Mason Jar Cafe a hot spot in Benton Harbor Arts District
Be it a plate of bright, runny eggs or a tall, juicy hamburger, at the heart of every single dish that comes from the tiny, open kitchen in Benton Harbor’s Mason Jar Café lies a common strand of DNA: simple, healthy, locally sourced ingredients.
“We always know where our products are coming from,” said restaurant co-owner and head chef Abel Martinez.
It was this philosophy that led Abel and his wife, Jayme Cousins, to finally exchange their titles of “employees” for “restaurate...
Silver Beach Pizza expansion a hit with customers
A kaleidoscope of glass, metal and leather, the latest addition to one of Michiana’s most popular pizza destinations more closely resembles a modern microbrewery than the classic atmosphere of the former train depot down below.
A closer look at the schooner-shaped insignias carved out of the back of the chairs surrounding the bar and the unique light fixtures — also shaped like the trademark beer glass — surrounding the upper balcony dining room reveals that, despite the updated looks, ...
Local ice cream shops serve cool treats, each with their own unique flair
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! This age-old adage certainly takes on new meaning during the summer months in Michiana. As temperatures begin to rise, children young and old find themselves longing for a taste of the sweet treat. But ice cream is no longer as simple as chocolate and vanilla. Three local ice cream shops are out to prove it, each with their own unique claim to frozen fame.
Oink's Dutch Treat
A nickname given to him by a longtime friend was the inspiration ...
Homegrown: Olfactory Hue Bistro owner brings culinary expertise back to her roots
From cooking for hundreds of concertgoers in tailgate parties all over the country to working as the head chef of one of the country’s premier gastropubs, Daysha Amster’s path to success in the culinary world has taken her all over the country.
Despite all her travels, Daysha’s eventual destination turned out to be right where she started — the City of Four Flags.
In May, the chef will be celebrating the four-year anniversary of opening her very first restaurant, Olfactory Hue Bistro. ...
Small plates, big taste
GRANGER, Ind. — Five years ago, Michiana chef extraordinaire Sean Kelley accomplished a goal that many dream of the first moment they fall in love with food — opening his own restaurant.
Moving into the former home of Wine Down Bistro in Granger’s City Plaza shopping center in 2010, Kelley’s new venture, Temper Grille, featured a menu unique to the area, with dishes sprinkled with the chef’s fiery tastes and attitude.
While the food was all his own, the chef owner felt that, despite ...
A new way to brunch
The buzzing electronic jingles of thousands of different slot machines. The jangling of small metal tokens from the jugs of change carried by the men and women walking around the building. The sounds of banter between people seated at the blackjack table.
As anyone who has visited the New Buffalo establishment could tell you, the bright lights and excitement that occurs each and every day on the floor of the Four Winds Casino can hardly be described as quiet and unassuming.
Situated near ...
Dining at its finest
As the sign welcoming visitors to its city limits reads, the community of South Bend is, “Building a 21st Century city.”
Once a powerhouse of industry, the Indiana city has reinvented its economy over the last decade, on the backs of new and inventive businesses focused on services, technology, entertainment and, of course, great dining.
Located in the heart of downtown inside one of the district’s oldest buildings, LaSalle Grill has been a constant during this period of renaissance for ...
A taste of Italy
NEW BUFFALO — With its rustic yellow-brick exterior, luscious foliage and spacious outdoor patio, Brewster’s Italian Café would fit right in the heart of Italy.
Thankfully for local foodies, the restaurant is located just off the shore of Lake Michigan in downtown New Buffalo.
For the past 22 years, the family-owned Italian eatery has been a hit with locals and tourists alike. Whether it is because of its oven fired pizzas or its dedicated service, customers have made Brewster’s one of ...
Rocky River offers ‘farm-to-fork’ experience
GRANGER, Ind. — From the minimalist wooden décor to the very name of the restaurant itself, nearly every aspect of Granger’s Rocky River Tap & Table is a reflection of the core values of its conception: freshness and simplicity.
Despite having only been open since July, the American-style bistro is already developing a reputation among area diners for a “farm-to-fork” approach to its menu, incorporating locally sourced ingredients in nearly every dish. The restaurant has deals ...
Grabbing a cup of coffee about more than a beverage
Coffee houses have been around since the days of the Ottoman Empire, acting as social settings and filling patrons with caffeine instead of alcohol.
These hot spots have been places for catching up on work, discussing politics in hushed tones, gossiping about neighbors and their scandalous behavior or just enjoying a hot cup of coffee while reading a book. Ultimately, java shops have always been a place to get away from home and feel comfortable.
One does not need to frequent chains like ...