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I’ve had better carry-out

Shen’s misses the mark By Brandy King  Photo: The minced chicken lettuce wraps at Shen’s Szechuan & Sushi in Vandalia I had heard people talk about Mr. Lee’s Fine Dining for the better part of 10 years, and by the time I finally got around to trying it, it was called Shen’s Szechuan & Sushi. The […]

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Stepped-Up Southern

Trotwood’s Taste puts spin on Southern and Creole classics By Brandy King Photo: The truffle Parmesan fries with garlic Parmesan creme at Taste Creative Cuisine in Trotwood The first time my husband and I got geared up to try Taste Creative Cuisine in Trotwood, it was closed for the day. Their Sunday hours weren’t really […]

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Unexpectedly fresh

The Midwest Coast at Jay’s Seafood Restaurant By Brian P. Sharp   “Is there good seafood in Dayton?” That’s a question I am often asked. While usually I remind people that we are not living on a shoreline, there are a few places that exist where you can get very fresh seafood. Jay’s Seafood Restaurant […]

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Dramatic dining

Centerville’s Kabuki aces sushi By: Brandy King Photo: Ka bai – braised short ribs – at Kabuki in Centerville I tire of hearing that Dayton is lacking in good ethnic eateries. We may be short on solid Italian and Puerto Rican offerings, but for everything else you just have to look – not downtown, not near […]

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The streets of Italy hit Dayton!

Piada’s fast-casual concept takes off south of town By Brandy King   Photo: Angel hair pasta with diavolo sauce and Italian sausage at Piada   A few years ago, one of the cofounders of Bravo sold his stakes in the company and launched the concept of a fast-casual Italian eatery. Piada made its debut in Columbus, […]

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Mexican Mecca

Taqueria Mixteca shows the West Side their best side  By: Tom Baker   Photo: Huarache with carnita at Taqueria Mixteca in Trotwood East Dayton’s Taqueria Mixteca, recognized as one of the top taco connections in town, now has a location in Trotwood on Shiloh Springs Road. The original location on East Third Street has been serving […]

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Sit up. Lay down. Roll over!

Your dog deserves a treat from Lindy & Company By Tom Baker Photo: Lindy’s Sampler and the latest favorite, PB & Bacon Bones I’m a big fan of social enterprise, the business model that uses conventional methods as a means to a socially beneficial end. Businesses like celebrity chef Jaime Oliver’s Fifteen – a culinary apprenticeship […]

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Something yummy at White Lotus

Authentic Thai food downtown By Brian P. Sharp Photo: Panang curry with white rice at White Lotus How many times have you passed the White Lotus – previously known as White Tower  restaurant, and still sporting the Yummy Burger sign from its last incarnation – at the northeast corner of Patterson Boulevard and Third Street and […]

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Taste the rainbow

Out-and-proud restaurateurs By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Winds Cafe co-owner Mary Kay Smith walks diners through a meal at her restaurant   When my editor gave me an assignment on gay restaurant owners/managers, I was a little stumped. I couldn’t figure out the angle. What does LGBT status have to do with running a restaurant? Wiley […]

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Mexico’s signature sandwich

Johnny’s Tortas in Old North Dayton By Tom Baker Photo: The Campesina torta from Johnny’s Tortas  When you enjoy a cuisine and then realize you’ve missed an entire facet of what it has to offer, there is a great moment of discovery that you never forget. Mine involves a 24-hour Mexican restaurant in Chicago – on […]

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One good eye

Cyclops Festival returns for fourth DIY year By Tim Anderl Photo: Cyclops Festival, the handmade art and apparel event, will take […]

Causing an uproar

Godsmack shreds across the country By Alan Sculley Photo: Godsmack will perform on Aug. 17 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati […]

Yellow Springs Theater Company

New company of professionals pushes theatrical boundaries By Joyell Nevins Photo: The Yellow Springs Theater Company rehearses D’Arc Comedy by wanda […]

Give it a spin

Whirled Festival of Tops By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: The festivities begin at 5 p.m. in the area north of the […]

On craft and craftsmanship

In the studio with Landon Crowell By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Landon Crowell, Inertia in Light of a Likely Disaster, 2011. Wood, […]

Modern masters, talking turkeys and the king himself

Your summer roadmap to art in Cincinnati By Susan Byrnes Photo: Trenton Doyle Hancock, “Hot Coals in Soul,” 2010. Acrylic and […]