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Given it opened in May 2020 right as the world changed because of COVID-19 and given it was taking over a space that had already been home to two failed breakfast spots, I paid little attention to Blueberry Pancake House II at first.

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What has been best about the last year? Well, the fact that Fort Wayne still has a thriving restaurant community, which gives me the opportunity to tell their stories in spite of this pandemic, is what I cherish most.

I always visit a restaurant more than once when reviewing it. Bad days happen from time to time, especially in these times when finding workers is hard. And more than one visit means more than one chance to find a great dish.

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Over the years I have learned never to let looks deceive me. As a matter of fact, when it comes to ethnic cuisine, it is often the not-so-glamorous places – those attached to grocery stores or in long-vacant spaces that are the only options for the hard-working immigrant owners as they start…

It has been a different kind of summer to say the least, but for me, the foods I usually associate with summer were not off limits this year.

I have loved cooking for my family during this troubling time, even if some of my efforts were met with shrugs and a few reactions of just, “It's fine.”

Restaurants have been doing their best to get back to normal since the state permitted customers to return May 11, though what one considers normal will likely never be the normal we were used to before the COVID-19 pandemic.

With no dine-in service and most everyone staying at home as much as possible, staying in touch with customers has never been more important for restaurants.

The Dining Out restaurant review column that appears weekly in Living is on hiatus because of the COVID-19 shutdown of area restaurants. The column will return once restaurants are allowed to reopen in-dining services. In the meantime, reader…