Hungry? Here are some places where you can get a taste of the summer in Elkhart County

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By: Tori Fater
tfater@elkharttruth.com

School’s out and it’s time for summer food. Elkhart and St. Joseph County residents voted for their favorite hometown burgers this week, and a family restaurant chain is offering half-price breakfast. If you’re looking for a good sandwich or just a good deal, we’ve got you covered.

Flippin’ Cow

Location: 51330 SR 19, Elkhart

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday

What do they have? Flippin’ Cow is a burger bar with the best burger in Elkhart County, according to Burger Wars voters. Honoree the Stella Moo is a double steakburger with cheese, brisket, barbecue sauce, onion straws and bacon. The menu includes other items including salads and mac-and-cheese.

What are people saying about them?

“So good! Took my 9 yr old son out for dinner and we loved it! He convinced me to come back and bring the whole fam. We now have a new favorite place!” – Joel M., Yelp

“Great burgers, wether you want a “fancy burger” or the chance to build your own. If you’re hungry, go for at least a double burger, and if you’re thirsty, a full bar awaits.” – Robert G., Yelp

“I have to admit I was impressed with the options on the build your own section. A large assortment of cheeses is always a plus, but they also have more than just standard bacon… the bun options are great as well.” – Joel G., Yelp

Five Star Dive Bar

Location: 561 E. Jackson Blvd., Elkhart

Hours: Opens at 11 a.m. Monday through Friday, noon on Saturdays, 1 p.m. Sundays

What do they have? Five Star’s Smokehouse Burger, glazed with barbecue sauce and topped with bacon and Gouda and Colby Jack cheese, was a close runner-up to Stella Moo for Elkhart County’s favorite burger. They serve pub food like sandwiches, burgers and salty appetizers. 

What are people saying about them?

“The food was great and the karaoke was soo fun. We went around 8, then karoke started at 9, and we left around midnight. The giant shrimp were just that—yum! A great place to chill back eat great, and enjoy the program!” – Theodora D., Yelp

“We all enjoyed our food. The burgers were good. Mine could have had a little more seasoning, I thought. The prices were fair. They don’t have a family dining area, the whole restaurant is a bar and you need to be 21, so I was glad our teenagers weren’t along like usual, for that reason. A nice option in Elkhart.” – Leah M., Yelp

Perkins

Location: 107 Northpointe Blvd., Elkhart

Hours: Monday through Friday, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

What do they have? Perkins has the Tangler Burger, which includes cheddar cheese, applewood smoked bacon, onion Tanglers and Grey Poupon sauce. Perkins also offers a variety of salads and soups. To celebrate its 40-year anniversary, Perkins is offering a Deadline Deal where you can buy a $20 breakfast for $10 between now and Sunday, June 15. 

What are people saying about them?

“We love Perkins and are happy to see them when we are traveling since we don’t have them where we live. They have great food, an interesting selection, and AWESOME muffins. We love them heated with some butter- wow- so good.” – Kara Z., Yelp

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