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Sam Rulli prepares the former 17 Cuisine at S.R. 120 and C.R. 17 for his new restaurant, tentatively called Rulli’s on 17, on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, in Elkhart. (Truth Photo By Ryan Dorgan) (AP)

Sam Rulli speaks with a business partner inside the former 17 Cuisine at S.R. 120 and C.R. 17 on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, in Elkhart. Rulli will open an Elkhart complement to his Middlebury location at the space in late April or early May. (Truth Photo By Ryan Dorgan) (AP)
What food quest do you want to see this year?
Posted on Feb. 24, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

It’s time to do another search for the best of an Elkhart County food.

In 2003, the first search involved 103 pies and South Side Soda Shop in Goshen finished on top.

After that came pizza, burgers, burritos, cinnamon rolls, ice cream, ribs, turtles, cupcakes and steak.

It’s time to do another search and I asked readers last week what it should be.

I’ve heard a lot about fish and omelets as possibilities the last couple years. But aside from that, I asked readers on the Dining A La King blog what to search for next.

The results were pretty interesting. Many of them agreed that fish or omelets would be a good choice, but others suggested pancakes, tenderloins, salad, soup, donuts, fried chicken or biscuits and gravy.

You can still vote or make suggestions in the blog post. In a day or so, I’ll create a new survey narrowing down the choices and asking you again what we should search for this year.

I say “we” because I need your help to know where the best of these are and readers will get to vote in the end.

Ÿ Rulli’s is opening a new location near S.R. 120 and C.R. 17. The strip mall on the southeast corner has had China Star for years, but seen other restaurants come and go, including Alley Oop’s, Hickory Meats & More and 17 Cuisine.

Sam Rulli, who opened his Middlebury location 27 years ago with family, is remodeling the space at 54595 C.R. 17, Elkhart, and could open in April or May. It could be called Rulli’s on 17. “The traffic here is awesome,” he said, noting that he’s planning to sell pizza, broasted chicken and a family dining menu. Alcohol will be available, but there isn’t likely to be a club like there is at the Middlebury location. He’s planning at least 80 seats and is accepting applications at the Middlebury location. You can read more about the potential opening at

Ÿ A new cheese shop is likely to open soon in South Bend. Josiah and Jody Klinedinst announced last week in a press release that they plan to open Oh Mamma’s on the Avenue at 1212 Beyer Ave., South Bend. In addition to having about 300 varieties of cheese, the couple will sell their goat’s milk cheese called J2K Capraio, which they make in Walkerton. The shop will also have sandwiches, biscotti, gelato, charcuterie, olives and oils. The couple has had a booth at the South Bend Farmers Market. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Phone: 574-276-6918. Email:

Ÿ Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church will have its annual bake sale and pysanky workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 16 and 23. The pysanky tradition uses wax and dye to create Easter eggs, according to a release from the church. The cost for the class is $13 for adults, $5 for children ages 12 and younger. To register call 574-237-1975 or 574-707-5728. The church at 61314 C.R. 21, Goshen, will also sell baked goods and pierogi.

Ÿ The Elkhart County Local Food Alliance is planning a tamale-making workshop with chef Laura Garcia at 5:30 p.m. March 10 at 57866 10th St., Elkhart. A suggested donation of $3 will help cover the cost of ingredients. To register or for more information call Nicole Bauman at 574-312-9261.

Ÿ IHOP has new breakfast sandwiches, according to a press release. The Griddle Melt sandwiches come in three varieties, including a vegetarian option. The sandwiches are available from the menu as whole portions or halves.

Ÿ The Center for History, 808 W. Washington St., South Bend, is having a program on the history of local sweets on March 6. Senior Curator Dave Bainbridge will talk about The Philadelphia, Bonnie Doon and other candy and ice cream stores in a program at 1:30 p.m. that day. Admission is $3 for non-members, $1 for members. The center has an exhibit called “Sweet! The Wonderful World of Chocolate, Candy and Ice Cream.” Information: 574-235-9664 or

Marshall V. King is news/multimedia editor and food columnist for The Elkhart Truth. You can reach him at, 574-296-5805, Twitter @hungrymarshall or via the Dining A La King Facebook page. His blog is at