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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!

Chicken Louie’s Resurrected in Miamisburg Subby’s + Wing Dinner Giveaway!

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Chicken Louie's is BAAACK ! A 50 year old Dayton business thought closed forever, is making a big comeback in a Miamisburg Super Subby's Restaurant.



Nite at the Races : 6th Annual Event to Prevent Homelessness in Dayton

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Time for all you local Dayton supporters to put your money where your mouth is... the horses mouth, that is ... Want a fun way to support a charity that helps prevent homelessness in Dayton?  Then attend the 6th Annual "Nite at the Races" event on Nov 7th at the IUE HALL on 1675 Woodman Dr. in Kettering. Held each year by the Rent Foundation, which is the charity enterprise of the Greater Dayton Apartment Association, the event promises to be a great time. Races are shown on a big screen and you can bet and win cash!  Some of the food confirmed will be Frickers Wings, Johnny's Slice … [Read more...]



Top Dog: Zombie Dogz Food Truck Still Leading the Pack

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Who waits in a line 70 yards long for a hot dog?   The answer is a lot of people in the Dayton area, as long as they are waiting for a Zombie Dog. In fact, with over 16,000 "Likes" on Facebook, this food truck is nothing short of a phenomenon!  Since Food Adventures with Big Ragu and the Crew are frequent visitors to this traveling delight, we decided to spread the word amongst our foodie readers!  Hungry Jax even marked this territory as one of her "Top Five Eats in Dayton" so no one has had more Zombie Dogz than us ... With Halloween approaching and The Walking Dead Zombie show starting … [Read more...]



El Herradura Restaurant: Great Mexican Seafood Dishes & More

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Whether you like the authentic Taqueira style Mexican food, or the somewhat Americanized Tex-Mex food found around town, you can find both options at El Herradura Restaurant. Food Adventures with Big Ragu and the Crew have visited this spot on Upper Valley Pike in Springfield a couple of times.  We have been there when it is packed, been there when they had Mariachi Bands, and been there on a quiet Sunday afternoon.   One night Dayton Most Metro's own Lisa Grigsby from Dayton Dining even joined us!  So this article takes all angles into account. The menu is extensive, and we've tried … [Read more...]



Dayton Food Trivia, Rumors & Secrets You Don’t Know

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Today we release some secrets, and Dayton Dining will never be the same again.  Call it  "Dayton Babylon: Little known trivia relating to Dayton Food and Restaurants." Sit back and enjoy, as Food Adventures gives you our favorite foodie trivia of the Miami Valley: 1) THE INVENTOR OF MARION'S PIZZA USED TO BE AN EMPLOYEE OF CASSANO'S: Yes it is true.  Marion Glass was once an employee of Cassanos.   After leaving, he opened up a sandwich shop, then later his own pizza place.   2) IN 1988, THE PINE CLUB MADE VICE PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH SR. WAIT 45 MINUTES FOR A TABLE: Oh, … [Read more...]



Introducing NEW Food Adventures Crew & Fried Chicken at Lily’s Bistro ($25 Gift Card)

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Food Adventures just got a whole lot more adventurous..... and you can benefit by winning a $25 gift certificate to Lily's Bistro in the Oregon district. *** FOOD ADVENTURES WITH BIG RAGU and THE CREW *** Blazing the trails in the foodie forums since 2008, Food Adventures has developed a large following... Today, we add some big players to the mix.  They include Chefs, Foodie Fanatics, royalty and an appetite for Dayton that has never been bigger.  Although we have a couple of new faces, FOOD ADVENTURES with BIG RAGU and THE CREW, is still the same FOOD ADVENTURES you have come to … [Read more...]



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...]