Diners looking for a convivial atmosphere, a fun menu and assorted brews will enjoy a visit to Catch 22 Bar and Grill in Merrillville.

The spacious eatery, featuring TVs, a large bar, a mix of tables and booths, games on the premises and outdoor seating, is a good choice for food fans interested in catching a favorite game on television.

During a recent Sunday visit to the sports bar, the Chicago Cubs game was among the sporting events being broadcast at the eatery. We were given a choice on whether we wanted to dine indoors or outdoors.

We picked a booth in the bar area right across from one of the big screen televisions on the premises. It was mid-afternoon and the crowd featured a mix of ages enjoying meals inside as well as on the patio.

For our late lunch/early dinner meal we chose the Guinness Braised Beef ($15), which our server said was a popular dish at the restaurant. A Caesar Salad ($4 for small) was more than a substantial serving and proved to be a good meal on its own.

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The Guinness Braised Beef, with carrots, green beans, mashed potatoes and fresh cheese curds, was a huge, family-style helping. It could have easily served a few people at the table if they wanted to share. The beef was tender and flavorful with the addition of Guinness gravy.

Among other menu items at Catch 22 are Indiana Smoked Candied Bacon ($8.50 for an appetizer); Crispy Shrimp $11 (for an appetizer); Jalapeno Shrimp Mac & Cheese ($15); Ponzu Sesame Salmon ($17) and Roasted Polenta Goat Cheese ($14).

On the burger/sandwich side of the menu titled Between the Buns, diners will find the Swiss & Shroom Burger ($11.75); Hot Mess Burger ($11.75); Adult Grilled Cheese ($9) and Cali Turkey Burger ($10).

Other items featured at the eatery are Flatbread Pizza; Chili and Salads; and Tacos. Catch 22 also stars an extensive brew and spirits menu.

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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.