TASTE TEST: Twincade has next-level food

Twincade in Griffith serves chicken and waffles sliders as an appetizer.

Griffith has one of the trendiest, most up-and-coming downtowns in Northwest Indiana with three craft breweries, two vinyl record shops, a hip coffee shop, a juicery and now a music venue.

Twincade, an arcade bar that opened last year at 108 N. Broad St., has packed in nostalgic crowds looking to recapture their childhoods while mashing buttons on vintage games like Centipede, Double Dragon and Galaga. A well-curated selection of craft beer like 18th Street Temporal Purgatory and Burn 'Em Dark Side of the Brew is on tap.

The menu is also boss. Twincade for instance has a fig pizza with fig jam, brie, caramelized onions and granny smith apples, and an aged cheddar sammie with peach lavender jam.

Try the chicken and waffle sliders on the appetizer menu. A southern staple that's made incursions on menus all over, chicken and waffles play off the time-honored sweet/salty dynamic. The Twincade version comes with crispy tender chicken, plump airy waffles, cheddar cheese and strawberry balsamic jam. Sweet maple syrup comes on the side in a ramekin so it can be added to taste.

For more information, call (219) 237-9980 or visit www.twincade.com.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.