Five Patios Not To Miss This Spring and Summer
May17

Five Patios Not To Miss This Spring and Summer

Despite its harsh winters, Fort Wayne’s restaurants are abundant in outdoor seating.  Now that the weather is finally warming up, it’s time to grab your plates and glasses and dine outside.  Here are some of our favorite local patio picks! The Deck Ask anyone in Fort Wayne where they go to eat outside, and the majority will point to The Deck first.  It’s practically a Fort Wayne icon, located just across the river from the Old Fort in the parking lot of Don Hall’s Old Gas House.  If you’re heading there most nights and weekends, you can expect a wait, but they’ve expanded the bar so it’s easy to grab a drink while you do. View this post on Instagram Who is ready for summer to be here?!? #gettothedeck 📷 @downtownfortwayne A post shared by The Deck at the Gas House (@hallsdeck) on Feb 5, 2018 at 7:50am PST  Wine Down and O’Reilley’s Okay, we know there’s two listed here, but these patios are awesome because they both offer incredible views of Parkview Field.  Go to either for drinks or dinner during a home game and watch the TinCaps in action. View this post on Instagram The patio view at our Downtown Fort Wayne location, beautiful! A post shared by O'Reilly's Irish Bar (@oreillysirishbar) on Nov 3, 2017 at 4:41pm PDT Sidecar Want to take a tropical vacation in your own community?  The Sidecar (of Wine Down) is the place to be.  While it’s not quite yet open this season, they’ve been getting us excited about their outdoor tiki bar on social media.  You won’t want to miss it! View this post on Instagram ☀️ Its 🙌 Almost 🌋 That 🌺 Time 🍍 Of 🎋 The 🍌 Year 🗿 A post shared by Sidecar (@sidecarfw) on Apr 21, 2018 at 9:07am PDT Three Rivers Distilling Company One of the newer kids on Fort Wayne’s block, Three Rivers Distilling Company, has an impressive new patio this season.  It’s one of the roomier patios in town, and the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows continue the outdoor feeling even when you’re seated indoors.  Don’t miss their Summer Patio Nights with $5 frozen drinks on Thursdays from 4-9pm. View this post on Instagram We love sharing this spring weather on our outdoor patio with you! #FortWayne A post shared by Three Rivers Distilling Co. (@3riversdistillingco) on Apr 27, 2018 at 8:56pm PDT Lunch on the Square While not technically a patio, we still wanted to include Lunch on the Square in Freimann Square for its glorified outdoor dining experience.  Local food trucks and music performances vary each week, but the positive energy is always sunny and...

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Hidden Gems of Dupont & Lima
Nov06

Hidden Gems of Dupont & Lima

Coming to Fort Wayne, I was excited to move into Avalon Apartments on the corner of Dupont & Lima because I fell in love with the quaint look and feel of the apartment complex and the conveniences the surrounding businesses had to offer.  However, I was expecting to have to drive downtown or southwest for a nice dinner and night out on the town.  What I didn’t realize at the time was that I would soon be spending the majority of my weekends walking beautiful trails, eating delectable dinners accompanied by my favorite martinis, and ending nights with karaoke, all without leaving my plaza! My typical Saturday morning begins with an iced latte from Trionfale before I take a jog on the YMCA trail. Located off of Dupont, Trionfale is a local coffee shop that serves everything from salted caramel macaroons to delicious cappuccinos.  The YMCA trail may look deceivingly small when driving down Dupont, but the trail loops nearly 2 miles around the beautiful Solomon Farms and into the country. If I feel like a longer run, I take the Pufferbelly Trail which connects to the YMCA trail for an extra mile.  And if I’m in the mood to treat myself after my jog, I might get a mani/pedi or hair cut and color at The Forum Salon & Spa. This salon is my favorite in town and offers impeccable customer service. My favorite Saturday night dinner location is located merely a short walk from my doorstep. Black Canyon restaurant offers a modern and sophisticated atmosphere with delicious, modernized American meals and a broad variety of well-made drinks.  Their homemade cornbread is to die for, and accompanied by a fresh salad and banana foster for dessert, you will leave more than satisfied. And if martinis are not your cup of tea, they offer an entire drink menu with a variety of craft beers and wine. After dinner I often migrate next door to Arena Bar & Grill.  Looks may be deceiving from the outside, but inside you will find a cozy atmosphere with reasonably priced drinks, a dance floor, pool, and a tasty bar menu. And of course, karaoke at this bar is a must! I am proud to call this quaint corner of the city my home.  Don’t be afraid to venture to this area of town for a night of entertainment and by all means, try the chocolate martini from Black Canyon.  ...

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Black Canyon
Nov11

Black Canyon

Black Canyon opened recently in the spot where the north Fort Wayne location of the Oyster Bar used to be, in the shopping center at the intersection of Lima and DuPont Roads. It features a variety of cuisine (mostly American-type favorites) and specialty cocktails, wines and bourbons. On their website, the restaurant states: “A tremendous amount of passion, experience and collaboration has yielded a north side dining venue second to none and an experience we believe will set us apart from the crowd.” It does. I live on that end of town, just off Carroll Road. Usually when my boyfriend and I go out to eat, it’s to Buffalo Wild Wings, simply because we both know what we like there and it just makes it easy. This time around, though, we tried something new. I went on a Wednesday evening for dinner around 7 p.m. and it was pretty crowded and waited about 15 minutes to be seated. The restaurant’s website says that reservations aren’t required, but if you know you’re going to be hungry then you should definitely consider just calling ahead. The space is pretty big inside and can seat a lot of people and it was completely full on a Wednesday evening. For pretty good reason… My boyfriend and I both got cocktails; he, a fruity something and I, something sweet. Both were pretty good and decently priced for a specialty cocktail (approx. $8). For entrees, I was recommended the fish tacos by our waitress and they did not disappoint. The fish was flavorful but not seasoned to be overpowering. The cabbage filler was in a chipotle creama with queso fresca, diced tomato and a slice of avocado. The rice and beans as the recommended side was pretty good, too. My boyfriend got the BBQ Chicken that was marinated in oil, garlic and Achiote paste (it’s a spice common in Mexican and Central American dishes) and had an in-house sauce brushed on it and was very flavorful. The sides for the chicken were fries (who could go wrong with fries?) and wokked veggies (which are never terrible, either). I’d heard people raving about the Beeramisu, Black Canyon’s version of a Tirimisu dessert that’s usually made with rum (or when my dad makes it, Kahlua) but in BC’s case, beer. I took it to go because I was so full but needed the sweet stuff for when I got home. It was delicious and the portion may have been too much, but I could not stop eating it. The prices of things are to be expected for a middle to high-end restaurant, but not exorbitantly spendy. For two cocktails,...

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