It’s no secret that Fort Wayne has some of the best restaurants and food spots in Indiana. With a thriving dining scene, locals and visitors have so much to choose from when it comes to tasting the best food in the city. From brunches to afternoon coffee breaks to spectacular dinners, Fort Wayne is the place to be if you’re looking for the perfect fall dining experience.
Check out our list of great restaurants and eateries that will definitely make you fall in love with Fort Wayne even more this season.
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Come to Catablu for fine food and hearty meals, like dry aged rib eye steak, lobster mac and cheese, and a variety of warm soups perfect for the fall weather.
Catablu Grille is the product of Mike and Maureen Catalogna’s expertise and passion for food. They initially opened the restaurant in one of Fort Wayne’s historical landmarks, Cinema Blue, after renovating and refurbishing it. The success of the Catablu restaurant pushed them to open it in a bigger and better location in Covington Plaza. Since opening, Catablu has remained Fort Wayne’s premier gourmet American grille.
No matter where you’re coming from, you will surely feel like an ‘07 neighbor at the ‘07 Pub. It’s a warm and welcoming place to relax, savor delectable food, drinks, and enjoy great conversations. They are famed for great pizza—choose from all meat, veggie, BBQ chicken, and more. Aside from that, their gourmet sandwiches and burgers, salads, flatbreads, and wings that are finger-licking good are must-tries, too!
They also feature refreshing draft beers which are perfect for chilling out this fall.
For authentic Mexican food, look no further than Tequila Mexican Restaurant & Cantina. Also located in Covington Plaza, Tequila offers standard Mexican staples that are always fresh and very well prepared. Many who dine here have overflowing praise for their spicy and flavorful salsas and their authentic Mole, the Mexican national dish.
Customers also rave about Tequila’s friendly and responsive staff that makes dining here always a 5-star experience.
Located at The Landing, the city’s Historic City Center, Marquee is an upscale urban bar and restaurant that offers creative takes on mouth-watering cuisines. It is proud of its locally sourced ingredients and products that they get from the finest farms and businesses in Indiana.
Marquee is known for its salmon and tomahawk pork chop so don’t forget to include those in your order when you visit. They also have fun, seasonal hand-crafted cocktails and a great wine selection where you can select the perfect drink to pair with your food.
Another popular spot for good food at The Landing is Mercado–the downtown destination for Cali-Mexican food. A cool Mexican aesthetic greets you when you walk in the restaurant. It offers both indoor and outdoor seating that have a relaxed vibe so you can enjoy the downtown views.
West Coast Mexican flavors are the highlight of this restaurant. This fall, be transported to the warm vibe of California or even Miami with Mercado’s delicious food such as the Signature Tacos and Pachola Burgers. Turn up the heat even more with whimsical Agave-focused drinks from their bar.
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Right in the heart of downtown lies Penny Drip, a coffee + cocktail bar in a newly renovated historic space. Open from 7am to 10pm, you can start the day here with a cup of coffee or come here for an after-dinner dessert and a nightcap. Try their avocado toast and bagel + lox for breakfast or grab overnight oats if you’re just passing by. For coffee, their flagship drink, nitro vanilla oat iced latte, will perk you up and get you going for the day.
Fall brunch in a 1900’s historic home? Sounds like a dream! This is exactly what you’ll get at Ophelia’s on the Wells Street Corridor. Enjoy elevated comfort food and craft libations in a picture-perfect setting in this fairly new restaurant. The vintage vibe with a touch of feminine aesthetic makes it a go-to place for brunch with your friends and family.
Try some of their craft tees and coffee that are best paired with amazing dishes like steak benedict and spiced sweet potato pancakes with fried chicken. For baked goods, Ophelia’s offers scones and muffins made by a local Fortezza baker, and danishes and croissants from “The Bread Guy.”
Perched on The Bradley’s top floor, Birdie’s is a beautiful restaurant that offers exciting food options and magnificent views of downtown Fort Wayne. Named after Vera Bradley co-founder and avid bird lover Barbara “Birdie” Baekgaard, the place has a fun and playful feel thanks to plenty of avian-themed decor. You’ll surely feel like a free bird on top of the world when you visit Birdie’s.
This is a refined place for any occasion, whether it’s brunch with friends and family or a romantic dinner. It offers inventive craft cocktails and tasty American bites. Chill in the bar space or enjoy the fall weather outside while gathered around the fire pit. Char-grilled wings, fried mac ‘n cheese bites, and deviled eggs are some of the popular food options here.
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The Hoppy Gnome features Indiana’s only nano-brewery and serves 14 house beers and 34 guest taps (yes, that’s more than 45 kinds of beer!) All their ingredients are ready in-house, and you can even try your hand in brewing your own beer.
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Food at the Hoppy Gnome comes from a scratch kitchen so customers are assured that what they are getting is always freshly made and prepared, and that they can customize depending on your dietary preferences. Tacos are their specialty but you’ll find that their version is so much more than just the typical. With 15 options to choose from, you can get everything from duck confit to fried avocado to smoked brisket in their scrumptious tacos. For dessert, order the smores and get to roast the marshmallows yourself right on your table!
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Head on to the heart of Royville to find a gem of a place, Teds Beerhall. Open to all ages, Teds Beerhall boasts of a completely scratch kitchen so you can be assured of getting the freshest meals. They have a full menu of sandwiches, pizza, burgers and shareable snacks such as nachos and quesadillas. Feeling a little adventurous? You can build your own burger! Beat the cold with their best-selling chili soup. With a wide selection of 30 rotating tapa of craft beer, wine, over 100 options of beer in cans & bottles, and non-alcoholic drinks, one visit to Teds Beerhall will never enough.
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If you’re aged 21 and above, swing by Teds Beercade located on the lower level. In partnership with Double Dragon Arcades, this was created to offer more than 30 vintage games, and features the same great food and drinks.
Cuisine is an essential part of culture, and an amazing introduction to a city itself. On top of enjoying great meals, you get to take in lovely sites as you stroll the streets, become acquainted with the hospitality of locals, and savor your time with friends, both old and new, who matter most to you. So go ahead and take on a gastronomic excursion to remember this fall around Fort Wayne.