Newsletter: Winter Restaurant Week underway, chicken wing competition coming

Hey Dayton!

Welcome to our weekly Dayton Food & Dining Newsletter! The Miami Valley Restaurant Association’s (MVRA) Winter Restaurant Week is in full swing with 33 locally owned restaurants participating.

For each meal sold, a dollar will go to help support the MVRA Education Foundation and SICSA Pet Adoption and Wellness Center.

Winter Restaurant Week, which runs through Sunday, gives foodies the chance to sample special menus and dishes. I’ll be honest, I’m waiting to go to one of the restaurants this weekend and have yet to decide on which one.

My top three right now based on the menus would have to be:

  • Figlio in Kettering with their Caesar Salad, Chicken in Roasted Pepper Cream Sauce and the Crème Brulee
  • Station House Restaurant in Dayton with their Tomato Bisque, Caesar Salad and Chicken Zorba
  • Franco’s in Dayton with their Bruschetta Bread, Lasagna Meat Sauce and Chocolate Cake

As we continue to celebrate Winter Restaurant, I want to hear from you! Email me here about which restaurant you went to and your experience. What did you order? What was your favorite part? Why did you choose to go to that restaurant during Winter Restaurant week?

Click here for more information on how to navigate Winter Restaurant Week from my coworker Alexis Larsen.

Lord of the Wings vs. Mother Clucking Chicken Coop

Steven Earnest, owner of Lord of the Wings, and Michael Baxter, owner of Mother Clucking Chicken Coop, will battle it out in a chicken competition Saturday, March 4 at The Arena Sports Bar on Salem Ave. in Dayton.

I met them at the sports bar to talk about the competition and both claim they have the best chicken. Aside from the competition, Earnest and Baxter are longtime friends who are looking forward to bringing people together to try their wings.

The competition, which will include a panel of judges, will cover five categories: Spicy Garlic, Plain, Barbecue, Specialty Sauce and Garlic Parmesan. Roughly 10 to 15 vendors are expected at the event as well. The public will be able to buy tickets and try the wings themselves.

The winner of the competition will get their name and one of their sauces on the other’s menu, they said.

Read more about each competitor by clicking here.

Billie Gold Bubble Tea opening first brick-and-mortar

Dayton’s first bubble tea food truck is opening a brick-and-mortar space in Dayton’s Belmont neighborhood, owner Nicole Cornett confirmed.

Cornett said Billie Gold Bubble Tea is expected to open in March at 732 Watervliet Ave. where Press Coffee Bar was previously located.

Press Coffee Bar’s last day at that spot was Jan. 20. The owner of Press Coffee Bar, Janell Barker, told me they were ready to shift direction and focus on their other location at 257 Wayne Ave.

Cornett said she is looking forward to having a regular spot for her customers, who can expect the same menu with some new drinks and unique snacks.

“It’s really hard to have a bad day when you’re drinking a bubble tea,” Cornett said. “We always say when you’re hot, hungry, thirsty or tired, a bubble tea will fix your problems.”

I think we can all agree to that!

Billie Gold Bubble Tea will continue to operate their food truck but plans to change how often and where.

New brewery to open next summer in Enon

New Enon Brewing, a new brewery focusing on lagers, is expected to open June 2024 in Enon, according to owner Jon Vanderglas.

Vanderglas, who owns the brewery with his wife, Shelley Wiley, said it will be located at 160 N. Xenia St. He explained the property is currently a residential rental he plans to gut and turn into a taproom with an outdoor patio.

The brewery is expected to specialize in lagers in addition to making stouts, porters, saisons and other Belgian styles.

Vanderglas said they are still in the early stages of planning.

Quick Bites:

🍔 Hamburger Wagon in Miamisburg undergoes renovation: This is the third time the owner has had to renovate it.

🍝 Demnika’s Italiano now serving alcohol: The Italian restaurant that opened in November at 2667 S. Dixie Drive in Kettering is now serving beer, liquor and wine after receiving its D-5 liquor permit.

🍗 Buffalo Wild Wings to open location in Xenia: The restaurant is planned for a lot that sits between Lowe’s Home Center and Wal-Mart. Click here for more restaurants coming to Xenia.

🍸 Dayton-area mixologists to battle it out in March: The eighth annual Buckeye Vodka Battle of the Bartenders will return after taking three years off due to the coronavirus pandemic.

🌮 El Rancho Grande Mexican Grill & Cantina now open in Englewood: The restaurant is located at 7712 Hoke Road where LaRosa’s was previously located.

Tell Us:

Thank you so much for reading my weekly newsletter! If you see a new restaurant opening or are wondering when an establishment is expected to open up, feel free to email me here, and I’ll check it out.

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