If you're gathering the family to attend one of many holiday shows in the Region this season, you may also want to make it a full day of dining and entertainment.
Diverse restaurants in the area are near local theaters or within easy driving distance to and from various venues.
If you're attending a concert or production at a local casino, you'll easily find dining options right on the premises. And if you'll be part of the audience at places such as Towle Theatre in Hammond, Theatre at the Center in Munster, Memorial Opera House in Valparaiso, Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville and others, you'll find an assortment of eateries nearby.
The following list is just a sample of what's available on the dining scene for your pre- or post-show enjoyment.
Blue Chip Casino, 777 Blue Chip Drive, Michigan City. Visit bluechipcasino.com. If you're attending a show at the casino's Stardust Event Center, stop in for a meal at William B's Steakhouse, It's Vegas Baby, The Game, featuring a variety of sports bar fare, Options Buffet or Nelson's Deli, all on the premises.
Four Winds Casino, New Buffalo, Michigan. Visit fourwindscasino.com.
Before or after taking in a show at Four Winds' Silver Creek Event Center, indulge in a meal at Copper Rock Steakhouse, featuring quality cuts of steak, chops and seafood and award-winning wines or visit Hard Rock Cafe on the premises, The Buffet or Timbers, featuring burgers, sandwiches and other offerings.
Don Quijote Restaurante, 119 E. Lincolnway, Valparaiso. Call (219) 462-7976. If Spanish fare is what you crave, stop in and order a meal at Don Quijote's in downtown Valpo. It's a good spot to visit if you're taking in a show at one of Valparaiso's venues.
Giovanni's, 603 Ridge Road, Munster. Call (219) 836-6220. Dinner options include everything from baked oysters Rockefeller and lasagna to shrimp marinara, chicken Alfredo, roast duck and steak.
Horseshoe Casino, 777 Casino Center Drive, Hammond. Visit horseshoehammond.com
Entertainment fans flocking to The Venue at Horseshoe Casino can visit one of various eateries on the casino grounds. For steaks, chops, seafood and other hearty offerings, make plans to attend Jack Binion's Steak House. Care for a burger and a shake? Head to Benny's Pub and Eatery. Or enjoy a meal at the Village Square Buffet, Foo Noodle Bar or J.B's Gourmet Sandwiches.
Majestic Star Casino, 1 Buffington Harbor Drive, Gary. Visit majesticstarcasino.com. The casino regularly has comedy acts or bands in The Lakeshore Lounge. Before or after the show, plan to eat at The Steakhouse at Majestic Star, Passports Buffet or Wings & Things.
Niko's, 216 South Broad St., Griffith, (219) 934-0400 or visit nikosteakandseafood.com.
Visit for steaks, pasta, seafood, specialty martinis and more.
The Restaurant at Lost Marsh, 1001 129th St., Hammond. Call (219) 228-2534. The eatery overlooking the golf course features a varied menu. Dining options include shrimp cocktail, crab cakes, various sandwiches and salads, baby back ribs, burgers, shrimp or chicken penne pasta, chicken Parmesan and more.
Theatre at the Center, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, (219) 836-3255 or call (219) 836-1930 to make meal reservations
Taking in a Sunday show at Theatre at the Center? Make plans to attend the center's Sunday brunch. An all-you-can-eat brunch is served between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Cost is $22.50 for adults; $11.50 for ages 4 to 11 and $3 for kids under 4 years old. A Holiday Buffet, held in conjunction with the center's "A Christmas Carol the Musical" will be held today and Dec. 13. Call for more details.
Theo's, 9144 Indianapolis Boulevard, Highland (219) 838-8000
The menu at Theo's features a variety of steaks, seafood, pasta dishes, chops, assorted appetizers, chicken entrees and more.
T.J. Maloney's Authentic Irish Pub, Interstate 65 and U.S. 30, in Radisson Star Plaza complex, Merrillville. Call (219) 755-0569. If you find yourself seeing one of many holiday shows at Star Plaza, T.J. Maloney's features a full menu of specialties, including everything from Irish nachos and fish and chips to chicken pot pie and seafood stew.
Have a taste for pizza? Pop in for slice or more at one of the many pizza joints around. There are many within easy driving distance to various theaters. Options include Langel's Pizza with locations at 2833 Highway Ave., Highland (219) 923-4900, 1198 E. Summit St., Crown Point (219) 663-8888, and two in Schererville at 342 E. Highway 30 and 2120 U.S. Highway 41. For Schererville locations, call (219) 865-0333 or (219) 322-3040.
Others include House of Pizza, 7008 Indianapolis Boulevard, Hammond; Gelosomo's Pizza, with locations at 13019 Wicker Ave., Cedar Lake (219) 374-5300, 1013 W. Lincoln Highway, Schererville (219) 322-8383 or 9318 Indianapolis Boulevard, Highland (219) 924-9300; Capri's Pizza, 837 Main St., Schererville (219) 865-9100 or John's Pizzeria at 1209 Sheffield, Dyer (219) 322-8400 or 132 S. Broad, Griffith. (219) 924-3826.