Freddy's Steak House has been a Northwest Indiana culinary mainstay for the last five decades.
The restaurant, owned for the last nine years by Jim and Tammy Kamradt, originally opened in 1962. Freddy's menu, from the beginning, starred quality steaks, ribs, chops, seafood and more.
With it's supper-club like feel, the restaurant has long attracted food fans from not only Northwest Indiana but Chicago and its suburbs and other locales.
Walking into Freddy's, these days, guests still find that old-fashioned club atmosphere with friendly servers and ample food portions.
"We want to continue getting back to our roots and giving people what they really love and want," said Valerie Martinelli, general manager of Freddy's. "We're also trying to bring more specials (to customers) but also keeping our core menu the same."
Martinelli said Freddy's has long been a place where people knew they could always get "a good old-fashioned steak."
Freddy's chef Martin Gomez, who's presided over the kitchen for the last three years, called Freddy's a Hammond "landmark" with a staple menu he never wants to change completely but always "perfect."
"We're keeping (the quality) of steaks and other items that have been here for the past 50 years but also giving people a variety of new things," he said. "We want to give people a good wholesome meal and more than what they pay for." Chef Gomez said he regularly tries out new specials.
Among popular items at the eatery are the signature Bone-In Ribeye ($38.95) and Freddy's Famous Poor Boy Steak Sandwich ($10.95 for half portion and $14.95 for full portion).
During a recent Wednesday dinner at Freddy's, we ordered the poor boy steak sandwich as well as the Chopped Steak ($14.95).
The poor boy, which was the half portion, was a good size and was served on garlic bread. The meat proved tender and was well-seasoned. The Chopped Steak entree also received high marks at our table for its juiciness and flavor. The chopped steak was topped with a large amount of grilled onions and also served with a baked potato.
Entrees at Freddy's are served with a relish tray, tossed salad, soup and homemade bread. Fresh steamed vegetable of the day or fresh grilled vegetables are extra.
Among other menu items guests will find at Freddy's are Baby Back Ribs ($15.95 for a half slab and $22.95 for a full slab); Porterhouse steak ($29.95); Filet Medallions ($23.95); Fettuccine Alfredo ($17.95 for chicken, $19.95 for shrimp); Frog Legs ($18.95); Grilled Honey Mustard Salmon ($16.95) and Fresh Lake Perch ($22.95 for deep fried and $24.95 for sauteed in garlic butter).
Guests longing for a retro-style dinner experience will surely find it at Freddy's.
FYI: Freddy's Steak House is located at 6442 Kennedy Ave., Hammond. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Fridays; 4:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturdays and 3 to 8 p.m. Sundays. Call (219) 844-1500 or visit freddyssteakhousehammond.com.