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6 beloved Dayton food trucks that have opened (or will soon open) restaurants

The food truck phenomenon continues to roll across the region, enticing diners with a variety of cuisine.

Some owners of the mobile kitchens have recently opened  or plan to open - brick-and-mortar stores to complement or take the place of their trucks.

Here’s a look at the plans for 5 area food trucks that have added permanent restaurant locations:

The Vistro 

The Vistro, an Asian-themed food truck, has officially opened The Vistro Modern Vietnamese restaurant at 3937 Linden Ave. across from the Eastown Shopping Center in Riverside. 

“Bricks and mortar has always been the end-game goal,” The Vistro founder and owner Myger Nguyen told this news outlet. 

Myger said he’s taking his parents’ recipes for Vietnamese dishes such as Pho, the classic soup of Vietnam, and update them and give them an occasional twist with ingredients and presentation. He also plans to serve noodle salads with grilled meats and fresh vegetables. 

»» RELATED: Local Asian food truck to make the jump to bricks and & mortar

Zombie Dogz 

Zombie Dogz was the first local food truck to add a restaurant in November 2016, when it opened at 1200 Brown St. near the campus of the University of Dayton. 

A sampling of the gourmet hot dog combinations include Calling in Dead, made with white truffle mac and cheese, The Dead Dixie with diced green apples, blue cheese crumbles, bacon and BBQ sauce, and The Waking Dead which tops a hotdog with sausage gravy, a fried egg, bacon and maple syrup. 

The food truck still makes occasional appearances at select events and festivals, but now the primary focus is on the UD location.

»»RELATED: Zombie Dogz unveiled a brand new menu (you’re going to want to try it)

Hunger Paynes

The popular Hunger Paynes food truck has offered up a “modern form” of croquettes, pretzel bites and hand-cut potato chips in the Miami Valley region since 2013. 

In June, Hunger Paynes Beer and Wine Garden opened in the Dayton Mall serving several varieties of Hunger Paynes’ signature croquettes daily and a dozen Dayton area beers on tap daily as a tribute to local breweries. There is also a selection of domestic beers and about a dozen wines available, half produced locally. 

The menu also includes an assortment of gourmet pretzels bites, wraps and salads and other health food options. 

>> Hunger Paynes Beer and Wine Garden now open inside Dayton Mall

Bourbon Bayou Bistro 

The Bourbon Bayou Bistro is in the works for the space previously occupied by Stan The Donut Man at 607 N. Detroit St. in Xenia. 

Until the doors open, Xenia residents can get a taste of what’s to come from the Bourbon Bayou Bistro food truck that sets up shop at North Detroit Street. 

The truck offers chicken — bourbon, blackened and seasoned grilled — to pair with rice and beans or have on a sandwich or in a wrap and has expanded the menu to include blackened fish, subs, gyro’s and salads. 

»»RELATED: Local Cajun food truck to launch a bricks & mortar spot

Flyby BBQ 

A new and independently owned restaurant that got its start on the local food-truck circuit is coming to the Mall at Fairfield Commons. 

Flyby BBQ will open in space between the existing Fusian and BRAVO Cucina Italiana restaurants, according to the founder, 20-year-old Ohio State University student David Butcher. Plans call for building out the space this summer and opening sometime this fall. 

Flyby will be a fast-casual barbecue restaurant with an ordering system similar to Chipotle. It will serve signature barbeque sandwiches, bowls and platters featuring hickory-smoked meats. A vegan option of pulled barbecue jackfruit will be available. The restaurant also will feature homemade comfort-food-style side dishes, banana pudding, craft beer and sodas. 

»»RELATED: New BBQ restaurant coming to the Mall at Fairfield Commons

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. 

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The Springsfest brew is slightly different every year, but typically falls along the lighter pale ale spectrum. This year, brewers said the beer is going to be similar to last year’s batch — only a little more hop-forward with an extra smooth and refreshing finish.

>> 5 things you must do in Yellow Springs

“Usually the guidleine is pretty much a lighter pale ale that is an easy drinker for festival weather,” said Heather Gnau, Yellow Springs Brewery’s digital marketing and design coordinator. 

Personally, Gnau said she is a seasonal drinker, which makes her especially excited for the Springsfest brew to be ready. 

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Springsfest beer will be on tap during the music festival, as well as at the Yellow Springs Brewery taproom. The beer is only available until the original batch is gone— typically a month after the festival. 

New KILLER flavor of Dorothy Lane’s famous Killer Brownie hits store shelves

The Killer Brownie team at the Dorothy Lane Market Bakery has been building up the suspense since April and have finally given fans relief. 

The Confetti Killer Brownie, the newest brownie to join the popular DLM bakery line, was unveiled last week. After months of delicious experimenting and testing, the final result is a blonde brownie infused with caramel, white chocolate chips, and colorful sprinkles folded inside and on top.

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>>DLM’s Killer Brownies capture national favorite-food contest

“We initially envisioned it just being a seasonal flavor here for a limited time, but with the excitement that it’s generating, who knows if it’ll join the Killer Brownie® family year-round?” said Chimene Ross, head of the Killer Brownie Customer Management in a press release.

>>JUST IN: New health-food store & juice bar coming to Far Hills Avenue

Killer Brownies have been gracing the Dayton-area with their presence since 1985, when The Original Killer Brownie — a layered chocolate brownie chock-full of pecans that sandwiches a blanket of velvety caramel— was created. The brownies were even voted No. 1 in Goldbely’s national food bracket in 2016.

Confetti Killer Brownies are now available at all Dorothy Lane Market Bakeries

Table 33 to host Independence Day patio party in conjunction with Dayton celebrations tomorrow

Big brassy displays of pyrotechnics will be happening all over the region on July 3 and 4. 

>> The best places to watch the fireworks in Dayton

Along with flashy shows of light in the sky, grills will be put through the paces giving off their own light and delicious meals will be had. 

The City of Dayton’s "Lights in Flight" Fireworks show takes place this year on July 3, with the big show lighting up the sky at 10 p.m. Starting at 5 p.m. there will be a multi-cultural festival featuring live entertainment. 

>> The best views of Dayton’s fireworks

If you are looking to make a day of it and don't want to fire up the grill, Table 33 will be hosting its second annual Independence Day Patio Party from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. July 3, with hours that bookend to the downtown festival nicely. 

A $5 cover at the door will get you a BBQ buffet, live music by BJSR, and patio games. The Patio Party is sponsored by Toxic Brew Co. and Middle West Spirits. Proceeds will go to UpDayton and the Miami Valley Life Alliance. 

Regardless of when you decide to go, Table 33 is worth a visit whenever you can. A few reasons:

  • The patio is one of the best in downtown Dayton.
  • Their locally sourced menu is gluten free and vegetarian friendly.
  • Their coffee is strong and delicious.
  • Their fruit juices are fresh and bright. 
  • Their full service bar has the craft beer or the craft cocktails you are craving. 

It's been a busy time for the restaurant as it continues to make updates and expand on the successful foundation its already laid. 

>> Table 33 location at the library now open

In January the restaurant started serving Sunday brunch and in late April Table 33 opened a second location inside the Dayton Metro Library’s downtown branch at 215 E. Third St. that is open 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

"We deeply value the opportunity to be a place where people gather. Whether it’s a mid-week business lunch with colleagues or a weekend brunch with family, we feel honored to host both the conversations and people that matter most to you." — Table 33 website

If you haven't been this is a stop that will have you seeing and feeling the revitalization that downtown Dayton has been experiencing of late. Table 33 has an exciting, hip vibe that its menu delivers on. 

>> A few of our favorite happy hour dishes from Table 33

 

WANT TO GO?

What: Table 33 

Where: 130 W. Second St., Dayton 

More information: 937-999-3070 or www.table33dayton.com

FOURTH OF JULY: Which Dayton restaurants are open, have deals?

If your July Fourth plans include letting a restaurant do the grilling for you, you are in luck.

Many chain and local restaurants are offering meal deals for you and your crew on the Fourth of July – some are even starting early.

>>FIREWORKS GUIDE: How to celebrate the Fourth of July in Dayton all week long

>>Kings Island offering free admission for military for 4 days for Fourth 

Here’s a list of some of the best deals out there to help you celebrate the Fourth.

(Note: Not every restaurant in a chain may be honoring the deals, so be sure to check with local restaurants to confirm which deals are available before you go. Most offers are dine-in only and can’t be used with any other discount or coupons. Prices may vary with location.) 

>> 7 deals, discounts for active military and veterans on Independence Day

>> FOURTH OF JULY FORECAST: It’s going to be hot. Really hot.

Restaurants OPEN on Wednesday, July 4th:

-416 Diner

-Tumbleweed Connection

-South Park Tavern

-Ned Peppers

-Hole In The Wall

-Trolley Stop

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-Warped Wing, open 12 p.m.- 12 a.m.

-Toxic Brew Company

-Patterson Pub

-Century Bar, open 8 p.m.- 2:30 a.m.

-Troll Pub

-Lucky’s Taproom & Eatery

-Lock 27 Brewing, open 4 p.m.- 11 p.m.

-MJ’s on Jefferson

-Canal Street Arcade & Deli

-The Dublin Pub

>> Table 33 offering Independence Day patio party

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Addition 4th of July deals:

Applebee’s: Kids eat free at Applebee’s on July Fourth. Up to two children, 12 and under can eat for free with the purchase of an adult entrée. It is available for dine-in guests only and for one day only. 

BJ’s Brewhouse: Through July 15, buy one adult entree and two beverages and get a second adult entree for half-off. Dine-in orders only. Get the coupon on BJ’s website.

Bruegger’s: On Tuesday and Wednesday, get red, white and blue bagels (individually or as part of a bagel sandwich. You can also get $2 any big bagel bundle.

Cracker Barrel: Order from the Campfire menu through July 15 for items such as BBQ pork and seasoned corn on the cob.

Einstein Bros. Bagels: From Monday through Friday, get a buy one get one special from the Flavors Across America sandwich series. 

Logan’s Roadhouse: The Smokin’ Summer Block Party menu is available for a limited time.

Quiznos: Sunday through July 8, members of the Quizno’s loyalty program can get a buy one get one deal on Quiznos Southern Style BBQ Pulled Pork or Spicy Chipotle BBQ Pulled Pork sandwiches. 

Red Robin: Through July 8, get a $10 Red Robin gift card with the purchase of a Red Robin (catering) Gourmet Burger Bar. 

 

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. 

>> Kings Island: What to know and what to check out this season

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.

>> Check out the delicious new foods at Kings Island this year

On July 1, Kings Island will celebrate this iconic treat on National Blue Ice Cream Day. The celebration will feature a number of specialty food offerings with a little touch of “blue” including:

  • Smoked chicken wings with blueberry BBQ sauce, and corn chips with blueberry salsa at turkey legs on International Street
  • Blue funnel cake with blueberry topping at International Street Funnel Cakes
  • Blue ice cream fudge, blue ice cream cotton candy available at the Sweet Spot on International Street

>> Big changes: Kings Island got a new restaurant AND reality TV chef 

There will also be a photo opportunity located near the Blue Ice Cream stand in Planet Snoopy. Share photos with your family and friends on Instagram using the hashtag #KIBlueIceCream.

>> 9 things you never knew about Kings Island

Want to go?

WHAT: National Blue Ice Cream Day at Kings Island

WHEN: July 1 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

WHERE: Kings Island, 6300 Kings Island Drive, Kings Island

INFO: Call 513-754-5700 | Website

3 decadently delicious drinks to try at Dayton coffeehouse — and one is made with ice cream 

Founded just last year, Tastefully Roasted Coffee is among Dayton’s best-loved coffee shops. 

>> 4 ways that Dayton’s local coffee scene is growing

Their mission, as stated on the website, is “transparent, responsible, and inclusive in all that we do, and always focus on being local — we source our products locally whenever possible, support local businesses, and seek to be involved in the Dayton community.”

>> 5 under the radar coffee shops you need to know about

I recently explored their menu at the Oakwood location. I tried a chai latte, vanilla-cinnamon latte and an affogato

I must admit, I’m a self-proclaimed chai latte connoisseur, so I had high hopes for this latte. It had the right amount of foam, which led me to believe we were off to a good start. The flavor was spicy (but not too spicy) blended with a decadent creaminess. 

The verdict: I’ll be back for this again. Literally perfect! 

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The next latte was a regular espresso base, flavored with vanilla and cinnamon (by recommendation of the barista). This was even topped with heart latte art. The art doesn’t seem like a big deal, but to me, it spoke to the care and craft that goes into the cup.

The verdict: I’m not one for cinnamon-flavored coffee but I would order this again, too, probably in the fall.

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The final beverage was the affogato. Never heard of it? Well, before stopping into Tastefully Roasted, neither had I. An affogato is basically two scoops of vanilla bean ice cream with espresso poured over it. Just the description was enough to prompt me to order. 

The verdict: Why bother with coffee-flavored ice cream when you can have THIS? The creamy ice cream perfectly balanced the rich espresso delivering what I can only describe as a coffee lover’s summer dream. A big factor in its tastiness is the quality of the espresso. You couldn’t do this with just any brew or bean. 

>> Inside the new Dayton coffee shop coming to Wayne Avenue that will blend java with jazz music

ABOUT TASTEFULLY ROASTED

Tastefully Roasted Coffee has two Dayton-area locations, 6 Oakwood Ave. and 2700 Miamisburg-Centerville Road. To see more info, business hours and catering options, visit tastefullyroasted.com.

Refreshing summer salad back on Panera’s menu for limited time

Summer and strawberries go hand-in-hand.

Panera has brought back a summer salad they say is a customer favorite. The Strawberry Poppyseed Salad is back on the menu for a limited time this summer.

>> Opening date set for new Elsa’s cantina-style Mexican restaurant

The strawberry poppyseed salad is made with romaine lettuce, fresh strawberries, fresh pineapple, fresh blueberries, mandarin oranges, roasted pecans and is topped with fat-free poppyseed dressing. It is topped with antibiotic-free chicken.

The salad has 340 calories.

The bright and fresh flavors make for a perfect summer salad. 

>> Esther Price is having its annual bulk candy sale -- here are the don’t-miss deals

>> Dayton restaurant promises fireworks at this 4-course meal, literally

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Hidden-in-plain-sight restaurant close to downtown will SHATTER your expectations for lunch

Nearly a year ago, Dewberry 1850 opened its doors for business in the Marriott at the University of Dayton.

>> An opening date has been set for the new Elsa’s cantina-style Mexican retaurant

It’s casual but elegant setting, refined menu and curated recipes make for a quick getaway from the workday for lunch.

That’s exactly what I did along with two of my co-workers, Michelle Fong and Allegra Czerwinski, on a sunny afternoon. 

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Having never been there, we all agreed to order a selection of five menu items and split the plates. This was incredibly convenient as Dewberry 1850 features “Divvy & Split” items on their lunch menu

>> Dayton restaurants promise fireworks at this 4-course meal (literally)

We selected the cheese curds ($10 - beer battered cheese curds with roasted poblano sour cream), the tacos ($12 - blackened whitefish, picked rogue onion, jalapeno pineapple salsa and farmers cheese nestled in a soft shell tortilla) and pretzel two way —although we selected the savory option ($8 - salted with honey Dijon mustard). 

>> A new Dunkin’ Donuts is coming to Far Hills and and is unlike any other you’ve seen

From the “Nosh & Tidbits” menu items, we ordered the strawberry bruschetta ($11, baguette toast, strawberry jam, pickled grapes, macerated strawberry relish, whipped local chevre and 80 Acre Farms petite greens) and mac-n-cheese ($12,  pancetta, smoked gouda and roasted garlic served with toast points).

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The moment the plates were placed on the table, our senses were tingling. The sights, smells and importantly — the taste — of our selections validated the order. The strawberry bruschetta was bright, fruity and balanced. The cheese curds and pretzels were almost impossible to put down. Each had crispy exteriors and soft centers. The cheese curds were perfectly melty, and the pretzels reminded us a lot of the flavored Snyder’s pretzel pieces.

>> Dishes to try at Dewberry 1850

I could hardly put down the fork when it came to the mac-n-cheese. It had the perfect balance of smoke and garlic and a solid sauce-to-noodle-ratio; the toast points offered a lovely bit of texture to the bite. The tacos, with a hint of kick, were meaty and satisfying, yet perfectly light enough for a lunch meal. The waitress was kind to add an additional taco to our order so we each had our own, two being the regular portion size. 

>> Bob Evans declares July ‘National Road Trip Month’ kicks off with new menu items, contest

The verdict: We’ll be back! It’s a little off-the-radar being nestled inside a hotel, but its definitely worth having on yours. We’re drooling just recalling the flavors and looking at the photos.

>> Dayton Art Institute to reopen its restaurant, Leo Bistro

Want to go?

WHAT: Dewberry 1850 in the Marriott at the University of Dayton

WHERE: 1414 S. Patterson Blvd., Dayton

HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 6 a.m. to midnight, Sat.-Sun. 7 a.m. to midnight

CONTACT: 937-586-4150

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.

 >>FOOD NEWS: Dayton Art Institute to reopen its restaurant, Leo Bistro

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, Bob always told the people he came across to stop by the farm for a bite to eat if they were on the road. All the more reason to celebrate! 

Building on Bob’s road trip heritage and as a special touch this summer season, Bob Evans Restaurants has added new items to its menu to make sure everyone is “fueled up” along the way. 

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This summer, the menu will feature fan favorite breakfasts starting as low as $4.99 as well as new Broccoli Salad and Herb Roasted Chicken – marinated and seasoned with garden herbs, topped with a citrus garden herb sauce and garnished with a fresh cut lemon, starting at $6.99. Seasonal fan-favorites, including Strawberry Supreme Pie and freshly baked Lemonade Bread are also back on the menu! 

 

In addition, Bob Evans has partnered with the Ohio Board of Tourism and Marathon and are asking consumers to share their favorite Ohio trip moment for a chance to win restaurant and gasoline gift cards along with other fun Ohio gear. No purchase necessary to win. The contest will run from June 1 to July 31. For more information on the contest, visit Bob Evan’s website

 >>MORE: This decadent new breakfast item combines pancakes with Ohio’s favorite treat

“Bob Evans is the go-to road trip option for guests and residents of the great state of Ohio for delicious, high-quality meals at an affordable price,” said Saed Mohseni, president and CEO of Bob Evans Restaurants, LLC. “We know how important it is to spend time with loved ones and summer vacations are an important investment in family time.” 

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According to Ohio Board of Tourism, travelers drive between 100 to 300 miles during a trip to visit the Buckeye state. Whether you are visiting Ohio, passing through or planning a “staycation,” Bob Evans Restaurants is a perfect stop, serving delicious farm-fresh and homecooked meals the whole family can enjoy at affordable prices. Perfect for long drives and helping keep an eye on overall expenses while on the road. 

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With 188 locations throughout Ohio, Bob Evans has been a staple road trip dining option for travelers since 1948. Guests can stop in all summer long and enjoy the hearty and wholesome meals that has made Bob Evans a favorite for the past 70 years.

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