UPDATE: Both Alley Oops locations have closed. The restaurant has sadly gone out of business.
Alley Oops started many years ago in Elkhart at Pierre Moran Mall and added a second location in South Bend in Scottsdale Mall. Ironically, neither of these malls exist anymore. But Alley Oops has two new locations, one in Elkhart and one on the southeast side of Goshen. While the restaurant isn't as good as it once was, you still get a large portion of food for the price. Trying to be a 50s-style diner, the restaurant is decorated in pastels, especially pink, the waitresses all wear poodle skirts, and the jukebox belts out oldies music from actual records! The burgers are the specialty. They are fried, not grilled, and huge, spilling out the sides of the bun. I personally prefer the seasoned fries over the regular and every basket ordered comes with a small side dish of soft serve ice cream for dessert. The milkshakes here are some of the best I've ever had! The restaurant used to be closed on Sundays but I believe they are open for lunch now.
Though you can order more than just pizza, Brunos is famous for its huge, filling pies. The local chain has spread quickly around the area over the past few years and now includes two locations in Goshen. They offer a choice of carry out or delivery and offer limited dine-in seating. And let me tell you, when they say the 24" pizza feeds 10-12 people, they mean it! With Bruno's Pizzas, you get thick crusts (sorry, no thin crust here), lots of sause, thick layers of cheese, and plenty of anything else you request. This is some of the best pizza you will find in Goshen! For delivery there is a minimum charge of $12 and you will automatically be assessed a $2.75 delivery charge. It's cheaper and often faster to just go pick it up. Bruno's North is located on Main St (State Road 15) north of downtown by the Moose Lodge. Bruno's South is on Main St (State Road 15) south of Goshen in Waterford Mills next to the Old Mill Inn and across from Bethany Christian High School.
Phone number for Bruno's north: (574) 537-9800.
Phone number for Bruno's south: (574) 535-0011
Favorite Dish: The pizza, of course! I'm the type of person that can eat four or five slices of pizza from places like Papa Johns but with Brunos, I often have a hard time finishing two. It's very filling but very good!
Hacienda has been a local favorite for years, ever since someone decided to convert an old home in Mishawaka to a mexican restaurant in 1978. Since then they've added 12 locations (that have survived. Somehow 2 locations in Fort Wayne couldn't survive more than 2 years). The atmosphere is whimsical, if not a bit over the top and the restaurant tends to be loud when it's busy. The bar features a semi-outdoor area where you can dine and look out over..... the parking lot. All the traditional Mexican fare is here and priced about right. Most people can get an entree and drink for under $10, unless that drink is alcoholic. And Hacienda is known for it's frozen margaritas which I recommend. If you want something truly unique head to the original Hacienda in the old two-story home in the 100 Center in Mishawaka. The restaurant is seperated into several of the rooms in the old house, including a small sun porch on the second floor that has just a few tables in it. Hacienda in Goshen can get very busy on weekends so expect a wait. And when you combine it with the movie theater in the same shopping complex, parking can be a nightmare. Plan ahead!
Dandino's has been in the Goshen area for as long as I can remember. Though the restaurant is nothing special, they must be doing something right. In my opinion, it is overpriced. Dandino's specializes in steaks and some seafood such as shrimp. Parking can sometimes be hard to come by but don't let the bland design on the outside fool you. The atmosphere here actually isn't too bad.
Most people have heard of Applebees I'm sure. This one is no different than any others. The food isn't great but it's not horrible either. This was the first of the national chain restaurants Goshen got (that wasn't fast food that is). And since it remains one of the few, this place is packed on weekends. If you don't want to wait, try to go before or after the dinner hour on Fridays and Saturdays and before or after the lunch rush on Sundays as this seems to be a popular gathering place after church as well.
Passing through Goshen, I happened across this really quite good lunch place near the courthouse square. Fresh wholesome food served cheefully in a historically interesting atmosphere: quiches, salads, thick soups, shepherd's pie, hots teas and coffee, delicious desserts. The name of the place is taken from a fun Italian movie made about 20 years ago.