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Night of the living dogs


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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Divided we drink


Fruity beer? Photo: Fruit and beer: an unlikely but refreshing combination By Jim Witmer We are a nation deeply divided on some very important issues, Such as if fruit belongs in beer. There are those who want nothing to do with fruit corrupting the pure and simple creation of the world’s oldest and most favorite […]

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Can you? Should you?


A naked vine examination of canned rosé Photo: Wine-in-a-can movement continues with Alloy Wine Works 2016 Central Coast “Everyday Rosé” By Mike Rosenberg A couple of our neighbors recently invited The Sweet Partner in Crime and I out on their boat for some fun in the sun out on the Mighty Ohio. I brought along some […]

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Stay golden


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


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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Hurray for IPAs


Know your brewer: Tyler Barrett of Toxic Brew Company Photo: Toxic Brew Company was the first brewery in over 50 years to produce beer in Dayton By Tom Morgan Tyler Barrett has been a part of the Toxic team for 16 months. He left behind a career as a machinist, and started out at Toxic […]

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Ethnic exit


Why it’s time to 86 the term ‘ethnic restaurant’ By Paula Johnson What is “ethnic food,” exactly? Writer Bruce Palling asked this question in 2011, and he found that key food dictionaries such as “Larousse Gastronomique” and the “Oxford Companion to Food” did not mention it at all. Google the definition of “ethnic food” and […]

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Finding New York in Dayton


Old Scratch Pizza’s shining resemblance Prosciutto arugula pizza; photo: Paula Johnson By Paula Johnson Pizza Progenitor One of the most iconic pizza places in New York (and beyond) is Brooklyn’s Roberta’s. It put Bushwick on the hipster foodie map. Called one of the most extraordinary restaurants in the U.S. by Sam Sifton of the New […]

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Star City suds

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Miamisburg’s craft beer scene foams over Photo: A fine selection of craft beer at Lucky Star Brewery By David Nilsen Off the beaten path at the southwest edge of Dayton sits a beer lover’s hidden gem within this Gem City. Miamisburg combines small town charm with big city offerings in their historic, revitalized downtown district, and […]

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A meal kind of like Christmas


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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Hickory Bar-B-Q


Standing the test of time Photo: Hickory has been using their rotisserie split since 1962 By Jurgen Dursler The Hickory Bar-B-Q remains true to its original roots despite the ebb and flow of decades of new culinary trends. Let’s play a game!  How many of these beloved Dayton restaurants of yore do you recognize?  The Parkmoor?  […]

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Beer’s cloudy forecast


The latest East Coast trend Photo: A Vermont or New England sytle IPA; photo: Jim Witmer By Jim Witmer It’s approaching the noon hour on a bleak Sunday in mid-Ohio farm country. Is spite of the stark landscape and matching weather, a spirited line has formed outside a small building for the latest release. No, […]

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Lose your V-card in Italy


The summer’s perfect Italian wines Photo: Sit back, relax, and dream of Italian wines fit for any summer romance By Mike Rosenberg Breezes off the Mediterranean lightly caress your skin. You lean back, seated under a cerulean sky. Italian summer sun warms you as you feel a single drop of sweat glide down the gentle […]

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Buckeye Jake’s has what it takes


A well worth it trip for some well made chicken Photo: Welcome to Buckeye Jake’s By Paula Johnson In Gainesville, Georgia, it is illegal to eat fried chicken with a knife and fork. There is a city ordinance that says you must use your hands. It’s possible that the good people of Gainesville are familiar with […]

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Cuisine (un)fit for a king


No royal treatment at this Beavercreek restaurant Photo: Special Thali at Beavercreek’s Maharaja By Paula Johnson DCP Dining Pal Jurgen Durstler, PIP (Palate In Progress), and I spent an evening at Beavercreek’s Maharaja restaurant, and the experience made me reflect on how important the totality of a restaurant is, specifically how service, atmosphere, value, and […]

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Great ferment

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Jeff Fortney puts FigLeaf Brewing Co. on the map Photo: Jeff Fortney, co-owner, head brewer, and beer magician at FigLeaf Brewing Co. By Jim Hannah He works his Merlin-like magic on the production floor, a stainless-steel jungle of towering fermenters, a mash mixer, lauter tun, boil kettle, and whirlpool tank. Welcome to the FigLeaf Brewing […]

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Oh my cod!


Something Rotten’s Bottom Brothers unseat Shakespeare Raising a toast! (Foreground L-R) Maggie Lakis, Josh Grisetti, Rob McClure, and Autumn Hurlbert. […]

A homestyle home run


The Bullpen Diner in Dot’s Market The Bullpen’s country fried steak, silver dollar potato pancakes, and eggs over easy. By […]

Don’t drink the green Kool-aid

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Forget the hype—true Irish beers are pure gold Skip the green beer, and go for the gold … or the […]

What to do in the Springs


Santa Fe Red by Sara Gray “Have You Red/Read It?” on display at The Village Artisans The Village Artisans gallery […]

Kansas resurrected


Classic Kansas Leftoverture LP live and more at Victoria Kansas (L-R) Rich Williams, Billy Greer, Zak Rizvi, Phil Ehart, Ronnie […]