Midwest Living’s Eats


DTSB RESTAURANT WEEK JUNE 26–JULY 9 Taste the flavors that make downtown local restaurants proud. Eighteen eateries offer special value-priced meals, and a portion of proceeds benefits Memorial Children’s Hospital.


Barnaby’s 713 E. Jefferson Blvd., South Bend This spot lives up to its billing as being a family inn. After all, the owner is following in the footsteps of his father, who started Barnaby’s in 1969. The menu follows suit with family-friendly meals of pizzas that pair with a dozen or so beers and wine.cafe.navarre.07

Cafe Navarre 101 N. Michigan St., South Bend Arugula, parsnips, thumbelina carrots … the list of sides reads like a farmer’s harvest. They pair with dishes of fresh fish, roast chicken and filet mignon.

Fiddler’s Hearth Public House 127 N. Main St., South Bend The casual Celticstyle eatery serves traditional Irish fare like fish and chips and bangers and mash. But local, sustainable ingredients make up the comfort food, like the Morris Family Farms’ grass-fed lamb in the stew and shepherd’s pie.

LaSalle Grill and LaSalle Kitchen and Tavern 115 W. Colfax, South Bend The grill, a traditional chophouse downstairs, serves double-cut pork chops, Indiana duck and Amish chicken. On the third floor in the tavern, a casual crowd dines on gastropub fare washed down with craft beer.

Legends of Notre Dame 54801 Juniper Rd., Notre Dame The college mainstays of nacho and wing appetizers satisfy guests, but if you’re looking for healthier fare, look down the menu for a solid selection of good-for-you choices like grilled fish, chicken, veggies and five kinds of salad.

Moser’s Austrian Cafe 201 E. Michigan St., New Carlisle Old-country recipes include 13 kinds of schnitzel (a fillet pounded flat, breaded, and fried or sauteed) with sides of spaetzle (tiny dumplings), vinegary purple cabbage and rye bread.

Rocco’s 537 N. St. Louis Blvd., South Bend The family owned place has made guests feel like part of the family since it opened in 1951. Choose from spaghetti, gnocchi, ravioli and pasta dishes like favorite linguini ala tonno (tuna and mushrooms in an olive oil sauce).tippecanoe.47

Sorin’s 1399 N. Notre Dame Ave., Notre Dame A university restaurant might not be the first consideration when seeking pampering. But here in the Morris Inn, French-inspired furnishings and hand-painted murals underscore fine dining on dishes such as the popular Dover sole meuniere.

South Bend Brew Werks 216 S. Michigan St., South Bend Vegan and gluten free items pepper the menu of flatbreads, pastas and salads. Sipping a craft brew with friends fosters community: The owners donate a portion of the proceeds from this adults-only spot to a community partner.

Tapastrie 103 W. Colfax Ave., South Bend Sample a tapestry of Mediterranean tapas like spanakopita, paella and toasted flatbread with an assortment of dips. Your first tapa is served on the house and on top of a wine glass in honor of Spanish tradition.

Tippecanoe Place Restaurant 620 W. Washington St., South Bend On mansion row, the massive stone building (40 rooms and 20 fireplaces) was the Studebaker family home in the 1880s. Now you can bask in the elegance of exposed wooden ceilings and crystal chandeliers as you dine on meals featuring local ingredients like Indiana duck and corn-fed Midwestern beef.CVB-Video-2-poster

West End Bakery 414 W. 7th St., Mishawaka Started by owner Greg Fobe’s grandfather in 1928, this family-run bakery still uses his original recipes for crullers, apple turnovers, and some of the cakes and cookies. Generations have come for the doughnuts and pastries, like Thursday’s horns with sweet vanilla cream filling.

Woochi Japanese Fusion and Bar 123 W. Washington St., South Bend With high-back chairs and black tablecloths awash in a blue glow, this restaurant exudes sophistication. Order standards like teriyaki chicken or pad Thai, or branch out and try something new like teppanyaki eggplant or the Mango Madness sushi roll.

Zing Japanese Fusion 206 N. Main St., Mishawaka Orchids and rose-carved radishes reflect the attention to detail given to creating plates of sushi, sashimi and dim sum (steamed or fried dumplings). Enthusiastic staff guide patrons to choices like Angel Hair, named for strands of crabmeat with masago (fish eggs) on top.

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