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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 […]