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Hey Jude’s!


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


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


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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Say ‘Yeah’ to Saya


Local haunt serves up Japanese and Korean favorites By Paula Johnson Photo: Dolsot Bibimbap from Saya Korean and Japanese Restaurant If it’s 7 p.m. on a Saturday night and there’s barely anyone in the place, should you stay? Is it fair to judge a restaurant by the number of patrons? As almost any national chain proves, […]

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Forget the food court

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Spinoza’s is fresh and delicious By Brian P. Sharp photo: Spinoza’s suggests ordering pizzas side by side, for those who can’t choose between their 16 choices On a recent Friday evening, I went with a friend to Spinoza’s Pizza and Salads inside the Fairfield Commons Mall. Certainly, we have all experienced mall food courts or chain […]

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Eat, pray, love

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Top notch food for a good cause By Brandy King Photo: The salmon dinner from one bistro Over the last couple of years, the “pay it forward” dining concept has started to pop up in some markets – including a few Panera Bread locations and Jon Bon Jovi’s Soul Kitchen in New Jersey. I’ll be the […]

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Thai one on


Tik’s Thai Grille, a Dayton original expands By Avery King Photo:The chicken satay appetizer with cucumber and peanut sauces at Tik’s Thai Grille Tik’s Thai Grille in Sugarcreek Township is one of three local Thai establishments operating under the Tik brand – named after the owner. “Mostly Thai people have nicknames and we call each […]

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Worth the trip to Waynesville

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Surprise and delight awaits at Cobblestone Village Café By Brian P. Sharp Photo: The grilled romaine salad at Cobblestone Village Café Tucked into what appears to be an old home on Main Street in Waynesville, Ohio is Cobblestone Village Gift Shop and Gourmet Café. Waynesville is known for a number of things – the Sauerkraut Festival and […]

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Spring is in the air (and the glass)

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DCP’s guide to spring beers By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Consecrator is a Midwest-brewed doppelbock true to its German roots; photo: Kevin J. Gray As the snows thaw and the weather warms, brewers turn from imperial stouts, winter warmers and barleywines – staples of cooler months. Instead, out come the spring seasonals. Unlike fall, with its […]

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Epicurean “Wine”


A French four-pack for the freezin’ season By Mike Rosenberg Photo: The Macon region of southern Burgundy, France It’s cold and dreary. The sun barely peeks out, and when it does, it’s not much help warming things up. These are rich food days, my friends. For me, richer food calls for wine with a backbone of earth, […]

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Oregon District staple offers taste of the exotic


Why Thai 9 is a perennial favorite By Avery King Photo: Panaeng curry with tofu and green beans at Thai 9 in the Oregon District A staple of downtown dining since 2003, Thai 9’s unassuming exterior at 11 Brown St. anchors the Oregon District’s east end. The restaurant’s simple façade hides an elegant and spacious dining […]

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Great food comes in a small package

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Olive, An Urban Dive offers local food in intimate setting By Brian P. Sharp Photo: The Urban burger with sweet potato fries and aioli at Olive, An Urban Dive Olive, An Urban Dive is not new to downtown Dayton, but it has not been on my short list of restaurants to frequent. On a chilly night […]

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The ‘other’ Taqueria in Town

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Fewer hipsters, just as much flavor By Brandy King Photo: The pork tamales at Taquiera Las Tapatias in Riverside  Suburbanites around the region are starting to get comfortable enough to dine at Mexican eateries that aren’t just a bunch of numbered plates, wherein you choose chicken or beef – hence the popularity and success of the […]

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Midwestern elegance

Surf N Turf with mashed potatoes and collard greens

Lily’s Bistro new kid on the Oregon block By: Avery King Photo: Lily’s Bistro surf n’ turf with mashed potatoes and collard greens Lily’s Bistro opened in late spring of 2013 and has established a name for itself in the upscale dining community. Located at the western end of the Oregon District, the restaurant occupies the […]

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Healthy never tasted so good

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Delicious dishes at Flavors Eatery in Centerville  By Brandy King   Photo: Turkey Bacon wrap with chips, housemade salsa and house dressing at Flavors Eatery in Centerville I’ve been going to Flavors Eatery in Centerville for years and the food has always been consistently delicious. Name nearly any dietary preference and they can accommodate it: vegan, […]

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The St. Vincent de Paul relief mission continues


  Gateway Shelter for Women and Families on W. Apple St is ready to help 24-hours a day.  By Tim […]

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 […]