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Elkhart Dining Days 2015: Miles Lab ribs are fall-off-the-bone tender

If you need a good excuse to try out local restaurants, Elkhart Dining Days is the time.

Restaurants throughout Elkhart are offering special menus and deals through Nov. 7 for Elkhart Dining Days, an event organized by Flavor 574. Ten percent of proceeds from those meals goes to Church Community Services, a nonprofit agency that provides food, financial assistance and job training to people in need. 

When I heard Miles Lab, my go-to burger bar, was one of those restaurants, I signed up to try the ribs and appetizers on its special Dining Days menu. For a good cause, of course.

This weekend, I headed to the restaurant at 3763 E. Jackson Blvd., with my dad to split a slab of ribs from the restaurant’s special Dining Days menu. The ribs, $20 during the event, comes with a side of sautéed green beans or a side of asparagus for $1 more.

The ribs were literally fall-off-the-bone tender and came covered in a thick layer of house barbecue sauce. I would have preferred less sauce but the taste, a little sweet and not too spicy, didn’t overwhelm the meat. Half a slab of ribs was just enough for me.

I ordered the side of green beans, which tasted like they had been picked from the garden that morning. The vegetables were plain and made a nice complement to the ribs. There were no onions or heavy seasoning mixed in with the beans to compete with the taste of the meat.

If ribs aren’t your style, Miles Lab is also offering pesto-crusted cod with green beans and a choice of soup or salad for $15, about $1 more than the meal’s usual price. If you’re more in the mood for appetizers, you can try Miles Lab cha-chos, which are house-fried chips topped with slow-roasted pulled chicken and green chile cheese sauce for $10.

The bar is offering a discount on featured drinks, too. You can order William Hill Cabernet or Chardonnay for $7 a glass, or try the New Amsterdam Moscow Mule with New Amsterdam Vodka, ginger beer and lime juice for $7.

For more on Elkhart Dining Days, check out the restaurant list and special menus online.

Miles Lab is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday. You’ve got until Nov. 7 to get out and try the Elkhart Dining Days special at Miles Lab and other participating restaurants. 

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