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It Figlios so good

A wood-fired pizza treat with endless possibilities By Paula Johnson Photo: The build-your-own-pizza option at Figlio provides over 3 trillion different possible topping combinations It’s an axiom in the industry that nothing fails faster than a restaurant started by a bunch of lawyers or doctors. These businesses almost always tank, due to the lack of commitment […]

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The red Chardonnay

Show some love for Grenache By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Campo Vieja 2012 Rioja Garnacha I’ve been on a Grenache kick lately. This grape, grown… …wait, come back! Where are you going? This is not a parody column! Get your noses out of the air and belly up to the bar.  I know, I know – your […]

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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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News of the weird: 11/18

With Chuck Shepherd The other world series In October, another premier world sports event reached its climax, with one team […]

Advice Goddess 11/18/14

Along came polygraph by Amy Alkon   I’m an aspiring comedian – seriously aspiring – so I’m out most nights […]

The Docket: 11/18

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove A new trend? A 36-year-old woman […]

Advice Goddess: 11/11

By Amy Alkon Scold rush  I try to be direct, but my girlfriend often sees this as meanness. For example, […]

The Docket 11/11/14

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Hail seizure! Officers responded to a […]

news of the weird 11/11

by Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Baby beauty Amanda Collins, 28, took “beauty pageant mom” to the next level (down) […]