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A lot more than a bar, Mom

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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

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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’

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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

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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

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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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Thai one on

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Tik’s Thai Grille, a Dayton original expands By Avery King Photo:The chicken satay appetizer with cucumber and peanut sauces at Tik’s Thai Grille Tik’s Thai Grille in Sugarcreek Township is one of three local Thai establishments operating under the Tik brand – named after the owner. “Mostly Thai people have nicknames and we call each […]

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“O” is for “Oak”

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Wood is good By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Estancia 2011 Monterey County chardonnay Go to any winery and you’ll find oak barrels everywhere being used for fermenting wine, for storage or just for decoration. Obviously, there’s some reason, for years, wine and barrels have been united in the wine drinker’s consciousness. Why do winemakers use barrels? For […]

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Worth the trip to Waynesville

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Surprise and delight awaits at Cobblestone Village Café By Brian P. Sharp Photo: The grilled romaine salad at Cobblestone Village Café Tucked into what appears to be an old home on Main Street in Waynesville, Ohio is Cobblestone Village Gift Shop and Gourmet Café. Waynesville is known for a number of things – the Sauerkraut Festival and […]

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Spring is in the air (and the glass)

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DCP’s guide to spring beers By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Consecrator is a Midwest-brewed doppelbock true to its German roots; photo: Kevin J. Gray As the snows thaw and the weather warms, brewers turn from imperial stouts, winter warmers and barleywines – staples of cooler months. Instead, out come the spring seasonals. Unlike fall, with its […]

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Bellbrook comfort food comes up short

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Amelia’s under-delivers on food & ambience By Brandy King Photo: Center-cut filet Ever since we moved our family close to Bellbrook, we’ve been trying to make our way around to all of the independent eateries on that end of town, of which there are a surprising amount. One of the last ones we got around to […]

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Epicurean “Wine”

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A French four-pack for the freezin’ season By Mike Rosenberg Photo: The Macon region of southern Burgundy, France It’s cold and dreary. The sun barely peeks out, and when it does, it’s not much help warming things up. These are rich food days, my friends. For me, richer food calls for wine with a backbone of earth, […]

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Oregon District staple offers taste of the exotic

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Why Thai 9 is a perennial favorite By Avery King Photo: Panaeng curry with tofu and green beans at Thai 9 in the Oregon District A staple of downtown dining since 2003, Thai 9’s unassuming exterior at 11 Brown St. anchors the Oregon District’s east end. The restaurant’s simple façade hides an elegant and spacious dining […]

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Oregon comes to Ohio

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Deschutes Brewery enters the Ohio market By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Craft beer fans at Arrow Wine & Spirits in Centerville for the Deschutes Brewery launch in Ohio Ohio is a great place to be a craft beer drinker. Not only are there nearly a dozen breweries open or opening in the Miami Valley and myriad […]

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Great food comes in a small package

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Olive, An Urban Dive offers local food in intimate setting By Brian P. Sharp Photo: The Urban burger with sweet potato fries and aioli at Olive, An Urban Dive Olive, An Urban Dive is not new to downtown Dayton, but it has not been on my short list of restaurants to frequent. On a chilly night […]

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Crazy for Chianti

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How does a wine so flexible get overlooked so often? By Mike Rosenberg I ask the question for myself, as much as anything. Chianti, the most well-known Italian wine in the U.S., is a delicious, easy to drink wine that pairs up with almost anything. I love the stuff. But, when I make my trips […]

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The ‘other’ Taqueria in Town

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Fewer hipsters, just as much flavor By Brandy King Photo: The pork tamales at Taquiera Las Tapatias in Riverside  Suburbanites around the region are starting to get comfortable enough to dine at Mexican eateries that aren’t just a bunch of numbered plates, wherein you choose chicken or beef – hence the popularity and success of the […]

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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 […]