Crown Point's Tavern on Main opened as gastro-pub that aimed to bring a Chicago feel to the downtown Crown Point Square.
A group of four partners, including former Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Sr., invested in the handsomely appointed bar with a respectable craft beer list and a street sign that shows some real artistry.
The idea was to serve elevated pub fare. Tavern on Main delivers with trendy items like street tacos, chicken and waffles, crispy cauliflower, a pork belly burger, ahi tuna wonton nachos, a short rib flatbread, short rib poutine and short rib grilled cheese. In addition to fashionable dishes that could be found on many a pour house menu in the city, the restaurant at 136 S. Main St. serves some time-honored tavern classics like Scotch eggs.
The lobster roll may not be the best thing available on a menu jam-packed with tasty options like a po boy and shrimp and grits, but it's the kind of thing that's still rare enough in Northwest Indiana that some will order it anytime they see it.
Tavern on Main has a respectable take on the New England classic. Fresh lobster meat is tossed in a flavorful creole mayo that gives it a bit of a Cajun kick, distinguishing it from more traditional versions that keep the focus on the lobster. Lettuce adds a crunch, and juicy tomatoes fill out the light summery lobster roll, which comes with fries and pickle.