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Hungry? Check out these local eateries.

Mod Mex

Location: 1700 Toledo Rd. in Elkhart

Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday; 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday; 5 to 10 p.m. Friday through Saturday

What does it have?

You may have heard people describe Mod Mex’s lunch as Chipotle-esque. Though the restaurant serves up a variety of Mexican food options at dinner, its lunch menu offers burritos, tacos, tortas and shell-less burritos that are made to order with your choice of meats and fillings. The restaurant’s guacamole, which is made fresh, is a crowd-pleaser too. At dinner, you can order it with goat cheese, bacon, bleu cheese, crab or mango mixed in. 

Check out Mod Mex’s menu to see if it’s right for you.

What are people saying about it?

“Love love this place! Food is so delicious. Best Mexican restaurant around Michiana. We had guacamole with bacon and was soooo good. Chips very fresh and yummy and main course great. Even my mom loved it and she’s not a big fan of Mexican food!” – Alicia R. (Review taken from Yelp)

“Great Modern Mexican food with good service. My family has been here at least 5 times – we keep going back because it is good! We’ve tried many things on the menu and have never been disappointed. Their Sangria is pretty awesome too. Skip Hacienda and come here instead. It’s much better! PS: I do have a comment on the music though – it’s always really sad depressing, Coldplay/Radiohead type play list. I suggest mixing it up a bit and add a few happy peppy songs…please…I beg you.” – Sarah S. (Review taken from Yelp)

“Good place to go for healthy Mexican food. I ordered the Pollo al camaron it was good. Although, the chicken was a weird texture. The burritos looked really good. I agree with a previous reviewer, the music is sad…lol.” – Christine S. (Review taken from Yelp)

“Its almost Chipotles…same concept. I had carnitas tacos and can say the pork was not true to tradition. I’d rather they call them “Pork” tacos so to not mislead as true carnitas are fried. I think the meat was microwaved too, maybe not but tasted like it. High applause for the level of freshness and attempts to provide some level of healthy food choices in Elkhart. Will most definitely try again on the next visit for a second shot.” – Vincent S. (Review taken from Yelp)

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Rachel’s Bread

Location: 212 W. Washington St. in Goshen

Hours: 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday

What does it have?

Rachel’s Bread brings the taste of European artisan bakeries to Goshen, where it serves up food made with local, organic ingredients. Twenty types of breads are served on a rotating schedule, some of which are made in the bakery’s wood-fired oven. The restaurant also makes pizzas, soups, salads and serves hot breakfasts on Saturdays. The chocolate croissants are a fan favorite – just be sure to get there early if you want to grab one on a Saturday. They sell out quickly. Visit Rachel’s Bread’s Facebook page to find out what kind of bread it’s serving today.

What are people saying about it?

“Best coffee in Goshen, to say nothing of their baked goods which are fantastic.” – Richard W. (Review taken from Yelp)

“Delightful. Rachel makes the best bread around by hand every day and serves a great, fresh lunch, too. There is also dinner some nights, but I’ve never been able to go in the evening. Her shop is connected to the Goshen Farmer’s Market. The food is fresh and imaginative. Menu is different each day and you can check Facebook to see what she is serving up.” – Sara C. (Review taken from Yelp)

“Ride your bike down the Mill Race and end up at Rachel’s Bread for brunch. On Saturdays, the fresh breads, facaccia, and croissants go quickly – so get there early. This is the kind of place that makes Goshen a pretty cool small town to live in.” – Philip K. (Review taken from Yelp)

“This is my favorite place to eat in Goshen, I only ever get their pizza but its oh so good! Its like $5.35 for half a pizza which makes the perfect lunch, I eat this twice a week…Also their building atmosphere is really nice.” – Jake M. (Review taken from Yelp)

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Kelly Jae’s Cafe

Location: 133 S. Main St. in Goshen

Hours: Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; dinner is served from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; dinner is served from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

What does it have?

Kelly Jae’s lunch menu offers typical noontime staples like sandwiches, soups and salads – however, its items have interesting flavor twists. For example, the cafe serves a salmon burger with bean sprouts and wasabi mayo, as well as seared yellowfin tuna with seaweed salad and antipasta bruschetta. Kelly Jae’s dinner menu combines Asian fusion items, Italian dishes, American food staples and more. While the dinner menu is a little expensive, the lunch menu is very reasonably priced. Check out the restaurant’s menu on its website

What are people saying about it?

“What a gem! The atmosphere is upscale yet not terribly formal. The service was impeccable – the service was quick yet we did not feel rushed and the server knew the menu well and made wonderful suggestions. We enjoyed the small plates we shared which were the stuffed dates and the lamb potstickers (which were a special that night). Both came out piping hot and were extremely flavorful. For our entrees I enjoyed the bi bim bop. It was my first time ever having this dish anywhere and it did not disappoint – it had great flavor. The husband got the pork pad thai which was wonderful and not dull or typical. All dishes were flavorful. We would definitely visit again!” – Erin J. (Review taken from Yelp)

“I visited Kelly Jae’s Cafe for the 2nd time on Saturday night and was once again BLOWN AWAY by this place! Who would have thought we would have such a fabulous restaurant in downtown Goshen? …The other big draw for me for Kelly Jae’s is the quality of the food and the uniqueness of the dishes. Kelly Jae buys fresh, local ingredients to support the local economy and farmers and provides this information on her menu. If you have time to check out their website, you will also see her tasty dishes has been complimented in a number of magazines and even by Liv Tyler!” – Cara L. (Review taken from Yelp)

“I’ve only been a few times but I’ve been impressed with the food. Says it is a Tapas restaurant but the portions are not really tapa size. Great presentation. Friendly staff. Nice atmosphere. Highly recommended.” – John S. (Review taken from Yelp)

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