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  • Ryan DuVall | The Journal Gazette The Skirted Moose burger at Moose Lake Christian Craft Village.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 1:00 am

Forget dogs, it's the burger days of summer

Kimberly Dupps Truesdell | For The Journal Gazette

Fill in the blank: Nothing says summer like ___.

Ice cream? OK. Yes, but not for the purposes of this article.

Watermelon? Again. It's a great summer treat, but I'm thinking something different here: burgers.

Whether they are hot off the grill or prepared at one of your favorite restaurants, a good, juicy burger just tastes better in the summer.

At Moose Lake Christian Craft Village in LaOtto, there's the Skirted Moose Burger. A 6-ounce seasoned patty is made with the diner's choice of Amish cheese – 5 ounces of cheese – in the middle. When it's cooked up, the cheese melts and creates a skirt. If you are a fan of food television shows, you might recognize the idea. The cheese-skirted burger was made famous at the Squeeze Inn in California and has been featured on Food Network's “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”

Bravas, 3412 Fairfield Ave., debuted its seasonal menu on Friday. The brick-and-mortar burger joint, which shares a name with food trucks owned by Bo Gonzalez, is now serving the Duderino, which has bean and avocado salsa, cilantro aioli, white queso and radish. There's also the Jimmy Pesto (tomato, mozzarella, pesto, balsamic syrup and mayo); Dave's Not Here, Man (bacon, crispy onion, barbecue sauce, smoked cheddar and smoked mayo); and a double bacon cheeseburger.

At Culver's, the newest burger is paying homage to Wisconsin cheesemakers. The Wisconsin Big Cheese Pub Burger features three cheeses – cheddar, American and Havarti. To take it to the next level, it's topped with a garlic mayonnaise. The pub burger is available until Sept. 3 or while supplies last.

Wine accolades

Wine Down, 301 W. Jefferson Blvd., was recently honored by Wine Spectator magazine.

The tapas restaurant received an Award of Excellence as part of the magazine's annual restaurant honors. According to the award, Wine Down has 110 wines for diners to choose from and 750 bottles in house. The magazine noted Wine Down's selection of California wines as a strength.

Joseph Decuis in Roanoke was also recognized with an Award of Excellence for its collection of wines from California, Italy and France. It was first honored in 2015.

The Restaurant Awards began in 1981, and there are three levels: the Award of Excellence, the Best of Award of Excellence and the Grand Award, with 2,335; 1,168; and 89 winners this year in each respective category.

The Award of Excellence honors restaurants with wine lists that feature “a well-chosen assortment of quality producers.”

Brewery a winner

Mad Anthony Brewing Co. recently received four medals at the Indiana Brewers' Cup 2017.

The Indiana Brewers Cup is one of the largest home and professional brewing competitions, with more than 1,100 beer entries and nearly 100 beer judges from across the country.

Mad Anthony won two medals in the IPA category – gold for Mosaic Moon Double IPA and silver for Hop Loco Double IPA. In the American Pale Ale category, Six 2 Midnight Session IPA won silver. Honey Cream Ale also won silver in the Light Hybrid category.

Ice Cream effort

On July 27, Dairy Queen is encouraging fans to eat dessert first for Miracle Treat Day.

Dairy Queen will donate $1 or more from every Blizzard sold at participating DQ Grill & Chill and Dairy Queen locations throughout the U.S. to local Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. The network includes 170 hospitals, such as Riley Hospital for Children, whose proceeds stay local to fund critical pediatric treatments and services.

Last year, DQ operators across the U.S. and Canada raised more than $4 million on Miracle Treat Day for their local CMN Hospitals. Since 1984, the Dairy Queen system has raised more than $125 million for the charity through fundraising efforts including Miracle Treat Day, the Miracle Balloon campaign and other local initiatives.

The featured Miracle Treat Day Blizzard Treat of the Day is Oreo, the most popular Blizzard Treat to date. The Blizzard Treats of the Month for July in the U.S. are the new Frosted Fudge Brownie and Salted Caramel Blondie. All other Blizzard flavors are also available that day.

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