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Worth the wait

Coco’s Bistro delivers in new location  By Brian P. Sharp It is a thrilling thing to hear about a downtown Dayton restaurant having a two-hour wait, and that was just the case when I visited Coco’s Bistro in their new location on Warren Street. The good news was a friendly valet was available to assist […]

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Keep it real

Sakai Japanese Bistro in Troy By Tom Baker Photo: The Spider roll at Sakai Japanese Bistro in Troy A few weeks ago I was asked, somewhat surprisingly, to do a piece on a Japanese restaurant in Troy. Now, I don’t spend much time north of town, so I certainly didn’t expect there to be a Japanese […]

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Expect the unexpected

Patriot Steakhouse in Lebanon By Brian P. Sharp Photo: The pork trio at Patriot Steakhouse in Lebanon featuring babyback ribs, pork chop and pork tenderloin Don’t be fooled by your initial thoughts of a restaurant that sits in shopping center right next to a Goodwill store and in front of WalMart. I was certainly skeptical, but […]

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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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News of the weird: 12/16

By Chuck Shepherd Dying to get a date Like many in society’s subgroups, people who work in “death” industries or […]

Advice Goddess: 12/16

By Amy Alkon American idle My girlfriend is beautiful, highly intelligent and interesting. She’s smart for a living (as a […]

The Docket: 12/9

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Photo: The Miamisburg Community Holiday Event […]

Jingle ’Burg

Miamisburg Holiday Parade returns By CC Hutten Photo: The Miamisburg Community Holiday Event and Parade begins at 11:30 a.m. on […]

Advice Goddess: 12/9

By Amy Alkon Belittle Richard My girlfriend says she likes that I’m smart but says I can be “on” too […]

News of the weird: 12/9

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – TMI Kansas lawyer Dennis Hawver was disbarred in November for his comically bad (24 […]