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Get smokin’ in Xenia

Smokin’ Aces delivers some top-notch barbecue By Brian P. Sharp While Xenia is only about a 20-minute drive from downtown Dayton, it can seem far unless there is a reason to be going. No reason is better than good eats! That’s what took my friend Bob and me to Xenia one evening. I had heard […]

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Yuengling enters Ohio

The variety of beers produced by Yuengling.

Ohio explodes for America’s oldest brewery By Kevin J. Gray The Miami Valley’s most talked about “imported” beer comes from across Ohio’s eastern border but is hardly from a newcomer to the brewing world. By now, all but the most ardent of Buckeye teetotalers has heard of Yuengling, the Pottsville, Penn. brewery. The brand, which […]

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Amici’s

Amici’s — out of sight, but keep them in mind By Tom Baker Finding Amici’s can be tough — if you ask around, you’ll probably have to mention the place that was La Pergola, then Barbie’s and finally the short-lived Millie’s Philly Cheesesteaks. “You know — the place behind Sherwood Florist,” I say. Some still […]

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Salsa’s

Riverside Mexican restaurant does not impress… By Brian P. Sharp In a quiet shopping center on Airway Road there is a restaurant that wants to follow in the footsteps of the past. Salsa’s – run by relatives of the original owners of Pepito’s (one of the Miami Valley’s original Mexican restaurants) delivers some food successes, […]

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Saya Korean and Japanese Restaurant

Have we found Fairborn’s friendliest restaurant? By Tom Baker Lately I’ve been looking at a handful of truly hidden gems around Dayton that, even though I know exactly where they are and have been many times, I sometimes still drive by. So this time around, we decided to check out Saya Korean and Japanese Restaurant […]

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Troni’s Italian Restaurant

An Italian family-run gem hidden away in Kettering By Tom Baker Sometimes you stumble across a place where you’d least expect it — in this case, it’s in a tiny strip mall on Dorothy Lane. Many people have probably driven by hundreds of times and never noticed it. It’s the type of place where you […]

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The Golden Lamb

Food and phantoms at a historic Lebanon landmark By Tom Baker In December of 1803, Jonas Seaman opened a “house of public entertainment” in what is now downtown Lebanon. Fast forward 200-plus years, a dozen presidential visits and perhaps a handful of ghosts and haunted rooms, and you have the contemporary incarnation of the Golden […]

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Poppin’ in at the Cherry House Café

Beavercreek eatery is sweet with homestyle classics By Brian P. Sharp These cool fall days are perfect for feel-good foods like meatloaf or a pot of chili or even apple crisp. However, with our busy lives sometimes we just don’t have the time to make them ourselves. That’s a perfect opportunity to find little out-of-the-way […]

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Ajanta Indian Restaurant

Under-the-radar Indian in Kettering By Tom Baker This story starts with another restaurant break-up. After many years of weekly visits to Ajanta, I had to call it quits after a handful of service-related experiences turned me off indefinitely. It’s probably been two or three years since I last visited, and I figured I’d give them […]

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Sa-Bai

The new kid on the block … but do they have the right stuff? By Tom Baker Sa-Bai is the newest of the Thai/sushi joints in town, opened in July in the lease-challenged downtown space that formerly housed Chin’s and Elbo’s. Owned and operated by the same group as Teak Thai and The Celestial in […]

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On craft and craftsmanship

In the studio with Landon Crowell By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Landon Crowell, Inertia in Light of a Likely Disaster, 2011. Wood, […]

Modern masters, talking turkeys and the king himself

Your summer roadmap to art in Cincinnati By Susan Byrnes Photo: Trenton Doyle Hancock, “Hot Coals in Soul,” 2010. Acrylic and […]

International flavor, Midwest vibe

Annual Festival of Nations returns By Andy Hertel Photo: The Brazil delegation proudly represents its country at the 2012 Festival of […]

It’s my party

Troy Hayner Cultural Center rings in 100 years By Alyssa Reck Photo: Hayner Days will begin at 11 a.m. on Aug. […]

Scene around the fence

Beautifying a Yellow Springs construction space By Tammy Newsom Photo:  This is a wall of many capers. A Young’s Dairy […]

Drawn on the lawn

Annual Art on the Lawn event returns By Evan Shaub Photo: A musician performs at 2013’s Art on the Lawn event; […]