Nothing says summertime in South Bend quite like a trip to the ballpark.
Even if going to the game is the focal point of your evening, it's likely you will want to eat and drink before the first pitch or after the final out. Downtown South Bend offers dozens of options.
These are some of the best.
Considered one of the best pizza places in South Bend, Barnaby's is a community staple. Its location in the East Bank Village neighborhood is always busy with families in particular, whether they come from nearby Howard Park or make a special trip. It is just a quick drive from Four Winds Field.
Bruno's is popular for its thick crust recipe and has several locations around the area. Its downtown South Bend location offers whole pies, pizza by the slice and special combo deals.
Cinco 5 International
Is it possible to have an amazing Mexican and Thai restaurant under the same roof? Turns out the answer is a resounding "yes." Cinco 5 has a fantastic menu and some great margaritas.
CJ's is a no-frills kind of place with great burgers and cold drinks. What else could you ask for if you're trying to stop in before or after a game?
Crooked Ewe Brewery & Ale House
Craft brewery with an ever-evolving tap list, plus one of the best menus anywhere in the area. Crooked Ewe provides some really unique snack options like homemade pork rinds and elote hushpuppies.
Billed as a traditional Celtic pub in the heart of downtown South Bend, it's safe to say Fiddler's Hearth lives up to the billing. Stop by to grab yourself a pint and soak up the authentic atmosphere.
LaSalle Kitchen & Tavern
Another option if you're looking for a great tap list. LaSalle Kitchen & Tavern serves up elevated pub food and even dabbles in the occasional themed pop-up experience, like a recent Cajun menu inspired by New Orleans.
Locals that frequent Linden Grill rave about the burgers and chicken wings. You can't go wrong with either one. Or the rest of the menu.
South Bend Brew Werks
Just across from the ballpark, South Bend Brew Werks is a favorite before or after-the-game spot. All the beer is brewed in-house and the food menu is seriously underrated.
The View Tavern
If you're looking for a no-frills local spot with great burgers and cold drinks, this is the spot. The View's Becky Burger has been honored as the best burger in Northern Indiana.