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Middle East in the Middle West

Cedarland offers exceptional Middle Eastern cuisine  By Brandy King photo: Baba ghannouj with housemade pita at Cedarland Restaurant & Bakery For someone who makes a point to visit and review as many dives as possible – local and otherwise – it’s downright shameful that I’d long avoided the one closest to my own turf.  Cedarland Bakery […]

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Amar India

As authentic as it gets  By Tom Baker If you’ve recently attended an Indian wedding, hospital-sponsored banquet or been shopping around the Dayton Mall, chances are you’ve experienced Amar India. Amar brings higher-level Indian dining to Dayton, and is owned and operated by Surjit Singh, a tall, moustached gentleman you may see in the restaurant […]

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Don’t judge a restaurant by its (old) cover!

Pearl Bay Thai & Asian Cuisine makes new, tasty home  By Brandy King There’s a website currently on hiatus called Not Fooling Anybody that would snap photos of former chain restaurants that had been very awkwardly converted into doctors’ offices, ethnic restaurants, etc., without really bothering to change the recognizable design of the former tenant.  […]

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We’re number one …?

The highs and lows of Italian cuisine at Giovanni’s  By Tom Baker As we pulled into the parking lot behind Giovanni’s Italian Restaurant in downtown Fairborn, I noticed a large banner hung on the side of the building near the entrance. On this banner they proudly stated that Giovanni’s had been voted the #1 Italian […]

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Simple and consistent

Christopher’s Restaurant offers quality home cooking By Tom Baker There are two things I’ve learned since having my first child: First, simplicity is best, whether it is in discipline or in cooking – you’ve got to get the point across and dinner done quickly. The second, that eating together at a table with family or […]

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Five alarm flavor

Company 7 BBQ smokes the competition By Brandy King Almost two years ago, one of my clients from my day job said he was leaving the industry to start a barbecue restaurant with his family. He was a genuinely nice guy, so I wished him the best of luck – all the while thinking, “Opening […]

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Antojitos Criollos

El Sabor de Puerto Rico en Dayton By Tom Baker When the Mayor, Gary Leitzell, announced Dayton’s “Welcome Plan,” a plan that would make Dayton a more immigrant-friendly city, I was really happy. Not only do I think it’s a good idea to embrace and encourage diversity in our communities, but I was also excited […]

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Amazing food + amazing service = El Meson

From tapas to dessert, El Meson is a hit By Brian P. Sharp There are a few things that we as consumers expect as we shop or dine. We want the very best quality with the very best service at the very lowest price. No matter whether we are shopping for televisions or dinner, no […]

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Cooper’s Deli

Oakwood sandwich shop abides By Tom Baker Sometimes when I’m out having a casual bite at a dry joint I think to myself, “Man, it sure would be nice if they had some adult beverages to complement this great food.”  Wait – who am I kidding?  I think that every time.  But I’m not just […]

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A taste of the islands

Agnes’ All-Natural Grill offers healthy-and-fast dining By Tom Baker Every once in a while, my wife, in a sarcastic-but-clearly-serious tone will ask: “So when are you taking me to Jamaica?”  We laugh about it for a moment (well, I do at least), and then continue on with our day.  So when the editor of the […]

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news of the weird: 10/28

by Chuck Shephard Lead Story – Eye of the beholder The Osiligi Maasai Warrior choir, from Kenya, in ornate, mystifying […]

The hands-on headless horseman

Zoot Reboots for “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” By Jacqui Theobald Photo: C.J. Suchyta and Natalie Houliston display Ichabod at a Zoot […]

The Docket

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Editor’s Choice: Saucy and stalk-y After […]

Advice Goddess

By Amy Alkon Knight Terrors I’m a woman in my early 30s. I was one of the employees who got […]

Putting the ‘boo’ in book

Inside Troy’s haunted bookstore By Matt Bayman Photo: Around About Books is located at 8 W. Main St. in Troy […]

News of the weird 10/21

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Signs of the times “Selfie fever” has begun to sully the sacred Islamic pilgrimages to […]