There is no better way to start your day off right than with a delicious breakfast. Pour a fountain of maple syrup over a mountain of pancakes. Spread homemade jam over a crunchy piece of toast. And, don’t forget to have a bite of those golden scrambled eggs cooked to perfection and packed with flavor. With so many options available for you to choose from, you may be asking— “Where do I go for the best breakfast in The Bend?“
We are here to help you have the most delicious breakfast possible! Follow the Breakfast Beat Map and try the ten best breakfast spots in the South Bend Mishawaka area as voted by residents and visitors during the 2018 St. Joseph County Breakfast Wars. Although Macadoo’s Family Restaurant was named the winner of the St. Joseph County Breakfast Wars, every restaurant on the Breakfast Beat Map serves delicious, hearty servings of all your favorite breakfast entrées and a few you may not have tried yet.
Pull up a chair, grab a fork, and have a bite in The Bend today!
2418 W Western Ave. | South Bend
Serving an authentic Mexican and American breakfast since 1996, Chico’s has everything you need to start your day off right. With scrambled eggs, hash browns, rice, and beans, Chico’s owner Federico Rodriguez Jr. says, “This is like breakfast at my mom’s.” The eatery on Western Avenue is famous for their Mexican-style breakfasts like burritos and tacos filled with eggs, chorizo sausage, and Mexican-style potatoes. Pull up a chair, have a bite, and meet the famed owner everyone likes to call “Chico.”
3407 Lincolnway E. | Mishawaka
“Welcome Friends.” These two words are above the door as you enter this Mishawaka restaurant and they mean it. The staff at Curve Café is extremely friendly to every one of their customers. Not only are they friendly, but they also know how to whip up some tasty breakfast entrees. From Eggs Benedict served with breakfast potatoes to the owner’s favorite, Stuffed Cinnamon Roll topped with strawberries and blueberries, Curve Café’s food is locally-sourced, budget-friendly, and out-of-this-world tasty!
303 S. Michigan St. | Lakeville
For 40 years, Hilltop Restaurant has been the hub of the town of Lakeville. You will be greeted with a smile as the aroma from the kitchen finds its way to your table. As you wait for your food, take a look around the restaurant. Hilltop Restaurant is filled with antiques and knickknacks brought in by customers over the years. As you look around, you will see a sign that reads, “Real Food Served in Real Time.” This couldn’t be truer because everything on the menu is made from scratch. The High-Octane Pancake uses oatmeal and flaxseeds, while the orange sauce layered on top of the Stuffed French Toast will provide an extra layer of flavor with every bite.
1444 E. Mishawaka Ave. | South Bend
This family-owned and operated diner has served up mouthwatering, comfort food every day in South Bend for over six years. You won’t leave here hungry after you try their popular Corned Beef Hash, Jalapeño Sausage, and their homemade jam atop a golden-brown piece of toast. Customers may come for the food, but they return time and again for the great service and friendly staff. Jeannie’s House is so phenomenal they opened a second location in Niles so more hungry customers can enjoy their food. Reasonable prices, delicious food, and exceptional service makes Jeannie’s House a “can’t-miss” when you are in The Bend.
MACADOO’S FAMILY RESTAURANT
2108 Lincolnway E. | Mishawaka
*2018 ST. JOSEPH COUNTY BREAKFAST WARS CHAMPION*
This Mishawaka eatery provides an unrivaled attention to detail in every one of their menu items. From the Stuffed French Toast to the owner’s favorite Farmers Omelet, Macadoo’s menu is full of delicious choices. The difficult part is choosing only one. That could be why Macadoo’s sees so many of their customers return for more—that, and customers have said Macadoo’s makes the best Loaded Biscuits and Gravy in The Bend. So what is their secret to all this delicious food? Tim McDonald, the owner, says it has to do with him cooking the meals. “This is my livelihood, I want to make sure everything is perfect.”
Be sure to vote for Macadoo’s Family Restaurant during the regional round of Breakfast Wars to be named the Best Breakfast in Indiana’s Cool North. Voting begins on Friday, March 16 at 10:00AM EST and will conclude on Monday, March 26 at 12:00pm EST. The link to vote will be added here on March 16!
1710 N. Ironwood Dr. | South Bend
Nick’s Patio will not only satisfy your taste buds, it will satisfy your soul. Known as “The Home of the House Croissant,” Nick’s Patio’s menu is wide-ranging to ensure everyone has something to eat for breakfast. Bite into the French Toast, topped with your choice of strawberries or blueberries. Order the Greek Skillet and you will enjoy the flavor of two eggs atop American fries, gyro meat, onions, tomatoes, and crumbled feta cheese. And who says ice cream is just for dessert? Nick’s Patio serves the Waffle A La Mode with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and whipped cream. You surely won’t leave this South Bend restaurant hungry.
THE ORIGINAL PANCAKE HOUSE
1430 N. Ironwood Dr. | South Bend
This South Bend pancake house is most well known for their Apple Pancakes cooked with fresh apples and cinnamon. They also feature German Pancakes made with fresh lemon juice, but there is a lot more to offer here than just pancakes. Try the Strawberry Waffle, Corned Beef Hash, and a Fresh Fruit Crepe. Don’t stop there though! Be sure to order a side of thick sliced bacon and a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. As you enjoy your meal, Nancy Wesler, the owner, will greet you with a smiling face and ask how your meal is—A hint though, it will most definitely be delicious.
127 S. Michigan St. | South Bend
Since 2001, Peg Dalton has been serving a delicious breakfast in downtown South Bend. It wasn’t until October of 2017 that she re-branded her restaurant into what is now PEGGS. With the new name, there are a few “eggsential” items on the menu you must try, including PEGGS Eggs and the It’s No Yolk! Create Your Own Omelet. Be sure to order Birds in the Nest where two eggs are dropped in the hole of Texas toast with ham, cream cheese, and chives. As you look around the restaurant, you will see photos of both the community and the University of Notre Dame. That coupled with the friendly service and delectable food really gives you a taste of South Bend.
1399 N. Notre Dame Ave. | Notre Dame
Sorin’s sits on the breathtaking campus of the University of Notre Dame. Located inside the Morris Inn, youcan have a fine dining experience like no other for breakfast. The Shrimp and Spinach Benedict provides a unique spin on the breakfast classic using sautéed shrimp and spinach. The Fried Prosciutto Flatbread will send your taste buds doing backflips and the Avocado Smoothie Bowl uses fresh berries, roasted nuts, dried fruit, and house-made granola to start your day off with a healthy treat. If the healthy choice doesn’t interest you, stick with the Chocolate Bread Pudding French Toast to satisfy your sweet tooth. Have a legendary breakfast on a legendary campus today.
1105 Northside Blvd. | South Bend
The South Bend Farmer’s Market is an iconic landmark of South Bend. Along with fresh produce, you can also find a delicious breakfast inside at the South Bend Farmer’s Market Café. Using all market-sourced food, Chef Nate has revamped the breakfast scene at the market over the last year. If you are a fan of scrambled eggs, then you are in luck— Chef Nate scrambles 100 dozen eggs on a weekly basis. Utilizing both a weekly menu board and a seasonal menu, customers are always treated to something new when they stop in for a meal. Dive into the Country Fried Steak, Butternut Squash Hash, and the flavorful Blueberry Pancakes.