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Our favorite dishes from Summer Restaurant Week Sneak Peek

A large crowd of hungry guests descended on the Steam Plant on Wednesday to sample a small taste of what some restaurants will be serving up this year for Summer Restaurant Week. 

The Sneak Peek to Summer Restaurant Week event put on by the Miami Valley Restaurant Association had some fantastic food served up by some of the region's best local restaurants. 

The traditional "sneak peek" that happens before the Restaurant Week promotion begins featured 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. 

Across the board the food that we tried was delicious, with several dishes that rose to the top.

Here are four dishes that warranted return visits: 

 

ele Bistro and Wine Bar 

3680 Rigby Rd., Miamisburg, (937) 384-2253 

The name of this dish alone is music to our ears: Confit pork loin served with brussel sprouts, fingerling potatoes and craft root beer BBQ sauce. And thankfully the execution fired on all cylinders. This was a fantastic symphony of flavors that put the spotlight on a tender, savory piece of pork. Really delicious. 

 

Roost Modern Italian 

524 E. 5th St., Dayton, (937) 222-3100 

We couldn't get enough of "The Italian Nibble" a wonderful spread made with poached yellowfin tuna, hard boiled egg, garlic confit aioli and capers. This was something that we nibbled at the beginning of the evening and were back for by the end. A return visit is always the sign of a great dish. 

 

El Meson 

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

El Meson's Caribbean curry shrimp and garlic rice was dynamite. The flavors were full of kicks and punches thanks to the curry and flavorful broth the shrimp and veggies were simmered in. Poured over the rice this was a very satisfying and filling stop for us at the Sneak Peek event. 

 

Wheat Penny 

515 Wayne Ave, Dayton, (937) 496-5268 

The tomato and fresh peach caprese was a light, bright delightful dish that had many wonderful summery flavors dancing together for our tastebuds’ enjoyment. It was a simple preparation that put the spotlight on the tomatoes and peaches that were the true star of the dish.  

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

PHOTOS: Mouthwatering dishes from Summer Restaurant Week Sneak Peek event

The Miami Valley Restaurant Association’s Summer Restaurant Week promotion runs July 22-29, offering meals from more than 40 restaurants ranging in price from $20.18-$30.18. Diners got an early taste of some of the dishes that will be offered at a special sneak peek event on July 18, 2018, at the Steam Plant.

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 to your barista and you’ll get the discount.

The 50 percent offer is valid July 19 only, but by signing up for the emails, you’ll be notified about the coffee chain’s other upcoming discount events. Previous Happy Hours have included 50 percent off Macchiatos or Lattes and buy one, get one free Frappuccinos.

Along with flavors you already know, like caffè vanilla and white chocolate, the deal also includes new drinks like the ultra caramel Frappuccino or the triple mocha Frappuccino. The ultra caramel features dark caramel coffee with layers of whipped cream infused with cold brew, then white chocolate and dark caramel. Same goes for the triple mocha, except each layer of whipped cream has rich, dark mocha sauce.

Since it will be the afternoon, you don’t have to worry about starting your day with sugar, so you could also choose an even more decadent flavor, like cupcake crème, red velvet cream or serious strawberry, another newer drink that blends milk and ice with a “strawberry-botanical infusion,” then layers of of strawberry puree and vanilla whipped cream.

The deal lasts from 3 p.m. until close on July 19, so sneak away from the office for a treat or grab one on your way home.

Will you be heading to Starbucks for half off your favorite Frappuccino flavor?

This story originally appeared on Simplemost.

Mark your calendars: Crazy deals coming during KitchenAid Experience’s legendary sidewalk sale

From July 26 to 29, perhaps the most iconic name in kitchenware will feature a sale you won’t want to miss.

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The KitchenAid Experience, located at 423 S. Broadway St. in Greenville, is home to the most complete collection of KitchenAid products. Here, you’ll also find refurbished products, vintage marketing materials and see live demonstrations.

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If you RSVP on the Facebook event page and tag a friend, you’ll both be entered into a drawing to win free a KitchenAid stand mixer. 

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The sale runs in conjunction with the city’s annual Annie Oakley Festival, taking place July 27-29, with festivities running through the week. The store is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m to 3 p.m.

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Want to go?

WHAT: KitchenAid Experience Legendary Sidewalk Sales

WHERE: KitchenAid Experience, 423 S. Broadway St., Greenville

WHEN: July 26 to 29, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

INFO: Facebook

  

Once and for all, what time do downtown Dayton’s fountains turn on?

It’s a magical moment, strolling through RiverScape MetroPark in downtown Dayton at the exact moment the fountains turn on and perform their spectacular show.

Some believe the fountains come on at random intervals, while others have said the fountains’ schedule somewhat depends on the weather. That’s why the team at Dayton.com did some light digging — OK, we just went to Five Rivers MetroPark’s website — and we’re here to report that the fountains are, in fact, on a very precise schedule. 

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The fountains, officially named “The Five Rivers Fountain of Lights,” turn on and run at the following times:

Memorial Day through Labor Day:

• Monday through Friday at the top of the hour from 6:56 a.m. to 9:54 p.m.

• Saturday and Sunday at the top of the hour from 10:56 a.m. to 9:54 p.m.

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After the fountains turn on, they shower the river and bike path for a total of eight minutes before turning off. 

With this information now in your back pocket, you are one step closer to being a downtown Dayton expert. 

Brand new Domino’s Pizza location now open

Pizza lovers in the Moraine-West Carrollton area have a new place to indulge their cravings.

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A Domino’s Pizza franchise officially opened for business Tuesday, July 17, at 5103 N. Springboro Pike in Moraine. 

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The building housing the pizza chain had some serious remodeling done before opening this week. 

2 Ohio museums, including Air Force Museum, near the top of best U.S. museums list

It takes an incredible amount of time, effort and money to put together an entire museum. That makes Ohio pretty spoiled considering we have two of the very best in the nation. 

Business Insider Magazine named the “The 25 best museums in America,” in order and coming in at number 11 was our very own National Museum of the USAF

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Almost topping the entire list was our neighbor up North, Cleveland’s Museum of Art, at number two.

“According to the U.S. government, there are upwards of 35,000 museums in America. For comparison, there are about 13,000 Starbucks across the country,” according to an article by a Cleveland publication, the Scene.

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Business Insider said among the things that make the Air Force Museum special are the more than 360 aircraft and missiles on display at the “Dayton attraction,” including the Boeing B-29 Superfortress that dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki and the Boeing plane that served as Air Force One in the ‘60s and ‘70s. 

WANT TO GO?

What: National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Where: 1100 Spaatz St., Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433 (near Dayton)

When: Open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cost: Free admission and parking

More info: Website | Facebook

NEW DETAILS: Grind House Coffee shop to open in Huber Heights this week

The Dayton-based coffee brand, The Grind House Coffee and Tea Company, wasted no time moving forward after the abrupt closing this week of its first standalone shop.

In a Facebook post Monday afternoon, Grind House announced it would be closing its Fairborn location on West Main Street just a few months after opening. 

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In a Facebook post Tuesday morning, the business announced the opening of its newest shop inside the Huber Heights Meijer store.  

Only awaiting the building inspectors approval, Grind House president and CEO Bill Miller said he expects to be able to hold a soft opening as early as today, with the grand opening date set for Aug. 1. The shop will be open 6 a.m. through 9 p.m every day, even during the weeks of soft opening.

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Despite the Fairborn shop closing doors, Miller said the Meijer location has been in the plans all along, and that this move with Meijer is in line with goals he has set for Grind House. 

“I’m very excited ... we are hoping that all of my friends from Dayton in my old neighborhood will come out and support us in the Huber Heights location,” Miller said. 

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“The plans were to do the Fairborn and Meijer (locations) at the same time,” Miller said. “But basically since Fairborn didn’t work out, we’re just going to move forward and focus on the Meijer location and grow from there ... The vision is to have over 100 stores in five years. You know, it might take eight (years), but that’s the vision.”

Miller is looking ahead to the brand’s next standalone retail shops in West Dayton and Trotwood — specifically, a currently vacant Wendy’s in West Dayton.

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.

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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)".

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IHOP also said it would celebrate the return to pancakes by offering 60 cent flapjacks on Tuesday, July 17 for the chain's 60th birthday.

In early June, the chain announced it was flipping the "p" at the end of its name to become IHOb without explanation. The announcement caused days of speculation on social media as to what the "b" stood for.

The restaurant even changed signage at some high-profile locations to drum up publicity.

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On June 11, "IHOb" announced the "b" stood for burgers, and that it was offering a number of new promotional cheeseburgers.

The tweet sparked more social media reaction, particularly from burger chains like Wendy's and Burger King.

WANT TO GO?

There are two IHOP locations in the Dayton-area

  • 2460 N Fairfield Rd, Beavercreek 
  • 7609 Old Troy Pike, Huber Heights

Did you know one hidden gem still makes Dayton’s famous Rike’s Sloppy Joe sandwiches?

For some people in Dayton, hearing “Rike’s” might not stir any reaction at all. For others, however, Rike’s Department Store is a treasure trove of childhood memories from long ago. 

Formerly located where the Schuster Center stands today, the downtown Rike’s may be gone physically, but still remains a source of many people’s fond memories. One of those memories may be preserved best in the taste buds of an older generation. 

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Rike’s had dining areas on the fifth floor and on the mezzanine of the store. One of the Rike’s menu staples was the Sloppy Joe -- a long gone and missed recipe.

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However, at least one place in Dayton has kept the sloppy tradition alive. 

The Dayton Woman’s Club Dining Room is still serving up the beloved sandwiches, made-to-order, thanks to a passed-down recipe from one of the club’s former members. It’s believed the member was a former Rike’s employee.

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An elegant setting, the Woman’s Club Dining Room is open for lunch to the public on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A 24-hour advanced reservation is encouraged and business casual attire is suggested.

So whether you’ve lived long enough to taste the famous Sloppy Joe for yourself, or word-of-mouth lore about the sandwiches has become too much to handle, there’s still an opportunity to try one decades later.

Dayton Woman’s Club- 225 N. Ludlow St., Dayton

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