Chalkboards mounted on a canary-yellow wall display the current menus at Trios Deli, with seasonal specials joining casual-dining mainstays such as breakfast burritos, grilled reuben sandwiches, and greek salads. Lattes and fruit smoothies energize diners with a burst of natural caffeine or sugars. Head chef Dan Scott also oversees the restaurant's catering operations, which feed parties large and small with customized menus of comfort food from hand-carved spiral hams to hand-stuffed seafood ravioli to hand-woven spaghetti blankets.
Brewster's whets palates with applewood-smoked meats and a panoply of pub fare that can be selected from the menu. Pulled pork and beef brisket simmer for 14 hours in the smoker before emerging between buns for sandwiches ($6.99) or teaming up with sides on dinner-platter platoons ($10.99). Tex-Mex entrees available to massage taste buds include the chipotle chicken quesadilla ($7.99) and El Paso nachos ($8.99), inspired by the city in Texas from which they hale—Amsterdam. Diners can also peruse a battalion of bread-boosted hunger-trouncers, such as beefy burgers ($5.99–$7.99) and savory chicken wraps ($7.29).
Rulli’s culinarians dish up pasta, pizzas, and seafood dishes born from recipes central to southern Italy, serving patrons in their 25-year-old dining area at their Middlebury location or at their newest spot in Elkhart. A range of appetizers, such as 12 broaster-style chicken wings accompanied by dunk tanks of barbecue, ranch, or vidalia onion sauce, pave the way for heartier main courses or Stooge-level food fights. Velvety ricotta, parmigiana, romano, and provonello cheeses comprise the lasagna’s melty strata, which trundle italian sausage toward forks on fragrant avalanches of marinara and signature sauce. Rulli’s pizza, which has been served at the Elkhart County Fair for two decades, bristle with inventive toppings such as spaghetti and meatballs.
Vivid Italian artwork and murals from local artist Rocky Weaver pepper the dining room, a delightful prelude to the neighboring Rulli's Bella Luna sports bar’s fun neon signage, clacking pool balls, flickering high-definition TVs, and live music. Foam-flecked taps line the full-service bar boasting a selection of robust wines, which nicely complement rowdy bands wailing or grape stomping live atop a well-appointed stage.
Mulligans Restaurant and Pub whisks palates on a cross-country journey with American fare inspired by New York's steak houses, Louisiana's shrimp boats, and fishing trips in the Florida Keys. Steaks come in 8-, 10-, or 12-ounce cuts, which can be marinated, char-grilled, or slathered in seasonings. Shrimp swim toward tables in coconut breading or stilt-walk through pastas on Cajun-spiced skewers. Diners can supplement bites with sips or hour-long swishes from the full bar, which includes an extensive martini and wine selection.
Ambrosia Bella is a cozy escape for those who crave fresh-made desserts, café fare, and rich espresso hidden beneath a cap of foam. Co-owners Miranda Hartwell and Ben Lamson, a former Marine who doubles as Ambrosia's executive chef, take care to keep their restaurant relaxed and slightly whimsical. Drawing on a catering background with the Food Network and charitable catering events for Rosie O'Donnell and FEMA, Miranda and Ben prepare a rustic-hewn menu for breakfast, lunch, and snacks, with refined accents such as champagne vinaigrette and garlic-truffle cream cheese.
After sinking teeth into a few crab-cake sliders, guests can thank Ambrosia Bella for its contributions to the Steuben County Animal Shelter, or solicit Ben to craft a bone-shaped danish to feed the dogs, cats, and tiny humans within all of our hearts.
At Timbers Steakhouse and Seafood, chefs craft dinners from a menu of surf-and-turf classics paired with all-American eats. Appetizers include traditional pub fare such as cheese fries, garlic mushrooms, and chicken wings in flavors such as buffalo, garlic, and mango habanero. Classic caesar, chef's, and spinach salads pave the way for burgers made from 100% ground sirloin. Pounds of snow-crab legs arrive with a coverlet of melted butter, whereas sautéed tilapia comes encrusted in a combination of panko and pecans.
Steak is, of course, the main event. Hand-cut rib eyes, filets mignons wrapped in bacon, and thick, unyielding portions of porterhouse that clock in at 20 ounces are dusted in the restaurant’s secret spice blend and charbroiled to order. Chefs also slice off portions of slow-cooked, tender prime rib served with horseradish sauce upon request.
In addition to the regular menu, Wednesday evenings boast a selection of Mexican food such as tacos, enchiladas, and fajitas, and Thursday shows off pasta prowess with Italian favorites. Although most dinners unfold in the spacious lower-story dining room, Timbers also makes the most of its attic. The restaurant's upper-story A-frame loft houses a banquet facility equipped with seating for up to 120, with custom menus, full bar service, DJs, and photographers available.