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TASTE TEST: Linger in the Stacks, Valpo's library-themed eatery

The Stuffed Chicken at Stacks in downtown Valparaiso.

Readers and library regulars will want to dive into the Stacks in downtown Valparaiso.

A fine place for a meal, the library-themed Stacks Bar and Grill at 175 W. Lincolnway offers a studiously cultivated ambiance. Hardcover books line the walls. Dark wood predominates the cozy, dimly lit space. Vintage card catalogs, artsy black-and-white photos of library shelves and check trays with old school library card holders complete the look.

Tucked away in an office building, it's a casual place where one can sip a craft beer or a cocktail while reading a book, or enjoy a wide array of sandwiches, salads, pizzas or appetizers. It's the kind of restaurant where you can grab a Bruschetta Burger or a filet. The menu features regular specials and has many creative twists such as pork shank buffalo wings served on a bed of crispy onions.

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A specialty is the stuffed chicken, a massive entree in which two splayed-open chicken breasts are stacked atop a base of smashed potatoes and broccoli, smothered in a creamy, decadent roasted garlic sauce and dusted with Parmesan cheese. They're stuffed with more cheese, a salty pancetta, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, and pine nuts. It's a hearty and savory dish bursting with sophisticated flavors.

Stacks Bar and Grill is open from 4  to 11 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturdays.

For more information, call 219.462.0553.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.