By: The Gateway Mile
The changing seasons doesn’t just mean the leaves will be a different color — it also means that we’re in for a lot of new flavors! Whether you’re looking for something featuring fall flavors like apple and pumpkin or simply looking for something new to eat, here are some new menu items to try in downtown Elkhart this fall!
214 S. Main Street | 574-970-5006
The Vine has plenty of fall flavor on its everyday menu, but there’s even more on the rotating daily lunch, dinner and dessert specials. Look for features like the apple butter cheesecake seen below or the herb-marinated, chair-broiled pork loin with a pear jam, mashed potatoes and Ratatouille on the side. The specials change daily, so call ahead or just stop in to see what’s on the menu.
217 S. Main Street | 574-286-9902
Mini Delights, downtown’s original cupcake bakery, has standard flavors they always offer and then they rotate a “Flavor of the Week” specials. Fall flavors include caramel apple, applesauce spice, chai tea, cranberry, hot chocolate, pumpkin and s’mores. Mini cupcakes are $1.50 for individuals or $15 for a dozen while full size cupcakes are $2.50 for individuals or $25 for a dozen. You can also pre-order at least a dozen of any flavor at any time!
127 Easy Shopping Place | 574-970-7445
Baker’s Nook Cafe offers a pumpkin roll year-round, but autumn is the perfect season to enjoy one. It’s $2.29 for a piece, $6.95 for a half log or $12.95 for a whole log.
In autumn, Baker’s Nook Cafe also serves apple dumplings, which are baked apples covered in dough and covered in a cinnamon sauce. They can also be purchased unbaked with the sauce on the side. Either way, they’re $4.29 each or a pan for six for $23.99.
700 S. Main Street | 574-218-2515
There are a few new specials popping up at the hot dog shop. Enjoy a Pretzel Dog, a Vienna beef hot dog on a pretzel bun topped with grilled onions, beer cheese made with Iechyd Da’s Local Blonde Ale and banana peppers for $5 or add bacon for an extra $1.
The Cubano is a Vienna beef hot dog on a poppyseed bun split in two with mustard on both sides, plus swiss cheese, slow-roasted pulled pork, thinly-sliced ham and pickles for $6.50.
The Cuban Sandwich features slow-roasted pulled pork, sliced ham, swiss cheese and pickles on a French roll slathered in mustard, buttered up and grilled on a panini grill for $8.
Hotdogeddy’s is also offering a variety of breakfast quesadillas at $5 for a vegetarian option, $6 with choice of bacon, ham or sausage or $7 with steak. A Philly Cheesesteak hash — hash browns topped with a Philly cheesesteak minus the bread and topped with two eggs and green onions — is available on Saturdays for $7.50.
Enjoy a side of chili for $2 or a full mug with corn bread, cheese, green onions and sour cream for $4.
Boylan’s Apple Cider Cola will be available while supplies last.
113 E. Lexington Avenue | 574-575-5354
Forget the national coffee chains because nobody does it better than your local coffee shop.
Enjoy a Pumpkin Spiced Latte for $4.26 or a Pumpkin Spiced Chai tea for $4.82.
Stop in throughout the season to see a variety of pumpkin baked goods for $2.75 each, in addition to the daily lineup of brownies, oatmeals, bagels, sandwiches, breakfast burritos and other delicious treats.
333 Nibco Parkway | 574-293-2830
McCarthy’s offers food and drink specials that rotate weekly, and many of them feature fall flavors like pumpkin, apple and cranberry. You can also enjoy the 2017 Winter Warmers menu of boozy hot drinks sure to make you feel toasty on the inside and out.
317 N. Main Street | 574-293-0506
Downtown Elkhart’s oldest brewery is on vacation until October 2, but when they return, look out for monthly and daily specials that feature a lot of fall flavor. If September’s Hello Fall Pizza — which featured a sage cream sauce, fresh apples, bear-braised onions, mozarella cheese, prosciutto, fresh sage and a drizzle of a beer/apple cider reduction on the brewery’s famous crust — is any indicator, we’re in for some amazing food.