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Goshen Dining Days 2015: Constant Spring offers fresh sandwich and salad options

Since moving to Goshen a few months ago, I’ve visited the Constant Spring several times.

The downtown hot spot is only a few blocks from my house, so I visit often for trivia on Tuesdays or to raise a glass with friends on the weekends. I also look longingly at the food that is delivered to other tables.

I finally got my chance to sample the menu thanks to Goshen Dining Days, and I was not disappointed.

The Spring is one of nine Goshen restaurants participating in the inaugural nine-day event, where eateries offer specials on their meals and then donate a portion of the proceeds to Goshen Farmers Market’s Share the Bounty program.

The restaurant is serving up specials that work well for single eaters or dining duos alike. Dinner for one is $15 and includes a choice of one of two featured appetizers and one of four entree options. For just $10 more, you can pick two entrees.

I started by splitting the roasted dates, which are served with bacon, almonds and chili flakes, with some other Flavor writers as we devised a game plan to tackle Goshen Dining Days.

The spice of the chili flakes worked well with the natural sweetness of the dates. The Three Floyds pale ale I ordered also worked well with that appetizer.

After we split up — Marshall King walked a few doors down to try the three-course meal from Kelly Jae’s and Sharon Hernandez sampled pizza-for-two from Venturi — my husband joined me at the bar for the remainder of the Constant Spring dining experience.

After we placed our order, we waited an hour for our entrees. The place was packed with the Friday after-work crowd, so we weren’t surprised. We weren’t bothered, either, as our glasses stayed full.

The second appetizer of house-made beer cheese dip served with pita kept our taste buds active while we waited, too. The dip was a bit thin, but the warm pita bread made up for that — it must have been fresh out of the oven.

I had heard great things about the Constant Spring’s pesto burger, so I had to give it a try. It was in the running last year to be named Northern Indiana’s best burger by the Northern Indiana Tourism Development Commission.

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It was easily the best burger I’ve tried since moving to the area, and I know it will be even better when tomatoes are more in season. The pesto, mozzarella and tomato tasted great on the third-pound burger. The bun was soft and sturdy, never becoming soggy even as I took my time savoring the tastes.

The fries that came with the burger were perfectly crispy. As my husband stole most of them off my plate, he declared them his favorite part of the meal.

He ordered the pad Thai salad, which is topped with chicken, scallions, shredded carrots, cilantro and peanuts. He’s pretty quick to critique food while dining out, but he had only good things to say about the Constant Spring.

I stuck with beer during my first visit — there are just so many great options on tap — but I still hope to try one of the featured drinks, which include William Hill wine, Bird Dog bourbon lemonade and “The Sexy.”

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