Tourism campaign names Chesterton diner the best breakfast place in Northern Indiana

The Northside Diner in Chesterton.

The old-school favorite Northside Diner, known for its vintage Hollywood mural, generous portions, Stacked Chicks platter and the trains rumbling by, was crowned breakfast champion of Indiana’s Cool North, a Northern Indiana-wide honor.

Indiana Dunes Tourism and the Northern Indiana Tourism Development Commission stage the annual Food Wars competition to promote regional restaurants. It’s a joint initiative by the NITDC and its convention and visitors bureaus in Porter, LaPorte, St. Joseph, Marshall, Kosciusko, Elkhart and LaGrange counties.

The public across the northern part of the Hoosier state voted for their favorite breakfasts over the course of a month. Previous competitions have involved burgers, pizza and tacos.

“This year’s Food Wars was one of the most competitive yet, and this year’s breakfast theme showcased a variety of locally owned restaurants throughout the region,” Indiana Cool North stated in a news release. “Thousands of votes were cast during two separate online voting rounds, but Northside Diner edged out the rest of the competition to stand alone as the breakfast king. Northside Diner now owns the title ‘Best Breakfast in Indiana’s Cool North’ thanks to its family-friendly atmosphere, its excellent service and its delicious variety of breakfast favorites.”

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Northside Diner, the pancake house near the train tracks at 100 N. Calumet Road, bested Jennie Rae’s Restaurant in Rolling Prairie, Castaways in Plymouth, Macadoo’s Family Restaurant in Mishawaka, The Golden Egg Pancake House in Elkhart, American Table Restaurant in Warsaw and Country Corral Restaurant in Shipshewana in the popular vote.

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