Eddie Merlot’s

Recently we partook in another season of Savor Fort Wayne, an annual event coordinated by Visit Fort Wayne, with “12 delicious days of menu deals from participating restaurants.” It’s a great time to try someplace new, or to enjoy a more affordable dinner at an upscale eatery. We went the latter route this time, taking advantage of the prix fixe menu. A 3-course meal for $30 is a total steal at Eddie’s!

Eddie Merlot’s 2016 Savor Fort Wayne menu

Wendy: I showed up a little frazzled, and a lot hungry. I promptly ordered a Tanqueray and tonic to chill me out a little. Given the “a lot hungry,” it immediately started going to my head so I was delighted when the server brought us warm, soft bread right after we ordered.

Beth:  I admit it. I don’t like wine. I am a beer girl. I looked around and everyone was drinking wine. There was no reference to beer that I could find on any of the three menus I was handed. Wendy said, “just ask them what is on tap.” And so, when the waitress arrived again, I said, “what kind of beer do you have on tap?” She replied, “we don’t have beer on tap.” Fortunately they did have a few craft beers available and I ordered a Bell’s Two-hearted ale. I hate it that beer is given such a lowly status. I guess I should have gone to the bowling alley after our meal.

French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

Wendy: For my starter, I had the French onion soup, which I immediately regretted. Who orders something impossible to eat (damn you, stringy cheese!) in a fancy restaurant? This girl, that’s who. But I got over it. I mean, hi, melted cheese. It wasn’t anything that made me swoon, but it was a tasty rendition of a classic. Although now that I’m thinking about it, I don’t recall there being any bread-type item in it, and that’s usually my favorite part. Hmm…nevertheless, I enjoyed it.

Butternut Squash Bisque

Butternut Squash Bisque

 

Beth: I opted for the Butternut Squash Bisque and it didn’t disappoint. Creamy, rich, a little sweet but not overly so. Just delicious. There were a couple of croutons — maybe they were intended for Wendy’s French onion Soup? Regardless, I lapped up course one in no time.

 

For our entrées, we both ordered the steak frites (medium rare).

Steak Frites

Steak Frites

Wendy: All the entrée options were tempting, but in a place known for its beef, that’s usually what I go for. I don’t eat a lot of steak, and when I do it’s always a filet, so I was branching out just a tiny bit for me. I’m glad I didn’t pony up the extra eight bucks for the filet option, because my flat iron steak was delicious, and cooked to the perfect temperature. The meat was tender and flavorful and paired beautifully with the seasoned fries. The red wine reduction brought it all together.

Beth: As I mentioned in our last review, steak is not my typical go-to dish. However, this is Eddie Merlot’s and this is what they do and boy, how they do it. I couldn’t agree more with Wendy’s assessment. Cooked to perfection, this steak was the perfect size and when served with the frites, the perfect meal. My mouth is watering as I recall it when writing here. I may have to wipe off the keyboard.

Wendy: When it was time to order dessert, I asked our server if the red velvet cupcake was something special, not to be missed. I am a red velvet skeptic (that’s a topic for another day), but I do love a really good cupcake. I was thrilled with her honesty in the form of an immediate and decisive “no.” Hence, I had the creme brûlée. It was a success: creamy custard, appropriately caramelized top. I did remark to Beth that I wished it wasn’t cold, which lead to a discussion revealing that neither of us knew at what temperature it should be served. I did a bit of online investigating, and the results were inconclusive. The biggest consensus was room temperature or slightly cool, but while the torched top was still warm. Experts and dessert lovers, what say you?

Creme Brulee

Creme Brulee

Beth: There was no question in my mind that I would be having the creme brûlée. I hardly ever order dessert, but since it was part of the savor meal, it couldn’t be denied. I am no expert, but I have to agree with Wendy that it was a little on the cool side. But, it didn’t really diminish my enjoyment of the treat. I like tapping through the glazed top layer to the gooey inside. It’s like an adventure. Okay, maybe I’m over-analyzing, but I like having an excuse to eat extremely fattening things.

 

The verdict:

Beth: “You had me at ‘hello’.”
I think of Eddie Merlot’s as a special occasion. It’s too expensive for me to visit on a regular basis, or would I really want to (although let me give a shout out to their meatloaf which is AH-MAZING and probably the least expensive thing on their menu). However, considering the special pricing offered by the Savor Fort Wayne menu, we’d be silly not to go. When I can afford to eat at Eddie Merlot’s, they definitely have me at hello.

Wendy: “You had me at ‘hello’.”
I had to think hard about this. My meal was great, but I definitely didn’t have a foodgasm, and if I were going out for a splurge meal, Eddie’s wouldn’t be my first choice. I’m always happy to have the opportunity to eat there, and this was no exception, but it doesn’t hit my “best” meter.

 

Eddie Merlot’s
Located in Jefferson Pointe
1502 Illinois Rd S, Fort Wayne, IN 46804
(260) 459-2222
Website

2 thoughts on “Eddie Merlot’s

  1. Kim Gross says:

    Love the review and agree with your assessment. I like the bar at Eddie Merlot’s and go several times per year. it’s a better value in my opinion.

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  2. b.stein01@comcast.net says:

    What does hit your best meter?   I think Eddie Merlot’s is very pricey but by golly, the filet is absolutely the best!!! and I loved the creme brulee, which was free because it was with my birthday dinner which the O’Neills paid for.

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