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Green means go (but seeing yellow, too)

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I had heard good things about Greenfire Bistro in Tipp City. I understood it to be an Asian fusion sort of place—one that combines elements from different culinary traditions. Fusion has been around since the 1970s, and continues to grow in popularity. An example of this would be an item I spied on their menu, […]

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Taqueria Mixteca: Your Next Mex

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Authen-tics Me Off So I am going to talk about the food at Taqueria Mixteca, whose first location at 1609 E. Third Street opened in 2005 (The newer location in Trotwood is on Shiloh Springs Road). I’ll be telling you about my visit to the Dayton location, and that the food was pretty darned good. […]

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Zen Gem

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“I’m going to a sushi place in Piqua,” I announced to some friends over coffee the morning of my visit. “There’s a sushi place in Piqua?” was my friends’ response. Indeed there is, and it’s worth a trip. The first thing that impressed me about my visit to Mikado Sushi and Hibachi was the aesthetically […]

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Making the mark in Miamisburg

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Watermark’s larger space and expanded menu shine The thick-sliced brisket is hickory smoked for 6-8 hours. Time well spent. By Paula Johnson Watermark, located in Miamisburg’s historic Erie Canal Building, is named for the building’s high water line from Dayton’s 1913 Great Flood. It’s the newest incarnation of Maria and Eric Walusis’s former restaurant, Nibbles. […]

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Catfé society in St. Anne’s Hill

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Last spring I wrote a piece introducing readers to a Dayton first: The Gem City Catfé, which officially opened its doors on January 2nd. This is a place where the 3 Cs intersect: cats, community, and coffee. A year later, I checked in with Karin Gudal, director of the operation, to find out how things […]

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Bistro done right

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Lily’s Bistro came on the scene a few years ago and right away became an Oregon District fixture. Owner Emily Mendenhall is from restaurant people—her family owns Blind Bob’s, another Oregon standard. Mendenhall’s vision for what Lily’s would be, according to the website, seems well realized: “We feature seasonal, eclectic American comfort food + drinks […]

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It’s a Lock

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More than just beer: Downtown’s Lock 27 Lock 27’s Bacon Bites (left) with honey mustard and Pierogies with sour cream. By Paula Johnson It’s been more than three years since I reviewed Lock 27 Brewing’s original location on Main Street in Centerville. When I discovered that owner Steve Barnhart had plans to develop a location […]

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Raising the steaks

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The Pine Club maintains great steak house standard While you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, I highly recommend The Pine Club’s bone-in rib eye (above) and Nantucket Cape scallops. by Paula Johnson It Certainly Ain’t Broke—If You Understand It My first visit to The Pine Club was an absolute disaster. Steak house […]

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The 411 on Diner 416

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A welcome addition to the Oregon District’s food chain The Hunter Hoagie features chicken, steak, two cheeses, and more. Be sure to add the potato twists! By Paula Johnson Diner Divergence I’ve written recently about what makes a good diner, and the value that places like diners have in modern American society, as a “third […]

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Mulling the merits of Merit Grill

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Wide variety compromised by some puzzling choices The Merit Grill’s Carne Asada substituted sirloin for skirt steak, but the salsa, rice, and succotash were terrific. By Paula Johnson Factory Man PIP (Palate In Progress) and I arrived on a Tuesday evening to assess the merits of Merit Grill. We had been there before with friends, […]

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Bread Baking Demystified

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The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes proofing, dimpling (above), shaping, and slashing. By Paula Johnson “Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; and good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts.” —James Beard “If thou tastest a […]

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A homestyle home run

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The Bullpen Diner in Dot’s Market The Bullpen’s country fried steak, silver dollar potato pancakes, and eggs over easy. By Paula Johnson The Silence of The Mans This one’s for the men out there. Well kind of, anyway. Forgive generalizations according to sex, but women are more highly socialized generally—they hang out with friends more, […]

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The story continues…

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Xenia’s Tables Of Contents Café begins a new chapter The day’s special was Cajun chicken and Rice with green salad, but the entire menu changes from day to day. By Paula Johnson It’s Still On The Table I really hate it when I have to change things up right in the middle of something. The […]

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What’s in a name?

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Hibachi, sushi, and other Asian delights at Englewood’s Ozu852 Chef’s inspiration sushi and sashimi combo By Paula Johnson Heavenly Sushi On a recent Thursday evening, PIP (Palate In Progress) and I found ourselves in the mood for sushi. In truth, PIP is in the mood for sushi every day, and his interest was piqued when […]

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No fry zone, no small fry

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Sports, snacks, and suds at Springboro’s Mr. Boro’s Tavern Popular favorite grilled cheese with the only fried item on the menu, kettle chips. By Paula Johnson No Kidding A sports-themed tavern opened last year on Route 741 in Springboro to a bit of controversy. The space, which once housed wine bar Bella Vino, posted a […]

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Swimming upstream

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Wild caught vs. farmed salmon: a tale of two fishes Salmon raised by fish farms (above) has some pros and cons compared to wild-caught salmon. By Paula Johnson As I write this, I am forking up the last coral-red shard of smoked salmon flesh, mingled with capers, chopped egg, finely minced red onion, and a […]

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Springfield’s hidden gem

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Referred to as an American Folk Art site, I didn’t know what I expected on my journey to Springfield’s Hartman […]

Debate 7/17: Flag on the Play

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Q: Should persons with certain known behavioral tendencies such as suicide or violence be prohibited from owning guns? Legislatures across […]

Conspiracy Theorist 7/17: Hooray for Domino’s

Year after year, the same roads are torn up and road crews patch them. But they never really repair them. […]

On Your Marc 7/17: Good any day

First, a funny story. Larry Lee, the big tackle from Roth High School, for a number of reasons decided he […]

The Cult, Stone Temple Pilots, and Bush at Rose

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“Rock and roll never forgets,” the classic rock song goes, and Billy Duffy, guitarist and founding member of the British […]