From the crunch of a crusty boule to the top of the cork on a bottle of Bordeaux, South Bend, Indiana, unveils the fragrances, flavors, and ambiance for a memorable culinary experience. Discover some of South Bend’s unusual, intriguing, and elegant dining options.
Cambodian Thai Restaurant
Since 2005, Cambodian Thai Restaurant has been South Bend’s must-visit spot to sample spectacular Asian cuisine. If you crave a flavor-packed Thai curry, you’ll find several options on the menu, including a catfish curry featuring pan-fried catfish with bamboo shoots, basil, and eggplant. Soups reflect an alchemy of ingredients, such as coconut chicken, wontons, and tofu.
Imaginative salad offerings abound in Cambodian Thai’s repertoire. The lotus salad, in particular, blends steamed lotus, vegetables, crispy peanuts, and shrimp in a delightful and refreshing creation.
Steamed and deep-fried whole tilapia or red snapper pack the palate with flavor, from homemade fish and soy sauces accented with ingredients such as fresh ginger, onions, cucumber, lettuce, and tomatoes.
Location: 235 S. Michigan St.
Get a taste of the Big Easy in South Bend. Located in the heart of downtown, Chicory Café serves New Orleans-style fare with South Bend’s personal flavor of community. When you wake up early and walk through its door, you can treat yourself to a hot beignet and breakfast sandwich with a cup of Cafe Noir infused with French chicory.
Party-in-your-mouth Cajun dishes, baked mac and cheese, and jambalaya round out the lunch and dinner offerings. No matter what your food persuasion might be, you’ll find a good time and equally good food awaiting you. As they say at Chicory Café, “When was the last time you’ve beignet-ed?”
Location: 105 E. Jefferson Blvd., #103
As the recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award for 23 consecutive years and Wine Spectator Award of Excellence since 2006, LaSalle Grill offers downtown South Bend an exquisite dining experience. From extraordinary craft cocktails to spectacular desserts, LaSalle Grill pays attention to the details so that every guest can appreciate the finest-quality ingredients presented in imaginative ways.
Examples of dishes from a recent menu reflect the careful pairing of flavors and textures. A piquant pan-seared duck breast graces the plate with its accompanying sides of white cheddar grits and a pineapple and apple compote. The New York Strip Au Poivre, accented with a whiskey Worcestershire sauce, remains a LaSalle Grill guest favorite.
LaSalle Grill welcomes special events and private parties to celebrate life’s special occasions in one of its many special event spaces within the restaurant.
Location: 115 W. Colfax Ave.
“People are at the heart of our business and our food is the way we serve them.” The mission statement behind PEGGS, downtown South Bend’s popular breakfast, lunch, and dinner spot, captures the essence of its culinary ethos. Lifelong resident Peg Dalton has been at the helm of PEGGS since 2001, and she goes out of her way to make sure that every guest feels like part of the family.
Breakfast offerings include the seductive pull-apart cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing, breakfast tacos with chorizo and scrambled eggs, and freshly prepared pancakes. Lunch options range from PEGGS Philly cheesesteak to a divine Cobb salad drizzled with bloody Mary dressing. Dinners are served family-style, with featured dishes changing weekly.
Location: 127 S. Michigan St.
When you’re seeking cocktails, snacks, and spirits in South Bend, make plans to visit Spirited. This downtown South Bend establishment opened in 2018. Co-owned by veteran cocktail bartender Brooke Donegan, Spirited celebrates the art of the cocktail with creative twists on the classics. The Matcha Daiquiri, for example, features the flavors of lavender-infused rum, lime, and matcha syrup.
Spirited is more than a cocktail bar alone. With Chef Ian Woodiel in the kitchen, Spirited’s guests can enjoy food pairings that make any cocktail sing. The dishes themselves reflect a decidedly fresh, seasonal approach, with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options available.
With extended evening operating hours, those who want healthy food options can enjoy some late-night bites without the guilt.
Location: 105 E. Jefferson Blvd., Suite 100
The Skillet Restaurant & Catering
South Bend is home to a medley of rich cultures with generational roots in the community. Locals of Polish descent continue to call South Bend home. Their culinary traditions are celebrated at The Skillet Restaurant & Catering.
Family meals are flavorful and affordable. The restaurant’s skillet Polish dinner, available each day, features chicken, sausage, mashed potatoes and gravy, noodles, sweet and sour cabbage, and green beans. Daily specials include corned beef and cabbage, BBQ ribs, and Swiss steak. Take home quarts of Kluski noodles or sweet and sour cabbage to enjoy around your own family table.
Location: 2212 McKinley Ave.
The View Tavern
Home of the “best burger in South Bend, St. Joseph County, and Northern Indiana,” The View Tavern offers guests all the comforts of casual dining. The Becky Burger is this establishment’s claim to burger fame. This hearty burger gets an equally opulent topping of American and Swiss cheeses, grilled onions, barbecue sauce, and bacon underneath its top bun. Served with a side of Kruncher potato chips, this is one of the best burgers you’ll ever try in Northern Indiana.
Craft beer offerings range from an Alpha King American pale ale courtesy of 3 Floyds Brewing Co. in Munster, Indiana, to a Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ brewed by Lagunitas Brewing Co. Let the good times roll!
Location: 515 E. Jefferson Blvd.
Have we whetted your appetite yet for the best food and drink in South Bend? Is there an establishment we missed that you think we should include? Reach out to us at Alvarez Law Office. Our experienced, trusted, and committed injury attorneys are always eager to share what we love so much about the South Bend community that we’re privileged to serve.