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Friday Foodie: Bar 145

This restaurant is now closed. 

Truffle fries. 

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 Love Bungalow, Bar 145, Fort Wayne, Food Blog

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?

Lindsay Sig

4 comments on “Friday Foodie: Bar 145

  1. I really get disappointed when I go to a place to eat, and the food just isn’t up to scratch – so sad. Sorry your experience was a disappointment.


  2. I actually went to Bar 145 this weekend for the second time… I will say that their chili is amazing, I don’t normally like chili (I’m a very picky eater, and don’t like too many beans or too much spice) but their recipe is fantastic! This visit, I ordered the Cobb Salad w/ Chicken, and I was surprised at a) the portion size and b) the great taste, even being a salad. The portion size is astronomical… I was barely able to finish a quarter of mine (mind you, I’d also had a small cup of chili and two Gumballhead’s at this time). But it was just as good the next day for lunch! It really was a great salad, with hard-boiled eggs, tomatoes, cucumbers, croutons, chicken, and cheese. Sounds simple, but it definitely didn’t taste simple or plain. As far as the drinks go… This is my second favorite spot in Fort Wayne for mixed drinks, coming in at a close second to Club Soda. If you hit Bar 145, make sure you try the Salted Caramel Martini! And a bar that has a steady supply of Three Floyd’s beer? Yes please 🙂


    • So crazy that you just went there! I’m glad you had a better experience than I did! I’m not a beer drinker, so I didn’t sample, but I can definitely appreciate a good supply. I also love Club Soda and will hit it up again next time I am in town.

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      • I agree, small world 🙂

        Definitely try Club Soda… it’s more of an upscale joint, my workplace had our Christmas party there a couple of years ago, but they have phenomenal drinks! The atmosphere is great as well 🙂


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