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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Trionfale Espresso Provides Quiet Nook for the DuPont Area
Apr08

Trionfale Espresso Provides Quiet Nook for the DuPont Area

With the number of shopping centers and small local businesses located along DuPont, it is difficult for me to determine where to even start exploring these little nooks, especially with how busy the entire line of shops along the street seem to be. Trionfale Espresso is a little niche off DuPont near I-69, a few shops down from the Trolley Bar and the new Bagger Dave’s. Their menu is not extensive in terms of flavor options and varieties, but what they do, they do well.  They provide the typical brews (espresso, Americano, breves, cappuccino, mocha) from Counter Culture coffee, a North Carolina based company that works with artisan farmers. I got a vanilla cappuccino and it was smooth, delicious and I didn’t have to wait forever to for it to cool to start drinking it. Put simply, I wish that cup was never ending. Trionfale Espresso also has a variety of cakes and cookies that are baked on location.  The flavors vary depending on the day and the season. Since Trionfale Espresso is at the end of the shopping center, it isn’t very big, but there are still tables, comfy chairs, and plenty of space to set up camp to get some work done. There’s free wi-fi and, even though it seemed to be fairly busy when I stopped by, it was still quiet. Every Saturday morning from 10-noon, the café hosts Fort Wayne Cars and Coffee. The event is open for any car, make or model and for anyone who loves cars and coffee. There will be a downtown location opening sometime this year on South Calhoun St. at the former location of Loaf ‘N’...

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