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The Dish


Valentine’s specials on menu

Love is in the air … or shall I say the kitchen.

With nine days until the celebration of love – or like, as the case might be – restaurants are luring couples with a number of Valentine’s Day specials.

Lucky Moose, 622 E. Dupont Road, will be doing something a little different this year as the holiday falls on a Friday, owner Mark Melchi says.

That day, they’ll have combination specials such as sashimi tuna and a tuna sushi roll, steak and shrimp, and crab cakes and shrimp. Entrées will cost between $13.13 and $15.15 and will include a dessert crepe station.

On Feb. 15, Lucky Moose will offer its buffet that will feature shrimp, crawfish, chicken, ribs, a variety of fish, desserts and the soup and salad bar.

Reservations are recommended. Call 490-5765.

•Anthis Career Center students will be hosting a Valentine’s event at Barr Street Café, 1200 S. Barr St., Tuesday through Feb. 14. Students will prepare and serve a choice menu that includes French onion soup, house salad, baked cod, chicken pasta, stuffed pork loin and coconut shrimp with sour cream-lime dressing. Desserts will include chocolate cups with cappuccino mousse and red velvet cake. Entrées will cost between $5.95 and $6.95.

Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and reservations are required. Call 467-1031.

Shigs In Pit, 2008 Fairfield Ave., is offering couples two ways to celebrate, whether they want to stay home or go out.

For those who are cuddling up on the couch, the carry-out special is a slab of ribs, four sides and four pieces of garlic toast for $25.99. If you want to head out to the south-side restaurant, there will be two specials – two two-meat plates, drinks and strawberry shortcakes for $26.99; and two rib-and-meat plates, drinks and strawberry shortcakes for $29.99.

Quaker Steak & Lube, 407 Coliseum Blvd. W., will offer two-for-$22 meals. The menu includes a shareable appetizer, such as Boom Boom Shrimp or Stick Shifters, and two full-size signature entrées such as the Crispy Shrimp Basket and Sesame Chicken Rice Bowl.

Second location

After serving the north side of Fort Wayne for six years, Agaves Mexican Grill is taking its Blue Agave Margarita and going east.

The Mexican restaurant will open a second location at 10460 Maysville Road, in the Chapel Ridge Shopping Center. Agaves owner Juan Carlos Leon and his crew have been working at the former Vince’s Restaurant location for three months and hope to be open in two weeks.

Leon says inspections have not yet been scheduled but will likely be next week with the opening to follow.

The menu and hours will be the same as the original East Washington Center Road restaurant, but the Maysville location will have a bigger bar.

Ivy Tech café open

Kelty’s Kafé is up and running at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast.

The restaurant is open to students and the community from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays through April 30 in Anthony Commons on Coliseum Campus, 3800 N. Anthony Blvd. It is closed March 12 for spring break. Each week, a different student runs the restaurant, choosing everything from its theme to its menu.

Today’s theme will be Comforting Foods for the Soul. Others include Germanfest, Korean and brunch.

Around town

Menchie’s, 6408 W. Jefferson Blvd., will be celebrating National Frozen Yogurt Day on Thursday. Fans can go to the Menchie’s Facebook page ( to print out a coupon, which is good for a free 6-ounce cup of frozen yogurt.

East State Coney, 2831 E. State Blvd., is offering a pre-Lenten special. Coneys will be $1 every Friday in February. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The Stand Coneys & Ice Cream, 5200 Bluffton Road, will reopen in less than a month, on March 3.

The Dish features restaurant news and food events and appears Wednesdays. Fax news items to 461-8893, email or call 461-8462.