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!

“Nite at Races” Benefits Struggling Daytonians


The Rent Foundation charity helps Daytonians who are in crisis. This small committee of about a dozen property managers, and vendor reps are the charitable arm of the Greater Dayton Apartment Association.  In this association many members, property management companies and vendors, reach out and support this worthy cause.  A cause that keeps many area apartment dwellers from being homeless. The GDAA Rent Foundation assists Miami Valley residents who rent their home and through illness or tragedy cannot make their next payment. This Friday, one of their biggest events of the year, called … [Read more...]

Locally Owned Housemade Sauces Introduces Green Sriracha

Stockpiling sauces for Holiday sales

Your favorite locally owned hot sauce company, Housemade Sauces, is going GREEN.  Serrano Green that is...  Local Chef LeeAnne House has released some more bottles that she hopes will be as sought after as her previous sauces.  LeeAnne has worked in the food industry her entire life, and comes from a family of restaurant entrepreneurs.  We have the scoop on Chef House and her latest culinary creation. *** And we are giving a FREE bottle away to a lucky, random reader who comments below ***   HERE'S THE SKINNY on THE NEW SERRANO GREEN HOT SAUCE: --- Serrano peppers, tomatillos … [Read more...]

Mikesells: Tins and New Flavors? ! WIN CHIPS !


Mikesell's Snack Food Company is bringing back the holiday tins for the first time in 15 years!  They are also going to introduce some new flavors in 2016 and we have the scoop. The Food Adventures Crew was lucky enough to sample the new flavors  and we are so excited about the throwback tins, that we are giving away some free chips!   ***Want to win some of your favorite hometown potato chips?  *** Then comment below and we will award 3 winners the new tins that are coming to stores next week!   HERE'S THE SKINNY: --- Since 1910, Mikesells Potato Chips have been … [Read more...]

Homemade Pies at Ghostlight Coffee


Ghostlight Coffee's bakers Mandy & Mara have been hard at work putting together an incredible menu of pies for Thanksgiving. You can order pies for your dinner starting today by picking up an order form at the coffeehouse or online at GhostlightCoffee.com We got to taste the pies last night & they were amazing! Throughout the month we will have pies at the shop to sell by the slice! We have ‪#‎vegan‬ options & ‪#‎glutenfree‬ options on the menu. Pre-order holiday pies will be available for pick-up on your selected day of Mon, Tues or Wed before Thanksgiving.

Food Adventures Cooking Class at Austin Landing

Bottles of flavor infused Olive Oils

Are you looking for some  perfectly unique culinary tips? A new shop on Austin Landing may have the experience that is just what you are looking a for, with this one night event on November 12th. The Spicy Olive, known for their flavor infused olive oils and balsamic vinegars, are hosting a cooking class this Thursday.  The class will feature our MostMetro  Food Adventures Crew, who will prepare at least 8 dishes to sample. Each dish will feature an olive oil or balsamic that is sold at the Spicy Olive store. Please note there is limited seating and tickets are pre-pay … [Read more...]

Sneak Peek at Bagger Dave’s Burger Tavern

The Great American Cheeseburger at Bagger Dave's Burger Tavern

The long awaited opening of the burger chain from Michigan has opened it's first store in Ohio.  "Bagger Dave's Burger Tavern" will officially open to the public on Monday, but Dayton Most Metro and Food Adventures have a little sneak peek. Thank you to Dayton Dining's Lisa Grigsby for setting up the special tasting!  As our loyal followers know, we usually hit a place many times before highlighting the eatery.  But in this case, we will be grand opening chasers, and have only got to go twice before the public goes. Thanks to manager Ed and the staff.  The service is already exceptional … [Read more...]

44 Years of Flying Pizzas ** Win a Large Pizza **


Dough can be seen flying in the air through the windows at 223 N Main Street in downtown Dayton.  The familiar window sign, hustle and bustle is all part of "The Original Flying Pizza." The owners, the Graci family have been tossing pizzas downtown for 44 years, and they are still going strong.  One slice at a time, they have stolen the hearts and stomachs of many Daytonians by serving their special New York Style Pizza recipe.    ** YOU CAN WIN ONE OF THESE LARGE, 1 topping PIZZAS BY COMMENTING BELOW (winner chosen at random).**   How did a mom and pop from Sicily, … [Read more...]

Cool Winter Ahead for Jet Freeze


Dayton's beloved soft serve ice cream mecca, Jet Freeze, is heading for uncharted territory.  They have decided to stay open throughout winter!  The eatery will be open for the remainder of the year and plans to stay open year round Jet Freeze has a new flavor they are carrying through the end of October... PUMPKIN ICE CREAM !  No one else in Dayton has soft serve pumpkin ice cream, so get a taste of fall before they pull the plug on this flavor.   HERE'S THE SKINNY: --- Jet Freeze is located in Beavercreek at 4014 E. Patterson Rd. --- They are staying open year round, with … [Read more...]

It’s the Great Pumpkin…Spice!


No doubt one of the most popular flavors that takes this season by storm is that of Pumpkin Spice. Most people either love it or hate it.  We here on the Food Adventures Crew vote that we LOVE it and our Gem City gives us plenty of options to indulge! So grab your hoodies, yoga pants and Uggs as we indulge in the areas best seasonal coffees and treats!   HERE'S THE SKINNY: --- The Pumpkin Spice Latte (aka "PSL") craze started back in 2003 when Starbucks first launched their newest flavor. Up until that time, their recipe remained unchanged.   The result was Starbucks most … [Read more...]

Yankee Trace Friday Fish Frys Return


The Golf Club at Yankee Trace has brought back their fish frys for a limited time this fall, and the Food Adventures Crew has the scoop.  The "All U Can Eat" events will happen each Friday night from 5pm-9pm at the restaurant inside the clubhouse.  The tradition continues through November 20th, and will return during Lenten season as it has for many years.  the hand breaded haddock is some of the best in town, and the fact that it is endless, means you wont walk away hungry.  Each dinner comes with endless deep fried haddock, cole slaw and french fries.  Here is the down low on one of the best … [Read more...]