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That 70s show

Springfield’s Linardos Villa By Paula Johnson Photo: Greek salad from Linardos Villa in Springfield The aesthetic of a restaurant often telegraphs what’s on the menu, and at Linardos Villa in Springfield that’s certainly true. Opened in 1971, the interior space doesn’t appear to have changed much. It’s almost a time capsule, hearkening back to the […]

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Beer: It’s what’s for dinner

Three courses of beer-infused noms By Hayley Fudge Photo: Jackie O’s Mystic Mama Buffalo Chicken Dip I started cooking with beer about five years ago when I realized my passions of well-crafted beer and quality eating didn’t have to be mutually exclusive. While always a bit of an experiment, most recipes can be enhanced by […]

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Oh Geez!

Geez Grill & Pub: Flat screens, flat taste By Paula Johnson If you are a super sports fanatic with ADD, Geez Grill & Pub just might be your dream come true. Replete with 360 degrees of flat screen TVs, it’s impossible to cast a glance anywhere that doesn’t fall on somebody wearing a uniform doing […]

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Pinkies down, thumbs…

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Would you drink wine from a can? Should you? By Mike Rosenberg Our neighbor, Christine the Pie Queen, relayed the results of a bit of work-related research performed by her loving hubby Jeff, both of whom you may remember from several write-ups over the years. Jeff had uncovered a series of videos produced by Union […]

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Osaka, you rock-a

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Dependable Japanese dining in Beavercreek By Paula Johnson Photo: Steak and Shrimp Combination at Osaka Japanese Steakhouse in Beavercreek There’s a saying that people from Tokyo are financially ruined by overspending on clothing, while people from Osaka are ruined by spending on food. The Japanese city of Osaka is so well known for its cuisine […]

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Should I stay or should I go?

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Area bottle shops blur border between bar and retail By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Local establishments The Barrel House an Ollie’s Place are changing the face of beer retail Craft beer, with its reinterpretations of old styles and bold flavors, has changed the way Americans drink beer. It is also transforming the way retailers sell […]

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Y’all come back now, y’hear?

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George’s Family Restaurant is down-home friendly By Paula Johnson Photo: The Broaster Fish Sandwich at George’s Family Restaurant in North Dayton Familiar friendliness is the order of the day at George’s Family Restaurant. It’s what you’d expect at a home-style diner, and it’s what they deliver. It’s the kind of place where you could very […]

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Worth your salt

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What the F&%$ do you know about salt? By Paula Johnson Photo: A wide variety of finishing salts, which add enhanced flavor and mouth feel notes, can be easily found in many local grocery stores There’s a joke among chefs that goes, “What’s the difference between a two star and a three star restaurant?” The […]

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A dynasty in Centerville

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China Dynasty: where white linen overrules white to-go boxes By Paula Johnson Photo: Walleye with red ginger sauce at Centerville’s China Dynasty I had heard good things about China Dynasty, located in a shopping plaza in Centerville, so I was looking forward to trying it. The restaurant’s website identifies chef Stephen Lin as one of […]

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Fit for drinking

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Get the beer without the belly By Hayley Fudge Photo: Runners Plus offers a Pub Run Series, a 5 mile run ending at a local brewery. It’s just one possible option to incorporate fitness into your craft beer life Consuming craft beer comes at a cost, and we’re not talking about money. We’re talking calories. […]

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New terroir, new tastes

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Sweet or sour? It’s all in the soil By Mike Rosenberg Photo: A Chardonnay from the Elgin region of South Africa, like that from Lothain Vineyard, allows for the creation of “cool climate” wines, which tend to be lighter in body and higher in acidity Terroir comes up quite a bit around here, obviously. To […]

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Grub to feed an army

Tank’s Bar & Grill: sometimes you just need it By Paula Johnson Photo: A plate-sized pancake and hash browns with onion smothered in cheese and “Bull Dog” gravy at Tank’s Bar and Grill   We’ve all been there. Head a clanging, banging gong. Sahara mouth. Stomach a little iffy. Feeling like a major war has been […]

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Making the trade

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The art (and science) of beer trading By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Beer trading can be a hobby for geeks who want to try beers that are rare, interesting or outside of their distribution area—but the practice exists in a legal gray area With thousands of breweries scattered across the world, one of the most […]

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Staying Current

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Pack up a picnic at this Yellow Springs eatery By Paula Johnson Photo: [clockwise:] A French-bread sandwich, cherry Napoleon, chocolate mousse, ratatouille, French-style potato salad, and cassoulet from Yellow Springs’ Current Cuisine There is nothing more romantic in every sense of the word than a picnic. A picnic is a reminder that savoring time spent […]

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Eat at Sam and Ethel’s

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It’s the same menu, not the same food By Paula Johnson Photo: The dinner-plate sized blueberry pancake at Sam and Ethel’s That’s a quote from PIP (Palate In Progress) as we critiqued our breakfast at Tipp City’s Sam and Ethel’s Restaurant. We arrived on a mild Sunday morning a little after 10 to find a […]

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Turning the tables

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Dishing on service: part II By Paula Johnson Photo: The traits that make a good guest at a restaurant are the same that make someone a nice person—being nice. My previous piece, “Dishing On Service” (June 30, 2015), focused on service from the diner’s perspective and detailed some less-than-stellar server moments. I touched briefly on […]

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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 […]