Mancino’s has been around for as long as I can remember. In a world where sub sandwiches are a dime a dozen in the Fort Wayne area, it’s hard to find something truly unique. Mancino’s has been offering up something that is fresh, one of a kind, and melts in your mouth.

With several locations in the Fort Wayne area, they have fresh, hot grinders built around their own inventions and customers favorites. I have been ordering the Crab and Seafood Grinder for years. It is made up of crab, seafood, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and mayo. The cheese is melted on top and brings together the crab layered with fresh tomatoes. One bite and I find myself wondering why I didn’t order two.

Mancino’s offers everything from grinders to salads and specialty pizzas. With over fifteen different pizza options and over twenty different grinders, there is nothing but variety at Mancino’s. This is in addition to pasta, appetizers, and a nice selection of wraps.

If you don’t have time to place your order in person, give Waiter on the Way a call. They can bring you anything and everything on the menu and are only one call away. If you don’t know what to order or this is your first time, I can’t say enough about the Crab and Seafood Grinder. There isn’t anything else in Fort Wayne quite like it!

It was my friend Ryan’s recent review of Switta Thai Cuisine that peeked my interests. “Super Lazy Mode. Crazy Thai Craving. How do I fix that problem? Waiter on the Way! I order from them at least two to four times a month for busy evenings or lazy days and they always deliver *pun intended*. This time they brought me Switta Thai, it was still piping hot when I received it and delivered in less time than quoted." How could I not give it a try?

Switta Thai Cuisine is located off of Washington Center Road next to Cracker Barrel. They have been in business for the last seven years and are some of the best original Thai Cuisine in the Fort Wayne area. The restaurant is clean, offers homemade food, and is open Monday - Saturday.

I tried their crab rangoon, the house soup, the Prik Pao Talay with a side of rice, and the Switta Noodle with beef. It was all delicious. With variations of mild and spicy, each dish was created and catered to my request. What I love about Thai food is that I can eat a lot of it without feeling overly full. Switta Thai is no exception. 

The crab rangoon was crispy without being overdone. Both of the main dishes were brought out in very full portions and layered in eggs, carrots, tomatoes, and cashew nuts. Don’t forget to ask for their special sauces when ordering takeout. They really help make the dish (whether you need something spicy or sweet.)

If you can’t stop by the restaurant, you can place your order via Waiter on the Way. With delivery starting at just $5.39, there is no dish too large or too small for delivery. Place an order for yourself or for the entire family with their online menu. You won’t regret it and you might just find a new favorite place to eat here in town.

By Stephen J. Bailey for Waiter on the Way

Mad Anthony’s Brewing Company's Taylor Street location is one of Fort Wayne's best treasures. Filled not only with great memories, Mad Anthony's has some of the most eclectic, homemade food in town. Few restaurants can make so many different entrees well, but they do. And did I mention the appetizers and desserts?

Corned Beef Hash, the Deluxe Burger, Crab Cakes, and Italian Pepper Burger are just a few of their amazing dinner, sandwich, and appetizer options! Take a look at these photos and try not to pick up the phone and place your order right away at 260-442-3663. The cheese, the sauce, the layers, and more are just a few of the things Mad Anthony’s does to prove that the taste is found in the details.

Mad Anthony’s is a laid-back, easy going place to enjoy lunch or dinner, seven days a week. This vibe also makes its way into the food with an easy selections of unique styles and tastes. They offer Fort Wayne’s best deep dish Chicago style pizzas, a number of vegetarian items, and their famous unwraps.

There’s no good reason not to enjoy Mad Anthony’s Brewery but if you can’t make it to the restaurant, I recommend Waiter on the Way's delivery service. Delivering seven days a week, they can bring you anything on their online menu. Look things over, try to keep yourself from ordering the entire menu, and give Waiter on the Way a call! You won’t regret it, especially when your to go boxes open up to a delicious dinner from Mad Anthony’s Brewery!

By Stephen J. Bailey for Waiter on the Way

Taste of the Arts is Saturday, August 23 in Downtown Fort Wayne at the Arts United Center. Located at 303 E. Main Street, this is the sixth year for the festival and it never disappoints. With lots of art, food, activities, and our very own Waiter on the Way desserts, we hope to see you!

Open from 11 a.m. to midnight, the festival is known for mixing the arts with our favorite local food companies, many of whom we deliver from regularly. There promises to be ten performances, BuskerSquare, the art marketplace, and over thirty local restaurant vendors.

In addition to everything you have loved about the festival in the past, this year we will be selling our very own ice cream sundaes and unique desserts. With a wide selection, we are crafting and scooping up ice cream and much more just the way you like it. Stop by for a quick bite.

Make sure to come out and see us! We will be Tweeting from the event and would love to see you. You can find us at @WaiterFW on Twitter. Also don’t miss the opportunity to win free food tickets by following the Taste of the Arts Twitter team. You can follow them by searching for #TasteFW.

See you on Saturday!

By Stephen J. Bailey for Waiter on the Way

I want my baby-back-baby-back-baby-back ribs! Chili’s knew what they were talking about with their now famous commercials. Years later, this anthem still runs through my mind after a hard day’s work. Tonight, I heard the anthem’s call and like so many times in the past, I placed my order for some delicious Chili’s ribs.

I have some guilty pleasures that I indulge in a few times a year, and a rack of baby back ribs that are dipped in BBQ sauce are definitely at the top of the list. With tender meat that pulls right off of the bone, you really can’t go wrong whether you order an original, a half-order, or a mix and match. Finger. Licking. Good.

In addition to the ribs, I absolutely love Chili’s corn on the cob. There is no other place in town that creates the experience I find when I bite into their corn. Filled with butter and soft kernels, it drips deliciousness with each taste. The only thing closest to it is the corn on the cob at the Grabill Fair each year, thankfully Chili’s gets me through the other fifty-one weeks.

For a commercial establishment, Chili’s still finds a way to keep their food relevant and fresh. The food mirrors the kind of desirable entrees you would find at local steakhouses or pubs. There’s no surprise that, next year, Chili’s will be celebrating their fortieth year in business. By keeping the food desirable and affordable, I imagine them staying around for a long time.

Don’t forget to check out the rest of their online menu. With steaks, veggies, salads, and famous appetizers and desserts, they are the perfect place to call for dinner for two or group dining. Waiter on the Way continues to deliver quickly and effectively. After paying by credit card via their website, the food was at our door before the hour was up, and there was nothing to sign or deal with. The driver offered us our food, a big smile, and wished us a great night. After I had my baby-back-baby-back ribs, it was a great night indeed!

By Stephen J. Bailey for Waiter on the Way

Don Hall’s Gas House is one of multiple famous Hall’s restaurants in the Fort Wayne area. Located at 305 E. Superior Street in Downtown Fort Wayne near Headwaters Park, it has been serving Fort Wayne since 1958. With a quiet location and steady customers that have been dining for decades, the food remains its best treasure.

Some restaurants do soups well, some have great steaks, while others know how to make a delicious salad, or a one of a kind dessert. The Gas House always manages to do everything right when it comes to their food. Although they have a full menu of delicious options, it’s hard for me to crave anything but their “Big Salads”.

I tend to rotate between the Beef Tenderloin Salad and the Grilled Pear Salad. Both have a unique recipe and combination of greens and toppings that you can’t find anywhere else in Fort Wayne. The Grilled Pear Salad brings together the texture of goat cheese with the soft crunch of grilled pears; topped with their house dressing, you can’t go wrong. The Beef Tenderloin Salad layers filet mignon, potato wedges, bleu cheese, tomato, boiled egg, and fried onion. When coated with bleu cheese dressing (the only time I enjoy it) this salad comes alive with taste.

Aside from this, I recommend the Prime Rib (Au Jus, mashed potatoes and creamed spinach) or the Memphis Two Fister (Mesquite rubbed, pepperjack cheese, fried onions, Ossian bacon and BBQ sauce). The German Fried Potatoes and the Cole Slaw are guaranteed to hit the spot for your side dish. When it comes to dessert, look no further than the German Chocolate Cake, a known favorite at all of their restaurants.

Open seven days a week, this special Downtown establishment has everything from a bar, to closed off rounded booths, and is closely connected to The Deck on the river. The atmosphere is typically low-key and is a welcomed sight after a busy day at home or work. On Friday and Saturday evening, they often have live music while you dine. If you can’t find the time to stop in at the Gas House, Waiter on the Way will deliver right to your home or office. Check out their online menu. They are open later than you might expect!

By Stephen J. Bailey for Waiter on the Way

800 Degree Three Fires Pizza is known for their pizzas and atmosphere. Located near Jefferson Pointe off of Illinois Road, they are a Fort Wayne staple for the southwest side and surrounding areas. I decided to try 800 Degrees without the pizza and without the atmosphere and I was surprised at the results.

Placing an order for two, I had Waiter on the Way deliver the appetizer portion of the Eggplant Parmesan, The Pasta Con Salsiccia, and their Mista Salad. Even with delivery, the entire meal cost right around $30. As you can tell by the photos, the portions were more than enough to not only leave us feeling satisfied but also have some leftovers for a midnight snack.

The Eggplant Parmesan has oven roasted eggplant, fresh mozzarella, basil, tomato sauce, bread crumb, and Parmesan cheese. It was slightly crunchy and layered with a delicious, soft tomato sauce. The Past Con Salsiccia has sweet sausage, garlic, chili flake, tomato sauce, basil, and Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top. This portion was by far the most filling and is right on par with any major Italian restaurant in town. The Mista Salad has fresh greens, carrots, cucumbers, fennel, red onion, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts, and tomato. It is one of the most affordable, filling side salads in Fort Wayne and their house-balsamic is amazing.

In addition to this, like any meal from Waiter on the Way, a few large plates and a little creativity can lead to a large, beautiful dinner for you and your loved ones. Waiter on the Way delivered the food and 800 Degrees Three Fires Pizza delivered the taste. Create your own meal, and have a mini-dinner party at home! Bon Appétit!

By Stephen J. Bailey for Waiter on the Way

Trolley Steaks & Seafood has been a Fort Wayne favorite for years. Based out of the Dupont area on the north side of Fort Wayne, their restaurant has provided a quality dining experience for lunch and dinner guests. Whether accommodating large business meetings or a cold drink after work, their atmosphere is low lit, low key, and comfortable.

Their menu has continued to expand over the years as the word of mouth has continued to grow. From the beginning, they have been known for their expansive salad bar, but now they are also making a name for themselves with their steaks and their seafood options. As you would guess, they never do anything without doing it right. Their steaks are tender and their seafood is fresh, and one of the best places to find it in Fort Wayne.

Their prices continue to be reasonable especially with the quality of food and the impeccable service that they provide. Their menu is more expansive than most people realize with a wide range of options from pasta to dessert. Open seven days a week, Waiter on the Way can deliver any of their delicious meals any time throughout the day no matter what day of the week.

When it comes to steak and seafood, I have to make two recommendations. This includes both the Filet Mignon (8 oz. served with soup or house salad and your choice of side) and the Fresh Jail Island Salmon (pan seared and oven roasted with Cajun spices and a optional bleu cheese glaze served with soup or house salad and your choice of side). Both will leave you impressed with the taste of each bite. 

Give Waiter on the Way a call today at 260-442-3663 after viewing their online menu. Bring the exceptional atmosphere of Trolley Streaks & Seafood into your home for a beautiful meal with that special someone. They are here for you whenever you get hungry and they won’t disappoint.

By Stephen J. Bailey for Waiter on the Way

Fort Wayne is home to numerous hot dog stands and coney dogs. Trying to convince someone who has the best is like trying to convince someone to change political parties. I like to think of it as having lots of options. I love them all and they each have their own perks and specialties. One of my new favorites is The Stand, located at 5200 Bluffton Road.

I have driven by this location thousands of times since I was a kid and it’s great seeing this space being used for great food and providing families a clean space to enjoy all that they have to offer. Trust me when I say that they have a lot to offer. Their menu, as pictured, is expansive and filled with options for everyone. The service was incredibly quick and the entire staff was friendly and helpful.

They have twenty-three different kinds of hot dogs. That’s right, twenty-three! From the Hawaiian Dog to the Kung Fu Dog there is nothing but variety and uniqueness here and it’s all crafted into a delicious bun. I tried their Coney Dog and Texas Dog. You have to try these. The bread was warm and moist. Having crispy bacon on a dog was a first for me, and I loved it.

I topped it off with some of their thick chili, and a cup of Snickerdoodle Yogurt for the road. With flavors changing regularly, you can get something new every week. It’s a perfect combination of delicious and feel good food. Whether you live near the Waynedale area or simply have a hunger for hot dogs while at work, give Waiter on the Way a call!

The full menu for The Stand is available online. They are open seven days a week and so is Waiter on the Way. You can have anything from their menu delivered right to your door to help satisfy those hot dog cravings and with twenty-three different hot dogs to choose from, I think you will be calling them pretty often. 

Congrats to The Stand on all of their recent success!

By Stephen J. Bailey for Waiter on the Way

Zianos Italian Eatery prides themselves on fresh homemade dishes and accommodating hospitality in all three of their Fort Wayne locations. They offer a full italian menu that caters to their customers while their company caters to the community and stays active in their actions to helping others. Even for those ordering food for carry out, the food itself is an experience and each bite represents all the hard work that Zianos puts into creating that experience.

Their menu includes Parmesan, Alfredo, Mostaccioli, Lasagna, Ravioli, Spaghetti, and any other Italian dish you could possibly crave. They also offer sandwiches, soups, salads, and a well-balanced Gluten Free menu. Desserts include both Chocolate Chip Cookies (the homemade kind) and Tiramisu. 

I called Waiter on the Way and ordered a couple entrees that included Spaghetti with (hand rolled) Meatballs and a side salad with Garlic Cheese Bread. The Garlic Cheese Bread is made out of Ciabatta Bread topped with Garlic Butter and melted Mozzarella. It arrived still warm, and the Garlic Cheese Bread practically melted in my mouth.

If you haven’t tried Zianos yet, give Waiter on the Way a call. They will deliver a delicious Italian dish in a timely manner and you can order anything on their online menu. Also, stop by one of their three Fort Wayne restaurants and enjoy the atmosphere that Zianos has to offer. They truly are a Fort Wayne gem. Bon Appétit!

By Stephen J. Bailey for Waiter on the Way