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Downtown’s Smokin’ Bar-B-Que By Paula Johnson Photo: The rib plate at Smokin’ Bar-B-Que; photos: Paula Johnson A Date in Dayton One of my favorite downtown Dayton date nights is the double bill pairing of a movie at the Neon and dinner at Smokin’ Bar-B-Que right across the street. A former White Tower, this tiny diner-style BBQ […]

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What’s in store?

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Big bites at Jerardi’s Little Store By Paula Johnson Photo: The Triple Decker sandwich at Jerardi’s Little Store; photo: Amanda Dee When I was a little kid, I went to a little store. The one in my neighborhood was called Paterni’s, but I knew it simply as “The Little Store.” It was where moms would send […]

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Authentic taste at Centerville’s Chiapas Mexican Grill By Paula Johnson Photo: Taco at Chiapas Mexican Grill; photos: Paula Johnson Every time I review a Mexican restaurant (or any other type of cuisine for that matter) I always get asked “Is it authentic?” In the words of author and chef Anthony Bourdain, “I’ve seen zero evidence of […]

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Since 1920

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Falb’s still stands By Paula Johnson Photo: Country fried steak dinner at Falb’s When Falb’s opened in 1920, the country had 48 states. It was the year women were afforded the right to vote. It was also the year prohibition was instituted as the law of the land. The most popular car was the Ford […]

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‘Tis the Seasons

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Much more than jolly at Springfield’s Seasons Bistro and Grille By Paula Johnson Photo: Brisket Tacos at Seasons Bistro and Grille; photo: Paula Johnson Invited by friends Barrister Greg and Cyber Security Sleuth Elizabeth, PIP (Palate In Progress) and I ventured to Springfield to try Seasons Bistro and Grille. Open since 2008, the focus is on […]

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Stick to your ribs

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High hopes for Buckhorn Tavern By Paula Johnson Photo: Ribs at Buckhorn Tavern; photo: Paula Johnson Buckhorn Tavern is one of those places that always gets mentioned when people talk about restaurants that have been on the dining scene here since forever. Actually, since 1943 as Buckhorn’s website proudly proclaims. Looking around the thematic dining area, […]

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Royalty in the streets

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All hail the chefs at Versailles FareFest By Paula Johnson Photo: Chef David Glynn offers up Dayton Country Club cuisine at Versailles FareFest; photo: Tom Donnelly Walking the block to my car after meeting with Michael Anthony’s sommelier and front of the house powerhouse Telisa Delligatta was like taking a stroll with the queen. Every car […]

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Thank you for smoking

A small sampling of the ‘Italian festival of sights and sounds’ at DiSalvo’s Deli; photo: Paula Johnson

DiSalvo’s Deli and Italian Store By Paula Johnson I wasn’t even hungry when I went to DiSalvo Deli and Italian Store. After an unexpectedly late lunch, I could have skipped dinner before heading to a show at the nearby Fraze Pavilion. But PIP (Palate In Progress) and I had planned to stop in for a […]

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It’s Bone-a fide

A Yum Bone, Apple Critter, and Banana Split at Bone-a-Fido; photo: Paula Johnson

Bone-a-Fido takes home the doggy bag By Paula Johnson There’s nothing like hitting up a bakery or neighborhood bistro when you’re in the mood for a little treat or a light snack. Maybe something savory with cheese? Or, maybe something sweet and crunchy? How about frozen yogurt? But did you ever stop and wonder if […]

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Dine in expectations, carry out surprise

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New Carlisle’s 571 Grill and Draft House By Paula Johnson Photo: Loaded Potato Wedges at 571 Grill and Draft House; photo: Paula Johnson My cat, Cecil B. DeMeow (alright, ONE of my cats), doesn’t understand the element of surprise. Daily, he sits under the bird feeder wondering why there are no birds. I watched him, thinking […]

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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 […]