During this busy time of year, Eddie Merlot's is open for lunch weekdays.
Through Dec. 21, the restaurant is open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday. Appetizers range from $5 for a cup of soup to $17 for barbecued shrimp. Several salads are on the lunch menu, including the fried egg salad which sounded intriguing: spinach, strawberries, goat cheese, candied bacon and red onion, with hot bacon dressing, are topped with two over-easy fried eggs for $14.
Sandwiches on the menu range from $11-$19. Entrees include triple prime meatloaf, filet mignon, salmon, and shrimp and scallop scampi. Lunch entrees range from $15 to $27. Reservations are suggested. Phone: 459-2222. Address: 1502 Illinois Road S. in Jefferson Pointe.
Joseph Decuis in Roanoke has a couple of events planned that would make a nice holiday celebration. The vineyard lunch at noon Saturday is $45 with wine and $30 without, plus tax and gratuity. The wines will be on sale at the Emporium. Reservations are required.
On Dec. 19, the restaurant will host a four-course holiday dinner at 7 p.m., with a reception starting at 6 p.m. Cost is $100 with wines or $75 per person without matched wines, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required.
Joseph Decuis is at 191 N. Main St., Roanoke. Phone: 672-1715.
Good news for Toscani Pizzaria, and for those who dine downtown. The restaurant is staying put at 120 W. Wayne St. As many regulars know, the owners weren't sure they were going to be able to re-sign the lease and were considering moving out of downtown.
However, I got an email from Julie Harris over the weekend saying they finally came to an agreement and re-signed the lease. “We want to thank our many loyal customers, friends and family who helped us through this year,” Harris said in the email. “We look forward to serving you for many years to come. Please follow us on Facebook or Twitter for our daily updates/specials.”
Sweet Violets Tea and Antiques, 503 W. Wayne St., is taking reservations for a special luncheon Dec. 15. On the menu: yuletide punch, cranberry white chocolate scones, winter ambrosia salad, New England clam chowder, Welch rarebit, mincemeat tarts, pecan tassies, anise cookies and seasonal hot tea selections. Cost per person: $16. Reservations are required; call 426-4832.
Have you had dim sum at Wu's Fine Chinese Cuisine, 4411 Coldwater Road? Owner Michelle Wu says Wu's is the only place in Fort Wayne where you can get authentic dim sum, which is a style of Chinese food prepared as small bite-sized pieces. Wu's serves dim sum 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
Typically a group of people come in, order several dim sum dishes, and share. Some dim sum is savory; some is sweet. Examples are steamed shrimp dumplings, stuffed sticky rice in lotus leaves, red bean rice balls with sesame seed, beef balls, Chinese green onion pancakes and twisted cruller doughnuts.
Self-serve frozen yogurt shop SpoonZ Fro Yo, 1034 Thomas Road, in Orchard Crossing next to Target southwest, is offering a holiday special. For every $25 you spend on gift cards you will receive $5 in free frozen yogurt or an “I luv SpoonZ” shirt.
SpoonZ also is taking orders for holiday frozen yogurt pies. You pick the crust, frozen yogurt and toppings. Pies are $12 and serve eight people. Call 432-SPNZ (432-7769) to place your order.
Waynedale Bakery is offering the following specials now through Dec. 24, when the bakery opens at 6:30 a.m. and closes at 1 p.m.: iced sugar cookies in Christmas shapes, $9 a dozen; stollen, $4 a loaf; peanut butter balls, $6 a half-pound; Mexican wedding rings/starlite cookies, $4 a half pound; Springles, $8 a dozen; Swiss peppermint/ cherry rolls and pumpkin rolls, $12 each
Call 747-2992 to order. The bakery is at 2610 Lower Huntington Road.
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