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!

Buttercream Bliss at The Cakery


When the Big Ragu asked Hungry Jax to name one of her favorite places to eat in the Dayton area, she didn't even hesitate to yell out "THE CAKERY!" She went on and on about their buttercream frosting and how it reminded her of a bakery back in her hometown.

Food Adventure Scoop: Our Fave Olive Oil Store Coming to Austin Landing!

The Spicy Olive

Looking to amp up the flavors in your kitchen? Need to find your favorite foodie a gift? Want a fun place for a foodie date? Look no further! The Spicy Olive can satisfy any pallet of needs! This unique tasting emporium carries a large variety of specialty olive oils and balsamic vinegars that are of the utmost quality! And yes, you'll get to taste them all! The Food Adventures Crew appreciates not only great places to go out and eat, but also places that will bring the flavors of high end dining right into your own kitchen! And dear foodie friends, this place does just that!

Dayton’s Housemade Sauces: Taking Oregon District by Storm


A local company called Housemade, has been heating up the local food scene with their sauces, particularly the Housemade Sriracha sauce. Ground zero of this inferno seems to be the Oregon district. Lovers of spicy food have delighted in the surge of sriracha around the Fifth Street area. The cause of the local warming of the taste buds is Dayton area Chef, Leanne House.

White Castle: Yes or No ? Comment to Win a Crave Case of Sliders !


Sliders. People either love them or hate them. Only Food Adventures would tackle such a volatile subject. Where do you stand? We need your vote by commenting below, and there is a prize at stake. One lucky winner will be chosen at random to win a bonus prize. If you win and your vote was YES, you get a Crave Case of 30 White Castle hamburgers. Eat them yourself or give them as a gift to your favorite foodie. If you win and your vote was NO, we can negotiate another burger gift card (Voltzys or Hamburger Wagon, etc). But this is your chance to be heard. Do you crave their food or do you despise it? White Castle..... YES or NO ?

Hasty Tasty Waitress Enters 41st Work Year


Sometimes on our Food Adventures, we run into a personal story that is extraordinary.  Such is the story of a waitress at the Hasty Tasty Pancake House on Linden Avenue.  Her name is Betty (last name witheld by request).   She, herself is an icon at one of the most iconic eateries of Dayton.  For 41 years she has hustled and bustled, promptly serving food to patrons.  Now 75 years old, she shows no signs of slowing down and still runs circles around people half her age. Betty's tale is one of hard work and dedication.  She is very humble and never seeks praise or admiration.  Betty never … [Read more...]

Archer’s Tavern Announces Menu for “50 Shades of Grape” Event


The Food Adventures Crew is proud to be teaming with Archer's Tavern and Dayton Most Metro for a one-of-kind Wine Pairing Dinner on Feb 10th. Dubbed a "50 Shades of Grape Food Adventure Event," it promises to be at sold out capacity, with tickets being pre-pay only.

Indoor Tennis Lessons Anyone?


Interested in learning tennis? Well now is a perfect chance to join some other beginners to learn the basics of tennis is a cheap, comfortable environment. Kettering Tennis Center and Quail Run Tennis Center are offering 6 weeks of tennis lessons for a total price of $29. Attendees can expect introductions to various tennis skills such as Serving, Forehand shots, Backhand shots, Net play and Overhead smashes! Maybe you or someone you know might be interested in starting tennis as a hobby? Maybe you are someone that used to play and needs a little nudge to start playing again? For less than $5 per lesson it is a great time to grab some friends and get off the couch, and onto the court!

Frigid Temps Could Mean Frozen Pipes for Hundreds in Dayton Area


With the cold, frigid temperatures of the past week, comes a problem many of us do not think about. It is the emergency of frozen plumbing pipes. As the temperatures rise back above 32 degrees,hundreds of families and property owners in the Miami Valley will be dealing with flooded rooms, caused by frozen pipes. The Problem: As temperatures dip into single digits, many pipes in the home began to cool as well. Some pipes are susceptible to becoming fully or partly frozen. When the water in these pipes freezes and expands, it can cause cracks and breaks in some of the strongest pipes. As the pipes thaw, homeowners may find themselves in a situation with water literally coming out of the walls.

Flavors in Centerville Offering Healthy Meal Plans “To Go.”


Today, The Food Adventures Crew shows you an easy way to keep your New Year's resolutions for healthy eating. Flavors in Centerville continues to launch their "Meals by Flavors" option, where you can plan your healthy meals for the week. You can pre-order 1 meal, or as many as you want. Imagine that, full on, healthy Food Adventures in convenient packages!

Some Opened, Some Closed – 2014 Dayton Restaurant Changes

Restaurant Collage

Here we go with a look back at the 2014 Miami Valley food happenings. opened? Who closed? And who's coming? Food Adventures has the scoop on the restaurant movers and shakers of the Miami Valley!