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Raising the steaks

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The Pine Club maintains great steak house standard While you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, I highly recommend The Pine Club’s bone-in rib eye (above) and Nantucket Cape scallops. by Paula Johnson It Certainly Ain’t Broke—If You Understand It My first visit to The Pine Club was an absolute disaster. Steak house […]

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Mulling the merits of Merit Grill

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Wide variety compromised by some puzzling choices The Merit Grill’s Carne Asada substituted sirloin for skirt steak, but the salsa, rice, and succotash were terrific. By Paula Johnson Factory Man PIP (Palate In Progress) and I arrived on a Tuesday evening to assess the merits of Merit Grill. We had been there before with friends, […]

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Bread Baking Demystified

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The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes proofing, dimpling (above), shaping, and slashing. By Paula Johnson “Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; and good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts.” —James Beard “If thou tastest a […]

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A homestyle home run

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The Bullpen Diner in Dot’s Market The Bullpen’s country fried steak, silver dollar potato pancakes, and eggs over easy. By Paula Johnson The Silence of The Mans This one’s for the men out there. Well kind of, anyway. Forgive generalizations according to sex, but women are more highly socialized generally—they hang out with friends more, […]

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What’s in a name?

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Hibachi, sushi, and other Asian delights at Englewood’s Ozu852 Chef’s inspiration sushi and sashimi combo By Paula Johnson Heavenly Sushi On a recent Thursday evening, PIP (Palate In Progress) and I found ourselves in the mood for sushi. In truth, PIP is in the mood for sushi every day, and his interest was piqued when […]

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Seoul Train

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Yung’s Tteokbokki features springy stir-fried rice cake noodles Yung’s Tteokbokki features springy stir-fried rice cake noodles By Paula Johnson Korean Cuisine – The Next Wave The forward to one of the hottest cookbooks last year, and a New York Times bestseller, is about Korean cuisine. It’s called “Koreatown: A Cookbook” by Deuki Hong and Matt […]

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One hotel of a surprise

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Dewberry 1850 serves savory favorites at UD’s Marriott The meatball appetizer at Dewberry 1850 By Paula Johnson Ho-tel No! – It’s fairly well known that there are myriad reasons why you should avoid eating at a hotel, but in case you’re wondering, here are a few of them: high cost, bland, predictable food, and lack […]

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Tavern tales

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Belmont’s Slyder’s is a story worth telling 10 oz burger at Slyders. By Paula Johnson Recently I read an article on the website, Serious Eats, because if you’re a food geek like me, that’s how you spend all of your time. Anyway, it was written by a bartender, and it was about what makes a […]

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The Asian invasion

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Ginger & Spice adds flavor to Dayton’s Asian scene Salt and Pepper Shrimp from Ginger and Spice By Warwick Kensington There is an absurd number of Asian restaurants in the Dayton metro area.  No matter what neighborhood in our region, it seems at every strip mall, large shopping complex, city corner or food truck rally, […]

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THAI-ing it all together

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The OD’s Thai 9: a stand-by with some stand-outs Thai 9’s Shitake Tempura By Paula Johnson When I think of Thai food, I don’t usually think of it being served in an interesting space that’s also noted for cocktails. It’s one of the reasons I’ve always like the Oregon District’s Thai 9, and it’s one […]

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Dining Dixie style

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Ellie’s of Yellow Springs: a breath of southern charm Sweet Tea Salmon Brûlée from Ellie’s Restaurant By Paula Johnson If this were summer, I could see sitting in a white rocking chair and fanning myself against the humidity on the wide gracious veranda of The Mills Park Hotel. Sipping some sweet tea, I can almost […]

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Cozy up

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Cozy’s Cafe is worth a trip south Cozy’s Cafe Dry Aged Bone in House Ribeye By Paula Johnson Liberty Township is a little far afield from the usual DCP territory, but when we hear tell of a place that sounds like something special might be going on, we like to investigate. If it’s worth it, […]

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What not to put in your mouth

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Worst food trends of 2017 Bacon belongs on a plate with eggs, not in jam or ice cream By Paula Johnson Since this is our ‘worst of’ issue, I will gleefully plunge into that steaming vat of food and restaurant trends I despise. I’ll dredge it all up for your consideration, and I dare you […]

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Let’s all sit down and say, “Gracie’s”

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Middletown’s Gracie’s: delicious and unique Gracie’s occasional steak entrée special By Paula Johnson   The dictionary defines faith as “complete trust or confidence in someone or something.” Amy Vitori defined faith by purchasing the old JC Penney building in Middletown and putting a restaurant in it (also a children’s play place, hair salon, and yoga […]

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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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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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Irish Homecoming

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Celtic Woman at Clark State gala The four women of Celtic Woman (L-R) Tara McNeill, Mairead Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and […]

BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first […]

The woes of legal weed

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Getting your “pot card” In addition to federal and state law, local ordinances may limit growers, dispensaries, and individuals. By […]

The graying of green

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Ambiguity and contradictions still plague marijuana laws Despite the new law going into effect, much remains to be done for […]

Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

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Evil Eye Gypsy brings psychedelic rock to South Park Tavern Evil Eye Gypsy (L-R) Cat Shift, Sherree Emmons, Aaron Snyder, […]