BENEDICT'S. 1103 Joliet St, Dyer, IN. 219.440.7948. Benedict's focuses on fresh ingredients in every dish, from their traditional breakfast offerings to the chef's inventive specials. The warm family atmosphere is perfect for a weekend morning, and their juice bar ensures a fresh start to the day.
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.
GELSOSOMO’S PIZZA. 5023 US Highway 6, Portage, IN 46368. 219.763.1545. Other various locations. gelpizza.com. Tom Gelsosomo brought his Italian pizzeria vision to our region with only natural ingredients and high service standards. Gelsosomos has nine locations around the region offering delicious pizza and other tasty Italian fare.
GLENWOOD OAKS RIB AND CHOP HOUSE. 106 N Main St, Glenwood. 708.758.4400. glenwoodoaks.com. The Jarosky family has been serving a solid menu of steaks, chops, fresh seafood and vegetables for a generation, with specials that reflect newly popular items or vegetables in season. But the clientele returns again and again for the staples, which include Angus steaks and chops, sautéed fresh lake perch, oysters Rockefeller done à la Isabelle, and salads of crunchy iceberg lettuce with house dressing.
JERK 2 GO. 3825 Main Street, East Chicago. 219.391.1000. Jerk 2 Go serves Jerk, African, and Soul food in their convenient East Chicago location. Along with affordable and flavorful food, Jerk 2 Go hosts special event nights, such as comedy nights.
NORTHWOODS HEARTY HOME COOKING AND SALOON. 968 E Steger Road, Crete. 708.672.1167. northwoodssaloon.com. Hearty meals like those on Grandma's table make up the Northwoods menu, while the warm setting draws diners in.
PAPI CHULO’S. 13601 South Calhoun, Chicago. 773.646.9000. papi-chulos.net. Papi Chulo’s is a friendly neighborhood bar that offers the perfect place to relax, eat and enjoy the game. Papi Chulo’s offers a varied menu from cheese sticks to burgers and other specials. They also offer domestic and imported beers, wines and mixed drinks including signature cocktails. Join Papi Chulo’s for live music and entertainment.
PEPE’S MEXICAN. Various locations, pepes.com. Established in 1967 by Mario Dovalina and Edwin Ptak, Pepe's has grown from humble beginnings to become a famous Chicago original. Pepe's menu offers a broad selection of authentic Mexican style food made with great care and attention to detail. Pepe's Mexican Restaurants are full-service restaurants that offer casual family dining as well as carryout service.
THE QUEST. 1204 W Lincoln Highway, Schererville. 219.322.4812. thequesteatery.com. Enjoy hearty entrees and crowd-pleasing favorites in a fun and inviting atmosphere. Drink specials, music nights and more are sure to draw in the crowds.
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.
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.
TAPAS CAFÉ. 2486 W Lincoln Hwy, Merrillville. 219.769.7008. tapascafe.net. Tapas Café offers a fusion of always-fresh traditional artisan Spanish-Iberic meals. Tapas include a wide variety of appetizers of Spanish cuisine. They may be cold such as Salpicon de Mariscos or warm like the Calamari a la Plancha. Appetizers from the southwest such as the nachos or quesadillas are also available. Salads are guilt-less but flavorful.
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-BONES PIER 11. 1111 Lakeside, LaPorte. 219.362.5077. pleastshore.com. This Italian steakhouse is carefully tucked into a cove of scenic Pine Lake. The spacious dining room is reminiscent of a traditional supper club, but a terrace overlooks the harbor and instead of being at a roadhouse, you are on the beach. As expected, the seafood hits a high standard; a range of salads, pizzas and pasta selections round out the lighter supper fare. This is the place to indulge in a T-bone, New York strip, filet mignon or flat iron steak grilled over a wood fire.
TEIBEL’S. 1775 US Highway 41, Schererville. 219.865.2000. teibels.com. For 80 years and four generations, Teibel's has been Northwest Indiana's "Ideal Family Restaurant." The tradition continues with the restaurant’s beautiful new fine dining room and many banquet options, along with beloved house specialties including fried chicken and yellow lake perch.
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.