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Akashi Serves Tradition

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

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?

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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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 […]

International flavor, Midwest vibe

Annual Festival of Nations returns By Andy Hertel Photo: The Brazil delegation proudly represents its country at the 2012 Festival of […]

It’s my party

Troy Hayner Cultural Center rings in 100 years By Alyssa Reck Photo: Hayner Days will begin at 11 a.m. on Aug. […]

Scene around the fence

Beautifying a Yellow Springs construction space By Tammy Newsom Photo:  This is a wall of many capers. A Young’s Dairy […]

Drawn on the lawn

Annual Art on the Lawn event returns By Evan Shaub Photo: A musician performs at 2013’s Art on the Lawn event; […]