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

The Rib Room has been serving Fort Wayne guests for over fifty years from their State Street location. Even after all these years, many still consider them the best ribs in town. The atmosphere in the restaurant is straight out of the Rat Pack generation with its unique tables, bar, and setup. The food is classic and delicious with a taste that just does not go out of style.

The Rib Room offers everything from Calamari and Shrimp Cocktail to Broiled Salmon and Lobster, and of course, don’t forget the BBQ ribs. They offer ribs in slabs, baskets, dinners, and tips. Their pricing ranges from affordable dinners to go as well as exquisite meals for a formal night in, six days a week.

If I had to recommend a full meal for the evening, I would start with their escargot appetizer before moving on to their Greek Salad (crisp lettuce, topped with diced green onions, beets, feta cheese, pineapple, tomatoes, olives, peppercini’s, and oil and vinegar dressing). Make sure to save room for a half slab of ribs (served with their one of a kind sauce, and bread). Other items worth mentioning that are often overlooked are their cheeseburgers and seafood items.

If you have loved the Rib Room all of these years but can’t make it out to the restaurant because of your busy schedule, give Waiter on the Way a call. They will gladly stop by the State Street location and pick up anything off of the menu for you. Their entire menu is available online. The food at the Rib Room is nothing less than a food-experience and it is without a doubt, finger licking good. 

By Stephen J. Bailey for Waiter on the Way

Toscani Pizzeria is more than pizza; it is a great source for American-Italian cuisine. Their menu offers all the items you would expect like pasta specials, sausage rolls, and pizza. However, their menu succeeds because the food is actually really good. We’ve all had pizza. We’ve all had spaghetti, too. When someone can make these entrees their own and add a unique flavor to them, I’m hooked.

They have a number of appetizers that includes items like bruschetta and cheesy bread. They also have unique salads and soups, as well as lunch specials. The lunch special is only $5.35 and I highly recommend this value saver. If you’re looking for specialty pizzas from Toscani’s, I would suggest the Flying Pig (sausage, ham, capocollo, bacon and pepperoni) or the Chicken BBQ (marinated chicken, bbq sauce, onion, and cheeses.) Check out their online menu for the “build your own” pizza area, too!

Their sausage rolls are a local favorite too with the Bambino Sausage Roll, Bambino Vegetable Roll, Regular Sausage Roll, and Regular Vegetable Roll. The Bambino Sausage roll is my personal favorite. It is made from their homemade pizza dough and filled with sausage, pizza suace and cheese. You can add additional ingredients for $.95 each.

Toscani’s has been around for years and their success is based around the high quality of the food they produce. They are open seven days a week for delivery and will create some of the best pasta dishes in Fort Wayne that you can get delivered to your door stop. If you haven’t tried them yet or if you simply don’t feel like driving Downtown to dine, Waiter on the Way is happy to deliver it for you!

By Stephen J. Bailey for Waiter on the Way

It’s hard to believe that Naked Tchopstix has been in Fort Wayne for several years now. I remember stopping by during their opening week and experiencing not just food done well but a unique atmosphere for both business lunches and nights out for dinner. Over the years I have sampled a wide variety of appetizers, entrees, and of course, the sushi.

Naked Tchopstix does a great job with presentation. The food always looks like it’s coming straight out of a magazine shoot. Today, I ordered the Caterpillar Roll filled with eel, crab, avocado, cucumber, avocado slices, and drizzled with unagi sauce. This was after a full serving of their Crab Rangoon (five homemade fried wontons stuffed with cream cheese and crab filling). Together, it made for the perfect dinner.

My guest tried the Bulgoki Entree that included thinly sliced beef marinated in soy sauce, garlic, Korean marinade, and charbroiled. I sampled it and the taste was warm and savory with just enough soy sauce mixed in to give it the perfect kick. It’s these little ingredients that make their lunches, dinners, and sushi bar such a success here in Fort Wayne.

I also highly recommend all of their soups and their Bento Boxes. With a wide variety of sushi and more and more sushi business opening up in Fort Wayne each year, I have found unique sushi rolls at Naked Tchopstix like the Orange Sunshine Roll, The Playboy Roll, and the Mafia Roll. I find that Naked’s sushi offers a unique twist on integrating both fruit and soy in a way that I don’t always find in other restaurants.

If you can’t make it out to Naked Tchopstix, give Waiter on the Way a call! They offer the entire menu online with a long list of items to choose from. The best part is that you can get sushi from Naked Tchopstix seven days a week thanks to Waiter on the Way!

By Stephen J. Bailey (Web & Social Media Developer living in Downtown Fort Wayne) for Waiter on the Way

If you haven’t been to Main St. Bistro & Martini Lounge since their 2013 opening, you are missing out on some of the best martinis, soups, and appetizers in town. In addition to this, they also provide a vibrant, upscale atmosphere without the ridiculous prices. Located on Main Street in Downtown Fort Wayne, they are becoming a staple of the Fort Wayne dining scene with their friendly servers and beautiful outside patio area.

They offer soup, salad, and sandwich combos for the lunch crowd, delicious martinis for those nights out, and desserts that will make your mouth water. They also have sushi nights on Monday and Wednesday evenings with a specialty sushi chef that comes in to prepare the rolls for guests. The best part is that you can dine at their restaurant or you can order from Waiter on the Way at 260-442-FOOD.

One of the latest additions to the Waiter on the Way menu, Main St. Bistro can be delivered Monday - Saturday (and closed on Sundays). Their entire menu is located on online along with their sides, and specialties. Every restaurant has their food masterpieces and Main St. Bistro is no different.

I highly recommend the chicken lettuce wraps to share with a friend. Every time I bring a friend for the first time, they love the lettuce wraps. They also have the best Tomato Bisque Soup and the best French Onion Soup that I have ever tasted in the Fort Wayne area. Did I also mention the pizza, pasta, and steaks? Give them a try at home or in person and help support this amazing new addition to Downtown Fort Wayne and Waiter on the Way!

By Stephen J. Bailey (Web & Social Media Developer living in Downtown Fort Wayne) for Waiter on the Way