Elkhart Dining Days 2014: Cappy's walleye dinner easily feeds two

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By: Terry Mark

Walking into Cappy’s Northside Tavern is a bit like stepping back in time.

Cappy’s, 1000 N. Michigan St., is a classic neighborhood bar and restaurant. Situated at Michigan and Mishawaka streets, the bar once served the hundreds of workers at the nearby Miles factories and other businesses.

Those factories are gone now, but Cappy’s is still going strong after a renovation about a year and a half ago.

The first night of Elkhart Dining Days 2014 was a big one at Cappy’s. A waitress said she noticed a definite increase in traffic from a normal Friday. I’d expect that to continue.

Besides two dinner specials each night, diners can also select from an appetizer special, a dessert special, two cocktails and two wines. The dinner specials are different each night, but one will always be a seafood entree and the other will be a pasta dish.

My wife and I chose the walleye dinner special and the two cocktail specials, the Stormy Seas (a spiced rum drink) and the Kinky Blue Eyes Martini (basically a tropical drink).

Depending on your appetite, you might be able to tackle the walleye dinner solo, but it’d be wiser to share with a dining companion. When our order came out of the kitchen, there was a huge slab of breaded walleye (you can get it baked, if you prefer), along with two side dishes. We chose a baked potato and grilled vegetables, but you can also get a salad, french fries or dish of spaghetti, among other options.

Unfortunately, by the time we finished our meals, we were too stuffed to try Cappy’s Night Cap for Two dessert special — two desserts and two cups of Happy Cappy Coffee (coffee, hazelnut liqueur and whipped cream). Another visit, perhaps?

The walleye special is available on the Fridays and Saturdays of Elkhart Dining Days. On weekdays, there’s the smelt special. Diners who love smelt will find that on special Tuesday through Thursday. (Cappy’s is closed Sunday and Monday.)

If nothing else, a visit to Cappy’s includes a plate of its fabulous Italian bread. Each table receives a plate piled with several thick-cut slices of the bread. They sell unbaked loaves for $5 apiece. My wife and I took one home with us.

If you go…

What: Cappy’s Northside Tavern

Where: 1000 N. Michigan St., Elkhart

Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday

What else? Cappy’s is divided into two parts, a bar to the left of the main entrance and family dining to the right.

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