Daedalus is a pleasure to visit and one of the best deals anywhere for nice books. Selection is comprehensive, tends toward the quality end of the spectrum, and the prices are unbeatable. You won't find any crappy romance novels or mass market paperbacks at Daedalus. They buy overstock, and some books may have remainder marks. Occasionally, there is a real treasure to be found. Some of my best books have been purchased at Daedalus. The "new arrivals" section often has signed first editions. They also have a music section and sell other items typical to book stores such as calendars, cards, notebooks, etc. It's a good thing they don't have comfy chairs, or I would park my keister and stay all day.
There is little in the way of genuine antiques in this shop, but plenty of "vintage modern" from the '40s, '50s and later. A large selection of vintage jewelry, glassware and clothing that smells like -- well, vintage clothing. Realistic prices.
Mad Anthony's is like a local version of Bennigan's, Applebee's or similar formula restaurants, with funky decor and a nice, casual atmosphere. The quality of the food is variable... sometimes very good and sometimes not so good. It can often taste like frozen institutional food, ferociously overcooked and over-salted. Some items are excellent, particularly German potato salad. I would go there just for that, and a beer. On the downside, during my recent visit to the Fort Wayne establishment, the chef salad I ordered was carelessly served with a bacon dressing that was SUPPOSED to be warm but wasn't, pressed turkey that tasted like cheap lunch meat, and a big, UGLY, unappetizing slab of avocado that had started to turn black. Real shoddy. The food could be MUCH better with just a little effort on their part. Stop it with the iceberg lettuce already, throttle back on the salt, and put pepper mills on the table, just for starters. In my experience, the Auburn restaurant has better service than the one in Fort Wayne.
This store is a delight to visit. Their inventory is huge, of relatively high quality, and very well organized. The recently added annex means you will spend even more time lost in the floor-to-ceiling shelves. If you're a collector, you can trade your unwanted books in for store credit which is one of the best deals around.
I only remember the oysters. They're wonderful! I grew up around the Chesapeake Bay, and these oysters are bigger and better than any I have had there. They are also more expensive, but what do you expect from a business in a land-locked state selling oysters? When you need your oyster fix, they're definitely worth it.
The buffet never changes, but the food is quite good and very reasonably priced. If you want crab legs, that's a little bit more expensive. A wide variety of items to choose from. Efficient and friendly service.
I have visited this store on a fairly regular basis since coming to the area in the summer of 2006, but I'm losing interest. One gets the impression management is losing interest, too. Latitudes has a very eclectic atmosphere with its plants, gifts, decorator items and furniture, and wedding planning services. There's even a small snack shop in the back. However, the inventory doesn't seem to change much, and when it does, it is, unfortunately, getting uglier. Latitudes need a new buyer! With just a little more effort and careful selection, this store could be outstanding.
The best and most interesting antique shop in the Fort Wayne area! There's a huge variety of items from different vendors in a huge building. It's a real antique shop too! Unlike many, they aren't attempting to sell overpriced attic junk as "antiques". That being said, some of of the individual vendors in this shop ask inordinately high prices for their items. Don't let that stop you though; there is much to see that is more realistically priced. There are a couple of vendors with new items (Vera Bradley bags, etc.) that do not detract from the antique business. A nice bonus is the log cabin restaurant out back, where you can stop for lunch after you wear yourself out shopping.
You MIGHT get lucky and find something here, and I bought a couple of items. Shop is very large but filled primarily with collectibles and what looks like yard sale junk. Prices are often too high for the quality of the inventory they are selling. I would say it is worth a look if you are in the area, but don't go out of your way.