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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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Indian? Let’s Chaat!

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India Chaat Café and Curryout quenches curry cravings By Paula Johnson Photo: Masala Dosa at India Chaat Café and Curryout A recent Saturday lunch with my friend Sally made me remember just how subtle and complex good Indian cuisine can be. I invited her to join me at India Chaat Café and Curry out to […]

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Have it his way

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Voltzy’s Rootbeer Stand is a stand-out By Paula Johnson Photo: The “Stephie” at Voltzy’s Rootbeer Stand Ever sit front and center at a comedy club? The drill is you get picked on by the comedian pretty much non stop throughout the show. By sitting ringside you are fair game. That’s the treatment everybody gets when […]

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El hamburger?


Sammy’s El Pueblo: Mexican and gourmet burgers By Paula Johnson Photo: The Pick Three Platter with Chile Relleno, Chile Mixto and Pork Tamale at Sammy’s El Pueblo The end of February is not a time for delicate hints of flavor, subtle notes of spice or wisps of well, anything. PIP (Palate In Progress) and I […]

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When “gastro” means great food

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Centerville’s Lock 27 takes the suds By Paula Johnson Photo: Lock 27’s Poutine appetizer Breweries, gastropubs and craft beer establishments are springing up everywhere. While I really like this trend, I am always a little suspicious of the food being treated as an “also” if the focus is more heavily weighted on the beer end […]

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Stick to your, well, ribs

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Vandalia’s Original Rib House By Paula Johnson Photo: The Ribs and Chicken Combo dinner at Original Rib House in Vandalia The dining room of the Original Rib House in Vandalia reminds you of nothing so much as the 1970s sitcom The Brady Bunch. The harvest gold and rust brown interior of what was once a […]

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’Tis the season(ing)


Troy’s Basil’s on Market By Paula Johnson Photo: The Nutty Craisin Salad at Basil’s On Market in Troy Basil: from the Greek basileus, meaning king. It’s referred to by many chefs as the king of herbs, and Chef Todd Uhlir’s featuring of basil in many of his dishes speaks to his fondness for it. Open […]

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Fast casual


Newly opened Quick N Slick trades quality for quantity By Paula Johnson Photo: The Quick N Slick hot dog You might think of the latest in culinary trends as foods which are locally sourced, and inventively prepared meals focusing on organically raised vegetables and meats. And the continued popularity of the “slow food” movement, encouraging […]

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No-dishes noel

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Christmas Day options for dining out By Paula Johnson Photo: Deluxe Fried Rice at Tik’s Thai Grille Restive not festive? As the days fly by in this frenzied holiday season, you might find yourself overwhelmed and thinking something’s gotta give. Between shopping, parties, wrapping, parties, baking and parties, you might be left with the nagging […]

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For goodness’ Sake


Teppankyaki-style dining in Miamisburg By Paula Johnson Photo: Teppanyaki steak and salmon from Sake Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar Arriving at Sake Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar near the Dayton Mall is like arriving at a fork in the road. One can choose the Washoku Dining Room or a Teppanyaki table. The dining […]

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Thankfully delicious holiday potluck


Dining critic Paula Johnson’s “tradition with a twist” By Paula Johnson Photo:El Meson’s Drunken Tequila Turkey   It’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving. The time of gloppy, canned green bean casseroles and treacly, marshmallow-topped sweet potatoes. Don’t forget the winning combination of dry turkey slices with lumpy gravy over bland mashed potatoes. All this […]

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Rice is nice

Tops for Chinese takeout in East Dayton By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Cold noodles with sesame sauce at Rice The stretch between downtown Dayton and Beavercreek is dotted with family-owned ethnic restaurants worth making a trip for, such as Taqueria Mixteca and Linh’s Bistro. Add to that list Rice Chinese Restaurant on East Third Street, […]

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Dark Horse by a nose


Texas Style BBQ in Miamisburg By Paula Johnson Photo: The Combo Platter at Dark Horse Tavern In politics, a “dark horse” is a come-from-behind candidate whose success would be considered surprising. My visit to Dark Horse Tavern on Byers Road in Miamisburg led me to consider the restaurant’s similarities to the political definition. Dark Horse […]

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When gourmet = pizza

Oregon District’s Wheat Penny: a solid pizza destination By Avery King Photo: Wheat Penny’s Hawaii 4-0 pizza   When Wheat Penny opened in December of 2012, it did so to instant rave reviews. Dayton’s food community knows a good thing coming. So, when Elizabeth Wiley, owner of Meadowlark, announced plans for this new project, which moved […]

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Street eats and sweet treats


Colombian comfort in Kettering By Paula Johnson Photo: The Colombian platter at Arepas & Co. Imagine a little Colombian grandma stirring a fragrant stew, then imagine the sights and tantalizing cooking smells of a busy city thoroughfare. You’ll experience both at Arepas & Co., a new Kettering eatery which highlights home cooking and street food. […]

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Martin x Martin = Magic

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Family fish team carves salmon niche By Paula Johnson Photo: The unique balance between smoke, salt and sweet is what makes salmon from family-owned Oaked & Smoked smokery so special Boredom on a business trip led Martin Davis, Jr. to rummage around a bookstore in Silicon Valley. It was 1993 and Davis, a computer science Ph.D, […]

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The St. Vincent de Paul relief mission continues


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Mulling the merits of Merit Grill


Wide variety compromised by some puzzling choices The Merit Grill’s Carne Asada substituted sirloin for skirt steak, but the salsa, […]

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 […]

It’s happening in Troy


Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with […]

A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]