BENNETT CURTIS HOUSE. 302 W Taylor St, Grant Park, Ill. 815.465.2288. The 18 room mansion was built in 1900 by George M. Bennett, then purchased by Illinois Senator Edward C. Curtis. The House is set on spacious ground shaded by 100 year old maples flanked by bubbling fountains, sweeping lawns, lush cool ferns & colorful flowers. The menu features luxury cuts of steaks, gourmet seafood and other specials prepared to perfection. Their five course wine and dine gives diners the best of everything.
BLACKSTONE WOODFIRE GRILL. 7311 Mallard Lane, Schererville. 219.769.0000. blackstonewoodfiregrill.com. Tucked away on old Route 30 in Schererville’s Foxwood Estates, BlackStone Woodfire Grill is Northwest Indiana's destination for mouthwatering steaks, tender ribs and bone-in chops, tasty chicken, and perfectly-grilled seafood. The aroma of the oak, hickory and apple wood-fired grill will awaken diners’ taste buds; the made-from-scratch appetizers, salads and soups will tease the palate. The selection of wines and decadent desserts will tempt all gourmet’s senses.
CHUCK & IRENE’S BAR, RESTAURANT AND HOTEL. 6110 Kennedy Ave, Hammond. 219.844.9812. chuckandirenes.com. Chuck and Irene’s offers traditional family cuisine in a comfortable and homey atmosphere. Chuck and Irene’s offers a full-service bar, restaurant and hotel.
CIAO BELLA. 1514 US 41, Schererville. 219.322.6800. ciaobellaonline.com. The cuisines of three different regions of Italy are featured at the newly opened Ciao Bella, a ristorante, pizzeria and wine bar. The extensive wine list focuses on European and Californian wines. Delivery and take-out available.
ROUND THE CLOCK. Various Locations, roundtheclock.com. Open 24 hours, Round the Clock restaurants have been a Region staple for and a popular favorite for family dining. Breakfast is always robust and flavorful, while lunches, dinners and desserts are sure to please any crowd.
SEMENTO’S NAPOLI CAFÉ. 1200 West St, Valparaiso. 219.548.9046. sementos.com. A family-owned and operated restaurant, Semento’s serves true Italian-inspired favorites, along with classic American fare, with warmth and atmosphere. The menu is fun and inventive and even includes a wide selection of salads, entrees and quesadillas.
SPIKE'S LAKESIDE INN. 21 E Joliet St, Schererville. 219.322.4444. This classic destination combines old-style elegance with modern favorites. Their salad bar is loved by all, and the wide variety of sandwiches offers something for everyone. For dinner, Spike's seafood is the star, with everything from lake perch to crab cakes made fresh. Spike's Lakeside Inn also offers catering services.
TASTE OF INDIA. 761 E 81st Ave, Merrillville. 219.755.4634. Taste of India uses only the freshest and finest authentic ingredients, prepared in ways that only millenia of culinary knowledge could offer. The restaurant offers a lunch buffet 7 days a week, and an extended menu available for lunch and dinner. Their bar includes beer and wine selections from Asia.
T.J. MALONEY’S AUTHENTIC IRISH PUB. 800 East 81st Avenue, Merrillville. 219.755.0569. starplaza.com/dining/diningtj-maloneys. T.J. Maloney’s is one of the area’s top social destinations for meeting with friends, family and business clients. In addition to the genuine atmosphere, the pub features signature, authentic Irish menu items, blended and balanced with American favorites. Irish classics include Corned Beef and Cabbage, Shepherd’s Pie and T.J.’s Famous Fish and Chips, while burgers, hearty sandwiches and homemade soups round out the savory experience.
VILLA CESARE. 900 Eagle Ridge Dr, Schererville. 219.322.3011. villacesare.com. Villa Cesare is a well-established catering and event venue in Schererville. Villa Cesare offers quality food in abundance and first-class service at its banquet facility. The European decor makes guests feel welcome and conveys a sense of elegance for any event. Among the events held at the Villa over the years have been weddings, anniversary celebrations, holiday parties, proms, church events, school award functions, christenings, fundraisers and more.