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The Oregon’s Seafood Stalwart

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Carving out history Jay’s Seafood Restaurant is a longtime pillar of the Oregon District dining scene. It’s steeped in lore and history, and boasts one of the most beautiful antique mahogany bars anywhere. In 1882, more than 5,400 pounds of wood were carved into intricate animal shapes, including dogs and birds, to embellish the bar. […]

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Take one down and pass it around

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There will be over 150 beers to choose from when Dayton Beer Week and Alefest Dayton serves up the brews beginning Saturday, August 18th and concludes with Alefest Dayton on August 25th at the Dayton Convention Center. Alefest Dayton, now celebrating 20 years, is the topper event for Dayton Beer week, with virtually all of […]

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Best place for a beer? Ballpark!

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Since 2008, the Dayton Dragons and Heidelberg Distributing Company (founding sponsor of the Dragons since 2000) have worked to bring beer connoisseurs together within the beautiful confines of Fifth Third Field. Join them this year for the Great American Beer Tasting on Saturday, August 11. Ian Bock, of Bellbrook, has attended the past several years […]

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Jamaica in Yellow Springs?

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Say, “Yeah Mon!” at Calypso Grill and Smokehouse Calypso’s Cuban Ropa Vieja is a delightful festival of flavors. By Paula Johnson Every time I hear the word jerk I think of my husband, known here as PIP (Palate In Progress). Not that kind of jerk—the jerk that is practically the Jamaican national dish. We spent […]

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C is for Celtic, B is for Beer

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As many of you may know, this coming weekend—July 27th through 29th—is the annual United Irish of Dayton Celtic Festival, held in partnership with Five River MetroParks down at Riverscape. While there will be plenty of bands and music across the four stages, as well cultural workshops including arts and language events, author signings, authentic […]

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Green means go (but seeing yellow, too)

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I had heard good things about Greenfire Bistro in Tipp City. I understood it to be an Asian fusion sort of place—one that combines elements from different culinary traditions. Fusion has been around since the 1970s, and continues to grow in popularity. An example of this would be an item I spied on their menu, […]

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Bubbles to beat the brunch backlash

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I casually peruse food articles, as you might guess. One emerging set of hot takes seems to revolve around brunch. Specifically, that brunch sucks. It’s all the same—just dressed up eggs and bacon, they say. Starchy home fries lead to long afternoon naps, crushing the productivity we’re supposed to be chasing in this crazy, overly […]

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Taqueria Mixteca: Your Next Mex

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Authen-tics Me Off So I am going to talk about the food at Taqueria Mixteca, whose first location at 1609 E. Third Street opened in 2005 (The newer location in Trotwood is on Shiloh Springs Road). I’ll be telling you about my visit to the Dayton location, and that the food was pretty darned good. […]

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History by the [Beer] Can

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Good beer is nothing new in Dayton. Our city was once home to dozens of breweries in the days before Prohibition. The 1919 Volstead Act effectively put most of them out of business, but the craft beer movement has returned brewing to the city over the last five years. One of those Gem City craft […]

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Zen Gem

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“I’m going to a sushi place in Piqua,” I announced to some friends over coffee the morning of my visit. “There’s a sushi place in Piqua?” was my friends’ response. Indeed there is, and it’s worth a trip. The first thing that impressed me about my visit to Mikado Sushi and Hibachi was the aesthetically […]

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P is for Pinot

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When I started writing about wine, one cultural touchstone was a 2004 indie-film-that-blew-up called Sideways. The events of the film surround a wine tasting bachelor trip through Santa Barbara County’s Pinot Noir country. As a film, Sideways may not have held up terribly well, but the movie’s effect on wine consumption continues.

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Making the mark in Miamisburg

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Watermark’s larger space and expanded menu shine The thick-sliced brisket is hickory smoked for 6-8 hours. Time well spent. By Paula Johnson Watermark, located in Miamisburg’s historic Erie Canal Building, is named for the building’s high water line from Dayton’s 1913 Great Flood. It’s the newest incarnation of Maria and Eric Walusis’s former restaurant, Nibbles. […]

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No better season for a cold one

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While it may not be summer quite yet, summer beer is already hitting the shelves. You are undoubtedly still working your way through all those remaining winter and spring beers crowding your fridge, but there’s no time like the present to just ignore those leftover fridge turds and start sampling all that new, sexy summer […]

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Catfé society in St. Anne’s Hill

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Last spring I wrote a piece introducing readers to a Dayton first: The Gem City Catfé, which officially opened its doors on January 2nd. This is a place where the 3 Cs intersect: cats, community, and coffee. A year later, I checked in with Karin Gudal, director of the operation, to find out how things […]

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Bistro done right

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Lily’s Bistro came on the scene a few years ago and right away became an Oregon District fixture. Owner Emily Mendenhall is from restaurant people—her family owns Blind Bob’s, another Oregon standard. Mendenhall’s vision for what Lily’s would be, according to the website, seems well realized: “We feature seasonal, eclectic American comfort food + drinks […]

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Italian Double Barrel

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As many of you know, I have a real passion for autochthonal wines. (“Psst…Mike…what the hell’s an autochthonal wine?”) OK, fine. I don’t get to break that term out in everyday conversation. “Autochthonal wine” is just a fancy way to say “wine made from grapes indigenous to the region.” In a place like Italy, where […]

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Ready, Set, LEGO!

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Be prepared for LEGO dazzle and delight when the BrickUniverse Convention for LEGO Fans visits the Dayton Convention Center August […]

We all live in a ‘Yellow Submarine’

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Coinciding with the 50th anniversary and theatrical re-release of Yellow Submarine, animator Ron Campbell is bringing his Rock Art Show […]

Four headliners and more this week at Downtown’s Levitt

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Delhi 2 Dublin, Kyle Dillingham, Sol Driven Train, Lao Tizer Band Delhi 2 Dublin (l-r): Serena Eades, Sanjay Seran, Ravi […]

The Oregon’s Seafood Stalwart

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Carving out history Jay’s Seafood Restaurant is a longtime pillar of the Oregon District dining scene. It’s steeped in lore […]

Destination Yellow Springs

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Yellow Springs artist exhibited (times two) Yellow Springs painter Christine Klinger is showing her work at the Emporium/Underdog Café through […]