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International fare getting boost locally

Several new restaurants will offer diners spicy flavors from around the world.

•Golden Wok has opened at 1930 Broadway, facing Taylor Avenue and the Mad Anthony Brewing Co. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sundays. For information, call 420-9988.

•Las Lomas Mexican Grill, 1535 Coliseum Blvd. N., is closing at the end of the month. It will reopen as Dos Margaritas next month at 4230 N. Clinton St., the former Ryan’s steakhouse.

•Firehouse Subs, a chain founded by firemen that is known for overflowing toasted subs, will open Tuesday at 5215 Illinois Road, a few doors down from Big Apple Bagels. A Coca-Cola Freestyle fountain will offer 120 beverage combinations. Hours will be 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

•A Qdoba Mexican Grill is expected to open on Nov. 18 at 700 Coliseum Blvd. E., between Subway and Penn Station East Coast Subs.

•A freestanding Panda Express will open at 6205 Lima Road near Home Depot in late December.

Veterans eat free for their holiday

•From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Fish of Stroh, 6736 E. State Blvd. in Georgetown Square, will offer veterans a free fish fry basket with the purchase of another entrée. Military ID required; dine-in only.

•Texas Roadhouse, 710 W. Washington Center Road, will have a free lunch menu (with choice of 10 entrées, sides and beverages) for veterans and active-duty military from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. They must provide military ID or other proof of service, such as discharge papers.

•Applebee’s restaurants will offer seven free entrée choices and sides for veterans and active-duty military who are dine-in customers. Proof of service, such as ID, documents or photos of veterans in uniform, is required. Hours are 11 a.m. to midnight.

•Clay’s Restaurant in Fremont will serve free meals to veterans and active-duty military from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. They can eat pot roast, fish or a pork chop, with a potato, vegetable, dessert and beverage. Clay’s is at 7815 Old 27 N. near Lake George.

‘Cans for Queso’ food drive at Qdoba

Next time you head to Qdoba Mexican Grill, 4716 Illinois Road, you can help Community Harvest Food Bank by taking non-perishable food donations.

The restaurant will accept donations through Nov. 30 for its “Cans for Queso” food drive.

Donate one item and you can add a free order of queso to any purchased entrée. Donate three or more items and receive a free order of queso and tortilla chips, with purchase.

This offer is valid once per person per day.

When Qdoba’s second location opens Nov. 18, it also will accept food donations.

Cabaret dinner to benefit SCAN

Feast on Cornish hen and pumpkin cake while you’re serenaded during a SCAN fundraiser Nov. 19 at Plymouth Congregational Church, 501 W. Berry St.

The menu, catered by Casual Elegance, also will include salad, smashed potatoes and asparagus. Penne pasta with tomato-cream sauce can be swapped for the entrée.

The cabaret program will feature pianist Robert Nance, director of the Heartland Chamber Chorale, and vocalists Megan Meyer and David Eisenhauer.

The event begins at 6 p.m. with a social hour, followed by dinner at 7:30. The performances will start during dinner.

Tickets are $30.

Reservations are due by Friday; call 421-5000, ext. 2294.

Casual Fridays at Joseph Decuis

Joseph Decuis in Roanoke will extend the season for its popular courtyard events, “Blue Jeans, Burgers & Beer,” by moving them indoors to the conservatory.

The casual dinners will be available from 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays in November.

The menu will feature burgers ($9), bratwurst ($8) and beef and pork meat loaf ($15). Gumbo, soup and cookies also will be available.

Reservations aren’t necessary. For information, call 672-1715.

Wine, beer benefit Butler library

Sip wine and craft beers – at the Butler Public Library, of all places – as part of a fundraiser on Thursday.

“Library Libations” also will feature ribs and meatballs from IQ Meats, samples from the Cheeseman Store and the Olive Twist, and desserts.

The event will run from 6 to 8 p.m. at 340 S. Broadway St., Butler.

Admission is $20; you must be 21 or older.

For information, call 260-868-2351.

In search of Thanksgiving hours

If your restaurant will be open on Thanksgiving Day, please let me know. I’ll run more lists in future columns.

Clay’s Restaurant in Fremont will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a buffet of roast turkey, ham, desserts and “all the usual holiday trimmings,” owner Jack Baker says. It’s $10.99 for adults and $1 per year of age for children.


•Anastasia’s Café, 7121 W. Jefferson Blvd., is offering a taste of Thanksgiving all month long with a turkey cranberry wrap. The whole-wheat wrap also has cream cheese, greens and mandarin oranges. It’s $8.99, which includes veggie sticks and a house beverage.

•Marko’s on 2nd in Decatur will unveil its winter menu from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday as it celebrates its seventh anniversary. Enjoy drink specials and music by G Money & the Fabulous Rhythm. For reservations, call 260-724-8880.

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