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Down Underful

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

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

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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One fish, two fish, red fish, bland fish

Sweeney’s Seafood in Centerville By Paula Johnson The first thing you notice upon entering Sweeney’s Seafood, located in a business district filled with lovely old buildings, is the waiting area, a testament to the popularity of this Centerville standby. In business since 1994, it’s one of Centerville’s (and Dayton’s) favorites, as attested to by several […]

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The pie’s the limit

South Park Tavern: pizza, wings and other things By Paula Johnson Photo: Pepperoni pizza at South Park Tavern Recently I got together for a girls-just-wanna-have-fun lunch with DCP Editor Extraordinaire Sarah and Wanda Woman, aka She Who Rides Herd On Us All. It was a Friday, the workweek’s end, and we were a hungry lunch […]

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First responders

Jimmie’s Ladder 11 for your hunger emergency By Paula Johnson Photo: The Paisano Chips appetizer at Jimmie’s Ladder 11 Climbing Jimmie’s Ladder As early as 1923, firehouse cooking began to win a favorable reputation in the United States for the enormous, hearty and unpretentious meals that are its trademark. That reputation is upheld at Jimmie’s […]

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Pan-Asian paradise

Fairborn’s JY Bamboo By Paula Johnson Photo: Tuna Tataki from JY Bamboo in Fairborn Fairborn is an area of Dayton known for its ethnic cuisine. You’ll find Vietnamese, Thai, Japanese and Chinese restaurants in abundance there. And in the case of JY Bamboo, you’ll find all four under one roof. That’s what lunch buddy Alecia […]

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SG@75 Gastropub

Esoteric name, excellent eats By Paula Johnson Photo: Toast and Chicken with French fries at SG@75 in Springboro What’s in a name? SG@75 Gastropub is also the home of Soooo Good Catering, hence the SG in their name. The 75 refers to the street address, 75 N. Main St. It’s a tiny place sharing space […]

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The Mel-O-Dee Drive In: New Carlisle’s famous family dining By Paula Johnson Photo: The broasted combination platter at Mel-O-Dee drive in There are places that have a place in our hearts simply because they’re institutions. Going there forever since you were a little kid kind of places, where the associations with home, family and comfort […]

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You hafta Yaffa

Miamisburg’s Mid East feast By Paula Johnson Photo: The Yaffa Mix Grill at Beavercreek’s Mediterranean Yaffa Grill Really, you do. That was the conclusion lovely lunch companion Janet and I reached as we sampled the myriad tasty dishes before us at our recent visit to Yaffa Market and Grill’s Miamisburg location. Tucked away in the […]

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Morgan’s motorcycles and murals

Jason Morgan displays still life and portraits at Springfield Museum of Art By Joyell Nevins Photo: Jason Morgan, Indian Four, […]

Be Well, Marsha 12/1/15

And not a drop you drink By Marsha Bonhart I was in third grade when I started snooping in my […]

Ask Rocco 12/1/15

My personal orthorexia By Rocco Castellano Last week, I reminisced about the past year of writing my column for Dayton […]

Abstract vision

Painter Katherine Kadish in her Clifton studio By Bill Franz Photo: Kadish showing one of her earlier works Just over […]

Venting for the voiceless

Author Justin Curtis’s Troy-inspired novel By Katie Fender Photo: “Plight of the Downtrodden,” by Justin Curtis Troy native and author […]

Art & Soul

Yellow Springs’ art fair connects art to community By Tara Pettit Photo: The Art & Soul Fair takes place from […]