Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo Revisited

This was Anita’s and my second time visiting the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. We were on our way from Indianapolis to Findlay, Ohio, and figured heck yeah, let’s stop for a few hours! The zoo is always so well maintained. The paths flow through the zoo in a an effortless, meandering way, making for a nice stroll from exhibit to exhibit.
Fort Wayne Childrens Zoo RevisitedWe got to the zoo as soon as it opened on a slightly foggy day. The zoo quickly filled with children. It’s a popular place!

Fort Wayne Childrens Zoo RevisitedSince I’d already posted tons of pictures from the zoo before, I decided to just take a few pics, this time concentrating mostly on the faces of the many animals.

Fort Wayne Childrens Zoo Revisited

Fort Wayne Childrens Zoo RevisitedIf you need a break from walking, don’t miss out on the log or train rides. They are my favorites. I have a rule about zoos. I NEVER miss out on a zoo train ride. Never.

Fort Wayne Childrens Zoo Revisited

Fort Wayne Childrens Zoo Revisited

Fort Wayne Childrens Zoo Revisited

Fort Wayne Childrens Zoo RevisitedThe pic of the peacock is my favorite.

Fort Wayne Childrens Zoo RevisitedWe lucked out and got to the red winged hawk’s cage just as he was eating. By coincidence, we saw a fantastic red winged hawk near the road on the way from the zoo to Findlay, Ohio, about an hour later.

Fort Wayne Childrens Zoo RevisitedDid you know that turtles can live to be over 200 years old? Wow!

Fort Wayne Childrens Zoo RevisitedThis nice black swan tried to race us while we were floating along on the log ride.

Fort Wayne Childrens Zoo Revisited

Fort Wayne Childrens Zoo Revisited

Fort Wayne Childrens Zoo Revisited

Fort Wayne Childrens Zoo Revisited

Fort Wayne Childrens Zoo Revisited

Fort Wayne Childrens Zoo RevisitedOwls are my favorites. We used to have an owl living in the woods behind our house. We were lucky enough to see him in our backyard a few times.

Fort Wayne Childrens Zoo Revisited

Fort Wayne Childrens Zoo Revisited

Fort Wayne Childrens Zoo Revisited

Fort Wayne Childrens Zoo Revisited

Fort Wayne Childrens Zoo Revisited

Fort Wayne Childrens Zoo RevisitedFor a few bucks you can feed the giraffes. The kids at the zoo got a big kick out of it.

Fort Wayne Childrens Zoo Revisited

Fort Wayne Childrens Zoo Revisited

Fort Wayne Childrens Zoo RevisitedIf you’re near Fort Wayne, and whether you have children or not, swing by the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. You won’t be disappointed!

Also checkout the pictures from our first trip to the Ft Wayne Children’s Zoo.

96th Street Steakburgers, Indianapolis, Indiana

Sadly, 96th Street Steakburgersm, like Boogie Burgers, another favorite burger joint, is now closed. For diner-style burgers in the Indy area, visit Stookey’s in Thornburg, the Broadway Diner in Fortville,and Triple XXX in Lafayette. If you find yourself in the Knoxville, TN area, you have to stop at Scotty’s.

I visited 96th Street Steakburgers once before, long ago, right after they opened. I can’t remember the meal as being overly great or bad. I’ve been on a steakburger kick lately, so I decided to drop by for lunch with Anita and a co-worker of hers.

96th Street Steakburgers, Indianapolis, IndianaFrom the outside, 96th Street Steakburgers makes you think “steakburgers”. It has that old diner kind of feel. Inside, it is fairly sparse, with a cold concrete floor that makes a horribly loud noise when people drag their chairs across it. But hey, I’m not there to marvel at the floor, I want a burger.

96th Street Steakburgers, Indianapolis, IndianaOrdering is easy. Just walk on up to the counter. We were there early so there wasn’t a line. Most likely you’ll order like we did – from the combo menu. I ordered a #2, which is a double cheese burger with fries and a drink. I supersized it so I got more fries and a bigger drink. Anita had the #1, which is a single steakburger with fries and a drink. You get a ticket with a number and wait for it to be called when your meal is ready.

96th Street Steakburgers, Indianapolis, IndianaAt first glance, everything looks great. The fries look inviting, and they are tasty, but they were a bit soggy. The burger toppings were fresh, and the patty was cooked perfectly, but it could’ve used some seasoning. I’d have to say that the best part of the burger is the secret sauce. Without it, the burger wouldn’t have been much different than one from Steak ‘n Shake. With it, it’s not bad, just not anything to make me dream about it eating it later that night.

I found the restaurant to be in need of a decent cleaning. Being the first customers of the day I would’ve expected the tables and floors to be sparkling clean from the night’s cleaning, but they were not.

I was a little disappointed with our experience. With just a little effort (cleaning, seasoned patties, and crispier fries), 96th Street Steakburger could easily be on our regular dining rotation.

On the ‘Mater Rater I had to zing 96th Street Steakburger for the reasons I mentioned.

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Pizzology Pizzeria & Pub, Carmel, Indiana

We’ve eaten at Pizzology Pizzeria & Pub in Carmel, Indiana a few times, and we’ve pretty much ordered the same thing each time – red sauce pizza with Mozzarella, sausage, mushroom and onion. What can I say? You find something you like and you sometimes just stick with it.

The pizza arrives pretty quickly (we are usually there at off-peak hours). You can even sit and watch your pizza go into the oven. The crust is thin and tasty. Anita loves it. I’d prefer it to be more crunchy, but I also love the flavor. I could probably eat just the crust and be perfectly happy.

Pizzology Pizzeria & Pub, Carmel, IndianaThe sauce and toppings are good. Anita absolutely loves the sausage. I like the sausage, but I would prefer more spice. The mushrooms and onions are good. The mozzarella is the real winner. I could eat the cheese all day. It really is great cheese. It is made fresh, and the time and effort have paid off big time.

Pizzology Pizzeria & Pub, Carmel, IndianaService each time we have eaten at Pizzology has been very good. And, Pizzology has a great selection of beers. So what’s not to like? Some folks have complained about the prices, but I think they were quite reasonable.

We really should order something else off the menu at Pizzology. After all, it isn’t just a gourmet pizza place. But, it’s just hard to break with tradition when we love our “standard” pizza!

Because Anita loves the pizza so much, and I think the mozz is outstanding, I’m going to go ahead and give Pizzology top marks on the ‘Mater Rater.

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After devouring a delicious pizza at Pizzology, drive a few miles west and enjoy Carmel’s West Park.