Elkhart Dining Days 2015: It's Friday and there's fish on the menu at Sports Time and Cappy's

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By: Marshall V. King
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It’s not Lent, but it’s nice to appreciate a good piece of fish. Or several. And hey, it is Friday.

During Elkhart Dining Days, Sports Time Family Pub & Grill is serving seared ahi tuna on a taco. I say on a taco because the shell is a fried wonton wrapper and the fish doesn’t fit inside as neatly as some tacos.

SPORTS TIME FAMILY PUB & GRILL

56199 Parkway Ave., Elkhart.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday to Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday. 

CAPPY’S NORTHSIDE TAVERN 

1000 N. Michigan St., Elkhart.

11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday.

The flavors are nice. There’s a slaw, good tuna and the crispy wrapper. It didn’t matter that it wasn’t tidy. Life isn’t always tidy, either.

Making a taco with tuna and a wonton wrapper is a nice bit of experimentation. Adding a slaw with teriyaki or sesame flavors would be a nice touch, though the slaw inside the taco was good.

You can get the taco as one of the four entrees during Elkhart Dining Days. You get two entrees, soup or salad and dessert for $30.

Owner Cristy Eldridge said the specials have sold well during Elkhart Dining Days. Like the other owners, she’s thrilled to be selling food and helping Church Community Services.

Across town at Cappy’s Northside Tavern, you’ll find fish that swims in different waters.

The walleye is a Dining Days special again with two sides for $30. This giant plank of a filet comes on a platter. It’s a funny looking piece of meat, even perhaps banana-shaped. But the flavor is mild and the breading is light and crisp.

The other seafood option is a plate of smelt with two sides for $10.

Smelt are odd little fish. They can be eaten nearly whole. Though they’re smaller, the flavor is more assertive than the walleye. You could say the flavor has some spunk, but not funk.

I’m a smelt fan. I miss the fries they used to have at the Italian-American Relief Association club on Harrison Street, but the members tired of having to clean all those little fish.

I’m pleased you can find them at Cappy’s. I’m pleased they’re crisp and flavorful. These little fish bring me big happiness.

Elkhart Dining Days is heading toward its end Saturday, Nov. 7. You’ll still be able to get the walleye and smelt when the event is over. You may be able to get the tuna tacos too. At least I hope so.

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