Fort Wayne Vegan Restaurant Week is set to make its return, showcasing the plant-based options available throughout the city.
Kicking off Monday for the third year, participating restaurants are encouraged to offer a separate vegan menu or specials in addition to their regular fare.
Among those participating are Ryu’s Kitchen, Junk Ditch Brewing Co., Mercado, Three Fires and Johnny Ox Pizzeria. A full list of participating restaurants is available on FortWayneVeg.com.
“We are thrilled to be bringing back Fort Wayne Vegan Restaurant Week for its third year,” says Heather Dahman, founder of Vegan Fort Wayne. “Each year, the event grows bigger and better, with more restaurants participating and more people enjoying the amazing plant-based dishes that our city has to offer. … I can’t wait for everyone to see what we have in store this year!”
Fort Wayne was recently named No. 16 on Wallet Hub’s list of best cities for vegans and vegetarians.
Moo-Over in Columbia City, which is also participating in the event, is dedicated to offering inclusive desserts.
“We’re proud to offer delicious, plant-based desserts for all dietary needs, from dairy- to gluten-free,” owner Julie Hurd says. “Sponsoring Fort Wayne Vegan Restaurant Week is our way of celebrating the variety of vegan options and supporting local businesses in their plant-based journey.”
Veterans Day is approaching, and restaurants are finding ways to honor those who have served.
• Coyote Creek Bar and Grill, 4935 Hillegas Road, is offering veterans half off their food order on Friday and Saturday. Veterans who dine at Coyote Creek will also receive a gift from the restaurant in honor of their service. The discount is for the veteran’s meal only and applies only to dine-in service.
• Marquee at the Landing is treating veterans to a complimentary meal Saturday. You can make reservations at MarqueeAtTheLanding.com.
• Veterans can receive a free drink at Scooter’s locations Saturday. They can order any size drink, including holiday lattes, fruit smoothies, energy infusions, and more. Don’t worry – you can also just get a coffee.
To receive the free drink offer, veterans need to present their valid military identification at a participating Scooter’s Coffee, which has several area locations including in Decatur and Bluffton.
• Bob Evans Restaurants will give veterans a free meal Saturday. When presenting proof of service, veterans can choose one of 10 meals from a special Veterans Day menu.
Among the menu options are the Country Biscuit Breakfast, the classic breakfast, brioche French toast and country fried steak.
• Andy’s Knockout Chicken will host a Veterans Day fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the CVS Pharmacy at East State Boulevard and Maplecrest Road.
The chicken with potatoes dinner is $10. You can also order a half-chicken for $8 and potatoes for $3.
• Pizza Hut of Fort Wayne on Friday and Saturday will offer veterans their choice of a free small pizza (up to three toppings), eight boneless wings, six traditional wings, individual pasta, Pizza Hut melt, salad bar or entree salad, or sandwich.
The dine-in-only offer requires a service card or ID. For locations, go to PizzaHutFWI.com.
Dae Gee opening
According to its website, Dae Gee will open Nov. 16. Reservations are available on the site, too.
The full-service Korean barbecue restaurant at 4910 N. Clinton St. blends Korean food tradition with American culture. Customers are treated to an interactive experience that allows them to cook their own meat on grill tops at their tables when they dine.
The menu includes a variety of proteins such as beef short ribs, sliced pork belly and chicken. There are also fish and vegetarian options. You can choose to have the meats in a bowl, hot stone pot or tucked inside lettuce as a wrap.
Founded in 2012, Dae Gee’s rise in popularity began in 2015, when the chain was featured on restaurateur Guy Fieri’s long-running food TV series “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”
The local restaurant is owned by Evans Toyota’s Rick Evans and the dealership’s general manager, Sam Choe.
For reservations, go to DaeGeeFortWayne.com.
Hours will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Dirty Dough here
A new dessert spot is set to open this month.
Dirty Dough Cookies, which is known for its stuffed-cookie experience, will open its doors Nov. 17 at 1525 W. Dupont Road. The store will give a free cookie to each person from 2 to 10 p.m. that day.
Every cookie at Dirty Dough features a combination of layers, mix-ins and filling within the dough. Flavors include the standard stuffed chocolate chip cookie and a protein cookie. There are weekly flavors, too, such as Orange Creamsicle and Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
There are two Dirty Dough locations in the Indianapolis area.
The Dupont Road location will be the first in northeast Indiana.
Hoppy Gnome is hosting a special dining event Monday, and the star will be bacon.
The Kegs and Bacon night, which will be from 6 to 9 p.m., will feature a five-course meal with a variety of bacon dishes. Each course is served with a 10-ounce beer.
Among the dishes that will be featured are fingerling potatoes poached in bacon fat, a bacon-topped steak with blue cheese cream sauce and thick-cut candied bacon.
The cost of the event is $75; gratuity is included. Tickets are available at HoppyGnome.com.
McRib is back
If you are a fan of the McRib, you might not even need to read this. You might have been counting down for a while.
But if it’s not on your alerts, then I’ll share that the popular McDonald’s sandwich makes its return Saturday.
The McRib will be on menus for a limited time.
The McRib made its debut in the United States in 1981 as a limited-time item in the Kansas City area. It quickly became a fan favorite. It has continued to get attention from fans, with its limited availability and its ability to create social media buzz.
The sandwich features a seasoned boneless pork patty, barbecue sauce, slivered onions and dill pickles.
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