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Ariake Sushi is the real deal By Paula Johnson Photo: One of the many sushi offerings available at Ariake Surrounded by the subdued chatter of Japanese conversation in the bustling yet relaxing dining room of Ariake Sushi Bar and Restaurant, you might feel you’ve been transported to Tokyo. Sitting in a comfortable booth, PIP (Palate […]

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Murphy’s law

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Getting lucky at Murphy’s Irish Pub & Grille By Paula Johnson Photo: The Murphy’s Platter, featuring pub chips, fried pickles, boneless chicken wings and pretzels with Guinness cheese sauce As I write this, it’s 303 days, 10 hours and 8 minutes until St. Patrick’s Day. I know this because a running countdown is the first […]

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Sichuan satisfaction

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Kettering’s China Cottage cures what ails you By Paula Johnson Photo: Rice Flour toasts [left], Wonton Soup [top], Hot and Sour Soup [bottom] and Ma Bao Tofu [right] at China Cottage in Kettering Cozy cottage industry When you’ve got a cold and a bit of a cough, nothing feels better than warming soup to soothe […]

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Tipping the scale

Harrison’s is a Tipp City tradition By Paula Johnson Dayton City Paper Dining Critic Paula Johnson would like every meal to start with a champagne cocktail and end with chocolate soufflé. As long as there’s a greasy burger and fries somewhere in the middle. Talk food with Paula at PaulaJohnson@DaytonCityPaper.com. The value of tradition is […]

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Sushi Hana? I don’t wanna

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Is there such thing as a “disappointment roll?” By Paula Johnson Photo: The Tuna Tataki at Sushi Hana Sometimes you have a restaurant experience that almost seems surreal in its blundering awfulness. You leave, scratching your head and asking yourself, “Did that just really happen?” Before further elucidation, I’ll present the positive notes which bookended […]

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Fifty shades of crepe

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Crepe Boheme brings Paris to Dayton By Paula Johnson Strolling through the Second Street Market in downtown Dayton feels very much like strolling through a public market in Paris, with open stalls full of vendors selling fruits and vegetables, flowers, meats and tasty treats. On a recent Friday I roamed the length of the hall, […]

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Foaming the landscape

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Ohio’s craft beer scene continues growth By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Enthusiasts gather for Dayton Beer Company’s downtown opening In March, Cincinnati’s nearly two-year-old Rhinegeist brewery announced a jaw-dropping expansion plan. As part of a $10 million undertaking, the brewery bought the building it previously leased, added a massive new brew system and fermenters and […]

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Breadwinner

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Charlie’s Deli and Catering is the place to go By Paula Johnson Photo: The Rueben from Charli’s Deli in Dayton Sandwich sleuth Since arriving in Dayton a little more than a year ago I’ve asked lots of Daytonians where they go for a good sandwich. Charlie’s Deli and Catering is always first out of everyone’s […]

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Dayton gets ‘chopped’

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Dining diva talks chow with Food Network star Ted Allen By Paula Johnson Photo: Ted Allen, the host of Food Network’s Chopped, will visit Dayton April 19 as the honorary chair of the Ohio AIDS Walk; photo: Food Network Ted Allen wears many hats – including a chef’s toque. He’s a longtime journalist, having written […]

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Down for a dog?

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Archer’s hits the bullseye By Paula Johnson Photo: The Stadium Dog with Mac-N-Cheese at Archer’s Tavern The snow is melting, the sun is attempting a resurgence and spring training is here. Baseball makes me think, of course, of hotdogs. Humphrey Bogart said it best: “A hotdog at the ball park is better than a steak […]

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Law & Disorder: 4/25

Broken brandy bottle A family left for church in the morning. When they returned, they noticed their motion-sensor alarm system […]