The first European explorers set sail with hopes of finding new, exotic spices to placate the palates of epicurious monarchs, but all they found were heaps of boring, inedible gold. Pick up where they left off by broadening your mouth's horizons with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of sandwiches, soups, salads, and more at Calhoun Street Soups, Salads & Spirits in downtown Fort Wayne.
A friendly neighborhood vibe populates Calhoun Street's old-fashioned noshing atmosphere and spills out onto its outdoor patio, where local digesters are welcomed with an expansive menu of fresh, homemade dishes. Start by sticking your beak into the Southwest chicken salad ($3.99 half, $6.99 full), drizzled with your choice of dressing, or erect a fort of flavorful foliage with the all-you-can-eat salad bar ($5.99). Toasty handhelds such as the egg-salad BLT ($5.49) and the Italian sub ($6.49) provide the pieces for savory games of stomach Tetris, which you can soundtrack with a seductive 8-bit symphony of mac ‘n’ cheese ($1.50). The hefty third-pound barbecue cheddar-and-bacon burger ($7.99) on a soft pretzel bun will quell starving stomachs before they start nibbling on nearby internal organs.
Calhoun Street Soups, Salads & Spirits crowns its spirited dining area with a tiled ceiling and flanks it with charming dark-wood furnishings and a retro-looking bar. Dine indoors on days when it’s raining men, or treat an al fresco friend to all 0.93% of the atmosphere's argon with a midday meal on the spacious outdoor patio.
- A group of us ordered the Whole Top Chef Salad, the Southwest Chicken Wrap, and the Turkey Sandwich. Absolutely everything was a hit including the pasta salad and mac n cheese sides. – WYA!, Worth Your Attention
- …a good spot for lunch, dinner, or a night out for live music and regular DJ events. – Jeff, Urbanspoon