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Our first taste of downtown Dayton’s newest restaurant 

You are going to want to sink your teeth into Dayton’s newest restaurant.

Trust us.  

As part of preparations for its official sneak peeks next week to benefit local causes and its official opening, Mudlick Tap House is holding special preview nights for friends and family.

The restaurant located at 135 E. Second St. will open at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 22 to the general public with its regular hours. 

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We stopped by yesterday during the first of two friend and family events.  

If the dress rehearsal is any indication, Dayton area diners are in for a treat.

We take a look at food at Mudlick Tap House, 135 E. Second St. The restaurant is preparing for its grand opening. (Photo: Amelia Robinson)

You wouldn’t know this space last held Club Aquarius.

Mudlick maintains the unpretentious, but cool atmosphere diners found at its original location in Germantown but also kicks up the class with a digital beer menu screen, the vintage Dayton Daily News basket/tray liners some dishes are served on as well as decor that pays tribute to the building’s start as a Ford Model T dealership. 

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Most importantly, Mudlick’s food is baller as is its craft drink menu (try “The Larsen” named after our food writer, Alexis Larsen). 

We take a look at food at Mudlick Tap House, 135 E. Second St. The restaurant is preparing for its grand opening. (Photo: Amelia Robinson)

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Mudlick Tap House co-founder Jennifer Dean said much detail and attention was put into finding the right food.

That care was evident from the homestyle Meatloaf Sammy ($10) to the delicious and and tender Mudlick Medallions( $22). 

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Our party of four tried the medallions, seriously tender and delicious pork tenderloin in sweet grape compote with charred broccolini and potatoes,  and meatloaf after diving into the pork belly and a Dorothy Lane Market’s Bavarian pretzel and bier cheese with a side of Dijon horseradish . 

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The thick cut of braised pork belly had that fatty deliciousness that makes the meat so irresistible. 

We take a look at food at Mudlick Tap House, 135 E. Second St. The restaurant is preparing for its grand opening. (Photo: Amelia Robinson)

We also tried the Catfish Po’Boy and The Cuban sandwich. 

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The cubes of fish in the po’boy had a good kick that reminded us of the Big Easy.

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The Cuban — layers of roasted garlic stuffed pork shoulder, in-house made pickles, ham, swiss cheese and dijon mustard on a perfectly grilled hoagie roll— was a scene stealer with fresh cut fries and a side of aioli. 

So good. 

We take a look at food at Mudlick Tap House, 135 E. Second St. The restaurant is preparing for its grand opening. (Photo: Amelia Robinson)

That was a great rehearsal. Boy are we looking forward to opening night. 

Following its official opening, Mudlick will be open daily at 11 a.m. 

The kitchen will close at 10 p.m. Monday through Friday with the bar remaining open until 11 p.m. 

The kitchen will close at 11 p.m. Saturday with the bar remaining open until midnight. 

Mudlick will close at 4 p.m. Sundays. 

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The brand new Mudlick has been a long time coming. Dean took us on a tour last week. 

We take a look at food at Mudlick Tap House, 135 E. Second St. The restaurant is preparing for its grand opening. (Photo: Amelia Robinson)

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