Top 5 Tastes for Dayton Summer Restaurant Week

BY: Lisa Seibert
last updated 07/20/2017
Top 5 Tastes for Dayton Summer Restaurant Week

Dayton Summer Restaurant Week starts Sunday July 23 runs through July 30. You'll find a complete listing of participating restaurants and menus on Dayton Local.

Top 5 Tastes for Dayton Summer Restaurant Week

The Miami Valley Restaurant Association held another sold out Summer Sneak Peek to Restaurant Week Wednesday evening. The popular preview event offered tastes from eleven local restaurants along with soft drinks, beer, wine, and cocktails made with StillWrights Bourbon, Spiced Rum, and Buckeye Vodka. The summer event moved indoors for 2017 at Prime Time Party Rental. Music was provided by Lift Off Entertainment and Prime Time made sure there were more sparkles, tables, and chairs than ever. 

A heat index in the 90’s, full house, steam tables, griddles, ovens, flames, and an air conditioning fail sent many to the bar for liquid refreshments more than once.  All the while most of the chefs, staff, and students preparing and serving the dishes appeared not to notice. Evidently this was no match for the hot humid kitchens they usually find themselves in. 

After making it around, here are my top 5:

Ele Bistro - Restaurant Week1. Confit Pork Loin served with Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts and Craft Root Beer BBQ Sauce @ ele`

Perfectly seasoned pork loin and roasted veggies complimented by a unique Carolina Style BBQ Sauce

See the full  ele` Bistro Restaurant Week Menu

Roost - Restaurant Week2. Braised Pork with Appel Fennel Slaw and Caico e Pepe 'Mac n Cheese' @ Roost

Chef Downs rich and creamy Italian mac and cheese was delicious paired with braised pork perfectly complimented by the apple fennel slaw. 

See the full  Roost Italian Restaurant Week Menu

Chappy's Social House - Restaurant Week3. Corn Chowder @ Chappy's Social

Local sweet corn is at its peak right now and makes a perfect summer soup. There is no shortage or bacon or corn in this flavorful soup.

See the full  Chappy's Social House Restaurant Week Menu

Wheat Penny - Restaurant Week4. Sesame Soy Braised Pork Belly with Corn Crema @ Wheat Penny

Fork tender and super tasty, bacon lovers, this one’s for you.

See the full  Wheat Penny Oven and Bar Restaurant Week Menu

Cocos Bistro - Restaurant Week5. Vanilla Creme Brûlée @ Cocos

The soft texture and creamy consistency are a real treat, nothing like the gelatinous versions elsewhere that turned me off this dessert long ago.

See the full  Coco’s Bistro Restaurant Week Menu

Honorable Mention: StillWrights Distillery - Stormfront Cocktail 

This cocktail is cool and refreshing, and any restaurant that carries StillWrights Spiced Rum can make it! 

Here’s their recipe:
1 part StillWrights Spiced Rum
3 parts ginger beer
garnish with lime wedge
serve over ice

Please share your Dayton Summer Restaurant Week dishes on social media including Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook using #DSRW17 so that we can follow your culinary adventures Sunday July 23 through July 30.

Find a complete listing of participating restaurants and menus in our Guide to Summer Restaurant Week.

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