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TASTE TEST: Miller Bakery Cafe excels at seafood

The Jumbo Lump Crab Cake at Miller Bakery Cafe is served.

The classy, cool Miller Bakery Cafe in Gary's lakefront Miller Beach neighborhood is an ideal spot for date night.

On a weekend, you usually can go check out new art in the Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts across the street, maybe pop in to the Indie Indie Bang Bang boutique to see if anything catches your fancy and stroll over to the chic Miller Bakery Cafe at 555 S. Lake St. for seafood, steak or small plates. It's a white tablecloth restaurant with dim, romantic lighting, but it's anything but stuffy.

Contemporary art from local artists hangs on the walls, and there's craft beer from the nearby 18th Street Brewery on draft.

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The hip sit-down restaurant in a vintage building along Lake Street has a fantastic menu devised by former Chicago restauranteur Jack Strode, who's managed high-end places like Smith and Wollensky and Rosebud Prime in the city. Being close to Lake Michigan, the menu is especially strong with seafood options like mussels, red snapper and tilapia cerviche.

If it's date night, you can't go wrong with small plates that let you share and sample. A standout is the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake with mango salsa atop a bed of fresh chopped greens and a succulent roasted red pepper remoulade. The chunks of sweet crab meat are substantial, satisfying and perfectly seasoned. It's not the type of crab cake where you'll complain about too much filler. The plating is elegant. It's a warm slice of heaven. 

For more information, call (219) 427-1446 or visit millerbakerycafe.com.

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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.