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A Skyline Chili and White Castle love affair! Dayton men live out elusive food fantasy

Chris Thompson and Gus Stathes dreamed it, and they did it. 

What was just the dream of two guys passing an exit with both a White Castle AND Skyline Chili has resulted in the wedding of the century for fans of the two iconic Ohio fast food chains.

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A White Castle slider and Skyline Chili together in their mouths at once. 

The dream started a while ago during the Dayton men’s runs in Chris’ truck to Hoof Hearted Brewing to pick up beer for Ollie’s Place in Washington Twp.

At the time, Gus was Ollie’s general manager and beer curator.  

Chris, an “honorary employee” whereever Gus works, went with him on several runs to the beer brewery near Columbus.

“If I recall correctly, there’s one particular exit that has both a White Castle and a Skyline at it,” Chris, an employee of Stratacache in downtown Dayton, said. 

“It’s no big mystery that both of those places are magical by themselves, and it’s also no big mystery that both Gus and I hate our bodies and love terrible diets.”

The friends kept talking about stopping at that magical exit, but never got around to “pulling the trigger” on the dream of marrying Cincinnati-based Skyline and Columbus-based White Castle in their respective tum tums, Chris said.

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Time passed, but like unicorn tattoos, the Skyline and White Castle dream of little boys and girls everywhere did not. 

Chris took a solo dive into history in October of 2017.

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He explained in a Facebook message to this news organization:  

“So one night, when for some reason both the wife and kid were out of the house, I had the itch to live out a bachelor dream. I picked up a bottle of wine (Rose All Day), some fresh White Castle Sliders and some Skyline Chili.”

To say that Chris enjoyed the experience would be an understatement. 

“Let's just say, that if there was a White Castle and Skyline chili right next to each other here in Dayton, I'd probably weigh about 400 pounds,” he said. “It was absolutely fantastic. I think I immediately texted Gus about it, insisting he try it ASAP.”

Gus’ dream was deferred, but like Christmas wishes, White Castle/Skyline dreams do come true. 

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Nearly a year to the date that Chris walked a White Castle slider and Skyline Chili down the aisle that is his intestines,  Cupid shot his arrow into Gus’ belly.  

He recalled the triumph day fondly: 

“I finally got to try it when my super awesome wife (Sara) brought me home a surprise Crave Case after a weekend trip to Tennessee. My stepdaughter was itching for Skyline after hockey practice the next day, so we ate that for dinner. Remembering I had backup sliders at home, I ordered a pint of chili to go, and like a Hobbit in the Shire, for second dinner I had White Castle and Skyline together.”

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Gus, now the co-owner of Barrel House, posted a photo of the union to his Facebook page in October.

Since this weekend, the photo has been shared hundreds of time on Facebook.  Some posts credited to Stathes, others do not.   

Would you try White Castle dipped in Skyline Chili? Let us know in the comments below: 



Local restaurant launches gluten-free Taco Tuesdays

Taco ‘bout a great idea! 

>>BEST OF DAYTON: Here are the BEST tacos to get in Dayton

Christopher’s Restaurant, located at 2318 E. Dorothy Lane in Kettering, announced that it would be serving new, gluten-free taco options every Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

>>This Kettering spot is comfort-food heaven

You can plan your visit around which special taco you’d most like to try. Here’s what Christopher’s plans on serving for the next 4 weeks, according to their website

>>BEST OF DAYTON: Nominate your favorite place to get tacos here 

🌮 Tuesday, Nov 13

Classic Pork Carnitas -- Slow roasted pulled pork stuffed in a hard corn taco shell topped with corn salsa, served with Mexican rice and stewed black beans.

🌮 Tuesday, Nov. 20

Asian Ahi Tuna Taco -- Grilled ahi tuna folded into soft corn tortillas topped with peanut slaw and served with sticky rice.

🌮 Tuesday, Nov. 27

Braised Beef Tacos -- Slow cooked beef tossed in classic enchilada sauce and stuffed into hard shell corn tortillas topped with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and guacamole, served with roasted nacho cheese potatoes, and black bean & corn salsa.

🌮 Tuesday, Dec, 4

Pollo Verde Tacos -- Pulled chicken tossed in tomatillo salsa topped with quesa fresco, spinach and red onion served with cilantro rice and refried beans.

Get a taste of Thanksgiving early with this Turducken sandwich and pumpkin pie milkshake

Already craving Thanksgiving food?

Beginning Nov. 13, you can satisfy your Thanksgiving cravings at Potbelly Sandwich Shop with the limited-time Turducken sandwich.

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The sandwich features a delicious combination of turkey, duck and chicken toasted with cornbread stuffing and topped with a cranberry-honey sauce, mayo, lettuce, cheddar cheese, tomato and seasoning. Like all Potbelly sandwiches, the Turducken sandwich can be customized just the way you like it.

>>MORE FOOD: 9 must-try sandwiches in Dayton

“Turducken is the perfect unity of three classic holiday meats and an ode to adventurous eaters,” said Chef Ryan LaRoche, head foodie at Potbelly. “It’s the ideal sandwich for those who are impatiently awaiting their Thanksgiving feast.”  

>>BEST OF DAYTON: Which restaurant makes your favorite sandwich? 

And you can round out your Thanksgiving-inspired meal with a unique twist on a holiday dessert classic. The new Pumpkin Pie shake blends a whole slice of real pumpkin pie with hand-dipped vanilla ice cream for a rich, creamy treat. That’s right, there’s an entire slice of pumpkin pie in each shake.

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Both the Turducken sandwich and Pumpkin Pie shake will only be available for a few weeks, while supplies last. 

“This sandwich is exactly as bizarre as it is delicious,” added Brandon Rhoten, chief marketing officer of Potbelly. “And if you’ve never had a whole piece of pumpkin pie blended into a hand-dipped milkshake, you haven’t lived. Chef Ryan is a mad scientist and is making us go off our diets with his wonderful creations — he needs to be stopped.”

New Barrel House owners to celebrate one-year with EPIC party 

The Barrel House has undergone several different iterations, most notably when owners Gus Stathes and Sara Levin purchased it from Jeff Heater at the end of 2017. 

Since then they've made many cool changes, including adding a new patio and getting very creative when it comes to their events and specials. 

>> Meet the new owners of the Barrel House

Their year growing and creating their new business model culminates on Saturday, Nov. 17 at a one-year anniversary party they are affectionately calling BH 2.0 (Barrel House version 2.0). 

On Facebook they wrote, "celebrate a year of fun, memories, hip-hop, and amazing beer with us. We're throwing down the only way we know how — by tapping the dopest beers we can get our hands on. Bottles will come out of hibernation in the cellar, and we'll have a DJ set from our friend Cooley the Curator." 

Krimmers Italianette food truck will be on hand serving pizzas, calzones and hoagies from 5-10 p.m. 

Cellar keg and bottle releases will happen throughout the day.

>> Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine gives Barrel House an international pat on the back

If this doesn't mesh well with your calendar, there are several other Barrel House events coming up: 


Nov. 16: Food Truck Friday with Greek Street 

Every Friday at The Barrel House is Food Truck Friday. Join them for beers and food from the Greek Street Food Truck from 5-10 p.m. 


Nov. 24: Small Business Saturday 

November 24th is Small Business Saturday. Head downtown to shop and afterwards grab a beer, wine or cider. 


Nov. 29: Wine Tasting 

The Last Thursday of every month is Wine Night at The Barrel House. The wine tasting on Nov. 29 from 6-8 p.m. will feature four wines from Tramonte. 


Nov. 30: Dessert Beer Fest 2018 

Barrel House will be tapping tasty treats from some of their favorite breweries, and they'll have no shortage of sugary snacks on hand. Special flights of all featured dessert beers will be available to help you create delicious pairings. 

Tappings will include: Listermann Brewing Company with The Barrel House - Game Over; The Brooklyn Brewery - 2015 Black Chocolate Stout; Platform Beer Co. - Holiday Donut Cookie and Southern Tier Brewing Company - Cinnamon Roll. Food will be available from the Greek Street food truck from 5-10 p.m. 

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Sundays: VinylVinylSunday

Every Sunday at The Barrel House is #VinylVinylSunday. Swing by OMEGA MUSIC and Skeleton Dust Records to grab some new tunes, then bring them to play on Barrel House’s turntables.

Wednesdays: Wu-Tang Wednesdays

Beer and unedited hip-hop from Wu-Tang Clan and others. Full draft pours are $1 off until 9 p.m.

Thursdays: Open mic night

Calling all musicians, comedians and poets. All are welcome to take over the mic to perform at The Barrel House. Sign-ups that day.

Saturdays: Liquid Brunch

$5 off full flights (six 5-ounce tasters) from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. every Saturday morning.


What: The Barrel House one-year anniversary party 

Where: 417 E. Third St., Dayton 

When: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Nov. 17 

More info: 937-222-4795 or

If you’re not a Bloody Mary fan, this new brunch cocktail might win your hearts

It’s hard to tell whether you should tackle this new concoction with a straw or a tortilla chip. But trust the bartender.


Mudlick Tap House has introduced a mean, green drink they’re calling the Verde Madre. It’s more simple than it looks and could be a drink perfect for those who just can’t get on board with a Bloody Mary.

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Even as a Bloody Mary fan, I thought the Verde Madre was a refreshing twist on my favorite brunch sidekick. It’s built on a tomatillo base that makes the vodka go down effortlessly, so keep your guard up with this colorful new creation from Mudlick.

Bartender Jason recommends calling ahead of time if you’re making a special trip to Mudlick just to try the drink, as the Verde Madre is available whenever ingredients are in stock. 

PHOTOS: Warped Wing and Esther Price new brew Esther’s L’il Secret is out

The little secret is out. Warped Wing Brewing Company and Esther Price Candies have teamed up once again to brew the beer that’s become a mainstay of the holiday season in Dayton. Esther’s L’il Secret 2018 was revealed on Thursday, Nov. 8, at a special event. Drumroll please ... This year’s brew is Chocolate Cherry Cordial Stout and is available now. 

You’ve never seen this view of Dayton before

Ready to take a look at Dayton from a new vantage point? The Brethen Tower at Carillon Historical Park has officially opened to the public. 

Visitors can climb 120 steps and take in views of the park, Great Miami River and the surrounding area in the 100-foot-tower topped by the historic Callahan clock. 

>> Where’s the best view in Dayton? Submit your nominations here

Dayton History announced the $500,000 gift from the Dayton-based Robert Brethen Foundation last November to “lift the historic Callahan Clock into the air and return this well-known landmark to Dayton’s skyline.”

>> This cherished piece of Dayton history was part of downtown’s skyline for more than a century

JUST IN: Qdoba Mexican Eats to relocate its restaurant on 725

One Dayton-area location of the Qdoba Mexican Eats restaurant chain is moving on up.

On up the street, that is.

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The fast-casual restaurant at 2008 Miamisburg-Centerville Road (Ohio 725) has signed a lease to relocate to 1524 Miamisburg-Centerville Road (Ohio 725) at Washington Village Drive in Miami Twp., according to Danielle Kuehnle, commercial realtor and director of new development, sales and leasing for Oberer Realty Services.

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The Qdoba franchisee signed a 10-year lease for a 2,312 square feet space in a retail development that formerly housed a fitness center, Kuehnle said. The former fitness center is being subdivided into new tenant spaces.

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Kuehnle represented the landlord in the new-restaurant lease agreement. Robert Zavakos, senior vice president of the commercial real estate firm NAI Bergman, represented the Qdoba franchisee. Qdoba officials could not be reached for comment.

San Diego-based Qdoba, which also operates a restaurant near the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek, was founded in 1995 and now operates more than 700 restaurants in 47 states.

Warped Wing’s Esther’s L’il Secret revealed

The little secret is out.

Warped Wing Brewing Company and Esther Price Candies have teamed up once again to brew the beer that’s become a mainstay of the holiday season in Dayton. 

>> PHOTOS: Esther’s L’il Secret revealed

>>PHOTOS: Behind the Scenes of Warped Wing Brewing Company

So what’s this year’s Esther’s L’il Secret

This year’s special brew is a Chocolate Cherry Cordial Stout. It was revealed Thursday night, Nov. 8, at a special release party at the brewery.


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Part of the magic of Esther’s L’il Secret is that the brew’s flavor profile changes each year:

🍫🍺2017 — Winter White Ale with Chocolate and Vanilla Cream

🍫🍺2016 — Chocolate Peanut Brittle Porter

🍫🍺2015 — Milk Chocolate Brown Ale

What do you think this year’s Esther’s L’il Secret will be? 

Let us know in the comments of our Facebook post:

One thing is for certain: Beer and chocolate might very well be the two greatest things in the world, and we’ve come to expect that bringing both together is delicious partnership.


What: Esther's Li'l Secret Launch Party & Reveal

Where: Warped Wing Brewing Company, 26 Wyandot St., Dayton

When: Thursday, Nov. 8

Cost: Free entry

More Info: Facebook

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