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About Food Adventures with Big Ragu & The Crew

Together, your humble Food Adventurers will seek out locally owned restaurants, unique places off the beaten path, and even give our slant on some familiar favorites. Whenever we visit a place, we call it a “Food Adventure.” You can expect pictures of each Food Adventure we embark on. You can expect us hugging waiters, posting nostalgic blogs, and emotionally eating our way through life. We are not food critics, we just love to eat!

New Owner Breathes Life Into Dog’s Breath Tavern

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Been chasing your tail looking for a good watering hole? New things are happening under the woof, err. roof at Dog's Breath Tavern on Whipp Road in Kettering.  New owner Gary Leasure has already set some of his vision in motion.  Keeping with the dog theme, he has revamped the menu and promises even more improvements and innovations. As for drinks, he is focusing on having beer available from every Dayton Brewery.  You could literally do a brew tour without leaving your bar stool.  He is working out distribution with some of the breweries, and has some Dayton beers on tap already.  Right … [Read more...]



“Scratch Food” Caters the Suzy Pender Memorial for the 14th year

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In all of our Food Adventure articles, we feature extraordinary people doing extraordinary things. And even then some people stand out among the rest.  Take Chef Matt Hayden for example, owner of Scratch Event Catering.  He has owned bars, eateries, and learned to hone his culinary skills. Whether it is  taking an egg to whisk it, or smoking brisket, he is on top of it all.  He donates times to various charities, and never boasts or asks for recognition.  Matt does it for his love of the cause, and his love of pleasing people with good food. One such event is the Suzy Pender Memorial Golf … [Read more...]



Girls High School Tennis Tourney Honors Missing 84′ Grad

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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 … [Read more...]



Dayton’s Best Fish Fry Opens the Fall Season This Friday

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The #1 Fish Fry as ranked by Food Adventures is kicking off their first Fish Fry of the season on Friday Night !! The place is OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY CHURCH in Dayton who has been hosting these events for over 54 years ! We are the only ones with the scoop on this incredible deal and fun night !!   HERE'S THE SKINNY: --- WHERE: Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 22 Notre Dame Ave. in Dayton --- WHAT: Fish Fry  - **21 and over only !** ---NEXT: Friday, October 10th  & Friday, November 14th  --- COST: $13 if you pre-pay at the Parish Office, or $15 at the door … [Read more...]



30 Dayton Foods, You Gotta Try Before You Die

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Now that Labor Day weekend is over, here are some of OUR labor of loves.. tastefully speaking, of course.  That is the theme of this week's Food Adventure Article with Superfry & The Big Ragu.  They are the 30 best foods of the Miami Valley that you probably haven't tried. Little known Dayton Foods that are underground classics.    Now that you know the skinny, let's get down and dirty with our Thirty.    These are the are the 30 DAYTON MUST EATS You gotta Try, Before You Die: 1) THE SPLIT FILET SERVED WITH DRAWN BUTTER at THE PARAGON:  This steak isn't on the menu, so … [Read more...]



A Second Helping of … North China Restaurant

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The best deserves a second mention.  Our feature article spinoffs, called "A second helping of " are made for such occasions.  You may recall our article over 3 years ago where Superfry & the Big Ragu proclaimed to the world that "North China Restaurant has the best damn egg rolls ever!"  We decided North China is worthy of our "Second Helping" feature.  So hop on on our Food Adventure and grab some chopsticks, as we break through the Great Wall.  Let's dive into a second helping of one of our favorite places in the Miami Valley, NORTH CHINA !   HERE'S THE SKINNY: --- Things … [Read more...]



Dayton’s Housemade Sriracha Craze Continues !! **Bottle Giveaway !**

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We had to follow up on Chef LeeAnne House and her Sriracha sauce, because it has really taken off since our first article-->read here.  Want a bottle of her amazing sauce for free??  Then comment on the story below and you will be entered into the contest.   One name will be chosen at random next week. The locally made Housemade Sriracha Sauce is a "must eat" and must have condiment.  It has popped up at various vendors all over town, and is now stretching to Cincinnati, Columbus and beyond. Haven't tried it yet?  Well this Sunday, is a perfect time. --- RELEASE PARTY FOR THE NEW … [Read more...]



MikeSell’s Introduces “Beer Can Chicken Flavor” & More…

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Dayton's hometown potato chip has done it again.  Mikesell's has released two new, unique flavors in their line of snacks! And Daytonians are the beneficiaries of the great taste. Looks like you Food Adventurers have a couple more MUST EATS on your list.  We were lucky enough to sample a couple of bags before they are out in stores.  Here are Superfry & The Big Ragu's take on the new flavors.   --- BEER CAN CHICKEN FLAVORED POTATO CHIPS:  We love the name and the idea is unique.  The flavor is very muted and soft.  Mikesells lovers will find not much variance of flavor from … [Read more...]



Road Trip Food Adventure? Seafood Fest in Cincy Starts Tonight!

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Whole lobsters for $10.95?? WHAT? .. No, the proper comment is YES! YES! YES!  Wanna take a drive?  It is time for a fish, mollusk, and crustacean FOOD ADVENTURE! The Great Inland Seafood Festival takes place this Thursday through Sunday on the banks of the Ohio River.   More specifically, the fest is at Newport Landing in Newport, KY.  Superfry and the Big Ragu are the only ones in Dayton with the full scoop on this road trip !   HERE'S THE SKINNY: --- The Great Inland Seafood Festival runs THURSDAY, AUG. 14 - SUNDAY, AUG. 17th.  --- The event is on Newport Landing, … [Read more...]



The Greatest Potato Salad in the World *** Win 2 lbs & Cabbage Rolls ***

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Are you aware that the greatest potato salad in the world is in Dayton, Ohio? YES, it is true!  But many Daytonians already knew that Belmont Catering is the potato salad mecca of the Midwest.  If you are like us, their potato salad has been a special treat at your family functions and holidays for decades. We will have many foaming at the mouth for this giveaway: ****Comment on the story below and one winner will be chosen at random.  The prize is 2 pounds of Belmont Catering's famous potato salad and 6 of their cabbage rolls !!   HERE'S THE SKINNY: --- Belmont Catering … [Read more...]