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Published: Thursday, November 30, 2017 @ 10:02 AM
When Emily Mendenhall announced she was shaking things up and changing the menu at her family’s restaurant, we were expecting something good.
As it turns out, the changes are more like great.
Lily’s Bistro, 329 E. Fifth Street in Dayton’s Oregon District, has detoured from the norm with a menu sprinkled with imagination.
As Mendenhall explained in a Facebook post earlier this month, Lily’s wanted to do things differently at lunch and dinner.
“There will be updates based on what is tasting the best, what our farmers have available, what products are in season, and what our chefs are feeling creatively,” she wrote.
Don’t worry, you’ll be happy to see some of your familiar favorites, like deviled eggs and fried chicken.
The fun new menu allows for more food sharing. As we all know, sharing is caring.
Featuring old-school hip-hop-inspired designs from Dayton artist Christopher "Etch" Weyrich of the Mural Machine, the menu itself is broken up in five self-described sections: “Bites and Soups and Sides,” “Charcuteries and Cheese,” “Foraged,” “Small Plates,” “Medium Plates” and “Supper.”
We bounced around the menu, ordering something from most sections.
On our visit, the charcuterie board included a choice of three of the following for $15: black forest Schinken (German ham); dry age chorizo; Tuscan porchetta, Abruzzese Salami or speck.
We went with the porchetta, chorizo and salami. The ample board came with pickles and mustard worth raving about.
For an additional $14, we ordered a cheese board and had the choice of three of the following: Point Reyes Farmstead blue, aged manchego, Middlefield Coop Goat’s milk cheddar, Cypress Grove Truffle Tremor and mustard beer cheese.
We selected the beer cheese, blue cheese and the creamy goat’s milk cheddar.
We hit the small and medium plate sections hard, ordering the delicious seared scallops with carrot ambrosia and pesto; sweet, savory and plentiful pork belly and sweet potato tacos; wholly satisfying kielbasa and cabbage and Latin Carbonara, linguine with peas, sofrito and dry aged chorizo.
Items in these sections range from $7 to $17.
The red wine braised oxtail was a highlight from the Supper section that were glad we did not pass up.
Chunks of tender meat were served over wild rice, black barley daikon radish seeds and topped with wilted greens for $22.
Other offerings from the Supper section include fried chicken, pork shank cassoulet, coconut curry swordfish and vegan pot pie ranging in price from $16 to $21 per dish.
Lily’s has consistently updated its menu offerings seasonally since it opened in April 2013, but this new concept turns things on their head.
We are looking forward to see what the eatery comes up with next.
Published: Friday, February 19, 2016 @ 7:57 AM
Updated: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— 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:
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.
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— A Dayton restaurant has three little piggies you are going to want battling the wolf in your belly.
Fifth Street Brewpub, 1600 E. Fifth St. in Dayton’s St. Anne’s Hill neighborhood, might be best known for its beer. But the kitchen brews up some delicious grub, too.
>> Fifth Street Brewpub captures two golds in beer competition (July 11, 2016)
One particular sandwich stands out from the rest for a very piggy reason.
It is called the Pork Lord, and it had me at the words “pork” and “lord.”
The sandwich is full of porky goodness, as you can imagine. But it will not leave you feeling like a pig.
The $10 dish is a well-portioned combination of thin-ish sliced pork, bacon horseradish aioli and seasoned in-house pork rinds (called Crack–A–Lackin’s on the menu) on the side.
Besides the ham and bacon, the anything but simple sandwich includes lettuce, tomato, onion, a fried egg and ghost pepper jack cheese on a telera roll.
>> Fifth Street Brewpub release new menu (Feb. 9, 2018)
Don’t let the ghost pepper scare you off.
The sandwich has just the right amount of heat for those of us who love a little kick with supper.
The egg was cooked to perfection with plenty of delicious runny yolk to sop up.
The yolk flowed like lava when I cut into my Pork Lord.
The sandwich is cheesy, bacon-ey, eggy and spicy goodness.
(July 31, 2017)
The Pork Lord was added to Fifth Street’s menu in February.
Tanya Brock, Fifth Street’s manager, said the Pork Lord has become a customer favorite and will remain on the menu for a while going forward.
An order of thick and crunchy Crack-A-Lackin’s are $6 as an appetizer if you don’t want to go all hog wild.
WANT TO TRY IT?
What: The Pork Lord: lettuce, tomato, onion, ham, fried egg, ghost pepper jack cheese, bacon horseradish aioli on a telera roll. The sandwich is served with Crack-A-Lackins, the brewpub’s house-made pork rinds.
Where: Fifth Street Brewpub, 1600 E. Fifth St. in Dayton’s St. Anne’s Hill neighborhood
Hours: 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays.
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— This is news library guests won’t want to be quiet about.
The wait is over for those who want baked goods and a cup of coffee with their books.
Table 33 has started serving food in its new location inside the Dayton Metro Library’s downtown branch at 215 E. Third St.
The restaurant’s soft opening started this week.
For now, Chuck Duritsch, the library’s external relations manager, said the restaurant will be open 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
>>RELATED: Downtown restaurant preparing to open cafe at new Dayton library (Sept. 14, 2017)
“Right now they are offering their delicious coffee, some drinks, some baked goods, some juices,” he said. “They are going to add to the menu. There are going to be boxed lunches available. It will be a couple of weeks before their hours expand.”
Duritsch said the restaurant is also exploring the idea of a delivery service that would allow patrons to use an app to order food and/or pick up food from delivery spots designated within the library.
Table 33 may also offer catering down the road.
“They want to be responsive to what the patrons are going to be ordering,” he said. “You have to know your audience. That’s why they are doing this slow rollout.”
Dayton’s $64 million, state-of-the-art main branch library opened in August.
The main Table 33 restaurant is located at 130 W. Second St. and opened in 2016.
Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 10:11 AM
— People love a good burger.
>>GUIDE: The best burgers in Dayton
It’s the cornerstone in the foundation of most popular fast food chain menus. Some burgers are so beloved they have almost a cult following. The South has Whataburger, the West Coast has In-N-Out, the Midwest has White Castle.
But there are a few locally owned places that deserve the kind of devotion as these national chains. I’ve written about my love of Voltzy’s Rootbeer Stand before and think it deserves to be firmly in this category.
One Dayton spot that was grilling up smashed burgers way before Smashburger ever came onto the scene is Benjamin’s the Burger Master on North Main Street. Its sign bills itself as “a family eatery” selling ribs, chicken and burgers.
A visit to this nostalgic throwback will transport you back to the early 1980s, when owner John Riley opened it 36 years ago. It’s like a museum of what fast casual food used to be back in the day — perfectly preserved with decor that is a fine, kitschy compliment to the homemade dishes being served up.
>>Bucket List: Stop at Benjamin’s, have a burger
THE FAMOUS BURGERS
Benjamin’s tasty burgers are hand-pattied and served made to order, $3.19 for a single, $4.39 for a double, $3.39 for a cheeseburger, $4.69 for a double cheeseburger and $4.19 for a mushroom swiss, bacon cheddar or pizza burger.
Burgers come with lettuce, tomato and onion and the requisite ketchup and mustard.
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ON THE SIDE
There are plenty of sides to go with your burger of choice — French fries ($1.59), onion chips ($1.79), corn, coleslaw, mashed potatoes and green beans ($1.99 or $4.29 for a pint) are all options. Fried okra ($1.79) is an interesting choice you don’t often see and hints at the soul food infused into spots on the fairly straightforward menu.
Other sandwich options include $4.79 for a jumbo tenderloin or $4.29 for a chicken or fish filet.
For larger portions, dinners are the way to go. BBQ ribs with two sides and a dinner roll ($7.29), a two-piece BBQ chicken dinner ($5.99) and a three-piece crispy fried chicken dinner ($7.99) are all indicative of the affordable prices of the meals being served. Food can be purchased in larger quantities as well if you are getting carry-out or are with a larger party. A 12-piece box of fried chicken for example is $20.95.
Daily lunch specials are featured throughout the week and feature comfort-food options like chopped steak with mushroom gravy, lasagna, meatloaf and pork tenderloin and stuffing. Various cakes and pies ($2.39-$2.79) are available for purchase if you are feeling like a sugar fix after you eat.
None of this food is life-changing, but when you feel like a fast food burger that’s well worthy of a cult following, Benjamin’s has you covered.
WANT TO GO?
What: Benjamin’s The Burger Master
Where: 100 N. Main St., Dayton
Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
More info: 937-223-8702
Don’t forget: Bring cash — the 60-seat restaurant only takes cash, no cards