Food Market & Restaurants
Students may choose from a variety of meal plans offered through Notre Dame’s Food Services. Hours of operation and locations for meal service are listed on the Notre Dame Food Services website. If you do not purchase a meal plan, you may purchase tickets for a single meal or a whole day of meals in the South and North Dining Halls.
In addition to the dining halls, there are a number of cafes located throughout the campus. For a complete list of Notre Dame restaurants and cafes, visit http://food.nd.edu/places-to-eat/restaurants/.
For quick snacks and some grocery items, there is a convenience store in the LaFortune Student Center, the Huddle Mart. Prices will be higher, than the prices in off-campus supermarkets.
DormDrinks is a food and beverage delivery company that's been serving the on-campus Notre Dame community since 2007. Students can view DormDrinks' inventory and place orders through their online store. Orders are delivered directly to students' dorm rooms. DormDrinks is a student-owned and operated business.
Unfortunately, most on-campus cafes and dining halls are either closed or have reduced hours during summer and holiday breaks.
For students who remain on campus during the holidays, special meals are served for Thanksgiving and Easter.
It’s a good idea to ask fellow students and colleagues about their restaurant recommendations. There are a variety of restaurants menus are in the area, as well as a selection of restaurants unique to South Bend. International restaurants that are within walking distance to campus include J.W. Chen's (Chinese), Ho-Ping House (Chinese), Elia's Cafe (Mediterranean), Cre-Asian (Vietnamese), Ichiban (Chinese), La Esperanza (Mexican) and Burrito Chulo (Mexican).
Check with each restaurant as to the hours of service. Europeans and Central and South Americans may be surprised at how early restaurants close each night, so it’s best to find out in advance. Many places will accept reservations, but some do not take reservations by phone.
Restaurants most often accept credit cards, however small restaurants may not accept anything but cash. Few restaurants accept personal checks.
It is customary in America to tip wait staff at least 15 percent of the total bill and up to 20 percent if the service is very good.
You may choose to leave a smaller tip for service in restaurants with buffet-style service. Tips are rarely expected in restaurants where you order from a central counter and carry the food to the table yourself.
Martin’s Supermarket is the most common grocery store in South Bend, and there is a location within walking distance to campus. It carries a variety of fresh produce and “international” ingredients.
Meijer has two locations, one on Grape Rd and one just off Cleveland Rd to the west of Rt 31. From campus you would need to have transportation or a lot of time to walk! Meijer is a “superstore” and offers, in addition to a large selection of fresh produce and other groceries, household goods, clothing, furniture and many of the services mentioned in the introduction to this section.
The Farmer’s Market on Northside Blvd is a collection of stalls housed in two long buildings, where local merchants sell handcrafts and other wares and farmers sell their produce. Other special items produced locally include maple syrup, hand-processed meats, nuts, tortillas, breads, cakes, pastries and some cheeses. You will also find bargain prices on imported cheeses. If you are taking the bus from campus you can catch number 7 then transfer to number 9.
Shelton’s Farm Market is north of campus, over the state line in Niles, Michigan, but a good place to find variety in produce. They also carry nuts and other groceries.
There is a small Asian/Chinese market located within walking distance to campus at 1837 South Bend Avenue.
Look for other similar markets under Health and Diet Food Products in the Yellow Pages of the phonebook or online.
During the growing season, from approximately May to the end of September fruits and vegetables are offered through farmer’s markets, roadside stands and at farms where you pick the produce yourself.