That is all you have to say to get me to come walking, no, running right over to your restaurant. And Bar 145 serves them. So, I went.
Bar 145 is in Fort Wayne, Indiana…and in 7 other cities in the Midwest. The self-described “gastro pub” (has anyone figured out what that means yet??), with the tagline “red chucks, white china”, serves burgers (cooked to 145 degrees! of course!), salads, wings, and other casual dining options along with an extensive draft list and seasonal cocktails. It all sounded pretty good from the online description, but I really just went for the truffle fries.
Husband and I did order a few other things, just so the other items did not feel left out. I chose the Balsamic Bleu burger and Husband tried the Braised Chicken Wings. We split Fried Cheese Curds and sampled a few bites of whatever my sister and her friend (we brought guests!) ordered.
The result? Well, let’s start with the atmosphere first. One word: random. One wall is exposed brick, another is checkerboard paint stripes, while another has guitars all over it. And there’s a random stage towards the side. The designers seemed to be a bit confused about if this is supposed to be a late night spot, a concert destination, or an Applebee’s. The background music bounced around from genre to genre without really stopping on anything long enough for me to pick a favorite decade. The restaurant is located by a strip mall off a busy street, so feeling too cozy is probably not going to happen. Lighting was bright, but service was friendly.
So, now back to the truffle fries. Prepare yourself for a sad story: NO TRUFFLE FLAVOR!! Like, none. They were nice fries. I liked the rosemary and the red pepper aioli, but I did not taste any truffle. And I know my truffle.
I was very disappointed.
The rest of the food was OK, but nothing spectacular. The flavors tasted similar to food you can get at any restaurant located by a strip mall off a busy street. And the decor was odd. So, I don’t think I’ll be returning since I’ll be too busy trying to get my truffle fix somewhere else.
Anyone else tried Bar 145?