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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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A wonderland of beer

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Though complex, enjoying Belgian beer doesn’t have to be Photo: Little Fish Brewery’s Belgian saison ‘Saison du Poisson’ By David Nilsen   Among esteemed   European beer cultures, perhaps no country’s brews hold more mystique than Belgium’s. A quarter of the size of Ohio with about the same population, Belgium’s beer reputation far exceeds the nation’s […]

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The art of going solo

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Dining alone with expertise By Paula Johnson Who dines alone if they don’t have to? Open Table, the most popular online booking site, has experienced a whopping 62 percent increase in solo bookings over the past two years, so somebody’s doing it, and it doesn’t seem to be just those who are forced into it […]

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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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Beery Christmas!

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DCP’s beer lovers Christmas list Photo: “National Geographic’s Atlas of Beer: A Globe-Trotting Journey Through the World of Beer” makes a perfect Christmas gift. By Jim Witmer If you want to give the gift of beer this holiday season, there is no shortage of options. Besides the obvious six-pack or bomber under the tree, you […]

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Through the looking [beer] glass

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Title 	The Frederic Euchenofer Brewery
Subject Headings (LCSH) 	Breweries--Ohio--Dayton
Tags 	Breweries
Description 	The Frederic Euchenofer Brewery stood on the site of the City Machine and Tool Works at 1517 East Third Street. It was built about 1870.
Creator 	Lutzenberger, William, 1853-1941
Type 	Image
Format 	JPEG
Identifier 	MS 024 0620
Original Format 	Photographic prints
Collection 	Lutzenberger Picture Collection

Dayton’s storied beer history Third Street Lager Beer Brewery at 1513 E. 3rd St. in Dayton, circa 1880. Photo: Lutzenberger Picture Collection By Jim Witmer For many years Dayton laid quiet in the brewing scene as other cities in Ohio forged ahead with successful start-up microbreweries. Then, suddenly, a renaissance began that reflects the rich […]

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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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Time to party

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The 4 b’s of holiday wine Photo: Bubbles and blush, Prosecco and rose are two go-to’s for holiday parties By Mike Rosenberg Congratulations, you social animal, you! You scored an invite to a holiday party. People like you…they really like you! I mean, that is, as long as you walk in the door with a […]

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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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The Vegetable Butcher

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Eating clean and green with chef and author Cara Mangini Columbus chef and author Cara Mangini. Photo: Matthew Benson By Paula Johnson Most everyone is now becoming familiar with the trend towards “reducitarianism”, if not by the name then by concept – eating less meat. Whether it’s done for the health benefits or for concern for animal […]

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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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Grape or gin?

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G’Vine Floraison gin speaks French Photo: G’Vine’s Florasion Gin By Mike Rosenburg This week, a new sample of liquid goodness made its way across the threshold at Vine HQ, which was definitely a bit of a change-up for your Wine Guy’s palate. This representative from a family of potent potable not seen before in this space […]

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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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Homebrew famous

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Meet Dayton beer Grand Master Gordon Strong Photo: Brazilian Unika’s catharina sour beer By Tom Morgan “I travel all over the world doing this stuff. But it’s weird to get treated like a rock star basically everywhere but where you live.” While relatively unknown locally, Beavercreek resident, Gordon Strong, is a larger-than-life figure in beer […]

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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 […]