Review: The Mark Dine and TapAuthor: Smokin DB | Filed under: Food Reviews, Location: South Bend, IN, On The Road
The Mark Dine and Tap
1234 Eddy Street
South Bend, IN 46617
I’m from South Bend and over the last five years or so there has been massive development adjacent to the Notre Dame campus. Let’s ignore the fact that this is decades overdue and focus on the good chow now available to those lucky enough to wander into God’s country. Chipotle, Five Guys, Jamba Juice, some sort of Irish Pub (Too Obvious!) Brothers and finally a locally owned place called The Mark Dine and Tap. On a recent Saturday in need of a good lunch, my family along with some friends hit The Mark. Get it? Yeah, I’m hilarious.
The menu at The Mark is large with a ridiculous variety of items. Everything from fried chicken to baked goat cheese and even sautéed clams and mussels. Burgers, steaks, breakfast? Check, check and check. The décor is decidedly upscale but still casual. We had just come from hiking around campus and fit right in. I’m guessing for the dinner service you’d see fewer yoga pants and more dresses and men with jackets.
What I Got: Smoked/Grilled Bologna.
So yeah, I’m a smoked Bologna junkie. The first step is to admit you have a problem, right? I seem to order this every time I see it on a menu. In this instance The Mark had a Smoked Bologna sandwich special so it’s not on the everyday menu. To be clear, it was a smoked and grilled thick-cut slab Bologna sandwich on an onion bun with caramelized onions, Jack cheese and a sweet Chipotle BBQ sauce. This thing rocked! If you read my review of the smoked Bologna sandwich from Puckett’s you know that was a tasteless stack of regret. The Mark version was layers of great flavor, including true smoke, well balanced sweet and spicy sauce and just the right amount of moisture and mouth-feel from the entire array. This sandwich was as satisfying as the Puckett’s was disappointing. Each component from the onion bun to the cheese was well thought out and executed. Of course the star should be and was the Bologna. Great smoke flavor throughout and nice crispy, tasty char from the grill. As a side I had the house-made potato chips and they were really good too. Not greasy and partially cooked, which is too frequently how these arrive at when I’ve ordered them elsewhere.
Would I Buy It Again? Yeah, without question. Of course since this was a special item I doubt I would find it available. The good news is that it was so very well done that I think I’d be hard pressed to find something poorly prepared on the everyday menu. Looking forward to my next visit!