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Cooper’s Deli

Oakwood sandwich shop abides By Tom Baker Sometimes when I’m out having a casual bite at a dry joint I think to myself, “Man, it sure would be nice if they had some adult beverages to complement this great food.”  Wait – who am I kidding?  I think that every time.  But I’m not just […]

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A taste of the islands

Agnes’ All-Natural Grill offers healthy-and-fast dining By Tom Baker Every once in a while, my wife, in a sarcastic-but-clearly-serious tone will ask: “So when are you taking me to Jamaica?”  We laugh about it for a moment (well, I do at least), and then continue on with our day.  So when the editor of the […]

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Victory for Victorias

Victoria’s Italian Cuisine provides traditional meals for everyone By Tom Baker After my first visit to Victoria’s Italian Cuisine in Huber Heights, I recall looking at my companion and remarking how lucky people would be to have a decent restaurant next to their hotel. After a recent vacation that took us through many small towns, […]

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Love is the Secret Ingredient

Monco Pets & People Help Those with Disabilities while Keeping our Dogs Happy By Tom Baker When I was asked about doing a piece for our pet issue this summer, I had just been to Belmont Party Supply in Dayton and noticed a small display of dog treats at the counter. I was familiar with […]

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A Restaurant Reborn

Neil’s Heritage House Mixes Tradition with New Offerings By Tom Baker First, I have to point out that I’d never been to Neil’s until recently.  After closing in 2006, Neil’s was reopened in late 2011 by Eric and Serena Leventhal.  Seeing as Neil’s had been around since just after World War II, I wanted to […]

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Coldwater Café

Big City Flavor, Small Town Roots By Tom Baker Next time you’re trying to get the kids to sleep or checking your work email from home and can’t remember when you last had a date night, consider taking a leisurely 25 minute drive up to Tipp City and visiting the Coldwater Café.  Run by a […]

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Bellbrook’s Little Big Breakfast

Blueberry Café Serves Up A Plateful By Tom Baker One thing the Midwest has going for it is the fact that you’ll often get more than you can eat in one sitting.  In fact, you’ll probably end up with two meals, or at least one meal and a substantial snack for later.  Bellbrook’s Blueberry Café […]

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C’est Tout

Oakwood’s French Connection By Tom Baker Since my last experience at C’est Tout, I’ve seen Dayton’s restaurant scene expand — the Greene and Dayton Mall introduced several new independents and chains alone — and shrink. One of the most recent and notable examples is the once Mobil-starred L’Auberge in Kettering, which has closed.  Upon hearing […]

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Pho Mi

Vietnamese, Pho Real By Tom Baker Before we break down the dining experience at Pho Mi (pronounced like “duh”), let’s talk briefly about comfort food.  These are traditional, nostalgia evoking items:  For me it’s buttered noodles, mashed potatoes, casseroles and most anything my grandmother made me.  It’s richness of flavors, textures and histories, and I […]

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House of Kabab

A Lebanese Festival, Seven Days a Week By Tom Baker As a recovering vegetarian I can tell you just how disappointing it is to walk into a restaurant, open the menu, and hope and pray that there is a 1) grilled cheese, 2) salad w/o bacon, or 3) an appetizer or pasta from which the […]

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News of the weird 11/25

By Chuck Shepherd Weird patriotism November is tax-publicizing season in Finland, where, starkly unlike America, the government releases all individuals’ […]

The Docket 11/25

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove This week, Docket editor Charles Grove […]

Advice Goddess: 11/25

By Amy Alkon Scoot force My husband’s been saving for a motorcycle, and I was excited about riding on the […]

HO, HO, HOmetown holiday celebration

Santa Claus is coming to Troy By Janell R. Ward Photo: Don’t miss the finale of the Troy Hometown Holiday parade, […]

News of the weird: 11/18

With Chuck Shepherd The other world series In October, another premier world sports event reached its climax, with one team […]

Advice Goddess 11/18/14

Along came polygraph by Amy Alkon   I’m an aspiring comedian – seriously aspiring – so I’m out most nights […]