Where can you eat outdoors this weekend in Elkhart County?

The National Weather Service is forecasting beautiful weather on Friday and Saturday. If you're looking for restaurants with outdoor patios, check out these options.

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.

The National Weather Service is predicting that Friday and Saturday will be sunny and in the 60s, which means one thing: outdoor dining.

If you want to enjoy lunch outdoors somewhere, check out one of these places.


Fat Tomato

Location: 4100 E. Bristol St., Elkhart

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday

What do they have?

Fat Tomato offers Italian fare, including salads with house-made dressings, pizza made with marinara or Alfredo sauce and oven-baked pasta. The restaurant also has a gluten-free menu.

What are people saying about them on Yelp?

"Got the creamy Italian pizza. Yummy. Our waitress lyndsey was awesome! She was very personable and made our dining experience fun." - Katie B, South Bend

"I love love love the baked spaghetti! Very friendly staff and outstanding food!" - Cortney S., Elkhart

"Great Beer selection and Pizzas. Had the Meathead....fantastic if you love pork, and I do. The Service was great, even on the patio. Check them out!" - Brian J., Elkhart


Mattern's Butcher Shop and Corner Deli

Location: 201 S. Main St., Goshen

Hours: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

What do they have?

Mattern's Butcher Shop and Corner Deli is exactly what the name makes it sounds like. The menu consists of signature sandwiches – some made of Mattern's own meat – salads and soup. If you stop in for breakfast, you can get a bagel or an egg sandwich.

What are people saying about them on Yelp?

"I have not experienced the same service issues that some of the other reviewers have noted. Been in 3 times for lunch and everything has been great. The service had been exceptionally pleasant and speedy, even when they were busy. Sandwiches have all been delicious with fresh bread and high quality meats. It's a very cool and relaxing space as well. I will continue to stop by for lunch when I'm passing through Goshen." - Jay F., South Bend

"I very much enjoyed this local butcher shop and deli, which was a pleasant, casual lunch place. The interior is bright and airy with high ceilings, and seating extends pretty deep into the restaurant along the meat/deli counter. You order off their blackboard at the register, and they bring the lunch to your table. Enjoyed the reuben sandwich and thought it was reasonably priced. One cool feature is that they offer vintage bottled sodas. The meat selection also looked very good, particularly the pork chops. There is a very small specialty olive oil shop (different owner) in the way back." - Catherine W., Boston, Mass.

"Very friendly service. They are very willing to help you out. The sandwiches are quite good. Good quality meat, both in the deli and meat counter." - Nick M., Goshen


Rachel's Bread

Location: 212 W. Washington St., Goshen

Hours: 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday

What do they have?

Rachel's Bread is an artisan bakery that focuses on local, organic food. They serve pastries and coffee during the week and hot breakfasts on Saturdays. They also serve lunch between 11:15 a.m. and 2 p.m. during the week.

What are people saying about them on Yelp?

"Delightful. Rachel makes the best bread around by hand every day and serves a great, fresh lunch, too. There is also dinner some nights, but I've never been able to go in the evening. Her shop is connected to the Goshen Farmer's Market. The food is fresh and imaginative. Menu is different each day and you can check Facebook to see what she is serving up." - Sara C., Indianapolis

"I love Rachel's! The croissants are perfect and sometimes they even have them with bits of chocolate in them - the perfect french breakfast. The chocolate tarts are also super amazing. The sad thing is that they close by 1:00 and the food runs out even earlier, so get there quick or I'll have to fight you off for the last croissant." - Melody D., Goshen

"Ride your bike down the Mill Race and end up at Rachel' Bread for brunch. On Saturdays, the fresh breads, facaccia, and croissants go quickly--so get there early. This is the kind of place that makes Goshen a pretty cool small town to live in." - Philip K., Chicago


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