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A dish featuring beef marinated in coffee on a bed of grilled peppers and onions with a side of guacamole and salsa at Mod Mex in Elkhart Thursday, February 2, 2012. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

Server Ana Rios picks up two specialty dishes at Mod Mex in Elkhart Thursday, February 2, 2012. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

The Mod Mex guacamole sampler features your choice of three varieties of the classic Mexican avocado dip. (AP)
What's on the menus for Elkhart Dining Days? (UPDATED)
Posted on Sept. 24, 2012 at 1:00 a.m.

What's Marshall King up to this week? Find out in today's Dining A La King.

Elkhart Dining Days start today.

Eighteen restaurants will offer specials for dinner until Oct. 6.

And the menus look amazing.

The premise is that each restaurant offers either a three-course meal for $25 or two meals for $25 and $2 of each special goes to Church Community Services.

Some places are offering combinations from their regular menu. Other places are creating special menus. Many of them are offering drink specials with New Amsterdam vodka or gin and Iechyd Da beer. Wines from Tiedemann Wines, a major sponsor for the event, will be offered at McCarthy's, Lucchese's, The Vine, Christiana Creek, Fat Tomato and Chubby Trout, according to Elizabeth Carris of the company.

Here are the menus we've been able to gather so far. If I get more in the coming days, I'll update the story on eTruth.com and get them in print in the coming days.

Three courses for $25:

ModMex, 1700 Toledo Road: Appetizer of guacamole with add-in. Entree of chicken machaca, beef machaca, tinga, creamy flour chicken enchiladas or roasted vegetable enchiladas. Dessert of Mexican pineapple cake, chocolate nachos or fried ice cream.

Antonio's, 1105 Goshen Ave.: Appetizers of spinach artichoke dip, traditional antipasto, tomato basil soup or sausage and pepper soup. Entree of lasagna, penne ala vodka, veal cutlet, chicken pasta primavera or chicken scarpariello. Dessert of tiramisu, amaretti cake or limoncello mascarpone torte.

McCarthy's, 333 NIBCO Pkwy, Suite A: Appetizer choice of sesame ahi tuna, duck Napoleon, Artesian apple and beet root salad or spinach brie dark cherry salad. Entree of chicken jardinière, stuffed veal, herb-crusted pork tenderloin or grilled balsamic vegetable pasta. Dessert of crème brulee, apple crisp a la mode or bourbon bread pudding.

Christiana Creek Country Club, 116 W. Bristol St.: Choose one of nine appetizers. Entree of butternut squash risotto, Teres Major london broil, pistachio parmesan salmon, 6-ounce filet mignon, cherry port duck breast or “prime” pork chop. Dessert of death by chocolate, turtle cookie dough brownie, fresh-baked jumbo cookie, peanut butter fudge silk or carrot lava cake.

The Vine, 214 S. Main St.: Appetizer of volcanic shrimp, hot crab dip, garbage salad or shredded beef-stuffed mushrooms. Entree of Mediterranean chicken, roasted salmon, veal marsala over penne, seared ahi tuna or grilled pork chop. Choice of the house-made desserts.

Chubby Trout, 2730 Cassopolis St.: Appetizer of southern-style warm greens, Mediterranean salad, Asian seaweed salad or Chubby signature salad. Second course of edamame hummus and flatbread, tiger shrimp and scallop ceviche or featured sushi. Entree of bison meat loaf, smoked chicken hash with poached egg or the chef's catch.

523 Tap & Grill, 523 S. Main St.: Appetizer of tyropita (baked cheese-filled phyllo pastries with Greek yogurt), rice noodle-wrapped shrimp or heirloom tomato salad. Entree of Cajun rubbed flat iron steak, tilapia escabeche or Korean braised short ribs with jasmine rice. Dessert of tembleque (Puerto Rican coconut pudding), pineapple habanero ice cream or fried cheesecake.

Fat Tomato, 4100 East Bristol St.: Appetizer of Italian salad, tomato ensalada or Caesar wedge. Second course of stuffed tomato dip, Wisconsin brick cheese sticks or mussels in wine broth. Third course of poached pear ravioli, pancetta salmon or seafood cannelloni.

Sauk Trail on 17, 56039 Parkway Ave.: Appetizer of soup of the day, smoked deviled eggs or two pork wings. Entree of ribs, sausage, pulled pork, pulled chicken, rib tips, chicken wings or beef brisket served with black-eyed peas, cornbread and jalapenos. Third course of dessert will vary with evening specials.

Lucchese's, 655 C.R. 17: Choose two soups, salads or desserts and one an entree of free-range chicken, wild mushroom risotto, lobster arancini, sausage and mushroom penne or brown-sugar crusted filet mignon.

Two meals for $25:

Callahan's, 2917 Cassopolis St.: Choice of Greek chicken, jumbo shrimp, barbecue ribs, chicken breast or New York strip with sides, as well as one appetizer to share and dessert of rice pudding, ice cream or Jell-O.

b on the River, 333 Nibco Parkway: Entree of chicken tikka masala on naan with yogurt cucumber sauce, tomatoes, sweet peppers, salad and minted rice; Cajun bowl, chili lime chicken jambalaya, red beans and rice, cheddar cornbread and coleslaw; or barbeque rib tips with spicy beans, cheddar cornbread and coleslaw. Dessert choice of mango sorbet or chocolate brownie gelato, each with salted caramel shortbread.

Iechyd Da Brewing Co. 317 N. Main Street: Drink choice of two pints (two pints of any two beers on the board) or choose up to seven styles from the board to sample together. Entree of pork, beans and bacon; pork and blue pizza; or smoked pork sandwich. Dessert to share: sticky toffee pudding or pumpkin spice cake.

Miles Lab, 3763 East Jackson Blvd.: Entree of grilled pork medallions served with potatoes and vegetable; grilled shrimp served with steamed vegetables and pan-fried potatoes; Caribbean island chicken with rice pilaf and vegetables; rainbow trout with choice of side; or steak house salad.

Dino's, 1500 Osolo Road, Suite 2: Appetizer of tomato bruschetta or six-piece breaded mozzarella sticks. Entree of pan-roasted pork loin chops, chicken scallopini, 12 oz. chopped steak or angel hair pasta and garlic toast; dessert to share. Most entrees include choice of soup or salad, bread and one side.

Sports Time Family Pub & Grill 56199 Parkway Ave # 7: Appetizer of homemade soup or dinner salad; entree of almond-crusted white fish over rice, shrimp or chicken Alfredo with linguine and garlic bread, or chicken Francese over rice; dessert of key lime pie or cheesecake with white chocolate raspberry sauce.

Lakeshore Grill, 51330 S.R. 19: Choose from slow-baked ribs with Michigan cherry barbecue sauce, coconut shrimp with pina colada sauce or black 'n blue tilapia. Choose two sides: vegetable medley, baked beans, baked macaroni and cheese, French fries, Cortney chips, dinner salad and cole slaw.

Antojitos Mexicanos, 401 Middlebury St.: Pick an appetizer and two entrees from the regular menu and two desserts.

Truth intern Ariel Ropp contributed to this story.

This story was updated at 11:35 a.m. Monday with more information about Tiedemann Wines and two additional menus.

Marshall V. King is news/multimedia editor and food columnist for The Elkhart Truth/eTruth.com. You can reach him at mking@etruth.com, 574-296-5805, on Twitter @hungrymarshall or via Facebook.