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Deli-aching

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Deli at Webster Street I’ve had a deli-ache since I moved to Dayton, and the only thing that will make me feel better is a really outstanding Reuben. So with this in mind, I headed to The Deli at Webster Street. The renovated warehouse building that houses The Deli also houses The Top of the […]

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A bottle of red, a bottle of white

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Franco’s Ristorante Italiano serves it right By Paula Johnson Photo: Franco’s “World Famoso” Spaghetti Little Italy in downtown Dayton Though it wasn’t the song that was playing, it was impossible not to hear the strains of that Billy Joel classic as PIP (Palate In Progress) and I walked through the dining room at Franco’s Ristorante. […]

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What reigned supreme in 2015?

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Dayton’s Dining Empress picks her favorite eats of the year By Paula Johnson Photo: The crepes at Crepe Boheme are a must-have sweet treat It’s that time of year again—time to sit back and reflect on my year in food. This is not the time, however, for another restau-RANT. Instead, I’m feeling the love for […]

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Benjamin knows best

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North Dayton restaurant does burgers right By Paula Johnson Photo: Burger with everything, fried okra and french fries at Benjamin’s The Burger Master Dorothy, we’re not in Dayton anymore. Driving distance to Benjamin’s The Burger Master on Main Street in North Dayton is only about a mile from our downtown Dayton City Paper office. But […]

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Pierogi it or not

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The Amber Rose brings East Europe to North Dayton By Paula Johnson Photo: The Warsaw Medley at The Amber Rose It was with great excitement I anticipated my visit to The Amber Rose. Hailing from a city where a sweeping second wave of immigrants settled to work in the steel mills, the pierogi was king […]

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A triumph of good taste

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Oakwood Club has class By Paula Johnson Photo: The Scallops appetizer at The Oakwood Club Picture an avuncular, well turned out gentleman with a refined manner. Accompanying him is a lady, smartly coiffed and attired in a casually understated manner. Everything about them exudes conservative tastefulness and tradition. If you picture them sitting down to […]

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Down Underful

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Zetland Street offers fresh favorites from Down Under By Paula Johnson Photo: Pavlova at Zetland Street Food philosophy “We all eat, and it would be a sad waste of opportunity to eat badly.” —Anna Thomas “Cooking is like love, it should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” —Harriet Van Horne “One cannot […]

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Ocean vibes

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Enon’s The Dock rocks By Paula Johnson Photo: Alaskan snow crab legs at The Dock in Enon Dock it to me Close your eyes to the rusty colors of Ohio’s fall foliage and instead imagine ocean blues and greens. Inhale the coconut smell of sunscreen, and let the warm salty breeze and strains of Jimmy […]

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Stayin’ classy, gettin’ sassy

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Old style tavern serves up new style flair at Oregon’s Trolley Stop By Paula Johnson Photo: Trolley Stop’s Double Dogs Take the Fifth The Oregon District’s Fifth Street has been recently designated as one of the Top 5 Greatest Streets in America. It’s chock full of unique, individually owned shops, businesses and restaurants. Not a […]

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One fish, two fish, red fish, bland fish

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Sweeney’s Seafood in Centerville By Paula Johnson The first thing you notice upon entering Sweeney’s Seafood, located in a business district filled with lovely old buildings, is the waiting area, a testament to the popularity of this Centerville standby. In business since 1994, it’s one of Centerville’s (and Dayton’s) favorites, as attested to by several […]

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The pie’s the limit

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South Park Tavern: pizza, wings and other things By Paula Johnson Photo: Pepperoni pizza at South Park Tavern Recently I got together for a girls-just-wanna-have-fun lunch with DCP Editor Extraordinaire Sarah and Wanda Woman, aka She Who Rides Herd On Us All. It was a Friday, the workweek’s end, and we were a hungry lunch […]

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First responders

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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

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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

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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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Dee-lightful

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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

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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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Debate 6/12: A tweet too far

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Was anyone really surprised? Roseanne Barr has stepped in it again. Always a loose cannon, she managed to offend just […]

If you’ve seen one ‘Ocean’, you’ve seen ‘Ocean’s 8’

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Near the start of “Ocean’s 8,” we’re led to believe that Danny Ocean (George Clooney) is dead and his sister […]

Gin and Tonic on the Horizon

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On June 13, The Rose Music Center is the place to be to get your 90s nostalgia fix as Gin […]

Goodnight Goodnight’s new morning

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“We’ve known Larry for years,” says Gary Thornton of Goodnight Goodnight. He’s talking about the newest addition to their lineup, […]