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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Kanoe Cafe, Tipp City

  Recently we had a chance to visit the Kanoe Cafe in Tipp City.  I had a coupon, and we were in the area.  I had never visited before, so I really didn't know what to expect at all.  The place is on the small side, with about 8 tables.  Unlike some other similarly sized places I've visited, they have a wide variety of table sizes, so larger parties of up to 7 should have no trouble getting seated.  I noticed that they carry Young's Ice Cream, so it was nice to see someone carrying a locally produced ice cream like that.

  The menu covers morning eats, coffees, salads, sandwiches, mexican dishes, ice cream and smoothies.  After looking it over for a bit, we ended up ordering the nachos as an appetizer.  We also got a french dip, which was a special.  Although I was tempted by the pulled pork sandwich, I decided to try the gyro, which was described as a pita with lamb and beef, lettuce, tomato, onion & sauce, with side salad or soup.  I went with the side salad.

  I was very impressed with the nachos, which were some of the best I've had.  For $6.50, we got a big serving with black beans, lots quality cheese, tomato and onions.

  Side salads were made with a decent mix of fresh greens, and very sweet yellow cherry type tomatoes were used.  I think I might try growing some of these this year, because they made me miss summer.

  Though I didn't eat it myself, I am told that the meat in the french dip was just a bit fatty, but acceptable.  Sometimes when you are using real beef, and not the processed, pulverized stuff that passes for beef at some chains, it just happens.  For my part, I enjoyed the gyro very much, though it was a bit hard to hold it all together as I ate it.  I'm always a sucker for lamb, because as a youth I raised lambs in 4-H.  As a combination of lamb and beef, I found myself wondering whether it was half and half, more lamb than beef, or what the percentage was.

  Overall, a very pleasant dining experience, and I would definitely eat there again if I was in the area.  As for the art, it was a bit amusing and unexpected, but not really my style.  However, as they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  I'm guessing they change the art every so often, and you might find something you like.

address: 16 South Tippecanoe Drive, Tipp City, Ohio (north of Dayton, near I-75)
telephone: 937-667-3876

Note: if you think you might spend $20 or more, here is a link where you can get a $10 coupon/gift certificate for just $2.50: click on "$10 gift certificate for $2.50", click "add to cart", and you'll see the $2.50 price.
(it is really a coupon, because there is a $20 minimum food purchase to use it)  This is what I used on our visit.

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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Domino's Breakfast Pizza

  In case you didn't know, it turns out that Dayton has the distinction of having the only Domino's Pizza that is open 24 hours a day in the US.  It makes sense that this location is near the University of Dayton, (531 Wilmington Ave.) where students can place orders at all hours.

  You may have noticed quite a few restaurants rolling out breakfast menus lately.  Domino's is part of this trend, but again, only at the store mentioned above.  That's right - if a Domino's fanatic in Oregon wants to try one out, they have to fly to good old Dayton, Ohio.  It makes sense that this store is at the vanguard of breakfast pizzas.  Morning hours tend to be a time of slower sales for the store, and a breakfast pizza makes sense as an attempt to drive up sales.  Domino's is offering medium 3 topping breakfast pizzas for $7.99, 24 hours a day.  If the sales do well, we may very well see the program expand to other locations across the country.

  I recently had the unexpected chance to try these out.  I'll admit that I think Domino's Pizzas are ok, but they don't tend to be my first choice.  I haven't made up my mind yet about the recently revamped sauces.  However, I am pretty gung-ho about their breakfast pizzas after having a taste.

  It tastes a lot like a quiche, or a light and fluffy omelette.  The breakfast pizzas are not heavy and spicy like the "supper" variety tends to be.  Those who tend to suffer from indigestion after eating a traditional pizza may want to take note - since these don't have the tomato sauce and associated acid, they might make an excellent choice for late night (or anytime) eating as well.  I was rather surprised at how much I enjoyed these.  With toppings like bacon and sausage, they can fit right in with traditional breakfast items.

  You can also get them with or without the garlic butter crust.  I thought this was a fantastic feature - it actually made the outside crust a highlight of the pizza, rather than a 'leftover'.  If you have kids who want to toss the edge crust, they will likely instead eat the whole thing.

Domino's Pizza
531 Wilmington Ave.
Dayton, Ohio
telephone: 298-3030

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