Make the most of a rainy day or simply spend an evening with entertainment for all ages at Strikes & Spares. Choose between bowling, bumper cars, go carts, black-light mini golf or billiard and challenge friends and family members for a round of arcade gaming. May the best win!
In September, the annual gathering draws Celts and Highland aficionados towards Howard Park to celebrate a day of tartans, hammer throw and bagpipes. One of the highlights are the athletic competition and the various kinds of Celtic music, from traditional to modern rock. So, if you’re lucky to be in town at this time of the year, don’t forget to bring your kilts and prepare for some haggis.
While winters can get rather chilly in Mishawaka, that’s no reason for staying in all day. There are several places for outdoor activities in snowy parks and on icy fields. St. Patrick’s County Park, for example, is an ideal place for cross-county skiing or hurtling downhill on an innertube. So, get your share of excitement in the snow before you relax with a hot drink in one of the lovely cafes nearby.
The Mishawaka Riverwalk is a system of walking and bicycle trails. Many bridges traverse the St. Joseph River on both banks and connect visitors to area parks. Strolling Riverwalk is not only a great opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the river, but also lets you take in some of the greatest attractions in the Mishawaka park system.
The park is a World War II Memorial and features four old shells obtained from South Bend Regional Airport's Military. Dedicated to soldiers and fallen troops, the shells have been painted in black and gold and mounted on cement blocks. The memorial was first opened in 1940 and was completely renovated only recently.
Named after a former Mishawaka mayor, Beutter Park sits at the site of the former Ball Band/Uniroyal plant and is an important point on the Riverwalk. It also has many features that center around the river, including a river race with connecting bridges, overlooks and underwater fiber-optics lighting.
The Oliver Mansion is one of three historic homes owned by the Center for History, which houses exhibits focused on the St. Joseph Valley Region. The Oliver Mansion, named Capshaholm, is the former home of the late J.D. Oliver, a prominent entrepreneur and historical figure in South Bend.
If you think you've got what it takes to be a golf star, there are several clubs and courses in the area to proof it. Try one of the following. Blackthorn Golf Club 6100 Nimtz Parkway, South Bend +1 574 232 4653 www.blackthorngolf.com Eberhart-Petro Municipal Golf Course 801 North State Street, Mishawaka +1 574 255 5508 www.mishawaka.in.gov Morris Park Country Club 2200 McKinley Avenue, South Bend +1 574 233 9474 www.morrisparkcc.com Notre Dame Golf Course U.S. 31 North and Angela Boulevard, Notre Dame +1 574 631 6425 www.recsports.nd.edu Studebaker Golf Course 718 Calvert Street, South Bend +1 574 287 6634 www.sbpark.org
This casual restaurant provides a fusion of Lebanese and American dishes. While delicious Pita Pitzas are the heart of the menu, you can always get a nutritious vegetarian option or choose a selection of salad pockets. The little ones will love the kid’s meals and no one can say no to a diamond Baklava for dessert.
Hana Yori adds a bit of Japan on Mishawaka’s culinary map. At the restaurant with the tasteful oriental decor, five chefs will skillfully prepare your personal Teppanyaki choice of fish, meat and fresh vegetables right in front of your eyes. Dinner at Hana Yori promises an experience with a wow-factor.
While the bar might not be specifically evil, the food no doubt is devilishly good. Whether you’re looking for a small bite to your local brew or a rich meal after a long day out, the Czech place offers everything from all-you-can-eat lunch buffets to à la carte dinners. Have a Dr. Hopula IPA with your Voodoo Shrimp Tacos and enjoy one hell of a night.
Are you tired of fish-fingers and the ever same plate of mussels? Then you’re ready for the fresh and innovative seafood experience at Bonefish Grill. The menu lets you choose between traditional cod filets and exotic creations that come with a unique wood-grill flavor. Since the owners pay a lot attention to detail, you’ll find a vibrant indoor design and shimmering sculptors in your dining room.
When you’re visiting the Notre Dame Campus, one of the many must-sees in Mishawaka, then make sure to have lunch at Sorin’s. It’s the on-site restaurant of the Morris Inn, a 1950s estate that was recently renovated and has been placed among the top five percent of hotels in all of US. The experienced staff serves you traditional French food in a classy ambience and offers you wine from exclusive vintners with your meal. Afterwards you can enjoy a relaxed round of golf at the Warren Golf Course nearby or book a seat at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.
Not far from the University Campus lies a big city restaurant with a small-town vibe. The friendly staff makes you feel like home, while the menu promises an all American experience. Not only can you choose between some of the best burgers in the city, such as the Black Bean Burger with avocado, but also a wide selection of craft as well as import beer is offered.
Sunny is not only the nickname of owner and culinary mastermind Chom Sun Kaminski, but also the disposition and charisma of the staff. At the Korean restaurant you get an organic and seasonal choice of vegetable dishes while also meat is served to your taste. All products are non-MSG and even vegan options are available upon request.
Learn more about the Italian way of life by dining at Carrabba’s. The founders with Sicilian roots decided to spice up their meals with flavors form the West. The result is a mix of Texas Specials, Gulf Coast cuisine and just a touch of Sicily. The passionate food-lovers aim to enthuse their guests with unusual creations and delicious ensembles.
Doc Pierce's steakhouse was named after an old sign for a former restaurant on the side of the building. So, in the new Doc Pierce's you can enjoy antique decor in a fresh setting while you dine. Doc's has daily drink specials served up with classic American comfort favorites.
Don't judge a book by its cover, or a restaurant by its appearance. Satay House might be fairly regular from the outside, but it brings seamless perfection to its Thai, Malaysian and Asian cuisine. Their menu has so many options, it can be difficult to decide for just one dish.
Enjoy a special night out at Reggio's, an Italian restaurant reserved for clientele aged 21 or older. Besides traditional Tuscan food, Mozzarella entrees and Basil garnish, it also offer a variety of American-style dishes. Don't hesitate to finish off your meal with one of their delicious cannolis.
Probably the best Indian Cuisine in South Bend can be found at India Garden. Whether you want to pig out on the lunch buffet or decide for one of their vegetarian dishes, you won't be disappointed. If you want to take home some of their exotic specialties, the proprietors also operate a well-stocked Indian grocery store adjacent to the restaurant.
Chicory Cafe uses espresso and coffee beans from a New Orleans roaster for its French-Quarter style and serves a menu filled with authentic New Orleans cuisine. Their commitment to the local art scene is clear asset to the guests and can be experienced through the regular scheduling of live performances from local musicians and showcases of local artists.
West End Bakery has been popular for decades as a destination for donuts, cakes, and other pastries. This family-owned establishment has been serving the Michiana area for over 80 years and will hopefully continue to do so for the next. Drop by and see why the place is a local favorite.
In addition to freshly baked to pastries, Indulgence also serves a variety of breakfast foods as well as soups, salads, and sandwiches for lunch. Be sure to ask about catering or specialty cakes for any occasion. Free delivery is offered within the Michiana region.
This Pancake House is a fantastic place to have breakfast and a cup of coffee. As this is also a favorite spot for locals, mind that it can get pretty busy, especially in the mornings. But once you have tasted the soft bakeries and warm beverages you'll see that it's worth the wait.
This bar in the 100 Center in Mishawaka could be your new favorite in town. The events range from electric dance nights to ladies only offers. If you’re rather looking for a relaxed night out you can always book your space in the VIP area and make a reservation for your group. The place is gay-friendly and offers you the perfect opportunity to explore the local nightlife.
If you’re looking for some good laughs, drop into, well, The Drop. Have some casual fries and burgers with the stand-up on stage and prepare for some true knee-slappers. The monthly program features celebrities as well as local heroes and if you happen to be an aspiring comedian yourself, use the Tuesday Open Mic night to show off your own skills.
Look forward to an evening of sports and entertainment at Smokestack Brew and if you’re lucky, you might even catch a show of local act. Bring your forks for the Friday and Saturday night Omlette bar and prepare for an extraordinary bar menu featuring Espresso Martini or The Dirty Dirty. Definitely no place for bored faces.
If you’re looking for a watering hole with that certain something, the Treehouse Shine Bar it is! You’ll get the whole range of American sports bar feeling with burgers, beer, grilled rips and everything one could wish for. Make sure to enjoy some moonshine before you leave!
Get a feel good sensation in the cozy setting of this South Bend Irish Public House. Warm your finger over the central fireplace on a snowy winter’s eve or drop by during summer and enjoy a cool Guinness on their outside terrace. Next to traditional dishes form the Emerald Isle, you can always catch some old music or acoustics session in the Fiddler’s Hearth.
This bar is a well-known chill out place for the student crowd and impresses visitors with its upbeat interior and remarkable beer and wine selection. Be an early bird and enjoy their happy hour deals or enter the bar in the middle of the night, Bar Louie will always bid you a warm welcome.
This neighborhood bar is your place for a cheerful evening with lots of variation. Not only can you get mixed drinks, beer and cocktails, but also a hookah bar and fresh servings of oysters, of course, are on the daily menu. In between your food and drinks you’ve got three pools tables and dart boards to pass your time. On the weekends, this bar is packed with pub crawlers and students looking for a good time.
Not far from Howard Park, this old-school tavern is located in a building dating back to as far as 1882. It is a place for meeting up with the locals and one or the other college professors has been spotted having an after-lecture drink with students. Don’t forget to check out the daily specials and make sure you get one of those Becky Burgers on the menu.
This public house has earned quite some reputation among the South Bend community. Stop in at a Monday and test your common knowledge at Trivia Night or get your 15 minutes of fame during their legendary Tuesday Karaoke sessions. On the weekends, however, the place is packed with party people as there is always a live band on stage.
Frank’s is the kind of casual bar where the bartender knows the name of each customer and you’ll be greeted with a broad smile upon arrival. The laid back atmosphere invites for an easy-going get together over a beer and maybe some ice-cold bar drinks on the weekends. The place has excellent bar food and before you leave you’ll promise to come again.
The experienced owners of Cheer’s Pub know how to entertain a weekend crowd. The venue is located near St. Mary’s campus and has been around for over 30 years. If you’re looking for your weekly dose of Hard Rock music, stop in during one of the many on stage concert and enjoy amazing food before you hit the dance floor. Drink specials and a wide range of burgers and pizza is on the daily menu.
Located in an historic building at the main intersection in downtown Mishawaka, The Phoenix keeps the heart of the city alive. They serve lunch and dinner nightly and serve drinks from a full bar. Throughout the week you will find entertainment nearly every night of the week ranging from live bands to karaoke and open mic nights.
Even when there is no game on, there is still something to do at Between the Buns, where the burgers and other menu items are made to order. It is a great place to catch the latest Fighting Irish football game, and it is considered by many to be the best sports bar in the Michiana region.
University Park Mall serves the entire Michiana region, and, while you won't find many mom and pop shops, you should be able to find everything you need in its more than 120 stores. Notable companies with locations here include: American Eagle, Charlotte Ruse, JC Penney, Dakota Watch Company, and Buckle. There are also several dining options to fit every taste.
Board and card gaming buffs will lighten up at this Michiana’s fantasy store. Everything from Yu-Gi-Oh! to Magic is available and there are regular gaming sessions on the monthly events calendar. Show your skills or simply purchase a stronger character or new amusement for your own gaming nights.
This popular retail chain brings a smile to the face of bargain hunters. Stop by and get the best deals on designer articles for all ages. Don’t hesitate to ask for the latest arrivals and rest your feet in the St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park after a long shopping tour.
This food store with a health centered philosophy provides you with just the best of Mother Nature. The helpful team advises you on products that support your well-being and you can choose from a wide range of essential oils, body products and organic wholesome foods. Do something good for your health and stop in to Garden Patch Market.
Get inspired by Notre Dame University and purchase a good read at the Campus’ bookstore. Next to books and magazines, the cozy store with its own coffee place offers you a selection of gifts and fan ware such as t-shirts, sweaters, mugs or and even pet collars. Step in and take home a piece of Notre Dame.
A mix of local and commercially-owned shops and restaurants offering goods and services can be found here. Spend the morning perusing some of the shops like Charming Charlie, Coldwater Creek, Eddie Bauer, and White House Black Market, then, stop for lunch at Uptown Kitchen or Soho Japanese Bistro.
Purchases made at Better World Books, founded by former University of Notre Dame students, benefit literacy causes across the globe. Their literacy partners include the organizations Books for Africa, the National Center for Families Learning, Room to Read, and World Fund.
TRANSPO it the main public transport in the region and runs buses in approx. 30 minutes intervals. While you can use the TRANSPO between ca. 05.00 and 21.00 during the week, the weekend service is limited. Fares are between $0,50 (reduced) and $1 per single journey. A day pass is available for $3 and if you are planning to use the bus throughout a longer trip you can purchase a two-week pass for $18.00. Tickets are available in local TRANSPO offices. Routes, maps and timetables are available online as well as in public libraries throughout South Bend and Mishawaka.