LFW’s Top Picks for Best Coffee Shops
Jan04

LFW’s Top Picks for Best Coffee Shops

It’s a Monday morning and you woke up late for work. As you’re scrambling to get your stuff prepared for the day ahead, you realize your hot water isn’t working. You do as much as you can to your hair and decide that today is a “Messy Bun Day”. You look at the clock and see that if you leave now, you’ll have just enough time to grab that quick cup of coffee on your way to work. Living Fort Wayne knows Mondays well. More importantly, we know where to get the best coffee in town to kickstart your week. So for your convenience, here’s our list of Best Coffee Shops.   Jade Kelsey picks… The Friendly Fox (photo by Nicholas Weaver) This cozy neighborhood joint feels like stepping into a friend’s house, so it’s no surprise that they are family owned and operated. The Friendly Fox serves Utopian Coffee, which pairs perfectly with their Saturday morning special, Malted Milk Waffles. Hungry yet? The Fox also offers a full menu of lunch and dinner specials, including a flatbread for every taste, Korean BBQ, wraps, paninis, salad, and more. If you’re in the mood for some dessert, the Fox also has homemade cheesecake, handmade milkshakes, floats, and sundaes for your relentless sweet tooth. Perhaps just a few macaroons while you sip a cuppa joe.   Becca Bell picks… Old Crown Coffee Roasters It was the first (and only) coffee roaster in Fort Wayne for many years. For more than 15 years, Old Crown has taken the “purist” approach to everything—coffee is roasted in-house, chocolate and caramel sauces are 100% from scratch, veggies and herbs are grown in their backyard, and iced drinks use slow-processed, cold extracted espresso. Not to mention that they have craft cocktails made with fresh juice and house-made syrups and infusions. Since moving into their new location in November of 2009, owners Mike and Jennifer have added a seasonally-inspired dinner menu. For both regular customers and longtime employees, like me, the OC is much more than a coffee shop. It is a FAMILY.   Leslie Snare picks… Dash-In For a mid-day coffee run (and we all need those sometimes, right?) will always be the Dash-In. They feature Old Crown coffee and sometimes you just need a solid cup of joe to make it through the workday. The Dash-In also has some amazing lunch specials! I would recommend their famous tomato bisque along with a strong cup of coffee to warm up during your lunch hour.   Travis Bartlett picks… Mocha Lounge When I lived out in Southwest Fort Wayne, this was my go-to spot for coffee. Super friendly...

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Fortezza Coffee Provides Specialty Brews Downtown
May08

Fortezza Coffee Provides Specialty Brews Downtown

Fortezza Coffee opened not too long ago across the street from Pint n’ Slice and the Dash-In. The owner is the same guy (Sean Wang) that owns Trionfale Espresso on DuPont. The biggest “new” thing that Wang is utilizing in Fortezza is the Modbar that rids the area of the wall that espresso machines tend to take up next to the counters. The Modbar is designed to move large components of the machine under the counters where they can remain unseen, thus opening the counters up for interaction between barista and coffee-consumer. The menu is impossible to miss as you walk through the door (looking at the establishment, it’s the door on the left) because it’s written on the entire wall in chalk. Fortezza provides the same coffee as Trionfale Espresso (Counter Culture Coffee) and then some different brews and roasts. Fresh, whole beans are also available for purchase as are a variety of pastries. When I tried Trionfale Espresso for the first time, I made the haphazard mistake of adding a flavor to the cappuccino. Well, based on a few other friends’ reviews, I learned that the flavor was not necessary. This time around, I corrected my error and just got the plain cappuccino.  It was anything but plain.  The milk is steamed perfectly, the espresso brewed to order. The flavor was smooth and, just like Trionfale, it didn’t take forever to cool and I could enjoy it immediately. There are a few options for brunch, primarily a variety of quiche and a breakfast sandwich. There is also an area with tables and chairs for those who wish to camp out and stay a while (not literally, of course) and there are meeting rooms available. The downtown location is within walking distances to most of the area’s major corporate offices and there is no shortage of foot traffic through that area, especially in the morning hours with workers between parking spots and offices. Fortezza Coffee is open from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday. ‘Like’ them on Facebook to keep up-to-date with events, news and happenings at...

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Local Coffee Shop Done Right at the Firefly
Mar08

Local Coffee Shop Done Right at the Firefly

The Firefly on N. Anthony is one of Fort Wayne’s best coffee shops, and they have the awards to prove it. Since 1999, the ‘Fly has grown a bit of a cult following consisting of people from all walks of life. Buying local, supporting the creative community, and delicious menu items and outstanding service–that’s what keeps these folks coming back. And one, if not all, of the aforementioned reasons will keep YOU coming back, too. Get ready for your new addiction! Upon entering the ‘Fly, visitors are greeted by tables and seating near the window for more traditional dining. Winding its way around and separating the two sides of the business is a large service counter where orders are taken with a smile, money is tendered, and deliciousness is prepared. The service can’t be beat. The baristas get to know regular faces, giving the coffee house a feeling akin to Cheers. Firefly’s beverage menu is comparable to other coffee chains: coffees, teas, smoothies, and other thirst quenchers. They offer several selections of sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups, and baked goods. Bonus: everything but the soup and baked goods is made to order. As patrons stand in line to order/receive their tasty treats, they can peruse the many handcrafted, one-of-a-kind creations for sale by local artists. These items frequently include jewelry, knit/crochet pieces, magnets, soaps, pottery, and notecards. These artistic trinkets can be purchased at the main counter with the usual forms of payment. Additionally, pretty much every piece of wall art is for sale, with small cards tucked into the frames with the prices written on them. The inside of the Firefly is a work of art itself. I never get tired of the atmosphere, and I have yet to see anything else quite like it. The back seating area is completely surrounded by ceiling-to-floor illustrations. Lounge on a couch in the countryside at twilight year-round. Enjoy a friend’s company beneath the soft glow of white Christmas lights strung around a pergola. Whatever ambiance you choose, relaxation is the word. The next time you’re out and about for something tasty to eat/drink or need a meeting place for friends, family, or coworkers, give the Firefly a try! Menu recommendations: spiced chai chiller, cheese toasty, Greek pasta salad, morning muffin, signature seasonal drinks like the pumpkin chai and fresh, hand-squeezed lemonade. Visit them online for more menu options. They accept both cash and credit. Firefly Coffee House 3523 North Anthony Blvd Fort Wayne, IN 46805 Phone: (260) 373-0505 Hours: Mon through Fri 6:30 am – 8 pm; Sat 7 am – 8 pm; Sun 8 am – 8...

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