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The Dish


Gourmet spot touts grill faves

Its signature dish is a “Spanish-style” hot dog with guacamole, seasoned cabbage and jalapeños.

But you also can get a barbecue version or the more traditional chili dog at the new Habanero’s Gourmet Grill, which has opened at 9187 Lima Road in the White Swan Plaza.

Besides a variety of hot dogs ($1.75 to $2.75), the menu features sandwiches, nachos, bagels and waffles.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; it’s closed on Sundays. For information, call 489-9800.

Habanero’s also will have a mobile unit downtown in the next week or so.

Casa’s, Eddie Merlot’s celebrate anniversaries

•The Casa restaurants are celebrating their 32nd anniversary with special features through November. They are: Sundays, spaghetti and meatballs; Mondays, mostacolli with Casaburo side salad; Tuesdays, breaded chicken with lemon-wine sauce, Casaburo side salad and pasta; Wednesdays, lasagna with Casaburo side salad; Thursdays, baked spaghetti with Casaburo side salad; Fridays, sole with marinara or garlic-butter sauce and Casaburo side salad. On Saturdays, desserts are $2.99 and selected appetizers are $3.99. Entrée prices range from $5.99 to $9.99.

•Eddie Merlot’s at Jefferson Pointe is celebrating its eighth anniversary until Nov. 22 with six featured entrées ranging from $19.95 to $24.95. They are Meyer lemon chicken with garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus; pork chop with peaches and Southern Comfort barbecue sauce; almond-crusted walleye with green beans; beef stroganoff with mushrooms and egg noodles; a 6-ounce filet mignon with fingerling potatoes; and an 8-ounce rib-eye steak with garlic mashed potatoes.

For reservations, call 459-2222 or visit The restaurant opens at 5 p.m. daily; the lounge opens at 4 p.m.

Peony Tea House hosts murder-mystery dinner

Solve a murder mystery and then reward yourself with homemade meatloaf at Peony Tea House.

The dinner theater begins at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24. Reservations are required; call 426-4832.

That menu also features pumpkin soup, mashed potatoes, Death by Chocolate cake, pastries and tea.

Regular lunch hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. (The kitchen closes at 3:30 p.m.) Reservations are encouraged.

Starting Nov. 2, the eatery, at 503 W. Wayne St., also will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, by reservation only. Check out the new Web site at

Fundraising efforts include wine tastings

•Enjoy a fall wine tasting from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 22 at Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory. Wine Time will provide the vino and Joseph Decuis will serve up the appetizers. Advance registration – at – is $30, which includes admission to the conservatory. You must be 21 or older to attend this event.

•The Fort Wayne chapter of Executive Women International will have a wine tasting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at Midtowne Place, 112 W. Washington Blvd. (above the Thirsty Camel). Prices are $35 for one advance ticket ($30 for additional tickets) or $40 each at the door; call 969-2516. A portion of the proceeds benefits Allen County Education Partnership and 2010 Rally to Read.


•Little Caesar’s Pizza has closed its store at 1512 N. Wells St. and will move to 5722 Maplecrest Road, the former Benson’s Café spot.

•Waynedale Bakery, 2610 Lower Huntington Road, is selling seasonal 9-inch pies (pumpkin and Dutch apple) for $9; pumpkin cake slices are $1.25. The bakery has a new Web site,

•Big Daddy’s Pizza, 701 Columbia Ave., has closed.

The Dish features restaurant news and food events and appears every Wednesday. Fax news items to 461-8893, e-mail or call 461-8313. To discuss this column, visit “The Dish” topic of “The Board” at