Shigs In Pit BBQ was packed when I stopped by for lunch this week. As a lover of Fort Wayne development and local Fort Wayne food, nothing makes me happier than seeing patrons that dine local. Shigs In Pit revamped the location at 2008 Fairfield Street. When I visited, the parking lot was so full, I had to park a block away. No complaints here. I would walk ten blocks for a bite of their BBQ.

I ordered the Pulled Pork Sandwich with a side of Southern Green Beans, Corn “Spoon Bread”, and Creamy Cole Slaw. Oh man, it was so good and really hit the spot. Their menu was large and filled with tons of delicious options. It’s the kind of restaurant that you make a long-term commitment to just to make sure you’ve tried out everything on the menu.

Every single table was filled. The lines were long but the staff did a great job of getting the orders in and out quickly. Every employee was friendly and assisted me with what to order. In addition to this, they are open seven days a week which means that life in Fort Wayne just got a little more awesome.

If you don’t have time to stop by the storefront, or want to place an order for your office or home, check out their entire menu online. Waiter on the Way will deliver finger-licking BBQ with mouth-watering sides right to your front door. You don’t want to miss out on this food. Did we mention the dessert? You have to try the banana pudding!

Cheers to Shigs in Pit BBQ on providing the ultimate food experience!

By Stephen J. Bailey for Waiter on the Way

Sunday brunch! It’s two words in the english language that represent some of the best food experiences of my life. Sunday brunch is more than just breakfast or lunch, it’s about waking up a little late because you worked hard all week and stayed up a little too late the night before. It’s the opportunity to get together with your friends and rehash all of the events of the weekend over fresh, fluffy eggs, crispy bacon, and a spicy Bloody Mary.

One question I hear regularly from friends that visit Fort Wayne as well as from longtime residents alike is “do you know anywhere in town that serves brunch?” My answer is usually a list of three or four local establishments. Granite City is always on that list.

If you haven’t stopped by for their Sunday brunch, I highly recommend it. With Sunday brunch hours from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., they are serving up eggs, toast, bacon, cinnamon rolls, fruit, hash browns, sausage, biscuits, french toast, gravy, and so much more!

Stop by on Sunday and load up on some delicious food. With a one price deal for as much food as you can handle, come hungry and leave happy. With an easy and open atmosphere that is both family friendly and a hot spot for adults, this could become your regular Sunday brunch spot. I hope to see you there! if you can’t make it but want to order something else off the menu, give Waiter on the Way a call and check out their online menu!

By Stephen J. Bailey for Waiter on the Way.

Dash-In has been a Fort Wayne favorite in Downtown Fort Wayne for years. The twenty-one and over setting allows for a great mix of customers from local millennials to the older business crowd. The one thing they have in common is the undeniable taste that Dash-In provides in each bite of their appetizers, soups, entrees, desserts, and specialty drinks.

Located at 814 S. Calhoun Street, they are open Monday to Saturday and closed on Sundays. Their layout is open with large windows that reach to the ceiling. Their staff is incredibly down to earth and friendly, and the environment is always welcoming. Today was no exception.

With the return of fall comes the return of comfort food. Dash-In’s grilled cheese sandwiches and Tomato Bisque are in a league all their own and I often find myself placing an order after a particularly demanding day. Today, I stopped by for the full meal deal.

I ordered their Chicken Salad Sandwich with a Spinach Salad served with Herb Vinaigrette dressing on the side. This is one of their killer combos that always hits the spot. I opted for a side of fresh guacamole to bring everything together. A side of Tomato Bisque warmed me up and the soup and sandwich was divine.

In addition to the Vietnamese Coffee, I decided to try their Chocolate Chip Banana Pudding. Oh. My. Puddings. This dish is seasonal and I’m telling you that you simply have to try it. It is the perfect ending to a perfect meal. The best part is that you don’t even have to leave the house. Waiter on the Way can deliver all of this right to your home or office via their online menu. Give them a call today at 260-442-3663!

By Stephen J. Bailey for Waiter on the Way

Black Dog Pub is a southwest Fort Wayne favorite. Located at Covington Plaza, they offer a warm atmosphere, delicious food, and a friendly staff. Open seven days a week, they have some of the best burgers, baskets, and appetizers in town.

It was my first time stopping by after hearing a number of friends talk about it. I wanted to try something that best represented the establishment and the Black Dog Pub burger was the obvious choice. This burger isn’t something you are going to find at a drive through.

With half a pound of fresh, handmade burger, it is top with all kinds of goodies. Bacon, mushrooms, swiss cheese, grilled onion, and an additional layer of American cheese manage to make this a burger worth not only trying but finishing with a side of fries. Topped with their toasted onion roll bun, it won’t fall apart in your hand which seems to happen more times than necessary when I sample burgers for the first time.

Black Dog Pub has a way more extensive menu than I had expected. With burgers, appetizers, baskets, entrees, pizzas, sandwiches, sausage rolls, calzones, soups salads, subs, wraps, and desserts there is plenty of food to choose from. This is solid, homemade, American food at its best. 

Stop by the pub or give Waiter on the Way a call. Open seven days a week, you can call in your Black Dog Pub burger order every single day. Take a look at their entire online menu and pick out your favorites. Waiter on the Way will deliver right to your front door!

By Stephen J. Bailey for Waiter on the Way

Vanilla Bean is the creation of Debbie and Sandra. They have been creating heaven on earth for years now as many of you know well. From gluten free cookies to cupcakes and gift sets, their ability to create sweets with a special touch has become a thriving business for them here in Fort Wayne.

With the news of their move from their Anthony Blvd shop to a new location there are big changes coming to Vanilla Bean. Their new space will focus on production and shipping instead of having a counter space for walk-in customers. Their delicious treats will continue to be available at local locations like Earth Fare, Poptique, and Saving Grace Vintage.

If you haven’t had the chance to try some of their cookies or cupcakes yet, this is the perfect opportunity. Perfectly packaged for any occasion including birthdays, showers, or even an office party, Waiter on the Way will pick up and deliver right to your doorstep.

I highly recommend the Gluten Free Molasses Oatmeal Cookies. It’s like tasting pure deliciousness without the guilt that usually comes with it. You can taste the love in each bite of their homemade goodies. With such a wide range of options and packages available online for delivery, you are going to impress your friends and your taste buds with any order.

Give Waiter on the Way a call today at 260-442-3663 and enjoy the best of Vanilla Bean!

By Stephen J. Bailey for Waiter on the Way

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