If you’re a foodie or even a wanna be foodie (or you just really like to eat!), we’ve sourced great local places for you to try. From pizza and a beer, to delicious desserts, we’re sure you’ll find something extra special in these Fort Wayne gems.
Fort Wayne does pizza right! Whether you’re looking for gourmet toppings from 800-Degree Pizza or classic hand tossed crust from the ACME Bar, you’ll find something to wow your taste buds. Maybe it’s the salty sweetness of the red sauce from Raimondo’s you’re after or the cheesy New York style goodness from Pint & Slice. No matter what your pizza craving, Fort Wayne knows how to satisfy!
Midwestern hospitality is fueled by sugar & Fort Wayne is highly hospitable! World famous for DeBrand’s Chocolates, locals know that a creamy Key Lime Truffle, an Aztec Chocolate square, or the smooth feel of a DeBrand Carmel on your tongue is the perfect lift to any less than hospitable mood. If chocolate isn’t your thing, Fort Wayne bakeries are filled with non chocolate goodness too. The Cookie Cottage puts Fort Wayne on the map for its delicious cookies. Looking for a special gift, they’ll add your company logo to their frosted sugar cookies making them almost too good to eat. Going Gluten free? Check out the goodies from Pembroke Bakery or the Peanut Butter Cookies from Mocha Lounge. You’ll never know they’re gluten free!
Steaks and Chops!
In the Midwest, we’re known for our love of beef and Fort Wayne gives you plenty to choose from. Baker Street, a family favorite, will have your mouth watering for their perfectly prepared steaks offered in a variety of gourmet preparations. Eddie Merlot’s, known for the generous and classic cuts is sure to please! Looking a great steak on a budget? Stop in to Henry’s and check out the DelMonico.
Looking to celebrate or simply relax with friends after a busy day? Stop in to Club Soda for the perfect martini. They make martini making an art. Looking for a great glass of wine, check out Chop’s wine bar for exceptional selections. Maybe Bourbon is more your thing? Red Rok BBQ and Bourbon Saloon’s smooth pour is sure to satisfy.
Fancy cocktails are great but sometimes you just need a beer. We’re not talking about cheap beer but rather good handcrafted brews that you’ll want to have again and again. Check out Mad Anthony’s Brewery for great beer made right here.
Fort Wayne’s Coney Island is sure to provide a classic foodie experience. Not fancy or highbrow, this is the kind of place where you roll up your sleeves and wear a shirt you don’t mind getting sauce on. Wash it down with a Coca-Cola in a glass bottle and you’ll have a meal to remember. During the baseball season, stop by Parkview Field for a ballpark dog. They’re open on non-game days to the public during lunch.
The Taste of Mexico!
No matter how far I travel, I always look forward to returning to the yummy goodness of Fort Wayne’s Mexican restaurants. Margaritas, queso dip, enchilada’s and shots of tequila await you. Cebollo’s in undoubtedly the most popular local establishment, but you wont want to miss other local spots like El Azteca and Don Chavas.
Sometimes you just have to forgo the fancy and belly up to the bar. Check out local hot spots like Mad Anthony’s, Buckets, Deer Park, and the Acme Bar for great traditional bar food. You can always take your bar food upscale at Club Soda or Chop’s Wine Bar. They’ll pair the cocktails with gourmet versions of your bar time favorites.
Japanese Food and Sushi
Locals love Asakusa for both their sushi bar and their exceptional Japanese cuisine. For a Japanese Steakhouse experience, check out Koto Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi or Takoaka of Japan in Downtown Fort Wayne.
A Taste of Italy
Pasta is the ultimate in comfort food and Fort Wayne knows how to comfort. For fresh handmade Italian goodness, make a reservation at the Italian Connection. It’s small, local, and delightful with a family atmosphere you want in your favorite Italian restaurant.
Are there foodie favorites that we missed? Let us know in the comments below!