Wheatberry Restaurant & Tavern


Shrimp po’boy and mac and cheese

It’s hard for me to believe that I haven’t yet written a post about Wheatberry Restaurant and Tavern in Buchanan, Michigan. It’s one of my favorite places to go in the area for a delicious lunch or dinner in a trendy, yet casual environment. While I enjoy many of the items on Wheatberry’s extensive menu of small plates, sandwiches, salads and entrees, it is hands-down my favorite place in the area to get barbecue. The slow-smoked, free-range barbecue chicken as well as the pulled pork are awesome. Pair them with sides of macaroni and cheese and sweet potato fries and I’m in heaven. The garlic fries are also excellent. End your meal with the Michigan Blueberry Crumble or the Texas Sheet Cake.

Wheatberry is constantly hosting special events. Last week was Lobster Fest and nearly everyone in the restaurant was eating the lobster special. Since I’m not a lobster fan, I enjoyed a yummy shrimp po’boy. I also love that they bring you a plate of cornbread when you sit down and they have an awesome beer menu.

Wheatberry is located in a beautifully wooded area along the St. Joseph River on Red Bud Trail, just north of Buchanan. It’s about a 25 minute drive from South Bend. You need to go!




Mango Cafe


The Pabellon

Located across from Studebagels on South Bend Avenue, Mango Cafe is one of the best Latin restaurants in the area. Serving flavorful Venezuelan food, Mango Cafe has an extensive menu featuring Venezuelan specialties, sandwiches, vegetarian fare, empanadas, and more.

I am a bit obsessed with the Patacon entree – a deep fried green plantain covered in the seasoned meat of your choice, lettuce, tomato, avocado, Venezuelan cheese and a zesty pink sauce. The Pabellon – shredded beef with rice and black beans, plantains, a fried egg, avocado and arepas – is my second favorite dish. I’m also a fan of the Cachapa – a Venezuelan sweet corn pancake filled with cheese – and their sandwiches, including the Pollo con Agucate (chicken and avocado) and Chorizo Al Pan (chorizo sausage with peppers and chimichurri sauce). Start off with the Tequenos (pretty much Venezuelan cheese sticks) or Tostones appetizer (similar to the patacon entree). Finish your meal with a piece of Tres Leches cake.

Mango Cafe is reasonably priced – you can get a sirloin steak with chimichurri for only $12.99. There are about 7 tables inside, despite the restaurant’s small appearance. You can also take out food. I promise, it’s worth a visit!


My new obsession – the Patacon