Road Trip - Notre Dame (cont.)
Posted: Wednesday September 6, 2006 11:35AM; Updated: Wednesday September 27, 2006 3:06PM
Best sports team nobody knows about: Women's soccer. Head coach Randy Waldrum has established Notre Dame as one of the premier women's soccer programs in the nation. The Irish won the 2004 national title, fell in the quarterfinals of last year's tournament to eventual champion Portland, and are currently ranked No. 1 in the nation.
Best place to meet South Bend locals: McCormicks. This downtown South Bend bar features a wide selection of beer, an always popular juke box, and the opportunity to mingle with residents. One of the few area bars not dominated by Notre Dame students, McCormick's is always a great time full of true South Bend flavor and grit.
Best place to study: Hesburgh Library. Famous for its "Touchdown Jesus" mural, the library is more than just a college football icon. Newly renovated with a luxurious basement study area, the library remains the favorite place to hit the books on campus.
Best place for brunch: Tippecanoe Place. It's a four-floor, upscale restaurant located in the old Studebaker Manison, which once dominated the world of industry in South Bend. Tippecanoe certainly dominates the world of cuisine. Brunches on football Saturdays and Sundays might just be the second most sought-after tickets of the weekend.
Best place to grab a burrito: Casa del Rio. Just a block from campus, it offers a rare treat in South Bend: an authentic taste of Mexico.
Best place to say a pregame prayer: The Grotto. Modeled after the Grotto at Lourdes, no visit to Notre Dame is complete without a stop here. Visitors can light a candle, say a prayer, and admire the beauty of one of the campus spots that helps define Notre Dame's uniquely Catholic identity. As former president Fr. Hesburgh once said, "Every university has a place where students hang out for their social life, libraries where they study, and playing fields where they play sports, but how many have a praying place?"