One of my weekend rituals is to go out to breakfast on Sunday mornings. Breakfast or brunch – and a hell of a lot of coffee – coaxes me out of my sleep-induced haze and provides me with the necessary fuel to accomplish my list of boring Sunday errands.
One of my favorite places in South Bend to enjoy breakfast is Jeannie’s House Diner, located at the corner of Twyckenham and Mishawaka Avenue. It’s a super cozy place, and the majority of the restaurant consists of a large diner counter with stools overlooking the grill. The counter is usually filled with patrons who have been dining at Jeannie’s for years – you can tell by the friendly banter between staff and customers. I’m always entertained and amazed watching the cook master the grill.
Jeannie’s has all of the typical diner breakfast (and lunch) staples on the menu, and they also have a list of specials each day. I LOVE the Mexican Skillet with jalepeno sausage and gravy, which frequently appears on the list of specials. I also like their regular breakfasts – eggs, bacon, toast/biscuit and hash browns or American fries – the potatoes and bacon are always cooked to perfection.
Because of the counter seating and the fact that there’s only a couple of small tables, Jeannie’s can be a bit of a challenge to get seating for more than two people; however, if you’re breakfasting with only a significant other or friend, or it’s later in the day, you likely won’t have a problem grabbing seats.
Jeannie’s is open from 6 am to 2 pm Monday – Saturday and 8 am to 2 pm on Sunday. It’s a great place to check out for good food and a true Indiana diner experience.