Voltzy’s has a ‘Trump Burger’ -- and here’s what’s on it

Published: Friday, July 14, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

What goes on a Trump Burger?

Whether you like him or not, there’s no denying President Donald Trump is a celebrity -- and a polarizing one at that. 

Voltzy’s Hamburger & Root Beer Stand in Moraine has been a Dayton-area institution for nearly 30 years, and during that time, owner and cook Rick Volz has commemorated celebrities in his own special way with a burger dedicated to them. 

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Voltzy's Hamburger & Rootbeer Stand has been celebrating/lambasting the famous and infamous for nearly 30 years.(Jim Ingram)

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From the mammoth, 14-pound Bill Clinton Divorce Finale Burger, with a half-pound of onions and 20 slices of cheese on a one-pound bun for $100 (if you eat it in an hour or less, it’s free), to the Yuna Lee Burger -- named for the former WHIO reporter, Volz keeps his eye and spatula on current events.

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Rick Volz, owner and grill master of Voltzy's in Moraine.(Jim Ingram)

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His latest creation is the Donald Trump Burger, which is a six-ounce patty with bacon in the grinder placed atop a bed of deep-fried onions, sweet mustard and horseradish sauce and topped with American cheese

The sweet and spicy sauce compliment the beef and bacon mixture, with the onions giving it just a little extra sweetness. The cheese brings it all together for a yuuuuuuge taste.

Want to go?

WHAT: Voltzy’s Rootbeer Stand

WHERE: 4668 N Springboro Pike, Moraine

INFO: Facebook

Know of any must-try dishes we should know about? Drop us a line at contact@dayton.com.

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Mudlick Tap House celebrates one year downtown with a new menu

Published: Monday, July 09, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Mudlick's bourbon soaked cherries over a Belgian waffle, roasted pecans, salted caramel whip. CONTRIBUTED
Mudlick's bourbon soaked cherries over a Belgian waffle, roasted pecans, salted caramel whip. CONTRIBUTED

Mudlick Tap House relocated from Germantown to downtown Dayton this time one year ago. 

They pride themselves on mindfully sourced food and handcrafted drinks. 

In fact, the only freezer in the entire building is a small reach-in that holds gelato and sorbet. 

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Mudlick's grilled chicken Cobb salad. CONTRIBUTED

Proprieters Jennifer Dean and Forrest Williams are passionate about the sourcing of Mudlick dishes and working with the kitchen staff to create them from scratch. 

Mac's soon to be famous fried chicken at Mudlick Taphouse. CONTRIBUTED

Dean and Williams have found many exciting ways to create events that compliment the Mudlick Tap House brand including bimonthly guided kayaking tours on the Mad River (happening July 9 and July 30) as well as special dinners. The restaurant is planning a New Holland beer dinner coming up for Dayton Beer Week on Aug. 22 featuring a four-course dinner with limited and season release pairings. 

The restaurant continues to fine tune its offerings with a new summer menu that launched in early June. 

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Mudlick's 1/3lb Grass-fed Blackhawk Farms Beef, Whiskey mushrooms, caramelized onion, cajun spice, gorgonzola on brioche. CONTRIBUTED

New menu items include: 

  • A fresh ahi yellowfin tuna steak, pan seared to medium rare over lemon garlic cauliflower rice, served with sesame ginger green beans and cabbage and finished with a pineapple passionfruit chutney
  • Shrimp and grits with andouille sausage topped with a Cajun red sauce and finished with sautéed asparagus tips
  • Deviled eggs made with New Orleans Blue Plate Mayo, horseradish, dill, dijon and dusted with smoked paprika, garnished with radish on a bed of arugula
  • Burrata grilled cheese stuffed finished with a special spinach-arugula pesto, oven roasted tomato and artichoke to compliment the creamy filling inside. 
Mudlick's poutine. CONTRIBUTED

Appetizers include: 

  • A poutine made with Dragons Milk braised beef brisket, shredded atop a bed of our house cut fries, topped with cheddar cheese curds, porter gravy and chopped tarragon
  • Addictive Buffalo "Boomflower" made with Lord Hobo Boom Sauce IPA battered cauliflower florets fried golden and tossed in buffalo sauce served with gorgonzola or buttermilk ranch dipping sauce. 
Mudlick's Yellowfin tuna. CONTRIBUTED

Happy hours, specials

Special features are constantly in rotation and can be found by visiting the restaurant’s Facebook page. "Happiness hours" happen from 3-6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday featuring half price bottles of wine, $6 cocktail feature and $2 off draft beers as well as half off the pretzel and bier cheese appetizer. 

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Mudlick's shrimp and grits. CONTRIBUTED

"Much of our menu incorporates liquor and craft beer in the dishes. The flavor profiles take dishes to the next level," said Dean who is looking forward to another great year downtown. 

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




What: Mudlick Tap House 

Where: 135 E. 2nd St., Dayton 

More information: 937-895-4066 or mudlicktaphouse.com

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Get ahead of the foodie game at Wednesday’s sneak peek to Restaurant Week 

Published: Friday, July 13, 2018 @ 8:00 AM

Dayton's Best Restaurants

When summer ushers in warmer weather there are several things in the world of food that you can count on — seasonal produce and dishes being at the top of the list.

A close second is the Miami Valley Restaurant Association’s Summer Restaurant Week promotion, which this year runs July 22-29 offering meals from more than 40 restaurants ranging in price from $20.18-$30.18.

The traditional “sneak peek” that happens before the promotion kicks off will take place on Wednesday, July 18, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Steam Plant.

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Tickets are $20.18, which covers one drink and 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.

The restaurant week promotion was established more than a decade ago as a way to generate traffic to local restaurants and help give diners a chance to explore the menu at a more affordable price point. The kick-off event offers a nice preview of what’s in store at the restaurants that are on hand. Many restaurants do a really nice job of showing off some of those special seasonal flavors that summer ushers in.

Roost is one of the participants in the “sneak peek” event for the Miami Valley Restaurant Association’s Summer Restaurant Week. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

“The first restaurant week was in 2005 with about 15 restaurants participating. It has grown over the years to an event that people call and ask when summer restaurant week is so they can plan their vacations around it. Now that’s pretty cool. It’s also just great for the restaurants and the community. People get excited about trying a different restaurant and it’s just fun,” said Amy Zahora, executive director of the Miami Valley Restaurant Association.

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This year Zahora says Brigid’s Path and the MVRA Scholarship Fund will receive a donation from restaurant week meals that are sold.

Due to the popularity of both, Zahora suggests making reservations in advance and purchasing sneak peek tickets now.

“I think it’s so popular because people get to try new places or places they wouldn’t normally try at a really good price. You can beat $20.18 or $25.18 for a three-course meal,” said Zamora. “Some of these restaurants will do over 400 Summer Restaurant Week meals, which is a huge boost. And this doesn’t include drinks, so it definitely helps the restaurants during the week when it is typically slower.”


The following is a list of the businesses scheduled to participate in the 2018 Miami Valley Restaurant Associations’ Summer Restaurant Week taking place July 22-29.

Please note — this list of participating restaurants is subject to change and reservations may be required from some participating locations. Calling ahead is recommended, for details, hours and reservations. For the most up-to-date list and information visit http://dineoutdayton.com.



Amber Rose, 1400 Valley St., (937) 228-2511

Basil’s on Market, 312, N. Patterson Blvd., (937) 818-4390

Coco’s Bistro, 250 Warren St., (937) 228-2626

Dewberry 1850, Marriott at the University of Dayton, 1414 S. Patterson Blvd., (937) 223-1000

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Dublin Pub, 300 Wayne Ave., (937) 224-7822

Franco’s Ristorante Italiano, 824 E. Fifth St., (937) 222-0204

Jay’s Seafood Restaurant, 225 E. Sixth St., (937) 222-2892

Lily’s Bistro, 329 E. Fifth St., (937) 723-7637

Roost Modern Italian, 524 E. 5th St., (937) 222-3100

Wheat Penny, 515 Wayne Ave., (937) 496-5268


Buckhorn Tavern, 8800 Meeker Road, (937) 890-3261


Christopher’s Restaurant, 2318 E. Dorothy Lane, (937) 299-0089

Figlio, 424 E. Stroop Road in the Town & Country shopping center, (937) 534-0494

McGillicutty’s Pub, 1980 E. Whipp Road, (937) 436-0057


Bravo at Dayton Mall, 2770 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, (937) 439-1294

Carvers Steaks & Chops, 1535 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, (937) 433-7099

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Chappy’s Social House, 7880 Washington Village Drive, (937) 439-9200

Kabuki, 848 S. Main St., (937) 435-9500

Nelly’s 79 S. Main St., (937) 859-5555

Sweeney’s Seafood Bar and Grill, 28 W. Franklin St., (937) 291-3474


The Chop House, 7727 Washington Village Drive, (937) 291-1661

Meadowlark, 5531 Far Hills Ave., (937) 434-4750

The Melting Pot, 453 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, (937) 567-8888


ele Bistro and Wine Bar, 3680 Rigby Road, (937) 384-2253

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, 3500 Rigby Road, (937) 865-9355

Watermark Restaurant, 20 S. First St., (937) 802-0891


El Meson, 903 E. Dixie Drive, (937) 859-8229


Bunker’s Sports Bar & Grill, 893 E. National Road, (937) 890-8899

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Basils on Market, 18 N. Market St., (937) 875-2068

The Caroline, 5 S. Market St., (937) 552-7676

Smith’s Boathouse Restaurant, 439 N. Elm St., (937) 335-3837


Hickory River Smokehouse, 135 S. Garber Drive, (937) 669-2271



Brio Tuscan Grill at The Greene, 4459 Cedar Park Drive, (937) 429-7792

Bravo at Fairfield Mall, 2731 Fairfield Commons, (937) 431-5460

This Bravo location opened at the Mall at Fairfield Commons on Jan. 28, 2016. MARK FISHER/STAFF

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, 4432 Walnut St., (937) 320-9548

Pasha Grill, 72 Plum St., The Greene, (937) 429-9000

The Wandering Griffin, 3725 Presidential Drive, (937) 956-5216

Wellington Grille, 2450 Dayton-Xenia Road, (937) 426-4600


Packy’s Sports Bar and Grill, 10823 Chidlaw Road, (937) 879-2696

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Mills Park Hotel, 321 Xenia Ave., (937) 319-0400

Sunrise Cafe, 259 Xenia Ave., (937) 767-7211

The Winds Cafe and Bakery, 215 Xenia Ave., (937) 767-1144


Nick’s Restaurant, 1443 N. Detroit St., (937) 372-3202



The Dock, 250 W. Main St., (937) 864-5011


Season’s Bistro & Grille, 28 S. Limestone St., (937) 521-1200


Here are other upcoming MVRA events that are worth marking on the calendar:

Taste of Austin Landing

2-6 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Park at Austin Landing

Sample from more than a dozen Austin Landing restaurants for just $20 in advance or $25 day of. Includes one drink ticket.

For tickets and more information visit www.austinlanding.com/taste

The Taste of The Greene

5:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 9

Sample dishes from different restaurants at the Greene including Ace’s Asian Cafe, BD Mongolian’s, Brio, Deg’s, EO Burgers, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse. Tickets $15 in advance, $20 the day of.

For tickets and more information visit www.thegreene.com/event/Taste-of-The-Greene/2145508509/

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Bacon Fest at the Fraze

3-10 p.m. Aug. 18

Free and open to the public, savor the flavor of breakfast’s favorite side item – the greatest food on planet Earth – BACON. Whether you’re in the crispy bacon or chewy bacon camp, you’ll love this summer festival. This year more than 10 restaurants will be participating including Amber Rose, Basil’s, The Dock, El Meson and Sweetum’s.

For more information visit http://fraze.com/bacon-fest-2018

Beer Fest at The Greene

5-9 p.m. Sept. 15

Live music, food and beer collides with music by The Reaganomics starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of.

For more information visit thegreene.com/events


What: Sneak Peek to Summer Restaurant Week

When: 5:30-8:30 p.m. July 18

Where: The Dayton Steam Plant, 617 E. Third St., Dayton

Cost: $20.18 per ticket which includes one drink ticket. Additional drink tickets can be purchased at the event for $3-$4. Sneak Peek tickets can be purchased at http://dineoutdayton.com/project/sneak-peek-summer-restaurant-week/

More info: (937) 461-MVRA or www.dineoutdayton.com


What: Summer Restaurant Week

When: July 22-29

Where: Various locations

Cost: Meals range in price from $20.18-$30.18

More info: (937) 461-MVRA or www.dineoutdayton.com

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Cheryl’s Cookies to host SWEET bake sale all week long

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Cheryl's Cookies is hosting its Sweet Summer Bake Sale July 16 to 21 with up to 75% off cookies, dough and more.
Cheryl's Cookies is hosting its Sweet Summer Bake Sale July 16 to 21 with up to 75% off cookies, dough and more.(Contributed)

If you’re a Cheryl’s Cookies lover, you won’t want to miss the upcoming gourmet cookies and baked goods sale.

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From July 16 to 21, Cheryl’s Cookies will host the Sweet Summer Bake Sale with up to 75 percent off individually wrapped cookies, gift boxes, frozen doughballs, and more.

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At the flagship Westerville location, the first 50 customers on Thursday, July 19, will receive a free gift.
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Cheryl's Cookies will donate 15 percent of the net proceeds from the sale of certain products online to benefit life-saving care and research at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

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A portion of the proceeds from the Sweet Summer Bake Sale Mega Event at the Flagship store in Westerville will also directly benefit Nationwide Children's Hospital. At the time of the sale, customers are invited to stop by the Nationwide Children’s Hospital tent for crafts, refreshments and giveaways.

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Cheryl’s Cookies locations:

420 E. Stroop Road, Kettering

83 Plum St., Beavercreek

646 McCorkle Blvd., Westerville (flagship)

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WHERE TO EAT THIS WEEK: Gas station chicken to go? Here’s why it’s a must try and where you can get it.

Published: Monday, May 02, 2016 @ 1:15 PM
Updated: Friday, July 13, 2018 @ 10:07 AM

This Is The Best Fried Chicken Chain In America (And It's In A Gas Station)

Krispy Krunchy Chicken is one of the fastest growing convenience store based quick service restaurant concepts in the country. 

The first store opened in 1989 in Lafayette, Louisiana in a small chain of convenience stores and has seen incredible growth since with more than 1,800 locations now open in 36 states. 

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There are now seven Krispy Krunchy locations in the area at various gas stations and drive-throughs. 

It's quick, convenient, affordable and delicious. 


The steamy boxes of chicken that you walk out with are fresh and moist with large meaty pieces of legs, thighs, wings and breasts enclosed in a golden exterior that more than earns its crispy, crunchy moniker. 

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The cajun season infused in the breading adds some heat, kick and welcome flavor. It's a terrific option for parties if you don't have time to cook. Krispy Krunchy Chicken offers a 25-piece mix of light and dark pieces for $33.99 averaging out to a very reasonable $1.35 per piece. Your guests will definitely be asking where the chicken came from — it's that good. 

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It's also a solid option for lunch while you're out and about, or for dinner for the family, with two pieces ranging from $3.99-$4.99 and four pieces ranging from $6.99-$7.49 with the addition of a side and a drink contributing $2.50 to the overall bill. 

Krsipy Krunchy Chicken had a banner year in 2017, company officials say. It also added a Dayton-area location. FILE(Staff Writer)

A chicken and tenders family combo is $29.99 that comes with 12 juicy pieces of chicken, 6 piece cajun tenders, 6 biscuits and a large fry. There are sides like Mac-n-cheese ($2.49 for a small and $3.69 for a large), but keep your eye on the crunchy prize with a honey butter biscuit (69 cents each) thrown in for good measure. Cajun style fried fish and crispy shrimp are also available as dinner or lunchtime options. 

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Delivery is also available through the Door Dash app service.


In addition to having terrific, hot food, two of the Krispy Krunchy locations (the Town and Country Shell Station and Bellbrook Marathon) also sell craft beer to go.

The stations have craft beer taps for 32-ounce and 64-ounce growler fills. Selections rotate.

The craft beer growler-refill station at Town & Country Shell on Far Hills Avenue at Stroop Road in Kettering. MARK FISHER/STAFF(Staff Writer)


The Town and Country Shell Station, 3960 Far Hills Ave., Kettering 

Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Closed Sundays 

More info: 937-999-4272 or www.krispykrunchykettering.com 

Please note: Call 30 minutes ahead for large orders 

Other area Krispy Krunchy Chicken locations: 

B & B Carryout, 2028 E. State Route 73, Waynesville 

Bellbrook Marathon Station, 4491 Franklin St., Bellbrook 

Doc's Drive Thru and Grocery, 908 W. N. St. Springfield 

Germantown Shell (Kasey's Gas Mart), 1341 W. Market Street, Germantown 

Krispy Krunchy Dayton @ Wright State, 3800 Col. Glenn Hwy., Beavercreek 

Ulbrich's, 12 S. Dorset Road, Troy

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