1200 Brown St #150, Dayton
535 E Dixie Dr West Carrollton
1200 Brown St #150, Dayton
535 E Dixie Dr West Carrollton
I can remember when I had my first Zombie Dogz experience. It was the horror themed truck’s very first outing in the Lowe’s parking lot on Wilmington Pike in 2012 and the idea of a hot dog topped with decadent things like macaroni and cheese, taco meat and fritos just seemed so decadent. In talking with Lee VanArtsdalen, who is the co-ower with her husband Dave, we reminisced about that first outing, where they served 68 people, she even remember my order! Dave’s love of all things Zombie brought them to their second gig for the truck, serving up their street eats at the annual HorrorHound Weekend, where they were bombarded with 30,000 people to feed.
And from their the legend just grew. Often the most popular truck at a rally, fans would line up and wait times often hit an hour for the growing list of gourmet hot dogs with an ever changing menu of ingredients. Their popularity continued to grow and in 2016 they were named “Best Food Truck in Ohio” by Ohio Magazines in the annual readers poll. That same year they finished 2nd as 2016 Hot Dog Vendor of the Year poll in the national contest rum by Mobile Cuisine.
In the winter of 2016 rumors started swirling about a brick and mortar location of Zombie Dogz and MostMetro was able to confirm the rumors in June and on Sunday, NOVEMBER 13, 2016 the doors opened at 1200 Brown Street.
Business a the shop has stayed steady, menu items have been added (yeah tots and White Truffle Mac n Cheese) and the truck continued to be out and about around town. The menu continues to rotate with some of the more popular dogs being brought back for limited runs, while new dogs are introduced. In June of this year they even introduced flights of coney sized versions of the gourmet dogs, so you can enjoy multiple creations.
But Today Zombie Dogz posted this on their Facebook page:
What’s up everybody. So, we are winding down our FOOD TRUCK season and wanted to fill you in a little bit. What we’re about to fill you in on is kind of sad. You may have noticed that we don’t make as many FOOD TRUCK posts lately. Well, there’s a reason………. I think after running long and strong for 5 years our little baby has come to an end. We don’t make posts anymore because we aren’t sure if half the time our trucks gonna make it!!! It’s pulled 12,000 lbs and has several tens of thousands of miles under her belt, and unfortunately she’s coming to an end. She’ll hold up for the rest of this months scheduled events, but after this month, we’re putting her to rest?????. So, with this being said, I’d like to list the rest of our events left for this season.
THE MENU WILL BE EPIC FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON AND WE WILL BE RUNNING SOME OF OUR CLASSICS AND MOST POPULAR DOGS. I’m putting it like this because the post will be so long with our schedule, but if you’re curious, you’re always welcome to contact us through messenger with questions about the menu??
TODAY, October 27th, from 9:30am-4pm we will be at the 13th annual CFC Pumpkin Chuck WPAFB.
5901 Airway Rd.
Riverside, Oh 45431
SATURDAY, October 28th, we’re doing a double??
From 11am-1pm we will be at the KETTERING REC. CENTER AND COMPLEX SOCCER FIELDS for this years WAG-O-WEEN event. Come help support Sicsa and the Humane Society celebrate Halloween with fun family activities and fun times with lots of cute puppies??
From 6pm-9pm we will be at JUNGLE JIMS for their Masquerade Ball in their new multi media facility along with 3 Floyds Zombie Dust Beer.
4450 Eastgate Dr.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45245
MONDAY, OCTOBER 30th from 6pm-10pm is going to be a super amazing event and one of my favorites to visit. We are going to be a part of the Dayton’s Grafton Hill Historic Association that is bringing back the annual STODDARD AVE PUMPKIN GLOW????
And Lastly TUESDAY 10/31 the last event of our whole food truck existence, we are glad to be ending it with such a cool event, and an amazing supporter of ours over the years. We will be at ENGINE HOUSE TATTOO celebrating their 5 year Anniversary from 5pm-8pm????
21 E. CENTER ST. Germantown, Oh 45327
Thank you all for your support over the years!!!! Our truck has brought us so many great memories and a LOT of customers who we now consider good friends, if not family. It has got us to where we are today and we’ll never forget how we got this far…..?
We hope that you will join us for some of our last events with our truck and help us say good bye and put her to rest properly??
Again, we are very, very appreciative for all the love and support over the years.
Stay Gold Dayton ????✌?
In talking with Lee she shared “this is so bittersweet. The truck was a dream, we grew and nurtured and Dayton welcomed us. But after 5 years the wear and tear on the truck and the trailer are dealing showing. The generator is dying and the repairs to the trailer were becoming to much. But we have the bricks and mortar location and we can really just concentrate on that now.” But as we chatted about the changes over the years, and the birth of her 2 children and all the friend they’ve made in the community, and how the storefront has been a game changer for their business. She also let slip, that perhaps, in time, the truck could come back to life…just what we might expect from a Zombie!
Starting Monday, June 5th Zombie Dogz Conies will be added to the menu at the popular gourmet hot dog eater located at 1200 Brown Street, near UD.
You’ll be able to order a “flight” of any 3 Zombie dogs- plain or gourmet dog options being offered on the store menu, plus side of tater tots for just $10. Just perfect for when you want to try more than one specialty dog. And yes, it’s the exact same hot dog, still grilled, just downsized to make sampling easier!
The introduction of the ZD conies also makes for the perfect main ingredient for them to introduce a kids meal- one coney of your choice, plus, a gogurt, sliced apples, or seasonal fruit at that time, and their choice of a beverage: juice pack, soda, or water. The kids meal is $5 with a gourmet dog option, or $4 with a plain option.
And one more big addition you can now order online through the Zombie Dog website,
You pick and order what you want to your specifications – Dogz, beverages, side items, cupcakes, you name it, you can do it, even pay online and then just run in for pickup. No waiting in line, no human interaction, no payment necessary in store, because you’ve already paid online. You absolutely have to do nothing but just pick up your food with either your order number on it, or if you’ve entered it, your name. Even better, you can order ahead and set your pick up time.
On Sunday March 26th Zombie Dogz is throwing a party at Club Masque to celebrate their 4th anniversary. They’ve rented out the entire club for the party.
They are even giving 200 of their customers a chance to attend. All guests will need a ticket and here’s how you can get a chance to get one of the 200 tickets to the big shindig they are giving away:
Starting tomorrow, Wednesday, March 22nd through Saturday March 25th
for every hotdog purchased at the Brown Street Zombie Dog location, you can fill out a raffle ticket. On Saturday the 25th at 8pm they will do a drawing for the winners. They will call all the winners to let then know who gets to attend the party!
What’s included you ask….?
On free hotdog and chips, runs from 7pm-9pm, then with your guest pass, you’ll receive 4 free domestic beer tickets and enjoy local Dj’s throwing down all night.
So hustle on down to 1200 Brown Street, enjoy your favorite hot dog and you’ll have a chance to win a ticket to the Sunday night party.
It’s been 3 months since Zombie Dogz opened the doors on their Brown Street location and they are celebrating with a Valentine’s Day Eve special. According to a post on their Facebook Page:
Supporter of ours and fellow business owner’s son was born with only half of a heart and has undergone 2 surgeries with more to come, and yet none will ever “fix” him. They’re only life sustaining, which is unimaginable having kids of our own?. His name is Mason and his heart condition is HLHS, all proceeds are going to The Children’s Heart Foundation in Illinois. So, for $13 you can get any hotdog, any side, a drink, and a cupcake.
Speaking of cupcakes….., Cake, Hope, & Love, who’s cupcakes we already carry, have graciously donated 200 of our EXCLUSIVE ONLY red cream soda and strawberry compote cupcakes, and for every cupcake sold with this promotion, and we’re hoping to go through all 200, we will match it, hoping to double the proceeds raised. They’re even decorating them with a half of a heart.
We will also have it all kinds of sappy-wonderful for you all. We’re thinking some Marvin Gaye, Boys to Men, flowers, a disco ball, confetti?? endless, but I think you’re getting what I’m throwing down?. Come and spend our anniversary/Valentine’s ‘Eve’ with us and help us raise a lot of love for this little boy!
You can visit Zombie Dogz and help benefit baby Mason from 10am – 9pm Monday at 1200 Brown Street .
After much anticipation and several practice nights, the doors at Zombie Dogz officially open at 1200 Brown Street today at 10am.
They’ll be serving up their gourmet hot dogs seven days a week. Hours will be:
With 12 dogz on the menu and 3 seasonal dogs making special appearances, they’ve even added a gluten free bun option, diners will have plenty of choices. Sides include Dr.Pepper baked beans, truffle macaroni and cheese and tater tots!
They’ve also partnered with Beavercreek bakery Cake, Hope & Love to offer an exclusive line of cupcakes with three flavors (pictured below) you won’t find anywhere else, according CH&L owner Shannon Teague. For many of us this ability to support to awesome local entrepreneurs in one building is great news!
Owners David and Lee VanArtsdalen, with 9 week old Dylan and big brother Dylan have spent the last week hosting friends, family and supporters into the restaurant so they can test the new staff, the set up, learn the registers and get ready for the crowds that will no doubt pack the place. At one of the preview nights, I commented to them I think their biggest problem is going to be staying below the mandated occupancy code of 66! Lee shared that on top of having the new baby and opening the shop, they are moving to a new house this coming weekend as well.
“Something I’d also like to mention is all of the local community we’ve pulled in to help build our location. The artists, marketing people, tech peeps, contractors, design group, realtor company ect……. are all a part of helping our restaurant come together and wouldn’t be what it is now without the help of everyone who’s rode this ride with us. We’d just like to give a special thanks to those mentioned that have really made our new location what it is now.”
We wish them all huge success! And yes, they food truck will still continue to make appearances around town!
We are offering 12 core Dogz out of the long list of dogs that we have and will always have another 3 to seasonally rotate around throughout the seasonal changes. We are implementing side items other than chips, and also salads, and a new protein, chicken sausages, and also, finally by popular demand, a gluten free bun option????
Something I’d also like to mention is all of the local community we’ve pulled in to help build our location. The artists, marketing people, tech peeps, contractors, design group, realtor company ect……. are all a part of helping our restaurant come together and wouldn’t be what it is now without the help of everyone who’s rode this ride with us. We’d just like to give a special thanks to those mentioned that have really made our new location what it is now❤️
It has been a long journey and we are so proud to finally be at this point of
finally showing everyone what we’ve spent 3 years working so hard for, and what we’ve been working on the last 6 months. We’ve really put a lot of our blood, sweat, and tears into our brick and mortar location, and we are just so stoked to finally introduce Zombie Dogz Dayton to the community. We couldn’t have made it this far without everyone’s support over the years. That’s why we are just so full of emotions to finally give Zombie Dogz a permanent place here in Dayton, but most importantly to finally give our employees a permanent job. We are so lucky to have the crew that has stuck by us since the beginning and has believed in us this much to have stuck it out this long with us for this day to finally come. We’ve hired a new crew that we feel is just as rad and are so lucky to have wonderful people working for us.
With all of that being said…….. We super look forward to opening and seeing your lovely faces ?❤️
Now there’s no excuse that you couldn’t find us?
Again, thank you for helping us get to this point. It will never be forgotten❤️
Are you a foodie? Then Daytonians, this weekend is your chance to eat, drink and be garlicky all while listening to one of Columbus’ favorite bands, The Danger Brothers. Cooking Demos, beer, garlic eating contest and craft vendors fill out an all star lineup..
Fasten your garlic burps, here we go !!!
HERE’S THE SKINNY:
— WHEN: SUNDAY, JULY 17th from NOON- 8PM
— WHERE: BELLA VILLA HALL – 2625 County Line Rd, Beavercreek
— WHAT ELSE: FREE ADMISSION – FOOD VENDORS – CRAFT VENDORS – BEER TRUCKS
— FREE COOKING DEMOS – inside the Bella Villa Hall Main room
1pm Our own JACKIE SCANLAN aka “HUNGRY JAX” from Food Adventures
3pm Special guest, CHEF ANNE KEARNEY, 2 times James Beard award winner and owner of Rue Dumaine
— GARLIC EATING CONTEST 4:45pm by the stage – Prize money is $100.. can you beat the competition ???
— FREE CONCERT by THE DANGER BROTHERS 5pm – 8 pm – a RARE Dayton appearance by the band you know from Buckeye’s games Hiney Gate Parties on Lane Ave. PARTY ROCK N ROLL at its most fun – HANG ON SLOOPY – Could be the biggest O… H.. I … O chant in Dayton history.
GARLIC FEST FOOD VENDORS:
1) FRICKER’S – We smell garlic chicken on the horizon! Dayton’s chicken experts roll the truck in for some good eats.
2) TEXAS BEEF AND CATTLE CO. – Slow cook BBQ experts on the premises.. We expect garlic rubbed brisket among other slow smoked specialties. Meats! Meats! Meats!
3) GIOVANNI’S – Fairborn’s legendary Italian restaurant brings the garlic eats. Expect some hearty, filling menu items here.
4) SWEET P’S HANDMADE ICE POPS – Fruitty, fresh and COLD. This will cool your hot head and your mouth will thank you.
5) SCRATCH CATERING: Their garlic chicken tenders stole hearts last year. What else do they have in store from Chef Hayden?
6) GYRO PALACE: Huge, gaping gyros loaded with tons of meat, veggies and garlic
tzatziki sauce. Get some !
7) THE HOLY CANNOLI BOOTH – The Italian club is deep frying cannoli and sprinkling chocolate on top. A religious experience in taste!
8) ZOMBIE DOGZ – The king of Dayton’s Food trucks promises 2 never before done flavored hot dogs ! STAY TUNED !
9) RITTERS FROZEN CUSTARD: Cool sundaes loaded with toppings and sauces. If you dont get whip cream on your nose, it doesn’t count.
10) Q FOOD FOR EVERYONE: Bacon wrapped chicken legs, Garlic shrimp and salmon are the possible choices here with BBQ.
11) MOHAWK FREESTYLE GRILL: Garlic Mohawk Burgers and more! More than a mouthful and so juicy. Chef Aaron wont dissapoint you!
12) BOURBON STREET GRILL and CAFE: Spicy chicken or Bourbon Chicken all made with garlic and poured over your choice of rice.
13) MAMMA DISALVOS – Who better to do garlic fest than these guys? We expect garlic pasta and more from this Italian crew.
14) DEEP FRIED HEAVEN – From veggies to garlic pizza fries, these guys are gonna deep fry some delicious specialty items.
15) KOWALSKI HOTS: In upstate New York they say “hots” instead of hot dogs. This guy grills red and white hots, not spicy just hot dogs and brands you can only find in upstate New York. As for garlic sauce or coney sauce.
GARLIC FEST CRAFT VENDORS:
1) THE SPICY OLIVE: Garlic infused olive oil and more flavors ! Fresh Olive oil guaranteed.
2) WEEZY’S GARLIC: Garlic for sale.. health benefits galore
3) COSTCO: Your favorite spot for warehouse deals. If you dont know about them, now’s the chance …
4) SCENTSY: Wickless candles, electric warmers and flavored waxes. Wonderful fragrances.
5) SERVANTHOOD STICHERY: Unique crafts and puzzle lamps. Defintely worth a visit.
6) NERIUM INTERNATIONAL: Age defying skin creams and moisturizers. Look young while eating that garlic item.
7) LOVE HARVEST BODY ART: Face painting. Kids love this stuff and what adult wouldnt look good with some garlic on their cheek.
8) PAINTED HORSE STUDIO: Clay art and hot sauces. A local art teacher and her husband have some unique items for sale.
This FRIDAY July 15th, at 5pm, 18 local food trucks will descend on the Bella Villa Hall on County Line Rd, around the corner from the Greene. If you have been to the Italian Fall Festival, then you are familiar with this venue. But Friday showcases different activities and outside vendors. It promises to be a fun filled, family friendly event and a wonderful evening.
Dont miss this chance for an incredible FOOD ADVENTURE !
HERE ARE 20 REASON’S to COME TO THE FOOD TRUCK RALLY at SONS of ITALY’S BELLA VILLA HALL in Beavercreek/Kettering
1 ~ ZOMBIE DOGZ WILL INTRODUCE TWO NEW DOG FLAVORS:
Garlic inspired for sure, the flavors are super secret and are being finalized as you read this. No one is telling, not even the zombies!
2 ~ THE HOLY CANNOLI:
A deep fried cannoli made at the Sons of Italy booth. It is a gooey, creamy walk down dream street. So rich and wonderful, it is like a religious experience.
3 ~ BELLA SORELLA’S “BIG FELLA” PEPPERONI PIZZA:
Have you tried their hand made dough, stone baked pizza? Fresh ingredients and that good Italian flavor, makes this a MUST EAT at Garlic Fest Weekend !
4 ~ THE “SPICY CHICKEN WITH WHITE RICE” from BOURBON STREET GRILL: Be prepared to launch your tastebuds to the moon on this one. A perfect, not too spicy blend of shredded chicken and sauce, poured over white rice. So addicting you will want seconds. Warning! – you will crave this stuff the next week, and we are not responsible.
5 ~ BEER TRUCKS and INCREDIBLE FOOD VARIETY IN ONE PLACE:
Beer trucks? YES ! 18 food vendors with various menus? This will give you over 100 food choices. Hello foodies, you have found your paradise… GarlicFest weekend be thy name !
6 ~ “THE ONION STRAW BURGER” from THE HORSELESS BUGGY EATERY:
One of the best burgers in Dayton, hands down. A pile of crunchy onion straws, on a thick, juicy fresh burger. Awww man give us one now to sink our teeth into.
7 ~ “THE WICKED SWEET BREAD” from THE WICKED WICH’ of DAYTON FOOD TRUCK:
Sweet, cinnamon sprinkled bread, with a sweet drizzled icing. It makes for a buttery, cinnamon taste and a match made in heaven. So simple, so good ….
8 ~ “THE KIWI/ BLUEBERRY / COCONUT” ICE POP from SWEET P’S:
On a warm July evening, nothing says refresh me like a hand crafted ice pop from local vendor, Sweet P ! This combo is in the “cool me down” hall of fame !
9 ~ “GARLIC INFUSED CRAB MACARONI n CHEESE” from PA’s PORK:
New Item! King Crab, macaroni, cheese and Italian Parsely on top. Take a bite then slap yourself to get that silly look off your face. Oh, it’s that damn good…
10 ~ QUESADILLAS at THE PAINTED PEPPER FOOD TRUCK:
Juicy, flavorful and loaded, these quesadillas are fantastic food on the go. The Texas Caviar chicken quesadilla is a fave… but so are the wings and corncakes…so many MUST EATS, so little time. It is hard to nail down just one item from this great truck.
11 ~ BOCCE BASH TOURNAMENT:
5:30pm starts the 1st ever “BOCCE BASH” for beginners. The cost is $10 per person and you need 4 to a team. Sign up immediately by clicking here. Winner gets $200 !
12 ~ “THE MAC n CHEESE CROQUETTES” from HUNGER PAYNES:
Mac & Cheese Croquettes with Garlic, Smoked Gouda, Cheddar, Green Onions, and Garlic Sour Cream Sauce. Flavored croquettes, are the scrumptuous staple that launched their food truck. You gotta try these. We are excited for more great eats from Andy and his crew.
13 ~ “THE PEANUT BUTTER CUP CUPCAKE” from GO CUPCAKE:
Rich and chocolatey. What else goes better together? Indulge in one of the best sweet treats at the rally. One of those bites that you have to sit down and just take in all the flavor.
14 ~ “GRILLED RED HOTS or WHITES HOTS with GARLIC SAUCE” from KOWALSKI’S HOTS:
Remember hot isn’t spicy – it is short for Hot Dog in this case. And these casings are authentic hot dog brands only found in upstate New York. Zweigels and Hoffmans are just two of the brands he offers.
15 ~ “THE DISTINGUISHED DARBY” from CHEEKY MEAT PIES:
Steamy ground beef goodness, with cheese stuffed into a delicate pie crust. So delicious and unique, this is one of our favorite food truck items.
16 ~ EMPANADAS from EL MESON:
They have so much good food to offer it is hard to pick just one. The empanadas are a great pocket of flavor on the go at a rally. Their cornbread pattie style Arepas are also tremendous.
17 ~ “THE ROAST BEEF PO’BOY” from JIMMIE’S LADDER 11 STREATERY:
Oh boy, this might be the mother of all sandwiches at the rally. Roast Beef on a bun served with lettuce, tomato and a horseradish aoli, this promises to be a huge hit while they last!
18 ~ “THE STREET STYLE CHICKEN GYRO” from GREEK STREET FOOD TRUCK:
A one of a kind gyro with pickled onions and a one of a kind tzatziki sauce. We cannot reiterate enough that you must get the chicken gyro and get it “street style.” The “shrimp gyros street style” are a lighter take on a great thing. Opa!
19 ~ “THE TURTLE SUNDAE” from RITTERS FROZEN CUSTARD:
Hot fudge, caramel and toasted pecans with vanilla custard adorn this sundae. Just sinful, and yummy. Turn out the lights and call the law, we dont care if we ever get well!
20 ~ “THE GARLIC MOHAWK BURGER” from MOHAWK FREESTYLE GRILL:
It is a massive creation from our pal chef Aaron who does it all to the max. Get a napkin, because it is a delicious, “goodness drippin on the chin” kinda time. It is a rowdy Food Adventure on a bun.
There you have it, take a bow if you can eat all of the above items in a night. We have a feeling you might need some help, so bring your friends out and share some bites. That’s
what a fun food truck rally is all about!
HERE’S THE SKINNY ON HOW TO GO:
— WHEN: JULY 15th from 5pm til 9pm
— WHERE: 2625 COUNTY LINE RD, BEAVERCREEK, OHIO at the BELLA VILLA HALL
— WHAT: One of Dayton’s biggest FOOD TRUCK RALLIES EVER! 18 vendors!
— WHAT ELSE: FREE ADMISSION! BEER TRUCKS! LIVE ACOUSTIC BAND ! CRAFTS! KIDS STUFF!
Bring a lawnchair to sit and relax all night ! There is plenty of eats to go around! Join Hungry Jax, Chef House and the Big Ragu for a night of Food Adventure fantasies.
Get restaurant info, original food pictures and Miami Valley Must Eats, by “liking” Food Adventures on Facebook by clicking here.