Eat Here Now

By Jillian Speece & Nathaniel Hoff | Last Updated May 06, 2015
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Jillian Speece of the Bergamot dishes on the music duo's top 5 places for great food in Michiana.

When I was 5 years old, I would prop myself up on a barstool in the kitchen to get a glimpse of what my dad was whipping up for breakfast. I adored Dad’s perfectly cooked omelets (with just the right amount of onion-filled hash browns) and fresh biscuits on the side.

To say I enjoyed the pleasures of food as a kid would be a complete understatement. I loved all aspects of a home-cooked meal—especially eating it!

Little did I know that one day I would meet a boy, Nathaniel Hoff, who shared the very same feelings I had when a fresh-baked banana loaf came out of the oven. We both loved music, but we knew we were in love when we realized that we agreed about the secret to a perfect lasagna: thick homemade pasta noodles.

It’s been a decade of making music (and food) together, and, after successfully touring America and Europe, we said, “I do” here in the Midwest. Shortly after, we made the leap to a new home in Brooklyn, pursuing our love of music—and eating some of the best food New York has to offer.

Here are our top five Michiana restaurants—the ones that keep us coming back home for more.

Rocco's

Not only did we share our first meal together here in 2003, but their classic cheese pizza paired with a large bowl of the Julia Special...
|537 N. St. Louis Blvd., South Bend, IN, us
|574.233.2464

Bread+Bar by Bit of Swiss

This place is a must! This past May, when Nathaniel and I were touring through the Midwest, we stopped here before our show at The Box...
|645 Riverview Dr., Benton Harbor, MI, us
|269.757.7219

Venturi

Before we stepped into this beautiful pizza heaven we had heard plenty of buzz from all of our friends, and, of course, I read the Edible...
|123 E. Lincoln Ave., Goshen, IN, us
|574.485.2985

Farmhouse Bakery

Farm House Bakery is run by the most joyful folks we know. They haul it hard in the morning, way before the rooster crows. Th is is the...
|59283 White Temple Rd., Vandalia, MI, us
|(269) 476-1126

Fiddler's Hearth

What’s more to say than Bushmill’s Irish smoked salmon paired with a pear and walnut salad? It’s so divine! To finish the meal, we like a...
|127 N. Main St., South Bend, IN, us
|574.232.2853
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