Hungry for lunch? Try these local restaurants.

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By: Ann Elise Taylor

Marshall V. King

If you’re looking for a place to have your midday meal, check out this list of local eateries.

The Bacon Strip

Location: 561 E. Jackson Blvd., Elkhart

Hours: 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, 12 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

What do they have?

As the name suggests, The Bacon Strip is known for its bacon-centric, all-day breakfast items. However, the restaurant has a pretty extensive lunch menu as well. Alongside breakfast classics like steak and eggs, biscuits and gravy and omelets, the restaurant serves sandwiches, flatbreads, salads, soups and wraps. The prices are extremely reasonable and there’s a kids’ menu. Visit The Bacon Strip’s website to see its full menu

What are people saying about them?

“Great new place in Elkhart Bacon was stellar and varied. I had the fill it up plate and it was too much to eat. The service was excellent, filled my pop up 4 times. Fun atmosphere and I will be a regular” – J P. (Review from Yelp)

“The decor is interesting and cute. All bacon themed pictures. The Menu-Ever heard of 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon? The menu had Six degrees of Heaven Bacon. They have six flavors of bacon, and you can have it cooked the way you want it. I tried the maple cinnamon and it was delicious. Food- I had the eggs Benedict, because that’s my favorite breakfast food. The Bacon Strip puts their own twist on everyday breakfast foods. My eggs Benedict had American cheese and pancetta topped with hollandaise. It was good, but I think pancetta is a bad choice because it’s already a salty dish and pancetta is very salty. My husband had Bacon gravy biscuits with different types of bacon. I tried it and it was good. They also make cinnamon rolls from scratch everyday so we ordered one and split it. It was ok. Overall I think this place is unique, and maybe even food network worthy. They just need to work on food presentation.” – Christine S. (Review from Yelp)

To see more reviews of The Bacon Strip, visit Yelp.

South Side Soda Shop and Diner

Location: 1122 S. Main St., Goshen

Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday

What do they have?

If you’re looking for a classic, quality diner, South Side is one of your best options in town. The restaurant, which was featured on the Food Network’s hit TV show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, has a variety of classic American fare. A wide variety of sandwiches is featured on the menu, as well as salads, soups and lunchtime staples like chicken salad. South Side’s dinner menu mixes things up a bit, bringing in Italian dishes as well as seafood. Perhaps the most impressive part of the diner’s menu is its pie and cake selection – there are about 50 types to choose from. If your’e not into cake and pie, there are a ton of ice creams, sundaes and milkshakes to choose from. South Side’s food is easy on the wallet, and it has a kids’ menu. Visit the diner’s website to see its full menu.

What are people saying about them?

“I’ve been going to SSSS since I was in the 2nd grade at Parkside Elementary. This place is a solid, solid choice if you’re in the area. I love that Goshen has so many non-chain places to eat that are actually good. I look forward to eating here every time I’m back home in Goshen. The owner is from Philly, so order an Philly Cheese-steak is a NO BRAINER. I actually order a chicken version, but it’s still great. The amoroso rolls are used here too. I’m telling you – it’s legit. The desserts are tempting and they’ll bring you a tray of all the desserts they’re offering that night. Try saying “no” to that! Seriously, if you’re in the area – and by area, I mean within 30 miles – you should really make a trip here. It’s soooo worth it.” – Nolan R. (Review from Yelp)

“I was born in Goshen, half my family lives there, so I knew of the SSSS way before it was on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on Food Network. The SSSS is an awesome little gem. All of the food is fresh and home-made and mighty tasty. The chili is awesome. The owner is from Philly so he even makes a good cheesesteak. Burgers, sandwiches, Swedish stuff, did I mention the hand-cut spiral fries? Mmmmmm. And then there’s dessert. From-scratch Menno-style pies, awesome ice cream sundaes, shakes, and other tasty treats. And you can get any sort of bizarre soda combination you want. I stick to vanilla coke, but my husband’s had green river and his own creation – a vanilla-orange soda. Every time I’m back in Goshen, I want to go there.” – Renita M. (Review from Yelp)

“I saw the South Side Soda Shop on FoodNetwork maybe 6 years ago and I now go there as frequently as possible. The food is fantastic, the service is always friendly (the lady that rings you out could be your own Grandma she is so sweet), and it is totally worth the drive. Parking is a bit of a pain but the food makes it worth it. I would definitely consider this one of the finer hidden gems in the area!” – Nick H. (Review from Yelp)

To see more reviews of South Side Soda Shop and Diner, visit Yelp.

Granma’s House of Pancakes

Location: 3709 S. Main St. in Elkhart

Hours: 5:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

What do they have?

There are few restaurants in the area that can rival the size of Granma’s House of Pancakes’ menu. It’s massive, which gives the it the benefit of having something everyone in your party will like by default. Granma’s serves a wide variety of breakfast items, Greek dishes and diner classics like sandwiches, burgers and salads all day long. The portions are huge, and the prices are low. 

What are people saying about them?

“Great service, but beware the portions are huge – my 2 egg meal had 3 yokes! And the hash browns have to be 2 full potatoes. Most breakfast food for the money in the area.” – Tevis D. (Review from Yelp)

“A staple of the Dunlap area. I frequent this restaurant often for breakfast food. It is a traditional greek run breakfast restaurant with a full lunch menu available. I always enjoy the omelettes or skillets and it is one of my top choices for breakfast in the area. The prices are fair and you recieve a substantial amount of food.” – Drew H. (Review from Yelp)

“It’s nice to have a local breakfast dive. I rated it 4 stars just for the eggs Benedict…it’s outstanding. It’s nice to know some people understand that breakfast could be later on the day for some people.” – Christine S. (Review from Yelp)

To see more reviews of Granma’s House of Pancakes, visit Yelp.

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