Stomachs only growl when they're hungry or preparing to bite the hand that keeps tickling them. Tame the beast within with today’s Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of diner fare at Cindy's Diner in Fort Wayne.
The resident chefs at Cindy's Diner conjure breakfast dishes, sandwiches, and other grub to round out their menu of comforting, homey diner fare. Offerings from the breakfast menu are served all day to roust late-slumbering appetites of novice locksmiths who have accidentally locked themselves in the trunk of a car. Country sausage gravy gets ladled over freshly baked, flaky biscuits ($4.50) while the garbage platter ($6.35) tops potatoes, cheese, onions, and ham with a crown of eggs. Wrap fists around a bacon cheeseburger ($4.75) or sink forks into pork tenderloin ($5.25), which arrives breaded or grilled. The Pie a la mode ($2.60) provides diners with a tasty end to meals, and can help one cool down on a hot day when smuggled under a top hat.
When perched on a cushy high-rise seat inside the retro environs of Cindy's Diner, one will likely encounter owner John Scheele as he darts about the kitchen, whipping up hearty home-style dishes lauded by reporters from News Sentinel. He sets down simmering plates of farm-fresh eggs, stacks of hot cakes, and thick sandwiches on the bright red and chrome bar, taking time to greet new faces and exchange new jokes with the regulars. When the skilled cook gets an order for his signature "garbage" breakfast, he cracks open eggs before mixing in potatoes, cheese, onions, and ham. He also creates fresh donuts using an old-fashioned machine, icing the warm morsels in strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate.
John keeps his establishment a family affair with his wife Cindy, along with their three children and 20 grandchildren, who can often be spotted serving plates of all-day breakfast and refilling mugs of coffee. Rustic jukeboxes rest on the countertop, showcasing a selection of old-timey tunes, such as "Seven Spanish Angels" and "There's No Such Thing as a Cordless Telephone".