About Food Adventures with Big Ragu & The Crew

Together, your humble Food Adventurers will seek out locally owned restaurants, unique places off the beaten path, and even give our slant on some familiar favorites. Whenever we visit a place, we call it a “Food Adventure.” You can expect pictures of each Food Adventure we embark on. You can expect us hugging waiters, posting nostalgic blogs, and emotionally eating our way through life. We are not food critics, we just love to eat!

Aug-tober Fest hits Dayton, August 21st


The premier beer dinner event in August, is the new AUG-TOBERFEST, a Food Adventure being held by THE AMBER ROSE RESTAURANT on Friday August 21st at 7pm.

McGillicutty’s: The Greatest Breadsticks in the World


The waitress brings the overflowing basket of breadsticks to the table, still steaming…. Then the look..... you glance at the others at the table.  Should you grab a piece and risk being seen as rude?  Do you pause and risk not getting one of the best breadsticks in the world?  These are the kind of problems you will face at McGillicutty's. A popular Kettering icon, McGillicutty’s has always been known for their food and libations.  Let’s face it, it’s bar food, and McGillicutty’s has some of the best in town.  Whether it is Tuesday Night Trivia night, or lounging after a Softball game, it … [Read more...]

Get Your Garlic On This Sunday!


  The Menus in concert for free, 15 Food Vendors, Bocce Ball, Cooking Demos, and Beer.  Foodies and hungry people of Dayton, we proudly announce that Garlic Fest is ready for you this Sunday.  Dayton Most Metro and Food Adventures has the EXCLUSIVE SCOOP on food and timeline of the day! This is the ONLY spot that will list EVERY food vendor and point you in the way of a great garlic loving time! Come out....... it is in your breath interest !   HERE'S THE SKINNY: --- THE  2015 GARLIC FEST will be held at the Sons of Italy's Bella Villa Hall at 2625 County Line Rd in … [Read more...]

Zombie Dogz Leads Friday’s Sons of Italy Food Truck Rally


Bella Villa Hall is the place to be, as 15 Food Trucks plus a huge beer truck, will descend upon the Italian lodge on County Line Rd, to kick off The Bocce Classic / Garlic Fest Weekend. This promises to be a great chance for you and your family and friends to experience a Food Adventure, and even toss a bocce ball !

Summer Grilling Tips for Great Food Adventures !


  Who doesn't love a good cookout?  Most Daytonians are elbow deep in grilling season this summer.  From parties, to romantic dinners or family time, this is the time of the year to use that gas or charcoal grill.  The Food Adventures Crew is here with some helpful tips to make your grilling experiences a success.  The Big Ragu, Hungry Jax and Chef House share our MUST EATS an MUST DO's.. Grilling out version!   --- PREPARATION IS KEY:  Prepare beforehand to make it easy on yourself.  Marinade your meats and pre-slice veggies ahead of time instead of fumbling on the grill … [Read more...]

New York Weenies Invade Dayton


Using Evan's Bakery and Dorothy Lane Market's buns, Kowalksi Hots specializes in Hoffman brand hot dogs, Zweigel brand hot dogs and Sahlen's brand from Buffalo. He offers local burger meat and uses Jaworski brand, a Cleveland favorite for his Polish Kielbasa and Italian Sausages

Cooking with Your Kids


So when Coraline (my 5 year old) first asked me in that sweet little voice of hers at the age of 3 if she could help me cook, my foodie heart about exploded! My mind flooded with these picturesque scenes of my daughter and I laughing and singing in the kitchen as we created delicious memories together!

Archer’s Tavern Celebrates 5th Bday with Busy Week


Centerville's Archer's Tavern celebrates their 5th anniversary with a week chocked full of fun events like 1/2 off bar drinks from 11am -9pm, a Margaritaville Party, Disco night and a Crawfish boil!

Cobblestone Cafe Quietly Reaches 15th Anniversary


  This feature article is about a place that many Dayton area foodies have never visited.  But somehow, it remains very busy and this week is quietly completing its 15th year in business.  The Cobblestone Cafe, in Waynesville, has personality.  It is connected to a little home decor shop.  The cafe is a mom and pop version of 'Cracker Barrel,' but light years ahead.  The store is elegant meets antique, and the food is gourmet.   The laid back atmosphere is a perfect venue for chef creations is a quaint, cozy country atmosphere.  This article could just of easily been titled "The … [Read more...]

Elvis, Green Tomatoes, Burgers, Pies and Cornhole


This Saturday, June 13th get your blue suede shoes and head to Miamisburg's 5th Annual Rock N Green Tomato Festival.  There is gonna be Rock N Roll music all day long.  There is gonna be a 5k Walk/Run.  There is a Cornhole Tournament with a $250 first prize.  Oh, and there is going to be, our favorite... FOOD, including a Green Tomato Pie contest and a burger eating contest! One of our favorite yearly festivals is the family friendly Rock N Green Tomato Festival held in Miamisburg.  A laid back atmosphere with plenty of vendors and activities, featuring great live bands.  And as always, … [Read more...]