If you're looking for seafood to enjoy during the Lenten season or any time of year, area restaurants feature a variety of offerings.
Whether your preference is a salmon filet, fried shrimp, a gourmet preparation of tilapia, perch, or calamari, satisfying recipes star on the menus at eclectic local eateries.
The following list is just a mere sample of what you'll find when you go fishing for seafood ideas at Region restaurants.
Asparagus, 7876 Broadway, Merrillville. Call (219) 794-0000 or visit asparagusrestaurant.com. Included on chef Tammy Pham's menu are dishes such as shrimp rolls, soft shell crab, signature fish cake delight, sesame scallop tempura, duo cargot featuring escargot and shrimp, spicy baked salmon, mojito halibut steak and cilantro lime tilapia.
Blackstone Woodfire Grill, 7311 Mallard Lane, Schererville. Call (219) 769-0000 or visit blackstonewoodfiregrill.com. Menu offerings include shrimp cocktail, salmon BLT, grilled shrimp and pasta, Scottish salmon, lobster tails and more.
Calumet Fisheries, 3259 E. 95th St., Chicago. Call (773) 933-9855 or visit calumetfisheries.com. The fish joint at the foot of Chicago's famed 95th Street Bridge is known for its smoked and fried fish selections. Among items on the menu are smoked salmon, fried shrimp, chubs, catfish, scallops, rainbow trout and more.
Chuck and Irene's, 6110 Kennedy Ave., Hammond. Call (219) 844-9812 or visit chuckandirenes.com. Among seafood choices on Fridays only are boneless ocean perch, (all you can eat on Fridays only); combinations of frog legs and shrimp; shrimp and scallops; cod and shrimp.
Ciao Bella, 1514 U.S. 41, Schererville. Call (219) 322-6800 or visit ciaobellaonline.com. The Italian bistro's seafood lineup includes Lake Superior white fish, pan seared ahi tuna, grilled salmon filet and linguini di mare (featuring assorted seafood).
54 Main Bistro, 54 Main St., Hobart. Call (219) 947-2817 or visit bistro54main.com. While the restaurant's menu changes often, among seafood selections featured occasionally at the eatery are oysters Rockefeller; steel head trout and crab, sesame and cashew Hawaiian mahi-mahi. The eatery receives fresh seafood flown in from Hawaii weekly.
Glenwood Oaks Rib and Chop House, 106 N. Main St., Glenwood, Ill. Call (708) 758-4400 or visit glenwoodoaks.com. On the fish and seafood menu are items such as swanky shrimp, lobster Nippon, seafood combination, oysters Rockefeller and shrimp dejonghe.
Kenwood Tap Sports Bar and Restaurant, 6247 Kennedy Ave., Hammond. Call (219) 844-9766. Seafood items include a Friday special fish and chips; lake perch dinner, jumbo shrimp dinner and more.
Semento's, 1200 West St., Valparaiso. Call (219) 548-9046 or visit sementos.com. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, there is a fish fry scheduled. Among offerings are white perch, sauteed lake perch and shrimp and grilled walleye.
Spike's Lakeside 2, 21 E. Joliet St., Schererville. Call (219) 322-4444. Among offerings for the Lenten season are grouper, grilled tuna, salmon and all you can eat smelt.
Teibel's, 1775 U.S. Highway 41, Schererville. Call (219) 865-2000. Seafood choices on Teibel's menu include Teibel's Famous lake perch, Indonesian frog legs, walleye pike, fried calamari, Lenten specials including honey bourbon salmon and ginger teriyaki mahi mahi.
Tapas Cafe, 2486 W. Lincoln Highway, Merrillville. Call (219) 769-7008 or visit tapascafe.net. The eatery, specializing in Spanish-style small plates, features assorted seafood on their menu including seafood paella, bacon wrapped scallops, grilled shrimp with chimichurri Argentina sauce and tilapia tacos.