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Bellbrook’s Little Big Breakfast

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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

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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

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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

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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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Akashi Serves Tradition

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Dayton Sushi Bar Reigns Supreme By Tom Baker On a recent visit to Akashi in Riverside, it dawned on me just how different dining experiences can be for different cultures.  Here in the Midwest, we are more accustomed to informal dining, especially as the U.S. overall has been trending to a more casual style.  However, […]

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Dayton’s Best Burgers

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Exploring an American Classic By Tom Baker As Jack Donaghy of 30 Rock points out, you “never badmouth synergy.”  This “whole greater than the sum of its parts” thinking is exactly what makes a great burger.  Sure, you can have free range beef, slaughtered an hour ago, cooked a perfect medium rare, but if the […]

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Taco Loco – Loco?

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No.  Asequible, sabroso, y  amigable?  Sin reserva. By Tom Baker After arriving in Dayton in the early ‘90s from Texas, it was clear that the Midwest was no Mexican food Mecca.  Disappointed, it would be almost a decade before I ended up in Chicago, where real Mexican food and I were reunited.  I was spoiled […]

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Amici’s

Amici’s — out of sight, but keep them in mind By Tom Baker Finding Amici’s can be tough — if you ask around, you’ll probably have to mention the place that was La Pergola, then Barbie’s and finally the short-lived Millie’s Philly Cheesesteaks. “You know — the place behind Sherwood Florist,” I say. Some still […]

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Saya Korean and Japanese Restaurant

Have we found Fairborn’s friendliest restaurant? By Tom Baker Lately I’ve been looking at a handful of truly hidden gems around Dayton that, even though I know exactly where they are and have been many times, I sometimes still drive by. So this time around, we decided to check out Saya Korean and Japanese Restaurant […]

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Troni’s Italian Restaurant

An Italian family-run gem hidden away in Kettering By Tom Baker Sometimes you stumble across a place where you’d least expect it — in this case, it’s in a tiny strip mall on Dorothy Lane. Many people have probably driven by hundreds of times and never noticed it. It’s the type of place where you […]

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The Golden Lamb

Food and phantoms at a historic Lebanon landmark By Tom Baker In December of 1803, Jonas Seaman opened a “house of public entertainment” in what is now downtown Lebanon. Fast forward 200-plus years, a dozen presidential visits and perhaps a handful of ghosts and haunted rooms, and you have the contemporary incarnation of the Golden […]

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Ajanta Indian Restaurant

Under-the-radar Indian in Kettering By Tom Baker This story starts with another restaurant break-up. After many years of weekly visits to Ajanta, I had to call it quits after a handful of service-related experiences turned me off indefinitely. It’s probably been two or three years since I last visited, and I figured I’d give them […]

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Sa-Bai

The new kid on the block … but do they have the right stuff? By Tom Baker Sa-Bai is the newest of the Thai/sushi joints in town, opened in July in the lease-challenged downtown space that formerly housed Chin’s and Elbo’s. Owned and operated by the same group as Teak Thai and The Celestial in […]

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Ha Ha Pizza

Seriously delicious pizza is no laughing matter at this Yellow Springs eatery By Tom Baker About 15 years ago I was told that the reason Ha Ha Pizza got the name was the “magic” mushrooms they’d put on the pizzas. I guess you might buy that considering the reputation of Yellow Springs, but I can […]

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La Piazza

A Little Italy On The Square By Tom Baker Like some people, I have a hard time eating Italian out. The notion of being able to, at least in part, replicate dishes for which you might pay $20 at a nice place can be a turnoff. Value perception can make or break a potential Italian […]

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Siam Pad Thai

The Little Thai Joint That Could By Tom Baker Since moving back to Dayton some years ago, one of my first priorities was to find good Thai food. Before leaving for college, Thai wasn’t a big deal in Dayton. After discovering Indian, Japanese, Thai and even Burmese during my travels, I was hooked. When I […]

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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 […]