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Thankfully delicious holiday potluck

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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

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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

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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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Hey Jude’s!

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Mama Jude’s Thai Kitchen really does know best By Paula Johnson Photo: Pad Sei Ew at Mama Jude’s Thai Kitchen Thai cuisine is experiencing a wave in popularity in the U.S., with two 2011 James Beard Best Chef Awards going to Thai restaurants. Until the 1960s, Thai was relatively unknown here, and didn’t really explode on […]

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It Figlios so good

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A wood-fired pizza treat with endless possibilities By Paula Johnson Photo: The build-your-own-pizza option at Figlio provides over 3 trillion different possible topping combinations It’s an axiom in the industry that nothing fails faster than a restaurant started by a bunch of lawyers or doctors. These businesses almost always tank, due to the lack of commitment […]

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That’s amore!

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Roost Modern Italian always delivers By Brian P. Sharp Photo: Grilled swordfish at Roost Modern Italian It’s true – even the best of restaurants have days where things just aren’t right. However, Roost seems to be spot on every time.  That might be part of the reason for a major expansion and remodel which should […]

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Food ‘pho’ the soul

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Vietnamese comfort food at Little Saigon By Avery King Photo: Mixed vegetables with tofu in saté sauce at Little Saigon Little Saigon is a tiny, family-owned restaurant tucked away off Woodman Drive that has inspired pilgrimages from faithful foodies for ages. The one-room establishment exudes a familial spirit that spans from the handmade rolls to […]

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The Docket: 8/30

Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby By Ehron Ostendorf Feeding for two The owner of a store said a woman […]

Debate Forum: 8/23

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For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

Debate Forum: 8/16/16

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For the love of the game Olympic athletes have big dreams, but empty wallets—Should the government step in? By Sarah […]