Restaurant Notes: City View delayed; BakerStreet No. 1; Chick-fil-A going outside Glenbrook? Sample noshes at Local Food Forum; Mocha Lounge opening second location
You’ll have to wait a little longer to get your view of City View Cafe. The opening date for the public has been moved back from March 1 to March 7.
The Ceruti’s-operated spot was last occupied by Window Garden Cafe on the 13th floor of what is now Indiana Michigan Power Center. The restaurant’s hours will be 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday with sit-down and grab-and-go options that include gluten-free and vegan menu items.
OpenTable has selected BakerStreet Steakhouse, 4820 N. Clinton St., as Diners’ Choice Winner: Best Overall.
The “casual elegant” restaurant has 2,266 reviews on OpenTable, a restaurant reservation website with headquarters in San Francisco.
OpenTable chooses restaurants for the list based on customers’ feedback.
The feedback we perused on the site included, “This is my favorite Fort Wayne restaurant! Love the pretzel bread. Love the scratch kitchen! Love the over the top service! and “I have been to Baker Street four times now, and every time I go it surpasses itself.”
If you don’t have time to sit down, you can get one of BakerStreet’s boxed lunches. The lunches for March feature a Southwest chicken wrap of mixed greens, Cajun chicken, black bean-and-corn relish, white cheddar, avocado, red onion and tomato with chipotle ranch dressing.
Each boxed lunch contains bistro chips for wraps, pretzel bread for salads, a half-slice of carrot cake, a mini bottled water and a utensil packet for $12, plus tax.
Complimentary delivery is offered for orders of 10 boxes or more within a 5-mile radius of BakerStreet Steakhouse. Orders must be placed 48 hours in advance by contacting Jaimi Grahovac at 260-484-3300 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When we heard in mid-January that Chick-fil-A planned to build a restaurant in front of Glenbrook Square on Coliseum Boulevard we got no confirmation from the company.
“We are always evaluating potential new locations in the hopes of serving existing and new customers great food with remarkable service,” Brenda Morrow, manager, External Communications, Chick-fil-A, wrote in an email. “While we hope to expand in the Fort Wayne community in the future, we do not currently have any new locations to confirm. In the meantime, we encourage guests to visit our existing restaurants.”
However, last week we saw a notice that the company has applied to the Indiana Department of Environment Management for a stormwater-runoff permit for 182 Coliseum Blvd. W., right smack in front of the mall.
Anyway, when we called the Glenbrook Chick-fil-a in mid-January we were told they would stay put in the mall.
Where have we been?
We were seated in the passenger seat over the weekend as our friend drove down Calhoun Street just south of Creighton Avenue and suddenly we saw West Coast Grille. The cafe/Asian fusion restaurant/smoothie and juice bar at 2310 S. Calhoun St. isn’t new – we are 4 years late to the party – but it’s new to us. We didn’t see that our newspaper had written anything on it, so we had to go in and check it out.
It has hibachi, udon and noodle soup bowls for $6.75-$8.99, except for the Unforgettable hibachi/noodle bowl, which is $10.25. It also serves whole duck for $21. Its smoothies ($4.19) are all lactose-free, and include mulberry and passion fruit. The bubble milk tea includes lavender, avocado, coffee and durian, the stinky fruit that smells like rotting meat. Mmm. Yummy.
We saw from Facebook that someone said West Coast’s pork belly was “to die for!” so that’s what we ordered on fried rice ($6.75) with a strawberry smoothie with lots of popping boba ($4.19). Unlike the tapioca pearl boba the popping ones in our smoothie gave us bursts of strawberry flavor when we bit into them. Our meat was brown on the ends and a bit overdone but we were intrigued enough to go back again this week for a pho beef noodle soup bowl ($8.75) and try the pork belly again. This time it was not overcooked.
The restaurant is open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sunday.
FREE Coney Day
Fort Wayne’s Skyline Chili will be celebrating Free Coney Day on March 29. You’ll receive one free cheese coney with the purchase of a beverage. The limit is one per customer per visit, so get out the wigs and hats for your disguise if you want a second free coney.
Local Food Forum
The Purdue Extension Allen County and the local Food Council are again hosting the “2018 Northeast Indiana Local Food Forum: Our Lands. Our Tables” on March 12 at the Walb Union Classic Ballroom on the IPFW campus, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E.
Doors open at 8 a.m. with a keynote address at 9 a.m. by Holly Parker of the Fair Food Network in Ann Arbor, Mich. A series of breakout sessions will follow separated by a lunch noon-12:45 p.m. that a news release says will be “locally sourced to highlight our community.” The event will include Lightning Talks to share ideas, news, or stories about local food in a 3-minute presentation.
The forum will conclude with an expo and social hour 5-7:30 p.m. to sample local foods, learn more about initiatives and businesses, and mingle with local food producers, professionals and consumers.
Organizers are inviting farmers, local food producers, community leaders, aspiring food entrepreneurs, community wellness advocates, chefs and other food professionals, and anyone interested in local food.
Registration information is at www.NEIfood.org. Cost is $15 for students, $5 for expo and social hour alone and $30 for full-day including the expo and social hour. For questions, call Vickie Hadley, Allen County Extension Office at 260-481-6826 or email her at email@example.com. Registration deadline is Monday. Admission to expo & social hour-only will remain open through the day of the event.
Ooh la la!
As part of the Classical Cuisine class, Hospitality Administration students at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus will create and serve French cuisine in four dinners to the public this semester. Students write the menu and cook the meals, which follow the principles and techniques of the renowned French chef, Auguste Escoffier, who updated traditional French cooking methods.
Dinners start at 6:15, 6:30, and 6:45 p.m. March 29 and April 5, 12, and 19. Dinners are $20 a person, and wine is available for purchase. To make reservations, which are required at least 24 hours before the dinner, call 260-480-2002.
Park in the north lot, which faces Coliseum Boulevard, and enter through Door 24. Visit IvyTech.edu/northeast/dinners to learn more.
More Mocha to lounge in
Mocha Lounge is hiring baristas, bakers, and possible shift leader positions for its planned second location, which will be on Dupont Road, between Diebold and Tonkel roads and next door to First Source Bank.
Mocha Lounge has served its brews on the southwest side for 13 years at 6312 Covington Road.
Get the last Taste
Kingston Residence is supporting the 10th and final annual “Kingston’s Taste of Waynedale” on 4:30-7 p.m. March 20 at Mount Calvary Family Life Center, 1819 Reservation Drive. Event proceeds will go to the Waynedale Corridor Project.
At least 24 local restaurants and businesses have committed to offering food or drink samples: Azar’s Big Boy, Bandido’s, Belmont Beverage, the Bluebird Restaurant, Casa Ristorante, China Palace, Culver’s, Curly’s Village Inn, Ellison Bakery, Fort Wayne Chocolate Fountain, Hall’s Original Drive In, Hill’s Market, King Arthur’s Trolley, LaFogata, Mad Anthony Brewing Company, McAlister’s Deli, Miami Grill, Nine Mile Restaurant, Pizza Hut, Rise’n Roll Bakery & Deli, Sharing Peace Café, Shigs In Pit, The Stand and Waynedale Bakery.
A large silent auction will also be held with gifts and services donated by local businesses. Tickets are $15 per person if paid in advance, $20 the day of the event. Tickets can be purchased using check or cash at Kingston Residence, 7515 Winchester Road, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Visit kingstonstow.eventbrite.com to purchase tickets with credit card. Tickets can also be purchased at Hair Affair, 6200 Bluffton Road.
Kingston marketing director Camille Garrison said in a news release, “To date we have raised $73,500 for various local charities through this event. It has been our privilege to coordinate the Taste of Waynedale and watch it grow over the years. Kingston Residence is looking forward to co-sponsoring another large Waynedale event that is in the works for 2019.”
Huddle up in Warren
Kulwinder Singh will open a Huddle House restaurant in Warren in Huntington County.
“I know that local residents and travelers will love all that Huddle House has to offer – from our warm, welcoming atmosphere to the delicious food that we serve,” said, Singh, whose family also owns the Huddle House in Austin, Ind.,in a news release. Based in Atlanta, the restaurant prides itself on Southern homecooking and all-day breakfast. The company has 346 locations and this year plans to open restaurants in Russell Springs, Ky.; Brooksville, Fla.; Blackstone, Va.; and Lanham, Md.
The Warren restaurant will be located within the Warren Travel Plaza at 7270 S. Warren Road, and will open sometime this year.
New Haven’s restaurant at 3105 S. Doyle Road is one of three in Indiana.
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