Savor Fort Wayne Restaurant Week, January 15 – 26, gives diners 12 days to enjoy multi-course, specially-priced meals at Fort Wayne restaurants. Participating restaurants offer dishes from their regular menus or a menu specifically created for Savor Fort Wayne Restaurant Week.
For the seventh year, Visit Fort Wayne is offering the Fort Wayne community the opportunity to get a table at their favorite dining spots, as well as restaurants they have always wanted to try, with special menus and meal deals during Savor Fort Wayne.
"Our goal is to showcase our city's amazing restaurant community," said Emily Stuck, the program and events manager at Visit Fort Wayne.
This year 45 restaurants are participating with special menus as diverse as the restaurants themselves.
"We have a good mix of different cuisines, which gives diners a reason to try some new flavors. We also have a great selection of restaurants from all around the city including its iconic establishments: The Oyster Bar, Don Hall's and Eddie Merlot's to newer places like Bird + Cleaver, Club Room at the Clyde and Solbird," said Stuck.
Several restaurants including Bourbon Street, the Casa restaurants, Club Soda, Eddie Merlot's, El Azteca, Hall’s and The Oyster Bar have been participating in Savor Restaurant Week since its debut in 2014.
"It is so great that we have our classics – those restaurants that have been involved since the beginning," said Stuck. "But it is also great that we get new additions each year. It really is just a great chance to get out and have a good time."
Eddie Merlot's has created a special three-course dinner for $35.95/person which includes soup or salad and then a choice from three of its signature entrees — steak frites, fish & chips and roasted chicken. The dessert selection includes raspberry cheesecake mousse, chocolate cake or a slice of its famous carrot cake.
2Toms Brewing Company and its in-house food partner Full Circle Grill & BBQ are offering three different Savor Restaurant Week menus. The first option is for $15/person and includes two different choices: two smoked chicken enchiladas or two vegan enchiladas, spicy cauliflower rice, a side of guacamole and a 2Toms beer; or a healthier choice of an apple pecan arugula salad with smoked chicken and a 2Toms beer. The second option is $30/person and features a full rack of its fall-off-the-bone ribs, mac & cheese and coleslaw and two 2Toms beers. The all-out $45/person option features Full Circle’s Gut Buster — a plate filled with a half-rack of ribs, six smoked wings, a half-pound of pulled pork, a half-pound of smoked crack chicken, double orders of mac & cheese and coleslaw and two 2Toms beers. (Note, root beer, juice or chocolate milk may be substituted for the 2Toms beers when necessary.)
Although Mad Anthony Brewing Company's Savor Restaurant Week offering focuses on its beer, it does include some eats. Each option is $30 for two and includes two pints of Madbrew (or soft drinks), a basket of its famous Scooby Snacks, crispy potato wedges tossed in Maryland crab seasoning and topped with a cali-dip sauce and either two unwraps or two sandwiches (for a healthier option an asparagus salad may be substituted).
Both locations of Shigs In Pit BBQ are offering the same special menus. For $30, two people can order two rib dinners or two Big Shig platters that come with soft drinks and banana pudding for dessert. The healthier choice option is $11.99/person and features a meat plate with chopped chicken and smoked turkey and a choice of two sides (no substitutions are available).
According to Stuck, the average diner eats out at three restaurants during Savor Restaurant Week. But to further encourage diners to participate, this is the third year of STAR Bank's STAR Reward Card. The idea is to fill the card with four stars, each indicating a Savor Restaurant Week meal purchased. (It is important to know that each Savor meal eaten Monday – Thursday gets two stars.) Fill as many reward cards as possible and completed cards may be submitted for entry in a raffle to win $500 in gift cards from Savor Fort Restaurant Week participants.
Savor Restaurant Week is again working with the Fort Wayne Downtown Improvement District to emphasize the great array of participating restaurants located within the city's 99-block downtown district. Participating district restaurants include: Bourbon Street Hideaway, Club Soda, Conner's Kitchen + Bar, Copper Spoon, Don Hall's Gas House, Don Hall's Takaoka, Nawa, Ruth's Chris Steak House and Tolon.
And if you are worried that all of this dining out may affect your New Year's resolution to eat better, don't worry, Savor Restaurant Week has again partnered with Parkview Health to ensure each restaurant offers lighter food choices. These options are designated on the Savor menus with the Parkview green diamond. All lighter-fare appetizers and desserts are 250 calories or less and entrees are under 600 calories.
Savor Restaurant Week is continuing to work with the Northeast Indiana Local Food Network to identify the locally-sourced menu options at participating restaurants, as well as to provide details and information about the local farmers who produce the ingredients included in the dishes.
Although alcoholic drinks aren't usually included in the Savor Restaurant Week offerings, local establishments including Mad Anthony Brewing Company and Three Rivers Distilling Company are offering special cocktails and craft brews as their first courses.
And this year the beer brands Blue Moon and Yuengling as well as Truly Hard Seltzers are creating specialty drinks & cocktails to savor during Savor Restaurant Week at several of the participating restaurants.
For more details about Savor Fort Wayne Restaurant Week and complete menus from participating restaurants, visit the Savor Fort Wayne website.
This article originally appeared in the January 2020 issue of Fort Wayne Magazine. Visit Fort Wayne would like to thank them for their continued support of Savor Fort Wayne.