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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WORTH THE DRIVE: Columbus’ best 10 new restaurants featured in upcoming event
 There’s no question that Dayton has some incredible restaurants, chefs and dining experiences with more of them popping up every month. That, coupled with the fact that Cincinnati and Columbus are a relatively short drive away rife with restaurant riches, means there is a high concentration of cool culinary experiences to cultivate...

Posted: 23 hours ago

There’s no question that Dayton has some incredible restaurants, chefs and dining experiences with more of them popping up every month. That, coupled with the fact that Cincinnati and Columbus are a relatively short drive away rife with restaurant riches, means there is a high concentration of cool culinary experiences to cultivate...
Dayton's best Bloody Mary to be added to bar menu
 Thanks to popular demand, Dayton's winning Bloody Mary from the Bloody Mary Showdown on Jan. 27 will be added to the TJ Chumps bar menu in Miamisburg.  "We have decided to run a special at the Miamisburg location only on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ... 22 ounces of my special Bloody with all my garnishes I used &mdash...

Posted: 18 days ago

Thanks to popular demand, Dayton's winning Bloody Mary from the Bloody Mary Showdown on Jan. 27 will be added to the TJ Chumps bar menu in Miamisburg.  "We have decided to run a special at the Miamisburg location only on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ... 22 ounces of my special Bloody with all my garnishes I used &mdash...
Big boozy events to tempt you after dry January
 Dry January has almost come to an end. Here are some events to consider purchasing tickets to in celebration of your restraint and will power. These six events take place early in the year tempting savvy thirsty entertainment seekers with specialty brews, wines and spirits. So mark your calendars and get ready to start the party this year...

Posted: 20 days ago

Dry January has almost come to an end. Here are some events to consider purchasing tickets to in celebration of your restraint and will power. These six events take place early in the year tempting savvy thirsty entertainment seekers with specialty brews, wines and spirits. So mark your calendars and get ready to start the party this year...
Newcomer to Bloody Mary Showdown crowned the top winner
 Who Makes Dayton’s Best Bloody Mary?  If you ask the crowd that gathered on Jan. 27 at the Mandalay Banquet Center for this year's Bloody Mary Showdown, they seemed to have one answer overall: TJ Chumps.  Nearly 20 local bartenders and restaurants signed up to compete to see who serves up the Best Bloody Marys in Dayton. ...

Posted: 25 days ago

Who Makes Dayton’s Best Bloody Mary?  If you ask the crowd that gathered on Jan. 27 at the Mandalay Banquet Center for this year's Bloody Mary Showdown, they seemed to have one answer overall: TJ Chumps.  Nearly 20 local bartenders and restaurants signed up to compete to see who serves up the Best Bloody Marys in Dayton. ...
AleFeast reveals sinfully delicious menus for its 11th year of brew and food
 Local beer enthusiasts can expect to see some new faces and partake in some new options at this year’s  AleFeast Dayton, downtown Dayton’s  celebration of beer and food that will spotlight more than 60 breweries — a dozen of them local —along with 18 food purveyors. The event, the 11th such AleFeast since...

Posted: 28 days ago

Local beer enthusiasts can expect to see some new faces and partake in some new options at this year’s AleFeast Dayton, downtown Dayton’s  celebration of beer and food that will spotlight more than 60 breweries — a dozen of them local —along with 18 food purveyors. The event, the 11th such AleFeast since...
Dewberry 1850 and Dayton Beer Company teaming up for drool-worthy dinner and dessert
 Dewberry 1850 in the Dayton Marriott at the University of Dayton is hosting its first beer dinner of the year this Thursday, Jan. 24, in partnership with Dayton Beer Company — and the menu looks fantastic. Oregon Alley IPA paired with smoked fish dip served with flatbread crackers.  Broken Trolley Blonde Ale pared with fried eggplant...

Posted: 30 days ago

Dewberry 1850 in the Dayton Marriott at the University of Dayton is hosting its first beer dinner of the year this Thursday, Jan. 24, in partnership with Dayton Beer Company — and the menu looks fantastic. Oregon Alley IPA paired with smoked fish dip served with flatbread crackers.  Broken Trolley Blonde Ale pared with fried eggplant...
5 restaurants bring their deliciousness to Winter Restaurant Week for the first time
 Five  local restaurants will participate for the first time in the Miami Valley Restaurant Association’s Winter Restaurant Week this year.  Carillon Brewing Company, Calypso Grill and Smokehouse in Yellow Springs, View 162 Rooftop Restaurant in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tank’s Bar and Grill and Primanti Bros. are joining the...

11:00 AM Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019

Five local restaurants will participate for the first time in the Miami Valley Restaurant Association’s Winter Restaurant Week this year.  Carillon Brewing Company, Calypso Grill and Smokehouse in Yellow Springs, View 162 Rooftop Restaurant in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tank’s Bar and Grill and Primanti Bros. are joining the...
Battle of the Bartenders just one of many big 2019 food events to love
 The Miami Valley Restaurant Association started the  year off with a bang last month with Winter Restaurant Week.  The next MVRA event coming up is Buckeye Vodka’s Battle of the Bartenders at The Steam Plant on Feb. 28. Tickets are $25 and include four Buckeye Vodka samples. VIP tickets are available for $35 and receive one...

11:00 AM Monday, Jan. 21, 2019

The Miami Valley Restaurant Association started the  year off with a bang last month with Winter Restaurant Week.  The next MVRA event coming up is Buckeye Vodka’s Battle of the Bartenders at The Steam Plant on Feb. 28. Tickets are $25 and include four Buckeye Vodka samples. VIP tickets are available for $35 and receive one...
The best dishes we had at the Sneak Peek to Restaurant Week 
 Resisting a sneak peek takes resolve and will power — especially when it comes to food.  In advance of the Miami Valley Restaurant Association's Winter Restaurant Week happening Jan. 20-27, the MVRA hosted a sneak peek kick-off event on Jan. 16 at the Steam Plant in downtown Dayton.  The Sneak Peek event has long been a favorite...

3:17 PM Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019

Resisting a sneak peek takes resolve and will power — especially when it comes to food.  In advance of the Miami Valley Restaurant Association's Winter Restaurant Week happening Jan. 20-27, the MVRA hosted a sneak peek kick-off event on Jan. 16 at the Steam Plant in downtown Dayton.  The Sneak Peek event has long been a favorite...