By: Ash Hochstettler
Welcome to a new coffee shop review featuring some of the wonderful cafes in the South Bend area! I am back to share my passion for coffee and another spot for you to check out.
The General Deli & Cafe is one of the most well known spots around town to study, eat a quick lunch or grab a coffee. The café is located at 609 E Jefferson Blvd in downtown South Bend.
The General always seems to be busy and upbeat. It’s more common than not to see students and other young adults working and studying throughout the week there. It has the vibe of a quaint vintage home, in my opinion, as it’s been around for quite some time now.
The cafe is ideal for table space, free Wi-Fi and low noise level. The one downside is that if you aren’t there early, it can sometimes be hard to find a seat.
One unique part of The General, in comparison to other coffee shops, is that they have a fairly extensive lunch menu on top of pastries and other small treats. They have some great sandwiches, including “The Dante” on the breakfast menu, and “The Mona” on the lunch menu.
When I visited last week, I had The Mona, which is pictured. I’m also a big fan of the overnight oats and love that they now sell cookies from Ragamuffin Bakery. (Check out our past issues to read my review of Ragamuffin!)
The General has a few staple drinks available at all times, as well as a rotating menu of other flavored lattes. I had a rose latte when I was there, and also I liked a spiced honey latte from a previous visit. I do feel that the cafe consistently has better food than drinks, though.
Overall, The General is an ideal environment for studying. There are very friendly people and a warm, pleasant space. Patrons tend to respect that it’s generally a workspace for many and help each other create a productive atmosphere. The General is one of my top favorite places to go to get work done.
4/5 coffee cups
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