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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.

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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Chesterton Brewery

A veteran-owned brewery giving back to veterans and local heroes with every pour of custom-crafted microbrews. A place where you can feel comfortable…

1050 Broadway, Ste. 36, Chesterton

Speakeasy at the Spa

Witness the historic rebirth of the 1920’s speakeasy. The Speakeasy at the Spa compliments their Spa Special Events Center located on the same…

333 N. Mineral Springs Rd., Porter

(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

Amici Grill & Pizzeria

A family-owned fast-casual style pizza, pasta, and sandwich shop serving only the freshest ingredients around.

1409 Lincolnway, Valparaiso

Anderson’s Winery and Vineyard

Anderson's offers 24 different wines ranging from dry to sweet in red, rosé, and white, as well as snacks, panini sandwiches, cheese plates, and…

430 E. US 6, Valparaiso

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Cultural Dining

Ivy's Bohemia House & Catering

Ivy’s Bohemia House – Coupon

FREE bruschetta or chips & salsa appetizer with the purchase of two entrees (no substitutions). Stop in and see their eclectic menu filled with…

Wines & Brews

Leeds Public House

Leeds Public House – Coupon

20% OFF Chef-created seasonal dishes and specialty cocktails are served up in the family-friendly gastropub housed in a fully renovated historic…

Attractions & Recreation

Inman's Bowling & Recreation Center

Inman’s Bowling & Recreation Center – Coupon

Buy one get one FREE, bowling games, time bowling, mini-golf, go-karts and paddle boats. Experience 32 lanes of bowling, a video game arcade with…

Gardens

WRF Nursery & Garden Center

WRF Nursery and Garden Center – Coupon

15% OFF native plants and monarch butterfly plants. Valid on regularly priced plants, shrubs, and trees only. Come discover all you can grow at WRF…

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…

Shopping

Nature's Remedies

Nature’s Remedies – Coupon

15% OFF One Item Only Supplements • Sports Nutrition • Bulk Foods/Spices Natural Foods • Body Care • Wheat/Gluten Free Location: 2812 N.…

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