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RESTAURANT NOTES

Restaurant news: Parkview Field's vegetarian menu a hit with PETA

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 10:10 am

In a jump from sixth to fourth place, Parkview Field, the home of the Fort Wayne TinCaps, has again made the list of the top 10 vegetarian-friendly minor league ballparks. The rankings were issued by PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Among the local meatless offerings: spicy black-bean burgers, veggie burritos and vegetable wraps on white, wheat, spinach or tomato tortillas. Grilled corn, apples and veggies with hummus dip round out the healthy, meat-free offerings.

Top honors for minor league parks went to the Tulsa Drillers' ONEOK Field, home of veggie dogs and portobello mushroom burgers. And the top major league ballpark? It's Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies, winner for the sixth time in the last seven years.

Taste Diz Bar-b-que & Soulfood on hold

Though Taste Diz, 6807 Elzey St., shut its doors last month, founder Curtis Gregory said it should be up and running again by mid-July, this time under new management. In business for about two years, the Kansas City-style barbecue eatery is known for its fresh comfort food.

Gregory said much will stay the same, menu included, though he is trying to increase his lunch crowd and is looking for investors. He declined to comment on reasons behind the closure and the orange Indiana Department of Revenue Class B Misdemeanor sign, dated June 20, on the restaurant's door.

Chocolate, close up

There's much to enjoy at the upcoming Three Rivers Festival, chocolate included.

DeBrand Fine Chocolates will again extend the hours of its year-round public open tours, which take visitors behind the scenes to learn about the company's history and what it takes to make the treats.

Tours will be available 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday July 12-20 at the Auburn Road location, 10105 Auburn Park Drive.

Cost: $5 per person, with a $5 rebate off a purchase of $10 or more. No reservations required.

For more, call 969-8330 or visit www.debrand.com.

55-cent flapjacks

For one day only, Monday, snatch a short stack of IHOP's buttermilk pancakes for 55 cents in celebration of its anniversary.

The short stack is the original signature dish the restaurant began serving up in 1958, when International House of Pancakes opened in the Los Angeles suburb of Toluca Lake, Calif.

Fort Wayne IHOP restaurants are located at 1535 W. Washington Center Road, 4403 Coldwater Road and 6839 W. Jefferson Blvd.

While Cindy Larson is out for a few weeks, Matthew Glowicki will write the Restaurant Notes column. Something happening at your eatery? Call Matthew Glowicki at 461-8362, fax 461-8817, email mglowicki@news-sentinel.com or write Restaurant Notes, C/O The News-Sentinel, PO Box 102, Fort Wayne, IN 46801. This column is the personal opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinion of The News-Sentinel.