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Let’s all sit down and say, “Gracie’s”

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Middletown’s Gracie’s: delicious and unique Gracie’s occasional steak entrée special By Paula Johnson   The dictionary defines faith as “complete trust or confidence in someone or something.” Amy Vitori defined faith by purchasing the old JC Penney building in Middletown and putting a restaurant in it (also a children’s play place, hair salon, and yoga […]

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Sub-par pub grub

Springfield’s Hickory Inn: nothing special Photo: Full rack of ribs from Springfield’s Hickory Inn By Paula Johnson If I look at what a place is setting out to do, which is the premise for all my reviews, then how do I rate Springfield’s Hickory Inn? It’s a highly popular casual neighborhood mainstay in business since 1947 […]

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Where home is indeed sweet

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Huber’s Sweet Home family restuarant: a surprising delight Photo: Sweet Home’s 4-piece broasted chicken meal By Paula Johnson People’s food preferences are as numerous and vast as the number of people on the planet, but there’s one thing nearly everyone loves—simple comfort food. People (me included) love a good mom and pop family restaurant, sometimes […]

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Wings, fried veggies, and hamburgers, oh my!

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Nick’s Restaurant in Xenia does not disappoint Photo: Nick’s Reuben on grilled rye with corned beef. By Paula Johnson I drove out to Xenia to Nick’s Restaurant to meet a DCP pal for lunch recently, curious to see if the buzz about the place was deserved. Nick’s has been around since 1949 when Nick Malavazos […]

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Not lost, wandering

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Beavercreek’s Wandering Griffin points in the right direction Photo: Wild mushroom pizza from Wandering Griffin By Paula Johnson “Not all who wander are lost” is a bumper sticker I’ve seen on cars. Indeed the act of wandering (and the act of wondering) can lead to the opposite of being lost, and finding something wonderful. The […]

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Time well spent

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No need to hurry at Dayton’s Nanya’s Café Photo: Mixed combo platter and Kiitfo from Nanya’s Cafe By Paula Johnson I had a most unique and amazing dining experience recently at Nanya’s Café and I can’t wait to tell you about this place. And to tell you not to go. Seriously, don’t. That is unless […]

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Kilt-y as charged

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Scotish offerings at Springboro’s Highland Stag Photo: Heather’s corned beef supper from Highland Stag By Paula Johnson My family background is Scottish, and I freely admit to an affinity for all things of the Highland stripe (or plaid in this case). Bagpipes are the music of the heavens, and I can’t look away from a […]

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Great eats. Geographically challenged.

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Riverside’s Linh’s Bistro hits Vietnamese, but partially misses too Photo: Lihn’s Bistro’s Rau Cai Xao Sa Ot (mixed vegetables with lemongrass) By Warwick Kensington In my travels to Southeast Asia, one of the most exciting aspects of the adventure is experiencing the local cuisine.  There is something about the food that drives me to visit every […]

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Not your typical take-out

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CJ Chan astonishes with culture and cusine Photo: CJ Chan’s Triple Delight By Warwick Kensington When I learned I was reviewing CJ Chan, I immediately summoned Paula, DCP’s very own epicurean empress, to share the good news. Unfortunately, she was out of town and couldn’t accompany me on this assignment, so I called one of […]

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Mexed-up

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Las Peñas in Miamisburg is a tasty treasure Photo: Huevos rancheros By Paula Johnson TV personality, chef, and food writer Anthony Bourdain has claimed that Mexican food is one of the least understood cuisines in the world. I would tend to agree, adding that what the typical American experiences and expects from Mexican restaurants isn’t […]

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Amar-velous!

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Amar India’s legacy continues to impress Photo: Tandoori Chicken By Paula Johnson Coriander, fenugreek, cumin, cardamom, cayenne, cilantro, ginger, garlic. I love saying the words, and I love what happens when the wonderful things they are marry together to create what may just be my favorite cuisine. If I consider the question “If you could only […]

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Don’t judge this book’s cover

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Troy’s Ording’s surprises since 1962 Photo: Ording’s deli counter By Warwick Kensington It’s another day in the daily grind of the food service world, and Joe Ording continues at the conn as he has for 55 years directing his team members, some of which are family and some employees that have worked for him for […]

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Night of the living dogs

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Topped with toppings at Zombie Dogz Photo: Sink your fangs into Victim 13 By Paula Johnson My first job ever at age 15 was working the counter at a luncheonette in Pittsburgh called Wiener World. I didn’t even like hot dogs when I started there, but came to be crazy for them in short order. […]

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Stay golden

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Traditional values remain at The Golden Jersey Inn at Young’s Dairy Country comfort combo platter; photo: Paula Johnson By Paula Johnson Young’s Dairy is an iconic Yellow Springs tradition. The giant red barn still stands where the Young family built it in 1869. Over the years the family farmed the surrounding acreage and raised dairy […]

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Nearly perfect

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A true dining experience: Tipp City’s Coldwater Cafe Photo: Lobster crabcakes By Paula Johnson Sometimes it’s right. Sometimes, though not often, the dining gods smile down at you and toss you an amuse-bouche, hospitality envelops you, decor and interior design wrap you in their warm, upholstered embrace, anticipatory wait staff provide what you need before […]

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A meal kind of like Christmas

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Smiths’ Boathouse bikes and socks Photo: Prince Edward Island Mussels appetizer By Paula Johnson To describe my meal at Smiths’ Boathouse as uneven is probably an understatement. Schizophrenic swings from really terrific to really not left my companions and me perplexed. What we found that was good was quite so. The mistakes in execution and missteps […]

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Summer Sun and Salutations

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You’ve seen it throughout your social media feed, you hear about a friend’s awesome class over a cup of coffee, […]

Paddle on, Dayton

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Summer is the perfect time to hit the water, and with more than 265 miles of water trails in the […]

Still living the good life

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The words “living legend” are often misapplied, usually to sports figures who haven’t really experienced enough of life to earn […]

Acid Flashback: Hara Arena 1981

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Love them or hate them, the Grateful Dead were truly a one-of-a-kind band. During their thirty-year career as one of […]

Evolution Calling

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the […]