The joke is that eating your way through Elkhart County and nearby is the “10-Pound Tour,” but seriously - there’s so much good eating around here, along with enough fun that will keep you moving that you probably won’t gain that much.

Eat like family

Just imagine heaping platters of fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, ham and roast beef, noodles and more in front of you. Family-style dining is the way to go, and you can find it all along the Heritage Trail.

– Amish Acres, Nappanee

– Das Dutchman Essenhaus, Middlebury

– Blue Gate Restaurant, Shipshewana

Scream for ice cream

In a cone, a la mode, with whipped cream on top, or just in a plain old dish — we just want our ice cream. Rocket Science Ice Cream stays open year-round, so you can always indulge your sweet tooth. If you’re here in the summer, check out these great places for a cool treat. Five Great Ice Cream Places in Elkhart County

Pizza heaven

Need some life-changing pizza? Pizzeria Venturi’s techniques abide by classic Neapolitan traditions, using the same ingredients you can find in Italy. Pair it with a classic cocktail and find out why their pizzas enchanted Esquire readers to nominate it as a “life-changing” pizza.

Food done right

From elegant to lip-smacking goodness, you’ll find plenty of great eating around Elkhart. Two places to check include Artisan and their elegant take on dishes drawing from Midwestern farm-to-table ingredients or Bacon Hill Kitchen & Pub, where Southern meets gastropub. Find more great places to eat and adventures to explore. Seven Stunning Ways to See Elkhart County

Baked goodness

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For sweet doughy goodness, you can’t go wrong with the doughnuts, cinnamon rolls and other treats for Das Dutchman Essenhaus’ bakery. We love the long johns, and you can also take home any of the two dozen-plus varieties of pie. If you can’t get enough of a good thing, dive into deliciousness with made-from-scratch bread, cookies and more at the Amish-owned Country Lane Bakery in Middlebury. 574.825.7918