SG@75 Gastropub

Esoteric name, excellent eats

By Paula Johnson

Photo: Toast and Chicken with French fries at SG@75 in Springboro

What’s in a name?

SG@75 Gastropub is also the home of Soooo Good Catering, hence the SG in their name. The 75 refers to the street address, 75 N. Main St. It’s a tiny place sharing space with another building in a strip of commercial developments near the intersection of Main and State Route 73. According to our terrific server (whose name I didn’t catch but she’s the one with all the dogs), this is the third incarnation of a restaurant they’ve tried in the space. As the saying of goes, third time’s a charm. And PIP (Palate In Progress) and I were certainly charmed by our experience at SG@75. Soooo Good Catering’s list of clients includes NASCAR, the Kentucky Derby and the Dayton Dragons. Impressive, but many large caterers who excel on a grander scale don’t fare quite so well with a scaled down restaurant approach. Soooo Good handled it like a boss.

Bacon bliss

SG@75’s menu centers around the four B’s prominently highlighted on their logo and sign: Burgers, Bacon, Brew and Bourbon. Bacon is the most ubiquitous ingredient, available in many different permutations from jam to jalapeno. There’s even a bacon-infused Martini. The menu includes the 5X Burger, described as a bacon stuffed burger topped with Applewood smoked bacon strips, Bacon jam, Bacon Aioli and Bacon cream cheese—oh, and lettuce. Bourbon makes several cameos as well, in the Caramelized Bacon Strips, Bourbon Fire Grilled Shrimp, Bourbon Fire Burger and in the glaze for SG@75’s version of chicken and waffles, the evening’s special, which I will delve into in a minute. But first, the margarita.

We chose to sit on the small patio since it was a beautiful warm evening. Though it’s located on a very busy road, the restaurant’s space is set back far enough to be quiet. Most of the cocktails offered feature bourbon, and there’s an additional list of almost 20 bourbons to try, as well as a range of drafts, crafts and import beer. The Soooo Good Margarita caught my eye, concocted with house-made margarita mix and Sauza Silver Tequila ($9). It looked so good—even better when a neighboring table ordered one. It’s now my favorite margarita in Dayton.

We began with two of the eight appetizers offered, Bourbon Fire Grilled Shrimp ($8) and Bacon Jam & Ricotta ($6). Both arrived beautifully plated on long elegant platters, and both were a great value, very reasonably priced. None of the appetizers was more than $8. Nine large shrimp were skewered and served alongside a tasty bourbon BBQ dipping sauce. “When was the last time you got nine really good shrimp that size for eight bucks?” PIP exclaimed. The shrimp had a great smoky flavor to them. The dish would have been absolutely perfect had they charred the surface to add one more textural element. As it was, they were cooked exactly right, not overdone in the least.

I also found myself looking for one more crunch element with the Bacon Jam & Ricotta. Brown sugar, bacon, roasted tomatoes, red onion and, of course, bourbon made up the tangy jam. The garlic ricotta spread provided a nice creamy foil, but the crostini were a little too soft. I would have loved a little bit of crustiness to complement the smooth cheese and jam. Despite these slight criticisms, I would order them both again. Again, another generous portion at an excellent price. They came in at a solid 90 percent, and I’d give them 100 percent with just a little tweaking.

Deal with it

With impressive appetizers and a great margarita, I was already happy with SG@75. I really fell hard for them after eating what our server referred to as “South for your Mouth,” their version of chicken and waffles, made with bourbon molasses glazed Texas French toast. Called Toast and Chicken, it was the dinner special, and I’m not above begging them to add it to their regular menu. The soft pillowy French toast was the platform for some of the best fried chicken I’ve had—crunchy, peppery and perfect. And the twist of the bourbon molasses with a touch of honey, instead of the standard maple syrup, a perfect sweet counterpoint. I liked the retro diner vibe presentation as well: The accompanying twisty French fries were presented in a clever mini deep fry basket on a metal tray with a black and white checkerboard wax paper liner (perhaps a nod to NASCAR?). Priced at one piece of chicken for $8 and two for $12, it was as my grandma would say, “such a deal!”

When in Rome…

Confession time: I made PIP order the Toast and Chicken because I wanted to taste it, but I wanted the burger for myself. When you go to a place that specializes in burgers, you should try the burger. There are about eight choices for burgers on the menu along with a build your own. In the spirit of building your own, you can even choose to forgo the burger and go with a marinated Portobello mushroom cap, grilled chicken breast or fried chicken. (If it’s the same chicken I tried with the French toast, I will have a tough time choosing when I return). You can also choose your bun: brioche, ciabatta or cheese quesadillas. A place where you can get a burger with a bun that doesn’t taste like it’s from a supermarket? Hallelujah!

So while the menu looks small, it’s actually pretty versatile, even satisfying non-carnivores.

I loved all the options, but I decided on The Royale ($13): a brioche bun, American cheese, fried egg, jalapeno bacon, lettuce, tomato and red onion. The burger was a juicy, beefy, eggy mess, and I loved it. Also off the board was SG@75’s quirky version of coleslaw. It’s a tropical style slaw with red and green cabbage, coconut and coconut milk, another think-outside-the-box touch that makes this a place to put on the regular dining rotation. We also tried the Pan Mac N Cheese ($5), which couldn’t have been more straightforward and traditional. And happily delicious, with a heap of twisty creamy noodles and a sprinkle of cheddar and breadcrumbs on top.

We finished by sharing the Cookie Sundae ($5). As we looked across Main Street at the businesses on the opposite side, PIP noted a tailor shop. “If we eat here as often as I’d like, I will probably need to go there to get my pants adjusted,” he remarked. With the cost, quality and great service SG@75 offers, PIP might need to do just that. Maybe we will skip dessert. Maybe not…

SG@75 Gastropub is located at 75 N. Main St. in Springboro. For more information, please visit or call 937.748.5353. 

Dayton City Paper Dining Critic Paula Johnson would like every meal to start with a champagne cocktail and end with chocolate soufflé. As long as there’s a greasy burger and fries somewhere in the middle.Talk food with Paula at

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Paula Johnson
Dayton City Paper Dining Critic Paula Johnson would like every meal to start with a champagne cocktail and end with chocolate soufflé. As long as there’s a greasy burger and fries somewhere in the middle. Talk food with Paula at

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