Just because you may not be able to try these classics and newby eateries at once doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make a hit list and start working it forward through the summer season. Taking the award winners alphabetically would put you at the best spot for Asian food: Tammy Pham’s Asparagus in Merrillville, just north of U.S. Hwy 30.
Asparagus has the most extensive and persuasive menu I’ve seen and there are always specials. This restaurant is particularly perfect if your family and friends are either fully or partially vegetarian. The food is always beautifully presented and when the weather warms up Asparagus amps their cocktail menu with fresh citrus and herb drinks and garnishes.
Other Best of the Region winners include Bombers BBQ in Munster; Buffalo Wild Wings (everywhere), Lighthouse Restaurant in Cedar Lake; Highland’s Blue Top Drive-In; Round the Clock; Schoops for hamburgers; Lucrezia in Chesterton and Crown Point; El Taco Real in Hammond and Cooper’s Hawk winery.
You can find out more about Asparagus and other food and drink winners at nwi.com/bestof