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Mark Smesko

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Big-city dining experience

Big-city dining experience

Calling all foodies! Brothers in Food tasted signature dishes at the CA Restaurant in Boardman

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A signature dish trifecta: crab, beef and elk

Crab, beef and elk make a memorable trio

Spread Eagle Tavern hits the trifecta.

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Charred rib steak perfection

Fired up for charred rib steak

Cafe 422 keeps up its long Valley tradition.

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DeChellis' found a niche for strombolis and pan-tossed pasta.

Youngstown schools detail snow day make-up plan

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Some board members expressed reservations about the blizzard bags

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The Fireplace offers four versions of signature fish.

In our circle of friends and family, unsolicited advice is readily abundant. Someone is always telling us whom to see, what to eat and where to stick our opinions.

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BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S You’ll hardly go lightly on the pancakes here

The menu at Breakfast at Tiffany's is wider than a mile.

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At Palm Cafe, life’s a picnic

Dubic’s Palm Cafe is the place to meat up for a picnic.

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Rip's Cafe: Hunky Heaven

Rip's Cafe has been a landmark restaurant in Struthers for 80 years.

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Authentic Italian import

A new Italian restaurant features an authentic import.

After escaping from police, the Springfield Township man was on the run for eight hours

He faces several charges

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A fiesta for the taste buds

A Boardman restaurant serves up a fiesta for the taste buds.

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Wings are king; get dibs on ribs

The Royal Oaks, arguably the oldest bar in Youngstown, first opened in 1934.

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Hot Macedonian Stew: spicy, not X-rated

Enjoy Hot Macedonian Stew; just don’t Google it.

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Elmton is something to broast about

A Valley treasure, the Elmton is famous for its broasted chicken and its pizza.

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The Upstairs: A neighborhood oasis

On Monday evenings, Middle Eastern food is the specialty of the house.

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About a year ago over an evening’s conversation enhanced with 3 fingers of Makers Mark, we decided to go out once a month for lunch and visit some of the diners, drive-ins and dives around Youngstown.


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