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Plenty of ways to fill Bowl with food

Since you’ll probably want to eat like a linebacker while you cheer on the Colts during Sunday’s Super Bowl, area restaurants are serving up plenty of tempting deals.

•Lucky Moose, 622 E. Dupont Road, will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Carry-out specials include ribs ($9.95), pulled pork ($4.95 a pound), 50-cent regular wings and 30-cent boneless wings. For large orders, call ahead to 490-5765. There also will be an omelet station until 1 p.m.

Moosewood BBQ, in the Marketplace of Canterbury, is also open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the same carry-out specials; call 485-2121.

•Downtown Pizza & Ice Cream, 534 W. Berry St., will be open from 3 p.m. until halftime with several specials, including 30 wings for $15.99 (choose from four flavors). Or get a large one-topping pizza for $9.99, or two large pizzas with two toppings and 15 wings for $25.99. To order, call 424-2030.

•Order a cake with your team’s logo from Hall’s Takes the Cake & Catering and get a 25 percent discount. Get 75-cent jumbo wings (minimum order of 20); or for $6.99 (plus tax) a person, select three featured items – such as wings, cocktail sandwiches, meatballs or fruit tray – and get a decorated cake (minimum of 15 orders). Paper service is available for an additional cost. Orders can be picked up Sunday or have it delivered for an additional $26. All orders must be placed at least 24 hours in advance; call 747-0767.

Meanwhile, Hall’s Guesthouse Grill, 1313 W. Washington Center Road, will have a game-watching party starting at 4 p.m. with plenty of giveaways.

•B. Antonio’s Pizza has this special: Order two 16-inch pizzas and get a 16-inch cheese pizza for $2. And during February, get two calzones or sausage rolls for $11. To order, call 485-2400 (Chapel Ridge) or 490-9222 (Lima Marketplace).

•East State Coney, 2831 E. State Blvd. (in the Beacon & State Plaza), will be open from 4 to 8 p.m. Buy at least a dozen Coney dogs and get them for $1 each. For large orders, call ahead to 471-1000.

•Albright’s Deli, 4924 S. Calhoun St., has wings in five flavors (50 for $24.99 or 100 for $39.99). Meatballs are $22.99 for 50 or $34.99 for 100. It also has steaks, ribs, sausage, chili and deli salads; see the full menu at Orders should be placed at least 24 hours in advance and picked up by Saturday; call 456-9009.

•Dicky’s Wild Hare, 2910 Maplecrest Road, will be open until 9 p.m. Place a Sunday carry-out order by Friday and get a 15 percent discount. Dicky’s also offers free birthday meals (after valid ID shown), up to $10.

•Waynedale Bakery will make white or chocolate quarter-sheet football cakes for $22 and half-sheet cakes for $35 (with chocolate frosting). Or get a Colts horseshoe-shaped cake for $20 (white or chocolate). The bakery also has iced sugar cookies representing both teams ($8 a dozen), cheddar-ranch cheese balls ($6 a pound) and cocktail buns ($2.75 a dozen). To order, call 747-2992.

•The Emporium at Joseph Decuis in Roanoke is selling its fresh gumbo by the gallon. Orders must be placed by noon Thursday for pickup Saturday; call 672-1715. Seafood gumbo is $49.95 a gallon, while the Gumbo Ya-Ya (with sausage and fried chicken) is $41.95. You also can buy frozen, 24-ounce containers of gumbo for a 20 percent discount this week. Hours at The Emporium, at 151 N. Main St., are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

•Chick-Fil-A at Jefferson Pointe will celebrate “Blue Saturday” by giving away a free small waffle fry to dine-in customers who wear Colts gear. Limit one per person. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.

Sundays special at Toscani Pizzeria

Toscani Pizzeria, 120 W. Wayne St., is offering this special every Sunday in February: Buy one full sandwich, get another for half-price (equal or lesser value).

It also has a dine-in pizza special for families, also on Sundays: Get a two-topping extra-large pizza (excludes specialty pizza), breadsticks and four soft drinks for $19.99, plus tax.

For information, call 423-6706.

Winter menu at Barr Street

Warm up with the winter French onion soup – flavored with brandy, white cheddar and Granny Smith apples – at the student-run Barr Street Café in Anthis Career Center, 1200 S. Barr St.

Features are grilled duck with tart cherry sauce, Japanese beef tenderloin, coconut shrimp, Hawaiian chicken panini and baked snapper with mandarin oranges, cashews and ginger.

Entrées are $6.95 to $8.95. The soup is $2 or $3.50.

Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays. The café follows the Fort Wayne Community Schools calendar.

Reservations are recommended; call 467-1031 to leave a message.

Everybody has a Hungry heart

If you want to impress your valentine without making a mess in the kitchen, Hungry for Home has plenty of takeout options that will be ready to heat and serve.

Entrées are Beef Wellington, Roasted Vegetable Wellington or Maryland crab cakes. The Beef Wellington (filet mignon in a puff pastry with mushrooms and Madeira sauce) comes with heart-shaped Duchess potatoes and fresh vegetable bouquet ($26.50 or $49.95 for two).

The vegetarian version ($12.95) has broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus and zucchini that’s roasted and rolled into phyllo dough with herb cheese. A vegan version with roasted red pepper hummus is available, too.

The heart-shaped crab cakes ($12.95 or two for $25.50) are served on spring greens with Duchess potatoes and a choice of remoulade, tartar or seafood cocktail sauce.

Appetizers are fresh fruit tray ($8.95), salads and crab or French onion soup ($6.95 per pint). Desserts (available while they last) include Milky Way layer cake, chocolate-dipped heart cookies, red velvet cake hearts, Dolce Torinese (chocolate terrine) and English chocolate pudding. Prices are $2.95 to $6.50.

Advance orders required; call 745-7467 or stop in at 1935 E. State Blvd.

Pickup times are after 2 p.m. Feb. 12 or noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 13.

Valentine’s Day events abound

If your restaurant will have special menus or hours for Valentine’s Day weekend, let me know by Monday.

•Beach Bums Gourmet Burgers, at 620 W. Washington Center Road next to Texas Roadhouse, will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 14. Enjoy the dinner-for-two special, which includes two glasses of champagne, appetizer combo, entrées, soup or salad and cheesecake with chocolate-covered strawberries. Entrée choices are 14-ounce rib-eye, 6-ounce filet and grilled mahi mahi or blackened tilapia; each comes with a side. The special is $49.99, plus tax. Reservations are accepted; call 489-8534.

•Dicky’s Wild Hare will offer “Pick a Pair” combo dinners Feb. 13 and 14. Entrées include ribs, shrimp, smoked salmon and pulled pork. The special also includes the soup/salad bar and a dessert for $18.95, plus tax.

•The Rittenhouse in Bluffton is offering fixed-price dinners (and the regular menu) from 4 to 8 p.m. Feb. 12 to 14. The three-course meal ($24.95) is soup or salad, prime rib with shrimp, and dessert. The four-course meal ($34.95) features soup, salad, prime rib with scallops and shrimp scampi, and dessert. And the five-course meal ($44.95) includes an appetizer, soup, salad, filet mignon with scallops and shrimp scampi, dessert and a glass of champagne. Reservations are recommended; call 260-824-8112.

•Downtown Pizza & Ice Cream, 534 W. Berry St., is selling heart-shaped cheesecakes from Purple Mountain Cheesecakes & Desserts for $14.99. To order by Feb. 13, call 424-2030.

Half-price apps at Tavern

Every night after 8 p.m., enjoy half-price appetizers and desserts at Hall’s Tavern at Coventry, 5745 Coventry Lane.

Appetizers include Maryland crab cakes, bacon-wrapped barbecue shrimp, deep-fried pickles and wings. Desserts include crème brûlée and Cheesecake Factory cheesecakes. The Tavern also has expanded its selection of microbrews and single malt Scotches.

For reservations, call 459-2893.

Cook like the pros

Beef up your culinary skills at area cooking classes.

•Chef Josh Farmer of Biaggi’s will take over the kitchen at Cindy Friend Lifestyle Studio, 4203 W. Jefferson Blvd., on Feb. 10. Starting at 6:30 p.m., he’ll prepare a four-course meal with grilled shrimp and asparagus salad, roasted pork loin with caramelized apples, and vanilla bean ice cream with berries and a spun-sugar globe. The class is $55. Credit card reservations are required; call Kyle Friend at 432-5533 or e-mail

•Learn the secrets of James Beard Award-winning chefs each month at the Emporium at Joseph Decuis in Roanoke. The class Feb. 20 will highlight the cuisine of Emeril Lagasse. To see the dates and featured chefs, visit and click the special events link. (The restaurant’s staff has been invited to prepare a meal at the James Beard House in August).

The two-hour classes begin at 1 p.m. and cost $65. They include hands-on participation and tasting. Registration is required; call 672-1715. The Emporium is at 151 N. Main St.

•The Rittenhouse in Bluffton has its next class at 6 p.m. Feb. 22. After watching the chef prepare a three-course Spanish meal, you’ll get to eat the same dishes. The class is $24.95 in advance, with a credit card reservation. To reserve a spot, call 260-824-8112.


•Feast on 10 ounces of prime rib at Covington Bar & Grill in Covington Plaza every Friday and Saturday night. The $14.95 dinner also comes with homemade horseradish sauce, salad and choice of potato or vegetables.

•The February special at Anastasia’s Café, 5723 Coventry Lane, is an open-face meatloaf sandwich with a side of green beans and a house beverage for $7.99.

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