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Get ready to eat well on the cheap! Sneak peek of restaurant week


Ready your forks.

The Miami Valley Restaurant Association’s Summer Restaurant Week jump started Wednesday night during an event showcasing menu items from about 15 of the roughly 40 restaurants participating in the week-long special promotion.

Summer Restaurant Week kicks off Sunday at participating restaurants (see list below) and wraps up Aug. 4.

The smooth and slightly spicy Caribbean crab chili soup from Taste in Trotwood was among the standout sample dishes served at the sneak peek at the Dayton Art Institute, as was the upscale yet down home shrimp and grits from Fresco in Kettering.

Fresco’s chef and owner Jenn DiSanto described the sauce that helps makes the dish unique as a “‘holy trinity’ based sauce with a little tomato in it among lots of other yummy ingredients.”

On top of that, the shrimp was plump and the grits were creamy.

El Meson also did not disappoint with its sneak-peek dish, a simple, but well-cooked pork tenderloin with garlic and rice.

The renovated Oakwood Tavern at Neil’s Hertitage House brought its seafood paella.

Serena Walther Leventhal, granddaughter of the restaurant’s founder, Neil Swafford, said her husband has worked hard to refine the dish’s recipe.

“We are all about craft — from craft beer to crafting our food perfectly to crafting our cocktails by muddling basil and (using) fresh juices,” Leventhal said.

Amy Zahora, the MVRA’s executive director, urged area residents to eat their way through the week.

“It is a great way for them (area residents) to try some new restaurants in the area or to try a restaurant they have never tried before at a really good price,” she said.

A dollar from each meal purchased will benefit the Cancer Support community of Western Ohio and MVRA’s scholarship program. MVRA has donated nearly $50,000 to charities due to the restaurant week efforts the past two years, Zahora noted.

Three-course meals and meal deals will be sold for $20.13, $25.13 and $30.13.

Stan McKnight of Dayton and his sister Tina Porter of Oakwood couldn’t wait to hit the restaurants.

McKnight said the boneless chicken from Crazy Mango Bar and Bistro at The Greene in Beavercreek and the Shrimp and tilapia ceviche from Salar Restaurant and Lounge in Dayton’s Oregon District were her hits of the preview party.

“I am a big fan of Salar. Salar has a nice blend.    I was there just last night,” he said. “I love their spin and their cuisine.”

Which restaurants do you plan to visit as part of Dayton’s restaurant week? Let us know below.

PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS

There are often last-minute changes to the list of participating restaurants and menus. The information below is subject to change. For the latest updates, visit dineoutdayton.com.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

DAYTON

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

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

The Deli at Top of the Market, 32 Webster St., Dayton, (937) 224-3663

Salar Restaurant and Lounge, 400-410 E. Fifth St., Dayton, (937) 203-3999

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

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

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

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

BUTLER TWP.

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

KETTERING

Fresco, 3141 Far Hills Ave., Kettering, (937) 296-0600

Hawthorn Grill, 1222 E. Stroop Road, Kettering, (937) 298-2222

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

The Tropics, 580 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering, (937) 293-8800

Mamma DiSalvo’s, 1375 E. Stroop Road, Kettering, (937) 299-5831

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

Neil’s Heritage House, 2323 W. Schantz Ave., Kettering, (937) 298-8611

Pepito’s Mexican Restaurant, 3618 Wilmington Pike, Kettering, (937) 293-3777

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

HARRISON TWP.

The Barnsider, 5202 N. Main St., Dayton, (937) 277-1332

OAKWOOD

C’est Tout, 2600 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood, (937) 298-0022

CENTERVILLE

Station House, at St. Leonard Franciscan Living Community, 8200 Provincial Way, Centerville, (937) 439-7154

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

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

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

Twisted Root Restaurant, 79 S. Main St., Centerville, (937) 610-9835

WASHINGTON TWP.

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

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

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

Charleston BBQ, 671 Lyons Road, Washington Twp., (937) 432-9576

MORAINE

Chappy’s Tap Room & Grille, 2733 W. Alex-Bell Road, Moraine, (937) 299-7427

TROTWOOD

Taste, 2555 Shiloh Springs Road, Trotwood, (937) 854-7060

MIAMISBURG

TJ Chumps, 12 E. Linden Ave., Miamisburg, (937) 859-4000

Anticoli’s Giulano Tavern, 67 S. Main St., Miamisburg, (937) 859-3000

WEST CAROLLTON

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

ENGLEWOOD

TJ Chumps, 559 S. Main St., Englewood, (937) 836-4300

VANDALIA

Radar’s Bar & Grill at Scene 75, 6196 Poe Ave., Vandalia, (937) 619-3202

MIAMI COUNTY

TROY

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

La Piazza, 2 N. Market St., Troy, (937) 339-5553

TIPP CITY

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

GREENE COUNTY

FAIRBORN

TJ Chumps, 1100 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Road, Fairborn, (937) 318-1250

BEAVERCREEK

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

Spinoza’s Gourmet Pizza & Salads, 2727 Fairfield Commons Blvd., Beavercreek, (937) 426-7799

McCormick & Schmick’s, 4429 Cedar Park Drive at The Greene, Beavercreek, (937) 431-9200

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

Crazy Mango Bar and Bistro, 81 Magnolia Lane, Beavercreek, (937) 431-3822

BELLBROOK

Amelia’s Bistro, 129 W. Franklin St., Bellbrook, (937) 310-3040

YELLOW SPRINGS

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

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

CLARK COUNTY

ENON

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

SPRINGFIELD

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

SHELBY COUNTY

SIDNEY

The Bridge, 127 W. Poplar St., Sidney, (937) 492-2542



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