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Eat, pray, love

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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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Six degrees of Dayton bacon

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Bacon Fest debuts at Fraze Pavilion By Brandy King  Photo: Try the bacon and cheese perogi from Amber Rose at Bacon Fest at Fraze Pavilion on Aug. 18 Some of us have a love affair with pig that’s as old as time. Of this pork-loving crowd, some have grown to resent bacon’s moment in the spotlight […]

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Cultured cuisine south of town

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Matera Caffé: Worldly, wood-fired flare in a low-key locale By Brandy King Photo: The Midnight Sun pizza at Matera Caffé in Franklin Just south of the Montgomery County border, one exit down from the retail and empty office space mecca of Austin Landing and cozied up right next to the classy New York, New York […]

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Desperately seeking pizza

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Wheat-free indulgences at Sinfully Gluten Free By Brandy King Photo: The Hawaiian pizza at Sinfully Gluten Free in Centerville A few years ago, my doctor suggested I stop eating wheat products. This is the same guy who recommended that I stop drinking whiskey and smoking, so I can’t really take all of his advice at face […]

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La Paz-itively perfect

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Nelly’s wins the possibly imaginary battle of Dayton’s best rotisserie chicken By Brandy King Photo: The mouth-watering rotisserie chicken at Nelly’s In the time I’ve lived and worked south of town, I’ve probably passed by Nelly’s Chicken around 3,000 times. It’s perched right at the corner of state Route 725 and Alexandersville Road in Miamisburg, nestled […]

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Middle East in the Middle West

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Cedarland offers exceptional Middle Eastern cuisine  By Brandy King photo: Baba ghannouj with housemade pita at Cedarland Restaurant & Bakery For someone who makes a point to visit and review as many dives as possible – local and otherwise – it’s downright shameful that I’d long avoided the one closest to my own turf.  Cedarland Bakery […]

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Don’t judge a restaurant by its (old) cover!

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Pearl Bay Thai & Asian Cuisine makes new, tasty home  By Brandy King There’s a website currently on hiatus called Not Fooling Anybody that would snap photos of former chain restaurants that had been very awkwardly converted into doctors’ offices, ethnic restaurants, etc., without really bothering to change the recognizable design of the former tenant.  […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]