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Benjamin knows best

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North Dayton restaurant does burgers right By Paula Johnson Photo: Burger with everything, fried okra and french fries at Benjamin’s The Burger Master Dorothy, we’re not in Dayton anymore. Driving distance to Benjamin’s The Burger Master on Main Street in North Dayton is only about a mile from our downtown Dayton City Paper office. But […]

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Pierogi it or not

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The Amber Rose brings East Europe to North Dayton By Paula Johnson Photo: The Warsaw Medley at The Amber Rose It was with great excitement I anticipated my visit to The Amber Rose. Hailing from a city where a sweeping second wave of immigrants settled to work in the steel mills, the pierogi was king […]

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A triumph of good taste

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Oakwood Club has class By Paula Johnson Photo: The Scallops appetizer at The Oakwood Club Picture an avuncular, well turned out gentleman with a refined manner. Accompanying him is a lady, smartly coiffed and attired in a casually understated manner. Everything about them exudes conservative tastefulness and tradition. If you picture them sitting down to […]

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Down Underful

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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 […]