Trust us on this one: you’ll kick yourself if you don’t get past the beer menu at one of downtown Dayton’s newest brewpubs.
The Lock 27 Brewing menu includes some of the finest pierogies south of Cleveland, and some Asian Pork Sliders with just the right kick.
We will get to that in just a bit.
The downtown restaurant opened in September 2017, and is the second Lock 27 location from founder Steve Barnhart, a Chicago native.
The new gastropub at 329 E. First St. occupies about 12,000 square feet of the Delco Building’s basement and first floor in Dayton Dragons Plaza.
The original Lock 27 at 1035 S. Main St. serves mostly the same menu as the downtown location.
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ABOUT THE FOOD
First: those pierogies. The pierogi dumplings are filled with a delicious mix of mashed potatoes and cheddar cheese.
An order of five costs $12, and they come topped with thick pieces of bacon, sauteed onions, green onions and garlic.
The side of cool sour cream was a must, as many pierogie lovers will tell you.
My dinner companion ordered dry rubbed and smoked chicken wings and couldn’t get enough of the Sriracha blue cheese.
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The restaurant’s friendly waitstaff recommended the Asian Pork Sliders ($12). We were not disappointed in the tender, spicy meat served with a plum sauce and a side of frites (French fries).
The meat on the trio of sandwiches was generous, and one bite reminded me of a backyard barbeque.
The sandwiches are served with the frites and sage pesto mayo, chipotle ketchup and/or spicy mustard. The mayo and spicy mustard impressed.
Lock 27 pays respect to Keener Farm CSA’s grass-fed beef with its Keener Burger. For just $2 more, we added bacon and an over-easy egg to the cheddar cheese burger.
Lock 27 Brewing is located in the Dayton Dragons Plaza, 329 E. First St., downtown Dayton.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday and Tuesday (kitchen closes at 10 p.m.); 11 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday (kitchen closes at 10 p.m.); 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday (kitchen closes at 11 p.m.) and 11 to 9 p.m. Sunday (kitchen closes at 9 p.m.).