Rosales Supermarket

I was recently introduced to Rosales Supermarket during Westside Wednesday, a monthly event that highlights different businesses on the westside of South Bend. As part of the festivities, Rosales had a taco truck outside of the supermarket on Western Avenue. As many of you know based on my previous posts, I’m always looking for a delicious taco, so I felt compelled to try them. The chicken tacos were really good – I may even say they are now my favorite tacos in South Bend.

What made me even more excited about Rosales Supermarket was the size of the grocery store as well as the selection of products. I love making Mexican food at home and have had some serious struggles finding certain ingredients in town. Last week, I returned to the grocery store to explore their products more in-depth and ended up taking home queso fresco, Oaxacan string cheese, red and brown mole paste, salsa verde, tostada shells and a big bag of freshly made pork and chicken tamales. My husband and I then proceeded to make a giant Mexican feast consisting of black bean tostadas with pickled red onions, tortilla soup and tamales. It was sooooo good. Our dog at the entire package of Oaxacan cheese while we weren’t looking – she also seemed to enjoy it.

There are two Rosales Supermarkets in town, which I’m assuming (perhaps incorrectly) are owned by the same people. I visited the larger location at 2812 W. Western Avenue. The other is located at 1518 S Michigan.

What is your favorite Mexican restaurant in the area?

-McK

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Studebaker National Museum

6E766D9A-A48D-48FE-BC01-A975C4078325The Studebaker car company made a huge impact on South Bend’s past and will forever be part of our city’s narrative. There’s no better way to learn about the company that catapulted South Bend to greatness in the early 20th century and then devastated the city’s economy in the decades after its closure in the 1960s, than visiting the Studebaker National Museum.

The Studebaker National Museum is top-notch. It’s not very big, but it has plenty of exhibits to help visitors and residents learn about the iconic car company as well as the city that it called home. The museum displays Studebakers from the company’s earliest days of only making wagons and carriages to its later years of making high-end cars and army vehicles. For me, some of the highlights of the museum include one of President Lincoln’s carriages and the Muppet Mobile that Fozzie Bear drives in the Muppet Movie. Admission to the museum is $8 for adults.

If you’d really like to learn more about South Bend, pay the extra four dollars and also tour the South Bend History Museum, which is connected to the Studebaker National Museum. The 1.5 hour guided tour of the Oliver Mansion is totally worth it. For a full day of South Bend history tour fun, grab brunch, lunch or dinner at Tippecanoe Place, located in the former Studebaker mansion, stroll the West Washington Neighborhood, and then head over to the Civil Rights Heritage Center.

-McK