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Wings, fried veggies, and hamburgers, oh my!

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Nick’s Restaurant in Xenia does not disappoint Photo: Nick’s Reuben on grilled rye with corned beef. By Paula Johnson I drove out to Xenia to Nick’s Restaurant to meet a DCP pal for lunch recently, curious to see if the buzz about the place was deserved. Nick’s has been around since 1949 when Nick Malavazos […]

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Not lost, wandering

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Beavercreek’s Wandering Griffin points in the right direction Photo: Wild mushroom pizza from Wandering Griffin By Paula Johnson “Not all who wander are lost” is a bumper sticker I’ve seen on cars. Indeed the act of wandering (and the act of wondering) can lead to the opposite of being lost, and finding something wonderful. The […]

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Time well spent

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No need to hurry at Dayton’s Nanya’s Café Photo: Mixed combo platter and Kiitfo from Nanya’s Cafe By Paula Johnson I had a most unique and amazing dining experience recently at Nanya’s Café and I can’t wait to tell you about this place. And to tell you not to go. Seriously, don’t. That is unless […]

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Kilt-y as charged

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Scotish offerings at Springboro’s Highland Stag Photo: Heather’s corned beef supper from Highland Stag By Paula Johnson My family background is Scottish, and I freely admit to an affinity for all things of the Highland stripe (or plaid in this case). Bagpipes are the music of the heavens, and I can’t look away from a […]

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Great eats. Geographically challenged.

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Riverside’s Linh’s Bistro hits Vietnamese, but partially misses too Photo: Lihn’s Bistro’s Rau Cai Xao Sa Ot (mixed vegetables with lemongrass) By Warwick Kensington In my travels to Southeast Asia, one of the most exciting aspects of the adventure is experiencing the local cuisine.  There is something about the food that drives me to visit every […]

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Not your typical take-out

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CJ Chan astonishes with culture and cusine Photo: CJ Chan’s Triple Delight By Warwick Kensington When I learned I was reviewing CJ Chan, I immediately summoned Paula, DCP’s very own epicurean empress, to share the good news. Unfortunately, she was out of town and couldn’t accompany me on this assignment, so I called one of […]

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Mexed-up

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Las Peñas in Miamisburg is a tasty treasure Photo: Huevos rancheros By Paula Johnson TV personality, chef, and food writer Anthony Bourdain has claimed that Mexican food is one of the least understood cuisines in the world. I would tend to agree, adding that what the typical American experiences and expects from Mexican restaurants isn’t […]

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Amar-velous!

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Amar India’s legacy continues to impress Photo: Tandoori Chicken By Paula Johnson Coriander, fenugreek, cumin, cardamom, cayenne, cilantro, ginger, garlic. I love saying the words, and I love what happens when the wonderful things they are marry together to create what may just be my favorite cuisine. If I consider the question “If you could only […]

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Don’t judge this book’s cover

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Troy’s Ording’s surprises since 1962 Photo: Ording’s deli counter By Warwick Kensington It’s another day in the daily grind of the food service world, and Joe Ording continues at the conn as he has for 55 years directing his team members, some of which are family and some employees that have worked for him for […]

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Night of the living dogs

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Topped with toppings at Zombie Dogz Photo: Sink your fangs into Victim 13 By Paula Johnson My first job ever at age 15 was working the counter at a luncheonette in Pittsburgh called Wiener World. I didn’t even like hot dogs when I started there, but came to be crazy for them in short order. […]

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Stay golden

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Traditional values remain at The Golden Jersey Inn at Young’s Dairy Country comfort combo platter; photo: Paula Johnson By Paula Johnson Young’s Dairy is an iconic Yellow Springs tradition. The giant red barn still stands where the Young family built it in 1869. Over the years the family farmed the surrounding acreage and raised dairy […]

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Nearly perfect

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A true dining experience: Tipp City’s Coldwater Cafe Photo: Lobster crabcakes By Paula Johnson Sometimes it’s right. Sometimes, though not often, the dining gods smile down at you and toss you an amuse-bouche, hospitality envelops you, decor and interior design wrap you in their warm, upholstered embrace, anticipatory wait staff provide what you need before […]

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Finding New York in Dayton

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Old Scratch Pizza’s shining resemblance Prosciutto arugula pizza; photo: Paula Johnson By Paula Johnson Pizza Progenitor One of the most iconic pizza places in New York (and beyond) is Brooklyn’s Roberta’s. It put Bushwick on the hipster foodie map. Called one of the most extraordinary restaurants in the U.S. by Sam Sifton of the New […]

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A meal kind of like Christmas

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Smiths’ Boathouse bikes and socks Photo: Prince Edward Island Mussels appetizer By Paula Johnson To describe my meal at Smiths’ Boathouse as uneven is probably an understatement. Schizophrenic swings from really terrific to really not left my companions and me perplexed. What we found that was good was quite so. The mistakes in execution and missteps […]

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Hickory Bar-B-Q

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Standing the test of time Photo: Hickory has been using their rotisserie split since 1962 By Jurgen Dursler The Hickory Bar-B-Q remains true to its original roots despite the ebb and flow of decades of new culinary trends. Let’s play a game!  How many of these beloved Dayton restaurants of yore do you recognize?  The Parkmoor?  […]

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Buckeye Jake’s has what it takes

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A well worth it trip for some well made chicken Photo: Welcome to Buckeye Jake’s By Paula Johnson In Gainesville, Georgia, it is illegal to eat fried chicken with a knife and fork. There is a city ordinance that says you must use your hands. It’s possible that the good people of Gainesville are familiar with […]

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Nobody Sleeps in Turandot

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Love thaws the ice queen with the Dayton Opera The scale and spectacle of Turandot is something not to be […]

Jackie in Wonderland

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Dayton Philharmonic backs prodigy Jackie Evancho at Schuster Jackie Evancho will sing opera favorites as well as her new more […]

Celebrating local artists

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DVAC auction returns to Sinclair’s Ponitz Center Attendees can appreciate local artists while socializing with their friends and family. By […]

Success by design

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Tracy McElfresh sews, up-cycles, and blogs her fashion forward McElfresh is fan of vivid colors and bold patterns in her […]

A new class at the old school

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Dayton Funk Forever brings the spirit of 70s soul to Oscar’s (L-R) Joseph Hamp, Patrick Coyne, Brandon Guthrie, Adam Uhlenhake, […]