Jo Jo's Pretzels is opening in Goshen, readers vote on the Best of Elkhart County and news on barbecue, Texana, soul food and Dickie's in this week's Quick Bites.
Jo Jo’s Pretzels opened in 1989 in Shipshewana, but is coming to Goshen sometime this summer.
Owner Levi King, who operates it with his wife, Joanna, confirmed Friday, May 3, that the soft-pretzel shop will take over the spot The Electric Brew has been in. The Brew will move across the street to where Better World Books is now after the bookstore moves to Main Street.
The Goshen location will be similar to the Shipshewana one in the Davis Mercantile, but Levi said they want to add to the menu and use more local ingredients. (They use flour from Greenfield Mill, which produces New Rinkel Flour in Howe, right now.)
King said he’s been interested in Goshen and is excited to become part of the buzz and energy that’s part of downtown. He’s looked at other Goshen locations, but didn’t like them as much as this one at 136 S. Main St.
Ben’s Soft Pretzels will also start selling pretzels in Goshen, but not at a downtown location.
Are soft pretzels the newest food trend locally? Are they becoming hotter than gourmet cupcakes?
Congratulations to the wide array of Best of Elkhart County winners.The Elkhart Truth’s advertising department coordinates the reader survey. On the food front, these businesses won:
Charlie’s Butcher Block, best deli/butcher;
Volcano Pizza, best pizza;
Iechyd Da Brewing Co., best bar/pub;
Lucchese’s Restaurant, best specialty restaurant;
Subway, best fast food;
The Chief, best ice cream parlor;
Rise & Roll Bakery, best bakery;
Cracker Barrel, best breakfast restaurant;
The Electric Brew, best coffee;
Das Dutchman Essenhaus, best family restaurant;
Chalet Party Shoppe, best beer/wine/liquor store.
Numerous other businesses also got votes. You can see the full list of winners at: http://www.elkharttruth.com/tabs/2013_BEST.pdf or check the tabloid that was in the April 29 edition of the newspaper.
The first barbecue of the year at Greater Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church will be this weekend. Barbecue will go on sale at 11 a.m. Friday and Saturday, May 10-11. The church will offer ribs, rib tips and chicken at 1829 Oakland Ave., Elkhart. I’m a fan of the barbecue, though admittedly it isn’t always consistently moist by the time you open one of the foam containers to eat. I have free tickets. Look for opportunities this week to win them on the Dining A La King Facebook page.
Texana Tex Mex Restaurant closed at 700 S. Main St., Elkhart, and plans to open at Grand Horizon Center to do catering and food service there, according to its Facebook posts and signs in the window at the original location.
Holy Temple Church of God in Christ, 2025 Oakland Ave., Elkhart, is planning a series of soul food dinners starting at 11 a.m. Friday, May 11. Southern-style greens, macaroni and cheese, chicken and dressing will be available for $7 and sweet potato pie or peach crumb cobbler will be $2. Delivery is available. Information: 574-309-6188
A new restaurant is open at Swan Lake Resort near Plymouth. Dickie’s opened last week at the golf resort. The new casual dining restaurant is named for one of the owners, Richard “Dickie” Klingler. It has new decor and Zach Lucchese is the new chef. He’s put together a new menu for the restaurant.
Marshall V. King is news/multimedia editor and food columnist for The Elkhart Truth. You can reach him at email@example.com, 296-5805, on Twitter @hungrymarshall or via Facebook. His blog is at blogs.ElkhartTruth.com/diningalaking and you can subscribe to be notified every time he posts.