George’s Highlander Bar and Grill and Its Sustainable Servings in Etna Green

If there was an early frontrunner for 2017’s new restaurant of the year in Kosciusko County, George’s Highlander Bar and Grill, a steakhouse/bar & grill in Etna Green, would have to be it. Open just over a month when we visited for the first time, our experience at George’s reflected that of a well-established restaurant more than a brand new steak joint. Continue reading “George’s Highlander Bar and Grill and Its Sustainable Servings in Etna Green”

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Crooked Ewe and Its Cuban Revolution on the Banks of the St. Joe

There are about a dozen reasons you can come up with to visit Crooked Ewe Brewery in South Bend and it’s no coincidence that number approximates the amount of beers currently on their menu. While the beer rightfully hogs the limelight (after all, it is a brewery), there’s more than beer in Crooked Ewe and you can find it in the food menu. Continue reading “Crooked Ewe and Its Cuban Revolution on the Banks of the St. Joe”

The tastiest carnitas around might just be found at Mi Cholulita in Warsaw

Walking into Mi Cholulita, a Mexican restaurant located on Warsaw’s north side in the Walmart plaza, was like most every other Mexican restaurant I’ve eaten in, with an ambiance and atmosphere that attempted to transport you to somewhere south of the border. Continue reading “The tastiest carnitas around might just be found at Mi Cholulita in Warsaw”

M the Market Brings Their PB&J Game

I don’t really have any good reasons to explain why it took me so long to finally visit M the Market in Syracuse, Indiana. My only defense is that there are so many great places to eat in the Warsaw/Winona Lake area that I just never made it a priority.

That changed, though, once I met Jeff Moerchen at an industry rum release party (I always mention that when given the opportunity). Jeff and his sister Sara Kropf started M the Market and are the owners. Upon coming to the quick conclusion that he was a swell guy, I told him I would get up there later that week for a visit. Continue reading “M the Market Brings Their PB&J Game”

Rua’s Distinct Interior Finds the Perfect Dancing Partner in Its Eclectic World Cuisine

Rua, Andrew Jones’ and Andrew Holladay’s much anticipated latest addition to the dining scene in downtown Warsaw, finally opened its doors at 108 East Market Street. Longtime locals and visitors alike will be amazed not only at the food selection but the setting as the owners and their supporters have transformed the old Brennan Pharmacy building into an alluring physical manifestation of their eclectic world cuisine menu. Continue reading “Rua’s Distinct Interior Finds the Perfect Dancing Partner in Its Eclectic World Cuisine”

Coming To Grips With My “Dear John” Letter from Flavor 574

When I opened up an email from some guy at Flavor 574/Federated Media stating that they would no longer be accepting stories from their community bloggers, I was disappointed. The local food scene is something I’m passionate about and I was upset that Flavor was no longer allowing me to use their influence and reach to continue getting the word out. Continue reading “Coming To Grips With My “Dear John” Letter from Flavor 574″

Silver Lake’s Surprising Silver Inn

I’ll  blame the fact that we hadn’t visited the Silver Inn in Silver Lake prior to this visit on the fact that there are so many great places to eat that are more convenient to get to. Not that the Silver Inn is hard to get to – it’s a half block east of a state highway – it’s just a lot easier to stick to your hometown when considering places to eat at, especially when there are so many. However, if the Silver Inn was in Warsaw, I’d probably be in there way too much.

This was my last article for Ink Free News. While the exposure gained for local businesses through Ink Free’s Facebook page couldn’t be topped, I had taken on additional responsibilities for the press group I belong to so something had to be cut. Plus, I still had (and still have) my Bites and Bitters column for Flavor 574 so the opportunity to continue writing about the local dining scene was still there.

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