Elkhart got two new restaurants last Wednesday.
Cubby Bear Pizza, 526 S. Main Street, Elkhart opened May 21, after getting approval by the Elkhart County Health Department.
The menu includes pizza, fried chicken and subs and those going to the restaurant will fill out a paper to order. It’s modeled after the system at Barnaby’s in Mishawaka and is similar to the walk-up ordering at Iechyd Da Brewing Co.
Owner Steve and Frank Hill are targeting families and if they succeed, it’ll offer a great option in downtown Elkhart.
Some readers have asked if I’ve been there and I haven’t since it opened. I’ll give it some time to work out the kinks that are inevitable when you open a restaurant. But several colleagues at The Elkhart Truth have been there or gotten food from there and the seasoned potatoes are seasoned to taste like the mojos many people in this area love.
Cubby Bear is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays, according to reporting by Tori Fater.
Twisted Cow Self-Serve Frozen Treats also opened on Wednesday. It’s next to Wing’s Etc. at 105 W. C.R. 6 in Elkhart.
Co-owner Rose Miller said she and her husband, Mark, had a range of hours through the weekend, but regular hours will be noon to 11 p.m. weekdays and noon to midnight on weekends, according to reporting by Lydia Sheaks.
Hours are flexible — “we will stay open as long as we have customers,” Miller said.
Frozen yogurt and gelato flavors will rotate. It’ll soon have ice cream and custard.
You pay 45 cents per ounce for the bowl of frozen yogurt and toppings. Again, it’s a family friendly place that I hope does well.
For more information on Twisted Cow, visit the shop’s Facebook or Twitter page or call 574-312-4629.
• The first round of voting in Burger Wars ends at noon Monday, May 26. The second round starts immediately to pick the best burger in Elkhart County.
Eight burgers from Elkhart County restaurants were in the first round. I’m excited to see who makes it through.
I’ve now had two of the eight and hope to get to them all, however the voting turns out. The pesto burger at Constant Spring is still stellar and The Big Irish at McCarthy’s on the Riverwalk is a massive collection of toppings inside a bun.
You can vote once a day. The winning Elkhart County burger will go up against those from other northern Indiana counties in the Northern Indiana Burger Wars.
• A cool conversation is underway in Elkhart County about a local food system. In Indiana and Elkhart County, more than 90 percent of our food comes from elsewhere. So some people here are asking how to grow more and sell more food here. That could change how kids eat in schools, how consumers spend money and how operators of small farms are able to make a living.
A second meeting of the Elkhart County Foodshed Initiative happened Thursday, May 22, in Goshen. About 25 people attended to hear from Jodee Ellett of Purdue Extension about building a local food system. More conversations will be happening around it and it could be very exciting for how we eat here.
The average Elkhart County household spends $7,000 a year on food. Ellett, Phil Metzler of Goshen and others are hoping that at least 10 percent of that to be spent on local food. You can get more information from this website.
• You can still get on the bus to go along to Traverse City Oct. 19-21. Edgerton’s Travel Service put together the great trip to visit wineries, breweries and restaurants in the upper part of lower Michigan. The cost is $649 to $899 per person, based on occupancy, and includes five meals, accommodations, travel and other aspects of the trip. It’ll be a great time. If you have questions you can contact me, but to sign up, call Edgerton’s at (800) 388-3437. Download a brochure.