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That’s amore!

Roost Modern Italian always delivers By Brian P. Sharp Photo: Grilled swordfish at Roost Modern Italian It’s true – even the best of restaurants have days where things just aren’t right. However, Roost seems to be spot on every time.  That might be part of the reason for a major expansion and remodel which should […]

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Craft beer: Not just for straight white dudes

MJ’s Café expands craft offerings By Kevin J. Gray Photo: MJ’s Café is looking to expand its craft beer selection as it moves into a new location at the end of summer MJ’s Café, currently located at 119 E. Third St., has been hard at work since October to grow into its new location nearby at […]

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Food ‘pho’ the soul

Vietnamese comfort food at Little Saigon By Avery King Photo: Mixed vegetables with tofu in saté sauce at Little Saigon Little Saigon is a tiny, family-owned restaurant tucked away off Woodman Drive that has inspired pilgrimages from faithful foodies for ages. The one-room establishment exudes a familial spirit that spans from the handmade rolls to […]

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From pizza biz to kitchen whiz

The Caroline’s head chef serves up sophisticated American fare By Sarah Sidlow Photo: Head Chef Damian Bumgarner puts the finishing touches on The Caroline’s Pan-seared Sea Scallops Walk into The Caroline off the square in downtown Troy, and you’ll immediately feel welcome. The space, like the menu, is upscale casual. Steaks, seafood, hamburgers and a […]

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Say ‘Yeah’ to Saya

Local haunt serves up Japanese and Korean favorites By Paula Johnson Photo: Dolsot Bibimbap from Saya Korean and Japanese Restaurant If it’s 7 p.m. on a Saturday night and there’s barely anyone in the place, should you stay? Is it fair to judge a restaurant by the number of patrons? As almost any national chain proves, […]

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A lot more than a bar, Mom

Jackie O’s makes good on a promise to its namesake By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Owner Art Oestrike at Jackie O’s newest production facility Life often presents a strange, simultaneous mix of experiences. In December 2005, Art Oestrike had just purchased O’Hooley’s, a brewpub in Athens, Ohio, now made famous as Jackie O’s. A Cleveland native […]

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Forget the food court

Spinoza’s is fresh and delicious By Brian P. Sharp photo: Spinoza’s suggests ordering pizzas side by side, for those who can’t choose between their 16 choices On a recent Friday evening, I went with a friend to Spinoza’s Pizza and Salads inside the Fairfield Commons Mall. Certainly, we have all experienced mall food courts or chain […]

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The ‘First Family of Chardonnay’

By Mike Rosenberg Photo: “‘Middle of the road’ may be curse words in some vocabularies, but for a California Chardonnay, this sort of balance is a sweet spot.” In 1883, German immigrant Carl Wente bought 48 acres of land in Livermore Valley in Monterey County, Calif. and planted a mess of grapevines. Fast-forward to 2014 and […]

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Eat, pray, love

Top notch food for a good cause By Brandy King Photo: The salmon dinner from one bistro Over the last couple of years, the “pay it forward” dining concept has started to pop up in some markets – including a few Panera Bread locations and Jon Bon Jovi’s Soul Kitchen in New Jersey. I’ll be the […]

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Advocate for craft

Growing the local beer community By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Mike Legg of Hairless Hare brews an early test batch Welcome to the rebirth of craft beer in the Miami Valley. We claim eight breweries with several more opening, local taps all around town and breweries growing to increase capacity. Albeit still in its infancy, this […]

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One good eye

Cyclops Festival returns for fourth DIY year By Tim Anderl Photo: Cyclops Festival, the handmade art and apparel event, will take […]

Causing an uproar

Godsmack shreds across the country By Alan Sculley Photo: Godsmack will perform on Aug. 17 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati […]

Yellow Springs Theater Company

New company of professionals pushes theatrical boundaries By Joyell Nevins Photo: The Yellow Springs Theater Company rehearses D’Arc Comedy by wanda […]

Give it a spin

Whirled Festival of Tops By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: The festivities begin at 5 p.m. in the area north of the […]

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 […]