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With many farms nearby, South Bend has a wonderful selection of restaurants featuring locally grown items. These establishments are favorites with visitors and locals alike. The Carriage House Dining Room & Gardens, for example, is housed in a converted church that dates to 1851. The restaurant’s décor is impeccable with Persian rugs and fine oil paintings throughout. Food is prepared in the classic French style, with house dishes including rabbit sausage and steak Diane. The wine-selecting experience is enhanced thanks to an onsite sommelier.
Perfectly located next to The Morris Performing Arts Center, LaSalle Grill features an impressive and creative range of dining options, including dishes that utilize locally raised ducks and chickens. The menu is continuously evolving. For a more low-key experience, visit the LaSalle Kitchen and Tavern located on the building's third floor.
Situated inside Morris Inn on the Notre Dame campus, the restaurant takes its name from the founding father of the university. Recently renovated, Sorin's features a seasonal menu that offers a varied selection of fish and poultry dishes, using as much local meat and produce as possible. The wine list includes selections from wineries that have an association with Notre Dame, including ones operated by alumni.
Tippecanoe Place Restaurant, found inside the Studebaker Mansion, is a dining experience that makes you feel as if you’ve been invited to a lavish dinner party from a century ago. With a stunning view of the grounds, Tippecanoe offers a top-notch selection of prime rib and steaks, as well as an impressive array of wines and cocktails. The restaurant also offers a Sunday brunch that is a family tradition for many local residents.
Set in the heart of downtown South Bend, Café Navarre takes up a corner of what was once a large bank. The menu features a wealth of Italian, French and Spanish dishes while the atmosphere has an elegant charm. In keeping with its Old World décor, the bar's smart cocktail selection will make any drink aficionado smile.