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Tacos will descend on Dayton in this epic food truck rally

Picture this: your favorite Dayton-area food trucks coming together for a rally. But not  just any rally. All the trucks are serving TACOS.

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Well, you’re not dreaming. This Friday, Yellow Cab will host the third annual Taco Truck Takeover presented by Smokinbeebeeq, where all the trucks will serve up their best version of everyone’s favorite portable shelled food, tacos. ¡Oh si! 

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According to the event Facebook page, every variety and style of taco will be available from traditional to modern to downright experimental. 

At 7 p.m., a “best bite” contest where the trucks will hand over one of their best-crafted tacos for judging. The winner will be announced later in the evening.

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The trucks participating in the takeover include: The Wicked 'Wich of Dayton, Hunger Paynes Food Truck, The Painted Pepper, The Drunken Waffle, Greek Street Food Truck and Smokinbeebeeq.

There will also be live music, craft beers and dessert trucks on site.

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Want to go?

WHAT: Taco Truck Takeover

WHERE: Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. 4th St., Dayton

WHEN: Friday, June 8 from 5 to 10 p.m.

INFO: Facebook

You can win up to $10,000 at this year’s Submarine House Super Duper Cheesesteak Challenge 

Submarine House’s Super Duper Cheesesteak Challenge is back and this year the Dayton business will make a donation of over $30,000 to Pink Ribbon Girls at the Finals on June 9th. 

This is the second year in a row that the Pink Ribbon Girls has been the beneficiary of a Cheesesteak Challenge donation.

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The 8th Annual Super Duper Cheesesteak Challenge Finals – pits champions from 9 different stores and last year’s overall champion against each other.

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The competition is scheduled for this Saturday, June 9th at the Centerville Submarine House, located at 503 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd in the Normandy Square Shopping Plaza.

The winner will win $1,000 and the Championship Belt! A panel of celebrity judges will be on hand, with live radio emceed by MIX 107.7 Jeff Stevens.

The Challenge Championship Event will begin at 5 p.m. include raffles and giveaways leading up to the contest finals.

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The event is free and open to the public and will take place outside. One lucky person will win a $10,000 cash prize! The winner will be drawn from entries collected throughout the Challenge at all 9 Submarine House locations through June 8th close of business. Winner does not have to be present to win.

A new giveaway this year will be a $1,000 cash prize to a lucky attendee the day of the Finals event! The winner must enter that day, on June 9th, and must be present to win. Winner will be announced at 8:30 p.m.

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To top things off, there will be live music from Jeff Stevens’ 80s cover band, Stranger, from 7 to 10 p.m.

“We are thrilled to bring back the Super Duper Cheesesteak Challenge Finals to our new Centerville store,” said Brody Danner, franchise owner and operator. “And we’re proud to again partner with and will make a significant donation to the Pink Ribbon Girls Charity. And everyone still has “10,000” excellent reasons to stop by any store location and register for the big cash prize!” 

Official rules and details can be found on Submarine House’s website or at any Submarine House location.

WANT TO GO?

What: 8th Annual Super Duper Cheesesteak Challenge Finals

Where: Centerville Submarine House, 503 Miamisburg-Centerville Road in the Normandy Square Shopping Plaza

When: June 9 from 5-10 p.m.

Cost: Free

More info: Website  

New York’s famous Shake Shack burger restaurant coming to cities near us 

Prepare to experience one of New York’s favorite burgers just a short drive from Dayton. 

The Cleveland Plain Dealer just reported that Shake Shack will open its first Ohio location near Cleveland Thursday. 

Even better than that, the Columbus Dispatch reported yesterday that the chain plans to open a 3,500-square-foot restaurant a hop, skip and a jump away from here at Easton Town Center in Columbus early next year. 

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The restaurant that got its start in 2001 as a hot dog cart in New York’s Madison Square Park has grown to have more than 160 locations worldwide, including stores in Russia, Turkey, Oman, Japan and Qatar. 

Billed as “a modern day ‘roadside’ burger stand,” Shake Shack has locations in 22 states and the District of Columbia.

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Its fans praise it for its burgers, shakes, hot dogs, craft beer, frozen custard and crinkle-cut french fries. 

The Cleveland-area Shake Shack will be located at 311 Park Avenue in Orange Village. 

According to the Dispatch article, an exact location for the restaurant set to open at Easton has not been announced.

>> Oscar winner praises Pine Club as one of ‘America’s favorite neighborhood restaurants’ in Bon Appetit 

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Oscar winner praises Pine Club as one of ‘America’s favorite neighborhood restaurants’ in Bon Appetit 

One of Dayton’s favorite restaurants got a rather big shout-out from one of its favorite daughters as part of a respected  food magazine’s favorite eateries list. 

Oscar-winning actress Allison Janney, the star of CBS’ “Mom” on WHIO-TV,  praises the Pine Club in a newly published story on Bon Appetit magazine’s website about America’s favorite neighborhood restaurants. 

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“The ambience of The Pine Club hasn't changed a bit over the years; it’s dark and comfortable. Large red booths and a great big wraparound bar create an old-school cool vibe. When I go home to Dayton, I go directly to the Pine Club for a delicious burger and a great salad. The salad dressing has always been my favorite, and sometimes my mother ships me out with a bottle of it so I can bring a little bit of home back with me.”

Raised in Oakwood, Janney won an Academy Award early this year for her role in “I, Tonya.”

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She loves her Dayton grub. She also has given love to Flying Pizza and Ashley’s Pastry Shop’s sand tarts.  

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For its neighborhood restaurants article, Bon Appetit asked 80 people, among them writers, actors, athletes and chefs, to share thoughts about the spots they love the most. 

A magazine spokeswoman said the article is intended to acknowledge the places that keep on keeping on year after year.

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Founded in 1947 at 1926 Brown Street, the Pine Club has certainly done that. 

The Dayton classic has been praised here, there and everywhere for its 20-ounce bone-in ribeye served with onion rings.

It has made more than a few best steak restaurant lists in its time. 

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Last year, The Pine Club was ranked as one of the best steakhouses in the United States in Tastingtable.com’s “United Steaks of America.”

The piece said:  "Serving the best steaks in town since 1947, The Pine Club... has remained virtually unchanged in its 70 years in business, and that's why we love it." 

In 2015, the Pine Club was included in an episode of the Food Network’s “Top 5 Restaurants.”

In December 2013, it made a list of “10 of the World’s Greatest Old Dining Institutions” by a writer for T Magazine, the New York Times Style Magazine, joining restaurants in Paris, London and New York City.

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Owners of 30-year-old Kettering restaurant vow to come back following destructive fire

The owners of a Kettering restaurant that has been open for 30 years say they will be back following a fire that caused significant damage. 

Bao Thoi and Thauh  Do “T.D.” Tran say they hope to reopen Little Saigon Restaurant, 1718 Woodman Drive in Kettering, by July 25. 

The uncle and niece say the Vietnamese restaurant has been closed since a kitchen fire damaged the stove, hood,  gas system and other equipment between Thursday, May  24 and Friday, May 25. 

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Tran, who runs the business for her mother Nga Tran, said she appreciates Little Saigon’s loyal customers. 

“The customers keep coming back and coming back,” she said “We love that place.” 

Tran runs the family restaurant for her mother, Nga Tran. Her husband also works there. 

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Thoi said the restaurant is very important to him. He has been an owner seven years.   

“This is almost like home,” Thoi said. “I work from 8 a.m. to 9 at night. I eat here. The only thing we don’t do is sleep here.” 

Thoi and T.D. Tran suspect the fire started on the stove between closing on that Thursday and when Thoi arrived that Friday morning. 

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It was extinguished by the restaurant’s fire suppression system.

 “When I came, the fire was gone,” Thoi said. “There still was a little bit smoking, but the fire died.”

Thoi, the restaurant’s main chef,  said he has had to throw out thousands of dollars of supplies. 

He is disappointed the restaurant is closed, but said he was taking it as part of life. 

“We don’t want it, but it happened,” he said. “In life, sometimes it happens.”  

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Beloved food truck to host grand opening of new restaurant, beer garden at local mall this weekend

The Dayton Mall’s newest restaurant is serving up a menu featuring Dayton beer, apple cranberry chicken wraps and a killer meat and cheese board with truffle goat cheese. 

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Andrew Payne, the owner of Hunger Paynes food truck, launched the Hunger Paynes Beer and Wine Garden Tuesday in the lower level of the mall near Macy’s. 

“We are trying to elevate the mall’s food, so to speak,” Payne said. 

The new restaurant will celebrate its grand opening from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 9, he said. 

There will be corn hole and other games, giveaways collectively valued at $10,000 and live music. 

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The eatery employs four and will initially be open noon until 9 weekdays and until 10 p.m. on Saturday. 

It will serve about two or three varieties of Hunger Paynes’ signature croquettes daily and have a dozen Dayton area beers on tap daily as a tribute to local breweries.

“(It is to) get people to know about all the great beer in Dayton,” Payne said.   

There will be a selection of domestic beers and about a dozen wines available, half produced locally. 

The menu will include an assortment of gourmet pretzels bites, wraps and salads and other health food options.

Payne launched his food truck in  2013. Before that, he worked in several bricks-and-mortar restaurants and country club kitchens prior to launching his mobile unit.

Payne also owns the  American Croquette Company. 

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Calling all nurses! Here’s how you can get FREE Chipotle today

It’s a CODE BURRITO! 

National Nurses Week has come and gone, but Chipotle has a special deal that it’s nurses offering TODAY. 

On Tuesday, June 5 Chipotle Mexican Grill will offer nurses a buy-one-get-one free burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos.

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Nurses must present a work ID to claim their freebie and the offer is limited to one free entree item per ID, according to Chipotle’s website

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The deal is only available for purchase in-restaurant orders, so you can’t use it for online orders or delivery, and the offer cannot be combined with other coupons, promotions or special offers.

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Nurses are constantly taking care of others, so why not let Chipotle care for you today?! 

Classic restaurant celebrating 40 years with epic parking lot parties  

It is not every day that a Dayton classic turns the big 4-0. 

It is a good thing the Castro family at El Meson knows how to throw a party that rises to the occasion. 

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The restaurant at 903 E. Dixie Drive in West Carollton is planning a two-day weekend blowout to celebrate its 40th anniversary, according to details posted to Eventbrite.   

The parking lot parties set for 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. July 20-21 will feature live music and dancing under tents and street grub from El Meson’s fleet of food trucks. 

Admission is $5 for both days and a limited number of $35 VIP tickets are available for Friday or Saturday patio seating.

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VIP admission includes admission to a less crowded area, servers and a better view of the yet-to-be announced lineup of bands. 

A customer appreciation happy hour is set for 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. both days in the restaurant’s “party lot,” according to the Eventbrite information.

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It includes free entry and $5 margaritas. 

Herman and Gloria Castro opened the restaurant to the public July 15, 1978, as the Pizza Queen. 

The restaurant morphed into El Meson and now specializes in dishes from Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

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The business is now owned and operated by their children and sons and daughters-in-law — Bill, Marie, Scott and Chef Mark Abbott.>> RELATED:  39 things to know and love about El Meson

WANT TO GO? 

What: El Meson’s 40th Anniversary Weekend 

When: 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21 

Where: El Meson, 903 E. Dixie Drive in West Carrollton

Cost: Admission is $5 for both days and a limited number of $35 VIP tickets are available for Friday or Saturday patio seating.

Tickets: Visit the Eventbrite page for advance VIP tickets

UPDATE: One of Akron’s top pizza restaurants coming to Dayton

Ink has been dried and demolition work has begun to bring one of the Akron area’s favorite pizza parlors to Dayton. 

Tony Clark, a Huffman Historic Area resident and the owner of  DK Effect , said he has formally signed an agreement with Gionino’s Pizzeria, a northeast Ohio based pizza chain with about 44 locations between Cleveland and Canton. 

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He started demo work last week to transform the former site of Brother’s tire shop, 1528 E. Third St., into a Gionino’s franchise.

Clark is from Tallmadge, a community in the Akron area. He grew up a stone’s throw from Gionino’s first location. 

He said he looks forward to bringing the flavors from his hometown to the city he loves and calls home.

“It is generally always rated the top (pizza) in the city,” Clark said of Gionino’s. “It is not just a pizza place. They have really good fried chicken and chicken wings and salads.”

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The restaurant also features several Italian dishes on its menu. 

If all goes as planned, Clark’s will be the first Gionino’s in the area. 

The closest Gionino’s  location to Dayton is in Mansfield. There are no locations in southwest Ohio.

The Dayton restaurant will employ about 25 people and have seating for 25, Clark said.

Clark, who is partnered in the restaurant with his uncle Jim Clark, hopes to open by the end of the year.

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He said the location will eventually offer a delivery service to a four-mile radius. 

Gionino’s food will be sold within DK Effect, the 64-seat bar arcade next door that Clark owns with Joshua Brown.

It will mainly be a kitchen for DK Effect,” Clark said. “People will be able to order at the bar and the food will be delivered right there at their tables.” 

DK Effect will celebrate its one year birthday with a party from noon to 1 a.m. Saturday, June 9. 

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There will be drink specials, a pinball competition and a beat-the-beer-guy at Skee Ball challenge. 

The S&S Meat House food truck will sell food. 

Like DK Effect, Clark said Gionino’s is part of a push to revitalize the Huffman neighborhood. 

He said he likes the challenge of helping improve his neighborhood. 

“Anything that is going to help the neighborhood is going to help me directly,” he said. “When you do these things,  you get to meet interesting people with a similar mindset.”

WANT TO GO? 

What: DK Effect’s One Year Birthday

Where: DK Effect, 1600 E. Third St., Dayton

When: noon to 1 a.m. Saturday, June 9 

Connect:  FacebookWebsite | call: (937) 303-7305

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TONIGHT: Local brewpub hosting Harry Potter trivia with prizes

Ready those wands and prepare to cast a few avada kedavra spells at the competition. 

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The Wandering Griffin, 3725 Presidential Drive in Beavercreek, is hosting its popular Harry Potter live trivia from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight. 

Reservations are required and teams must be in groups of four or more. 

Call (937) 956-5216 for reservations. 

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The night includes three rounds of Trivia hosted by Pepper Sprout Productions with a $10 prize awarded for each round. 

The overall prize is $25. 

Prizes also will be given out for winners of a costume contest. 

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