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Mexican Mecca

Taqueria Mixteca shows the West Side their best side  By: Tom Baker   Photo: Huarache with carnita at Taqueria Mixteca in Trotwood East Dayton’s Taqueria Mixteca, recognized as one of the top taco connections in town, now has a location in Trotwood on Shiloh Springs Road. The original location on East Third Street has been serving […]

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Sit up. Lay down. Roll over!

Your dog deserves a treat from Lindy & Company By Tom Baker Photo: Lindy’s Sampler and the latest favorite, PB & Bacon Bones I’m a big fan of social enterprise, the business model that uses conventional methods as a means to a socially beneficial end. Businesses like celebrity chef Jaime Oliver’s Fifteen – a culinary apprenticeship […]

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Mexico’s signature sandwich

Johnny’s Tortas in Old North Dayton By Tom Baker Photo: The Campesina torta from Johnny’s Tortas  When you enjoy a cuisine and then realize you’ve missed an entire facet of what it has to offer, there is a great moment of discovery that you never forget. Mine involves a 24-hour Mexican restaurant in Chicago – on […]

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Who knew healthy could be delicious?

Locally-sourced and organic specialties at Urban Harvest By Tom Baker Photo: Fried catfish with Hopping John and fried greens at Urban Harvest There are two types of restaurants that I prefer to frequent: One – and most obvious – is the place that features great food and service. Two – and maybe a bit more abstract […]

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Keep it real

Sakai Japanese Bistro in Troy By Tom Baker Photo: The Spider roll at Sakai Japanese Bistro in Troy A few weeks ago I was asked, somewhat surprisingly, to do a piece on a Japanese restaurant in Troy. Now, I don’t spend much time north of town, so I certainly didn’t expect there to be a Japanese […]

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Amar India

As authentic as it gets  By Tom Baker If you’ve recently attended an Indian wedding, hospital-sponsored banquet or been shopping around the Dayton Mall, chances are you’ve experienced Amar India. Amar brings higher-level Indian dining to Dayton, and is owned and operated by Surjit Singh, a tall, moustached gentleman you may see in the restaurant […]

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We’re number one …?

The highs and lows of Italian cuisine at Giovanni’s  By Tom Baker As we pulled into the parking lot behind Giovanni’s Italian Restaurant in downtown Fairborn, I noticed a large banner hung on the side of the building near the entrance. On this banner they proudly stated that Giovanni’s had been voted the #1 Italian […]

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Cabin Fever

DCP writers’ confessions on Seasonal Affective Disorder Sweaty palms, dizziness, heart beating out of my chest, nausea, but yet I’m shivering. I need to run, get away, get away from wherever I am. I need to walk, feel the cool air on my face, tell myself everything is going to be OK and hope this […]

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Simple and consistent

Christopher’s Restaurant offers quality home cooking By Tom Baker There are two things I’ve learned since having my first child: First, simplicity is best, whether it is in discipline or in cooking – you’ve got to get the point across and dinner done quickly. The second, that eating together at a table with family or […]

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Antojitos Criollos

El Sabor de Puerto Rico en Dayton By Tom Baker When the Mayor, Gary Leitzell, announced Dayton’s “Welcome Plan,” a plan that would make Dayton a more immigrant-friendly city, I was really happy. Not only do I think it’s a good idea to embrace and encourage diversity in our communities, but I was also excited […]

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One good eye

Cyclops Festival returns for fourth DIY year By Tim Anderl Photo: Cyclops Festival, the handmade art and apparel event, will take […]

Causing an uproar

Godsmack shreds across the country By Alan Sculley Photo: Godsmack will perform on Aug. 17 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati […]

Yellow Springs Theater Company

New company of professionals pushes theatrical boundaries By Joyell Nevins Photo: The Yellow Springs Theater Company rehearses D’Arc Comedy by wanda […]

Give it a spin

Whirled Festival of Tops By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: The festivities begin at 5 p.m. in the area north of the […]

On craft and craftsmanship

In the studio with Landon Crowell By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Landon Crowell, Inertia in Light of a Likely Disaster, 2011. Wood, […]

Modern masters, talking turkeys and the king himself

Your summer roadmap to art in Cincinnati By Susan Byrnes Photo: Trenton Doyle Hancock, “Hot Coals in Soul,” 2010. Acrylic and […]