Food fans always desire a good deal when dining out. Consumers, no doubt, want great taste, appealing atmosphere and economical prices in the restaurant marketplace.
Even if you don't want to visit a fast food joint for a meal, you can find culinary buys that are economical at a variety of eateries, from hot dog joints and pizza places to family restaurants. Very often, you'll find more middle of the road and upscale restaurants that may have particular deals on certain days.
We've come up with a sample of eateries in the area that are good choices for those looking for budget bites or good meals that are also economical. The sample list features a variety of eateries, from sandwich shops to more traditional restaurants. Also, keep in mind they're not always just your typical, casual cheap eats place. Sometimes more upscale restaurants will have dishes that fall into bargain or budget buys.
Black Stone Woodfire Grill, 7311 Mallard Lane, Schererville; (219) 769-0000. Among specials at the restaurant are Wine Down Wednesdays and Kids Eat Free on Wednesday Nights. Visit blackstonewoodfiregrill.com
Blue Chip Casino, 777 blue Chip Drive, Michigan City; Visit bluechipcasino.com. The casino's The Game restaurant offers a variety of specials in a sports bar setting. Check the website for noted specials during the week.
Chuck & Irene's Bar and Restaurant, 6110 Kennedy Ave., Hammond; (219) 844-9812. The restaurant with a full-service bar offers a number of menu specials. Daily lunch specials are also offered. Visit chuckandirene's.com.
Foo Noodle Bar, at Horseshoe Casino, 777 Casino Center Drive, Hammond; (866) 711-7463. The Asian eatery at Horseshoe Casino offers a variety of dishes from soups and noodle and rice entrees that are in the $12 to $14 range. Also on the casino's premises is JB's Gourmet Sandwiches, featuring assorted sandwiches, pastries and more.
Gelsosomo's Pizzeria, various locations, including Route 6 & County Line Road in Portage. The restaurant/pizza eatery runs selected specials daily. Call (219) 763-1545
Lincoln's, 2813 Highland Ave., Highland; (219) 923-4144; An ample selection of sandwiches, pies and more is available at the eatery in Highland. Popular sandwiches include The Bunny Girl and U.S. Steel.
Papi Chulo's Bar and Grill, 13601 S. Calhoun Ave., Chicago; (773) 646-9000. Every day of the week, Papi Chulo's offers budget buys including 75-cent wings on Mondays; 16-ounce drafts for $2 (domestic) $3 (imports) on Wednesdays and more.
Round the Clock Restaurants, various locations in the area. Visit Round the Clock for 24-hour meals at economical prices. Breakfast, lunch and dinner specials are featured. Visit roundtheclock. com.
Semento's, 1200 West St., Valparaiso; (219) 548-9046. The restaurant features frequent specials. There are $5 dinner specials Mondays through Wednesdays. Visit sementos.com
The Quest Eatery and Spirits, 1204 Lincoln Highway, Schererville; (219) 322-4812. The Quest features a diverse menu with various appetizer specials, Stuffed Burgers, fish frys, pizza and more. On Sundays there are wing specials for 45 cents bone in and 55 cents boneless. Half price bottles of Crane Lake Wine is also available on Sundays. Call for other specials or visit thequesteatery.com
Warsaw Inn, 2180 Glenwood Dyer Road, Lynwood. Call (708) 474-1000 or visit angieswarsawinn.com. The highlight of Warsaw Inn is a Polish food buffet with plentiful offerings. Diners visiting from 4 to 5 p.m. receive $1 off their meals.