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Posted on Wed. Jan. 09, 2013 - 12:09 am EDT

Travel Channel to feature Nick’s Kitchen

A northeast Indiana restaurant is going to be getting more than 15 minutes of fame – closer to 20 – next week.

Nick’s Kitchen (506 N. Jefferson St., Huntington) will be featured on Travel Channel’s “Food Paradise” at 11 p.m. Jan. 16. The show features the best places to find particular foods across America. The episode’s theme will be “Pork Paradise,” featuring Nick’s breaded pork tenderloin, as well as the restaurant’s homemade pies and milkshakes, owner Jean Anne Bailey says.

It’s not the first time Nick’s tenderloin has gotten recognition. A year ago, the Indiana Office of Tourism named it one of the 46 best sandwiches in the state. In May, the tourism office included it on a food trail, meant to attract visitors to Indiana. In 2003, it was name-dropped in “Gourmet” magazine.

Bailey says the TV crew taped at the restaurant for about eight hours in August, interviewing customers and filming the food. The segment is due to last about 20 minutes.

New restaurants, menus

•Comfort Food Café (inside the Rousseau Centre, 1 E. Main St.) opened at 7 a.m. Monday. The restaurant, which will eventually deliver lunch to downtown businesses, is starting as a dine-in-only establishment. Its pilot menu includes breakfast offerings such as a bacon bagel, eggs and biscuits and gravy; and lunch options such as pulled pork, burgers and a salad bar.

•A Mexican restaurant is set to open on Coldwater Road, in the space formerly occupied by Ali Baba’s Grille, Maza Grille and Sun Rise Café. There are handmade cardboard signs in the window at 10812 Coldwater Road that say Los Cabos Mexican Grill is “coming soon.”

•Last week, Bob Evans introduced new menu items focusing on healthful choices, according to a written statement from the company. The menu now includes $9.99 three-course dinners with less than 450 calories. This limited-time offering includes a mix-and-match appetizer, entrée and dessert. The restaurant has also introduced a gluten-free menu.


Red Angel Pizza, the pizza and vegan/vegetarian restaurant at 9011 Lima Road, appears to have closed. The sign out front has been taken down and the inside appeared bare as of last week. The telephone number is no longer in service.

Once part of a chain with 14 stores, the Fort Wayne location had been one of only two Red Angels left as of May 2012, according to Journal Gazette archives. It is unclear if the other location, in Paulding, Ohio, is still in operation; no one answered phone calls made last week or this week.

Girl Scout cookie time

Girl Scout cookies go on sale Friday and will be sold through March 12. They are $3.50 a box.

According to Ashley Sharp, marketing assistant of Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana, Thin Mints are the best-sellers in this area; last year, local girls sold more than 330,000 boxes of the favorite cookie, and 7,331 girls sold in Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana’s 22 counties last year.


Olive Twist, the olive oil specialty and tasting bar with stores in Fort Wayne and Auburn, is holding some classes this month.

In the first, Soup-er Bowl, a presenter will teach how to make a warm soup base that makes three different soups: vegetable, chicken tortilla and cheeseburger. Also on the menu is a buffalo chicken dip, tamales and pot de crème.

In the second, The Skill of Risotto, a presenter will give a demonstration of how to make three risottos and risotto cakes. The event will also include wine pairings.

Soup-er Bowl takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Auburn store, 115 N. Main St., and costs $25, which includes a $5 in-store credit that can be used that evening.

The Skill of Risotto is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Fort Wayne store, 6410 W. Jefferson Blvd., and is $75.

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