A Variety of Tastes to Please Any Appetite

By: Karin Woodside Last Updated: August 9, 2011

Treat yourself to one of the many great restaurants Northwest Indiana has to offer! Check out the variety of food establishments that make up the dining section of the region!

Blackbird Cafe: Good Food Made from Scratch Every Day
A coffee shop to fit all styles, Blackbird Cafe is the perfect place to stop for a bite to eat or a hot cup of various coffees and teas. The cafe is also a hotspot for the latest trends in music, showcasing both local and touring artists, as well as offering a great venue for artists to display their work. With a friendly staff on hand to serve you, you'll feel right at home at blackbird!

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Blue Chip Casino: A Multitude of Options
Great dining is part of the fun at Blue Chip Casino. For those looking for a fine dining experience, William B’s Steakhouse offers a tantalizing menu of prime steaks, fresh seafood, and exquisite pastas. Find more casual fair at It’s Vegas Baby, Midwestern favorites with Vegas flair, Options Buffet, an all-you-can-enjoy experience, and The Game, a locale for icy cold drinks and great tasting burgers. In search of a quick bite? Nelson’s Deli offers a quick fix in an environment reminiscent of a classic diner.

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Catch 22 Bar and Grill: Your Hometown Bar & Grill
Where can you find upscale American pub fare for a great price? Catch 22 Bar and Grill offers diners a new look at bar food to please all appetites, from salads to sandwiches, wraps, filling entrees, desserts, and more! Pair a refreshing drink from a fully stocked bar with a line up of mouthwatering appetizers and you have a culinary experience you will be back to repeat over and over again!

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Culver’s: Welcome to Delicious
Known for their signature ButterBurger, made from fresh 100% U.S. raised beef, and the delicious fresh, frozen custard, Culver’s offers scrumptious dinners at an affordable price. The mouth-watering menu features 45 other tasty selections, including crisp, garden-fresh salads, and savory sandwiches. And don’t forget an irresistible dessert, made with the famous custard

Culver’s of Valparaiso brings more than flavorful eats to Valpo. Community involvement is a big part of Culver’s, as they are often hosting fundraisers for local non-profits, supporting local farmers with their Dairy Month event, and hosting blood drives.

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Don Quijote Restaurante and Imports: Indiana’s Only Authentic Spanish Restaurant
Discover the taste of Spain and the rich variety of flavors and aromas of Iberian cooking at Don Quijote. Proprietors and chefs, Carlos and Elena, hail from Spain and offer an extensive menu, including grilled shellfish, swordfish steaks, skewered pork, Castilian style roast lamb, and two tasty versions of paella, the national dish of Spain and specialty of the house. The menu also features 25 different tapas (Spanish appetizers), including calamares, octopus, Galician stuffed meat pastries and the traditional Spanish potato omelet. Dine by candlelight in an atmosphere of old Spain year round or in the outdoor café, reminiscent of the sidewalk cafes in Europe, during the warm summer evenings.

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Firehouse Subs: Founded by Firemen
The best meats, cheeses, and toppings can be found at Firehouse Subs. Unlike other sub restaurants, the meats and cheeses are steamed, allowing for a rush of flavor in every bite. Sandwiches are stuffed to the brim and then some, on a toasted, private-recipe sub roll. You may need to call the fire department for a cool off when you check out the giant array of hot sauces available to top your sandwich!

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Industrial Revolution: Saluting America's Greatness
Celebrating freedom, progress, innovation, hard work, and greatness, Industrial Revolution offers diners a step back in time when food was made and hand crafted with the finest of ingredients from the gardens of old. A line of gourmet burgers grace the menu, along with sandwiches, pizzas, soups, salads, and other treats special to Industrial Revolution. Enjoy the environment built by American craftsman using only authentic building materials.

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Lemon Tree Mediterranean Grill: Ethnic Flair Brought Home
Savory tastes await you at Lemon Tree. A line up of Mediterranean favorites are offered for those seeking a healthy experience, such as falafel, kabobs, shawarma, and delicious salads. Spices and fresh flavors create a palate-pleasing menu, with fresh ingredients!

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Strongbow Inn: Dining, Carryout, Bakery, Weddings and Catering
A family dinner, an intimate outing with friends, a business lunch with a client: Strongbow is the destination for culinary excellence, casual elegance, and a classic, creative menu. Known for their attention to detail and impeccable service, Strongbow offers an incredible feast for the senses, from savory soups to appetizing entrees. The Bakery has been a long-time favorite in Valpo, providing a wide selection of breads, pastries, pies, cakes, and cookies, made fresh on a daily basis. Utilize their catering services for showers, anniversary celebrations, wedding receptions, or a corporate event, creating a memorable event for you and your guests.

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Third Coast Spice Cafe: No One Left Out
Where can you go for a variety of options to suit every diet, from meat-lovers to vegans? Third Coast has something for the aforementioned, as well as vegetarians, tree huggers, those with gluten sensitivity and other allergies, and more! Not only does Third Coast care about offering diners the best tasting food with the best quality ingredients, utilizing organic and local grown fare as often as possible, the café cares about the planet, utilizing biodegradable disposables!

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Zao Island: Come Play the Island
Looking for a place to unwind and escape for a couple hours? Not only does Zao Island bring you the best in family fun, they also offer the best pizza in Porter County! A great selection of Colada’s Pizza, including Chicago-style deep dish, makes up the menu, along with grinders, appetizers, salads, and wings! Zao Island also features an indoor and outdoor bar, carrying a large assortment of beer, wine, daiquiris, pina coladas, and flavored margaritas. Relax while your kids use up their energy at one of the many attractions! Do whatever your heart desires while you enjoy your stay on the island.

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