LFW’s Top Picks for Best Breakfast/Brunch Spots
Feb08

LFW’s Top Picks for Best Breakfast/Brunch Spots

Pancakes, bacon, waffles, eggs and, my personal favorite, mimosas. I think everyone can get on board with breakfast (or brunch if you’re a late riser) as being the best meal of the day. Fort Wayne is truly gifted with places that serve some pretty impressive breakfast/brunch plates. We at Living Fort Wayne are BIG fans of the morning grub, so we’ve compiled a list to help you pick the perfect spot to enjoy a nice mimosa or to recover from the night before.   Jade Kelsey picks… Ted’s Market (12628 Coldwater Rd.) I don’t mind driving across town to Ted’s Market for their weekend brunch! The cinnamon rolls and sticky buns are large enough to share, if you are feeling generous. They also offer an omelet bar for dine-in or take out. The omelet bar includes pretty much anything you can think of to fancy up your eggs. Add some Utopian coffee and it’s perfection! Also if you need to pick up any ingredients for dinner, Ted’s has you covered!   Tim Zink picks… Cosmos Restaurant (3232 St. Joe Center Rd. & 9807 Lima Rd.) This is coming from someone who used to work at a national breakfast chain in my younger days. Whenever I want to grab a hearty breakfast, I like to head over to Cosmos Restaurant. They have huge (I mean HUGE) omelets people should really eat in two sittings, not to mention their terrific pancakes! They have two locations, but I usually travel to the one in the Marketplace at Canterbury.   Rachelle Reinking picks… Klemm’s Candlelight Café (1207 E. State Blvd.) Its “mom and pop shop” feel adds to the quaintness. The service is always fast and friendly, and my staple of two eggs with corned beef hash and rye toast is perfectly complemented by the classic diner coffee. Plus, they have muffins, pies, and cakes that are made in-house. I would recommend you try their famous “Garbage” plate.   Travis Bartlett picks… JK O’Donnell’s Irish Pub (121 W. Wayne St.) My favorite thing to do on Saturday mornings when I don’t have to work is grab breakfast down at my favorite bar. They serve the best Irish breakfast I have ever had and have an amazing staff that keeps me going back. Not to mention that their Bloody Marys are also a top notch item that I pair with my breakfast every time. They also serve a stellar cup of coffee from Utopian Coffee Company as well with cream and the fixings. Klemm’s Kafé (1429 N. Wells St.) When I’m thinking of breakfast places in Fort Wayne, I instantly think of Klemm’s Kafé on Wells St....

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Ethnic Food Series: Caliente
Feb01

Ethnic Food Series: Caliente

We have been lucky enough to have an assignment where we go out and find local ethnic restaurants and write about them. It has given us an opportunity to try new places and have new experiences. We’ve found another tasty place to share and hope you check out a few of our suggestions! Our next adventure took us to an authentic Cuban restaurant, Caliente. Caliente is hidden and easy to miss if you are out and about. It’s located off State Street, to which you can find parking behind the building. We were immediately greeted as we walkee through the door. The menu was a little confusing to us since we didn’t know exactly what all was in the meal. Luckily they were able to provide us a detailed menu including all the ingredients. If you try out this local restaurant, go on an empty stomach. The sizes of the sandwiches are massive which is good because they tasted great and were a nice snack for later. Also be prepared to wait a few minutes as everything is made to order. No need to worry about being served a cold sandwich. We ordered the Ropa Vieja, which is lean beef in a garlic marinade, onions and lemon, served with shredded mozzarella, lettuce and jalapenos on toasted bread flavored with garlic butter. Since some individuals might not like the added spiciness of the peppers, the lady who took our order was nice enough to make sure I wanted it on my sandwich. I think once you start taking things off the sandwiches, you start to lose the real taste of Cuban food. I had to order the true authentic sandwich of the Cuban culture, the Cuban. This sandwich is like no other; the meats and toppings complement each other so well that it’s hard to realize just how much you have eaten. As we finished our meal, feeling stuffed and content we sat and decided what we would try the next time around. We hope you give this place a try as we promise you will not leave...

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LFW Weekend Fun File
Jan14

LFW Weekend Fun File

Our calendar is full of fantastic events taking place around our city, so be sure to check it out for a more exhaustive list. In the meantime, here’s a quick peak at some of the things we are looking forward to this week! If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekend Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com 1. Savor Fort Wayne January 13 – 24th Great deals at great restaurants around Fort Wayne! Join in on the Diner of the Day Contest or the Favorite Server Contest while you try menu items from some of Fort Wayne’s favorites! 2. Girls Night Out at Trubble Brewing Thurs, January 14, 6:30pm Hosted by Northeast Indiana Girls Pint Out, enjoy some great food and even better beer at Trubble! 3. 2nd Thursday Paradigm at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art Thurs, January 14, 5pm  Enjoy free admission, edibles and a cash bar with friends. 4. Early Art Exploration Sat, January 16, 10am – 11am I’m so excited for this! Preschool Children get to discover a variety of art forms and techniques. Parents learn about developmental milestones in their children’s lives and how art plays a role in physical and cognitive growth. 5. Wildlife Signs: Who Winters Here? Sat, January 16, 9:30am – 10:30am I’m babysitting this weekend and I was looking for (free) fun stuff to do with elementary age children. This sounds perfect. Through Little River Wetlands Project, there will be interactive projects and exploring the marsh for winter animals. 6. Winter Warmer Sat, January 16, 2pm – 5pm Have some winter fun at JK’s! Don’t worry, the tent behind the pub will be heated. 7. Musical Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. Sun, January 17, 4:00pm – 5:30pm The program tells the story of MLK’s dream of justice and peace in music and drama. Featuring Heartland Sings. It should be a great production! 8. January Gallery Cleanup at Wunderkammer Sun, January 17, 5pm – 9pm Wunderkammer is hosting monthly cleanup days for volunteers to come clean, paint, dust, etc. Snacks provided! 9. 200@200 – Iconic Fort Wayne  Tuesday, Jan 19, 2016 The opening of the History Center’s tribute to Indiana’s Bicentennial. How has our city changed? Check it out! 10. Romeo and Juliet Wed, January 20, 7:30pm  The State Ballet Theatre of Russia presents Romeo and Juliet, a Full-Length Ballet in Three Acts, at the Embassy on Jan. 20, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. It’s going to be great. Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Check out our events calendar, and get out and have some fun this weekend! We can’t wait to...

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Tolon Brings Midwestern Flavor into the Middle of the City
Dec14

Tolon Brings Midwestern Flavor into the Middle of the City

December 2015 is setting up downtown Fort Wayne for a pretty tasty 2016. First, there was the news last week that the Fort Wayne City Council voted to create a downtown dining district – making it exponentially easier for downtown restaurants to offer full bar service. Then there was the news over the weekend that Joseph Decuis’ head chef Aaron Butts, sommelier Carmen McGee and sous chef Sean Richardson will be turning their pop-up craft mixology bar, The Golden, from a moonlighting hobby into a full-fledged bar and restaurant – set to open by mid-2016 in the new Ash Brokerage building. And now, the biggest flurry of activity is happening on the Columbia Street landing, where chef Matt Nolot and his wife Nicky are putting the finishing touches on Tolon, a farm-to-table fine dining restaurant set to open in mid-January 2016. If you, like me, have been hanging out downtown for at least a decade, you may remember when the tastiest food you could get on the Landing was a slice from Columbia Street or a grilled cheese from the street vendor parked outside Flashbacks. And while there’s still nothing like a toasty, melty, midnight snack after a night of dancing, Matt and Nicky plan to set the bar much higher by bringing the flavor profile of the heartland into the heart of the city. “We became very excited about the movement of revitalizing downtown,” the couple says. “ Ever since we visited a locally owned restaurant in New Orleans, we’ve had a desire to bring a unique dining experience to Fort Wayne – with a focus on how we were both raised; knowing where our food had come from. “ As the restaurant’s logo suggests, the couple’s farm-to-fork philosophy guides both Tolon’s bar and restaurant menus. “At Tolon, people can expect unique dishes that feature familiar ingredients along with craft cocktails that utilize local Indiana spirits,” says Matt. “Having grown up cooking in the Midwest, I plan to bring a modern updated view on what is considered traditional Midwestern cuisine.”   In elevating Midwestern cuisine, the couple hopes to elevate diners’ appreciation for Midwestern farmers. “We feel it is important that we focus on knowing where our food comes from and how it is grown,” the couple says. “With the surge in farmer’s markets, we felt it was the time to bring attention to eating locally grown foods, and we’re excited to showcase the best quality ingredients that are grown within a day’s drive of Fort Wayne.” For the Nolots, that means changing the menu four times a year to reflect what’s in season, and creating signature dishes that are packed with Midwestern umami,...

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The Hoppy Gnome: Opening Date Announced
Jun18

The Hoppy Gnome: Opening Date Announced

I have good news! The long wait for The Hoppy Gnome is almost over. I pass by their remodeled restaurant space at 203 E. Berry Street nearly every day. Each day my excitement grows. Over the last few months, I’ve watched the interviews in the newspapers, the announcement of their menu, the inside rehab, the new outside glass windows being installed, and the recent addition of their signage to the outside of the Anthony Wayne Building. Combined, they have built up quite the buzz in our community. I spoke with one of the owners, James Kahn, about the opening day. He is happy to report that doors open for The Hoppy Gnome on Friday, July 10! If you have enjoyed the unique experience at Baker Street restaurant on the north side of town, you know that they do things right. Created by the same owners as Baker Street, they have decided to give Fort Wayne something unique that will have everyone from every part of town, driving downtown to dine. The Hoppy Gnome will feature beer from Midwest breweries as well as unique options from Germany, Belgium, and others.  In addition to the unique drink options, they will also be featuring a unique food menu. With the help of Chef Chad Kyle of Baker Street, they will be featuring their own unique creations of culinary tacos. The tacos will each have a unique taste and flavor to go along with the one of a kind environment found in their 3,000 square foot space on the corner of Clinton Street and Berry Street. To find out more about The Hoppy Gnome, visit their website. They will keep you updated on improvements, new information, parking options, and job openings. This is a restaurant that I see having a long-term relationship with downtown Fort Wayne and all of its patrons. Mark your calendars, and join them on July 10!  ...

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