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La Piazza

A Little Italy On The Square By Tom Baker Like some people, I have a hard time eating Italian out. The notion of being able to, at least in part, replicate dishes for which you might pay $20 at a nice place can be a turnoff. Value perception can make or break a potential Italian […]

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Siam Pad Thai

The Little Thai Joint That Could By Tom Baker Since moving back to Dayton some years ago, one of my first priorities was to find good Thai food. Before leaving for college, Thai wasn’t a big deal in Dayton. After discovering Indian, Japanese, Thai and even Burmese during my travels, I was hooked. When I […]

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Been to Benham’s?

A second chance for a charmer south of downtown By Brian P. Sharp Some things aren’t what they used to be … or at least I felt that in going back to Benham’s after many years.  I drove by one day remembering fondly the amazing chicken salad on croissant that they always served … the […]

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Amelia’s Bistro

A Not-So-Hidden Gem in Bellbrook By Tom Baker While recently perusing online menus for a new date-night spot, I came across Amelia’s and was shocked that I had yet to try it. Although lately I’d been hearing positive things, it seemed like Amelia’s just wasn’t hitting my radar. Lunch with family as well as a […]

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Brunch is Serious Business

Dayton-area Easter Brunch Alternatives By Tom Baker I’m pretty serious about brunch. In fact, I go out once, if not twice, every weekend so it’s important that a place has got the goods. Just the other day I was looking for restaurants offering breakfast or brunch on Easter Sunday and I found a list featuring […]

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Namaste India

South Indian comes to South Dayton By Tom Baker Just over a year ago, I learned that a new Indian restaurant was opening south of town. The news per se was not terribly exciting as there are a handful of Indian restaurants around Dayton. The key here was a unique and little seen offering – […]

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The Wine Gallery

A little dining and lots of wining at downtown wine bar By Tom Baker First, a confession – the Wine Gallery and I used to be a package. That’s right, since their opening in November 2006 at Third and Wayne, well before their foray into the 2nd Street Market in 2009 and before their January […]

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Central Perc

Tea Time in Oakwood By Tom Baker In a world of instant messaging and instant gratification, sometimes it’s nice to have a good, simple meal in a quiet, comfortable place. No dining rooms with service staff buzzing about and techno music thumping you into submission, just from-scratch food and desserts lacking pretense and served by […]

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Ale at the table

The perfect pairing: craft beer By Kevin Gray Most people think wine when they think of food pairings, but diners with sophisticated palates increasingly gravitate towards beer with their cuisine. Craft beer, with its nearly infinite combinations of aroma and flavor, offers diners a world of new taste discoveries. In truth, beer and food have […]

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Are you smarter than a caveman?

Eat like a caveman, live a healthier life By Mark Luedtke Forty-thousand years ago, the caveman ancestors of modern humans were bigger, stronger and faster than modern humans. The typical male caveman had more in common with Chad Ochocinco, who’s lightning fast, 6’1” and 192 lbs, than Joe Six-pack. Females would remind observers more of […]

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Mambo Italiano

Palermo’s brings a taste of Italy to Kettering By Brian P. Sharp In a quiet shopping center just minutes from downtown Dayton is Palermo’s, an amazingly authentic Italian restaurant. Palermo’s, located at 2667 S. Dixie Dr. in Kettering, is a hit among regular clientele. The dining room was remodeled and expanded in November 2010, increasing […]

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‘Tis the Seasons’

Seasons Bistro & Grille shows promise, progress in Springfield By Elizabeth Fields Hogue Kenerly I grew up in this town; I’ve worked in the restaurant industry in this town. Springfield, in my youth, had a few gracious, but modest restaurants mostly owned by local families that served the community well enough, but lacked the “big […]

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New Asian dining in the New Year

Two-month-old restaurant CJ Chan delivers on price and quality By Brian P. Sharp Today was one of those days where you just don’t want to cook at home. It’s cold and snowy, and while a nice, hot pot of chili sounds nice, a clean kitchen sounds better. So, we hop in the car and decide […]

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You Are What You Eat

Getting ‘naked’ at the dinner table By Marianne Stanley Food has become a new “hot topic” as food-borne illnesses like e-coli contamination and salmonella poisoning continue to skyrocket during this age of factory farming and environmental pollutants. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), food-borne illnesses make 76 million Americans sick, with more than […]

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“Amateur Night” appetite

New Year’s Eve menus By Eleanor Hill Some call it “Amateur Night,” while others consider it a special evening to dine with family and friends. Whichever way you look at it, New Year’s Eve is an occasion for exceptional culinary delights and unique dining choices. The Miami Valley has plenty to offer for this traditional holiday […]

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pHO, pHO, pHO

When the holiday goodies become too much, head to Linh’s By Brian P. Sharp If you are in the mood for authentic Vietnamese or Chinese food, Linh’s is the real deal. You could miss this little restaurant if you aren’t careful. Situated next to an international market, Linh’s is located at 4770 Airway Road in […]

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Summer Sun and Salutations

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You’ve seen it throughout your social media feed, you hear about a friend’s awesome class over a cup of coffee, […]

Paddle on, Dayton

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Summer is the perfect time to hit the water, and with more than 265 miles of water trails in the […]

Still living the good life

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The words “living legend” are often misapplied, usually to sports figures who haven’t really experienced enough of life to earn […]

Acid Flashback: Hara Arena 1981

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Love them or hate them, the Grateful Dead were truly a one-of-a-kind band. During their thirty-year career as one of […]

Evolution Calling

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the […]