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Turning Japanese…in Fort Wayne, Indiana?

I have always been a southerner. I was born in the South, raised in the South, and I grew up on southern cooking. Lots of barbecue, casseroles, and deep fried deliciousness – think Paula Deen’s cooking, but for every meal! But despite my southern roots, I can’t help but feel like I may have a little of Japanese in me. I have always been a huge fan of Japanese food, culture, history, and architecture. So when I found myself in Fort Wayne this past weekend visiting my roommate’s family, I was as surprised as anyone when I was taken to a local Fort Wayne restaurant called Takaoka of Japan.

Outside Takaoka Restaurant Takaoka isn’t a chain restaurant and only has one location – Fort Wayne. Up until now I thought Fort Wayne was just the small town my roommate was from, but now I know that it is home to one of the best Japanese steak houses I have ever been to. I have been to Benihana, Kobe Steak House, and Sakura Steak House and enjoyed them all, but Takaoka was a real delight for me.

We had great service and the food was awesome. I had the Chicken Hibachi, which was just perfect for my taste. I liked everything about this place from their fried rice, their soup, shrimp, and even their veggies, and believe me; I have always been really bad about eating my veggies. The chefs were hilarious and entertaining while cooking in front of us, doing all the classic tricks, including my favorite – the onion volcano – and spinning the super sharp knives without cutting themselves. Now it was a little expensive (the Chicken Hibachi was $17) but the prices weren’t out of line for what you’d expect at a Japanese Steakhouse.

Next time I am back in Fort Wayne, whether with my roommate or not, I am going back to Takaoka and trying their Lobster Samurai for two reasons:

  1. It is lobster and I love lobster
  2. It has the word samurai in it so I am sure it is awesome

Now all I need is to find a way to Fort Wayne and set aside $33 for the meal…hmmm?

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Written by : Will was born in Atlanta, GA and spent the majority of his childhood in Nashville, TN. While he's a southerner at heart, Will has had lots of amazing experiences with different cultures, races, and people throughout his life. That's why he's a Diversity Scholar at Butler University and majored in Communications. Even though the South is where Will considers home to be, he has become a huge fan of the Indianapolis. He looks forward to exploring the rest of Indianapolis and the rest of Indiana. Click here to find out more about our Butler Bloggers program and the bloggers or click here to read posts written by the Butler students.