South Bend Foodies
Are you a sports fan? Do you like a good hand pattied burger or lightly breaded wings? Do you love a great neighborhood bar? If so, then check out Roc’s new location! Rocco has upped the ante at his new location located in downtown Mishawaka. While it’s the same great menu and memorabilia there are some major changes. Families will love the dining room that is two levels. The dining room is spacious and there are flat screen TVs to watch your favorite sporting events. There is also a new bar area that is a sight to behold. It reminds me of a pit with endless memorabilia covered walls and plenty of flate screen TVs that will grab your attention. Roc’s now boasts a full bar with plenty of drink specials and the kitchen offers daily food specials as well. The service is great as many of those working here came over from the old location. Ok, what else do you need to know? Roc’s bar is smoking and naturally the family dining is not. OH and wait till you use the restrooms. The hall you walk down that is looooong, I admit, I laughed. Restrooms are clean, in case you were wondering. Roc’s is great for groups, families or folks just wanting to drink some beer and wonder how he collected so many sports items!?
Address: 102 Lincolnway East, Mishawaka, IN 46544
Hours: Mon-Thurs 11am – 12am Fri-Sat 11am – 2am
Date of Visit: November 8, 2011
UPDATE: January 2011: La Salle Grille is still creating impeccable mouth watering dishes for their customers. I still have not been disappointed. On my most recent visit I broke away from my usual steak order and opted for the Hardwood Grilled Amish Chicken Breast. I am a little disappointed with myself for not trying this entree after all the years I have been dining here! The chicken was moist and flavorful and delicate. You will be wooed by its delightful scent and the sides that may change from time to time will make the dish a "must have again!"
I visited one of the areas finest restaurants for a quick bite and a drink recently. LaSalle Grill located in downtown South Bend. What a treat this restaurant is to dine and just chill with your friends. The menu changes frequently and they update on the website daily. They offer downstairs dining in a more formal atmosphere. A quiet bar is set off from the rest of the dining patrons on the first floor. They also have on the fourth floor, Club LaSalle. Here you can enjoy an open floor plan with a well stocked bar and great service. Club LaSalle offers the same menu but with a more casual flare. Often, you can experience live bands with some of the areas hottest talents playing a wide range of music. You are able to smoke cigars and cigarettes in the Club. If you did not bring a cigar you can step into another room and purchase your favorite and enjoy with your cocktail. La Salle Grill is a Four Diamond AAA restaurant and locally owned. Reservations are preferred for main dining room but you can take your chances and head upstairs to Club LaSalle to dine as well.
114 West Colfax Ave.
South Bend, IN 46601
Type: American Contemporary
Hours: 5-Close Monday through Saturday
Location: Downtown South Bend
Smoking: Only in Club LaSalle
Cakewalk – handcrafted specialty cakes
If beauty is in the eye of the beholder then I saw beauty and it tasted delicious. Cakewalk is a specialty cake company that makes special occasion and wedding cakes. Cakewalk uses the finest freshest ingredients to create one of a kind cake for their customers. I have heard so much about them that I asked owner Alexis Davis if she could create my birthday cake. Much to my surprise she agreed. I know that they are very busy so I picked my cake flavor, Champagne, and went with their Swiss Meringue Buttercream frosting. I left the decorating up to Alexis.
Upon receiving the cake I knew that I was falling in love. The cake was beautiful! The frosting was cream colored and decorated with pink accents and a vine wrapped around the cake. I let the cake sit out for a bit as the frosting is stiff until it is more room temperature and I impatiently waited until I could cut the first slice. Much to my chagrin there was a layer of strawberry mousse filling in the cake!! I took my first bite and I knew that I was in love. I savored this moist and heavenly cake. The frosting was rich and flavorful, the strawberry mousse light and the champagne flavored cake all combined to make a decadent treat.
Just so you know. Cakewalk offers six basic cake flavors and nine deluxe. There are about 15 homemade fillings if you would like to add a layer in your cake. There are 6 frosting flavors to choose from as well. Since this is a creative process if you are searching for something different just ask them. Cakewalk just may be able to accommodate your special flavor request.
If you are looking for some incredible delicious edible art then Cakewalk should be your next stop for a cake for your birthday, wedding, party, any time you need a special cake to celebrate. Really, I don’t think you even need a special time to order a Cakewalk cake!
309 W. Jefferson St.
Plymouth, IN 46563
Type: Handcrafted specialty cakes
Price: Depends + custom orders
Hours: Appointments only
Soho Japanese Bistro
On a whim, I stopped into Soho Japanese Bistro the other day for dinner. The restaurant is still spot on. I had the Teppanyaki Grill experience, you know where they make your food in front of you. I always enjoy the experience but hate the smell afterwards on my clothes. However, the restaurant is large and if you would prefer to order off the menu you can sit in the dining room area and enjoy your experience there. They also have a small sushi bar where you can dine. The bar is small and I do not suggest dining there but Soho claims to have the largest craft beer menu in Michiana. The restaurant is clean and spacious with a water wall on the front wall. They are open for lunch and dinner daily but closed between 2-4pm Monday through Friday. The restaurant is the second for this West Chester, Ohio (Cincinnati) business.
Soho Japanese Bistro
7225 Heritage Square (shopping center)
Granger, IN 46530
Hours: 11-2 and 4-10 M-F Sat 11-11 Sun 12-9
Yesterday’s Fine Food & Spirits
If I could make Yesterday’s my everyday spot, I would. This restaurant is located in Granger in an old rambling house. It is different but wonderfully cozy and friendly. When you walk in the owner, Evonne, one of the owners, will most likely greet you and sit you in one of the four rooms they have set up for service. One of these offers bar seating and an old fireplace that in the winter is a favorite place to be seated by. The décor is random, I mean there is a Christmas tree on the ceiling in the bar area. They also have a great outdoor patio that comes alive in the summer with music, games, food and fun. The food is some of the freshest in the area and it may take you a few minutes to wrap your head around the amount of items offered in the menu. Bill, Evonne’s husband, is the chef and he wants you to know that your order is made fresh to order for you. The food ranges from prime rib to a Chicken and Pistachio Roll Ups. Just viewing the menu online will make you want to try this local restaurant!! What they don’t show you online or even mention is the HOMEMADE desserts. They are decadent and large and I would suggest sharing one or take it home. If you eat it all, you will be look like a pig! There is no other way to put. Although, reservations are not necessary I would suggest you call ahead on holidays, football weekends and if you have a large group. May I suggest the Bu Bu II, The Mob, Hey Wally, The Coop, The Black n’ Blue…you get the picture. Now stop by and discover it for yourself!
12594 S.R. 23
Granger, IN 46530
Toll Free: 866-672-7017
Price: $to $$$
Hours: Monday - Thursday 4 - 9:30pm
Friday 4 - 10:30pm
Saturday 11 - 10:30pm
Location: Downtownish Granger
Smoking: No (but allowed outside on the patio)