Fort Wayne Outdoor Dining Options
May12

Fort Wayne Outdoor Dining Options

It’s finally the time of year where it’s warming up, and we can take our socializing outside. For me, the Indiana summers are just one more reason that I love where I live. There’s nothing I enjoy more than socializing, eating, and drinking in an outdoor space; and believe it or not, Fort Wayne offers plenty of outdoor dining options. I did a series called Dining Al Fresco where I covered a handful of locally-owned places with outdoor dining. This time I’m going to condense it all into one amazing post of locally-owned, outdoor dining spots. But here’s the scoop, I don’t know everything! (I know, right. It is hard to believe!) I will need your help. If I missed one, let us know on Twitter or Facebook.     Locally-Owned Eateries with Outdoor Dining 800 Degrees 800 Degrees Three Fires 816 Pint and Slice Anastasia’s Cafe BakerStreet Black Canyon Restuarant Black Dog Pub Calhoun St. Soups, Salads, and Spirits Caliente Catablu Grille Chappell’s Coral Grill Chevvy’s Pizza and Sports Pub Club Soda Columbia Street West Dash-In The Deck Dicky’s Wild Hare Don Chavas El Azteca Flanagan’s Friendly Fox The Golden Granite City Hall’s Triangle Park Henry’s The Hoppy Gnome J K O’Donnell’s Joseph Decuis Junk Ditch Brewing Company Loving Cafe Mad Anthony Brewing Co. Main Street Bistro Mexico Antiguo O’Reily’s Irish Bar and Restaurant Oyster Bar Phoenix Pickles Cafe Red Rok BBQ & Burbon Saloon The Side Car at Winedown Summit City Brewerks Scotty’s Brewhouse Toscani Pizzeria Trubble Brewing Editor’s note – Previously posted on May 22, 2014 and updated on May 12,...

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Dining Al Fresco – Calhoun Soups, Salads, and Spirits
Jul22

Dining Al Fresco – Calhoun Soups, Salads, and Spirits

Welcome to this month’s edition of Dining Al Fresco where we spotlight some of Fort Wayne’s locally owned restaurants offering an outdoor dining experience. This week’s spotlight is one of my favorite downtown lunch spots, Calhoun Street Soups, Salads, and Spirits. More widely known as CS3, the restaurant identifies itself as Urban Dining, which describes it perfectly. It’s nestled on South Calhoun Street on the corner of Masterson and Calhoun in an up-and-coming neighborhood that many now call “SoCal.” Exposed brick in the interior gives a warm and inviting first impression, while woodwork makes the restaurant feel historic. The Americana artifacts and antiques add to the equation pulling it all together to create a unique setting. The fenced-in patio offers a beautifully landscaped outdoor experience with plenty of shaded and sunlit seating that gives the feeling of a friend’s private courtyard. CS3 goes far beyond soups and salads with a wide array of menu options. While their soups and salads are superb, they also offer some amazing sandwiches and much more. At CS3 you can satisfy almost any craving from wings to veggie burgers. A surprising quality of the restaurant is the all-you-can-eat salad bar whether it’s added as a side to your meal or stand-alone. The restaurant offers a full bar with an impressive array of craft beers from local and not-so-local breweries. With almost 20 taps and a selection of bottled offerings, you can expect to find something new almost every time. After dark, the restaurant continues to thrive. CS3 offers a great local nightlife where you can stop in to see familiar faces and new ones alike. A back room venue, dubbed the “Tiger Room” by some, offers an eclectic selection of entertainment. Most weekends you can hear live music thrumming from inside, whether it’s local folk artists like James and the Drifters or some serious house music from out of town DJ’s. CS3 is a must for anyone who enjoys a local heartbeat, whether it’s lunch with a friend or a night out on the town. This is definitely a gem in SoCal and downtown Fort Wayne. Suggested Drink Anything On Tap: Be experimental, try something new, or find your favorite and enjoy! Suggested Eat BBQ Cheddar and Bacon Burger: A burger with bacon and cheddar cheese cooked to order, topped with BBQ, grilled green pepper and onion, all served on a pretzel bun. Need I say more?   Get...

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