Strawberry season is in full swing in Indiana with fruit for the picking at local farms, as well as being served at various festivals in the area.
Restaurants have taken note of our love for the taste, particularly this time of year when they center the berries, or at least the flavor, in limited-time offerings.
In case you don’t want to trek to a farm or fest for your fix, spots have you covered with strawberry-centric dishes.
Fresh Berry Meals
Bob Evans, Bobevans.com
The Fresh Berry dishes feature the restaurants’ breakfast, lunch and dinner classics reimagined and topped with hand-picked fresh strawberries from U.S. family-owned farms. The berry spin on the Farmer’s Choice breakfast includes hotcakes or brioche French toast topped with sliced strawberries, a sweet strawberry sauce, powdered sugar and whipped topping; along with eggs cooked-to-order, a choice of breakfast meat, and a choice of hash browns, home fries or fresh-cut fruit.
Among other options are a strawberry-topped cream cheese pie, Strawberry Banana Oatmeal with pecans and a side of banana nut bread, and a family-size Summer Berry Salad with 12 dinner rolls.
This offering mixes bits of strawberry into the chain’s classic biscuits and tops them with icing. It did so well as a limited-time offering that it’s now on the menu permanently.
The frozen dairy dessert returned after a successful 2022 stint.
Made with strawberry puree, it temporarily replaces the vanilla flavor.
The chain also this week added its Summer Strawberry Salad for the season, prepared with hand-picked strawberries, grilled chicken, crisp Applewood smoked bacon, candied almonds and a Tuscan cheese blend that’s drizzled with a Champagne vinaigrette and atop a bed of spring mix greens.
Strawberry Tres Leches Tres French Toast
First Watch, firstwatch.com
The Hispanic dessert meets an American breakfast staple as part of the chain’s seasonal menu.
Thick-cut, custard-dipped challah bread is griddled and topped with fresh strawberries, sweetened condensed milk, warm dulce de leche, whipped cream and spiced gingerbread cookie crumbles. Through Aug. 13.
Strawberry Shortcake McFlurry
Reminiscent of a strawberry shortcake ice cream bar, this treat is made with vanilla soft serve, strawberry-flavored clusters and crushed shortbread cookies.
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