City's food scene earns travel guide's praise

Fort Wayne was recently recognized by Fodor's as one of “10 smaller U.S. cities with a surprisingly good food scene.”

“Rooted in the bountiful produce of the Midwest, Fort Wayne is a place where you can dine around the world without the cost of traveling,” the article states.

Among the spots cited in the piece are the iconic Coney Island and breweries Junk Ditch and Hop River.

As coincidence has it, Hop River Brewing Co. is celebrating its fourth anniversary this week. The brewery, 1515 N. Harrison St., will host a variety of musicians throughout the week and cap off the celebration with a new beer release Sunday.

Other cities that made Fodor's list are Bloomington, Illinois; Bozeman, Montana; and Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Parking at Club Soda

If you have driven downtown recently, you might have noticed that construction crews are hard at work near the corner of Clinton and Superior streets.

The lot is being excavated in preparation for the Headwaters Loft development.

It's an exciting addition for the area. But for regulars of the area, whether you are headed to the Headwaters Park ice rink or Club Soda, you might be looking for parking options.

Club Soda will remain open during the construction, owners say, and they have several parking options for diners – including valet.

The downtown restaurant is open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It is also open for appetizers and cocktails from 2 to 4 p.m. It opens for dinner at 4 p.m., closing at 9 p.m. weekdays and 10 p.m. on weekends.

Dessert and drinks

The TinCaps are building off the popularity of their beer packages and offering a Valentine's Day special.

Fans can order special beer, wine and dessert packages that will be available for curbside pickup at Parkview Field.

Among the packages are four bottles of wine from Dell Italia, featuring Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Moscato, on sale for $34.95, plus tax.

A 12-pack craft beer sampler, in partnership with locally owned Five Star Distributing, is also on sale for $34.95, plus tax. This package comes with detailed information on each drink.

Beyond the drinks, fans also have the option of buying Parkview Field's famous Apple Dumpling Desserts. A package of six costs $24.95, plus tax.

Orders must be placed at TinCaps.com by Thursday. Pickup will be Friday at the ballpark.

McD's hack menu

Once upon a time, I thought I was being clever when I ordered extra Mac sauce so that I could use it as a French fry dipping sauce.

It's a stellar combo but doesn't come close to the combos that are featured on McDonald's new hacks menu, which is available for a limited time.

This menu was unveiled last week, and customers are already digging into these creative combos.

The Hash Brown McMuffin puts the hash brown patty on the breakfast sandwich instead of on the side.

With a Crunchy Double, you are adding chicken McNuggets onto a Double Cheeseburger.

The Land, Air & Sea combines a McChicken, Big Mac and Filet-O-Fish.

The Surf + Turf combines a double cheeseburger and Filet-o-Fish.

Note: You receive all of the menu items needed but build it yourself.

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