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Start your day sipping a perfect latte by the beach or digging into a hearty full breakfast. Enjoy a locally grown, seasonal menu in a contemporary atmosphere or grab a hot dog fully dressed with mouthwatering toppings. Treat your sweet tooth with a trip to one of our bakeries, dessert bars, cake shops or ice cream parlors. Drop in to a neighborhood hangout and savor a perfect burger, a juicy steak or a delectable seafood creation. Or discover flavors from further afield in one of our Chinese, Italian, French, Mexican, Japanese, Greek, Spanish or Indian restaurants.

3 Greeks Gyros, Chicken, Ribs

Gyros, chicken, ribs and other favorites. Quality food served fast.

T: 219-945-9974  | E: info@3greeksgyros.com | W: View Website

Aaron's Mortgage Inn

Italian beef, cheeseburgers, daily specials. Hours Monday-Saturday 9am-2:30am, Sunday Noon-Midnight.

T: 219-926-3113 

AJ's Pizza

AJ's Pizza Co. is known for original taste. All ingredients are prepared daily including their signature homemade sauce and their freshly-made dough.

T: 219-464-8282  | E: info@ajspizzaco.com | W: View Website

Andy's Red Hots

If you want a blast from the past, Andy’s Red Hots is the place for you .They have hot dogs, Polish sausage and Chicago Style dogs to satisfy any Chicagoan. They also have a wide variety of sides including every type of yummy fries you can think of.

T: 219-763-2333 

Annabelle's Corner of Cake, Desserts & Floral

Cakes, desserts and floral! Soups served Tuesday-Friday.

T: 219-996-4093 

Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar-Chesterton

Applebee's is the largest casual dining chain in the world, with locations throughout the U.S. and many countries worldwide. They take pride in having a friendly, welcoming, neighborhood environment for both their staff and guests that makes everyone enjoy their Applebee's experience. Applebee’... More

T: 219-921-0070 | W: View Website

Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar-Portage

Applebee's is the largest casual dining chain in the world, with locations throughout the U.S. and many countries worldwide. They take pride in having a friendly, welcoming, neighborhood environment for both their staff and guests that makes everyone enjoy their Applebee's experience. Applebee’... More

T: 219-762-3243 | W: View Website

Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar-Valparaiso

Applebee's is the largest casual dining chain in the world, with locations throughout the U.S. and many countries worldwide. They take pride in having a friendly, welcoming, neighborhood environment for both their staff and guests that makes everyone enjoy their Applebee's experience. Applebee’... More

T: 219-477-3868 | W: View Website

Aurelio's Pizza-Portage

What sets Aurelio's apart from other Chicago pizza? They are different because they use only quality ingredients, serve a variety of generous sizes, and specialize in customizing orders to suit each individual taste. Since 1959, the Aurelio family has been devoted to offering the finest pizza, ... More

T: 219-763-7788 | W: View Website

Aurelio's Pizza-Valparaiso

What sets Aurelio's apart from other Chicago pizza? They are different because they use only quality ingredients, serve a variety of generous sizes, and specialize in customizing orders to suit each individual taste. Since 1959, the Aurelio family has been devoted to offering the finest pizza, ... More

T: 219-462-9700 | W: View Website

Bartlett's Gourmet Grill & Tavern

Bartlett's Gourmet Grill & Tavern

The fun begins as soon as you see the big, beer-guzzling deer sign out front. Head inside and you’ll discover upscale versions of old-school diner-style dishes. Feast on chicken wings, five-hour braised pot roast, parmesan- encrusted whitefish and gourmet mac ‘n’ cheese—made with local ... More

T: 219-879-3081 | W: View Website

Baum's Bridge Inn

Daily specials, full dinner menu, steaks and chops. Outdoor dining.

T: 219-766-0515 

Birky's Bakery & Market

Let them tempt you with their delicious fresh-made breakfast entrees, in-house baked doughnuts and pastries, gourmet coffe, daily homemade soup and specialty sandwiches. Children welcome.

T: 219-766-3851  | E: catering@birkyfarms.com | W: View Website

Bistro 157

Bistro 157

At Bistro 157, master chef Nicole Bissonnette serves up eclectic, internationally influenced cuisine in a comfortable neighborhood-hangout atmosphere. The lunch and dinner menus change with the seasons, so be sure to listen to the suggestions from your server—the staff is there to educate and ... More

T: 219-462-0992 | W: View Website

Blackbird Cafe

Blackbird Cafe

Join them at one of the most eclectic coffee shops in Northwest Indiana. The people you will meet there are diverse, the food comes from their family traditions, and the cafe is intimate and friendly. The best cup of coffee, a freshly baked scone or a cup of soup made by their hands, and a ... More

T: 219-548-2811 | W: View Website

Bob Evans Restaurant-Chesterton

They have yummy breakfast classics with a little country twist. They also have a great lunch and dinner menu that would satisfy anyone’s hunger. When you're looking for quality food but don't want to spend time in the kitchen take your family to a Bob Evans Restaurant, the "Home of Homestyle."

T: 219-983-1575 | W: View Website

Bob Evans Restaurant-Valparaiso

What better way to start off your day then at Bob Evan’s Restaurant in Valparaiso. They have yummy breakfast classics with a little country twist. They also have a great lunch and dinner menu that would satisfy anyone’s hunger. When you're looking for quality food but don't want to spend ... More

T: 219-464-9201 | W: View Website

Bon Femme

Bon Femme

"Elegance in a casual setting" is the motto that drives the succulent cuisine at Bon Femme Café. One of Chicago-land's most gifted industry leaders, Executive Chef Eddie Luick, has prepared an exquisite menu blending American and Continental European with a French accent. Treat yourself to a ... More

T: 219-531-0612 | W: View Website

Boomers Pub n Grub

Sports and music bar and grill featuring a variety of food and entertainment.

T: 219-763-7300 

Broadway Cafe and Ice Cream Parlor

This place has something for everyone, with a wide variety of entrees, sandwiches and more. Just be sure to save room for dessert.

T: 219-464-0112  | E: broadwaycafevalpo@gmail.com | W: View Website

Brown Bag Sandwich Shop

A bar style sandwich shop that also offers carry-outs.

T: 219-787-8193 

Buffalo Wild Wings-Portage

Buffalo wings, sandwiches, sports bar. Wi-Fi.  Outdoor dining available. 

T: 219-762-2121 | W: View Website

Buffalo Wild Wings-Valparaiso

Buffalo wings, sandwiches, sports bar. Wi-Fi. Outdoor dining available.

T: 219-548-9464 | W: View Website

Burgerhaus

Welcome to Burgerhaus, home of the most creatively-delicious burgers in Northwest Indiana. We’ve taken a great American tradition and made it international. Our succulent beef patties are a custom blend of the finest meat cuts and infused with special seasonings from around the world. Each ... More

T: 219-286-3296  | E: bugerhausvalpo@gmail.com | W: View Website

Campbell Street Cafe

This cafe offers homemade meals in a friendly setting.

T: 219-531-1800 | W: View Website

Cappo's

This Portage favorite serves pizza, chicken and ribs and much more.

T: 219-762-5563  | E: Cappos1@msn.com | W: View Website

Casa Del Mar

Enjoy traditional Mexican favorites, as well as live music Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m. to close.

T: 219-850-1414 

Chesterton Cake Shoppe

Chesterton Cake Shoppe

Specializes in unique custom cakes with designs for all occasions, sweet treats, cookies and muffins.

T: 219-921-0303 | W: View Website

Chili's Bar & Grill

American and Southwest favorites like fajitas, ribs, burgers, seafood and more can be enjoyed here.

T: 219-465-7344 | W: View Website

China House

China House

A downtown Valparaiso fixture, China House has been serving Chinese favorites for years.

T: 219-462-5788 | W: View Website

Cici's Pizza

All you can eat, all day buffet. Pizza, pasta, salad & desserts. Large groups welcome. Carry-out available. Catering for all parties.

T: 219-764-8045 | W: View Website

Clancy's Public House

This authentic Irish pub serves pizza, wings, fish & chips, sandwiches and munchies.

T: 219-764-4995  | E: friends@clancys.comcastbiz.net

Coaches Pizzeria

Pizza, wings, sandwiches and salads.

T: 219-762-6224  | E: coachespizzeria@gmail.com | W: View Website

Colada's Pizzeria

Enjoy pizza and grinders in this island-themed restaurant. The restaurant is located at Zao Island, which features miniature golf, a game room and other attractions.

T: 219-464-0075 | W: View Website

Corner Bistro

Enjoy a fresh and seasonal selection of sandwiches, burgers, soups, salads and chef's specials at this bistro.

T: 219-762-8911  | E: cornerbistroportage@gmail.com

Country Folks Pizza

Stop in for pizza, sandwiches and more.

T: 219-766-3877 

Country Kitchen, The

Serving home-style comfort food and homemade pies for over 50 years. They have been the favorite destination of people from all around. They are the regular meeting place for local church groups, retirees, groups and, of course, families.

T: 219-996-9221 | W: View Website

Country Pride Restaurant

Homestyle truck stop food.

T: 219-926-8566 | W: View Website

Cronies Charhouse & Gin Mill

Offering prime rib, lake perch and more.

T: 219-766-3172 

Danny O's Bar & Grill

Fish, steaks, pizza, and sandwiches. Wi-Fi available.

T: 219-926-7530 

Dari-Dip Inc

Ice cream treats and more will tempt you.

T: 219-763-7002 | W: View Website

Denny's

Around the clock breakfast and casual family dining. Open 24 hours.

T: 219-764-0311 

Depot Hot Dogs

Open April-October, Depot Hot Dogs is a convenient hot dog stop near West Beach.

T: 219-406-0900 | W: View Website

Designer Desserts

Designer Desserts

Designer Desserts invites patrons to live life one cupcake at a time in this fun-filled store! You will need a fork---and possibly a friend--to share in the decadent cupcakes that are available in over 80 flavors! It's hard to pick a favorite with flavors such as key lime pie, dark chocolate ... More

T: 219-465-0008  | E: designerdessertsbakery@gmail.com | W: View Website

dish Restaurant

dish Restaurant

For more than 10 years, dish has been serving modern American cuisine in a perfect fusion of casual and fine dining. You’ll always find plenty of signature dishes like sesame chicken, penne pasta, the Gorgonzola chips appetizer, to-die-for macaroni and cheese and homemade pies and shortcakes. ... More

T: 219-465-9221  | E: dishrestaurant@frontier.com | W: View Website

Dog Days Ice Cream Parlor

Super premium ice cream, gourmet felato, & sorbetto. Limited fountain service.

T: 219-707-6093 | W: View Website

Don Quijote Restaurant and Imports

Don Quijote Restaurant and Imports

Don Quijote brings the heart of Spain to the heart of Valparaiso. They offer an elaborate menu featuring 25 amazing Tapas (Spanish appetizers) including Calamaris (Squid), stewed mussels and Empanada (Galician stuffed pastry). Entrees include a wide variety of fish and shellfish as well as ... More

T: 219-462-7976  | E: info@donquijoterestaurantandimports.com | W: View Website

Dragon Express

Delicious Chinese take-out can be had at this restaurant.

T: 219-531-5821 

Duffy's Place

A bar and grill with entertainment, located just west of Valparaiso University.

T: 219-462-1057 

Duneland Pizza and Dunes Photography

Duneland Pizza and Dunes Photography

Duneland Pizza has been a family owned and operated neighborhood pizzeria near downtown Chesterton since 1972. They offer a large variety of pizza and options including thin, thick, cornmeal, wheat and deep pan crusts -- and 25 different fresh toppings. Pick-up, delivery, dunes decorated dining ... More

T: 219-926-1163  | E: dunelandpizza@aol.com | W: View Website

Dunes Grill

Seafood, steak, ribs, sandwiches, wraps and salads.

T: 219-250-2060  | E: dunesgrill@hotmail.com | W: View Website

Dynasty Buffet

Enjoy this popular buffet featuring one of the biggest, best selections of Chinese food and other choices. Or feel free to order off the menu.

T: 219-548-8817 

El Amigo Mexican Restaurant-Portage

Get authentic Mexican food fast at El Amigo.

T: 219-763-3833 

El Amigo Mexican Restaurant-Valparaiso

Excellent Mexican food served fast.

T: 219-531-5606 

El Cantarito - Chesterton

Come to El Cantarito and enjoy food made with the finest, freshest ingredients.

T: 219-728-6962  | E: info@elcantaritocuisine.com | W: View Website

El Cantarito Mexican Cuisine - Portage

Great Mexican food with the finest, freshest ingredients. Smoking on their outdoor patio.

T: 219-762-1900  | E: info@elcantaritocuisine.com | W: View Website

El Pueblo Restaurant

A Mexican restaurant with the slogan "everybody goes home happy."

T: 219-764-8226 | W: View Website

El Salto-Chesterton

Specializing in Autentica Mexicana – giving you a taste of Mexico without leaving the city. The food is always made to order with only the freshest ingredients, so you get sumptuous dishes every time. Whether you want a quick lunch or leisurely dinner, they have you covered. In addition to ... More

T: 219-395-9890 | W: View Website

El Salto-Valparaiso

Authentic Mexican food, daily specials and a full service bar.

T: 219-462-0100 | W: View Website

Figure Eight Brewing

Figure Eight Brewing

Figure Eight Brewing is a small craft brewery that offers several varieties of beer as well as root beer for the kids. They've got a menu which features bread they make themselves as well as locally-made ice cream and bratwurst. The menu of sandwiches, soups and salads has something for ... More

T: 219-477-2000 | W: View Website

First Wok

Szechuan, Hunan and Cantonese Chinese food. No MSG.

T: 219-762-8858 | W: View Website

Flannery's Tavern

A popular downtown establishment.

T: 219-926-2614 

Four Fathers Brewing

Producing beers that nod at traditional beginnings but, like the revolutionary ideas that founded this country, follow a slightly different path to new territory. Opening on April 19, 2014.

T: 219-464-9712 | W: View Website

Four Fathers Brewing

Producing beers that nod at traditional beginnings but, like the revolutionary ideas that founded this country, follow a slightly different path to new territory.

T: 219-464-9712 | W: View Website

Franklin House

Franklin House

Porter County's oldest pub (1858) is a favorite even now.

T: 219-707-5468 | W: View Website

Fuji Japanese Restaurant

Fuji offers Jananese specialties, specializing in sushi.

T: 219-763-4131 

Gabriella's

American, Mexican and Italian cuisine.  When the weather's good, enjoy outdoor dining on their spacious patio.

T: 219-477-2490 | W: View Website

Gaucho's Brazilian Steakhouse

Gaucho's isn't just a restaurant, it's an experience. Gaucho's offers Northwest Indiana's finest Brazilian steakhouse experience.

T: 219-759-1100 | W: View Website

Gelsosomo's Pizzeria-Chesterton

Great pizza, pasta, sandwiches. They take great pride in offering the highest quality and service, and only natural ingredients are used in their products.

T: 219-926-6363 | W: View Website

Gelsosomo's Pizzeria-Portage

Great pizza (they've won many best pizza contests), pasta, sandwiches. Dinner only.

T: 219-763-1545 | W: View Website

Gelsosomo's Pizzeria-Valparaiso

Award-winning pizza made with the freshest ingredients, pasta, sandwiches and more.

T: 219-477-4255 | W: View Website

George's Gyros Spot

Gyros, polish, burgers, soups, sandwiches, and Greek specialty desserts. Drive through available.

T: 219-926-5435 | W: View Website

George's Koffee Kup

Country cooking and homemade soups and pies.

T: 219-766-2414  | E: koffeekuprest@aol.com

Good to Go by Lucrezia

Good to Go by Lucrezia

Good to Go by Lucrezia features a deli, wine shop, boxed lunches and gift ideas. Among the products they offer are cheeses, olive oils and balsamic vinegars.

T: 219-926-3866 | W: View Website

Good to Go by Lucrezia

Good to Go by Lucrezia features a deli, wine shop, boxed lunches and gift ideas. Among the products they offer are cheeses, olive oils and balsamic vinegars.

T: 219-286-7668  | E: heylucy@lucreziacafe.com | W: View Website

Great American Grill

Breakfast buffet, dinner, steaks, pastas, seafood. Wi-Fi. Inside the Hilton Garden Inn.

T: 219-983-9500 | W: View Website

Great Wall Restaurant

Great Wall offers a variety of Chinese cuisine.

T: 219-763-7767  | E: greatwallbuffet@gmail.com

Greek's Pizzeria

Just off the courthouse square in Valparaiso, Greek's has been a popular place for pizza and more since 1969.

T: 219-464-7102 | W: View Website

Greenwich Terrace Cafe

Open April-December. Eclectic, homemade food, outdoor dining.

T: 219-465-0100 | W: View Website

Happy Wok

A dine-in or take-out Chinese restaurant.

T: 219-983-9755 

Henze's Bakery

Bakery and coffee shop. Special orders welcomed.

T: 219-464-1511 

Hooligan's

Hooligan's

Hooligans was established in 2002. Since then, they have been a fixture in Chesterton known for their food and good times. The restaurant offers non-smoking family dining with something for everyone on the menu. They also have a full bar with numerous televisions to watch all your favorite ... More

T: 219-929-5570 | W: View Website

Hungry, INC

Check Hungry, INC's website to find out where this food truck will be, then enjoy sandwiches, soups, salads and potatoes.

T: 773-398-0613 | W: View Website

Hunter's Brewing

Hunter's Brewing

This nanobrewery brews beers by hand using a one-barrel system, focusing on quality and flavor.

T: 219-728-6729 | W: View Website

Industrial Revolution Eatery & Grille

Industrial Revolution Eatery & Grille

We know you've put in a long day's work so let Industrial Revolution treat you to some great food with your friends and family. They're proud to offer traditional American meals that you've grown up on, but with a gourmet twist. With dishes like their Mom's Double Shift Pot Roast to their Red, ... More

T: 219-465-1801 | W: View Website

Ironwood Brewing Co

A craft brewery for people looking for good beers!

T: 219-405-4644 | W: View Website

Islamorada Fish Company

Enjoy a wide variety of seafood dishes as well as numerous other choices as you dine surrounded by large scale fish dioramas and huge saltwater aquariums. Located inside Bass Pro Shops.

T: 219-787-1800 | W: View Website

J&J's Pizza Shack-Portage

Home of the Kitchen Sink Pizza, J&J's also offers a variety of salads, sandwiches, dinners and more.

T: 219-763-6767 | W: View Website

J&J's Pizza Shack-Valparaiso

Home of the Kitchen Sink Pizza, J&J's also offers a variety of salads, sandwiches, dinners and more.

T: 219-476-1616 | W: View Website

Jade Garden-Portage

Jade Garden serves Cantonese cuisine and features a large-variety menu and an authentic Chinese atmosphere.

T: 219-762-2388 

Jade Garden-Valparaiso

Excellent Chinese food and efficient service await you at Jade Garden.

T: 219-464-9860 | W: View Website

Jimmy's Cafe

This small downtown cafe offers the personal service and breakfast and lunch selections that the locals love.

T: 219-462-9167 

Joe's Bar & Grill

Joe's Bar & Grill

Karaoke and/or bands on weekends

T: 219-879-9336 

Johnny Boys

A quick, inexpensive restaurant where people can get hot dogs, gyros and more.

T: 219-548-8400 | W: View Website

Kelsey's Steak House-Portage

Kelsey's Steak House-Portage

Kelsey's is a local favorite, offering prime rib, steaks and seafood.

T: 219-762-2242 | W: View Website

Kelsey's Steak House-Valparaiso

Kelsey's Steak House-Valparaiso

A local favorite, serving prime rib, hand-cut steaks, seafood and more. While you're there, don't forget to check out the famous giant cow statue out front.

T: 219-465-4022 | W: View Website

Kernels and Kones

This small shop next to Valparaiso's Central Park serves homemade popcorn and Flavor Burst ice cream. Also find Kim's Specialty Chocolates here!

T: 219-299-2940  | E: white929@comcast.net | W: View Website

King Buffet

Featuring an extensive Chinese buffet.

T: 219-763-7878 

King Gyros

Huge gyros and sandwiches, and other filling and inexpensive food.

T: 219-464-2010 

La Cabana

Enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine with great ambiance both inside and on the outdoor patio. The bar was hand crafted by the owners.

T: 219-510-5587 

La Patrona Authentic Mexican Cuisine

Authentic Mexican favorites for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Outdoor dining is available.

T: 219-707-5597 

Le Peep

Le Peep

Le Peep puts a wholesome, proven perspective on your neighborhood breakfast and lunch. Fresh. Simple. Elegant. Inviting. A kaleidoscope of cooking creativity. They put the emphasis on people, both patrons and staff. They focus on enabling their staff to provide each of their guests the fresh ... More

T: 219-242-8968 | W: View Website

Lemon Tree Mediterranean Grill

Beef Kabob, chicken shawarma, falafel, tabouleh, himmas, and other favorites.

T: 219-926-8733 | W: View Website

Leroy's Hot Stuff

Mexican & American cuisine. Nightly entertainment.

T: 219-926-6211 | W: View Website

Lighthouse

A bar serving pizza, burgers and seafood.

T: 219-996-9040 

Local Flavors

Local Flavors is a place where everyone can eat together, with great dishes for meat lovers, vegetarians and vegans alike. Their specialties include sandwiches, sweet or savory waffles, and ice cream and desserts. They feature naturally raised farm products, locally-made Valpo Velvet Ice Cream, ... More

T: 219-921-0488 | W: View Website

Longhorn Steakhouse

Fresh steaks, fish, chicken, ribs and more.

T: 219-762-5911 | W: View Website

Lucrezia Cafe and Catering

Lucrezia Cafe and Catering

Readers of The Times Newspaper have voted Lucrezia the area’s #1 Italian restaurant for good reason. The service is formal yet friendly, and the eclectic atmosphere has attracted locals, Chicagoans and celebrities since 1998. Everything on the award-winning menu is made to order from scratch—... More

T: 219-926-5829 | W: View Website

Main + Lincoln

This charming downtown Valparaiso restaurant features traditional and new cuisine from all of America’s cultures.

T: 219-477-1000  | E: mainandlincoln@gmail.com | W: View Website

Main Street Pizza Plus

A local spot for pizza and sandwiches. Dinner only.

T: 219-766-2298 

Malden Oasis

This bar in tiny Malden serves burgers and other tasty food for lunch and dinner, plus breakfast on weekends.

T: 219-462-2337 

Margarita's Bar and Grill

Warm hospitality, mouthwatering cuisine and tasty margaritas.

T: 219-242-8160 | W: View Website

Mark O's

Mark O's is a popular local bar and grill serving up steaks, sandwiches and more.

T: 219-763-3779 

Marti's Place At Ramsey's Landing

Marti's Place at Ramsey's Landing is nestled on the scenic wooded banks of the Kankakee River between DeMotte and Hebron Indiana. You can dine in a relaxed setting while enjoying a splendid view of the river, birds, and landscape. Come in and feast on steak, seafood, prime rib, or some of the ... More

T: 219-996-3363 | W: View Website

Martini's

Martini's Restaurant & Culinary Cocktail Lounge is a family owned and operated establishment offering an outstanding variety of mouthwatering cuisine inspired from the diverse regions of the Mediterranean - Greece, Spain, France and Italy to highlight just a few.

T: 219-464-0801 | W: View Website

Meditrina Market Cafe

Meditrina Market Cafe

Serving fresh Mediterranean and ethnic cuisine. Offering options for those with special diets (vegan, gluten free), and using locally sourced ingredients. Enjoy dining in a charming downtown setting or grab a convenient and healthy meal to go.

T: 219-707-5271  | E: meditrinamarketcafe@gmail.com | W: View Website

Mike's Premier Grill/Pizza King

Mike's features Greek dishes, fish specials, Hannon's root beer and Pizza King pizza.

T: 219-476-1800 | W: View Website

Moods Pub & Eatery

Come to Moods for burgers, chicken strips, pizza and a beer garden.

T: 219-762-7305 

New Dragon

Stop in for some quick, hot and good Chinese food.

T: 219-476-9222 

Nicky's Grill

Gyros, tacos, chili dogs, sandwiches and more.

T: 219-850-4188 

Nicky's Gyros

Nicky's serves up gyros, burgers, hot dogs and other favorites.

T: 219-734-6744 

Noodles & Company

The best dishes from Asia, the Mediterranean and America – prepared to your liking, the Noodles way. Japanese Pan Noodles, Wisconsin Mac & Cheese, something healthy or something indulgent – a world of great food is just inside their doors.

T: 219-548-0921  | E: valparaiso@noodles.com | W: View Website

Northside Diner

This charming, 1950's-style country diner serves breakfast and lunch.

T: 219-926-9040 

Northside Tap Bar & Grill

A popular neighborhood bar and grill.

T: 219-465-0885  | E: nstap@northsidetap.com | W: View Website

Octave Grill

Octave Grill

Located in the heart of downtown, Octave features gourmet burgers made with Tallgrass Beef, sandwiches, appetizers, salads and homemade desserts. They use fresh ingredients in season and as many local products as possible. Their sauces and dressings are all homemade along with their vegan black ... More

T: 219-395-8494 

Old Style Inn

Old Style Inn

Steak, seafood, pasta and ribs are served in this charming downtown restaurant.

T: 219-462-5600 | W: View Website

Parea Restaurant & Lounge

Parea Restaurant & Lounge

Parea specialized in steaks and seafood. Enjoy the elegant dining area or eat outside in the patio that features a view of the courthouse and other historic buildings.

T: 219-510-5428 | W: View Website

Pat's Ice Cream Parlor

Grab an ice cream cone of just about any flavor at this small shop on Valparaiso's main drag, then walk down the road to the downtown Central Park or enjoy great shopping.

T: 219-462-5613 

Pav's

Pizza, gyros, burgers, beef and more!

T: 219-996-3663 | W: View Website

Peggy Sue's Diner

A family diner where they live to have fun and sometimes can be loud. Good quality food at reasonable prices, with the best coffee around. Peggy Sue's is an independently-owned, employee-operated 50’s-style diner with cars and trucks as their theme.

T: 219-926-8524 | W: View Website

Pepe's Mexican Restaurant-South Haven

Tasty Mexican food with all its authentic flavors.

T: 219-762-7666 | W: View Website

Pepe's Mexican Restaurant-Valparaiso

Tasty Mexican food with all its authentic flavors.

T: 219-465-0205 | W: View Website

Pesto's Italian Restaurant & Catering

Authentic Italian entrees and desserts, full bar, great pizzas, meeting room.

T: 219-462-0993 | W: View Website

Petey's Gyros

Gyros, sandwiches, chili and more.

T: 219-548-2233 | W: View Website

Phil-B's Cafe

A popular place to enjoy breakfast or stop in for a tasty meal later in the day.

T: 219-548-3100 

Piggies and Cream at The Depot

This cool, convenient location offers a delicious variety of gourmet desserts, homemade pies, soft serve ice cream, homemade hand dipped ice cream, cones, shakes, draft root beer, coffee and more.

T: 219-766-0263  | E: catering@birkyfarms.com | W: View Website

Pikk's Tavern

Pikk's Tavern

This one-of-a-kind restaurant, built to resemble a 1940s Chicago-style steakhouse, blends old and new in an eclectic atmosphere. All their meat is dry aged in-house for 14-21 days, which creates a succulent, unique taste. Pikk’s also offers organic, gluten-free and vegetarian/vegan items, as ... More

T: 219-476-7455 | W: View Website

Pines Restaurant and Lounge

Italian beef, fries, mozzarella sticks and more served during the summer.

T: 219-874-7330 

Pizza Hut Chesterton

Pizza, pasta, wings & desserts.

T: 219-926-5000 | W: View Website

Pizza Hut Portage

Pizza, pasta, wings & desserts.

T: 219-762-9554 | W: View Website

Pizza Hut Valparaiso

Pizza, pasta, wings & desserts.

T: 219-465-6500 | W: View Website

Popolano's Restaurant

Popolano's Restaurant

In Italian, the word popolano means popular or of the people, which describes this award-winning, family owned restaurant to a T. On any given night, you’ll see everyone from vacationers to businessmen to sweethearts enjoying a romantic dinner. The secret to Popolano’s popularity? The Old ... More

T: 219-926-5552 | W: View Website

Port Drive-In, The

The Port Drive-Inn is a blast from the past. Chili dogs, frosted mugs of their home-brewed root beer, root beer floats, 50 flavors of shakes and malts, homemade strawberry shortcake, Terry’s famous cole slaw, and scores of other treats are yours to enjoy. What sets them apart is their ... More

T: 219-926-3500 | W: View Website

Portage House of Pancakes & Restaurant

Omelets, pancakes, crepes are among the breakfast favorites. Stop in for lunch and enjoy sandwiches, soups, salads and more.

T: 219-762-9588 

Quaker Steak & Lube

Quaker Steak & Lube

This restaurant has one very simple goal: to get you recharged and having fun. Grease monkeys and car fanatics will feel right at home—the restaurant has a real working NASCAR, three Corvettes and eight motorcycles hanging from the ceiling (the latter of which are available for sale). On the ... More

T: 219-764-9464  | E: portageqsl@frontier.com | W: View Website

Red Carpet Lounge

This bar serves up tacos and steak sandwiches.

T: 219-762-7485 

Red Cup Cafe and Deli

Cafe style restaurant. Local, organic, gluten free, deli salads, sandwiches, soups, baked goods, quiche and espresso drinks.

T: 219-929-1804 | W: View Website

Red Robin

Serving gourmet burgers since 1969.

T: 219-531-7337 | W: View Website

Roadhouse Bar & Grill

A hoppin' bar that's been a fixture for years.

T: 219-462-9381 

Rolling Stonebaker, The

Rolling Stonebaker, The

Get wood-fired pizza served from a 1949 Studebaker fire truck. One of the top 50 pizzas in the U.S.A. according to Food Network Magazine. This pizza truck operates in the parking lot of Campstop General Store, which is at Broadway and Dunes Highway (U.S. 12) in Beverly Shores. Also at ... More

T: 219-246-0068 | W: View Website

Roots Organic Juice Cafe

Roots Organic Juice Cafe

Using locally-grown produce when available, Roots Organic Juice Cafe serves fresh, organic, juices, smoothies, Acai Bowls & organic fair trade coffee & teas. Healthy choices for a healthier YOU!

T: 219-707-5655 | W: View Website

Rosewood Family Restaurant-Portage

Enjoy a variety of American and Greek dishes at this family restaurant.

T: 219-763-3297  | E: Portage@rosewoodfamilyrestaurants.com | W: View Website

Rosewood Family Restaurant-South Haven

This family restaurants serves a wide variety of Greek and American favorites.

T: 219-763-2282 | W: View Website

Round The Clock Restaurant-Chesterton

Since 1963, their professional and experienced staff has consistently provided patrons with outstanding service. In addition, they have provided quality homemade food in a clean family environment. Whether joining them for a breakfast meeting, a noon lunch, a relaxing dinner, or a late night ... More

T: 219-983-9900  | E: roundtheclockrestaurant@gmail.com | W: View Website

Round The Clock Restaurant-Valparaiso

This popular restaurant offers a wide variety of choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

T: 219-462-6339  | E: roundtheclockrestaurant@gmail.com | W: View Website

Rusty Nail Sports Bar & Grill

Food, drinks, entertainment, activities and more.

Ryan's Tavern

The place for drinks, cheeseburgers, tacos and more.

T: 219-763-7771 

Sage Restaurant

Sage Restaurant

Sage restaurant is a fusion of American and Italian cuisine and the restaurant uses fresh, local ingredients to create cuisine that is both familiar and modern.

T: 219-926-6500 | W: View Website

Santiago's Mexican Restaurante

Santiago's Mexican Restaurante has been a family owned and operated fixture in Porter for years. At Santiago's, they strive to make their customers happy. They only use the freshest and best quality ingredients for all of their food. When you come into Santiago's and order your food you can be ... More

T: 219-926-6518 

Santini's Pizza and Wings

TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR REMODELING. Santini’s was founded in 1948 and is one of the oldest pizza establishments in Northwest Indiana. They have become a favorite of people who enjoy pizza and wings.

T: 219-762-2113  | E: santinis.pizza@yahoo.com | W: View Website

Sawgrass Marketplace

Sawgrass Marketplace

Features local venders who sell naturally raised meat, vegetables, photographer, jewelry and other items. They also have a small vegan and vegetarian grocery.

T: 219-921-5409 

Schoop's Hamburgers-Portage

Known for hamburgers and full service breakfast. President Obama ate here.

T: 219-763-1410 | W: View Website

Schoop's Hamburgers-Valparaiso

In 1948, Allen Schoop created a formula for transforming fresh, made-to-order ground beef into what one newspaper calls the "finest hamburger this side of the moon." It’s the same formula that Schoop’s restaurants use today. They are also known for their great breakfast choices.

T: 219-464-2996 | W: View Website

Second Street Bar & Grill

Hometown bar and grill favorites.

T: 219-759-0011 

Semento's Napoli Cafe

Semento's Napoli Café has been a family owned tavern and grill for the last 75 years. They run a clean and friendly business. They offer a full menu and an outdoor deck in the summer. Catering available. Must be 21 to enter. They also have a non-smoking dining room.

T: 219-548-9046 | W: View Website

Shenanigans

Shenanigans

Serving a variety of food including Mexican and Italian.

T: 219-762-0509 

Shoe's Pizzeria

Shoe's Pizzeria is happy to say they now serve pizza by the slice for their daily lunch specials. So if you are hungry and in a hurry, stop by and "get your Shoe's on!"

T: 219-476-7463 | W: View Website

Silver Spoon, The

Silver Spoon, The

Intimate, upscale brunch and dinner restaurant and bar. Fresh and delicious.

T: 219-242-8035 | W: View Website

Smokey's Southern Barbeque

Smokey's Southern Barbeque

Smokey's is a roadside smokehouse, specializing in smoked meats cooked to perfection. Offering a variety of delicious side dishes and "to die for" desserts! All homemade all the time, prepared fresh daily. Catering for parties, picnics, graduations, and holidays. Outdoor dining.

T: 219-878-1418 

South Bend Chocolate Company Chocolate Cafe

South Bend Chocolate Company Chocolate Cafe

Premium chocolates, hot chocolate, fresh coffee, soups, salads, sandwiches, cheesecake and ice cream.

T: 219-477-4418 | W: View Website

Sportsman's Lounge

Known for fresh, brick-baked pizza, entertainment.

T: 219-762-4099 | W: View Website

Stacks Bar and Grill

Great food, craft beers, wine and outdoor dining.

T: 219-462-0553 

Steak 'n Shake-Portage

Steak burgers, chili, milkshakes and more.

T: 219-762-0545 | W: View Website

Steak 'n Shake-Valparaiso

This chain restaurant serves steak burgers, chili, milkshakes and more.

T: 219-465-4014 | W: View Website

Stone Quarry Lounge

Enjoy a variety of bar food and drinks.

T: 219-762-5812 

Strongbow Inn

Strongbow Inn

Strongbow Inn enjoys a national reputation as an outstanding restaurant and banquet center. With professionally trained chefs commanding the kitchen and an experienced staff, Strongbow offers an extensive menu, on-site bakery and a choice of banquet rooms. Stop in and enjoy the roasted turkey, ... More

T: 219-462-5121  | E: thebow331@hotmail.com | W: View Website

Sunrise Family Restaurant

Breakfast and lunch specials, classic favorites and specials of the day.

T: 219-921-1488 

Sunset Lounge

Pizza, wings, burgers, drink specials, entertainment.

T: 219-762-6065 | W: View Website

Surefire Sandwich Shop

Fresh ingredients make the difference. We smoke our meats in our Southern Pride Smoker. We slow roast our beef and pork, and all our sauces are made from scratch. We take enormous pride in the fine cuts of meat we offer. For instance, we believe our top round of beef is the best you'll find ... More

T: 219-841-9698 | W: View Website

Suzie's Cafe & Catering

Once you taste the homemade bread and cinnamon rolls, you'll wonder why you ever ate anywhere else. The daily soup and specials are delightful, too. Outdoor dining available.

T: 219-462-5500 

Suzy's Diner

1950's diner serves breakfast all day long. Also lunch, dinner, pizza and ice cream.

T: 219-996-3463  | E: suzysdiner@yahoo.com

T.G.I. Friday's

Enjoiy ribs, shrimp, steaks, burgers, pasta and more in this fun, casual restaurant.

T: 219-462-0302 | W: View Website

Taco Loco

Mexican restaurant that will deliver.

T: 219-734-6744 

Tao Chen's

Tao Chen’s is a very popular dining destination in Chesterton serving a full range of appetizers and main courses and a selection of wine and beer. Tao Chen’s has been in the same location since the 1980’s under the same management and over the years developed a popular menu catering to ... More

T: 219-926-2542  | E: taochen0724@comcast.net | W: View Website

Taste of India

Taste of India

The food at Taste of India is a sophisticated blend of Indian flavors and techniques, emboldened by subtle presentation, with an ingredient list based on local fish, poultry, meats and produce and traditional Indian spices. The ambiance is ideal for dining or small parties and gatherings of up ... More

T: 219-921-1900  | E: tasteofindia418@gmail.com | W: View Website

Tate's Place

A family restaurant with homemade specialties.

T: 219-764-8283 

Texas Corral

Texas Corral is known for its steaks, burgers, seafood, ribs and pasta.

T: 219-764-7515 | W: View Website

Texas Roadhouse

It all began on February 17, 1993, when Kent Taylor opened the first Texas Roadhouse in Clarksville, Indiana. Kent’s goal was to own not just a family restaurant and not just a steak restaurant, but a place where everyone, of all ages, could come and have a great meal and great fun for a ... More

T: 219-762-5900 | W: View Website

The Heritage Inn

Daily specials, lunch and dinner. Outdoor dining.

T: 219-996-4020 

Third Coast Spice Cafe

Third Coast Spice Cafe

It’s amazing what delicious creations this restaurant whips up, using cage-free Indiana eggs. You might opt for one of the gourmet omelets, perhaps a garden omelet that includes caramelized onions, roasted red bell peppers, artichoke hearts and Swiss cheese. There’s plenty to accompany these ... More

T: 219-926-5858 | W: View Website

Tiger Lily Cafe

Enjoy sandwiches, flatbreads, barbecue and numerous vegetarian and vegan options for lunch.

T: 219-921-0488 | W: View Website

Tomato Bar Pizza Bakery

Stone-baked pizza, calzones, salads, hoagies and craft beer.

T: 219-462-7499 | W: View Website

Tommy B’s Steakhouse

Modern fine-dining with a casual maritime infusion. Their menu has everything from steaks to sushi to pasta. There's something that everyone will fall in love with from first taste. They offer an extensive wine menu, martini list, and beer selection.

T: 219-242-8093 

Tony's Place

Family owned since 1955, Tony's Place serves Italian cuisine and pizza that satisfies the locals and people from all around.

T: 219-464-1018 | W: View Website

Tonya's Patisserie

Tonya's Patisserie

Breakfast, lunch and early dinner, to go. Ask about their $7 Lunch menu that includes a half sandwich (any one from the daily menu), a cup of soup, your choice of one of their cookies, and a bottle of water. “It’s kind of like having a taste of France in Porter County but without the ... More

T: 219-929-1415  | E: deiottedesserts@yahoo.com

Topperz

Topperz

Topperz is a fresh approach to eating healthy. Fresh food topped your way! You can choose how to top your lettuce, pasta, salad, soup, chili, or potato. Or have a wrap or panini freshly prepared for you.

T: 219-763-9674 

Tres Amigos Mexican Cuisine

Enjoy a variety of Mexican favorites.

T: 219-509-3011 

Uncle Joe's

Best burgers in town! Friday night fish fry and live music on weekends.

T: 219-926-1814 

Upper Deck Lounge

Enjoy a wide variety of food, drinks and entertainment.

T: 219-929-1040 

Uptown Cafe

Uptown Cafe

Located near Valparaiso University, this hangout offers specialty coffees, tea and more.

T: 219-246-2526 | W: View Website

Val's Famous Pizza And Grinders

Pizza, calzones, grinders, lunch specials, lunch and dinner.

T: 219-921-0056 | W: View Website

Valley Kitchen & Bar

Valley Kitchen & Bar

This farm to fork kitchen and bar uses natural, locally grown food to make fresh, delicious meals.

T: 219-531-8888 | W: View Website

Valparaiso University dining options

Valparaiso University dining options

Students and campus visitors can enjoy a variety of dining options in the Harre Union. Founders’ Table is located on the east side of the Harre Union and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday thru Friday as well as for brunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday. Founders’ features a ... More

Valpo Velvet Ice Cream

Valpo Velvet Ice Cream

For more than 60 years, Valpo Velvet ice cream has been the stuff sweet-lovers’ dreams are made of. Join the tradition at their colorful and funky shop (you can’t miss it—it’s the building painted with the multicolored cows), which serves not only ice cream, but made-on-site sandwiches, ... More

T: 219-464-4141 | W: View Website

Valpo Viennas

The finest hot dogs, Polish, brats, Italian beef, grilled sandwiches and homemade potato chips.

T: 219-299-2592 | W: View Website

Venice Pizza

Chicago style deep dish, stuffed and traditional pizzas.

T: 219-728-6438 | W: View Website

Verona Pizza-Portage

Specializing in great pizza and the best beef sandwiches.

T: 219-764-6464 | W: View Website

Verona Pizza-Valparaiso

Specializing in great pizza and the best beef sandwiches.

T: 219-465-3737 | W: View Website

Viking Chili Bowl

This traditional diner draws a faithful crowd with its consistently great food.

T: 219-462-0800 

Villa Nova Pizzeria & Bistro

Upscale pizza bistro making menu offerings from scratch using finest ingredients. Featuring pizza, pasta dishes, entrees, sandwiches, salads and appetizers.

T: 219-728-6648  | E: villanovadining@gmail.com | W: View Website

Village Tavern

Specialty burgers are served up at this 21-and-over bar.

T: 219-926-5002 

Wagner's Ribs

Wagner's Ribs

People come from all around for their specialty, which is ribs. But they also offer a full menu of great choices.

T: 219-227-5100 | W: View Website

Wana Pizza

Pizza, sandwiches, wings and calzones.

T: 219-996-9262 | W: View Website

Whistle Stop Bar and Grill

A historic building where good friends, good drinks and good food meet.

T: 219-921-0100 

Wings Etc. Restaurant & Pub

Wings Etc. is a family-friendly restaurant and pub, with a diverse menu featuring their award-winning jumbo wings, ribs, drinks, great atmosphere, and that good-old-fashioned vibe that makes you want to come in and just hang out. As a sports-themed pub, they offer multiple flat-screen TVs and ... More

T: 219-464-7250 | W: View Website

Yats Cajun Criole Restaurant

New Orleans inspired sauces, chilis etc. over rice. Simple, expertly seasoned dishes. Home, comfort, soul satisfying food. Cheap and quick... eclectic neighborhood joint. We’re Yats. We’re a local New Orleans style joint. Born on 54th and College, also at Fishers, Greenwood, Mass Ave, ... More

T: 219-286-3263  | E: yatsvalparaiso@gmail.com | W: View Website

YoAmazing Yogurt Shoppe

This self-serve frozen yogurt shop offers 12 flavors each day, plus more than 50 toppings.

T: 219-462-9696 | W: View Website

Zip in to one of our Fast Food Restaurants

The following chain restaurants are also available throughout Porter County: KEY: Burns Harbor=BH Chesterton=C Hebron=H Kouts=K Portage=P Porter=PR Valparaiso=V __________________________________________________________________________ Arby’s (C,P,V) Ben's Soft Pretzels (V) Burger King ... More

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