If your Thanksgiving plans do not include a traditional dinner, there are several options for you to enjoy turkey and other favorites. 

However, as always, it’s a good idea to call ahead to confirm. 

This Thanksgiving, which is Thursday, Nov. 23, Bob Evans and Cracker Barrel will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Both offer take-out and Thanksgiving meals are available for pre-order for baking at home. 

Cracker Barrel will be open from 7 a.m.-10 p.m., with Thanksgiving meals starting at 11 a.m. There are two locations in Fort Wayne: 10427 Maysville Road and 1609 W. Washington Center Road. 

Bob Evans will be open from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. They also have a home-style Thanksgiving meal available. There are three locations in Fort Wayne (5135 Meijer Dr., 5785 Coventry Lane, and 2935 E. Dupont Road) and one in Columbia City, 309 W. Plaza Dr..

Another Thanksgiving Day option is Golden Corral, 5335 Distribution Dr. They will be open 10:45 a.m.-8 p.m., offering take-out meals.

Eddie Merlot’s will have a traditional three-course holiday meal from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. 

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, 224 W. Wayne St., will offer a Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Reservations are required.

Afeast at The Bradley’s Arbor, 204 W. Main St., will include ham or turkey breast from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Looking for some kick? Popeyes offers pre-cooked Cajun turkeys at popeyes.com or in person. There are three Fort Wayne: 2615 S. Clinton St., 6111 Lima Road, and 4416 Illinois Road.

Wise Guys Downtown in Huntington, 435 Cherry St., is offering a full menu of Thanksgiving favorites including whole turkeys, turkey breast, ham, green bean casserole, candied yams, stuffing, pumpkin, and pecan pie. You can order side items, entrées, or both. Orders must be completed by Saturday, Nov. 18. Call (260) 358-7075 or (260) 224-4340 for information or to order.

Acme by Full Circle, 1105 E. State Blvd., can hook you up in Fort Wayne. Smoked turkey orders continue through Monday, Nov. 20. Go to acmebyfullcircle.com/menu and look for it under Smoked BBQ to place your turkey order and select your pick-up date.

It’s always a good idea to call to confirm early with each of these locations. Details change and supplies are likely to sell out. 

Penguin Point closes doors

A classic northern Indiana fast-food chain has closed. 

Penguin Point shuttered its seven remaining locations Sunday, Nov. 12. 

When the news hit late last week, diners rushed to get their final taste of nostalgia with tenderloins, burgers, shakes, chicken, and crinkle-cut fries at stores in Auburn, Columbia City, North Manchester, Syracuse, Wabash, and two in Warsaw. 

About a year ago, the chain closed seven stores, including the restaurant in Fort Wayne on Winchester Road. 

The chain was founded in 1950 in Wabash by Wallace and Mary Stouder and grew to more than 20 Indiana stores plus Ohio, Michigan, Florida, and Texas. 

The catering division, Blacktie Catering, will continue to serve Warsaw and the surrounding communities. 

Auburn Kiwanis holiday loaf sale underway

For more than 50 years, the Auburn Kiwanis have  sold their delicious holiday loaf. It’s a tightly guarded recipe, and they keep even volunteer bakers in the dark about its ingredients. 

Those volunteers spent a marathon session last week baking thousands of loaves for sale in stores around DeKalb, Noble, and Steuben counties. 

Each $5 loaf helps fund programs at Children First Center. You can purchase at participating retailers or Children First Center, 1610 S. Grandstaff Dr., in Auburn. 

To find a location near you and to order a loaf, go to childrenfirstcenter.org.

Sweets shop opens in New Haven

Here’s delicious news for New Haven: Taye’s Treats is now open at 521 Broadway St. 

The shop is the work of Shante Smith, who’s been dazzling patrons of local farmers markets with traditional treats and creative confections like crack grapes. Smith takes green grapes, dips them in white chocolate, and rolls them in other candies such as Pop Rocks, Lemonheads, or Jolly Ranchers. 

There are also blue raspberry brownies topped with Fruity Pebbles and specialty breads like peach cobbler, zucchini, pumpkin, muffins, cake slices, cupcakes, pies, and custom-ordered items. 

Not to worry, she offers many gluten-free, sugar-free, and vegetarian options. 

Off the Eaten Path is the Whatzup weekly column that covers Northeast Indiana’s restaurant and food news. Send your news items to info@whatzup.com.