Another trip to South Bend. The fun thing for me about visiting this city is I see or experience something new each time.
Aloft South Bend I stayed here again. And no reason not to. The service is great, the rooms are large and clean and I can walk everywhere. Bonus when they make you a great breakfast!
Render Kitchen & Bar
I knew the spots downtown and the ones near the college. So I decided to Yelp! and came across something new, new to me, as this great restaurant I found has been around for a couple years. I sat at the bar, had a very friendly bartender and got to listen to a group of college girls chat about what they are doing after school. Add that to some great food and a lavender infused cocktail – I will be back next time I am in town!
South Bend River Lights Since the weather was still warm, I was able to wait until the sun went down and walk over to the bridge and see the lights. They are interactive based on motion, change colors and are a great way to spend a few minutes at the end of the evening.
Cafe Navarre This is the restaurant that comes up most often in my searches. I was there about 5 years ago and it was great. So I knew I had to stop by for a quick lunch before I headed to the airport. Small caesar salad and the french onion soup- perfect. And my boss joined me for lunch and said the beet salad was excellent!
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!
View of Notre Dame
Granola Pancake Breakfast Bowl
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.
LaSalle Grill in South Bend, IN
Seared scallops over a roasted leek johnny cake with nueske’s bacon pomodoro
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!
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!
Cochinita Pibil at Tortas Frontera
Rick Bayless Tortas Frontera
Have other favorites in Fort Wayne or South Bend? Let me know!