Old Crown Coffee Roasters
If you've lived in Fort Wayne for even a short period of time, you've undoubtedly heard of Old Crown Coffee Roasters. Founded in 1999 by husband and wife team Mike and Jennifer Woodruff, it offers arguably the best locally roasted coffee you can find. The Woodruffs took a leap of faith before coffeehouses were even a thing and before people began to cultivate a more sophisticated palate for coffee. They started small, experimenting and roasting their own beans. Soon they started to understand the nuances of different beans and roasting techniques and expanded beyond sharing with their family and friends. They opened up shop and made their dream a reality.
Now located in the quaint North Anthony business corridor, Old Crown has become more than just a coffeehouse, serving baked goods and a café-style menu during the week. It also has an extensive beer and wine list and full bar service. The inside is adorned in warm colors and eclectic art, making it a great place to meet with friends for a cup of coffee or a quick lunch, and with free Wi-Fi, it's a great place for business meetings, as well.
In 2011 Old Crown began offering a special dinner menu on Friday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. The menu changes each week and always features one or two appetizers, four main dishes and a dessert, as well as suggested wine and beer pairings. Chef Johnny Bojinoff designs the week's menu and posts it to the company's Facebook page a few days ahead of time. Part of the fun is not knowing what will be served visit after visit. We've been there several times and have never been disappointed. There are a few things you can count on. The menu always includes a vegetarian option, a fish dish, a cast iron chicken and a beef entrée, and items are always prepared with the freshest available ingredients and sourced locally as often as possible.
My favorite menu was featured last summer and included Grilled Celery Soup and Chopped Butter Lettuce with Bleu Cheese, served with avocado, radish, tomato, croutons and buttermilk dressing. Main courses included Raspberry Ginger Root Glace Halibut, Cuban Beef Pot Roast, Double Teriyaki Grilled Cast Iron Chicken and Vegetarian Black Bean Loaf, and for dessert, a Raspberry/Banana/Orange Sorbet Trio.
Every meal is served with warm rustic potato rosemary bread with Indiana maple syrup and whipped butter. It takes every ounce of willpower not to devour the entire basket of this deliciously fresh bread.
Perhaps even better than the culinary experience is the neighborhood experience. Almost everyone in the place lives in the 46805 neighborhood, and there's an undercurrent of pride that emanates from each table as neighbors greet neighbors and rave about the wonderful food being served. That's not to say you can't enjoy the food and the company if you live in another part of town. In fact, those of us who live in this neighborhood want as many people to know about this community gem as possible. It's doing wonders for the North Anthony business corridor, and we want it to stick around for a long time.
The only area I rate below average is service. We've grown accustomed to the long wait times; first timers, however, will probably find waiting over an hour for your food a test of their patience. The place is filled to capacity every Friday and is consistently understaffed. But, if you don't mind taking your time and enjoying good company, the wait time shouldn't bother you at all.
If you do plan to check out a Friday evening at Old Crown, come early; the place fills up fast.
by Amber Recker
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