Take A Culinary Tour

Through Indiana Dunes Country

It’s always a culinary adventure here in Indiana Dunes Country, as the editors of Midwest Living recently discovered on a tour of our region’s leading restaurants. Challenged with the “arduous” task of narrowing it down to a tasty best, here are Midwest Living’s favorite Indiana Dunes Country restaurants–guaranteed to dazzle your palates!


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Featuring comfort food with an Asian twist and updated American classics, dish’s excellent service and seasonal menus set this restaurant apart from the culinary competition.

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The ever-popular Popolano’s award-winning family-run restaurant serves the best in homemade Italian-American cuisine with hand-cut steaks, seafood and made-from-scratch pastas and pizza

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Popolano's

Showcasing a menu that changes seasonally based on what’s available locally, this farm-to-fork kitchen serves delicious meals in a warm atmosphere.

Valley Kitchen & Bar
Valley Kitchen & Bar

Serving 25 amazing tapas, mouth-watering entrees, homemade desserts and sangria—plus a hearty helping of hospitality—Don Quijote is one of Indiana’s only authentic Spanish restaurants.

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Restaurante Don Quijote

Renowned for fall-off-the-bone ribs and tasty sides like waffle fries, coleslaw, cornbread cakes and BBQ beans, Wagner’s Ribs is casual, friendly dining for the 21-and-older crowd.

Wagner's Ribs
Wagner's Ribs

With a party room nestled in the woods out back, Bartlett’s retro-cool restaurant is like a classic roadhouse, and its upscale versions of old-school dishes elevate pub grub to gourmet status.

Bartlett's Gourmet Grill & Tavern
Bartlett's Gourmet Grill & Tavern

This intimate, charming restaurant in downtown Valparaiso uses locally sourced ingredients to create mouthwatering Mediterranean and ethnic small and large plates, soups and salads.

Meditrina Market Cafe
Meditrina Market Cafe

Once a Victorian family home, Lucrezia features made-to-order, from scratch, Northern Italian cuisine, with an emphasis on homemade pastas, grilled meats and fresh seafood dishes.

Lucrezia Café
Lucrezia Café

Enjoy freshlygground coffee, homemade soups and scones, and 60 different teas at Blackbird Café, one of the most eclectic coffee shops in all of Northwest Indiana.

Blackbird Café
Blackbird Café

With over 13 menu pages of delectable dishes like sushi, sashimi, tempura, teriyaki and vegetarian options, Fuji Japanese Restaurant is a veritable Asian feast for the taste buds.

Fuji Japanese Restaurant
Fuji Japanese Restaurant

Using fresh, local ingredients, Octave Grill features gourmet burgers, tasty appetizers, salads and homemade desserts, and is located in the heart of downtown Chesterton.

Octave Grill
Octave Grill

Featuring organic and locally grown ingredients—and healthy options for vegans, vegetarians and gluten-free diners—Third Coast Spice Café serves breakfast and lunch seven days a week.

Third Coast Spice Café
Third Coast Spice Café

Industrial Revolution takes a gourmet spin on traditional American meals like pot roast and meatloaf, and offers a menu of comfort food, generous portions and down-home flavors.

Industrial Revolution Eatery & Grille
Industrial Revolution Eatery & Grille

Adopt a Parisian approach to dining and sip Champagne and eat airy crepes under a canopy of billowing white fabric.

Bon Femme Café
Bon Femme Café

Enjoy a wide variety of craft brews along the pub grub like wings, soft pretzels and burgers, or find a spot in the family dining area and enjoy must-try dishes like seafood plates.

Craft House
Craft House

No need to reach for the steak knife: a butter knife cuts through the aged, char-grilled steaks. Finish with the cow-shaped chocolate cake cloaked in chocolate mousse and topped with chocolate ganache.

Kelsey's Steak House
Kelsey's Steak House

Get a fine-dining experience without changing out of deck shoes at this eatery along a marina off of Lake Michigan. The main dining area has wood-paneled ceilings and stone pillars. For a casual vibe, try the Beach House on the lower level.

Latitudes Waterfront Dining
Latitudes Waterfront Dining

Colorful, artistically prepared dishes stand out against the simplicity of this refurbished turn-of-the-century building. Enjoy salmon, steak and more surrounded by exposed brick and a tin ceiling.

Main + Lincoln
Main + Lincoln

Inside the welcoming eatery, share a basket of pita chips made in-house, then enjoy stuffed grape leaves, Amish chicken, braised filet tips, and other favorites.

Paréa
Paréa

Get a taste of China at this local favorite, where authentic dishes include the garlicky chicken stir-fry and the vegetarian Buddha Delight.

Tao Chen's
Tao Chen's

It’s common knowledge that pizza and beer taste great together, but what’s not common are the craft beers and specialty pizzas at this innovative pizza bakery.

Tomato Bar Pizza Bakery
Tomato Bar Pizza Bakery
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