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Eat & Drink

Taste your way through our diverse culinary scene with each juicy bite, refreshing sip, and locally-inspired menu. Enjoy seasonal dishes in a contemporary atmosphere or grab a fully-dressed hot dog on your way to the beach. Drop into a neighborhood hangout and savor a little Americana with the perfect burger or discover new flavors from further afield in one of our Chinese, Italian, French, Mexican, Japanese, Greek, Spanish, or Indian restaurants. Whatever you’re craving, you’re bound to find mouth-watering options from community to coast.

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Midwest Living Culinary Tour

Our adventures aren’t limited to the outdoors. Lead your taste buds on an epic-urian journey through our region’s leading restaurants as discovered by the editors of Midwest Living.

Casual Dining

dish Restaurant

dish Restaurant has been serving modern American cuisine in a fusion of casual and fine dining for 19 years. You’ll find plenty of signature…

Cultural Dining

Don Quijote Restaurante and Imports

Owners Carlos Rivero and Elena Jambrina, natives of Spain, serve authentic tapas, paella, desserts, and Spanish wines at this can’t-miss eatery…

Casual Dining

Wagner’s Ribs

This friendly, no-nonsense restaurant is known for the most award-winning fall-off-the-bone ribs in Indiana! So, about the only reason, you'll need a…

Casual Dining

Meditrina Market Café

Color and flavor unite in this tiny Mediterranean restaurant serving lean fresh meals, including paprika chicken, combination plates, and more. This…

Fine Dining

Lucrezia Café

Northern Italy cuisine inspires Lucrezia’s award-winning, made-from-scratch menu. Savor creations like rigatoni with smoked chicken, braised lamb…

Cafés & Coffee

Blackbird Café

Regulars come to this cozy coffeehouse for bagels and lox or quiche for breakfast, and they stay for the zesty sandwiches later in the day.

Eat & Drink

Casual Dining

Octave Grill

Burgers are taken to a new level at this kitschy restaurant where grass-fed beef is topped with local cheese and more than 25 toppings. Using fresh…

Cafés & Coffee

Third Coast Spice Cafe

With a menu inspired by the owner's travels around the globe, visitors can enjoy omelets made with cage-free Indiana eggs, Indiana-raised bison…

Casual Dining

Craft House

This family-friendly smoke-free bar/restaurant serves craft beers, signature cocktails, and healthy food options with desserts large enough to share.…

Casual Dining

Industrial Revolution Eatery & Grille

Known for its burgers and steelworker-themed decor, the Industrial Revolution is a tribute to the American spirit. Be sure to look for the model…

Fine Dining

Kelsey’s Steakhouse

A butter knife cuts through the tender, char-grilled steaks, which are paired with favorites like twice-baked potatoes and seafood. Save room for the…

Casual Dining

Main + Lincoln

Colorful, sumptuous meals stand out against the simplicity of this refurbished turn-of-the-century building. The menu, along with an extensive…

Casual Dining

Parea Restaurant & Lounge

This spot lives up to its name: “parea,” which means gatherings of friends and family to enjoy good meals. Enjoy steak, chicken, and seafood with…

Cultural Dining

Tao Chen’s

Save the airfare and get a taste of China and Thailand at Tao Chen’s, where the owner uses traditional recipes and fresh ingredients to create…

Pizza

Tomato Bar Pizza Bakery

Pizza and beer taste better together, but the Tomato Bar’s are anything but common. Enjoy 20 on-tap craft beers, stone-baked pizza pies,…

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(219) Taproom

They feature 16 taps shared with only a few carefully curated breweries Their beers are unique to NWI! Their menu is as creative and unique as their…

109 S. 3rd St., Chesterton

Aaron’s Mortgage Inn

This local bar serves Italian beef, cheeseburgers, and daily specials. They also serve JJ’s Pizza all day and night.

1400 Broadway, Chesterton

Abbiocco Italian Cuisine

Abbiocco translates to "food coma" in Italian and is a chef-driven contemporary Italian restaurant with menu highlights that include a variety of…

600 Gateway Blvd. N, Chesterton

Aftermath Cidery & Winery

Enjoy a variety of locally-made ciders with small-plate food pairings. This hotspot often has live entertainment on the weekends.

15 N. Washington, Valparaiso

AJ’s Pizza Co.

AJ's Pizza Co. is known for its original taste because all of its ingredients are prepared daily, including their signature homemade sauce and their…

3050 Matson Dr., Chesterton

Albano’s Pasta Shop

This hand-made pasta shop features local, fresh ingredients, and a changing menu with a rustic, homestyle feel. They also have pasta for retail.

22 Washington St., Valparaiso

Barque – Barbeque

Counter service restaurant specializing in smoked meats with a variety of sauce options.

6291 Central Ave., Portage

Baums Bridge Inn

A fun, energetic restaurant and bar with outdoor seating, daily specials, and a full dinner menu, including steaks and chops.

1092 S. Baum's Bridge Rd., Kouts

Beijing Chinese Restaurant

Fresh, delicious Chinese food just off of U.S. 6 in Portage. Dine-in, carry-out, catering or order delivery at this Indiana Dunes area favorite.

6214 US Hwy 6, Portage

Belle Estanni Bake Shoppe

Family owned and operated specialty neighborhood bakery shoppe in Valparaiso where you can sit and enjoy great coffee, delicious smoothies, and…

4405 Calumet Ave., Valparaiso

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Fine Dining

Goblin & The Grocer

Goblin and the Grocer – Coupon

Friends & Family Discount - 20% OFF the regular price This cafe, market, and pub proudly serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks, and…

Attractions & Recreation

Mission: Escape

Mission: Escape – Coupon

$5 OFF per person with Promo Code DUNES Live-action escape room games of varying difficulties. Fune for all ages. Located at: 1050 Broadway, Ste.…

Shopping

Art Z: Fine Artz and Antiquez – Coupon

$10 off any art class. Present coupon when making in-person payment. This gallery is the best-kept secret in Chesterton! Find over 30 different…

Pizza

Shoe's Pizzeria

Shoe’s Pizzeria – Coupon

10% OFF any purchase. Pizza by the slice and daily lunch specials. Located at: 3300 N. Calumet Ave. Valparaiso, IN 46383 219-476-7463 Hours: Mon.…

Shopping

Sandpaper

Sandpaper Shops – Coupon

15% OFF any (1) regular Price item. Sandpaper is a creative boutique offering farmhouse-inspired decor, hand-painted furniture, and gifts, among a…

Spas

Serenity Salon & Spa

Serenity Salon & Spa – Coupon

20% OFF any on new service (* some exclusions may apply) Serenity Salon & Spa is a 6500 sq. ft. full-service salon and spa offering hair and nail…

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