Looking for a restaurant that offers a delicious meal with a side of history? Check out these long-running Fort Wayne favorites . . .
The Oyster Bar - 1830 South Calhoun Street Fort Wayne, IN 46802 Phone: (260) 744-9490
In 1954, the real Oyster Bar era began. Hughie Johnston, a local superstar athlete, purchased the saloon and property from Leo Schnee. Hughie played first base for the world champion Zollner Pistons Softball team. In 1954, Hughie brought the team’s star second baseman, Neal Barille, into the business and operated it as Hughie’s Tap from 1954 to 1962. Hughie also introduced oysters in 1954. During the Johnston and Barille years the saloon became a favorite haunt of prosecutors, lawyers, and other professional people.
In 1963, Neal Barille purchased Hughie’s Tap and changed the name to “Neal’s Oyster Bar.” Neal operated the restaurant/saloon very successfully until 1975. Alan Huffman and Alex Laguna purchased the business and shortened the name to “The Oyster Bar.” Alan remodeled the kitchen, bathrooms, and bar to their present states.
In 1987, a new era began when Steven M. Gard and Brenda K. Gard purchased The Oyster Bar. Today the Oyster Bar is a popular restaurant in Fort Wayne. They offer some really great food. I highly recommend checking it out!
It is a coney shop true to its roots. The long counter is supplemented by a row of tables with classic ice cream parlor chairs. The storefront is dominated by a large window through which you can watch the dogs being constructed; on cold days, the steamy warmth beckons one to step inside, order a couple hotdogs with everything, a coke (in the bottle with a straw) a bag of chips and a piece of homemade pie. A lunch doesn't get better than this, owned by the same family for nearly a hundred years. I would definitely suggest stopping in for lunch sometime !Also,LIKE Coney Island on Facebook for great promotions and information online.
Cindy's Diner - 830 South Harrison Street Fort Wayne, IN 46802 Phone: (260) 422-1957
In 1990, restored to its original luster, it was dubbed “Cindy’s Diner” and moved to its present location to the delight of nostalgia buffs and others who enjoy the excellent food and cheery atmosphere. In 1997, the addition of the Murphy’s Dime Store donut machine adds to the nostalgia and memories of the “good old days” in downtown Fort Wayne. Some favorites from the locals include American Fries, Applesauce, Chef Salad, Chicken Strips, Cole Slaw, Cottage Cheese, French Fries, Onion Rings, Toss Salad, and Chili. LIKE Cindy’s Diner on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cindys-Diner/273842097420. Check it out!
Paula’s On Main - 1732 West Main Street Fort Wayne, IN 46808 Phone: (260) 424-2300
This two-story restaurant is housed in an old factory building, which makes for a great setting for a beautiful, upscale yet casual dining experience. 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.
If you love seafood Paula’s is the place to go! Many locals say this is the freshest seafood in all of Indiana. I personally think that Paula's has the best seafood in Fort Wayne. Many people go to buy fresh fish and return home to cook it. The chefs will always give great advice on how to prepare the fish and even tell you how to make some of their recipes! When dining out the relaxed atmosphere is wonderful & the specials are often a treat. I strongly recommend Paula’s, it’s great!