If you're looking for an old-fashioned home-cooked meal, head to Spike's Lakeside 2 in Schererville.

The restaurant, located on Joliet Street across from the Schererville Town Hall, features a cozy environment. On one side of the building guests will find the main dining room, while on the other side, Spike's features a large bar area.

Spike's Lakeside was previously located on Ewing Avenue on Chicago's East Side. Diners regularly frequent the eatery for various seafood meals as well as dishes such as Chicken Parmesan, BBQ Baby Back Ribs, Pork Chops and more.

During a recent Sunday dinner we chose to sit at a booth in the dining room not far from the salad bar. Our waitress cordially greeted us while presenting us with a menu.

Various specials were written on a chalkboard at the back of the dining room. But we chose our meal from the regular menu.

After hearing that Spike's was popular with seafood fans, we decided to check out the fish offerings.

The waitress said the restaurant's Frog Legs had sold out for the day. So, we decided on the Coconut Shrimp ($18.95) and the Chef's Whitefish ($15.95).

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Both came with the all-you-can-eat Salad Bar, which featured everything from leaf lettuce to broccoli and cheddar salad, coleslaw, kidney bean salad, peaches, pudding and more. The salad bar with all its fixings and the various dinner menu items were reminiscent of what you might find on a supper-club-style menu.

Both the Coconut Shrimp and Whitefish were served with a slightly sweet orange sauce and also came with a choice of potato.

Among other dishes featured on the menu at Spike's are Breaded Pork Chops ($15.95); Boneless Lake Perch ($20.95); Catfish Strips ($13.95); Crab Cakes ($15.95); Chicken and Ribs Combo ($19.95); Grilled Chop and Seafood Combo ($20.95); and more.

Burgers and various sandwiches are also served at the restaurant. Among sandwiches are BLT Club ($12.95); Blue Gill Sandwich ($10.95); NY Strip Steak Sandwich ($10.95); and Smoked Turkey ($7.95).

An assortment of appetizers, soups and salads also are featured.

On Thursdays and Sundays, Spike's Lakeside 2 offers 25 percent off a diner's entire bill for lunch or dinner.


Entertainment Editor/Features Reporter

Eloise is A&E Editor and a food, entertainment and features writer for The Times, subjects she has covered for over two decades in and around the Region. She was the youngest of eight in a Chicago household filled with fantastic cooks and artists.