1200 Brown St #150, Dayton
535 E Dixie Dr West Carrollton
1200 Brown St #150, Dayton
535 E Dixie Dr West Carrollton
We found a spot for a true Food Adventure. It is an eatery which gained some fame on Wilmington Ave, then moved to a shopping strip on Indian Ripple Rd, not far from the Greene. Chicago Gyros and Dogs is bustling and people coming in and out for carry outs, or to dine in, means they are doing something right. Their wacky menu features all types of one-of-a-kind sandwiches.
Let’s learn about this eatery with the extreme menu, that brings hungry Daytonians back for more.
HERE’S THE SKINNY on CHICAGO GYROS AND DOGS:
— Owned by a father and son, this local business has two locations:
3979 Indian Ripple Rd, Beavercreek and
201 W McMillan St, Cincinnati near the campus of University of Cincinnati.
— Hours of the Beavercreek location are:
Monday – Saturday: 11am – 9pm
Sundays : 11am – 6pm
— Menu features various takes on Gyros, Vienna Beef Hot Dogs, Burgers, and Fries. The menu has options and add-ons that let you create your own monster sandwich.
— The biggest tip is to take advantage of their incredible lunch specials from 11am-2pm. You can save from 2 to 5 bucks with upgrades and more. Each day has a different deal, check the chalk board near the counter for specials and deals.
We scoured the menu and have been there a half-dozen times. We still have a couple of items to try, but we definitely have the feel for the menu enough to give you our patented “must eats.”
“MUST EATS” at CHICAGO GYROS and DOGS:
— “THE DOUGIE” with EXTRA CHEESE:
This is a grilled cheese sandwich with gyro meat in it as well. The regular menu item comes with one slice of cheese which just isn’t enough. Make sure you order this deliciously toasted bread sandwich with extra cheese. It makes all he difference. Add some Tzatziki sauce and you are right where you wanna be.
— “THE FEDYK”:
Named after University of Dayton Football 2005 offensive lineman Dan Fedyk. It’s a hot dog with mustard, onions, chili, cheese, fries and cole slaw. This was our favorite dog on the menu. It takes two hands to eat, and can quickly turn sloppy.
— THE NASTY NATI:
This is the monster of the menu. Instead of buns, it is served between two regular sized pitas. It starts with two beef patties with provolone cheese, topped with gyro meat and Bacon. Next it drizzled with nacho cheese and sprinkled with jalapenos and grilled onions. It is then covered with Tzatziki sauce. This sandwich is work of art and is a 10 napkin minimum. This thing is so big , 2 people could share it. This menu item defines the word “Food Adventure.” Not for the squeamish, no rules here.
—THE CHICKEN PHILLY GYRO with EXTRA TZATZIKI SAUCE:
A huge heaping pita with grilled, diced chicken breast. It is filled with Onions, Mushrooms, Green Peppers, Provolone & Mayo. Add some extra tzatziki sauce and request that they grill the onions too. This is a huge sandwich and very filling. All of the menu sandwiches are large, so it is par for the course.
— THE REGULAR GYRO:
The basic Gyro sandwich is great. It is stuffed with meat and is like what you get at the Dayton Greek fest, but about 4 times the meat inside. It also has a lot of onions on it and a couple of tomatoes. We prefer to ask that they grill the onions. Just a tip, to lessen the sharpness of that raw onion that some people love.
— THE DAYTON DOG:
This is a Vienna Beef Hot Dog on a poppy-seed bakery bun, with Mustard, Relish, Onions, Sport Peppers, Fries. The sports peppers are hot and will sneak up on you. It is a delicious dog, paying homage to the Gem city, with a little heat!
— THE CHICAGO DOG:
We again start with the poppy-seed bun and a Vienna hot dog. Those hot dogs pop when you bite into them. They have a little “snap.” It is topped with Mustard, Relish, Onions, Sport Peppers, Tomato, Dill Pickle, Celery Salt. This is probably their signature dog. Again, watch those sports peppers, they will light you up! So delicious, that you will crave them later.
— THE ITALIAN BEEF SANDWICH:
This is not the Italian beef you are used to having. This one has more onions and green peppers, making he dip into the au jus tricky. This sandwich is loaded with toppings. It is a huge meal in itself, and if you want more beef, less toppings, the more traditional order would be the Italian Beef with no, or light onions and green peppers.
Oh, dare to indulge on this one. These fries are topped with a scoop of Bob Evans sausage gravy and covered in shredded cheese. Get a fork, and go to town. These were absolutely delicious, and our tip here is to ask for extra gravy. Yeah .. we said it .
The key here is that there are a lot of choices, so building or choosing a sandwich is easy. The problem is picking which one or 2 to try, because you can have many favorites on this menu. Chicago Gyro and Dogs has a lot to offer and the prices are very affordable. The staff at the Indian Ripple location are knowledgeable and friendly.
Although this place does have a decent cult following, and seems to do a brisk business, many people have yet to visit this establishment. Check it out, as summer is a perfect time for Dogs and Gyros !
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Dayton’s biggest chili cookoff was Friday night and we have the loving spoonfuls. A charity that helps disabled Miami Valley residents was given an annual budget boost from the 31st annual event.
There were 17 restaurants and amateur cooks vying for the title of BEST CHILI at the AMBUCS Chili Cookoff this weekend, and the results are in. For the first time ever, the people’s choice top 3 matched The Food Adventures top 3 picks. THE WINNERS ARE…..
#1 CHRISTOPHER’S RESTAURANT’S BUFFALO CHICKEN CHILI:
Delicious, melt in your mouth flavors of simmered chicken and the heat of a buffalo sauce, all in a creamy chili. We topped our bowl with a light sprinkle of shredded mozzarella. This recipe was a risk going off the beaten path of traditional chili’s but in this case, it paid off. Chef John always takes time to talk to the Food Adventures Crew, and we congratulate him and Christopher’s on the big win.
#2 THE BRUNCH CLUB’S SWEET CHILI:
Big Ragu was loving the cute servers in Bengal’s attire, but the chili stole Hungry Jax’s stomach. An interesting twist on a traditional chili, this one was sweet and thinner than most chilis. The result was a chili that really grows on you with each bite. We found ourselves with raised eyebrows craving more of this sweet stuff. A definite stand out in our book, and second place in the competition.
#3 MEADOWLARK’S CHILI with PITA CHIPS:
A traditional chili served with pita chips made in house, and a dab of sour cream. We also sprinkled a bit of shredded provolone cheese on top. This was fantastic. The flavor was so good and it was obvious this was a top contender. Perfectly seasoned and simmering, the chili was one of the best we tasted. In the end, we put them in 3rd place in this tough field of amazing chili.
The Food Adventure crew wanted to give and Honorable Mention to a couple of restaurants that we feel, rounded out the top 5. They were #4 LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE and #5 SLYDER’s who were close to the top 3. Both versions were meaty chili’s with beans and the traditional Tex-Mex type hearty chili that Americans have grown to love.
Please understand, every single booth had some good chili. The trick was to have your chili be absolutely incredible to stand out in a field of good cooks. The competition was intense, the meat, sauce and beans were flying. Hot sauces, cheeses, jalapenos, crackers, draft beer and more made for a filling night.
Other Restaurants and Amateur Cooks that participated were in alphabetical order:
BILL’S AMAZING CHILI:
A hearty chili with slices of beef. This was a dark and flavorful chili and our first taste of the day.
BRIXX ICE CO:
Always a contender, they had a delicious shredded chicken chili, that was almost like a soup.
BUCKIN DONKEY GRILL:
We are so excited this awesome restaurant is back. Their chili entry was a tomato based chili with lots of huge sausage chunks.
A meaty chili with good flavor, this restaurant knows what they are doing. This one is great too, like all of their menu soups.
A Tex-Mex classic chili with beans and the traditional sauce. Good stuff and one of the “prettiest” chilis in the bowl.
DARK HORSE TAVERN:
A good traditional chili with beans, meat and great flavor. We are so glad this restaurant is back again on Byers Rd.
EL RANCHO GRANDE:
A Mexican twist, this chili had a swirl design in it from lots of cheddar cheese. The meat was grind down a lot and the chili had a yellow tin to it. We think it was from spices and cheeses.
A different dark and meaty chili. This was a gamble as the chili had a a very rich deep flavor. Points for uniqueness on this one.
GEORGE’S FAMILY RESTAURANT:
A solid traditional looking chili, with beans. It had some Greek seasoning that made the chili taste unique. The entry was good and ingenious that they passed out their restaurant menus to the tables beforehand.
This was a thinner chili and almost like a soup. The flavor was good and the meat was ground down very well. Many of you know that Harrigan’s is know fro their beefy burgers.. so you know the beef chili tasted good.
LOS REYES MEXICAN RESTAURANT:
Almost like a “Dayton dip” this thick chorizo chili was very very cheese filled. The result was a yellow colored chili with chunks of meat. It was mild tasting and very different than other entries.
The decision to pick the best entries was a daunting one. All of the chilis were tasty, and went for a great cause. Please visit these fine restaurants that give back to the community. It was a great time and benefited handicapped kids in this area.
Casino games and other fun contests filled the Colosseum.
The night also was filled with BEER, WINE and SOFT DRINKS. Did we mention HOT DOGS? Oh boy the AMBUCS charity hot dog booth was serving up some good ones. We indulged in all the drinks and food we could until we were stuffed.
The event benefits AMBUCS of Dayton. It is a charity that helps handicapped residents of the Miami Valley lead a more mobile life. Special walkers. bikes and mobile devices are donated to the families of those children and adults in need. The effect is a priceless improvement for their quality of life.
Next year’s chili cookoff will be FRIDAY NOVEMBER 16th, 2018:
Do you want to enter your chili? We are also looking for blackjack dealers and volunteers for next year. To get involved, go to BESTCHILI.ORG or call Paul Jankovich at 937-438-0345
Friday Night, November 17th promises to be a gas!
That’s the night were Dayton’s restaurants and amateur cooks face off in the largest Chili cook-off in the Miami Valley. Each year Dayton’s AMBUCS charity hosts this event and 2017 marks the 31st year for this Food Adventure.
Is your chili the best in Dayton? Do you have what it takes to turn heads and tempt taste buds?
If so, you’re cooking skills are needed!
HERE’S THE SKINNY ON ENTERING THE CHILI COOKOFF:
—AMBUCS is looking for area restaurants, bars, caterers, and taverns that want to enter the contest. It is also open to amateur cooks. The sign-up sheet is HERE under the REGISTRATION tab.
—You must register by NOV 10th – Again use the link above or go to www.bestchili.org
—You must provide at least 5 gallons of chili (you can make more).
—Chili should be brought to the Montgomery Fairgrounds Colesium warm or hot, AMBUCS will provide heating trays. You can bring advertising papers/menus etc, and you can serve the chili or have a volunteer serve it.
—People’s Choice awards will be given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
—The Food Adventures Crew – the Big Ragu, Hungry Jax and Chef House will be on hand representing Dayton Most Metro as “Special Judges” and will be giving their “Critics Choice” for best chili. Although, they aren’t food critics, they just love to eat.
The AMBUCS CHILI COOKOFF IS A MUST EAT !!!
So you dont’ wanna cook, but you want to come eat and drink ?
Want to learn more about the event?
We have the scoop…
HERE IS THE SKINNY ON THE 2017 AMBUCS CHILI COOK OFF
WHEN: FRIDAY NOV 17th, 6pm – 11pm
WHERE: The Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 1043 South Main Street Dayton, Ohio 45409. Event is held inside the building labeled Coliseum.
WHAT: Chili cookoff – All you can eat chili, hot dogs, all you can drink draft beer, pop and more. Casino and Monte Carlo Games will be going where you can bet cash and win cash! Blackjack, poker, dice games and more!
WHY: All proceeds go to AMBUCS Dayton, a charity that provides specialty wheel chairs and bike for handicapped local residents, so they can have mobility in their lives.
COST : $17 per person pre-sale, $20 at the door
—There are volunteer spots available do deal blackjack, deal poker and serve chili. Go to bestchili.org for contact info.
HERE ARE THOSE ENTERED SO FAR IN THE CHILI COOKOFF!!!
Rowdy Boys Chili – Young local firefighters who won the people’s choice last year !
Meadowlark – Chef Wiley and staff ar sure to bring a delicious gourmet chili to town
Atrium Grille – The Kettering Health Network restaurant is a perennial favorite. This tangy chili is always a must eat.
Flannagan’s – Local iconic pub bringing the chili heat
Christopher’s Restaurant – Kettering restaurant with cult following for vegan and white chicken chili
Tricia’s Delicious Catering – Sort of new kid on the block, came in 2nd last year !
Bullwinkle’s Top Hat Bistro – Will John Foreman and John Sizemore take the crown this year with their delicious, meaty, chili?
Harrigan’s Tavern – Kettering Pub with a reputation to uphold for great grub.
Eaton Kennedy’s (amateur cook) – Longtime competitor and past award winner
Longhorn Steakhouse Moraine – Who says a chain can’t show local love? These charitable guys always bring the goods.
The Brunch Club – One of our favorites, we love the friendly staff
Slyder’s – Amazing burgers means, amazing chili meat !
Bill’s Amazing Chili (amateur) – Time to taste amazing stuff
Los Reyes – Mexican Chili, throws a sombrero in the ring
El Rancho Grande – Another Mexican style chili for consideration
That’s the list with more being added every day – they only have room for 24 chili participants, so get your entry in NOW!
There you have it … everything you wanted to know about the cookoff , but were afraid to ask.
BEAN UP !! See you at the fairgrounds November 17th !
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ATTENTION FOODIES !! One hundred thousand people will descend into downtown Centerville this Monday July 4th for the Americana Festival.
Sure there is a 5 k run early at 7:30am
You bet there is a parade at 10am.
And who could forget fireworks at 10pm later that night.
But Food Adventures has advanced notice on something close to our hearts… FOOD VENDORS !! What restaurants are going to be in attendance? What to eat? We got it all for you right here. We will make order of this crowded party of patriotism. So sit in your lawn chair and listen to this scoop on the best eats at this festival
celebrating our independence!
HERE’S THE SKINNY:
— This is the 43rd Annual Americana Festival
— From 9:30am – 5pm is the Street Fair. It runs from the instersection of 48 and 725, down to Bills Donut Shop, and will be filled with FOOD vendors.
— There are also food vendors at Benham’s Grove and tucked back into Activity Center Park in the kids play area.
— The key to this festival is to GET THERE EARLY… or go very late. Food crowds are lightest at 10-11am and 4-5pm.
— Parking is rough, you may have to walk a few blocks, so suck it up buttercup
— We suggest bringing a light lawn chair with you, so you can go off to the side and sit and eat comfortably.
So now we get to the meat of the story – where to go, what to eat, who to drink. The Big Ragu, Hungry Jax and Chef House have decades of experience at this festival and will be in the mix again this year for an epic Food Adventure ! We have some of the food vendors who are going to be in attendance, and list some of our faves and best foodstuffs.
Here they are, in alphabetical order, our patented ……
AMERICANA FESTIVAL MUST EATS:
— BLACKJACK GRILL: Huge porkchops as big as Shaquille O’Neal’s hand. A definite must eat if you’re hungry.
— CAJUN SPECIALTIES: Formerly “LeDoux’s,” this festival vendor has some incredible crawfish etouffe and gumbo. Dont miss this booth!
— CHESTER’S STEAK BURGERS: Get a damn steakburger with cheese already….
—CORK N BOTTLE’S AMERICAN GRILL: Incredible burgers and sandwiches even down to a grilled cheese.
— EL MESON’S FOOD TRUCK: Get some empanadas at this fantastic eatery. They will be at benhams grove, and the menu is constantly changing from “must eats” like paella, to shrimp tacos.
— FRICKER’S: The BBQ boneless wings are amazing here. Dayton iconic sports bar with some of the best frickin chicken around.
— FRONANA: Healthy, ice cream like dessert made with mashed bananas. Go for the chocolate fronana, a dream on a spoon…
— GREEK STREET FOOD TRUCK: New guy on the block. The 2 “must eats” here are the “Street Style Chicken Gyros” and the “Street Style Shrimp Gyros.” No shrimp? Get Baklava !
— HAMBURGER WAGON: Get the double burger, it is a
crunchy delight ! 105 years of customers cant be wrong…
— HARVEST FOOD TRUCK: Their salmon in the Land n Sea BLT is remarkable. Perfect day to chomp on this..
— HUNGER PAYNES FOOD TRUCK: Get the PB & J Croquettes or the Salmon ones… Oh my.. goodness…
— ISLAND NOODLES: Vegetarians unite! Try the Asian, wok fired noodles stir fried with garlic and ginger… with veggies in a light “island sauce.”
— J.T.’s STOVETOP BBQ: Pulled Pork with, extra bbq sauce. It doesn’t count unless you drip sauce on your shoe.
— K & H CONCESSIONS: Corn on the cob is their specialty, get one and live a little….
— KERNEL DAVE’S KETTLE CORN: Bags of kettle corn. Eat some now, save some for the fireworks or next movie night…
— KONA ICE: Shaved ice and snow cones. Get the blueberry and raspberry mix option.
— KOWALSKI’S HOTS: One of our faves. This guy has exclusive brands of upstate New York made hot dogs. Get the Red Hot with coney sauce.. it isn’t spicy it is just a red colored, big hot dog. Dont want a dog? Get a “Hamburg,” Rochester NY Style with coney sauce
— LAROSA’S PIZZERIA: The must eat is a slice of pepperoni pizza. Take yourself back to Kings Island 1982 in one swift bite.,…
— MOM’S HOMEMADE GOODIES: A family that makes the most incredible hand tied soft pretzels. Get a pie too !
— NELLY’S CHICKEN: The “must eat” is the half chicken, it has that amazing, cooked over charcoal taste. Get yucca fries if you really want an incredible treat,
— OLD TEXAS SODA COMPANY: Handcrafted Root Beer is the must drink here. On a hot summers day, you will down two of these without blinking.
— PITA POCKETS: Try the super taco. It is a tostada shell loaded. Good eats, good street food.
— REISTMILLER’S FUNNEL CAKES: It is Americana Fest, get the damn funnel cake and powder your nose!
— SANTORINI’S GREEK FOOD: Man mountain Dean sized Gyro Sandwiches are the way to go here. Just get the traditional ones.
— SWEET P’S HANDMADE ICE POPS: The “Berry Berry Good” pop is a favorite. A refreshing bet on a hot July day.
— THERESA’S ICE CREAM: Butter Pecan or rocky road will always please at Amerciana Festival
— ZOMBIE DOGZ: Dayton’s favorite food truck always has our favorite.. “Juan of the Dead.” or “The Nibbler.” Let’s face it, you cant go wrong with a Zombie Dog…
There you have it sports fans, the MUST EATS for JULY 4th, 2016’s AMERICANA FESTIVAL ! Often imitated, never duplicated, Food Adventures can be found on Facebook HERE. Like us on Facebook, love us in your hearts.
We wish our fans a happy, long weekend of fun filled family time with loved ones, celebrating the 4th of July. That’s where we will be, and making sure the best summer food is within reach !
See you next week and every week on Dayton Most Metro…..
Enjoy some more photos below, from Americana Festivals of years past….
Time for all you local Dayton supporters to put your money where your mouth is… the horses mouth, that is …
Want a fun way to support a charity that helps prevent homelessness in Dayton? Then attend the 6th Annual “Nite at the Races” event on Nov 7th at the IUE HALL on 1675 Woodman Dr. in Kettering.
Held each year by the Rent Foundation, which is the charity enterprise of the Greater Dayton Apartment Association, the event promises to be a great time.
Races are shown on a big screen and you can bet and win cash! Some of the food confirmed will be Frickers Wings, Johnny’s Slice of NY Pizza and a Hot Dog Bar !
Did we mention endless beer? Come out and pull some tabs, buy some raffle tickets and jockey your way to the front of the line to make a bet.
The Greater Dayton Apartment Association has been helping needy families since 1993. They have made real results, affecting lives of dozens of Dayton area families.
This event is critical to building charity funds to be able to assist families in 2014 and 2015.
WHAT: BET CASH, WIN CASH on HORSE RACES PLAYED ON THE BIG SCREEN
WHAT ELSE: PULL TABS and RAFFLE PRIZES
COST: $15 includes endless beer, food, and soft drinks !
TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR
WHERE: 1675 Woodman Drive at the IUE CWA HALL (Parking in the back)
WHY: Raise money for the GDAA Rent Foundation, who pays rent to families through unforeseen crisis or hardships, thereby preventing homelessness.
Bring your friends for a nite at the “track.” There are so many ways to win at this great event!
So saddle up, get out of the gates and head to 1675 Woodman Drive IUE CWA Hall on November 7th at 6:30pm!
Support a charity while just horsin’ around !
Check out our photo gallery below of some of the past year’s RENT FOUNDATION NITE AT THE RACES !
Who waits in a line 70 yards long for a hot dog? The answer is a lot of people in the Dayton area, as long as they are waiting for a Zombie Dog. In fact, with over 16,000 “Likes” on Facebook, this food truck is nothing short of a phenomenon! Since Food Adventures with Big Ragu and the Crew are frequent visitors to this traveling delight, we decided to spread the word amongst our foodie readers! Hungry Jax even marked this territory as one of her “Top Five Eats in Dayton” so no one has had more Zombie Dogz than us …
With Halloween approaching and The Walking Dead Zombie show starting back up, it is the perfect time for a Zombie Dogz Food Adventure article!
HERE’S THE SKINNY:
— Zombie Dogz is a food truck that takes hot dogs to a gourmet level with their unique toppings and handcrafted side dishes.
— Mom and pop establishment founded in 2012 by David and Lee Ann Van Artsdalen. They recently welcomed the newest member of their family this spring, baby Barrett Axel!
— Budget friendly at only $6/dog, you’ll be able to feed your own pack a hot dog that’s been grilled, tucked into a grilled bun and topped with combinations that will make you howl in delight!
— Not a carnivore? No worries! They offer tofu dog’s as a substitute.
— In the “ZD” logo, you’ll see the silhouette of David and Lee Ann’s dog, “Gauge”! He even has a Zombie Dog named after him, the “Killer Gauge”.
Zombie Dogz offers up hot dogs that will surely make you salivate! You can find a full menu on their website, however they rotate it weekly to offer a wide variety. To see what Specialty Dogz are offered this week, and to stay on top of their latest creations, tune into their Facebook page HERE. They have so many delicious dogz, that it’s hard to nail it down to a few faves….. but we did. Here are our top dogz aka Must Eats !!
— CALLING IN DEAD: There’s nothing dead about this dog. An all beef hot dog topped with a creamy homemade white truffle mac & cheese and finished off with crumbled crackers. It’s your childhood in a bun…. but better.
— THE DEAD DIXIE: This pup is covered in diced green apples, applewood smoked bacon, blue cheese crumbles and their signature bbq sauce! A great way to eat all of your food groups in just one bun!
— THE GERMANATOR (DAYTON OKTOBERFEST SPECIAL): Topped with a braised beef brisket, crispy fried onions and a homemade beer cheese. This dog would surely satisfy the appetite of a former Governor of California!
— NEW DOG #2: It’s not uncommon for one of their new masterpieces to debut nameless. Zombie Dogz enlists their Facebook followers to take part of the naming process! This dog debuted at Oktoberfest as well. Topped with apple cider braised carnitas, spiced apples, arugula, butternut squash puree, and a sage crumble. It is simply Autumn deliciousness, with toppings Chef House can appreciate.
— THE NIBBLER:- An American classic turned Zombie! This is their take on a coney is topped in homemade chili, diced red onions, mustard, and muenster cheese. The King likes to tear into these like a dead walker into fresh meat!
— KILLER GAUGE – Named after their beloved dog, this hot dog is topped with a buffalo chicken dip, celery bits, blue cheese and ranch.
Honorable Mention: THE GRANDE ZOMBE: Pronounced “Grand-ay, zom-bay,” this spicy little number includes queso sauce, shredded lettuce, cilantro sour cream, and crushed corn chips. We like to heat up the night with this graveyard favorite. Also, check out Big Ragu’s favorite, the dessert Zombie Dog called the “RED ROCKET” which is a banana in a bun covered with peanut butter powder, stawberry jelly, white chocolate chips and pop rocks !
**** IMPORTANT: Not every one of these Zombie Dogz are offered all the time. They typically offer a few choices and rotate those throughout the year. David and Lee Ann are always coming up with new flavors, so stay tuned.
From festivals, to food truck rallies, horror conventions, Oktoberfest or special single appearances, Zombie Dogz delivers the goods. Our advice when they are around .. GET THERE EARLY, because this food truck is anything but dead. They are easily the most popular food truck in Dayton. Is it the Zombie Name? Is it the one of a kind, unique toppings? Is it the reasonable prices? The great customer service? For us, it’s all of the above!
The question we hear most is “Where can I find a schedule of where they are going to be?” The answer is to stay updated through the Food Truck link on Dayton Most Metro or follow Zombie Dogz on their Facebook page.
Cant get enough Zombie Dogz? Then check out the photo gallery below for our huge collection of pictures. Food Adventures has some fantastic photos of many of their offerings!
Carroll High School has decided to turn a tragedy, into a celebration of a past student’s life.
Some of the area’s best high school, girls tennis players will be facing off in the Jennifer Schmidt Memorial Tennis Tournament this Saturday.
The annual event is held in the memory of 1984 Carroll HS graduate, Jennifer Schmidt. Schmidt went missing her freshman year at Purdue, and was never seen again. The tournament is hosted each year by Carroll High School in her honor.
Eight area high school teams will be competing at this tournament.
As a special treat, the Dayton Most Metro’s own Food Adventures crew will be guest GRILL MASTERS at the event!
HERES THE SKINNY:
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: Thomas Cloud Park, Huber Heights
— Donuts and Coffee will be available at the concession stand for breakfast
— Lunch Concessions will include Hamburgers and hot dogs grilled by The Big Ragu and crew !
Come support this charity event and watch some of the Miami Valleys girls tennis stars !
Please feel free to check out more foodie fun on Food Adventure’s Facebook page. “Like” them HERE !
Like many of you saw in our RESTAURANTS CLOSED BUT NOT FORGOTTEN ARTICLE, all good things must come to an end. Today, The Big Ragu & Crew add another name to this list .. sort of. Some of our favorite Food Adventures have been at sporting events. It is with sadness that we announce that one such place, Lebanon Raceway, will be closing this Saturday after 65 years of harness horse racing. The reason for the closing is to make way for a new racetrack and casino in Monroe. We are going to miss this place and the years of memories it gave us.
Last week at the track, we said our goodbyes. We savored the sights and the memories. We bought a program and a pen (superstition), and sat in the front row behind the glass, cheering for our horses to come in. It takes some dexterity to hold a beer, hot dog, and program while watching the race and hollering. The crowd was sparse, but enthusiastic. We had some winners, and some losers, but loved every minute of the 13 races that night.
We have placed bets to win, place and show. We even knocked out a daily double or a trifecta here and there. But, to us, the live horse racing was just half of the story. We also loved the cheap food and beer. From must eats like hot dogs and pork tenderloin sandwiches to popcorn and hamburgers, Lebanon Raceway had more than just concession stands. They had some good sporting event eats that became a tradition for us over the past 20 years. The characters that serve the food are also a big part of the experience. The bar area was always interesting, with the bartenders pouring bottled beers into a plastic cup, sometimes two or 3 at a time. Foam? …sometimes, just deal with it…
Opened in 1948, the race track facility is showing its age a little, but there is something special about this place. Maybe it is the sound of the horses whizzing past, or the trumpets before each race. Lebanon Raceway is known as the “cradle of drivers,” having produced some of the best harness racing jockeys in the nation. Their other motto is “pace baby pace,” referring to the trotting horses. This place is full of personality from the announcers to the bet window workers. We wanted to share our Food Adventure memories and let people know that this Friday and Saturday are the final days of live racing at Lebanon.
Yes it is true, this weekend is your last chance to experience Lebanon Raceway, so saddle up and visit this Dayton area icon one last time. Races will be Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 6:30pm. Literally – “down the stretch they come !!” Need directions? CLICK HERE. Want more horsing around with THE BIG RAGU, CHEF HOUSE and HUNGRY JAX? Then ‘like’ FOOD ADVENTURES on FACEBOOK by clicking HERE !
Check out our photos and memories from Lebanon Raceway in our gallery below:
The people have spoken at the 27th Annual Charity Chili cookoff and Casino Night for AMBUCS. And they were tooting more than their horns the next day!
For the 2nd year in a row, JIMMIES LADDER 11 was the people’s choice for best chili. BUT NOT SO FAST MY FRIENDS ….. THE FOOD ADVENTURES CREW with THE BIG RAGU have their takes on the chili contest and it may surprise you.
Your humble Food Adventurers were asked to be special celebrity guest judges and we ate every station, every bowl and left no pot unturned. We also had hot dogs, coney dogs, wine, beer and soft drinks. The frigid evening was PERFECT for chili tasting.
There was spicy chili, mild chili, chicken chili, no bean chili, .. there was even a gumbo ! Topping options were cheese, onions, hot sauce some had sour cream ! … So Poopsie, how do you like your chili ?
THE BIG RAGU’S WINNER: Tie between THE BRUNCH CLUB and THE TROPICS
The Brunch Club had an amazingly sweet chili that was delicious. The Tropics entry was just as addicting. It was a with a hearty, traditional chili with great flavors.
Honorable Mention to the other great chili’s: Longhorn Steakhouses’ Brisket chili, and of course the chili from Jimmie’s Ladder 11. The Spiciest chili was Harrigan’s chili. Other great, hearty traditional chili’s included Elsa’s Restaurant and Slyder’s Tavern. Buckin Donkey Grille’s traditional chili was great, and they even served chicken sausage gumbo that was to die for. Even amateur entries like Chef Daddy’s Firehouse won hearts with their chicken chili.
The real winner here was the AMBUCS charity who raises money to help disabled children and adults in the Miami Valley. It is a local chapter and the funds stay local to help those in need in the Dayton area. If you have never attended this event, it is a complete blast. There was chili, beer, hot dogs, wine and pop (all you can eat). There were casino games like blackjack, showdown, dice games and spin the wheel games. The upstairs area even had a Bingo area !
It was a true Food Adventure and Gamblers paradise! You have 12 month to get your gastro-intestinal tract in shape for this one. Don’t miss this event next year, it truly was a gas !
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