger ($8), a quarter pound “Little Lisa’s Burger” ($8) for those looking for something a little more petite. Add cheese, veggies, bacon, seasonings and extra goodies for 50 cents to $2. Don’t forget the sauce for an extra 50 cents.
Why: This place is known for its barbecue, but one of the best things on the menu is the burger. This burger will literally melt in your mouth. No chewing required.
Menu includes: a full half-pound patty that’s been smoked for more than 2 hours in beef broth for $5. You can add cheese or a tomato for 50 cents each or bacon for $1.50.
Sam and Ethel’s, 120 E. Main St., Tipp City, 937-667-0113
Why: Think homemade. The “S&E Burger” includes two quarter-pound patties, a “special S&E sauce,” onion straws and the fixings on a grilled double-decker bun.
Menu includes: The burger is $8.49. You can add cheese for 50 cents or bacon for 99 cents.
The Hamburger Wagon, 12 E. Central Ave., Miamisburg, 937-847-2442
Why: The Hamburger Wagon has served the Dayton area for 100 years and has been ranked as one of the top 150 Hamburger Joints in the U.S. by “Hamburger America”. These burgers are simple, crispy and delicious. No cheese on these burgers. Just pickle, onion, salt and pepper.
Menu includes: Get a single for $1.25 or a double for $2.50. You might also spot the mobile wagon at festivals and fairs this summer.
White Lotus, 327 E. Third St., Dayton; (937) 222-7030.
Why: The White Lotus has an eclectic menu that includes Thai cuisine and yummy burgers. We recommend the Yummy Burger, hand-crafted with care just like mom used to make you at home. A half-pound hand-formed patty cooked to perfection.
Menu includes: The Yummy Burger is $4.95 and add cheese for 25 cents. You can also opt for the Yummy Bacon Burger ($8.20) or the Yummy Extreme Double Burger ($9.20).
Note: prices are subject to change.
Published: Monday, March 23, 2015 @ 1:50 PM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 2:35 PM
— Sometimes you just get a craving for noodles. If that happens to you, here are 5 Dayton noodle dishes you simply must try.
>> Dayton’s 12 best restaurants
FIGLIO’S LEMON CHICKEN IN PARMESAN CREAM
Where: Town & Country Shopping Center, 424 E. Stroop Road, Dayton; 937-534-0494; www.figliopizza.com
Description: Linguine served up in a lemon cream sauce with chicken, mushrooms and fresh spinach sautéed in garlic butter ($13.75).
Also worth trying: The Mussel and Shrimp “Cioppino” Pasta ($14.95) made with shrimp, scallops, P.E.I. mussels and a filet of salmon in a sauce made with garlic, celery, wine and tomatoes over a nest of angel hair pasta ($14.95).
FRANCO’S “WORLD FAMOSO” SPAGHETTI
Where: 824 E. Fifth St., Dayton; 937-222-0204; www.francos-italiano.com
Description: Garlic, Romano cheese and egg with a good quality olive oil over a bowl of pasta with the option of adding mushrooms or spicy sausage or both ($11.95 for plain, $14.95 for sausage or mushroom or $16.95 for both sausage and mushroom).
LINH’S BISTRO SOUPS
Where: 5532 Airway Road, Dayton; 937-252-1857; www.linhsbistro.com
Description: These meal-sized Vietnamese noodle soups — Pho, Mi, Hu Tieu — rely on piping hot broth, the noodles, herbs and meat. They come with a pile of jalapeños, cilantro and bean sprouts to dress it up. The Pho Bo Tai made with thinly sliced beef and rice noodles or Pho Ga made with chicken are both the place to start if you haven’t had them yet. Heat it up with the spicier Sate options. There are also soups made with egg noodles and wonderful Vermicelli salads as well as stir-fried noodle dishes. The soups range in price from $7.95-8.95 for dinner and are a dollar less if you order lunch before 4 p.m.
Looking for something similar? Little Saigon (1718 Woodman Drive, Kettering) offers similar menu items.
MEADOWLARK’S VIETNAMESE NOODLE SALAD
Where: 5531 Far Hills Ave., Dayton; 937-434-4750; http://meadowlarkrestaurant.com
Description: “Chilled rice noodles, a goodly portion of crunchy, thinly-sliced vegetables, hot grilled chicken, steak or tofu and a showering of mint, basil, cilantro and peanuts. Served with the chile/lime juice/fish sauce condiment called nuoc cham. Ask for vegetarian nuoc cham or even non-spicy nuoc cham if that suits you better,” as described perfectly on the menu. Tofu ($11.95) grilled chicken ($11.95) or steak ($13.95).
THAI 9’S SINGAPORE NOODLES
Where: 11 Brown St., Dayton; 937-222-3227; www.thai9restaurant.com/Main.html
Description: A plate of thin rice noodles comes doused with a generous amount of yellow curry powder, making the dish bright yellow (beware of stains). The noodles are stir-fried with egg and veggies including baby corn, carrots, celery, onion and green onion. Choose a protein or two to add to the mix — Chicken, Pork Tofu ($11.95), beef or shrimp ($12.95) or seafood ($16.95).
Published: Thursday, July 20, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 1:47 PM
— The adorable little café nestled on Brown Street is quite humble about a heavenly breakfast item we found on their menu.
Chai Tea French Toast at Butter Café. Yes, if you thought the aromatic smell of Chai could only be found in your favorite latte, then boy, do we have news for you.
First of all, what is chai? The word seems to be thrown around by every coffee shop connoisseur these days— so let’s finally agree on what we’re talking about here. Chai is just an Indian word for tea. So when you hear chai tea, you’re really hearing tea tea.
Masala chai is the drink we know and love here in the States. It’s a spiced tea usually including cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and pepper.
Pour that into a frothy cup of warm, sweetened milk and all of a sudden you feel the desire to curl up with a good book on a rainy afternoon. It’s magic.
Well, Butter Café has done us a favor by dipping their already mouthwatering French toast into a rich chai tea latte batter and creating something wonderful.
This past weekend, I tried them for myself.
My fork sank into the warm stack as a butter and creamy mascarpone cheese filling oozed from between the slices. The second bite was better than the first, and so on.
As powerful as my sweet tooth can be, I’m easily turned off by an overly sweet breakfast. But the mascarpone cheese added just enough to create a good sweet and savory balance. Order a bold cup of Butter Café’s organic coffee with it and you’ll be set.
Want to go?
WHAT: Butter Café
WHERE: 1106 Brown St., Dayton
Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 1:31 PM
— Craving Chinese food? Try one of these top spots in Dayton.
Voted #1 in the 2017 Best of Dayton poll, this spot is known for high-quality customer service and fresh, delicious dishes. Specializes in sushi.
Where: 852 Union Blvd., Clayton
Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
2.) CJ Chan
Offering both Japanese and Chinese cuisine, this spot features a create-your-own-dish option to appease nearly any palate and flavor profile.
Locations: 2747 W. Alex Bell Rd., Moraine and 536 Wilmington Ave., Dayton
Hours: Mon-Thurs 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fri-Sat 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Sun 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
3.) Ginger and Spice
Handcrafted cuisine in a fast, casual setting. Also offers local craft beers.
Location: 1105 Brown Street, Dayton
Hours: Mon-Sat 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Contemporary restaurant serving Chinese fare and sushi, plus unique cocktails and craft beer.
Location: 7580 Poe Ave., Dayton
Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Sat 12 to 10:30 p.m., Sun 12 to 9 p.m.
5.) China Cottage
A warm, festive atmosphere with a live exhibition kitchen.
Locations: 6290 Far Hills Ave., Dayton; 3718 Wilmington Pike, Dayton; 1983 Shiloh Springs Rd., Trotwood; and 784 N. Main St., Springboro.
6.) Asia Gourmet
Friendly, casual restaurant specializing in Chinese and Thai cuisine.
Location: 5518 Burkhardt Ave., Dayton
Hours: Tues-Thurs 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sun 12 to 9:30 p.m.