Archives for posts with tag: brunch

Nothing beats a delicious brunch in the morning when you know you will be doing yard work for the bulk of the afternoon.  It sort of gives you permission to get the thing on the menu you know you shouldn’t get (in my case, waffles) because you’ll sort of work it off later, right?  It was precisely this logic that lead my husband and me to Starlite Diner on a recent Sunday to carb up for the hard work ahead.

I love Starlite Diner because as old fashioned as the decor is, it’s very consistently so.  The food is tasty but not necessarily good for you, which is a trait that all the best diners share.

Starlite Diner (Belmont Location)
2627 S. Smithville Rd
Dayton, OH  45420
(937) 293-4000
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I love Tank’s Bar & Grill at any time of day really, but there is a special place in my heart for brunch and Tank’s really does it right.  I started going to Tank’s brunch during college and loved the place dearly.  There are a lot of hanging plants that are probably as old as I am and despite the foliage and brunch menu, the place isn’t pretty or dainty in any way.  It’s dark at all times of day and has old beer signage on the walls from the 80’s.  That makes me happy because, I don’t know about you, but I can’t get enough of Spuds MacKenzie

The food is simple and not as greasy as you would think being that it is a bar that serves bar food.  I order a la carte because all the meals have meat in them.  I particularly recommend the fruit plate (the one pictured is the Girlie Size).  I wasn’t expecting fresh fruit at a bar and it was so yummy.  Also, they have mimosas! 

If you’ve never given Tank’s a try, you really should.  They are the only bar I know of in the Dayton area or anywhere that has a PB&J on their regular menu (you can also get it as a club if you’re really hungry).  Oh, and it’s delicious.

Tank’s Bar & Grill
2033 Wayne Avenue
Dayton, OH  45410
(937) 252-2249

I love brunch and I love my friends so when these two things come together, it can be hard to go back to our normal non-brunch lives.  Such was the case this past Saturday when Jeanine, Beth, and I ventured to Mimi’s Cafe at The Greene for brunch at around 1:00 pm and didn’t end up getting home until 1:00 am the following day.  Here’s what happened:

1:00 pm:  Meet at Mimi’s Cafe for brunch and mimosas, catching up, and laughing loud enough to make the neighboring tables a little uncomfortable.

2:30 pm:  Descend on the shops of The Greene.  After spending some time at Old Navy, we went to Von Maur, which is the fanciest place ever.  Take a look at these shots we took in the bathroom.  Seriously.

And did I mention everyone’s favorite destination within Von Maur?  It’s the clearance shoe room.  These shoes here are definitely destined for the clearance room as they are covered in what appears to be casino carpet.

6:30 pm:  Gather a group of people at The Pub and stumble out somewhere in the neighborhood of 1:00 am.  Best 12 Hour Brunch EVER.

Heedfest is the closest thing my husband and I have to a real vacation in the summer in that we both take off work for it and we try to make it as vacation-y as possible by eating at restaurants and spending time together.  We went to Butter Cafe for breakfast one morning and both ended up ordering pancakes so we called them “Vacation Pancakes.”

I had the multigrain pancakes with peaches and raspberries and my husband ordered the banana nut pancakes.  Lots of coffee and random jokes rounded out the meal and we had a blast planning out the rest of our day and laughing at each other.

Next time you’re looking to “get away” in your own home town, try pretending you’re on vacation and your brain might just believe it.

Yes, it’s possible to have a healthy weekend and still have fun.  Trust me, because I was once a skeptic like you!  Last weekend, my friend Megan and I ventured to a restaurant that I was confident would work with us to prepare food according to the Advocare cleanse rules (low oil, preferably olive oil, fresh if possible, organic preferred, lots of veggies and fruit, no dairy, no bread, etc.)  Sure enough, Olive, an Urban Dive came through and sitting on their pretty patio, we enjoyed a roasted veggie scramble and a cup of fresh berries – and they didn’t make us feel like we were being annoying or anything.  I absolutely love this place!

After shopping for a while at Second Street Market, we thought about getting some green tea (since coffee is verboten on this diet, sadface).  Ghostlight Coffee brews tea fresh for you and puts it over ice in a mason jar.  It was already too hot to sit on the patio, but lucky for us there was some sort of 90s radio station playing, which was amazing.

There is nothing that says “we are homeowners in Ohio” quite like a cookout.  My husband has been crazy for a grill since the weather turned a few weeks ago.  Saturday, on the way home from an appointment, I felt him turning the car towards North Dixie Hardware unexpectedly.  Once there we found his perfect grill (finally) and took it home (you know, after brunch and a trip to Belmont Party Supply).  He was in a bit over his head with the whole ordeal so I canceled plans to help him clean the house and buy grilling supplies.  We hosted his parents for the OSU v. Syracuse game at our house that evening with hot dogs (vegetarian ones for me!) and asparagus.  I’ve never seen the husband so happy and bonus:  OSU won!

My husband had so much fun, in fact, that he decided to grill out Sunday, too.  This time he made hamburgers with jalapeños and feta cheese (he’s calling them Spartan Burgers after the Michigan State basketball team – get it?  Green and white?).  My burger was made with fake meat but I was still able to stuff it with the filling.  I made asparagus again on the grill and it was better this time.  If you want to make asparagus on the grill, take a pound of asparagus, cut and clean the stalks, arrange them on a sheet of aluminum foil, drizzle olive oil and whatever spices you like (I use red pepper flakes, garlic, sea salt, and LOTS of pepper), and 2 ice cubes.  Wrap the mess tightly so that the steam won’t escape and put it on the grill for as long as the rest of your food takes.  I think 10-15 minutes works.

Now that we are settled in our house, we have established a sort of rhythm to the weekend.  Our best weekends are loosely (if at all) planned out and just sort of unfold at an easy pace.

We start the day with brunch, many times from the Starlite Restaurant:

Next, we peruse the shelves at Belmont Party Supply (they have the most diverse beer section I’ve ever seen – I wish we could have taken my dad here because he would have refused to leave, it’s that close to a beer enthusiast/shopaholic paradise).

After taking our winnings home, we gather up our library books and walk to East Library:

No weekend is complete without a cold walk in the fading sunshine – and maybe some time on the swings.

We round out the afternoon with a trip to Ghostlight Coffee for a latte.

Right now my favorite brunch place is Olive, an Urban Dive for their concise and flavorful menu, byob policy, and insistence that local is always best.

I recently tried Olive for dinner and loved it!  I ordered the chickpea – brussels sprout soup followed by tofu-veggie kabobs with gluten-free cookies for dessert.  The staff is so helpful and attentive – they make suggestions when you’re not sure what to order and help parents decide what to order for kids because they don’t have a designated kids menu.  Seating is limited (Olive is located in the old Wympee at the corner of East Third Street and Wayne, if you’ve never seen it, it’s tiny) so they always recommend that you make reservations if you know you’re going there ahead of time.

I can’t recommend this place highly enough, if you haven’t tried it yet, go now.

Olive, an urban dive
416 E. Third St.
Dayton, OH  45402
(937) 222-3483

John Bryan State Park

In an effort to soak up every last pretty moment of autumn, recently my mom, sister, and I took part in the Pace for Peace 5K benefiting the Family Violence Prevention Center of Greene County.  I loved that we had a reason to get outside in the fresh air at John Bryan State Park (and the breakfast at Young’s Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs afterward didn’t hurt).  Even though we achieved a better time, we unfortunately came in last place. 

To congratulate ourselves for a job well done, we went shopping and I bought a beautiful rice bowl from Yellow Springs Pottery.

One weekend, Husband and I were driving around Dayton and decided to eat at Jimmie’s Cornerstone Bar but when we went inside, the [adorable] bartender told us that the kitchen was closed.  So after a few beers, we decided to venture to Butter Cafe because it looked so cute and was within walking distance. 

I ordered the lox omelet with seasoned potatoes and coffee.  I knew it was going to be amazing from the moment they brought us water…in glass jam jars!  ::squinting from painful uber-cuteness::  The food was amazing, I’m glad the afternoon unfolded like it did or we may have missed a great cafe!

Butter Cafe
1106 Brown Street
Dayton, OH  45409
937-985-9917