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Quick Bites: Fair popups, Burger Wars winner and a bunch of new restaurants

This week’s restaurant news round-up has a bunch of new shiny things, like a mug club and four new food spots.

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 8:03 a.m.

There’s plenty of food at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair. But a pop-up restaurant at the event will bring more vegetables and some great food from two well-known chefs.

Paul Cataldo of Antonio’s Italian Restaurant and Zach Lucchese of Swan Lake Resort will be cooking in the Young McDonald’s Farm area Monday to Wednesday, July 21-23, at the fair.

Why bring even more food to the fair? Sara Granberg wants kids to eat their vegetables and enlists people like Cataldo and Lucchese to help.

That’s a smart play. Both these guys can make them taste good. 

I love the fair and its food, but I’m excited about what these folks will be doing.

So from 5 to 7 p.m. those nights, they’ll serve items made with garden produce.

Flavor 574 is a sponsor of the pop-up restaurant, and I believe in the connection between the garden and the mouth, so I’ll be there Tuesday and Wednesday nights to try it out and help host.

Both Lucchese and Cataldo will make several hundred servings of several dishes and sell them for $5. Sales start at 5 p.m. and continue until 7 or until the food is gone. Stop by to say hello and have some great plates of food.

You can get a preview by watching a new video series called “King in the Kitchen.” Cataldo and I cooked garden pasta and the video will air on “Experience Michiana” on WNIT at 7 p.m. Tuesday. You’ll also be able to find it on Flavor574.com.

Stella Moo didn’t win.

It would have been nice for Elkhart County if the burger voted best in seven northern Indiana counties came from Elkhart. But the Becky Burger from The View Tavern in South Bend bested it after after several rounds of voting in Northern Indiana Burger Wars, according to a story on Flavor574.com by Krystal Vivian.

The winner was announced Monday, July 7, after two months and about 60,000 votes, according to Robby Bearss of the Northern Indiana Tourism Development Commission, which orchestrated the contest. Burger Wars began in May, when voters decided which burger in their hometowns would go on to represent their counties for the regional competition.

From there, eight burgers from Elkhart, St. Joseph, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Marshall, LaPorte and Porter counties went head-to-head in the tournament.

Cam Snyder, owner of Flippin’ Cow, said when the contest started, the restaurant at 51330 S.R. 19, Elkhart, sold about 25 a week. The week before the finals, it sold 354. “It’s been a win-win for the Cow,” Snyder said.

The Becky Burger beat out the Stella Moo from Flippin’ Cow in Elkhart 63 percent to 37 percent.

The View Tavern is at 515 E. Jefferson Boulevard, South Bend. It’s open from 11 a.m. to midnight Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Tuesday, Friday and Saturday; and 1 p.m. to midnight on Sunday.

Elkhart has a new Thai restaurant.

Asia Market opened a spot alongside the grocery at 3405 S. Main St., Elkhart. 

Sinin Um and her husband, Ohm, put in the restaurant and opened it July 5. You can read a bunch more in Emily Taylor’s story on Flavor574.com.

By my count, that brings Elkhart’s tally to three Thai restaurants, in addition to Sawadee in Goshen. Very cool. I look forward to trying Asia Market and Sawadee.

The restaurant at Asia Market is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

For to-go or call-ahead orders, call 574-333-3764 or 574-551-1790.

Bill’s Bar-B-Que opened its second location at 2426 Benham Ave. on Sunday, July 6.

Will Lee, owner of Bill’s, said a lot of the Franklin Street regulars found their way to the new location as soon as the restaurant opened its doors. In addition to the barbecue offered at the Franklin Street location, the new Benham Avenue restaurant will have several unique menu items, including homestyle baked beans, mac ’n’ cheese and corn bread.

Hours for the new location, 2426 Benham Ave., are from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 6:00 p.m. Sunday. Dine-in, carry-out and call in options are available.

You can read more in Kate Stoltzfus’s story on Flavor574.com.

Brandon Stanley isn’t yet selling the beer he brews, but he is getting a mug club going at New Paradigm Brewing Co., 600 S. Main St., Elkhart.

The bar has a great beer list and Stanley, one of the owners and the primary operator, is working on the proper licensing.

Mug club members will get a 20-ounce mug of their own, according to a story on Flavor 574 by Danielle Waldron. It’ll have an annual fee or a lifetime fee with an annual maintenance fee. "We have been planning this pretty much since day one,” Stanley said. “We finally managed to come together on a decision that I think everyone is going to be really happy with.”

Dunkin’ Donuts is back in Elkhart and Penn Station arrived, according to Tori Fater on Flavor574.com.

The restaurants are part of the Shoppes on Six retail development by Thomson Thrift Development of Carmel.

Fans of both are excited, and the spots are already busy. I expect both places to do well.

The Dunkin’ Donuts in Shoppes on Six at 335 C.R. 6 in Elkhart is open 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Sunday. It has a drive-through as well.

Penn Station Subs at 335 C.R. 6 in Elkhart is open 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays.

Last week’s column about my pet hamburger generated a bunch of comments and suggestions for a name.

My favorite was “McThuselah,” a play on the long-living Old Testament character. Brian Yoder Schlabach suggested the name. Nice work.

Marshall V. King is managing editor and food columnist for The Elkhart Truth. You can reach him at 574-296-5805, mking@elkharttruth.com, on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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