With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, Dunaway’s Beef and Ale in Troy, Ohio is gearing up for their annual event. With huge crowds and outdoor tents, Dunaway’s hosts one of the biggest St. Patty’s Day parties in the Dayton area. Big Ragu and the Food Adventures Crew visited the pub recently and was impressed with the menu and drink offerings. Since 1991 owners Brenda and Sandy have offered good food and spirits to the Troy faithful. Known for their roast beef, the friendly staff is always eager to share the daily specials and 11 draft beer choices. Dunaway’s is a mom and pop place. It is in an old house facing main street, and is big on personality.
We were seated at our table and promptly ordered a couple of pints. The Big Ragu grabbed a Brooklyn Lager, which is brewed in Utica, NY, then we went for a Wisconsin favorite, Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy. We decided to order some cheese and crackers to match our beers. We grabbed a jalapeno stuffed hot pretzel, because pretzels go well with beer.. right??
Our favorite appetizer of the day was the peel and eat shrimp. The shrimp were like our own personal pot of leprechaun gold at the end of the rainbow. Served cold and with Cajun spice on the shells, they were downright addicting and to die for. The fresh shrimp sparked our taste buds, and paved the way to try some more specialties.
Dunaway’s menu is heavy on sandwiches and pizza. We ordered an incredible looking pastrami sandwich which was enormous! This huge, flavorful sandwich was pure heaven. The Big Ragu ordered a burger with everything on it. Plenty of toppings adorned the perfectly cooked hamburger, which was more than a handful.
Your Food Adventurers sampled other items like fish, and the very tasty pizza. The pizza sauce has just the right amount of kick and will satisfy your cravings for a decent pie. One special item offered on the menu is the “Garbage Truck Pizza.” This pizza is loaded with toppings including fresh mushrooms, garlic, onions, tomatoes, sausage, pepperoni, ham, meatballs, black olives, green olives, ricotta cheese, banana peppers, and you can request jalapenos! How is that for a deluxe pizza?
Another menu item worth mentioning is their “6-Pound Sandy-wich.” They tout this challenge as “1 person, 45 minutes to eat it and it is free.” This mountain of a sandwich is filled with beef, ham, turkey, corned beef, pastrami, cole slaw, American cheese, mayo, lettuce, tomato, onion, mustard, horseradish and fries. It is probably easier to find a 4 leaf clover than beat this monster.
Dunaway’s also offers soups, salads and has a full catering service for your next party. They pride themselves on using local meat markets and vegetable farms including Caven’s Meats, Bowman Landis, Fulton Farms, and Troy Meat Shop.
This place has everything you need for a fun, casual dining spot. Locally owned, with good food, good drink in a unique atmosphere, it is everything we look for in a Food Adventure. Just a couple of minutes off of Interstate 75 in Troy, put this place on your radar for good eats. Don’t forget to grab a pint and toast to St Patty’s day, no matter what day it is!
Have you been to Dunaway’s Beef and Ale? Please comment below!
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