Inside of JD Legends, a new eatery is making a name for itself. It is simply called “Eli’s.”
Why the fuss in Franklin? Well the menu is inventive comfort food. Sinful favorite Southern recipes with a 2017 gourmet twist. Whether you want healthy, savory, filling or rich, they have a meal for you. And if you comment on the bottom of this article, you will have a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate to try them out yourself !!
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You are all familiar with what JD Legends has to offer, from bowling and video games to incredible concerts and sand volleyball. But what does the new restaurant have to offer. Sit back for a Food Adventure tour of this one of a kind menu, with some Dayton firsts.
HERE’S THE SKINNY on ELI’S RESTAURANT:
—Located inside JD Legends Entertainment complex at 65 Millard Dr., Franklin, OH 45005
—Open daily at 11am with late hours. The kitchen typically stays open until 11pm
—A full menu and bar selection, featuring Southern, Comfort foods
—Practically the entire menu features home made items with family recipes. Many are tweaks on old classics
—Seating includes high top bar tables, and low booths and low tables in a dining room that overlooks the bowling alley
—Live Music featured many nights.
Time to explore the unique menu for a Food Adventure. Be bold, try the new stuff, you will be glad you did.
We have visited Eli’s Restaurant a half a dozen times since they recently opened. We have a good grip of the menu and here are our patented, often imitated, never duplicated “must eats.”
MUST EATS at ELI’S RESTAURANT in FRANKLIN inside JD LEGENDS:
—FRIED CHEESE CURDS with HONEY for DIPPING:
Are you kidding? Richness upon richness of gooey, great flavor. The cheese curds are excellent and made in house. This is the appetizer that starts things out right.
—FRIED GREEN TOMATOES with SPICY RANCH SAUCE:
See Mom, we are eating our vegetables. This deep fried treat will highlight the night. Great fried crust, and the spicy ranch is an in house creation. So good and not too thick. A perfectly homemade breaded creation by Eli’s.
—CANDIED BACON AND HOME MADE SPICY PORK RINDS:
We have never seen a dish like this. Super Thick bacon slices, dipped in sugar and sriracha sauce. The result is amazingly chewy and slightly crispy goodness. This is a sinful dish, that finishes off with house fried pork rinds. The pork rinds come dusted with spices and pack some heat. You’ve never had an appetizer like this.
—ANGUS BEEF BURGER:
We were very pleasantly surprised with the burgers at Eli’s in our trips to the restaurant. As you know Food Adventures differs itself from others in that we repeatedly visit a restaurant at different days and times to get a real feel for the place and real take on the menu. We promise the burgers will be juicy and delicious. Fresh hand slapped patties and fresh toppings do the trick. We were not expecting such a trong entry in the burger department, but boy they delivered !
—GROWN UP GRILLED CHEESE:
Big Ragu had to do it. It is literally a huge thick sliced Texas Toast Sandwich with mounds of 3 different cheeses and sauteed onions inside. It is like eating your own loaf of garlic cheese bread. A typical appetite might be full with half this sandwich. Eat the whole thing and you will likely take a nap with a smile on your face soon after.
—MEATLOAF DINNER with GREEN BEANS and MASHED POTATOES:
The cult favorite on the menu. Not a huge serving, but just enough to hit the spot. It is a sample of Americana on a plate. The Meatloaf has the ketchup sauce, familiar to most of us. We also have mashed taters and gravy for the gritty part. And we gotta get some greens, so green beans take the call. A solid choice that packs the comfort food feel, but won’t leave you miserably full.
—CHICKEN AND WAFFLES:
A nice spin on the country favorite. Southerners will appreciate the freshly made waffle. Fluffy and full, the maple syrup against the fried chicken planks give the sweet crunch you’ll crave. It is a fun dish and sure to be a kid’s favorite. Let the good times for your mouth begin !
There you have it. Everything you wanted to know about Eli’s Southern Comfort Food. They even featured a few craft beers on tap. It is a nice stop on the local foodie tour.
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You remember the Three Dog Night song “Eli’s coming” from the 70’s? Well Eli is here, in Franklin and it’s time to eat !!
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