Friday, September 14, 2012

Notre Dame Football: A Fan’s Guide

Headed back to Notre Dame for a football weekend this fall? I have put together a list of must see things to do when headed back to campus. Hope you enjoy, and feel free to leave a comment … what are your favorite things to do/places to go?

Let’s start out with food. A weekend at Notre Dame typically includes food at the following two establishments … CJ’s and Tippecanoe Place. CJ’s is our Friday night dinner place. CJ’s is known for their great pub burgers, and has been a student favorite since 1984. When I was in school, CJ’s was just a hole in the wall. They recently had a fire and had to rebuild. The new CJ’s is bigger and better than ever! Now we not only include CJ’s in our Friday night dinner plans … but also for a little dancing on Saturday night as well, as they now have a dance floor! Go figure!

(Photo: CJ's Burgers are a staple for any successful weekend trip to South Bend for a game weekend.)

The second food stop is brunch at Tippecanoe Place. Tippecanoe Place is the former Studebaker mansion. It is one of the premiere landmarks in the heart of South Bend’s historic district, and the mansion is teeming with the charm and grace of yesteryear. The gracious spirit of the past still thrives in the mansion’s 40 rooms with their wealth of fine antiques, 20 gorgeous fireplaces, and hand-crafted woods. This is definitely a must see experience!

Moving on to nightlife, there are two spots that just can’t be missed on a weekend to Notre Dame … The Linebacker Lounge and Corby’s.

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  1. I appreciate hearing your traditional return spots. When I get back to ND, I always stop at Nick's Patio for a great value meal in a ND friendly environment. We often hit one of the King Gyros shops for some fast ribs, and every trip includes a round or two of minature golf at Putt-Putt Golf and Games in Michiana.

    That our thing, but I'm anxious to try CJ's this fall.

    1. There is nothing better than a weekend back "home" in South Bend!