My friends and I agree that this is the best restaurant in South Bend. Some of us are ex-pats from Chicago, here for work, so it can be hard going from a zillion interesting restaurants to nil. Anyways, Elia’s serves authentic Mediterranean and Lebanese cuisine that you can brag about. We always order the baba ghanoush (mashed up eggplant with spices) appetizer with nan. It’s thick, creamy, smokey-flavored, and though there’s a pool of oil sitting on it we’re convinced we’re eating healthy.