Top Dog: Zombie Dogz Food Truck Still Leading the Pack


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


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


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


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


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...]

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


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 !**


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...]