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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?

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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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Staying Current

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Pack up a picnic at this Yellow Springs eatery By Paula Johnson Photo: [clockwise:] A French-bread sandwich, cherry Napoleon, chocolate mousse, ratatouille, French-style potato salad, and cassoulet from Yellow Springs’ Current Cuisine There is nothing more romantic in every sense of the word than a picnic. A picnic is a reminder that savoring time spent […]

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Eat at Sam and Ethel’s

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It’s the same menu, not the same food By Paula Johnson Photo: The dinner-plate sized blueberry pancake at Sam and Ethel’s That’s a quote from PIP (Palate In Progress) as we critiqued our breakfast at Tipp City’s Sam and Ethel’s Restaurant. We arrived on a mild Sunday morning a little after 10 to find a […]

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Meat me at Fatback’s

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Family BBQ puts Dayton in Hog Heaven By Paula Johnson Photo: Pulled pork, chicken and brisket with crusty buns and cornbread at Fatback’s BBQ Natives of the Caribbean islands have been smoking and roasting meat for centuries. They called it barbacoa. The modern American equivalent of this is barbecue, and it’s most associated with the […]

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Culture meets cuisine

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Dayton Art Institute’s Leo Bistro By Paula Johnson Photo: Leo Bistro’s Grilled Salmon BLT An outing to the Dayton Art Institute promises a pleasant afternoon strolling through galleries, drinking in works of art from the ages. On this particular visit, I was joined by budding artist Elle, a young talent whose work I’d bet might […]

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Upper crust

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Cheeky Meat Pies: Down Under Dayton style By Paula Johnson Photo: The Tandoori Chook meat pie from Cheeky Meat Pies at downtown Dayton’s Second Street Market Hot pockets Like the dumpling, a lot of cultures have their own version of the meat pie. Popular variations of this handheld savory treat are found in places ranging from […]

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Margarita dreaming

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Centerville’s Las Piramides: a summer destination By Paula Johnson Photo: Las Piramides’ La Cazuelada I’ve often driven by the attractive white building in Centerville Las Piramides occupies and thought how charming the patio looks. I imagined myself having a margarita there, and when the torrential rains of late finally passed, PIP (Palate In Progress) and […]

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On a roll

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Ariake Sushi is the real deal By Paula Johnson Photo: One of the many sushi offerings available at Ariake Surrounded by the subdued chatter of Japanese conversation in the bustling yet relaxing dining room of Ariake Sushi Bar and Restaurant, you might feel you’ve been transported to Tokyo. Sitting in a comfortable booth, PIP (Palate […]

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Murphy’s law

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Getting lucky at Murphy’s Irish Pub & Grille By Paula Johnson Photo: The Murphy’s Platter, featuring pub chips, fried pickles, boneless chicken wings and pretzels with Guinness cheese sauce As I write this, it’s 303 days, 10 hours and 8 minutes until St. Patrick’s Day. I know this because a running countdown is the first […]

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Sichuan satisfaction

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Kettering’s China Cottage cures what ails you By Paula Johnson Photo: Rice Flour toasts [left], Wonton Soup [top], Hot and Sour Soup [bottom] and Ma Bao Tofu [right] at China Cottage in Kettering Cozy cottage industry When you’ve got a cold and a bit of a cough, nothing feels better than warming soup to soothe […]

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Tipping the scale

Harrison’s is a Tipp City tradition By Paula Johnson Dayton City Paper Dining Critic Paula Johnson would like every meal to start with a champagne cocktail and end with chocolate soufflé. As long as there’s a greasy burger and fries somewhere in the middle. Talk food with Paula at PaulaJohnson@DaytonCityPaper.com. The value of tradition is […]

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Sushi Hana? I don’t wanna

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Is there such thing as a “disappointment roll?” By Paula Johnson Photo: The Tuna Tataki at Sushi Hana Sometimes you have a restaurant experience that almost seems surreal in its blundering awfulness. You leave, scratching your head and asking yourself, “Did that just really happen?” Before further elucidation, I’ll present the positive notes which bookended […]

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Fifty shades of crepe

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Crepe Boheme brings Paris to Dayton By Paula Johnson Strolling through the Second Street Market in downtown Dayton feels very much like strolling through a public market in Paris, with open stalls full of vendors selling fruits and vegetables, flowers, meats and tasty treats. On a recent Friday I roamed the length of the hall, […]

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Foaming the landscape

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Ohio’s craft beer scene continues growth By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Enthusiasts gather for Dayton Beer Company’s downtown opening In March, Cincinnati’s nearly two-year-old Rhinegeist brewery announced a jaw-dropping expansion plan. As part of a $10 million undertaking, the brewery bought the building it previously leased, added a massive new brew system and fermenters and […]

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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 […]