A few days ago, Trent and I decided that we needed to take a break from working on the house. We have learned (the hard way) that this is our only path to sanity. We work all day at our actual jobs, then work all evening/weekends on the house. So, we have decided that on our “off evenings” we are going to explore South Bend. While we have both been to lots of SB restaurants, we have not been everywhere. We plan to change to that one meal at a time.


Last week we went with some friends to Cambodian Thai and had an incredible dinner!  This was Trent’s first time (I’ve only been a handful of times) and we both loved it. The meal was large, priced great (my dish was $11 and Trent’s was $13) and the place has a nice, clean atmosphere. It was also hoppin’ at 9pm!

If you have a South Bend restaurant or know of some little gem that we must try, post it in the comments below or on FB. We plan to try them all!



  • April 10, 2015 Reply


    Must try the Chicory Cafe downtown-the Beignets are incredible as well as everything on the menu. Live music some nights too-little bit of New Orleans right here.

  • April 10, 2015 Reply


    There are so many neat restaurants in DTSB….so glad you are trying all of them! So much better than the chain food!

  • April 10, 2015 Reply


    You’ve set a pretty high standard by starting with the Thai restaurant!! 🙂 Next must-stop for you should be Javier’s Bistro. Not quite DTSB but close enough.

  • April 10, 2015 Reply


    Try Javier’s Bistro on Miami Street! The chef is very good, the service is friendly, and they serve a mix of Puerto Rican/American food.

  • April 10, 2015 Reply

    Cyn Haas

    Neighbors & friends,

    I hope you will join us this coming Saturday night at the Birdsell Mansion just a stone’s throw, for a taco bar hosted by Javier’s Bistro Chef (and my friend) Jamie Smith of the NNN neighborhood, and Bert Fitzgerald, proprietor of 2nd World Cafe, which is putting on the taco bar in conjunction with a big concert also happening that night, in the ballroom. You can find the details on our FB page, Second World Cafe. All the best!! I LOVE CAMBODIAN THAI. 🙂

  • April 10, 2015 Reply

    Tara Schaefer

    Fiddler’s Hearth is my dtsb go-to and it always will be. Great beer, great food, wonderful atmosphere. It feels like home.
    Woo Chi is very good, slower service than their sister restaurant Zing! in Mishawaka, but the sushi is amazing! Carmela’s at Macri’s, Purple Porch Co-op for lunch, and The Parkview for a burger if you can’t stomach the smokey bar you csn get it to-go. Enjoy the downtown eats!

  • April 10, 2015 Reply


    Chens Chinese!

  • April 10, 2015 Reply


    I highly recommend South Bend Brew Werks, if you haven’t been there. The beers are delicious and brewed onsite, and the food is locally sourced and is outstanding.

    For an early dinner (I hear it’s not a real great neighborhood to be in at night), I recommend Frank’s Place. I’ve eaten there a couple of times, and the food is good and very reasonable. They also have a great selection of craft beers, including zombie dust!

    Speaking of burgers, surely you’ve had one at Hensell’s Oaken Bucket, right? If not…it’s a must! Oh, and CJ’s Pub downtown does really good burgers, too. Nothing fancy, but a fun place to meet up with friends!

  • April 10, 2015 Reply


    While it is not in SB but worth the 30 minute drive, if you need a quick get away-drive up over the MI state line to New Buffalo, MI. This tiny beachside town has tons of hidden treasures and one of our families favorite restaurants The Stray Dog has a beautiful roof top bar with lake views and ambient lighting. You can find wineries and antique stores around harbor country up there as well. 245 N Whittaker St. New Buffalo MI 49117

  • April 10, 2015 Reply


    Smith’s Downtown in old downtown Mishawaka is a favorite lunch spot. But they have a great nightlife also.

  • April 10, 2015 Reply


    Moser austria cafe in New Carlisle is awesome. Also Bob’s 19th hole is delicious.

  • April 10, 2015 Reply


    Fiddler’s (live music at 9 most nights), LaSalle Kitchen & Tavern, Brew Werks (lighter fare and great beer), Chicory (New Orleans fare), Woochi (Japanese fusion), The Creperie (window service smoothies, crepes & coffee), Purple Porch Co-Op (by-the-pound salad bar plus daily specials), and The Exchange (whiskey bar only). I’d be happy to accompany you to any of the above establishments. 🙂

  • April 10, 2015 Reply

    Dawn Wallace

    You guys need to try Maxi’s on the corner of Ireland Road and US 31. It’s about a 10 minute drive or less from the mansion. It’s a casual restaurant with a very fun, friendly atmosphere. It looks like a barn inside and you eat in little “cubbies” that looks like individual barn stalls. They have an awesome lake perch dinner – it’s what I get every time I go there. The long island ice teas are great also! One of my favoritest restaurants to eat at!

  • April 10, 2015 Reply


    Pejza’s Lydick Tavern has wonderful food and a cozy atmosphere. About 6 miles west of you on Edison Road near Quince. Also breakfast at Sunrise Cafe on LWW.

  • April 12, 2015 Reply

    Sara Bosco

    I highly recommend Creation on Ironwood Drive near Edison Road (across from Nick’s Patio). It is a Chinese-Vietnamese fusion restaurant. My parents who are Chinese immigrants from the early 50’s and have lived in SB since then ( Go ND!) think it’s the best Chinese restaurant in SB. We go there every time we’re home for a visit.

  • April 26, 2015 Reply


    Try Cinco 5 downtown on Colfax…much more than Mexican food…They have a great shrimp pasta, a shrimp salad and salmon tacos that are great. On Wednesdays they have dollar tacos all day and night. On Sundays they have Mexican only…Try it!

  • May 8, 2015 Reply


    Check out Corndance, incredible food that is locally grown/raised. Excellent service, as well. They’re on Grape Rd. in Mishawaka. Morgan’s and Little Black Dog Tavern is another great and unique place to dine with excellent food.

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