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Indian? Let’s Chaat!

India Chaat Café and Curryout quenches curry cravings By Paula Johnson Photo: Masala Dosa at India Chaat Café and Curryout A recent Saturday lunch with my friend Sally made me remember just how subtle and complex good Indian cuisine can be. I invited her to join me at India Chaat Café and Curry out to […]

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Have it his way

Voltzy’s Rootbeer Stand is a stand-out By Paula Johnson Photo: The “Stephie” at Voltzy’s Rootbeer Stand Ever sit front and center at a comedy club? The drill is you get picked on by the comedian pretty much non stop throughout the show. By sitting ringside you are fair game. That’s the treatment everybody gets when […]

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El hamburger?

Sammy’s El Pueblo: Mexican and gourmet burgers By Paula Johnson Photo: The Pick Three Platter with Chile Relleno, Chile Mixto and Pork Tamale at Sammy’s El Pueblo The end of February is not a time for delicate hints of flavor, subtle notes of spice or wisps of well, anything. PIP (Palate In Progress) and I […]

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When “gastro” means great food

Centerville’s Lock 27 takes the suds By Paula Johnson Photo: Lock 27’s Poutine appetizer Breweries, gastropubs and craft beer establishments are springing up everywhere. While I really like this trend, I am always a little suspicious of the food being treated as an “also” if the focus is more heavily weighted on the beer end […]

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Stick to your, well, ribs

Vandalia’s Original Rib House By Paula Johnson Photo: The Ribs and Chicken Combo dinner at Original Rib House in Vandalia The dining room of the Original Rib House in Vandalia reminds you of nothing so much as the 1970s sitcom The Brady Bunch. The harvest gold and rust brown interior of what was once a […]

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’Tis the season(ing)

Troy’s Basil’s on Market By Paula Johnson Photo: The Nutty Craisin Salad at Basil’s On Market in Troy Basil: from the Greek basileus, meaning king. It’s referred to by many chefs as the king of herbs, and Chef Todd Uhlir’s featuring of basil in many of his dishes speaks to his fondness for it. Open […]

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Fast casual

Newly opened Quick N Slick trades quality for quantity By Paula Johnson Photo: The Quick N Slick hot dog You might think of the latest in culinary trends as foods which are locally sourced, and inventively prepared meals focusing on organically raised vegetables and meats. And the continued popularity of the “slow food” movement, encouraging […]

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No-dishes noel

Christmas Day options for dining out By Paula Johnson Photo: Deluxe Fried Rice at Tik’s Thai Grille Restive not festive? As the days fly by in this frenzied holiday season, you might find yourself overwhelmed and thinking something’s gotta give. Between shopping, parties, wrapping, parties, baking and parties, you might be left with the nagging […]

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For goodness’ Sake

Teppankyaki-style dining in Miamisburg By Paula Johnson Photo: Teppanyaki steak and salmon from Sake Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar Arriving at Sake Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar near the Dayton Mall is like arriving at a fork in the road. One can choose the Washoku Dining Room or a Teppanyaki table. The dining […]

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Thankfully delicious holiday potluck

Dining critic Paula Johnson’s “tradition with a twist” By Paula Johnson Photo:El Meson’s Drunken Tequila Turkey   It’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving. The time of gloppy, canned green bean casseroles and treacly, marshmallow-topped sweet potatoes. Don’t forget the winning combination of dry turkey slices with lumpy gravy over bland mashed potatoes. All this […]

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Venting for the voiceless

Author Justin Curtis’s Troy-inspired novel By Katie Fender Photo: “Plight of the Downtrodden,” by Justin Curtis Troy native and author […]

Art & Soul

Yellow Springs’ art fair connects art to community By Tara Pettit Photo: The Art & Soul Fair takes place from […]

Be Well, Marsha 11/17/15

The slower seasons By Marsha Bonhart I have a friend whom I adore. I don’t always understand her, but she’s […]

Three artists. Three days. One lock.

‘Locked In’ on art at Yellow Springs Arts Council By Joyell Nevins Photo: [l-r] Artists Brandon Lowery, Nathaniel Foley and […]

Ask Rocco 11/17/15

Who the hell is Tony Zale anyway? By Rocco Castellano Photo: Boxer Tony Zale knocks Rocky Graziano to the ground […]

March of the Turkeys

The Turkey Trot tradition treks on By Don Hurst Photo: The Ohio River Road Runners Club 37th Annual Turkey Trot […]