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According to voters on an Indiana tourism website, The Chief in Goshen is the best ice cream shop in Indiana.
And four of the top ten shops are in Elkhart County.
The Chief, which is celebrating its 50th year, is atop the top 10 list, according to the Indiana Office of Tourism Development. South Side Soda Shop in Goshen was voted third, Rocket Science Ice Cream in Nappanee was sixth and Bonnie and Clyde's Soda Shop in Bristol was eighth. Congrats to all the great local places on the list.
Valpo Velvet from Valparaiso finished second. If you want to try the great ice cream, you can get it at Sweet Cream's Soda Shop in Elkhart.
Elkhart County's northern geography sometimes means it gets missed in lists of the state's best. But on this one, we did just fine.
I think we got snubbed on the list of the top 10 sandwiches in the state. Surely one of the burgers from Heinnie's should have been on the list. Or the olive nut sandwich from Olympia Candy Kitchen in Goshen.
Ÿ The first barbecue of the year at Greater Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, 1829 Oakland Ave., will be Friday and Saturday. Thanks to reader Bryan Burke for the tip. Rib dinners will be $10, rib tip dinners $8 and chicken dinners $6.50, according to information provided by smokemaster Robert Honorable. A tip/chicken combo will be $7. I have a few tickets that I'll give to readers via the Dining A La King Facebook page this week.
Sales will start at 11 a.m. both days and go until they're sold out. Delivery of six or more is available. Phone: 574-293-7957.
Ÿ Mark your calendars: Texas Roadhouse's fourth annual Headlock on Hunger to raise money and canned items for Church Community Services will be on July 8. The Elkhart restaurant has turned wrestling into a community event to help the agency.
Ÿ Tickets are on sale for Come to the Table, a dinner and auction event on Aug. 11 to raise money for Family Christian Development Center in Nappanee. Local chefs and food folks, including Scott Woods from Noa Noa, Zach Lucchese from Lucchese's and Margaret Potuck from Happy Dance Cupcakes, will prepare locally grown food for the meal. Tickets are $60. Information: 574-773-2149 or www.fcdcin.org.
Ÿ DC's Burgers, 910 Goshen Ave., Elkhart, is closed at least temporarily, according to Darren Cornell, who operates DC's Pizza across the street with his wife Becca Reese. She was overseeing the new burger restaurant.
Ÿ A few weeks ago, I ended up on the Red Arrow Highway near the shore of Lake Michigan and was looking for supper. The meal at Red Arrow Roadhouse was decent, but not spectacular. Last week, a friend asked where to eat in the New Buffalo/Three Oaks area and I realized I've kind of lost touch with the area, other than keeping track of Greenbush Brewing Co. and wanting to know more about Local, a new butcher shop there. So I'm asking you, dear readers, to tell me about your favorites in southwest Michigan. I'll share them in a future column to help all of us who head for the Dunes this summer and need a good meal along the way.
Marshall V. King is news/multimedia editor and food columnist for The Elkhart Truth/eTruth.com. You can reach him at 574-296-5805, firstname.lastname@example.org, on Twitter @hungrymarshall or via www.facebook.com/diningalaking.