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The Mel-O-Dee Drive In: New Carlisle’s famous family dining By Paula Johnson Photo: The broasted combination platter at Mel-O-Dee drive in There are places that have a place in our hearts simply because they’re institutions. Going there forever since you were a little kid kind of places, where the associations with home, family and comfort […]

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Let’s meat up

From grain to grill: everything you need to know By Paula Johnson Photo: Julia Garner as “Sage” and Lily Tomlin as Elle Reid in “Grandma” Cue the strains of Aaron Copland and hear the sizzle and pop of fat rendering in a volcanically hot skillet. Beef. Nothing smells as appetizing cooking, and tastes quite as […]

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You hafta Yaffa

Miamisburg’s Mid East feast By Paula Johnson Photo: The Yaffa Mix Grill at Beavercreek’s Mediterranean Yaffa Grill Really, you do. That was the conclusion lovely lunch companion Janet and I reached as we sampled the myriad tasty dishes before us at our recent visit to Yaffa Market and Grill’s Miamisburg location. Tucked away in the […]

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That 70s show

Springfield’s Linardos Villa By Paula Johnson Photo: Greek salad from Linardos Villa in Springfield The aesthetic of a restaurant often telegraphs what’s on the menu, and at Linardos Villa in Springfield that’s certainly true. Opened in 1971, the interior space doesn’t appear to have changed much. It’s almost a time capsule, hearkening back to the […]

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Oh Geez!

Geez Grill & Pub: Flat screens, flat taste By Paula Johnson If you are a super sports fanatic with ADD, Geez Grill & Pub just might be your dream come true. Replete with 360 degrees of flat screen TVs, it’s impossible to cast a glance anywhere that doesn’t fall on somebody wearing a uniform doing […]

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The place to taste

Fraze’s The Taste event returns By Paula Johnson Photo: Selections at this year’s Taste event include everything from deep fried cheese curds to tiramisu to gourmet dog treats “It’s the 29th year! It’s our biggest fundraiser,” Ann-Lisa Allen, president of the Kettering Moraine Oakwood Chamber of Commerce excitedly explains. She’s talking about The Taste. She continues, […]

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Osaka, you rock-a

Dependable Japanese dining in Beavercreek By Paula Johnson Photo: Steak and Shrimp Combination at Osaka Japanese Steakhouse in Beavercreek There’s a saying that people from Tokyo are financially ruined by overspending on clothing, while people from Osaka are ruined by spending on food. The Japanese city of Osaka is so well known for its cuisine […]

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Y’all come back now, y’hear?

George’s Family Restaurant is down-home friendly By Paula Johnson Photo: The Broaster Fish Sandwich at George’s Family Restaurant in North Dayton Familiar friendliness is the order of the day at George’s Family Restaurant. It’s what you’d expect at a home-style diner, and it’s what they deliver. It’s the kind of place where you could very […]

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Worth your salt

What the F&%$ do you know about salt? By Paula Johnson Photo: A wide variety of finishing salts, which add enhanced flavor and mouth feel notes, can be easily found in many local grocery stores There’s a joke among chefs that goes, “What’s the difference between a two star and a three star restaurant?” The […]

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A dynasty in Centerville

China Dynasty: where white linen overrules white to-go boxes By Paula Johnson Photo: Walleye with red ginger sauce at Centerville’s China Dynasty I had heard good things about China Dynasty, located in a shopping plaza in Centerville, so I was looking forward to trying it. The restaurant’s website identifies chef Stephen Lin as one of […]

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The Docket 09/29

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Amanda Dee ‘Not in fact a crack whore’ At about 5:20 p.m. an officer […]

The Docket 09/22

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Amanda Dee You can’t handle the ‘truth’ The victim reached police on a grand […]

The Docket: 09/15

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim by Amanda Dee A magician never reveals his secret When taking out money from his […]

The Docket 09/08

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Love thy neighbor After his neighbor threatened him with a knife, a 42-year-old man decided […]

The Docket: 09/01

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim by Amanda Dee  Frenemies A man hailed a police cruiser and said he had just […]

Advice Goddess: 8/25

By Amy Alkon   A Force To Be Reckoned Whiff  My new boyfriend travels a lot for work. Before he […]