Hungry? Here's where you can go for lunch

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By: Krystal Vivian
kvivian@elkharttruth.com

Looking to venture outside your usual haunts for lunch today? Here are a few spots in the South Bend area you may want to try.

Bowl of Pho

Location: 5626 Grape Road, Mishawaka

Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday; 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday; closed Tuesday

What do they have?

Dine-in or carry-out Vietnamese food, including pho, spring rolls and bubble tea. Vegetarian options are available as well.

What are people saying about them on Yelp?

“Bowl of Pho in Mishawaka seems to understand Pho intimately. The broth is comparable to anywhere I’ve eaten Pho, and Pho is all about the broth. It’s served with traditional pairings of lime, sprouts, chilis, and fresh basil and cilantro. You can adjust the savory levels with hoisin sauce and heat with sriracha as is the same everywhere in the world. The broth is perfectly clear, not cloudy…which makes me believe that they really take their time in making it. Probably simmers on a very low flame with the bones and other goods for hours a day.“ – Alan Y., Granger

“We love this place! My wife and I have been several times and I took my family there this spring. My family isn’t very adventurous with food, but the staff was so helpful that even my family loved it. You owe it to yourself to try this place.” – David L., Niles, Mich.

“Pho-tastic! My first time here and it was incredible! I got the spicy veggie rolls and the classic vegetarian pho with an avocado smoothie- all of which was out of this world. For all the food I got- and there was plenty to take home, trust me- it was completely worth the price. Owners were friendly, causal and bubbly atmosphere. Will definitely be back for more!” – Mary S., South Bend

Olfactory Hue Bistro

Location: 226 E. Main St., Niles, Mich.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday; closed Sunday

What do they have?

The cafe offers breakfast, brunch and lunch food as well as desserts and catering prepared by Chef Daysha Amster. Several items are vegan or can be made vegetarian or gluten-free upon request. Kids menu available.

What are people saying about them on Yelp?

“My fiance ordered the open face steak sandwich with sauteed mushrooms and onions. He loved it although he didn’t care too much for the slaw on the side (which I loved).

I ordered the croque monsier which was perfectly done with ham, cheese and bechamel. Also served with the slaw, which was light with a very unique flavor.“ – Amy H., South Bend

”We had brunch today and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I had the Chilaquiles which was very good and my wife had the burger on a pretzel bun. She also liked it. We had the blueberry lemon cheesecake which was excellent and a very generous portion.“ – Ron R., Prospect Heights, Ill.

“My husband and I finally visited this wonderful restaurant. I can honestly say I had one of the best burgers ever. .. the farmhouse is to die for! The beef is excellent, the cheese melty and not lost on the sandwich, and best of all the green chiliesmake this great burger even more amazing! My husband had a Finnish pot pie and practically licked his bowl clean. We ended with lemon blueberry cheesecake fresh ot of the oven. The owner/chef and all of her team could not have been nicer. We are looking forward to attending one of their specialty dinners and are only sad that it took us so long to visit this gem!” – Malissa A., South Bend

Thyme of Grace

Location:  2714 Mishawaka Ave., South Bend

Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday; closed Saturday and Sunday

What do they have?

Casual American lunch food for groups, students, kids and adults. Takes reservations but not credit cards. 

What are people saying about them on Yelp?

“All of the Soups, Sandwiches, Salads, and various other things on the menu are very very good, prepared with love in the kitchen, served to you in your fancy little nook. Try the bacon wrapped dates, or the roast beef, cheddar, and chipotle mayo sandwich. Just make sure they bring you out some coleslaw… oh my god that shit was goood.

You may not have room for dessert if you finish your plate, but it’s worth being a glutton if you choose to do so. Just don’t get too excited and swing your arms around, because the place is very small and decked out with a shitload of tiny delicate decorations.“  – Wink B., South Bend

“I stopped in for an early lunch, and had just the sort of outstanding experience I was hoping for at a local non-chain restaurant. I started with the fresh brewed mango tea. I hesitated to try it – as I’ve had so many glasses that were more mango than tea – but it was subtle and well-balanced, which seems to be a specialty at ToG. I ordered a Pear and Onion fresh salad – as a side – which came topped with crumbled Gorgonzola & finely chopped walnuts, and a balsamic vinegar reduction dressing on the side. For the entree, I went with the chicken and spinach tort, that was perfectly cooked, which is not easily accomplished, and it was delicious. Each dish came beautifully garnished with a flower, and the restaurant was equally well decorated in a bright and sunny fashion, even on a such a winter day. I very much recommend stopping in at Thyme of Grace, any time you have the chance. Bring cash: the prices are reasonable, but they’re not plastic-friendly!” – Jim M. Ypsilanti, Mich.

“The entire restaurant was warm and inviting and had quite the eclectic, artistic vibe throughout. What I found charming was that our table was completely unique and unlike any others thanks to the charming mismatched decor, right down to the silverware, plates and chairs. Michele, the chef, was absolutely delightful. And as expected, she incorporated flavors that I couldn’t identify but clearly brought out the goodness in each and every bite. My husband and I shared a spinach salad that had apple slices, fresh grated cheese – and on top: bacon-wrapped dates. The beautiful touches such as the mum and herbs resting on a lovely kale leaf made everything look almost too pretty to eat; somehow I powered through, though 😉

If you’ve never been – GO. You will not regret it.“ – Ellen B., South Bend

 

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