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Cooper’s Deli

The Mini Cooper

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 Eggplant Rollatini

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

Cookie Cutter

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

Fricasee of Snails (2)

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

Pho Tai After

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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The Docket: 8/30

Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby By Ehron Ostendorf Feeding for two The owner of a store said a woman […]

Debate Forum: 8/23


For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

Debate Forum: 8/16/16


For the love of the game Olympic athletes have big dreams, but empty wallets—Should the government step in? By Sarah […]