Elkhart Dining Days 2014: Callahan's serves generous portions of food at a great price

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By: Joe Kuharic
jkuharic@flavor574.com

(Joe Kuharic/Flavor 574)

Good day, Mr. Kuharic.

Elkhart Dining Days is on in full force this week. As part of the EAT Team for Flavor 574, you’ll be tasked with visiting Callahan’s Restaurant, a late-night dining institution in Elkhart, to sample its Elkhart Dining Days menu.

You should expect to encounter unique dining patrons — the kind of folks who have inside jokes with the cooks and enjoy arguing with them over the finer points of scrambling an egg.

The restaurant is open 24 hours, which should give you plenty of time to accomplish your task.

Your mission, Joe, should you decide to accept it, is to order the roast turkey with two sides and dessert.

As your superior officer, I recommend during your mission you order the Italian wedding soup as one side. You’ll be given a heaping bowlful of well seasoned soup, including a chunk of spicy Italian sausage.

To make your mission of finishing the meal more difficult to complete, you’ll want to order the loaded baked potato as your second side — for an additional 50 cents — which will be covered in melted cheese and tasty bacon bits and comes with a side of sour cream.

The roast turkey will be three to four slices of lightly breaded succulent sliced turkey smothered in a creamy yellow gravy. If possible, try to acquire the turkey recipe for this year’s office Thanksgiving dinner. The turkey will come with a small portion of rice pilaf mixed with vegetables, a nice texture complement to the meal.

Should you be able to find enough room in your stomach to devour your way through this much of the meal, you’ll still need to save room for your dessert.

I suggest the rice pudding, topped with sweet whipped cream and cinnamon, with a cup of coffee as your farewell to this generously portioned meal.

This mission will only cost you $9.99, plus any additional purchases.

As always, should you or any of the EAT Team force become overly stuffed and require extraction in a two-wheel cart, the Manager will disavow any knowledge of your actions.

Your hunger will self-destruct in five seconds.

Good luck, Joe.

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