For 15 years, Le Peep has been providing sustenance in downtown South Bend.
Sure there’s the food, and it’s good, but perhaps as is important is what happens around the food.
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Given South Bend Winter Restaurant Week and a bit of time, I was able to order two breakfasts for $11 this morning. Yes, two. I ate most of one and took most of one with me.
But what struck me about the place that is celebrating 15 years of business at 127 S. Michigan St., is the sense of calm and the civilized nature of the meal.
Downtowns need places to gather over coffee. They need places that open early and serve good food.
Since we live in northern Indiana and can’t rely on bright sunlight, they need good lighting. They need furnishings that are clean. They need servers who are accommodating but not overbearing. That’s a fine balance at a place where some people are chatting, some are doing business and some are working. For those of us sitting alone, the Wi-Fi was speedy.
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I found all that at Le Peep this morning. Breakfast felt civilized.
Around me, people were talking work and politics, and I heard one child go “uh-oh” in only the way a toddler can. But the noise was like the funky Americana background music. Fun and unobtrusive.
Not every place puts a carafe of water on the table in a little plastic holder so that a puddle doesn’t form on the table. But maybe every place should.
Not every place brings a carafe of dark coffee, but maybe it should. Both things kept the chaos factor of the meal low.
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The food was good. The breakfast club sandwich on a bagel had avocado. It made it feel healthier. The potatoes were average, but not bad.
127 S. Michigan St.
Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays
and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Kathy’s Oatmeal came with bacon. It could have used a bit of fruit or even perhaps maple syrup. Next time I’ll ask. Le Peep would likely accommodate.
Peg Dalton’s location of this franchise is a South Bend staple. It’s a good place. I look forward to going back.
If you go during restaurant week, you can get two breakfasts for $11 or two lunches for $22. And it comes with a $5 coupon to one of the other locations.