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Jimmie’s Ladder 11 for your hunger emergency By Paula Johnson Photo: The Paisano Chips appetizer at Jimmie’s Ladder 11 Climbing Jimmie’s Ladder As early as 1923, firehouse cooking began to win a favorable reputation in the United States for the enormous, hearty and unpretentious meals that are its trademark. That reputation is upheld at Jimmie’s […]

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Pan-Asian paradise


Fairborn’s JY Bamboo By Paula Johnson Photo: Tuna Tataki from JY Bamboo in Fairborn Fairborn is an area of Dayton known for its ethnic cuisine. You’ll find Vietnamese, Thai, Japanese and Chinese restaurants in abundance there. And in the case of JY Bamboo, you’ll find all four under one roof. That’s what lunch buddy Alecia […]

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SG@75 Gastropub


Esoteric name, excellent eats By Paula Johnson Photo: Toast and Chicken with French fries at SG@75 in Springboro What’s in a name? SG@75 Gastropub is also the home of Soooo Good Catering, hence the SG in their name. The 75 refers to the street address, 75 N. Main St. It’s a tiny place sharing space […]

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The Mel-O-Dee Drive In: New Carlisle’s famous family dining By Paula Johnson Photo: The broasted combination platter at Mel-O-Dee drive in There are places that have a place in our hearts simply because they’re institutions. Going there forever since you were a little kid kind of places, where the associations with home, family and comfort […]

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You hafta Yaffa


Miamisburg’s Mid East feast By Paula Johnson Photo: The Yaffa Mix Grill at Beavercreek’s Mediterranean Yaffa Grill Really, you do. That was the conclusion lovely lunch companion Janet and I reached as we sampled the myriad tasty dishes before us at our recent visit to Yaffa Market and Grill’s Miamisburg location. Tucked away in the […]

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That 70s show

Springfield’s Linardos Villa By Paula Johnson Photo: Greek salad from Linardos Villa in Springfield The aesthetic of a restaurant often telegraphs what’s on the menu, and at Linardos Villa in Springfield that’s certainly true. Opened in 1971, the interior space doesn’t appear to have changed much. It’s almost a time capsule, hearkening back to the […]

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Oh Geez!

Geez Grill & Pub: Flat screens, flat taste By Paula Johnson If you are a super sports fanatic with ADD, Geez Grill & Pub just might be your dream come true. Replete with 360 degrees of flat screen TVs, it’s impossible to cast a glance anywhere that doesn’t fall on somebody wearing a uniform doing […]

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Osaka, you rock-a


Dependable Japanese dining in Beavercreek By Paula Johnson Photo: Steak and Shrimp Combination at Osaka Japanese Steakhouse in Beavercreek There’s a saying that people from Tokyo are financially ruined by overspending on clothing, while people from Osaka are ruined by spending on food. The Japanese city of Osaka is so well known for its cuisine […]

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Y’all come back now, y’hear?


George’s Family Restaurant is down-home friendly By Paula Johnson Photo: The Broaster Fish Sandwich at George’s Family Restaurant in North Dayton Familiar friendliness is the order of the day at George’s Family Restaurant. It’s what you’d expect at a home-style diner, and it’s what they deliver. It’s the kind of place where you could very […]

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Grub to feed an army

Tank’s Bar & Grill: sometimes you just need it By Paula Johnson Photo: A plate-sized pancake and hash browns with onion smothered in cheese and “Bull Dog” gravy at Tank’s Bar and Grill   We’ve all been there. Head a clanging, banging gong. Sahara mouth. Stomach a little iffy. Feeling like a major war has been […]

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The Docket: 8/30

Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby By Ehron Ostendorf Feeding for two The owner of a store said a woman […]

Debate Forum: 8/23


For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

Debate Forum: 8/16/16


For the love of the game Olympic athletes have big dreams, but empty wallets—Should the government step in? By Sarah […]