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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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Cuisine (un)fit for a king

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No royal treatment at this Beavercreek restaurant Photo: Special Thali at Beavercreek’s Maharaja By Paula Johnson DCP Dining Pal Jurgen Durstler, PIP (Palate In Progress), and I spent an evening at Beavercreek’s Maharaja restaurant, and the experience made me reflect on how important the totality of a restaurant is, specifically how service, atmosphere, value, and […]

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Let us eat cake

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Simon Kenton Inn charms in Springfield Maryland Crab Cake at Springfield’s Simon Kenton Inn; photo: Paula Johnson By Paula Johnson Turning off a busy divided highway, the entrance to the grounds of Springfield’s graciously restored Simon Kenton Inn leads you into lovely surroundings far removed from the warehouses and industry just beyond. The historic inn […]

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Love’s in the air and tomato sauce

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Romanced at Springboro’s Ambiance Wine Bar Cafe Spaghetti Dinner (above) and Peach Shortcake (left) at Ambiance Wine Bar Cafe in Springboro; photos: Paula Johnson By Paula Johnson It’s hard not to be taken by the charm of Springboro’s Main Street. Lined with lush, leafy trees and charming, historic, painted brick and wood-framed buildings, it’s the […]

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Shamrock talk

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Taste the luck, skill of the Irish at Dublin Pub in the Oregon District Cracker Bread (above) and Shepherd’s Pie (left) at Dublin Pub in the Oregon District; photo: Paula Johnson By Paula Johnson A shanachie is an Irish storyteller. To learn the story of how Dublin Pub came to be, I enlisted the man […]

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Cozy cuisine

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Light lunching at Beavercreek’s Cherry House Café House of Blues Chicken Sandwich at Beavercreek’s Cherry House Café; photo: Paula Johnson By Paula Johnson Cherry House Café, located on Meadowbridge Drive in Beavercreek, is owned by Bill and Annette Mangan. The couple has well over 50 years experience in the food service industry, previously owning the […]

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Pho sho’

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A sensational trip to Miamisburg’s Pho Mi Vietnamese Restaurant Hot Spicy Pork and Beef Noodle Soup, or Bun Bo Hue, at Miamisburg’s Pho Mi; photo: Paula Johnson By Paula Johnson Vietnamese is a cuisine that isn’t nearly as well known or popular as it should be. After all, it’s considered to be among the healthiest […]

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Table talk

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Make yourself comfortable at downtown Dayton’s Table 33 Posole, a Mexican red chili or stew, at downtown Dayton’s Table 33; photos: Paula Johnson By Paula Johnson “Every lesson I learned as a kid was at the dinner table. Being Greek, Sicilian, and Ruthenian, my folks are an emotional bunch. It was where we laughed, cried, […]

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Welcome to Flavortown

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Dive into K’s Hamburger Shop in Troy Experience the charm of an old-fashioned diner at K’s Hamburger Shop in Troy, with offerings like soups and burgers with fries; photo: Paula Johnson By Paula Johnson When you walk into K’s Hamburgers in Troy, the phrase “stepping back in time” almost doesn’t adequately sum up the experience. […]

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Hidden Flavors

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Find the The Meadows in Middletown Photo: Roasted Rack of Lamb paired with Brussels sprouts and mashed potatoes at The Meadows in Middletown; photo: Paula Johnson By Paula Johnson It’s not often you discover a hidden gem, a real “find,” a place no one else seems to know about. I’m often asked if I know of […]

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Drink to remember

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Chappys Tap Room and Grille in Moraine breaks the chains Photo: Chicken and Waffles at Chappys Tap Room and Grille in Moraine; photos: Paula Johnson By Paula Johnson I’m a big fan of supporting locally owned, independent restaurants. I remind people often that the chains don’t need your money—locally owned places do. But many diners find […]

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Do you know the muffin man?

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Bellbrook’s Blueberry Cafe serves the basics Photo: Blueberry pancake and sausage at Bellbrook’s Blueberry Cafe; photos: Paula Johnson By Paula Johnson The Blueberry Cafe is the kind of neighborhood breakfast joint where it seems just about everybody in the place is either known by the hosts and servers, or lives in the town. PIP (Palate In […]

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Close, but no cube

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Singing the food critic blues at Miamisburg’s Blue Note Bistro and Lounge By Paula Johnson Photo: Barramundi Almondine and Creamed Spinach at Blue Note Bistro and Lounge in Miamisburg; photo: Paula Johnson The definition of a “blue note” in jazz is a minor interval instead of the expected major. Thus, the Blue Note in Miamisburg […]

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Fool me once

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The joke was on me at Ha Ha Pizza in Yellow Springs By Paula Johnson Photo: Pizza, topped with tofu, pesto, falafel, and ricotta, at Ha Ha Pizza in Yellow Springs; photo: Paula Johnson There was a certain, less-than-delicious irony that the day PIP (Palate In Progress) and I met DCP pals for lunch at […]

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Taste sans taste

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Shen’s Szechuan and Sushi in Vandalia By Paula Johnson Photo: Cheng Du Chicken at Shen’s Szechuan and Sushi in Vandalia; photos: Paula Johnson Shen’s Szechuan and Sushi, located on Poe Avenue in Vandalia, is a lot more upscale than the average casual Chinese eatery. With an ample parking area and two large cement dragon sculptures […]

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