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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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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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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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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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Mexed-up

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Las Peñas in Miamisburg is a tasty treasure Photo: Huevos rancheros By Paula Johnson TV personality, chef, and food writer Anthony Bourdain has claimed that Mexican food is one of the least understood cuisines in the world. I would tend to agree, adding that what the typical American experiences and expects from Mexican restaurants isn’t […]

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Amar-velous!

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Amar India’s legacy continues to impress Photo: Tandoori Chicken By Paula Johnson Coriander, fenugreek, cumin, cardamom, cayenne, cilantro, ginger, garlic. I love saying the words, and I love what happens when the wonderful things they are marry together to create what may just be my favorite cuisine. If I consider the question “If you could only […]

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Don’t judge this book’s cover

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Troy’s Ording’s surprises since 1962 Photo: Ording’s deli counter By Warwick Kensington It’s another day in the daily grind of the food service world, and Joe Ording continues at the conn as he has for 55 years directing his team members, some of which are family and some employees that have worked for him for […]

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Night of the living dogs

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Topped with toppings at Zombie Dogz Photo: Sink your fangs into Victim 13 By Paula Johnson My first job ever at age 15 was working the counter at a luncheonette in Pittsburgh called Wiener World. I didn’t even like hot dogs when I started there, but came to be crazy for them in short order. […]

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Stay golden

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Traditional values remain at The Golden Jersey Inn at Young’s Dairy Country comfort combo platter; photo: Paula Johnson By Paula Johnson Young’s Dairy is an iconic Yellow Springs tradition. The giant red barn still stands where the Young family built it in 1869. Over the years the family farmed the surrounding acreage and raised dairy […]

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Nearly perfect

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A true dining experience: Tipp City’s Coldwater Cafe Photo: Lobster crabcakes By Paula Johnson Sometimes it’s right. Sometimes, though not often, the dining gods smile down at you and toss you an amuse-bouche, hospitality envelops you, decor and interior design wrap you in their warm, upholstered embrace, anticipatory wait staff provide what you need before […]

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Finding New York in Dayton

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Old Scratch Pizza’s shining resemblance Prosciutto arugula pizza; photo: Paula Johnson By Paula Johnson Pizza Progenitor One of the most iconic pizza places in New York (and beyond) is Brooklyn’s Roberta’s. It put Bushwick on the hipster foodie map. Called one of the most extraordinary restaurants in the U.S. by Sam Sifton of the New […]

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A meal kind of like Christmas

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Smiths’ Boathouse bikes and socks Photo: Prince Edward Island Mussels appetizer By Paula Johnson To describe my meal at Smiths’ Boathouse as uneven is probably an understatement. Schizophrenic swings from really terrific to really not left my companions and me perplexed. What we found that was good was quite so. The mistakes in execution and missteps […]

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Hickory Bar-B-Q

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Standing the test of time Photo: Hickory has been using their rotisserie split since 1962 By Jurgen Dursler The Hickory Bar-B-Q remains true to its original roots despite the ebb and flow of decades of new culinary trends. Let’s play a game!  How many of these beloved Dayton restaurants of yore do you recognize?  The Parkmoor?  […]

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Buckeye Jake’s has what it takes

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A well worth it trip for some well made chicken Photo: Welcome to Buckeye Jake’s By Paula Johnson In Gainesville, Georgia, it is illegal to eat fried chicken with a knife and fork. There is a city ordinance that says you must use your hands. It’s possible that the good people of Gainesville are familiar with […]

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Cuisine (un)fit for a king

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No royal treatment at this Beavercreek restaurant Photo: Special Thali at Beavercreek’s Maharaja By Paula Johnson DCP Dining Pal Jurgen Durstler, PIP (Palate In Progress), and I spent an evening at Beavercreek’s Maharaja restaurant, and the experience made me reflect on how important the totality of a restaurant is, specifically how service, atmosphere, value, and […]

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Let us eat cake

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Simon Kenton Inn charms in Springfield Maryland Crab Cake at Springfield’s Simon Kenton Inn; photo: Paula Johnson By Paula Johnson Turning off a busy divided highway, the entrance to the grounds of Springfield’s graciously restored Simon Kenton Inn leads you into lovely surroundings far removed from the warehouses and industry just beyond. The historic inn […]

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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 […]