The Sidecar: Fort Wayne’s Newest Outdoor Bar & Grill
Sep30

The Sidecar: Fort Wayne’s Newest Outdoor Bar & Grill

Like dining al fresco? If so, check out The Sidecar, Fort Wayne’s newest patio bar and grill. Opened by Wine Down Tastings and Tapas, The Sidecar is a separate outdoor bar located on the restaurant’s patio.  The menu is laid-back featuring appetizers and highlighting items such as burgers, craft beer, and wine to name a few. So, with that in mind, I’d like to share more about my own experience at The Sidecar.   I dined at the restaurant as a date night, and my partner and I were greeted, and led to a street-side table where we browsed the menu. The views of downtown and Parkview Field are certainly perks of the location! Beginning with the food, we decided on the vegetarian burger with avocado, and a Korean short rib dish with rice. We also enjoyed some Three Floyd’s Alpha King that was on draft. In regards to the service, our server was knowledgeable and patient. She answered our many questions, and was prompt and personable. Overall, the meal was fabulous. While eating, we took in the scenery and feel of the bar. As mentioned above, the views of downtown were beautiful and the atmosphere was very nice. I recommend dining in the evening because the restaurant has fire pits and pretty outdoor lighting which adds to the experience. The décor is modern, and the place feels casual and comfortable—like a friend’s backyard.   Overall, the restaurant is in a great location, the food is delicious, and the service is top-notch. It is perfect for so many occasions including a date night. I’m already looking forward to watching the Tin Caps fireworks while sipping a cocktail slushy next summer! Definitely give this place a try while it’s still in...

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Ethnic Food: Salud Tapas N Tequila
Nov02

Ethnic Food: Salud Tapas N Tequila

One of the great things about Fort Wayne is its diversity and due to this, we are fortunate to have a wide range of restaurants to explore. If you are looking for Spanish cuisine without having to travel far, look no further. With a few tapas restaurants popping up in Fort Wayne, we decided to choose one we had heard great things about: Salud Tapas N Tequila. The atmosphere was clean, modern, and comfortable. The first thing we did, since Tequila is in the name, was order drinks. We recommend going to their website, www.saludtapasntequilla.com, and reading about their highlighted drinks, as they take great pride in the tequila they serve. Our experience with tapas in the past is that they are small plates where you order a few and share. The tapas portions at Salud were large so we had plenty! Everything from the drinks to the food was out of this world. We wanted to recommend one thing that stood out but we can’t. Everything we had was amazing so I will just list off what we had: salsa flight, carnitas empanadas, cartel chicken wings, Oaxaca mac & cheese, and for desert, crispy churros. Since our visit, we have both separately went back bring others to experience this Spanish-style tapas and tequila. Our friends and family we shared this food experience with have raved as...

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Winter Market Series: Chef Eric Wears More Than One Hat
Jan16

Winter Market Series: Chef Eric Wears More Than One Hat

Have you heard of Chef Eric? Have you ever felt like a rockstar in your own home? Do you love coffee and food and WINE? Well, I’ve got news for you! And it comes to you in the first of our Winter Market Vendor Series posts. This is exciting for me. As much as I love the Barr Street Market, YLNI’s Winter Market has totally won me over. There’s something about scavenging through vendor’s booths at the Ash Center every other Saturday that just makes me happy. It’s like summer inside. Live music plays, the aroma of food and Fort Wayne’s finest food trucks simmers in the air. People are happy here. And the vendors just keep getting better and better. This week, my focus is on Chef Eric. A local celebrity in my book, I have seen his booth and heard his name mumbled fondly since I began writing for Living Fort Wayne. But the markets are only a small piece of the pie. Chef Eric Braun is a personal chef, author, consultant, TV host, entrepreneur, philanthropist and an all-out stand-up guy. I met with him recently over lunch. And, after sending back cold soup (we laughed about this since obviously, they didn’t know who they were serving) he talked candidly about what has brought him to this point in his very successful career. Eric Braun wears much more than a chef hat. So the best way for me to explain is to highlight each of his endeavors individually. Personal Chef Chef Eric was born, raised, and now lives in a kitchen. Ok, not really. But it certainly seems that way. His parents owned and ran Snow White Kitchen on Creighton and Calhoun streets from 1949-1982. It was your classic diner, and had many followers. This is where he found his passion. When the diner closed, Chef Eric moved to Indy to start his own business. He has worked in food service operations, managing, teaching and (most importantly) cooking, his entire life. Ten years ago, Chef Eric and his family moved back to Fort Wayne. It was his aging parents and true love for family and connection that brought him home. It was his love for food that made him a personal chef. The years of brilliantly creating delicious dishes had put a toll on Chef Eric’s weight and health. He had to make some changes, so he lost 150 pounds. Of course, it wasn’t that easy. It required some serious lifestyle changes, specifically what, and how he ate. Well, naturally this wasn’t something he was willing to sacrifice. The answer came in “small bites”. Tapas, of course. Chef Eric was ahead...

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