Destination Dining: Chef’s Picks

Find out where the pros refuel when they’re out and about.

Carlos Salazar of Rook

Destination: Triple XXX Family Restaurant,  2 N. Salisbury St., West Lafayette, 765-743-5373 

“One of my favorite things to drink is root beer, and I love the XXX version.”


Craig Baker of Bent Rail Brewery, The Local, Plow & Anchor

Destination: Madison Vineyards1456 E. 400 N, Madison, 812-273-6500

“At their fall festival, my wife and I have a glass of wine, the kids enjoy the hay ride, and we all hop in a big vat for the grape stomping. It’s a great way to spend a few hours on a leisurely weekend.”


Madison vineyards #indianawinetrails

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Adam Ramsey of Ball & Biscuit

Destination: Heinnies Back Barn, 1743 W. Lusher Ave., Elkhart, 574-522-9101

“The best steak you can find in Northern Indiana. Get the weekend prime rib special.”


Jonathan Brooks of Milktooth

Destination: Gray Brothers Cafeteria555 S. Indiana St., Mooresville, 831-7234,

“The fried chicken is very simple. Not spicy. Just moist, country-style fried chicken like my grandmother made when I was a kid.”


Final gluttonous holiday meal before going back to the norm. (I see lots of broccoli and kale in my future)

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Greg Hardesty of Recess

Destination: Coney Island Wiener Stand131 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, 260-424-2997

“Order it loaded, with lots of chili and onions. They put the mustard on for you, the way a Coney dog should be. The buns are steamed and so soft, they become almost like a custard.”


Regina Mehallick of R2GO

Destination: Almost Home Restaurant & Swizzle Stick Bar17 W. Franklin St., Greencastle, 765-653-5788

“It’s all about the desserts. Peach crumble pie, blackberry pie. Great crust. I was blown away.”