Here’s where to get FREE and cheap burgers in Dayton for National Cheeseburger Day

Tuesday is National Cheeseburger Day, and whether you like yours with “lettuce and tomato, Heinz 57 and French-fried potatoes. Big kosher pickle and a cold draught beer,” or if your tastes are more simple, here are some deals on the American classic. 2nd and Charles: Get a free Bob’s Burgers cheeseburger at checkout as long as supplies last. The deal begins at 6 p.m. IHOP: Buy an...
How to deal with your picky eater

How to deal with your picky eater

Tired of dealing with kids who have demanding palates? Instead of indulging their often unhealthy demands, Atlanta-based Chef Ahki offers a few table-tested ideas to satisfy finicky eaters. "Sometimes our kids will try to see if they can get away with eating foods that they know you don't approve of," said Chef Ahki, who's also a mother of one. "They will test us with chips and...
New craft brewery in the works in Troy will be brewer’s 2nd location

New craft brewery in the works in Troy will be brewer’s 2nd location

A new brewery is in the works in downtown Troy — but its founders already have some strong experience under their belts. Moeller Brew Barn — which has operated a brewery and tasting room in Maria Stein, south of Celina in Mercer County, since 2015 — will open a second location at 214 W. Main St. in downtown Troy, the Troy Main Street organization announced Tuesday...
Grilling fanatic? Get $10K to eat barbecue as Reynolds' new 'chief grilling officer'

Grilling fanatic? Get $10K to eat barbecue as Reynolds' new 'chief grilling officer'

Hungry for a new career? Reynolds Kitchens has a mouthwatering new job opportunity. According to a post on its website, the company best known for its aluminum foil is hiring a chief grilling officer to help "identify the best grilling techniques and tips" to pass along to Reynolds' fans. "As CGO, you won't need a comfy corner office. That's because for two weeks, you'll be too...
Here’s how you can get half off a Starbucks Frappuccinos TODAY

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

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...
IHOP offering 60 cent pancakes TODAY for 60th anniversary

IHOP offering 60 cent pancakes TODAY for 60th anniversary

After nearly a month of calling itself the "International House of Burgers," IHOP is going back to what made it famous — pancakes. The diner chain announced its second "name change" in as many months last week, tweeting that it would "never turn its back on pancakes (except for that time we faked it to promote our new burgers)". IHOP also said it would celebrate...
Turkish, Russian grocery store to open in Huber Heights

Turkish, Russian grocery store to open in Huber Heights

A new ethnic grocery store is expected to open in Huber Heights this fall. Food Bazaar at 5755 Old Troy Pike will offer Turkish, Russian and general groceries. Owner Murat Aliyev, 34, said he expects to spend between $35,000 and $45,000 on the total renovation including an HVAC. The location used to be a Capitol Dry Cleaners. »BIZ BEAT: Christmas in July: More retailers announce plans to compete...
Second Dayton-area Tudor’s Biscuit World set to open this fall

Second Dayton-area Tudor’s Biscuit World set to open this fall

The new Tudor’s Biscuit World in Fairborn is expected to open in 12 weeks. Ground broke on the building at 130 N. Broad St. in July, a second Dayton-area location. The other opened in Xenia eight years ago. The 2,500-square-foot restaurant will hold 40-50 customers and employ about 20, according to previous reports from the Dayton Daily News. The Charleston, W.Va.- based chain operates about...
Cheryl’s Cookies to host SWEET bake sale all week long

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

If you’re a Cheryl’s Cookies lover, you won’t want to miss the upcoming gourmet cookies and baked goods sale. 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. At the flagship Westerville location, the first 50 customers on Thursday, July 19, will receive...
You can get a free Icee float from Sam’s Club this weekend, even if you’re not a member

You can get a free Icee float from Sam’s Club this weekend, even if you’re not a member

There’s a lot to love about Sam’s Club. Not only can you stock up on some of your favorites for usually cheaper prices, but they also have things you can’t get anywhere else — like a nine-pound bucket of Oreo frosting, which alone is obviously worth the cost of a membership. The best things by far, however, are the free samples. Getting to try new things before...
Yellow Springs Brewery gives us a sneak preview of official 2018 Springsfest brew

Yellow Springs Brewery gives us a sneak preview of official 2018 Springsfest brew

Doesn’t every festival deserve its own special brew? Each and every Springsfest, Yellow Springs Brewery brews up a special batch just for the occasion and then it’s gone right as word starts to get out. Fortunately, the brewery has teased us with some details about this year’s batch that is currently in its fermentation phase.  The Springsfest brew is slightly different every...
Golden Nugget owners selling restaurant

Golden Nugget owners selling restaurant

The owners of the Golden Nugget Pancake House in Kettering have put the popular restaurant up for sale, saying the family has decided to downsize for family and health reasons. The almost two-acre lot, more than 7,000 square-foot building, and restaurant equipment at 2932 S. Dixie Drive are listed for $2.9 million, according to the property listing. The name and recipes are not included in the sale...
The story behind Kings Island’s blue ice cream and why it will be celebrated this weekend

The story behind Kings Island’s blue ice cream and why it will be celebrated this weekend

In 1982, Kings Island rebranded the Enchanted Voyage dark ride to the Smurf's Enchanted Voyage. As a tie-in with the new theme, the park debuted a new food item: Blue ice cream.  The blue ice cream — a blueberry soft serve — was an immediate hit and has become a staple treat at the park for the past 36 years. On July 1, Kings Island will celebrate this iconic treat on National Blue...
Bob Evans declares July ‘National Road Trip Month’ with new menu items, contest for summer 

Bob Evans declares July ‘National Road Trip Month’ with new menu items, contest for summer 

Once a timeless summer tradition, road trips are back on the rise. To celebrate the feeling of summer bliss, hitting the open road and exploring new places, Bob Evans Restaurants is declaring the month of July National Road Trip Month. At Bob Evans Restaurants, road trips are even more meaningful, as they are one of the reasons that Bob himself started the business. Known for his hospitality...
Here’s how you can get a FREE drink of frozen lemonade for Summer Solstice today

Here’s how you can get a FREE drink of frozen lemonade for Summer Solstice today

Nothing is more refreshing than frozen lemonade in the summertime.  That’s why Dunkin’ Donuts is making the longest day of the year, possibly the coolest day as well. Dunkin’ Donuts is hosting a special nationwide Frozen Lemonade tasting event today, Thursday, June 21. You’re invited to chill out and enjoy a complimentary sample (3.5-ounce) from 10 AM to 2 PM, while supplies...
Here’s how you can get FREE lasagna from Carrabba’s Italian Grill

Here’s how you can get FREE lasagna from Carrabba’s Italian Grill

Starting today through July 1, Carrabba’s Italian Grill is offering a free lasagna deal when you buy one of three signature dishes. Choose from wood-grilled Chicken Bryan, savory Chicken Marsala, or creamy Pollo Rosa Maria. With your purchase, you can take home an order of lasagne for later. This special can be found on their Carrabba’s Today, Carrabba’s Tomorrow menu...
FOOD NEWS: 18 months after opening, chicken chain shuts down one of its Dayton locations

FOOD NEWS: 18 months after opening, chicken chain shuts down one of its Dayton locations

Less than two years after it opened, a restaurant known for its spicy chicken has closed one if its Dayton-area locations.  >>RELATED: ‘Nashville Hot’ chicken coming to Austin Landing, Centerville  (Sept 26, 2016) The Mike’s Nashville Hot restaurant at 6230 Far Hills Ave. (Ohio 48) in the Shops of North Village retail center in Centerville is closed, employees...
Dads eat FREE at Primanti Bros. on Father’s Day

Dads eat FREE at Primanti Bros. on Father’s Day

Primanti Bros. Restaurant and Bar is offering a free classic sandwich to all dads on Father's Day, June 17, at all locations.  The offer is valid for all father's – as long as someone at the table makes a purchase of at least $3.99. The offer is for dine-in only, so plan on sticking around and enjoying the ambiance, which shouldn’t be tough if you’re a lover of all things...
New York’s famous Shake Shack burger restaurant coming to cities near us 

New York’s famous Shake Shack burger restaurant coming to cities near us 

Prepare to experience one of New York’s favorite burgers just a short drive from Dayton.  The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that Shake Shack opened its first Ohio location near Cleveland in June. Even better than that, the Columbus Dispatch reported that the chain plans to open a 3,500-square-foot restaurant a hop, skip and a jump away from here at Easton Town Center in Columbus...
Calling all nurses! Here’s how you can get FREE Chipotle today

Calling all nurses! Here’s how you can get FREE Chipotle today

It’s a CODE BURRITO!  National Nurses Week has come and gone, but Chipotle has a special deal that it’s nurses offering TODAY.  On Tuesday, June 5 Chipotle Mexican Grill will offer nurses a buy-one-get-one free burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos. Nurses must present a work ID to claim their freebie and the offer is limited to one free entree item per ID, according...
Here’s where you can get a free doughnut in Dayton for National Doughnut Day

Here’s where you can get a free doughnut in Dayton for National Doughnut Day

Mmmm, doughnuts. These pillowy, cakey deep-fried treats smothered in icing, glaze, sugar, sprinkles and filled with jams and custards epitomize a sweet treat.>> This ice cream-filled donut is all you need June 1 is National Doughnut Day. Locally, area bakeries and shops are offering deals you won’t want to miss to score a delicious doughnut — some for FREE.  EVAN&rsquo...
Here’s where you can get a FREE donut on Friday for National Donut Day

Here’s where you can get a FREE donut on Friday for National Donut Day

With summer on the way, it’s three cheers for donuts at Dunkin’, as the brand delights donut devotees with a trio of terrific ways to sweeten the start of the season. First, Dunkin’ Donuts will ring in one of its favorite days of the year -- National Donut Day on Friday, June 1 -- by once again offering guests a free classic donut of their choice (while supplies last) with the...
Peanut Shoppe’s new owner excited to own piece of city’s history

Peanut Shoppe’s new owner excited to own piece of city’s history

A Springfield business that’s supplied Springfield residents with locally-made candies and roasted nuts since the 1930s has a new owner who hopes to ensure the store’s success for years to come. Tim and Laurel Shouvlin have owned the Peanut Shoppe, 1576 E. Main St. since 2013 but began looking for a buyer earlier this year as they prepared to retire. Matt Luther, a longtime Springfield...
New bakery set to open downtown

New bakery set to open downtown

Downtown Springfield’s newest business has opened  Thursday morning, providing fresh cookies, cream horns and homemade bread at a recently renovated space on Fountain Avenue. Le Torte Dolci opened at 9 a.m., said Lisa Freeman, who owns the business with her husband Dan. The bakery is the most recent business to open along North Fountain Avenue, which already includes businesses like Winan&rsquo...
Your guide to the best hidden gem ice cream shops around Dayton

Your guide to the best hidden gem ice cream shops around Dayton

The weather is finally hot enough for us to enjoy a frozen treat.  If you’re anything like me, the family-owned dairy joints with decades of loyal patrons are always my go-to. There’s just something about those quaint shops with tried-and-true flavors and concoctions that have garnered decades of fans. Here’s a guide to treating yourself with the area’s most loved...
More than 50 food trucks will serve their finest at HUGE rally and competition this weekend

More than 50 food trucks will serve their finest at HUGE rally and competition this weekend

Your head might start spinning when you see the lineup for this year’s Miami County Gourmet Food Truck Rally. You will definitely start drooling! More than 50 trucks are participating in what is one of the tastiest days in the Miami Valley. Favorites like Susie's Big Dipper and Kenny’s Meat Wagon will be flocking to the Miami Country Fairgrounds to dish up their most...
Mother’s Day 2018: Which restaurants offer moms deals or freebies in Dayton?

Mother’s Day 2018: Which restaurants offer moms deals or freebies in Dayton?

Sunday is Mother’s Day.  Take a minute to panic  because you have just realized it is only hours away. OK, now for a plan. According to Restaurant.org, Mother’s Day is the most popular holiday for eating out, and a recent National Restaurant Association survey showed that 37 percent of those polled planned to do just that. Twenty-one percent said they would be picking up a dinner...
The 5 best places to eat near Springfield

The 5 best places to eat near Springfield

Every area has a sampling of places to eat that might not always been top of mind. >>RELATED: Why this old-school restaurant is one of the area’s best-kept dining secrets Have you eaten at these area hot spots? Pancakes as big as your head with a scenic view of the rushing water surrounding the mill — and did we mention the three million Christmas light display during the holidays?...
Casa del Sazón open for business despite fire 

Casa del Sazón open for business despite fire 

Tex-Mex restaurant Casa del Sazón notified its patrons via their Facebook page they have resumed normal operations after a fire was put on the premises Friday evening. The fire department was dispatched at approximately 8:30 p.m., after a cigarette was thrown on mulch outside the building.  Restaurant manager Armando Soto said no one was hurt, and the only damage caused was to the...
Frisch’s Big Boy to open museum — and it needs your memorabilia

Frisch’s Big Boy to open museum — and it needs your memorabilia

Big Boy is getting a museum. The Cincinnati-based Frisch's Big Boy restaurant chain on Wednesday will unveil the museum to a gathering of employees and retirees at the chain's original Mainliner restaurant. The Mainliner opened in 1939 in Fairfax, just east of Cincinnati. The museum — named "A Tale of Frisch's Big Boy" — will be free for patrons of the restaurant to visit. It's...
The new Lefty’s Eats & Espresso in Fairborn is a must-try -- here’s why

The new Lefty’s Eats & Espresso in Fairborn is a must-try -- here’s why

Last week, Lefty’s Eatery & Espresso opened in downtown Fairborn. On a rainy Thursday, a cozy, local cafe was an ideal spot for lunch.  As I approached the corner shop, Lefty’s logo was instantly recognizable on large windows, and a noticeable line had formed at the register. I asked for a menu favorite, or what seemed to be a popular order, before I made my decision: carnitas grilled...
The newest restaurant in Yellow Springs launches delivery service

The newest restaurant in Yellow Springs launches delivery service

Brian Rainey, owner of the Sunrise Cafe in Yellow Springs, has opened a second restaurant with a separate name and concept in the village: Calypso Grill and Smokehouse. The restaurant announced it will now deliver to Yellow Springs, Clifton, Cedarville, Enon, Wilberforce, and parts of Fairborn. The restaurant is located at 1535 Xenia Ave., in space that previously housed Dona Margarota&rsquo...
Skyline Chili is going GREEN for St. Patrick’s Day

Skyline Chili is going GREEN for St. Patrick’s Day

Forget green eggs and ham. Skyline Chili will be serving their signature noodles piping hot and bright green this St. Patrick’s Day. Announced on the chili king’s Facebook page earlier this week, Skyline said it will dish out its classic 3-Ways, 4-Ways and 5-Ways with green noodles for one day only on Saturday, March 17.  Green chili noodles not calling your...
The beloved Wot-A-Dog in New Carlisle is open for the season -- and has new owners

The beloved Wot-A-Dog in New Carlisle is open for the season -- and has new owners

One of this Dayton-Springfield region’s most beloved and oldest drive-in restaurants — famous for both its cruise-in events featuring antique and show cars and its food — is open for the season, and under new ownership. Wot A Dog, at 603 S. Main St. in New Carlisle, has been a community icon for decades. But it was closed during the summer of 2015, reopened for part of 2016, then...
We tried Graeter’s Ice Cream’s new mystery flavors, and they’re delicious

We tried Graeter’s Ice Cream’s new mystery flavors, and they’re delicious

To kick off their 2018 campaign, Graeter’s Ice Cream started strong with the release of not one, but two Mystery Flavors.  These “fan favorites” were brought back by popular demand, and are sure to please chocolate lovers. The first is the decadent Dark Chocolate Brownie ice cream made with bittersweet chocolate chips, rich chocolate ice cream and soft, gooey...
What to know about that Wahlburgers chain that just opened in Cincy

What to know about that Wahlburgers chain that just opened in Cincy

Mark Wahlberg got the red-carpet treatment — literally — earlier this week when the actor visited the first southwest Ohio location for Wahlburgers in downtown Cincinnati. (The only other Ohio Wahlburgers is in Cleveland — for now.) But there’s plenty more to know about the burger chain that he and brothers Paul (a chef) and Donnie (former boy-band heartthrob) Wahlberg...
Here’s how YOU can score McDonald’s cult-favorite Szechuan sauce today

Here’s how YOU can score McDonald’s cult-favorite Szechuan sauce today

The Szechuan dipping sauce so popular that its scarcity prompted a law-enforcement response at some McDonald’s locations nationwide last fall makes its return today, Monday Feb. 26. This time, the roll-out will be different, McDonald’s officials promise. This time, 20 million packets of Szechuan Sauce will be available across all U.S. McDonald’s restaurants, starting at lunchtime...
JUST IN: McDonald’s admits it screwed up & vows to ‘make amends’ this time

JUST IN: McDonald’s admits it screwed up & vows to ‘make amends’ this time

Mighty McDonald’s acknowledged this morning that it botched last fall’s release of a cult favorite menu item and vowed to get it right this time — starting this Monday, Feb. 26. “Last October, we truly meant well,” McDonald’s said in a release this morning, “when we brought back a super-limited batch of Szechuan Sauce, but it quickly became apparent we did...
Chipotle testing new ‘trendy’ menu option

Chipotle testing new ‘trendy’ menu option

Chipotle Mexican Grill is trying out a new menu option at its test kitchen in New York City. The restaurant chain added quinoa to its menu at the test kitchen. Chipotle is known for its simple assembly-line food concept, but has been trying to innovate in the past year. The chain debuted its queso cheese dip across restaurants in September. “The quinoa is made with red and gold quinoa tossed...
Local restaurant owner awarded for ‘exceptional lifetime service’

Local restaurant owner awarded for ‘exceptional lifetime service’

The Miami Valley’s “chief ice cream dipper” recently received a big honor.  Dan Young, the CEO of Young’s Jersey Dairy just outside of Yellow Springs, was awarded the Ohio Restaurant Association’s Claude F. Morton Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award. A local restaurant with two locations was also recognized  the ceremony held Jan. 28 in Columbus.  Young&rsquo...
You’ll fall in love with these Valentine’s Day-inspired donuts

You’ll fall in love with these Valentine’s Day-inspired donuts

One favorite chain is bringing a little love to their stores with Valentine’s Day-inspired treats. Dunkin’ Donuts has announced a special Valentine’s Day menu, featuring fun new flavors and themed updates that will bring a smile to your face when you stop by for a fresh brew.  Check out their swoon-worthy Valentine’s Day donuts: • Vanilla Truffle Donut, a heart-shaped...
Here’s where you can get FREEBIES for National Tea Day 

Here’s where you can get FREEBIES for National Tea Day 

Let’s get this parTEA started! �� Dunkin’ Donuts will celebrate its version of a National Tea Day on Friday, Jan. 19 at all of its Dayton and Greater Cincinnati area locations.  They’ll be offering free samples of their flavored teas, including for the occasion.  Their flavor lineup is as follows: Bold Breakfast, Hibiscus...
Yellow Springs restaurant shuts down after nearly decade-long run

Yellow Springs restaurant shuts down after nearly decade-long run

A Yellow Springs restaurant that served customers for nearly a decade has shut its doors for good as its owner prepares for another restaurant venture. Williams Eatery at 101 Corry St. closed two days before Christmas, founder Lawren Williams told this news outlet. The restaurant lasted nearly 10 years. Williams said diminishing sales, especially during the winter months, and an expiring lease were...
Dayton’s favorite hippo-inspired ice cream is back

Dayton’s favorite hippo-inspired ice cream is back

Recent temperatures might have you opting for a nice warm cup of hot chocolate rather than a brain-freeze inducing ice cream cone.  However, Graeter’s Ice Cream’s latest announcement might be able to convince your taste buds otherwise.  >> Our favorite of Fiona’s 6-month pictures Earlier today, Graeter’s Ice Cream confirmed the return of its...
Top 10 picks for amazing steak in the Dayton area

Top 10 picks for amazing steak in the Dayton area

Whether you’re celebrating a holiday, commemorating a special occasion, or you just feel like treating yourself, there’s no shortage of places locally to find a great steak.  Here are our top 10 places in Dayton to get the best steak.  Why it rates: Pine Club boasts a national reputation as one of the best steak houses in the country. USA Today names it “One of the USA&rsquo...
Tiny KFC serving miniature food opens in Portland

Tiny KFC serving miniature food opens in Portland

The smallest KFC in the world, serving miniature $5 fill ups, opened Saturday in Portland.  Customers lined up for the free sample of the tiny fried chicken, biscuit, mashed potatoes with a small dollop of gravy, a finger-nail sized cookie and what could only be a sip of a soft drink. The novelty fast food restaurant was open until 4 p.m., according to The Oregonian.
FOOD DEAL: Here’s how to get a FREE order of McNuggets today

FOOD DEAL: Here’s how to get a FREE order of McNuggets today

Whether you’re at work, home, or your hanging out at a friend’s place, you can enjoy an order of McNuggets by having it delivered right to you through Uber Eats. Today, on Dec. 13, McDonald’s restaurants in the Miami Valley that participate in McDelivery are offering customers the opportunity to dive into an order of 10-piece Chicken McNuggets when they place an order using the Uber...
Why this old-school restaurant is one of the area’s best-kept dining secrets

Why this old-school restaurant is one of the area’s best-kept dining secrets

Tucked half-way between Springfield and Dayton in tiny Medway is a Clark County restaurant gem that residents from both cities should get to know. Here are just a few reasons you should plan a visit as soon as possible … The vibe: Get ready for a time warp. The walls and cabinets full of old toys and kitschy antiques will transport you to another era. The hot orange chairs and turquoise booths...
JUST IN: YS Brewery to release 15.3%-alcohol behemoth of a beer

JUST IN: YS Brewery to release 15.3%-alcohol behemoth of a beer

A strong Belgian-style ale that has been resting comfortably for nearly a year at the Yellow Springs Brewery will soon make its debut. “Carpet Nap Belgian Quad” is a collaboration brew of Yellow Springs Brewery and Cincinnati’s Fifty West Brewing Company. It weighs in at a robust 15.3 percent alcohol by volume, and it will be released only at the Yellow Springs Brewery taproom at...
A growing number of young Americans are leaving desk jobs to farm

A growing number of young Americans are leaving desk jobs to farm

Liz Whitehurst dabbled in several careers before she ended up here, crating fistfuls of fresh-cut arugula in the early-November chill. The hours were better at her nonprofit jobs. So were the benefits. But two years ago, the 32-year-old Whitehurst - who graduated from a liberal arts college and grew up in the Chicago suburbs - abandoned Washington, D.C., for this three-acre farm in Upper Marlboro...
6 easy side dishes anyone can make for Thanksgiving Day

6 easy side dishes anyone can make for Thanksgiving Day

Although the turkey will surely take center stage at your Thanksgiving table, a few unforgettable side dishes can't hurt. These simple Thanksgiving sides won't take very much time or effort to pull together, but look (and taste) like a million bucks. This Thanksgiving Day, give your family a feast they won't forget by including a few of these easy-to-make dishes to accompany the big star. Homemade...
Yes, you can make stuffing out of White Castle burgers -- here’s how

Yes, you can make stuffing out of White Castle burgers -- here’s how

Yes, you read that right. Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? Well, according to food writer Mark Fisher’s tips and tricks for surviving Thanksgiving, it’s a pretty legit offbeat stuffing recipe. Oh, and it’s simple, too. Here’s how it’s done. - 10 White Castle hamburgers (no pickles) - 1 ½ cups diced celery - 1 ½ teaspoons dried sage - 1 ¼ teaspoons...
The ultimate guide to a budget-friendly Thanksgiving dinner

The ultimate guide to a budget-friendly Thanksgiving dinner

Does Thanksgiving make your mouth water, dreaming of your favorite pumpkin or sweet potato pie recipes? Are you ready to pull out your crowd-pleasing stuffing recipe or are you a cautious cook easing into the kitchen for the first time?  No matter what your culinary skill level, it's easy to make a delicious Thanksgiving meal on a budget. Just follow these simple tips to make these delicious...
Make it fast or make it slow: Thanksgiving turkey, two ways

Make it fast or make it slow: Thanksgiving turkey, two ways

    For those of us who love to cook, there's nothing better than spending an entire Sunday afternoon in the kitchen, simmering sauces and baking cakes. But the reality is that those days of long-recipe luxury are few and far between. In Make it Fast or Make it Slow, we're bringing you two versions of the same dish: one that's quick and easy and one that's well, not so quick. Both are...
THANKSGIVING SOLVED: Restaurant chain offers 2 ways to dine on holiday

THANKSGIVING SOLVED: Restaurant chain offers 2 ways to dine on holiday

Bob Evans Restaurants has unveiled the chain’s Thanksgiving plans, and it’s offering to cook your holiday dinner whether you eat it at your place or theirs. To eat at home, Bob Evans is preparing what it calls the “Thanksgiving Farmhouse Feast” – a fully-cooked, heat-and-serve meal for eight people for $109.99. The special dinner includes Bob Evans’ roasted whole...
Ranch lovers…your favorite dressing now comes in a KEG.

Ranch lovers…your favorite dressing now comes in a KEG.

If your obsession with Ranch dressing is a little over the top – this isn’t going to make it any better.  Hidden Valley has found a way to put your favorite condiment into a KEG that will last for up to a YEAR in your fridge.  Having friends over? Ranch in a keg.  Need something extra for your pizza? Ranch in a keg.  Looking for a perfect gift for your Ranch-obsessed...
Stuffing vs. dressing: Is there really a difference?

Stuffing vs. dressing: Is there really a difference?

Almost everyone agrees that the traditional mix of spices, bread and other ingredients that's served at Thanksgiving is delicious.  But when it comes to what to call this yummy dish, people are divided. Is it stuffing, dressing or something else entirely? And does the way it's prepared make a difference in what it's called? Below, liftestyle experts from Martha Stewart to writers at Southern...
FOOD DEAL: How to get a free sandwich in Dayton this Friday

FOOD DEAL: How to get a free sandwich in Dayton this Friday

Friday, Nov. 3 is National Sandwich Day -- and here’s a pretty tasty way to celebrate. Subway, the made-to-order sandwich chain, is participating in a “Live Feed,” which is a special in-restaurant offer to help fight hunger.   The Deal: Guests who buy any Subway sandwich and a 30 oz. drink will get another sub of equal or lesser value free. Plus, for each sub purchased...
8 skinny holiday cocktails you can drink without guilt

8 skinny holiday cocktails you can drink without guilt

Why not skip the calorie-heavy mistakes of yesteryear, and put something a little skinnier into our cups this winter? With these eight skinny holiday cocktail ideas, you can celebrate in style, but without having to buy stretchier pants come the new year. Sangria is a great choice for any holiday because it's light, refreshing and versatile. Simply substitute seasonal fruits to match any time of year...
Smashburger now has tots, and they’re everything we dreamed of

Smashburger now has tots, and they’re everything we dreamed of

Just when you thought Smashburger couldn’t get any better, they went ahead and did it. The restaurant chain that specializes in burgers, fries and shakes went and shook it up, adding Smashtots to their menu.  Smashtots are essentially a tater tot version of the Smashfries, which are tossed with olive oil, rosemary and garlic. In other words, pure deliciousness.  Smashtots...
Food Network star calls Dayton sandwich ‘amazing’

Food Network star calls Dayton sandwich ‘amazing’

A Food Network star took a bite out of a Dayton institution and probably didn’t even know it.  Alton Brown, the wildly popular foodie hero from Good Eats, Iron Chef America and Cutthroat Kitchen, was in Dayton on October 24 sampling all of our best grub.  Luke Feerer, the owner of Hannah’s Bar and Restaurant  at 121 N. Ludlow St. in downtown Dayton, was...
8 places that Alton Brown SHOULD have gone while he was in Dayton

8 places that Alton Brown SHOULD have gone while he was in Dayton

Dayton really cares about its food.  And based on his tweets, ’grams and Facebook posts, it seems like Alton Brown -- who was in town for a show at the Schuster Center -- does, too.  Brown whipped up a social flurry after posting photos of himself at Press Coffee Bar and Bill’s Donuts, asking people to share their favorite food spots.  They didn’t disappoint. Below...
These were Alton Brown’s must-try eats when he was in Dayton

These were Alton Brown’s must-try eats when he was in Dayton

Calling all foodies! Alton Brown, the Food Network personality from Good Eats, Iron Chef America and Cutthroat Kitchen, was in Dayton on October 24, sampling all the best grub.   Have suggestions? He’d love to hear them. Tweet him at @altonbrown, and make sure to use the hashtag #ABRoadEatsDayton.  His show is tonight, Oct. 24, at...
3 great red wines under $20

3 great red wines under $20

I don’t know about you, but when I sense that first bit of chill in the air, all I want to do is snuggle up in a bathrobe, read a book and drink a big glass of red wine.  When the weather starts to cool down, I crave a full-bodied red wine to warm me from the inside out. Nowadays there are so many great drink options on the shelves that it’s sometimes hard to choose. More often than...
FOOD DEAL: How to get a $3 burrito from Chipotle on Halloween

FOOD DEAL: How to get a $3 burrito from Chipotle on Halloween

Chipotle is known for dishing out food deals to its fans.  The latest “Boorito” offer is a $3 burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos from 3 p.m. to close on Halloween. You can stop by any Chipotle to get your food, but here’s the catch: you’ve got to be in costume. Here’s further fine print about the definition of “costume” on Chipotle’s website...
When it comes to eating well, what should you splurge (and save) on?

When it comes to eating well, what should you splurge (and save) on?

When I was 3 years old I never went anywhere without a purse. Sometimes it was stuffed with toys, sometimes it was empty, but it was always in my hand. My dad called me the bag lady. One thing was certain: I was a girly-girl through and through. Now I’m in my 30s and nothing has changed -- makeup, clothes, purses are my thing. If you want to know why I’m late to your party, it’s...
FOOD DEAL: How to get a FREE sandwich at this area restaurant

FOOD DEAL: How to get a FREE sandwich at this area restaurant

There are two words that are even sweeter when placed side-by-side: “free sandwich.”  Potbelly Sandwich Shop is currently hosting a promotion to give away 75,000 sandwiches through October 30, according to a Thrillist article.  >> FOOD DEAL: This burger is just $1 every Tuesday, and here’s where to find it >> FOOD DEAL: $1 grilled cheese...
2 fast-casual restaurants that started in Ohio make BuzzFeed's ‘most underrated’ list

2 fast-casual restaurants that started in Ohio make BuzzFeed's ‘most underrated’ list

The fast-casual restaurant trend is one that’s shown no signs of stopping.  >> Why you should try these two new fast-casual concepts  It’s considered a step above fast food for many in terms of quality, but still has the convenience of quick service and extremely customizable options. Two Ohio-based chains were included in BuzzFeed’s “28 Of The Most...
This fall, say hello maple and so long pumpkin spice

This fall, say hello maple and so long pumpkin spice

Come on, admit it. You're so over the pumpkin-spice craze. Seasonal beer, coffee drinks and cookies spiced with ginger, nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon are one thing. But when those cozy fall flavors sneak their way into a Kit Kit candy bar or a stick of Burt Bees lip balm or onto a pizza, you know it's officially jumped the shark. Big time.  Which is why some of us were glad to hear that a new flavor...
Piada launches new menu with healthy (and tasty) options

Piada launches new menu with healthy (and tasty) options

Experience flavors like you’ve never tasted before at Piada with their new fall and winter menu. Their culinary team has been working hard to elevate their menu, offering items that are completely different than anything you’ve ever seen at Piada before.  >> RELATED: Why you should try these two new fast-casual conceptsPiada hosted its first-ever Taste Tour to launch...
McDonald’s is testing a vegan burger called the ‘McVegan’

McDonald’s is testing a vegan burger called the ‘McVegan’

McDonald’s burgers and eating vegan have never quite gone together, but if McDonald’s Finland has its way, that just may change. Just announced, the new burger will be called the McVegan, which is somehow simultaneously a no-brainer and a word that feels very, very wrong, and will be made with a soy patty. Vegans hoping to try a McDonald’s burger and/or McDonald’s...
Only ONE Dayton-area McDonald’s will have the ‘Rick & Morty’-inspired Szechuan sauce for one day only 

Only ONE Dayton-area McDonald’s will have the ‘Rick & Morty’-inspired Szechuan sauce for one day only 

McDonald’s today announced the one Dayton-area restaurant that will offer its famous – or perhaps infamous – Szechuan Sauce.  In a promotion to help introduce the fast-food chain’s new Buttermilk Crispy Tenders menu item, McDonald’s said the Szechuan sauce will be available at its restaurant at 2853 Centre Drive across from Wright State University in Fairborn...
Restaurant review: Diners ditch chain restaurants for local eateries

Restaurant review: Diners ditch chain restaurants for local eateries

Move over chain restaurants, mom and pop — or independent — eateries are becoming more popular as the economy continues to improve from the Great Recession. Restaurants like Meadowlark in Washington Twp., Gracie’s in Middletown, or Meadows in Springfield are flourishing as hundreds of chains like Chili’s or Applebee’s have closed this year. Despite chain restaurant closures...
Where to score some deals today for National Coffee Day

Where to score some deals today for National Coffee Day

Brew, ink, java, joe. Whatever you call it, a cup of coffee is how many start their day. While it seems every day is National Coffee Day, with 2.25 billion cups of coffee consumed daily across the world, the official celebration is set for today, Sept. 29. Here are some National Coffee Day deals and discounts that you can score in the Dayton-area: Cinnabon: You can get a free 12-ounce coffee...
Bet you can’t take down this ginormous, MONSTER of a burger 

Bet you can’t take down this ginormous, MONSTER of a burger 

A Dayton-area restaurant has a monster double dare that involves a heap of meat, cheese and more meat and cheese between two grilled cheese sandwiches.  The Wandering Griffin will  offer its brand new Monster Burger  11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday  Sept 29 and Sept. 30 to coincide with the Monster Jam tour stop at Wright State University’s Nutter Center.  Jonathan...
How to score the famous Troy Strawberry Fest donuts in special sale this weekend only

How to score the famous Troy Strawberry Fest donuts in special sale this weekend only

The news is true: you can get the famous Troy strawberry donuts this weekend.  The Troy Music Boosters are hosting a donut flash sale on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Donuts will be $1 each.  Usually, the donuts are sold during the Troy Strawberry Festival, where people will wait for hours in line to get them.  >> Bill’s Donut Shop named 1 of the 2 &lsquo...
Wahlburgers in Cincinnati is now OPEN

Wahlburgers in Cincinnati is now OPEN

Brace yourselves, foodies and Wahlberg family fans alike -- the new Wahlburgers restaurant just a short drive from the Gem City is now open. The burger chain co-owned by star actor Mark Wahlberg and his brothers -- lifetime boy band heart throb Donnie Wahlberg and chef Paul Wahlberg -- added a new location at the corner of 6th and Main Streets in Cincinnati, according to the Downtown...
Starbucks introduces their own sushi burrito

Starbucks introduces their own sushi burrito

The coffee giant is at it again, this time jumping onto the sushi burrito bandwagon. Starbucks calls it a Chicken Maki Roll and lists it under sandwiches. The company has labeled the new concoction “a classic California chicken burrito with a twist,” according to the corporation’s press release. Unfortunately for us in Ohio, the Starbucks sushi burrito is only an option...
Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls continues to impress 25 years later

Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls continues to impress 25 years later

I was lucky enough to work and learn alongside former Dayton Daily News food critic Ann Heller over the course of many years together at the paper. She helped inform my writing, my editing, my eye, my thought process, my palate and so much more and I am fortunate to still be able to call her my friend. I was speaking to the Inn’s owners Terry Lingo and Ellen Grinsfelder after a truly excellent...
Still no winner of Queen of Hearts game; 10 cards remain

Still no winner of Queen of Hearts game; 10 cards remain

No one won the Queen of Hearts game tonight at The Whistle Stop in Ansonia. Now, only 10 cards remain. There are now 11 cards remaining after no one selected the Queen of Hearts in tonight’s game at The Whistle Stop in Ansonia. The jackpot is $346,000. There was no winner for tonight’s Queen of Hearts game. The next drawing will be at 9 p.m. Nov. 2 at The Whistle Stop. The jackpot continues...
The new summer beer hitting taps this week that you’ll want to try

The new summer beer hitting taps this week that you’ll want to try

Just in time for the dog days of summer comes Yellow Springs Brewery’s latest release — Boat Show IPA.  The beer, with its tropical fruit and citrus hop notes designed to mix nicely with Crystal malts, is meant for lounging by the water on a hot day. Boat Show, at 7 percent ABV, comes after repeated experiments under the name of “EXPIPA”.  “Boat...
Oreo releases Dunkin’ Donuts mocha cookies 

Oreo releases Dunkin’ Donuts mocha cookies 

Another new flavor of Oreo cookies is hitting store shelves. This time, it’s for coffee lovers. Food & Wine reported that the cookies, first announced in April, are now available across the country. The limited edition cookies are Dunkin’ Donuts Mocha Oreos and have the classic Oreo chocolate wafer and Dunkin’ Donuts mocha-flavored creme. The new flavor is the latest in a number...
FOOD DEAL: Starbucks buy one, get one free offer starts today

FOOD DEAL: Starbucks buy one, get one free offer starts today

If you’re a serial Starbucks coffee date canceler, this week is the week to reschedule! Starting today at 2 p.m., Starbucks everywhere are offering a ‘buy any grande iced espresso and get one FREE’ until 5 p.m. Those GRANDE concoctions full of caffeine will give you and your coffee buddy plenty of time to catch up, without splurging too much. But if this week just calls...
FOOD DEALS: 27 ‘Kids Eat Free’ (or cheap) deals in Dayton

FOOD DEALS: 27 ‘Kids Eat Free’ (or cheap) deals in Dayton

Nothing can really prepare you to become a parent, but the sheer shock of food costs that comes with extra mouths to feed is enough to make any parent start sobbing into their bank account. Luckily for you, we’ve compiled the ultimate guide to Kids Eat Free (or super cheap) nights at restaurants around the Miami Valley to help ease the strain on your family budget a little. 1.) Fricker&rsquo...
Zima is officially back (and not just in Dayton) 

Zima is officially back (and not just in Dayton) 

If you were excited for Zima to come back to Dayton, we have even MORE good news for you.  The clear malt beverage was all the rage in the 90’s will officially be hitting shelves nationwide for the first time since its discontinuation in ’08.  You can already purchase limited edition six-packs at Walmart stores starting this week, according to Thrillist. (Pro...
Young’s Dairy is on the MOOve -- literally! 

Young’s Dairy is on the MOOve -- literally! 

Mooove over cheese heads! Something fried and cheesy is aboard a local restaurant's new food truck.  Young’s Jersey Dairy near Yellow Springs is now selling cheese curds, ice cream and panini-style grilled cheese sandwiches from its very own food truck aptly named Young’s on the Moove. “We wanted to help get our product on the road and enjoy some of the festivals,” said ...
You MUST taste this under-the-radar food truck’s crispy, delicious tots for yourself

You MUST taste this under-the-radar food truck’s crispy, delicious tots for yourself

Call us “Crazy,” but these tots just may change your life. We may have stumbled upon some of the most AMAZING tots you’ll ever taste. We stopped by the Crazy Redhead Canteen food truck during the Miami County Food Truck Competition and Rally last weekend and discovered deliciousness.  The food truck specializes in gourmet grilled cheese and sandwiches made on fresh grilled...
So, pickle popsicles are a thing now

So, pickle popsicles are a thing now

If the thought of pickle juice soda makes you shudder, wait until you hear about the latest pickle concoction.  You know those pickles in a pouch that are practically staples of gas stations across America? Well the company behind those pickles, Van Holten’s, has launched a new product called Pickle Ice, according to Delish.  The company describes the product...
What ever happened to Arthur Treacher’s Fish and Chips?

What ever happened to Arthur Treacher’s Fish and Chips?

Seafood is a tricky cuisine to get right. If you don't live near one of the coasts, it's not fresh. It can also be expensive, so not many national fast food chains are willing to put it on the menu.   In the 1970s, however, there was one place you could rely on for good, inexpensive seafood.  You didn't have to look too far to find it either. At its peak, Arthur Treacher's Fish & Chips had...
Get saucy! Bibibop Asian Grill unveils 3 new sauces

Get saucy! Bibibop Asian Grill unveils 3 new sauces

Sauce can make or break a dish. If you’re a Bibibop lover, you know that.   Lucky for you, Bibibop just announced that they would be increasing their sauce variety with the unveiling of 2 new flavors: cucumber wasabi and sesame ginger.  The Columbus-based fast casual chain has also reformulated its popular Korean red sauce.  The sauces officially hit stores on May...
The reason you’ll be seeing a lot more of this Dayton food truck

The reason you’ll be seeing a lot more of this Dayton food truck

The sisters who founded of one of Dayton’s most traveled food trucks are celebrating their fifth year in business this year — and they’ve added a second unit to accommodate demand.  Bella Sorella Pizza Co. is the brainchild of two sisters: Elizabeth Corrado Weizman, who started using her first brick oven more than a decade ago in her backyard; and Gail Corrado Okafor, who spent...
Love Nashville hot chicken? Try it on a pizza or sub

Love Nashville hot chicken? Try it on a pizza or sub

Donato’s is combining two things Daytonians love: hot chicken and pizza.  The pizza features crispy hot chicken, pepper jack cheese, jalapenos, pickles and it’s drizzled with ranch dressing. If you’re a spicy food lover, it’s definitely worth a try!   Not feeling the ‘za? You can opt for the submarine version instead. Both the pizza and sub are...
FOOD DEALS: How to get a free sample of Frozen Dunkin’ Coffee this week

FOOD DEALS: How to get a free sample of Frozen Dunkin’ Coffee this week

Temperatures are starting to heat up outside, but this week brings one of the coolest days of the year inside Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants, as the brand serves a free taste of its newest coffee beverage, Frozen Dunkin’ Coffee.  >> The new raw bar in the Oregon District held a soft opening, and we can’t wait to try it On Friday, May 19, the company will offer...
Taco Bell to introduce first chips made entirely from fried chicken

Taco Bell to introduce first chips made entirely from fried chicken

Taco Bell is taking love of fried chicken to a WHOLE new level.  If you thought they peaked with the Naked Chicken Chalupa, wait until you meet the Crispy Lava Chicken Chip.  According to the tweet below, we can expect them to hit Taco Bell stores on May 11. Oh, and if that doesn’t tickle your fancy: Taco Bell is bringing back its lava dip for your dipping pleasure. ...
FOOD DEAL: Try a new McDonald’s signature sandwich, get free fries and a drink

FOOD DEAL: Try a new McDonald’s signature sandwich, get free fries and a drink

In case you haven’t heard, McDonald’s has launched a new made-to-order “Signature Crafted Recipe” sandwich lineup. Essentially, this is a line of customizable sandwiches made to the diner’s specs. It calls for diners to choose from three Signature Crafted Recipes: Pico Guacamole, Sweet BBQ Bacon and Maple Bacon Dijon. Diners then pair their sauce/topping with...
NEW: Bobs Evans restaurants officially sold

NEW: Bobs Evans restaurants officially sold

Bob Evans Farms Inc. announced the completion of its sale of Bobs Evans Restaurants to Golden Gate Capital. Ohio-headquartered Bob Evans sold its restaurant to the private equity firm for $565 million. Golden Gate Capital has bought the restaurant chain, and will retain the Bob Evans leadership team to guide the transition as it takes part of the company private, the company said. Net proceeds are...
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