Thursday, February 10, 2011

#126: Indulgence Pastry Shop and Cafe

Maybe it was its proximity to the movies or its location on the thoroughfare towards Target or just a particularly adventurous friend, but Indulgence was one of my earlier South Bend discoveries. Regardless of whichever reason it actually was, I consider myself lucky. I remember walking in the front door and instantly spying the rows of beautifully-decorated, individual cakes containing such varieties as the "Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake" described as "a layer of Chocolate Butter Milk Cake, Chocolate Mousse with a center of peanut butter and Chocolate topped with a peanut butter rosette" or the "Lemon Chiffon Cake" topped with a "Burnt Meringue Topping and Lemon Curd." It was only after several minutes of ogling the cakes display that I realized it was surrounded by an even wider variety of cookies, brownies, cupcakes, and other pastries.

And yes, after settling on the "Signature Chocolate Dome" (topped with no less than a glazed "chocolate ganache"), it was as delicious as it sounded (and has continued to be ever since). Yet, perhaps more importantly, Indulgence is a true South Bend story. It was the dream of two local chefs who decided the area deserved a great pastry shop, and they subsequently opened the store in early 2007. Contrary to what I've highlighted so far, Indulgence also offers a full menu of cafe fare such as soups, sandwiches, salads, and coffee drinks as well as a catering service and specialty cakes made-to-order.  Combine that with friendly service and free wi-fi, and there's no reason not to stop by.
Signature carrot cake, in perfect snack size
Visit their (well-designed and easy-to-use!) website here for the menu, and more information.

Location: 3622 Edison Road
Hours: Mon-Wed, 6:30am-5:00pm; Thurs, 6:30am-9:00pm; Fri, 6:30am-10:00pm; Sat, 7:00am-10:00pm; Sun, closed  

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