Javier’s Bistro

One of my favorite places to have dinner in South Bend is Javier’s Bistro, a casual and cozy family-owned restaurant on Miami Street (Miami Village on the south side). Their specialty is American-Puerto Rican fusion, and everything I’ve ever eaten here has been fabulous.

Some restaurants, you find that one dish you like and stick with it no matter what. Javier’s is the kind of place that you look forward to trying something new every time.

When Sam and I dropped in for dinner after work last week, we both tried new dishes.

We started with an appetizer of Latino Fondue, a mixture of cheese and peppers with some jalapeño and cilantro, served with house-made tortilla chips. This is a really unique fondue, with a lightly spicy kick. The chips are nice and thick—kind of chewy on the inside and crunchy on the outside. VERY satisfying!

Since I knew I would be eating something Puerto-Rican inspired, I had a pineapple cider to drink. Sam had a beer.  Javier’s has a full wine and beer menu, and they have great drink specials. They’re known for their variety of special mimosas!

For dinner, I had steak medallions with a cream sauce, spinach and mushrooms on top, served with a side of vegetables, rice, and beans. This dish isn’t spicy but it’s very flavorful, and the meat was extremely tender and cooked perfectly.

Sam had a special stew, a Puerto Rican style “jambalaya” called Chicken VooDoo Rogue. Also served with the vegetable medley, rice, and beans. This one was a little spicy. It was out-of-this-world delicious. I kept stealing bites off of his plate!

We took dessert home. We had a trifle with strawberries, bananas, and chocolate sauce. But if you’re going for the first time, Javier’s has a fantastic Texas Sheet Cake, made everyday by his wife, Deborah. It’s a must!


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