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Market serves up bistro

Serving a regional and seasonal menu, Chuck & Bird’s has opened its bistro at 4301 Fairfield Ave. in the former Hartley’s.

The menu will change regularly, but currently features entrées such as chicken paillard (with mushrooms, tomatoes, Madeira and gnocchi), beef bourguignon, pappardelle Bolognese, ruby trout and daily features.

Most entrée prices will be $11.95 to $14.95.

Sandwiches ($8.95) are a burger, jerked pulled pork and roasted vegetables with goat cheese and Moroccan chutney.

Chef Lisa Williams’ menu also has salads, soups, desserts and appetizers such as fried polenta, tempura green beans and duck confit quesadillas.

The bistro has 10 tables and a few counter seats; it doesn’t take reservations.

Bistro hours are 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays to Thursdays and 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

The market, owned by Chuck Putterbaugh, opens at 10 a.m. It’s closed Sundays and Mondays.

Local vendors are Gunthorp Farms, Plyley’s Candies, Madeleines Bakehouse, Yoder’s Popcorn and Sechler’s Pickles, plus Capriole Farms goat cheese, from Greenville in southern Indiana. Other items include meat, eggs, bread, jam, mustard, maple syrup and honey.

You can also buy some of Chuck & Bird’s own salads, soups, pasta, sauces and ice cream, either at the market or online at

Delivery service for the Fort Wayne area begins Tuesday with a minimum order of $25.

Party trays and custom gift baskets are available. An on-site farmers market is planned for the summer.

For information, call 387-5000.

Angel’s Cafe opens in Georgetown Square

The newly named Angel’s Cafe in Georgetown Square is a rebirth of the former The Savory Dish.

Owner Arturo Salgado, one of the original owners, serves a similar menu with some new items.

It features pork chops, pork tenderloin, country fried steak, spaghetti, sandwiches, fish and turkey, beef or pork with mashed potatoes and gravy.

For information, call 748-0874 or go to

Hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays and Mondays and 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays.

Friends, Friends Too whip up lunch specials

Friends and Friends Too have new $5.99 lunch specials, which are available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays.

The specials include a sandwich and soup; most offer a choice of lentil or avgolemono (lemon rice).

The sandwiches are pork souvlaki, chicken souvlaki, chicken Parmesan, Friends wrap (vegetables and feta), grilled chicken wrap and turkey Cordon Bleu wrap.

The original Friends is at 1824-A Dupont Road, west of Lima Road; Friends Too is at 3720 W. Jefferson Blvd., between Chevvy’s and Subway.

Beef and Burgundy at Eddie Merlot’s

Eddie Merlot’s at Jefferson Pointe is offering Beef and Burgundy features through Feb. 27.

They include beef bourguignon; winemaker’s steak (with prosciutto, mushrooms and shallots); steak au poivre (New York strip with peppercorns and cognac); veal chop Dijonnaise; and Tournedos Rossini (filets topped with foie gras slices and a truffle Madeira sauce).

Prices are $19.95 to $38.95.

The featured wines are Joseph Drouhin Cote de Beaune-Villages Burgundy 2006 and Joseph Drouhin Saint-Veran Burgundy 2009. They are $9 a glass or $34 a bottle.

The restaurant opens at 5 p.m. daily (the lounge opens at 4 p.m.). For reservations, call 459-2222 or go to

Dicky’s offers half-price items

Every Sunday and Monday in January, Dicky’s Wild Hare, 2910 Maplecrest Road, will have a “buy one, get one half off” offer on the food menu.

The second item must be the same or lesser value.

On Thursday, Dicky’s will have a Bell’s HopSlam release party, with pints for $6. The keg will be tapped at 5 p.m., and Kenny Taylor will take the stage at 8 p.m.; no cover charge.

2-for-1 lunches at La Margarita

La Margarita, 2713 S. Calhoun St., is having another “two for one” lunch deal from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday.

Dine-in customers can buy a two-piece lunch special at the regular price and get a second one (equal or lesser value) free with a beverage purchase.

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