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“Savor the South Shore” Restaurant Week, Apr. 6-19, 2015

April 3, 2015 Leave a comment
Savor the South Shore Restaurant Week.

Savor the South Shore Restaurant Week, Apr. 6-19, 2015.

By Stacina Stagner
South Shore Convention & Visitors Authority

‘Savor the South Shore’ Restaurant Week, a two-week event offering diners specially priced lunch and dinner menus, begins Monday, April 6, and runs through Sunday, April 19, 2015. More than 25 restaurants throughout the South Shore are participating in the inaugural Restaurant Week.

“The South Shore offers diners a diverse selection of restaurants including fine and casual dining, fast food and barbecue establishments, and more,” said Speros A. Batistatos, president and CEO of the South Shore CVA. “We look forward to helping our local restaurants highlight their establishments, as well as helping visitors and residents discover all that is available along the South Shore.”

Participating restaurants include:

54 Main Bistro, Hobart

Asparagus, Merrillville

Bombers BBQ, Munster

Bub’s BBQ, DeMotte

Cabela’s Black Oak Grill, Hammond

Ciao Bella, Schererville

The Crown Town Grill, Crown Point

El Taco Real, Hammond

The Farmhouse Restaurant, Fair Oaks

Freddy’s Steakhouse, Hammond

Jack Binion’s Steakhouse, Hammond

Jordy N Jax BBQ, DeMotte

Lucrezia Ristorante, Crown Point and Chesterton

Mirage Grill, Merrillville

Miller Bakery Café, Gary

Sage Restaurant, Valparaiso

Spire Farm to Fork, La Porte

The Steakhouse @ Majestic Star Casino, Gary

Surefire, Valparaiso

Teibel’s, Schererville

T.J. Maloney’s Authentic Irish Pub, Merrillville

Timbrook Kitchens, Munster

Vaps Street Food, Valparaiso

Venice Italian Steakhouse, Dyer

White Rhino Bar & Grill, Dyer

Menus and additional information, as well as information about a texting promotion in which diners can receive exclusive offers and specials, can be found on the ‘Savor the South Shore’ website, No coupons are necessary; diners only need to ask to see the Restaurant Week menu.

Additional specials, promotions and information can also be found by visiting the ‘Savor the South Shore’ Facebook page,

‘Savor the South Shore’ Restaurant Week is sponsored by The Times of Northwest Indiana. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, or for more information about ‘Savor the South Shore,’ contact the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority at 219-989-7770.

Five Great Sandwiches for Indianapolis Visitors

April 2, 2015 Leave a comment

By Bob Burchfield, Editor, LLC

I’ve never seen an official count, but I’ve been told that there are over 1,000 restaurants in Indianapolis, Indiana. Obviously I haven’t hit ‘em all, but I’ve visited perhaps 10-15% over the past five years. Here are five of the best sandwiches I’ve photographed. If you are coming into Indianapolis in the next day or two for the basketball championship weekend, I’m certain that any of these sandwiches will satisfy your palate.

#5 – Boogie Burger, 1904 Broad Ripple Avenue

Wild Wild West Burger at Boogie Burger.

Wild Wild West Burger at Boogie Burger.

The Wild Wild West Burger at Boogie Burger, with cheddar cheese, hickory smoked bacon, onion rings, BBQ sauce, lettuce, tomato, and mayo. staff photo, © 2010, all rights reserved.

#4 – Front Page Sports Bar and Grill, 310 Massachusetts Avenue

Veteran Burger at Front Page Sports Bar and Grill.

Veteran Burger at Front Page Sports Bar and Grill.

The Veteran Burger at Front Page Sports Bar and Grill.  Photo credit: Ben Risinger. © 2011,, LLC, all rights reserved.

#3 – Tie Dye Grill, 1311 North Shadeland Avenue

Pork Tenderloin at Tie Dye Grill.

Pork Tenderloin at Tie Dye Grill.

I don’t know if there is officially a state sandwich, but if not, it ought to be the classic Hoosier pork tenderloin. This is the breaded tenderloin at Tie Dye Grill, one of Indiana’s best. staff photo, © 2012, all rights reserved.

#2 – Fat Dan’s Chicago-style Deli, 5410 North College Avenue

Bacon Cheeseburger at Fat Dan's Chicago-style Deli.

Bacon Cheeseburger at Fat Dan’s Chicago-style Deli.

Dick Davis, local blogger, recently proclaimed Fat Dan’s as the best burger in Indianapolis. He’ll get no argument from me. This is a perfect bacon cheeseburger made by Fat Dan’s during the Bull Burger Battle. staff photo, © 2013, all rights reserved.

#1 – Rock Cola Café, 5730 Brookville Road

Mile High Club sandwich at Rock Cola Cafe.

Mile High Club sandwich at Rock Cola Cafe.

I’ve gotta give the #1 award to Rock Cola Café, because this sandwich, the Mile High Club, finished 2nd in the entire state of Indiana, in the Indiana Department of Tourism’s competition for “Best Indiana Sandwich” during Super Bowl XLVI in 2012. It’s so big that it has to be held together with a knife (visible above), and it is one terrific sandwich. staff photo, © 2012, all rights reserved.

Honorable Mentions

Shapiro’s Delicatessen, 808 South Meridian Street
A classic Jewish deli over 100 years old. You can’t go wrong with any of their sandwiches.

Gas Light Inn, 2280 South Meridian Street
Their reubens and pork tenderloins are something special.

Mann’s Grille, 1214 South Tibbs Avenue
Mouth-watering sandwiches at reasonable prices at this hole-in-the-wall restaurant.

Papa Roux, 8950 East 10th Street
A transplanted New Orleans restaurateur runs this Cajun restaurant with a variety of Po-Boys to die for.

Of course, there are many, MANY more excellent restaurants in downtown Indianapolis and across the city where you can get a great sandwich! These are just a few of my best foodie photos. I’ve got lots more restaurants, food trucks, and food photos posted on our main Web site at Enjoy your visit to our city! #IndyWelcomesAll

DISCLOSURE NOTICE: Tie Dye Grill provided me with a free lunch during a 2012 visit to their restaurant.

Chow Down Midtown in Indianapolis, June 2-15

Moe and Johnny's

Moe and Johnny’s is one of the participating restaurants in Chow Down Midtown. staff photo, (c) 2014, all rights reserved.

Press Release
Indiana Restaurant & Lodging Association

Grab your family and friends to experience 14 days of delicious dining deals during Chow Down Midtown, June 2-15, 2014. More than 40 restaurants in the midtown area will offer three-course, value-priced menus.

This year’s event includes such restaurants in midtown Indianapolis (generally in the Broad Ripple area) as Ambrosia, Binkley’s, Delicia, Fat Dan’s Deli, Mama Carolla’s, Moe and Johnny’s (see photo above), Thr3e Wise Men, Union Jack Pub, Yats, Zest! Exciting Food Creations, and many more.

From seafood, fancy food to pizza, you and your friends can experience it all at your favorite restaurant or a new one. View the complete list of participating restaurants and menus at For more information, call 317-673-4211.

Porter County Burger Wars Underway in Northwest Indiana

A perfect cheeseburger.

A perfect cheeseburger. staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Ken Kosky
Indiana Dunes Tourism

Burger Wars, a bracket-style contest to crown the best burgers in Porter County, began on Friday, May 16, 2014. The Epic Eight, identified as having the best burgers in the county through social media mentions and surveys, will battle head-to-head until a winner is crowned.

Porter County’s Epic Eight are:

  • Burgerhaus, Valparaiso
  • Franklin House, Valparaiso
  • Industrial Revolution, Valparaiso
  • Octave Grill, Chesterton
  • Piggies and Cream at the Depot, Kouts
  • Pikk’s Tavern, Valparaiso
  • Village Tavern, Porter
  • Wagner’s Ribs, Porter.

Readers can visit to vote in the first round. The winner of each pairing will advance to a round of four on May 26, with the final round of two kicking off on June 2. The winning restaurant will be announced June 10, and will compete against burgers from six other Northern Indiana counties starting June 13 to pick a Northern Indiana champion.

The contest, an initiative of Indiana Dunes Tourism and the Northern Indiana Tourism Development Commission, is designed to highlight the fact that there are so many great burger places in the area and to encourage residents and visitors to experience multiple restaurants.

The eight restaurants competing against each other will have tourism-produced posters at their businesses and are encouraged to use social media and be creative in getting diners and voters to come their way.

“Burger Wars not only allows people to participate in the battle for the best local burgers, but it will help visitors decide where to go when they’re here and are craving a juicy burger, whether it’s beef, pork, bison, veggie or Ahi tuna. We anticipate that Burger Wars will be the first of several future ‘Wars’ in coming years,” said Angela Pasyk, niche market director for Indiana Dunes Tourism.

In addition to awarding prizes to the restaurants, Indiana Dunes Tourism will award a $100 gift certificate – purchased from the winning Porter County restaurant – to one lucky person from among those who dine and vote for their favorite burger. People are encouraged to check and for opportunities to win other prizes. For more information, call 219-926-2255.

Northside Nights Dinner Specials, Mar. 3-16

February 25, 2014 Leave a comment
Castleton Grill

Castleton Grill, one of the participating restaurants in Northside Nights. staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

By Susan Decker
On behalf of the Indiana Restaurant and Lodging Association

Diners will soon be able to experience culinary delights from independent and upscale chain restaurants on the north side of Indianapolis from Monday, March 3 to Sunday, March 16, 2014. For 14 days, guests will be able to take advantage of specially designed three-course, value-priced menus for one person or two people.

In its  fourth year, Northside Nights anticipates more than 30 restaurants will participate in the event providing guests with various dining options including drink pairings, vegetarian and gluten free choices.

Participating restaurants and corresponding menus will be updated online at

Updates will also be posted on the Northside Nights Indy Facebook page and via the Twitter handle @northsidenightsindy. For more information, visit, or call 317-673-4211.

Editor’s Acknowledgement: Susan Decker Media.


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