A few weeks ago, a reader asked where you can eat out on Thanksgiving Day.
It’s a great question. And here’s a list of places I can find in Elkhart County (plus Ruth’s Chris). If you know of others, let me know.
Hunter’s Place, 2703 S. Main St., Elkhart, will have a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., according to owner Fran Hunter.
Callahan’s, 2917 Cassopolis St., Elkhart, and Lux Cafe, 2012 Lincolnway East, Goshen, will serve a Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $10.99, but it’s free for children 10 and younger and adults 62 and older. Both restaurants will be open for breakfast on Thanksgiving, close at 2 p.m. and reopen Friday morning.
Bob Evans restaurants will serve meals for $12.99, $3.99 for kids. Hours in Elkhart and Goshen will be 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to a press release.
Amish Acres, 1600 W. Market St., Nappanee, will have a buffet from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $18.95 for those 12 and over, $1.25 per year for children ages 4 to 11, free for those age 3 and younger. Reservations not taken.
Pizza Depot in downtown Millersburg will offer a free meal from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. It’ll be available in the dining room or for delivery. Information: 574-642-4229.
A free community meal targeted at those in need and those who need a place to go on the holiday will be served at Matterhorn, 2041 Cassopolis St., Elkhart. It’s a partnership between Matterhorn owner Kurt Janowsky and the Elkhart Salvation Army. The meal will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 902 E. University Drive, Mishawaka, will serve a coursed meal from noon to 6 p.m. The cost is $34.95 per person, $9.95 for children 12 and younger.
Elkhart’s own Dunkin’ Donuts could open in April or May if construction goes well. According to Chris Hake, director of the retail group for Thompson Thrift Development, excavation could start in a couple weeks and the shop could open four to five months later. Shoppes on Six at Cassopolis Street/C.R. 6 will have four spaces and three of them are in the process of being rented, he said.
The Cake Boss Buddy Valastro will be at the Morris Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, but before that you can meet him at Kroger, 1217 E. Ireland, South Bend, according to a press release from Kroger.
Ben’s Soft Pretzels, which started in Shipshewana and Elkhart County, will open it fifth and sixth franchise pretzel bakeries in Valparaiso and Fort Wayne this month, according to a press release. The Fort Wayne store will be in Jefferson Pointe. The Valparaiso store will be at 151 W. Lincolnway. That will bring the total number of Ben’s stores to 12.
I’ve had two dishes in recent days that highlight fall flavors in great ways.
Kelly Jae’s Cafe has a new brussels sprouts dish. The mini cabbages are prepared with pork belly and turnips in a vermouth sauce. It’s fabulous.
Iechyd Da Brewing put the Butter-Nutty pizza on special Friday. It has butternut squash, sausage and kale with a butternut creme sauce and a drizzle made with reduced cider and Scottish ale. It’s fabulous.
Reader Jan Mast would like to know if anyone has the recipe of the French salad dressing that was served at Poor Tony’s in the early 1970s. Her great-aunt Dolly would sell her jars of the dressing that was “very rich and creamy, but still light because it’s whipped and fluffy.” If you have the recipe or that of something close, let me know.
Marshall V. King is managing editor and food columnist for The Elkhart Truth. You can reach him at 574-296-5805, firstname.lastname@example.org, on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.