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Eat, pray, love

Top notch food for a good cause By Brandy King Photo: The salmon dinner from one bistro Over the last couple of years, the “pay it forward” dining concept has started to pop up in some markets – including a few Panera Bread locations and Jon Bon Jovi’s Soul Kitchen in New Jersey. I’ll be the […]

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Bellbrook comfort food comes up short

Amelia’s under-delivers on food & ambience By Brandy King Photo: Center-cut filet Ever since we moved our family close to Bellbrook, we’ve been trying to make our way around to all of the independent eateries on that end of town, of which there are a surprising amount. One of the last ones we got around to […]

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Fire it up!

Dayton City Paper’s Guide to BBQ in the Miami Valley By Avery King, Brandy King and Brian P. Sharp Is there anything more American than BBQ? Among our more notable culinary contributions, BBQ brings us together in a way few foods do. While debates rage on among various BBQ camps (North Carolina, Memphis, Kansas City and […]

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The ‘other’ Taqueria in Town

Fewer hipsters, just as much flavor By Brandy King Photo: The pork tamales at Taquiera Las Tapatias in Riverside  Suburbanites around the region are starting to get comfortable enough to dine at Mexican eateries that aren’t just a bunch of numbered plates, wherein you choose chicken or beef – hence the popularity and success of the […]

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Healthy never tasted so good

Delicious dishes at Flavors Eatery in Centerville  By Brandy King   Photo: Turkey Bacon wrap with chips, housemade salsa and house dressing at Flavors Eatery in Centerville I’ve been going to Flavors Eatery in Centerville for years and the food has always been consistently delicious. Name nearly any dietary preference and they can accommodate it: vegan, […]

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Flavors without borders

Inviting world-fusion cuisine at Salar By Brandy King  Photo: The beef Huancaina lasagna at Salar in the Oregon District The corner of Fifth and Brown Streets in the Orgeon District has been home to a handful of dining establishments over the years. Pacchia, for nearly two decades, the short-lived Sidebar, and now Salar. I always enjoyed […]

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I’ve had better carry-out

Shen’s misses the mark By Brandy King  Photo: The minced chicken lettuce wraps at Shen’s Szechuan & Sushi in Vandalia I had heard people talk about Mr. Lee’s Fine Dining for the better part of 10 years, and by the time I finally got around to trying it, it was called Shen’s Szechuan & Sushi. The […]

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Stepped-Up Southern

Trotwood’s Taste puts spin on Southern and Creole classics By Brandy King Photo: The truffle Parmesan fries with garlic Parmesan creme at Taste Creative Cuisine in Trotwood The first time my husband and I got geared up to try Taste Creative Cuisine in Trotwood, it was closed for the day. Their Sunday hours weren’t really […]

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Dramatic dining

Centerville’s Kabuki aces sushi By: Brandy King Photo: Ka bai – braised short ribs – at Kabuki in Centerville I tire of hearing that Dayton is lacking in good ethnic eateries. We may be short on solid Italian and Puerto Rican offerings, but for everything else you just have to look – not downtown, not near […]

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The streets of Italy hit Dayton!

Piada’s fast-casual concept takes off south of town By Brandy King   Photo: Angel hair pasta with diavolo sauce and Italian sausage at Piada   A few years ago, one of the cofounders of Bravo sold his stakes in the company and launched the concept of a fast-casual Italian eatery. Piada made its debut in Columbus, […]

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News of the weird: 09/23/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – New frontiers in American vacuousness The WE cable network disclosed in August  it had […]

High expectations

Harvest Moon and Balloon Fest returns to Troy By Melissa Markham Photo: The Miami County Harvest Moon and Balloon Festival […]

Troy, unplugged

Fall Farm Festival at Lost Creek Reserve By Tammy Newsom Photo: Visitors take a wagon ride down Scarecrow Lane at […]

Law & Disorder: Blowing up our democracy

Lawmaking for sale By AJ Wagner Last week, I noted how Republicans won’t be formally approving President Barack Obama’s war […]

The bold and the beardless

A clean-shaven Matisyahu at Bogart’s By Alan Sculley Photo: Matisyahu will perform on Sept. 26 at Bogart’s in Cincinnati Aside […]

Advice goddess

By Amy Alkon   Doody-bound You printed a letter from a guy who doesn’t want to be a father and […]