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Goshen Dining Days 2016: How to make the most of the dining event

You can have Punxsutawney Phil and his silly predictions on winter. I’ll use Goshen Dining Days as a sign of spring and sign of hope.

We’ve been working on planning the second annual event, which starts Saturday and continues through March 12. Fourteen restaurants and eateries signed on to offer specials and contribute 10 percent of each special sold to The Window.

The menus have some winners and I look forward to sampling. You can see all the menus at and in advertisements in the print edition of The Elkhart Truth, but here’s a guide to help get you ready for this year’s event, which features some of the best Goshen has to offer.

Do I need a ticket? Nope. You just show up at one of the 14 places and buy one of the specials for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack.

Who are the new places in GDD 2016? Urban Swirl, The Nut Shoppe, Maple Indian, Kaizen, Hopper’s, Goshen Brewing Co. and The Oasis join the event this year. The places that return for a second year are Venturi, Constant Spring, Kelly Jae’s, South Side Soda Shop, Dana J’s, Dandino’s and The Electric Brew.

Who has dinner for two specials? Venturi, South Side Soda Shop, Hopper’s, Constant Spring all have specials geared for a couple or duo. The Spring is offering two sandwiches or salads and a dessert for $25 or one choice and a dessert for $15. Hopper’s has burgers that are part of their package, but the Hopper’s special of two burgers, two orders of fries plus two drinks for $10 is one of the best deals in dining days. Plus, it’s available at lunch and dinner.

Who has breakfast? The Electric Brew is offering two small coffees and two breakfast items or baked goods for $10. It’s a breakfast for two special from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.

What about sweet stuff? The Nut Shoppe is offering packages at $5, $10, $15, $20 and $25 that have their nuts, chocolates or other items. Urban Swirl is offering two 16-ounce frozen yogurts plus a frozen pie to go for $20. The Brew is offering dessert for two from 6 to 10 p.m., including the aforementioned baked goods or specialty desserts with two coffees for $10. Dana J’s Deli is offering two pounds of desserts from the deli case for $10.

There’s barbecue? Yep, Hopper’s is offering a $20 rib special and Dana J’s has barbecue samplers from the smoker for $10 and $15.

And sushi? Kaizen is offering a Cherry Blossom roll — a California roll topped with fresh tuna and spicy kani (crab) — for $15, as well as snow crab legs for $25.

Who else is offering a sampler? Maple Indian Cuisine is offering thali for $15, which means you get three smaller portions of entrees with rice, naan bread and dessert, plus a mango lassi or soda.

Who has lunch specials? The menus at Hopper’s and The Oasis are available at lunch and dinner. At South Side Soda Shop and Dandino’s there are lunch and dinner specials. Dandino’s has a giant tenderloin with two sides for $10 at lunch and South Side has $15 salads that come with a drink and dessert. The Oasis has a $5 cheeseburger basket or stuffed burger for $10, among other specials.

What about a big meal for $25? Both Goshen Brewing Co. and Kelly Jae’s are offering three courses for the price or a vegetarian option for $20 at Goshen Brewing.

Who has drink specials? Hopper’s, Constant Spring and Kelly Jae’s are all offering specials. Hopper’s and Constant Spring are using wine or spirits from New Amsterdam, William Hill, Plantation Rum and Revel Stoke, which are helping sponsor the event.

Enjoy Goshen Dining Days. Have fun eating out and eating for a good cause. If you haven’t been to Goshen in a while, this video done in conjunction with Good of Goshen can help get you oriented:

We’ve also put together a map of restaurants participating in this year’s Goshen Dining Days, for your convenience.

I’m hungry. Let’s eat.

Marshall V. King is food columnist for Flavor 574 and community editor for The Elkhart Truth. You can reach him at 574-296-5805,, and on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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