Tolon has been on my list of “must visit” destinations since it opened almost a year ago in Fort Wayne, IN. When I moved away from Fort Wayne almost 10 years ago, it was definitely not on my foodie radar since it was basically a town of strip malls and chain restaurants, but the last few years have shown some promising improvements. Since both sets of parents still live there, Husband and I find ourselves making the two-hour trek on a semi-regular basis. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get anyone else on the Tolon train, so we carved out a private lunch date to cross this spot off my list.
It was worth the journey.
Tolon is a “farm to fork” restaurant (the first in Fort Wayne!) offering modern twists on Midwestern cuisine. They have a seasonal menu featuring solely local ingredients and are located right in the center of downtown. The interior is so warm and cozy and was the ideal place to spend a rainy afternoon.
I will admit the lunch menu looked more appetizing than dinner, so I was excited that our timing worked out to try it. Husband ordered the pork rinds with cheese powder for an appetizer (I stayed away, lol). I ordered THE BEST CHICKEN SANDWICH EVER with honey, blue cheese aioli, and bread and butter pickles and it was SO GOOD! I still dream of this sandwich and almost talked Husband into driving back to Fort Wayne for a Round #2. BUT THEN…Husband ordered a pot pie that made me want to send back my sandwich. It was full of veggies and herbs and everything else good under a pastry crust. SO INCREDIBLE! We topped off our lunch with some homemade (on the premises!) ice-cream. I think our flavor was brown butter pecan or something wonderful like that. It was thick and delicious and everything that ice-cream should be.
Needless to say, I hope to be back to Tolon very soon in the near future! I’m interested to try the dinner menu, although it will be hard to pull me away from all the lunch goodness. And I know the menu will change again soon, so I’ll look forward to checking out next season’s offerings. I’m thrilled that Fort Wayne has a “foodie” restaurant, which also happens to be one of the best eateries in the whole city. Rock on, Tolon!