Quest for the Best: Ten Hot New Restaurants to Try in 2011

 

SALSA’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT

When you walk through the door at Salsa’s, the aromas and atmosphere make you feel as if you’ve stepped into a Mexican cantina. From fresh guacamole prepared right at your table to incredible fajitas and amazing margaritas, the fresh, authentic Mexican flavors are memorable and delicious. Ole!

Opened: September 2010     
www.salsasmexicanfood.com
4160 Grape Rd, Mishawaka IN
574-204-2471

SANGRIA’S WINE BAR

Dining at Sangria’s presents an opportunity to journey through the Latin countryside via the restaurant’s authentic Latin cuisine and wines. The menu is comprised of dishes from different places in Mexico, featuring classics such as taco yucateco (fish tacos), carnitas (roast pork) and Cuban tortas (sandwiches).   

Opened: January 2010
www.sangriaswinebar.com
123 N Michigan St, South Bend IN
574-232-9463

CORNDANCE TAVERN

A “corndance” was an elaborate ritual performed by the Potawatomi Indians as they gave thanks to their gods and made requests for bountiful harvests. Corndance Tavern celebrates and honors this tradition by offering a unique cuisine made from only the freshest ingredients. A majority of the food is from local organic farms, Amish farmer’s markets and the family’s own American Bison ranch.

Opened: December 2010
www.corndance.com
4725 Grape Rd, Mishawaka IN
574-217-7584

KILDARE’S IRISH PUB

This Celtic cuisine will take you right to the Irish Hills. Wholesome and hearty, Kildare’s pub burgers, pubwiches and melts served with homemade potato chips or fries are sure to fill you up with authentic Irish fare. Be sure to try Boxtys—a traditional Irish dish made from a potato pancake that is rolled and stuffed with various fillings.

Opened: August 2010
www.kildaresirishpub.com
1044 Angela Blvd, Ste 103,
South Bend IN
574-251-0355

TEMPER GRILLE

The tapas-style menu is unique to this area because menu items are served in smaller portions that are meant to be shared. You won’t find a large kitchen at Temper Grille because it’s designed to be a very fresh restaurant. Food is served immediately after preparation rather than sitting under warmers, waiting for the rest of the order to come up.

Opened: May 2010
www.tempergrille.com
1213 E University Dr, Granger IN
574-273-0443

THE MARK DINE & TAP

Experience high quality, fresh, natural foods in a bright and comfortable environment. The Mark specializes in gourmet comfort foods such as veal meatloaf, mac ‘n cheese with pancetta and leeks, steak burgers and tall grass fed steaks. Be sure to leave room for one of their delicious desserts!

Opened: August 2010
thecleanplateclubrestaurants.com
1234 Eddy St, Suite 111, South Bend IN
574-204-2767

McCARTHY’S ON THE RIVERWALK

Enjoy a great view of the Elkhart River while you dine indoors or outside on the patio. Perfect for a quick lunch or a martini night out with friends, McCarthy’s serves up Irish/American fare including sandwiches, pasta, seafood, steaks, lamb shanks and corned beef.

Opened: October 2009
www.mccarthysontheriverwalk.com
333 Nibco Parkway, Elkhart IN
574-293-2830

BAKIN’ & EGGS

Specializing in fresh baked items, organic scramblers, omelettes and thick-cut cherry cured bacon, Bakin’ & Eggs serves breakfast all day long.  If breakfast isn’t your thing, there’s also a lunch menu including deli meats and cheeses from Boars Head (a food line featuring all natural, gluten free products). Be sure to try the fresh pastries made daily for both order in and carry out!

Opening: March 2011
Toscana Park
303 Florence Ave, Granger IN
574-855-1944

FLAT TOP GRILL

If you’re in the mood for a dish with Asian flair, Flat Top is a must try. This create-your-own-stir-fry restaurant combines the efforts of a full-service restaurant with an interactive dining experience. You get to venture through the “Fresh Food Line” and create your own unique dish of veggies, proteins and sauces, then watch a chef prepare it.

Opened: January 2011
www.flattopgrill.com
6501 N Grape Rd, Ste 1130
Mishawaka IN
574-307-7442

HO PING HOUSE

Ho Ping means “peaceful” in Chinese.  It’s also a perfect description for the atmosphere inside Ho Ping House.  Designed to showcase a combination of both traditional and contemporary Oriental styles alongside modern nutritional concepts, Ho Ping House serves Mandarin-style Chinese food such as Peking duck (requires a 1 day advance reservation) and mooshu pork in addition to other authentic
Chinese dishes.

Opened: December 2010
www.hopinghouse.com
303 S Dixie Way, South Bend IN
574-243-3366