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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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Consistently inconsistent

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Don’t throw caution to The Winds in Yellow Springs just yet By Paula Johnson Photo: The La Belle Farm Duck Breast with lavender honey and red wine reduction at The Winds in Yellow Springs; photos: Paula Johnson My occasional and most excellent dining pal Jurgen Durstler and I were discussing restaurants we’ve felt were “consistently […]

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Whoa Nelly’s!

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Centerville’s Nelly’s Taste of Bolivia is hands down the best rotisserie chicken around By Paula Johnson Photo: Pique Macho at Nelly’s Taste of Bolivia; photos: Paula Johnson A few years ago, I began flirting with the idea of moving to Dayton. My now-husband PIP (Palate In Progress) knew that food was the center of my […]

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Derom-eh

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Deroma Italian Restaurant in Huber Heights By Paula Johnson Photo: Spaghetti Bolognese and garlic knot rolls at Deroma Italian Restaurant in Huber Heights; photos: Paula Johnson Jurgen Durstler, a person who possesses a name that is in no way Italian but within whom lays the soul of Tom Colicchio, was my dining companion when I […]

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More kimchi, please!

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Riverside’s Akashi Sushi Bar By Paula Johnson Photo: Hamachi Kama at Riverside’s Akashi Sushi Bar; photos: Paula Johnson A craving for Korean prompted my recent outing to Akashi with PIP (Palate In Progress) and some DCP pals. Akashi, located right off of Route 4 on Harshman Road, offers both Korean and Japanese cuisine, perfect for […]

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Champagne, but no cigar

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Miamisburg’s elé Bistro & Wine Bar By Paula Johnson Photo: Trout Almondine at Miamisburg’s elé Bistro & Wine Bar; photos: Paula Johnson Austin Landing, the recently opened shopping and dining complex in Miamisburg, is filled with national chains. I was happy to see that at least one place is a real homegrown addition to the […]

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Mr. Mojo risin’

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Mojos Bar and Grille in Troy By Paula Johnson Photo: Monte Cristo sandwich and Slaw at Mojos Bar and Grille in Troy; photos: Paula Johnson Funny enough, that refrain from the Doors song “L.A. Woman” was playing in the background as I sat at Mojos Bar and Grille in Troy, musing about what to call […]

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Dispirited

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Ray’s Wine Spirits Grill in Clayton By Paula Johnson Photo: Pasta Bolognese at Ray’s Wine Spirits Grill in Clayton; photos: Paula Johnson I feel just awful about what I am about to do—I really couldn’t feel worse. Those who read my column regularly will be familiar with my rant about restaurants that serve institutional-style food […]

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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 […]