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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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Breadwinner

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Charlie’s Deli and Catering is the place to go By Paula Johnson Photo: The Rueben from Charli’s Deli in Dayton Sandwich sleuth Since arriving in Dayton a little more than a year ago I’ve asked lots of Daytonians where they go for a good sandwich. Charlie’s Deli and Catering is always first out of everyone’s […]

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Dayton gets ‘chopped’

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Dining diva talks chow with Food Network star Ted Allen By Paula Johnson Photo: Ted Allen, the host of Food Network’s Chopped, will visit Dayton April 19 as the honorary chair of the Ohio AIDS Walk; photo: Food Network Ted Allen wears many hats – including a chef’s toque. He’s a longtime journalist, having written […]

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Down for a dog?

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Archer’s hits the bullseye By Paula Johnson Photo: The Stadium Dog with Mac-N-Cheese at Archer’s Tavern The snow is melting, the sun is attempting a resurgence and spring training is here. Baseball makes me think, of course, of hotdogs. Humphrey Bogart said it best: “A hotdog at the ball park is better than a steak […]

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Indian? Let’s Chaat!

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India Chaat Café and Curryout quenches curry cravings By Paula Johnson Photo: Masala Dosa at India Chaat Café and Curryout A recent Saturday lunch with my friend Sally made me remember just how subtle and complex good Indian cuisine can be. I invited her to join me at India Chaat Café and Curry out to […]

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Have it his way

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Voltzy’s Rootbeer Stand is a stand-out By Paula Johnson Photo: The “Stephie” at Voltzy’s Rootbeer Stand Ever sit front and center at a comedy club? The drill is you get picked on by the comedian pretty much non stop throughout the show. By sitting ringside you are fair game. That’s the treatment everybody gets when […]

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El hamburger?

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Sammy’s El Pueblo: Mexican and gourmet burgers By Paula Johnson Photo: The Pick Three Platter with Chile Relleno, Chile Mixto and Pork Tamale at Sammy’s El Pueblo The end of February is not a time for delicate hints of flavor, subtle notes of spice or wisps of well, anything. PIP (Palate In Progress) and I […]

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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 […]