On the Road Eats: South Bend, IN

Hotel:  aloft South Bend
Would I stay again?  Yes.  I stay at this hotel almost every time I visit South Bend. I can walk to my client’s office and local restaurants plus the rooms are great for solo travelers.  Plus they will make you a great egg white burrito if you ask nicely!

Have some time at night? Check out the South Bend River Lights! Although it was snowing, I took a great walk to see the lights after dinner at Render!

Restaurants:

Dinner: Render
Would I dine again?
Yes.  This is my second or third trip to Render and food and drinks are awesome!  I usually sit at the bar solo or with the right colleague, we share a bunch of plates!

Lunch: Navarre
Would I dine again?
Yes.  I have been here for lunch three times and it is always good.  Next time I am in town I will need to try dinner.

 

On the Road Eats: Dayton and Cincinnati

Hotel:  Aloft Newport on the Levee
Would I stay again?  Yes.  The hotel is on the Kentucky side of the river but very convenient to downtown Cincinnati and downtown Covington restaurants.

Restaurants:

Lunch (Dayton): George’s Family Restaurant
Would I dine again? No. 
Well, if I was close, sure since it was a local family “diner” with nice people but not a real food experience.

Dinner:  Hofbräuhaus Newport
Would I dine again? Yes.  We walked across the street from the hotel due to snow and the late hour and listened to the band and had a good meal.

Lunch: Frida 602
Would I dine again?
Yes.  I have been here multiple times and if I am headed to the Cinci airport, this is my stop.  This time I called in my order on the way to the airport and after getting a text from American Airlines that I was delayed, I took my to-go box, sat at the bar and ate.  Brussel sprout tacos..you cannot go wrong!

 

On the Road Eats: South Bend, Indiana

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It’s been a long time since I posted and after dining in South Bend, I realized I needed to start sharing again!

I flew from DFW to Fort Wayne, rented a car and headed to South Bend. If I had had a little extra time I would have stopped at one of the many cute boutiques in FW so hopefully next time I can make that happen. The drive was pretty easy and in less than two hours I was checking into the Aloft South Bend.

Aloft South Bend
The Aloft is a newer hotel and located downtown. Parking was in the building and the staff was great during check in. There is a bar, a few social areas and a spot for breakfast. Plus you can walk to numerous restaurants in the area. My room overlooked downtown and I could see the Notre Dame campus. Fast forward to the next morning, I slept great, had a quick breakfast of lemon pancakes with fruit and granola in a breakfast bowl and started my day!

LaSalle Grill
I had looked up all the spots downtown and settled on LaSalle, a fine-dining restaurant and steakhouse. I normally would not choose a fine dining spot but they had a casual third floor lounge that got great reviews.  But, it was a Monday night so the third floor was closed and it was a super quiet night in the main restaurant. Since I was dining at 8pm I decided to order a light meal- the wedge salad with the herb dressing and the pan seared scallops over a roasted leek johnny cake with nueske’s bacon pomodoro. Both were fantastic! My server was great and she timed everything perfectly so I could finish my presentation due the next morning.

Cinco5 International
Full day meeting so we take our client to lunch and they choose Cinco5, a casual spot for Mexican and Thai food. Yes, Mexican and Thai. Since I had to pick one, I kept it simple and went with Pad Thai.  Half the table did thai, half did tacos.  The best part – private room for a group of 10!

Cinco5 Pad Thai-South Bend
Cinco5 Pad Thai-South Bend

Tortas Frontera
When flying through O’Hare and super hungry, this is your stop. Braised pork torta with pickled red onion, black beans and amazing bread. Cannot go wrong with Rick Bayless!

Have other favorites in Fort Wayne or South Bend?  Let me know!