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Dining Out

Fort Wayne is known for some of the best restaurants in Indiana. No matter what your taste is, or what time of day it is, there’s something in town to satisfy your appetite.

Cindy’s Diner

A Fort Wayne favorite, Cindy’s Diner offers breakfast and lunch including the famous “garbage plate,” a blend of eggs, potatoes, cheese, onions, and ham.

Coney Island

This popular hot dog joint offers hot dogs, cheeseburgers, chili, and plenty of sides just two miles from campus in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne.

Conner’s Kitchen + Bar

A new addition to downtown Fort Wayne, Connor’s Kitchen + Bar offers elevated Midwest cuisine and a hangout worthy of the downtown atmosphere. Conner’s is located just 1 mile from campus and minutes from the Fort Wayne Tincaps stadium.

Don Chavas Mexican Grill

Students and staff rave about Don Chava’s Mexican restaurant located minutes west of campus.

Firefly Coffee House

A popular study spot among students, Firefly offers comfortable couches and chairs as well as free wireless internet. The coffeehouse has numerous blends of hot coffee, espresso, cold shakes, and smoothies. The menu also includes various salads and sandwiches. Local artists are featured each month, so be sure to check out the live music on Friday and Saturday nights.

Hop River Brewing Co.

Hop River is a 15-barrel production micro-brewery and taproom in downtown Fort Wayne. Order up the perfect snack to share, sandwich, or salad to enjoy with your pint or flight of their craft brew. Their from scratch and seasonal menu is perfect for those interested in veggies, gluten-free, or meat options.

Fortezza Coffee

Located in the area of downtown with that “big city” feel, Fortezza offers great coffee, fresh baked goods, and wonderful brunch options. If you are a coffee connoisseur, there is a large selection of coffee for you to choose from.

JK O’Donnell’s

Just 1 mile west of campus, <aDonnell’s” href=””>JK O’Donnell’s is a traditional Irish pub that brings the Emerald Isle to Fort Wayne. The menu features classics like fish and chips, bangers and mash, and shepherd’s pie, in addition to salads and sandwiches.

Jimmy John’s

Known for “freaky fast” service, <as” href=””>Jimmy John’s serves a variety of cold subs, and the downtown location will deliver right to campus.

Klemm’s Candlelight Café

Less than 2 miles from campus, this café is popular for its diner-style breakfast including omelets, pan-fried eggs, and other breakfast favorites. The menu also consists of steak, chicken, sandwiches, soups, and salads.

Mad Anthony Brewing Co.

Pizza, vegetarian burgers, great barbeque, and an array of appetizers are available on the menu, along with the microbrews from which the establishment gets its name. Mad Anthony also hosts a mic-night and offers great weekend entertainment. It is conveniently located just 2 miles west of campus.

Old Crown Coffee Roasters

This coffee house is just 2 miles north of campus and roasts several different blends, plus offers a menu of wraps, hot sandwiches, salads, and soups. Free Wi-Fi also makes this a great place for studying.

Paula’s On Main

Fresh seafood with a casual, upscale atmosphere just three miles west of campus.

Pint & Slice

Pint & Slice pizza is located downtown just minutes from campus, and you can order pizza by the slice or a whole pie.

Powers Hamburgers

A Fort Wayne favorite for more than 60 years, this downtown diner’s most popular menu item is the slider with grilled onions. Other choices include chili, biscuits and gravy, pies, cakes, and donuts.


A local place to experience Latin cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner in the downtown area. Their open air patio and vibrant atmosphere make is must go dinning destination.

Shigs in Pit

Shigs in Pit is one of the most popular places in town to get bbq at. If you’re craving a tasty bbq sandwich or some homemade side dishes, check out this delicious eatery located about 10 minutes from campus.

The Deck at Don Hall’s Old Gas House

Situated on the bank of the St. Mary’s River, The Deck is a favorite spot for outdoor dining. The menu includes prime rib, seafood, steaks, and Cajun specialties.

The Hoppy Gnome

The Hoppy Gnome menu focuses on fresh ingredients and features a “scratch” kitchen. Tacos are their focus, and with a rotating menu you are always in for something new.

Three Rivers Distilling Co.

Three Rivers Distilling Co. is located in a historic warehouse downtown, perfectly blending the charm of the past with today’s modern flare. Whether you are looking for Sunday brunch, a weekend lunch, or an evening dinner, they have created a unique experience built around the most delicious spirits that are made right here in Fort Wayne.

Zinnia’s Bakehouse

Fort Wayne’s favorite cupcake destination! Zinnia’s has an array of gourmet cupcakes, custom cakes, and fresh bread. It’s less than two miles north of campus.