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Eating Out

This list is not meant to be exhaustive (check out e.g. www.dinemishawaka.com or www.exploresouthbend.org), but these are some of our favorites.

Specialty Shops and Produce

Breadsmith: Great fresh bread! 2022 South Bend Ave. (574) 273-9130
Open Mon-Fri: 7am-7pm, Sat: 7am-5pm.

Farmers’ Market: Produce, meats, cheeses, specialty food items, bakery, crafts, and more. Open all year Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday; May–Sept. also Friday. 1105 Northside Blvd., South Bend.

City-wide Liquors: Great selection of beer, wine, single-malts, and other spirits. Four locations around the area, including downtown South Bend, Grape Road, Bittersweet Road, and 8th St. in Mishawaka.

India Market: An Indian grocery attached to the Star of India restaurant on Grape Road in Mishawaka. 3915 Grape Rd., 271-5557.

Saigon Market: Asian groceries and produce. 208 W. Colfax Ave. in downtown South Bend, 289-7623.


Fiddler’s Hearth: Cozy and family-friendly. Large beer and whisk(e)y selection. Pub fare and more “upscale” options. Live music Wed-Sat. 127 N. Main in downtown South Bend.

Mishawaka Brewing Co.: Features its own microbrews and a large menu. 3703 N. Main in Mishawaka.


Siam: A small place in downtown South Bend. 211 North Main St., 232-4445.

Khun Daeng Thai Kitchen: 302 E. Russ St., Mishawaka (just south of McKinley). 259-0735.

Middle Eastern/Mediterranean

Elia’s: Fairly limited menu but good kebabs, falafel, and tabbouli. 115 N. Dixie Way (SR 933), South Bend. 277-7239.

Olive Mount Grille: 615 W. Edison in Mishawaka, 255-9000.


La Esperanza: Extensive menu, good food, and reasonable prices. Close to campus: 1636 N. Ironwood, South Bend. 273-0345.

Mazatlan: Good food and prices even more reasonable than La Esperanza’s. The Dos Equis comes in a frosted mug.  507 E. McKinley in Mishawaka. 259-4430.

Cafes and Coffee Shops

Chicory Café: A New Orleans-themed café in downtown South Bend. Coffee, gelato, po’boy sandwiches, soups, and salads. Corner of Michigan and Jefferson Sts.

Macri’s Italian Bakery: Coffee, sandwiches, bakery. 214 N. Niles Ave, across the river from downtown South Bend. 282-1010.

The Beanery: Downtown Mishawaka. Coffee, breakfast, wraps, panini, salads. Live music on weekends. 117 S. Main St.


Toyo Grill: Excellent sushi, but the service can be very slow. 620 Edison Road, Mishawaka. 254-9120.

Matuba: 2930 McKinley in Mishawaka. 251-0674.


Roccos: A South Bend institution for the last 50 years, still owned by the same family that opened it. 537 N. St. Louis Blvd in South Bend, 233-2464.

Cosimo and Susie’s: Another family-owned place, this one in the Town and Country shopping center in Mishawaka (corner of McKinley and Hickory). 2446 Miracle Ln., 258-4911.


The Vine: A wine bar with a variety of entrees, pasta, and sandwiches. Next to the Morris Theatre in downtown South Bend. 103 W. Colfax, 234-WINE.

LaSalle Grill: Upscale American cuisine; entrees in the $20–$30 range make this a good place to celebrate a special event. 115 W. Colfax.

Bonefish Grill: Well-prepared fish and seafood (as well as other entrees) at very reasonable prices. 620 W. Edison Road.