Fort Wayne, Indiana has numerous dining options for those that love Italian, Mexican, and Chinese cuisine. However, if you’re looking for something a little bit off the beaten path, Fort Wayne has that, too.
Here are 5 different options for ethnic cuisine for those that want to take their taste buds on a culinary adventure.
The Best Ethnic Cuisine in Fort Wayne, Indiana
1123 E. State Blvd, 46805 AND 120 W. Wayne St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Caliente is a mom and pop restaurant that is owned by a local Cuban family, and it’s a wonderful place to grab a quick lunch. They offer a variety of sandwiches with a Cuban flair, like the Tropi Cuban or Bella Cuba. Their food has gained much popularity since they first opened in 2009, enabling the recent opening of their second location in beautiful downtown Fort Wayne.
6410 W. Jefferson Blvd#9b, Fort Wayne, IN 46804
Mon-Sat: 11am-3pm and 5pm-10pm
Sun: 11am-3pm and 5pm-9pm
You can find a variety of traditional Indian dishes at the Taj Mahal in Fort Wayne, and they have a popular lunch buffet. Specialties include their Chicken Curry, Mattar Paneer, and Paneer Masala. Don’t hesitate to eat the food Indian-style, by ordering Naan bread and using it to scoop up the delicious rice and meat dishes. They also have a vegetarian section for those that want to grab a quick meal that is meat-free.
2805 E. State Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46805
If you want truly exotic cuisine, this is the place to try. Queen of Sheba offers traditional Ethiopian recipes of beef, poultry, and goat entrees that you can share, all served in a cozy restaurant with Ethiopian decor. Many that have visited this restaurant have raved over their lamb tips, as well as their vegetarian entrees. Make sure to order coffee, as you get to watch a traditional Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony. For more on what you can expect at Queen of Sheba, check out this review.
4606 Parnell Ave., Fort Wayne, IN 46825
Meat-lovers will enjoy the cuisine they find at this Bosnian restaurant. Menu items include kebabs, meat platters, and cevapi, which are little sausages in pita-like bread served with traditional Southeastern European favorites, like Ajvar. For dessert, order baklava and espresso coffee—just make sure not to drink the coffee all the way to the bottom. Not only is it tradition to leave a little bit of coffee at the end, you will save yourself from a caffeine overload from this delicious, yet strong coffee.
3235 N. Anthony Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Tues-Fri: 11am-2 pm & 5pm-9pm
Sat: 11:30am-3pm & 5pm-9:30pm
Closed on Sunday and Monday
If you want Thai food served in a cozy and casual environment, then head over to Baan Thai restaurant. Their specialties include Thai Amazing Chicken, Tofu Duck Curry, and Nam Sod, served with rice or noodles. If you enjoy spicy food, you will love their dishes. However, you can still invite friends and family that don’t share your love of spice, as they have a variety of non-spicy dishes, as well.
515 E Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Closed on Monday
Salvadoran cuisine in the heart of Fort Wayne.
2701 S Calhoun St, Fort Wayne, IN 46807
Closed on Tuesday
This cozy restaurant serves the cuisine of Burma and Thailand.