Alexis Larsen

Alexis Larsen has worked for the Dayton Daily News since 1998. She graduated from Wright State University and lives in downtown Dayton, within walking distance of her favorite arts and entertainment venues.The Lounge Lizards blog Arts and Entertainment blog

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This burger joint truly lives up to its name
 People love a good burger. 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...

Posted: a day ago

People love a good burger. 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...
Why this tavern just north of Dayton is a throwback favorite
 When The Barnsider closed after a 41-year run in 2016, I was verklempt. It was a destination that was an old-school part of the restaurant history of Dayton. It was a supper club that served up succulent prime rib, chilled shrimp cocktail with a sauce that came out kicking like karate and martinis that were as stiff as they come. It was a...

Posted: 6 days ago

When The Barnsider closed after a 41-year run in 2016, I was verklempt. It was a destination that was an old-school part of the restaurant history of Dayton. It was a supper club that served up succulent prime rib, chilled shrimp cocktail with a sauce that came out kicking like karate and martinis that were as stiff as they come. It was a...
Kings Island opens for the season THIS WEEKEND: Everything you need to know
 The story of Kings Island can maybe best be told by the sheer number of guests the park plays host to each year. Last year a whopping 25 million rides and attractions were enjoyed by park guests. Five attractions gave more than one million rides: Banshee (1,636,279), Diamondback (1,557,021), Mystic Timbers (1,312,990), The Racer (1,254,127)...

Posted: 10 days ago

The story of Kings Island can maybe best be told by the sheer number of guests the park plays host to each year. Last year a whopping 25 million rides and attractions were enjoyed by park guests. Five attractions gave more than one million rides: Banshee (1,636,279), Diamondback (1,557,021), Mystic Timbers (1,312,990), The Racer (1,254,127)...
Where you will discover some of the best (and most unexpected) Mexican food in town
 Chiapas is a southern Mexican state bordering Guatemala. It’s also one of the the best Mexican restaurants in Dayton. Since opening in Centerville at the end of 2015 in a space that was formerly home to the House of Kabab, it’s a modest restaurant with fewer than 50 seats inside split between three booths and a few tables. Be...

Posted: 10 days ago

Chiapas is a southern Mexican state bordering Guatemala. It’s also one of the the best Mexican restaurants in Dayton. Since opening in Centerville at the end of 2015 in a space that was formerly home to the House of Kabab, it’s a modest restaurant with fewer than 50 seats inside split between three booths and a few tables. Be...
10 great ethnic restaurants to try in West Chester
 If you like flavors and spice and everything nice, West Chester Twp. has a great selection of ethnic restaurants concentrated in a relatively small radius. Recently, I had an enjoyable lunch at Thai Koon Kitchen followed by a delightful dinner at Haveli Indian Grill. Both restaurants offered their spin on traditional dishes as well as a few...

Posted: 13 days ago

If you like flavors and spice and everything nice, West Chester Twp. has a great selection of ethnic restaurants concentrated in a relatively small radius. Recently, I had an enjoyable lunch at Thai Koon Kitchen followed by a delightful dinner at Haveli Indian Grill. Both restaurants offered their spin on traditional dishes as well as a few...
5 downtown Dayton dining spots you should visit this week
 Event season is kicking off, with tons of things happening downtown this weekend. While you’re downtown or close by, here are 5 places you should check out. >> 12 of the best restaurants in Dayton With the very sad news last week that Franco Germano, the owner of Franco’s Ristorante Italiano in the Oregon District...

Posted: 18 days ago

Event season is kicking off, with tons of things happening downtown this weekend. While you’re downtown or close by, here are 5 places you should check out. >> 12 of the best restaurants in Dayton With the very sad news last week that Franco Germano, the owner of Franco’s Ristorante Italiano in the Oregon District...
A few restaurants worth a detour on your next big shopping trip south
 In the last five years, West Chester has grown by leaps and bounds with population growth that has fueled commercial growth and vice versa in a cycle. Each journey south on I-75 to a booming hub that links Cincinnati and Dayton is eye-opening. There is so much to see and eat. Since the beginning of the year, several recent visits there for...

Posted: 27 days ago

In the last five years, West Chester has grown by leaps and bounds with population growth that has fueled commercial growth and vice versa in a cycle. Each journey south on I-75 to a booming hub that links Cincinnati and Dayton is eye-opening. There is so much to see and eat. Since the beginning of the year, several recent visits there for...
8 ways to eat, drink and adventure on the riverway this year
 Recently I was speaking with Elizabeth Connor, Great Miami Riverway Coordinator, and asked her to share her favorite things to do along the river. I thought the list she rattled off without skipping a beat was really interesting. It was comprehensive, incorporating everything you’d want to hit on during a day out — dining, drink...

10:00 AM Monday, Mar. 12, 2018

Recently I was speaking with Elizabeth Connor, Great Miami Riverway Coordinator, and asked her to share her favorite things to do along the river. I thought the list she rattled off without skipping a beat was really interesting. It was comprehensive, incorporating everything you’d want to hit on during a day out — dining, drink...
These scrumptious treats are almost too beautiful to eat (we said almost)
 Michelle Adams, 27, of St. Marys offers the following job title for her business Michelle’s Macarons: Owner, baker, photographer, marketer, dishwasher. In other words, she does it all — which is typical of many small businesses. Adams’ journey started around four years ago when she started making her trademark French macarons...

11:00 AM Monday, Mar. 05, 2018

Michelle Adams, 27, of St. Marys offers the following job title for her business Michelle’s Macarons: Owner, baker, photographer, marketer, dishwasher. In other words, she does it all — which is typical of many small businesses. Adams’ journey started around four years ago when she started making her trademark French macarons...
Why now is the perfect time to visit Table of Contents Cafe
 XENIA — With the announcement last month that Blue Jacket Books in Xenia would be closing, my first thought was simply just how sad it was. One more local bookstore to disappear. Another mom and pop operation that’s closing its doors. With a single visit to this homey independent book store it quickly became clear you were in...

11:00 AM Monday, Feb. 19, 2018

XENIA — With the announcement last month that Blue Jacket Books in Xenia would be closing, my first thought was simply just how sad it was. One more local bookstore to disappear. Another mom and pop operation that’s closing its doors. With a single visit to this homey independent book store it quickly became clear you were in...
2 fish fry events this weekend in Dayton
 There’s no better Friday pastime this time of year.  And that means fish fry season. Sure, many fish fries have been under way for weeks. But since it’s official season now, we have three events this weekend just for you. WHERE: 4600 Ackerman Blvd., Kettering WHEN: 5 p.m.-midnight COST: $15 INFO: 937-434-4933 All-you-can-eat...

4:42 PM Friday, Feb. 16, 2018

There’s no better Friday pastime this time of year.  And that means fish fry season. Sure, many fish fries have been under way for weeks. But since it’s official season now, we have three events this weekend just for you. WHERE: 4600 Ackerman Blvd., Kettering WHEN: 5 p.m.-midnight COST: $15 INFO: 937-434-4933 All-you-can-eat...