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Guidebook for Elkhart

Ricc & Vallie

Guidebook for Elkhart

Essentials
Our favorite grocery store. They have a Starbucks on site. Their deli fried chicken is salty and delicious. Their salad bar is very nice as well. martins-supermarkets.com
Martin's Super Market
3900 E Bristol St
Our favorite grocery store. They have a Starbucks on site. Their deli fried chicken is salty and delicious. Their salad bar is very nice as well. martins-supermarkets.com
Food Scene
A local hang out with their own Cajun twist on comfort food. The chili is delicious, grilled cheese is good also as well as the sweet potato fries. eatbaconhill.com
Bacon Hill Kitchen & Pub
4000 E Bristol St
A local hang out with their own Cajun twist on comfort food. The chili is delicious, grilled cheese is good also as well as the sweet potato fries. eatbaconhill.com
Mexican American local favorite. They have daily drink specials with chips and salsa when you are seated. They are known for their wet burrito. haciendafiesta.com
Hacienda Mexican Restaurants
186 Easy Shopping Pl
Mexican American local favorite. They have daily drink specials with chips and salsa when you are seated. They are known for their wet burrito. haciendafiesta.com
Great atmosphere and delicious stuffed Chicago style pizza. Get the 10 inch option, we found the larger pizza to have too much cheese, I know, it's hard to believe. antoniositalian.com
Antonio's Italian Restaurant
1105 Goshen Ave
Great atmosphere and delicious stuffed Chicago style pizza. Get the 10 inch option, we found the larger pizza to have too much cheese, I know, it's hard to believe. antoniositalian.com
Lakeside burger joint. All the burgers we've tried are good. Don't watch your diet here, the loaded tots are yummy and the cheesy nuggs are our favorite. flippincow.com
Flippin Cow
51330 State Rte 19
Lakeside burger joint. All the burgers we've tried are good. Don't watch your diet here, the loaded tots are yummy and the cheesy nuggs are our favorite. flippincow.com
A favorite restaurant & bar with the locals. You will often see a table reserved. Great food & prices. A hidden gem. Not much atmosphere, decorated with rat pack posters. Find it on Facebook “Dino’s of Elkhart “. You will find a menu in our information folder.
Dino's
1500 Osolo Rd
A favorite restaurant & bar with the locals. You will often see a table reserved. Great food & prices. A hidden gem. Not much atmosphere, decorated with rat pack posters. Find it on Facebook “Dino’s of Elkhart “. You will find a menu in our information folder.
The best handmade pretzles in the area with 2 locations, one in Goshen and one in Shipshewana. They have sandwiches, soups, and delicious pretzels.
JoJo's Pretzels
136 S Main St
The best handmade pretzles in the area with 2 locations, one in Goshen and one in Shipshewana. They have sandwiches, soups, and delicious pretzels.
The best handmade pretzels in the area. They serve sandwiches, soups, and delicious pretzles. We love to visit JoJo’s. You won’t be disappointed.
Jojo's Pretzels
205 N Harrison St
The best handmade pretzels in the area. They serve sandwiches, soups, and delicious pretzles. We love to visit JoJo’s. You won’t be disappointed.
If you like popcorn, this is the place! They will give you free samples so be sure to try any popcorn that sounds good to you. They have Carmel to Die For, Windy City Style (Carmel corn & cheese corn), Jelly Bean, Afterburner (spicy cheese corn), Buckeye (Carmel corn drizzled with peanut butter & chocolate), Carmel Nut, and a flavor of the month. Ricc likes the Carmel Nut popcorn and Vallie recommends Afterburner.
Shirley's Gourmet Popcorn Company of Goshen
106 N Main St
If you like popcorn, this is the place! They will give you free samples so be sure to try any popcorn that sounds good to you. They have Carmel to Die For, Windy City Style (Carmel corn & cheese corn), Jelly Bean, Afterburner (spicy cheese corn), Buckeye (Carmel corn drizzled with peanut butter & chocolate), Carmel Nut, and a flavor of the month. Ricc likes the Carmel Nut popcorn and Vallie recommends Afterburner.
A breakfast and lunch bakery with pastries, sandwiches and soups. Located on the Elkhart river, it has a patio to enjoy in warm weather.
B on the River
333 Nibco Pkwy
A breakfast and lunch bakery with pastries, sandwiches and soups. Located on the Elkhart river, it has a patio to enjoy in warm weather.
A favorite of the locals. Known for cinnamon carmel donuts. They serve breakfast and lunch. Free coffee with purchase. Donuts, cookies, canned fruit, pies, breads, and pecan (cashew too) crunch ( known as Amish Crack by the locals). The help is primarily Amish ladies. You won’t be disappointed. They also have a location in Elkhart ask us for directions. risenroll.com
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Rise'n Roll Bakery & Deli
1065 N 1150 W
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A favorite of the locals. Known for cinnamon carmel donuts. They serve breakfast and lunch. Free coffee with purchase. Donuts, cookies, canned fruit, pies, breads, and pecan (cashew too) crunch ( known as Amish Crack by the locals). The help is primarily Amish ladies. You won’t be disappointed. They also have a location in Elkhart ask us for directions. risenroll.com
A great place to get breakfast. Known for their pancakes, don’t be afraid to try their peanut butter lovers French toast.
Stacks Pancake House & Restaurant
5230 Beck Dr
A great place to get breakfast. Known for their pancakes, don’t be afraid to try their peanut butter lovers French toast.
Originally a truck stop. It grew into a tourist stop. It has a buffet, they also serve family style. Their bakery has an expansive selection. Many shops and a theater on their campus. Vallie likes their broasted chicken and Ricc likes The roast beef. You will find a menu in our welcome book. Their claim to fame is Amish cooking. Closed on Sunday. essenhaus.com
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Das Dutchman Essenhaus
240 U.S. 20
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Originally a truck stop. It grew into a tourist stop. It has a buffet, they also serve family style. Their bakery has an expansive selection. Many shops and a theater on their campus. Vallie likes their broasted chicken and Ricc likes The roast beef. You will find a menu in our welcome book. Their claim to fame is Amish cooking. Closed on Sunday. essenhaus.com
Budget friendly Italian restaurant downtown Elkhart. Vallie likes their bruschetta. You will find a menu in our welcome book. thevineonmain.com
The Vine
214 S Main St
Budget friendly Italian restaurant downtown Elkhart. Vallie likes their bruschetta. You will find a menu in our welcome book. thevineonmain.com
A restaurant and bar in Middlebury. They have an expansive beer menu. You will find a menu in our welcome book. Vallie likes their chicken, bacon, & ranch pita. You may have a wait. Find them on Facebook 41 Degrees North.
41 Degrees North Restaurant and Bar
104 S Main St
A restaurant and bar in Middlebury. They have an expansive beer menu. You will find a menu in our welcome book. Vallie likes their chicken, bacon, & ranch pita. You may have a wait. Find them on Facebook 41 Degrees North.
Best ice cream in Elkhart. They have a walk up window and a drive thru window. You know spring is coming when Flavor Freeze opens. myflavorfreeze.com
Flavor Freeze North
1628 E Bristol St
Best ice cream in Elkhart. They have a walk up window and a drive thru window. You know spring is coming when Flavor Freeze opens. myflavorfreeze.com
Great hot sandwiches and pizza. Find a menu in our welcome book. samuelmancinos.info
Samuel Mancino's Italian
23810 Old U.S. 20
Great hot sandwiches and pizza. Find a menu in our welcome book. samuelmancinos.info
Best takeout pizza in Elkhart according to Vallie. Ricc thinks it’s too greasy. Don’t listen to Ricc
Volcano Pizza / Poplar Court
1900 Berry St
Best takeout pizza in Elkhart according to Vallie. Ricc thinks it’s too greasy. Don’t listen to Ricc
Don’t let the location fool you, located in an industrial park. A great place for a steak.
Heinnies
1743 Lusher Ave
Don’t let the location fool you, located in an industrial park. A great place for a steak.
Open for breakfast and lunch. Simple decor based on The Andy Griffith Show. Located in a strip mall in an industrial park. A favorite with locals. Huge portions.
Mayberry Cafe
736 Middleton Run Rd
Open for breakfast and lunch. Simple decor based on The Andy Griffith Show. Located in a strip mall in an industrial park. A favorite with locals. Huge portions.
Restaurant and bar with homemade bar food.
Sports Time
56199 Parkway Ave
Restaurant and bar with homemade bar food.
A popcorn shop created locally with over 100 flavors (bacon to zebra carmel). It’s a fun place to stop and try samples. Vallie recommends carmel with sea salt and cheesy sriracha. We have a brochure in our welcome book. Open 10-8 Monday through Saturday and 10-5 on Sunday.
The Savory Kernel
109 E University Dr
A popcorn shop created locally with over 100 flavors (bacon to zebra carmel). It’s a fun place to stop and try samples. Vallie recommends carmel with sea salt and cheesy sriracha. We have a brochure in our welcome book. Open 10-8 Monday through Saturday and 10-5 on Sunday.
A national chain with excellent comfort food. Try the chicken & waffles, you won’t be disappointed. The fried tenderloin sandwich is delicious also. Find it at metro diner.com
Metro Diner
423 E University Dr
A national chain with excellent comfort food. Try the chicken & waffles, you won’t be disappointed. The fried tenderloin sandwich is delicious also. Find it at metro diner.com
Featured on Diners Drive In’s & Dives, it’s an iconic diner. The owner is from Philadelphia, so the cheese steak sandwich is a staple and the chili is award winning. Our nephew likes their green river. Don’t forget to ask to see the desserts. The coconut mvacaroon pie is one of Vallie’s favorites.
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South Side Soda Shop
1122 S Main St
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Featured on Diners Drive In’s & Dives, it’s an iconic diner. The owner is from Philadelphia, so the cheese steak sandwich is a staple and the chili is award winning. Our nephew likes their green river. Don’t forget to ask to see the desserts. The coconut mvacaroon pie is one of Vallie’s favorites.
An Elkhart treasure. A lot of regulars eat here. Try the fish basket or the fried tenderloin sandwich. Really anything is good. Find it on Facebook at Cappy’s Northside Tavern.
Cappy's Northside Tavern and Restaurant
1000 N Michigan St
An Elkhart treasure. A lot of regulars eat here. Try the fish basket or the fried tenderloin sandwich. Really anything is good. Find it on Facebook at Cappy’s Northside Tavern.
Great for breakfast. Delicious food, huge portions & fast service. Check our information book for a menu.
Golden Egg Pancake House
305 N Nappanee St
Great for breakfast. Delicious food, huge portions & fast service. Check our information book for a menu.
An institution in Goshen Indiana since 1912. Open for breakfast and lunch. They have a soda fountain. Don’t forget a sweet treat to go. Olympiacandykitchen.com
Olympia Candy Kitchen
136 N Main St
An institution in Goshen Indiana since 1912. Open for breakfast and lunch. They have a soda fountain. Don’t forget a sweet treat to go. Olympiacandykitchen.com
An Indiana chain with iconic Indiana food. Locally sourced. foodScottysbrewhouse.com
Scotty's Brewhouse
4340 N Main St
An Indiana chain with iconic Indiana food. Locally sourced. foodScottysbrewhouse.com
Everything Else
2 miles from our house. I think it's $10/day guest pass. eastlakeclubs.com
Eastlake Athletic Clubs
3400 Henke St
2 miles from our house. I think it's $10/day guest pass. eastlakeclubs.com
Parks & Nature
This is the best garden in Elkhart. Free admission on Tuesday. Beauty beyond description with statues & water features. They often have events open to the public & private parties as well. wellfieldgardens.org
Wellfield Botanic Gardens
1011 N Main St
This is the best garden in Elkhart. Free admission on Tuesday. Beauty beyond description with statues & water features. They often have events open to the public & private parties as well. wellfieldgardens.org
Bicycle trail that spans Elkhart County.
Pumpkinvine Nature Trail Parking, CR 35
Bicycle trail that spans Elkhart County.
Drinks & Nightlife
This is a restaurant bar with a stage for music performances. It’s formerly a cinema. The food is great bar food. Ricc likes the fish and chips and Vallie likes the Roadhouse burger. Check out their online schedule of performances. fivestardivebar.info
Five Star Dive Bar
561 E Jackson Blvd
This is a restaurant bar with a stage for music performances. It’s formerly a cinema. The food is great bar food. Ricc likes the fish and chips and Vallie likes the Roadhouse burger. Check out their online schedule of performances. fivestardivebar.info
A local microbrew hangout for the yuppie scene. It’s always busy. They have handmade pizzas to choose from. Order at the bar and they give you a number for your table where they bring you your food. They have a patio for warm weather.
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Iechyd Da Brewing Company
317 North Main Street
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A local microbrew hangout for the yuppie scene. It’s always busy. They have handmade pizzas to choose from. Order at the bar and they give you a number for your table where they bring you your food. They have a patio for warm weather.
Arts & Culture
They have Norman Rockwell paintings. In the autumn they they showcase local talent. Ricc won a purchase award in 2017. Free on Sunday. midwestmuseum.us
Midwest Museum of American Art
429 S Main St
They have Norman Rockwell paintings. In the autumn they they showcase local talent. Ricc won a purchase award in 2017. Free on Sunday. midwestmuseum.us
Shopping
Features charming urban rustic, cottage, and French home décor. Features Annie Sloan chalk paint. They also have a coffee shop and woman’s clothing store.
Birds Gotta Fly
916 N Michigan St
Features charming urban rustic, cottage, and French home décor. Features Annie Sloan chalk paint. They also have a coffee shop and woman’s clothing store.
Antique shopping mall in an old factory building. Find it on Facebook at Antiques on Beardsley.
Antiques On Beardsley
816 W Beardsley Ave
Antique shopping mall in an old factory building. Find it on Facebook at Antiques on Beardsley.
Antique mall in an old store front. Vallie likes this antique shop better than antiques on Beardsley. Find them on Facebook at 820 Antiques.
820 Antiques
820 N Ward St
Antique mall in an old store front. Vallie likes this antique shop better than antiques on Beardsley. Find them on Facebook at 820 Antiques.
Antique mall located in an old furniture store.
Hearts Desire Antique Mall
3030 Old U.S. 20
Antique mall located in an old furniture store.
You’ll find upcycled furniture and antiques here. A fun place to checkout. theblackcrowonmain.com
The Black Crow On Main
224 S Main St
You’ll find upcycled furniture and antiques here. A fun place to checkout. theblackcrowonmain.com
Ladies clothing store and consignment shop. Vallie likes to frequent this shop. Next door to The Black Crow. Find them on Facebook at Bella’s Boutique.
Bella's Boutique
226 S Main St
Ladies clothing store and consignment shop. Vallie likes to frequent this shop. Next door to The Black Crow. Find them on Facebook at Bella’s Boutique.