After a day of traveling, the last thing you want to do is run around town in search for a meal. It's 9 pm, and you're looking for a non-fried bite to eat. Where to go? Lucky for you, there are several options for getting a late-night fix in the Summit City. Here are a few of my favorites:
Henry's: Enter a bar filled with memories offering pause for a pleasant reflection. This sedate old bar is a faithful link to the city's gracious past. It once adorned the old Berry Cafe, a favorite haunt for sports, media and theatrical personalities of the late 1800's and early 1900's. You can enjoy a variety of offerings (from salads to shrimp wraps), until 10 pm. They are perhaps best known for their Henry's burger.
Paula's on Main: Also serving food until 10 pm, Paula's is a can't-miss place for seafood. Many Fort Waynians agree Paula’s offers the freshest seafood in town. The seafood selection at Paula’s is extensive, but they also have great steaks. Bread and pastries made in-house are the perfect complement to any meal. In addition to the renowned fare, the service and the atmosphere can’t be beat. Attentive servers go out of their way to ensure a one-of-a-kind experience. Nautical themed decor adorns the walls, making guests feel like they’re at the lake.
BakerStreet: BakerStreet has a varied menu, including steak, chicken, pork, and seafood dishes; a solid wine list; and a fine assortment of desserts. Regardless of the dish you order, you’re going to enjoy it. Choose from patio, bar, banquet, and private dining. The kitchen is open until 10 pm.
Mad Anthony Brewing Co.: This place specializes in catering to late-night munchies. (After all they have a brewery on site!) According to their website, they offer ”classic pub fare,” however, I think they are being overly modest. Don’t leave town without trying one of their Almost Famous Gourmet Pan Pizzas, a deep dish Chicago style pizza that can be accentuated with a variety of vegetables. I recommend their Margherita, a delicious combination of basil pesto, cheese and fresh cheese. Another tip: some of their burgers can be converted into veggie burgers.
Dash-In: Last, but not least the Dash-in never fails to please. Enjoy their soups from scratch, slow-roasted pulled pork and home-made desserts. Their gourmet style grilled cheeses are a foodie’s dream come true. The Dash also has several beers on tap, as well as a selection of hot and cold gourmet coffee drinks.
So, there you have it: five ways to indulge your late-night cravings. Bon appetit!
Lauren Caggiano was raised in Fort Wayne, and returned in 2007 upon graduation from the University of Dayton. (Go Flyers!) The president of WriteOn LLC, she specializes in writing, marketing, and French translation. In her spare time she enjoys working out, thrifting and volunteering.