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The butter half of breakfast

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Butter Cafe is part of a complete breakfast By Paula Johnson Photo: Blueberry pancakes at Butter Cafe Though it’s probably not enforced, there is an 1895 Wisconsin statute stating that it is illegal for restaurants to serve margarine unless the customer specifically orders it. Governor Warren Knowles called it  “the yellow stick from Satan himself,” […]

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Dramatic gestures

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Travel to Korea and Japan at Centerville’s Kabuki By Paula Johnson Photo: Ika Tempura at Kabuki in Centerville Kabuki is the Japanese term for a kind of dramatic theatre featuring exaggerated gestures and body movements. In the Centerville restaurant’s case, the emphatic gesticulations came from the owner as she quickly and efficiently ushered in the […]

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A bottle of red, a bottle of white

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Franco’s Ristorante Italiano serves it right By Paula Johnson Photo: Franco’s “World Famoso” Spaghetti Little Italy in downtown Dayton Though it wasn’t the song that was playing, it was impossible not to hear the strains of that Billy Joel classic as PIP (Palate In Progress) and I walked through the dining room at Franco’s Ristorante. […]

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What reigned supreme in 2015?

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Dayton’s Dining Empress picks her favorite eats of the year By Paula Johnson Photo: The crepes at Crepe Boheme are a must-have sweet treat It’s that time of year again—time to sit back and reflect on my year in food. This is not the time, however, for another restau-RANT. Instead, I’m feeling the love for […]

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Benjamin knows best

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North Dayton restaurant does burgers right By Paula Johnson Photo: Burger with everything, fried okra and french fries at Benjamin’s The Burger Master Dorothy, we’re not in Dayton anymore. Driving distance to Benjamin’s The Burger Master on Main Street in North Dayton is only about a mile from our downtown Dayton City Paper office. But […]

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Pierogi it or not

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The Amber Rose brings East Europe to North Dayton By Paula Johnson Photo: The Warsaw Medley at The Amber Rose It was with great excitement I anticipated my visit to The Amber Rose. Hailing from a city where a sweeping second wave of immigrants settled to work in the steel mills, the pierogi was king […]

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A triumph of good taste

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Oakwood Club has class By Paula Johnson Photo: The Scallops appetizer at The Oakwood Club Picture an avuncular, well turned out gentleman with a refined manner. Accompanying him is a lady, smartly coiffed and attired in a casually understated manner. Everything about them exudes conservative tastefulness and tradition. If you picture them sitting down to […]

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Down Underful

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Zetland Street offers fresh favorites from Down Under By Paula Johnson Photo: Pavlova at Zetland Street Food philosophy “We all eat, and it would be a sad waste of opportunity to eat badly.” —Anna Thomas “Cooking is like love, it should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” —Harriet Van Horne “One cannot […]

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Ocean vibes

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Enon’s The Dock rocks By Paula Johnson Photo: Alaskan snow crab legs at The Dock in Enon Dock it to me Close your eyes to the rusty colors of Ohio’s fall foliage and instead imagine ocean blues and greens. Inhale the coconut smell of sunscreen, and let the warm salty breeze and strains of Jimmy […]

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Stayin’ classy, gettin’ sassy

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Old style tavern serves up new style flair at Oregon’s Trolley Stop By Paula Johnson Photo: Trolley Stop’s Double Dogs Take the Fifth The Oregon District’s Fifth Street has been recently designated as one of the Top 5 Greatest Streets in America. It’s chock full of unique, individually owned shops, businesses and restaurants. Not a […]

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Debate Forum: 8/23

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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

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

Debate Forum: 7/19/16

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Sit down, G.I. Jane Should women be blocked from registering for the draft? By Sarah Sidlow U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson […]