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Salute, my friend!

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A toast to Troni’s Pizza and Restaurant in Kettering By Jurgen Durstler Photo: Meat Lasagna at Troni’s Pizza and Restaurant in Kettering; photos: Jurgen Durstler There is an Eastern European gentleman at the door, saying, “Heeeeey, my friend, my buddy! How’s my favorite customer?” After a long day on the job being overworked and feeling […]

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(Almost) king for a day

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Spice up lunch at Los Reyes in Kettering By Paula Johnson Photo: Los Reyes in Kettering glows with a cozy atmosphere; photos: Michelle Strauss It wasn’t Cinco de Mayo. The calendar reflected a day that was actually much closer to Cinco de Marcho when DCP pals and I visited Los Reyes in Kettering. No matter […]

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Sip, sup, gussy up

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Reminisce at The Paragon Supper Club in Centerville By Paula Johnson Photo: Beef Wellington at The Paragon Supper Club in Centerville; photo: Paula Johnson Today we are going to talk about Centerville’s Paragon Supper Club, but we can’t do that without some context, and some nostalgia on this critic’s part. I begin by invoking The […]

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Crème de la crop

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Sign an elite guestbook at Lebanon’s The Golden Lamb By Paula Johnson Photo: Cauliflower and Short Rib Darphin appetizer at The Golden Lamb in Lebanon; photo: Paula Johnson William Henry Harrison, Benjamin Harrison, John Quincy Adams, Martin Van Buren, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, William McKinley, Warren G. Harding, William Howard […]

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The limits of Sky

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Kettering’s Sky Asian Cuisine By Paula Johnson Photo: Sushi Sashimi Platter at Sky Asian in Kettering; photo: Paula Johnson     Sky Asian is the newest kid on the pan Asian restaurant block. Pan Asian means “we cover all the bases to appeal to the largest number of diners.” There are Thai restaurants and Korean […]

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Just another manic Monday?

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Not much lovin’ for Miamisburg’s India Oven By Paula Johnson Photo: Chicken Vindaloo at India Oven in Miamisburg; photos: Paula Johnson   Yes, it was Monday at 5 p.m., the appointed time PIP (Palate In Progress) and I were to meet dining chum Jurgen Durstler at India Oven in the international plaza near the Dayton Mall. […]

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Sipping on a surprise

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Downtown Dayton’s Wine Gallery and Cafe By Paula Johnson Photo: Pistachio Crusted Goat Cheese appetizer at The Wine Gallery and Cafe in downtown Dayton; photos: Paula Johnson; Photos: Paula Johnson   Toward the edge of downtown on Monument Avenue, you’ll find a nice little wine bar to try a wine flight, and while you’re there, […]

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Festival of five

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Celebrate flavor at Kettering’s Siam Pad Thai By Paula Johnson Photo: Drunken Noodles at Siam Pad Thai in Kettering; photos: Paula Johnson All Thai cuisine starts with the big five: sour, sweet, salty, bitter, and spicy. (More accurately, I should say all good Thai cuisine.) In a successful dish, that balance of three, or up […]

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Sweet but no heat

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Riddle’s Ribs in Springfield By Paula Johnson Photo: Ribs and a chicken wing with (l-r) macaroni and cheese, collard greens, potato wedges, and cornbread at Riddle’s Ribs in Springfield photos: Paula Johnson Riddle’s Ribs is a tiny, white, one-story building on a corner on South Wittenberg Avenue in Springfield. A couple of sandwich boards are […]

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Not quite the ticket

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Tickets Pub and Eatery in Fairborn By Paula Johnson Photo: Greek Hot Plate for two at Tickets in Fairborn I’ve always felt that the job of a police sketch artist when confronted with an average guy who lacked any salient attributes or distinguishing characteristics would be a tough one. This is what I imagine: What […]

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A beckoning beacon

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Williams’ Eatery and Gathering Place in Yellow Springs By Paula Johnson Photo: Fire Alarm Burger at Williams’ Eatery and Gathering Place in Yellow Springs; photos: Paula Johnson PIP (Palate In Progress) and I found ourselves in Yellow Springs late on a cold Wednesday evening needing to stop somewhere for dinner. Drawn by the building’s cheery […]

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From pants to pashas

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Beavercreek’s Pasha Grill surprises with authentic touches of Istanbul By Paula Johnson Photo: Small Appetizer Platter at Beavercreek’s Pasha Grill; photos: Paula Johnson I am not the biggest fan of shopping centers, but occasionally retail calls, so off to The Greene Town Center in Beavercreek it was. PIP (Palate In Progress) and I were well […]

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Choppers

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Dayton’s Rip Rap Roadhouse delivers biker and family fun By Paula Johnson Photo: Broasted Wings at Dayton’s Rip Rap Roadhouse; photos: Paula Johnson For the drive out to Rip Rap Roadhouse, I put together a playlist to prep for the experience—my first visit to a biker bar(!). Selections included Steppenwolf’s “Born To Be Wild,” “The […]

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Dayton’s little black dress

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Coco’s Bistro in Midtown offers comfort, food in style By Paula Johnson Photo: Duck Ramen at Coco’s Bistro in Midtown; photos: Paula Johnson When you look at the Coco’s Bistro website, you will see an enticingly lovely photo of an elegant dining room with these words in a banner overlay: Comfortable. Neighborhood. Warm. Romantic. Business. […]

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Get lucky

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Yellow Springs’ Sunrise Café serves up a surprise, or two By Paula Johnson Photo: The Vick Burger at Yellow Springs’ Sunrise Café; photos: Paula Johnson Ah, Yellow Springs, that progressive, funky, hippie haven that’s impossible not to fall in love with. This village has a vibe, and there’s no better way to soak it all […]

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A philosophy of pizza

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Beavercreek’s Spinoza’s delivers Italian enlightenment By Paula Johnson Photo: Slices of Ezzo Pizza (left) and Yin Yang Pizza at Spinoza’s in Beavercreek; photos: Paula Johnson My friend Barrister Greg and I met up for pizza recently at a place I won’t name, which left me as usual asking the question “Where can a girl get […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]