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The Dish


Deli nods to Auburn heritage


Here’s hoping the Edsel Club (with chicken) is more successful than its namesake automobile.

You can get one at the Auburn Deli, which opened Tuesday.

The menu features hot sandwiches – a Studebaker Reuben, an Italian DeSoto and a Philly (with beef or chicken) – plus soups and salads.

Playing on the antique cars theme, the deli also is decorated with old photographs.

It’s at 204 Touring Drive, off Seventh Avenue, in the same building as Zesto’s Ice Cream. The deli has its own entrance and is a separate business.

Hours are expected to be 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. It’s closed Sundays.

For information, call 260-927-1295.

Valentine’s Day events

If your restaurant will have special hours or menus for Valentine’s Day weekend, let me know. I’ll run lists in future columns.

•Lincolnshire Church of the Brethren, 6404 S. Calhoun St., will have its annual “Taste of Chocolate” fundraiser Feb. 13. More than 2,500 samples will be prepared by local bakeries, restaurants and chocolate companies. There will be a silent auction, raffles and live music.

Tasting times are 4:30 to 6 p.m., 6:30 to 8 p.m. or 8:30 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for kids ages 4 to 10. Ages 3 and younger get in free. Tickets can be reserved by calling the church at 456-1993; they also can be bought at the door.

•Paula’s On Main, 1732 W. Main St., will be open 5 to 10 p.m. on Feb. 14. Besides the regular menu, there will be plenty of specials and desserts. Reservations are recommended; call 424-2300.

•Hall’s Guesthouse, 1313 W. Washington Center Road, is offering overnight packages for two, which include dinner, lodging, champagne, DeBrand chocolates, live entertainment and breakfast. The packages are available Feb. 12 to 14. Prices are $119 or $129, plus tax and gratuity. For reservations, call 489-2524 or go to

Steak and sports

Sports fans can enjoy dinner for two at Hall’s Guesthouse before heading out to the game.

For $99 (plus tax), enjoy two dinner entrées, lodging, breakfast and a pair of tickets to a Komets or Mad Ants game.

Dinner choices include prime rib, smothered sirloin, tilapia, chicken fettuccine, beef kabob, barbecue shrimp, basil chicken or shrimp almondine. Breakfast options are omelets, quiche, pancakes, french toast, Belgian waffles and biscuits with sausage gravy.

For reservations, call 489-2524.


•To celebrate National Pie Day on Saturday, Purple Mountain Cheesecakes & Desserts is making Dutch apple ($14) and sugar cream ($12) pies this month. To order, call 760-7194.

•Today only, participating McDonald’s in northern Indiana are giving away samples of its new McCafé Frappé, which joins the recently launched Mac Snack Wrap on the menu. Free wireless Internet access is also available.

•El Patron at Jefferson Pointe has closed. The Mexican restaurant had opened in October 2007.

•Amish Acres in Nappanee, which turns 40 this year, will open a wine tasting room in its restaurant on May 1.

It will feature Indiana and southern Michigan vintages. I’ll have more details in a future column.

The Dish features restaurant news and food events and appears every Wednesday. Fax news items to 461-8893, e-mail or call 461-8313.