One of the more comfortable places to have a meal. Excellent food, wide selection, easy access, and relaxing atmosphere. The prices are reasonable. Lunch in th $6-10 range and dinners in the $12-18 range.
What to meet the locals? Stop at Georges. The traditional Yellow hut is on it's way out and a new modern building is going up. It'll be more room for the Georges family of customers to gather in. Outside seating expands the available space in the Yellow hut. Employees and customers are among the friendliest people in the state. Always ready for a conversation of local interest and willing to provide you with advice and directions. The kids will love it, kid food and a warm smile.
For quick delicious food, it's George's over the other fast food chains out on Indian Boundary. You'll have to earn it though, because George's is of the beaten track.
The first thing you'll need is directions to George's. From SR 49, take Indian Boundary Road west towards downtown Chesterton. Indian Boundary ends at a strange juction with Calumet Ave and the railroad. Left (south) down Calumet, you'll see George's on the right about 2 block down the road.
Favorite Dish: You can't beat the Gyros'. My regular in the Vienna Hot Dog (quick, easy, and delicious). The Italian Beef has a smooth flavor that wakes up your taste buds. Try it with BBQ for a difference. It's about 50/50 on who takes the hot peppers and who leaves them behind. Suit your own taste on the spicy pepper. The burgers are great if that's your' preference.
It's got the pub feel. Hooligan's is becoming the evening place for music and friends in Chesterton. Many of the 20 something age group gather there, but so do people of all ages. A range of oversized sandwiches make for a nice lunch or a supper to end your day. The restaruant has the non-smoking seating in the old boiler room and the smoking area next door with the bar and large screen TV. Non-smokers don't have to pass through the smoking section to get to the non-smoking seats or to the restrooms.
Favorite Dish: The BBQ is good, the burger excellent and the French Dip wonderful.
We always end up here with special groups. Six persons is about the biggest that they can handle in a reasonable manner. In nice weather, you can sit outside. Right next door is a nice little 'antique' shop. You can while away the afternoon just looking at what's on the porch and tucked away inside.
Favorite Dish: Sandwiches are excellent, burgers, roast beef, (yea, I'm a meat and potato kind of guy). They have fresh salads, pasta and a variety of other selections that all look good and I've heard good things about.
This is a small house converted to an upscale Italian Restaurant. For those who know, it's very good. I'm not into upscale food of most kinds. I'd prefer pizza and spaghetti, which they have, plus many other dishes. The place is small and a part of four is about the best you'll do for seating at the regular meal times. They take longer than most of the other places, but for the quality of the food, it's worth the wait.
Favorite Dish: Like I mentioned earlier, upscale is not my best. I've had lazanga and tortolina. Both were very good.
Lucrezia's own definition: "This restaurant serves fine Northern Italian cuisine made with the freshest ingredients in a relaxed, eclectic atmosphere. You may choose to dine in the main dining room, in the full-service bar or in the al fresco dining area."
Most Bob Evans are alike and this one has all the comforts of the rest. We've found that it is less crowded tham many (i.e., early supper or a late dinner). It may have been the time than the place.
It's a bit harder to find for those coming to the lakeshore as it's south of Chesterton on IN 49 at the Toll Road interchange. It's easy if you look for the Toll Road signs and the big flag. It's left off IN 49 if you're coming from town and slightly hidden below the road.
Favorite Dish: Breakfast is always good or the skillet menu.
Note: This is not a Dairy Queen Brazier . There is a big difference in the menu. This DQ is located on Broadway, west of downtown. On a hot day, it's a great place to get a slushy or a small cone.
Favorite Dish: SInce this is not a DQ Brazier , the menu is limited. Basically, hot dogs, Chili dogs, cheese dogs, etc. All good with chips of assorted flavors (or plain). Don't expect BBQ, burgers, or fries. Simple, quick.
SUMMER ONLY . A sign of spring in Chesterton is when the Port opens. It has inside 'air conditioned' seating or enjoy a warm evening and eat in your car. It's a traditional drive-in. Located on North Calumet, it's the first restaurant you'll come to if you're coming into town from Indian Boundary.
Favorite Dish: Sandwiches and dinners are available on the menu. The Port Tenderloin is an Indiana standard and here it's very good.
Temporarily Closed due to a fire, it should be back open by spring of 2007.
Favorite Dish: They have had the Pizza buffet, weekdays , which is great. For a fixed price ($5.00), it may increase at any time, you get pizza and salad. The drink was extra. Since it's a buffet, there is no long wait, especially nice for the hungry kids.
By any other name, it's still McDonald's. What's special, the setting. They tore down the old traditional building and arches and built a brand new structure. It's more like an ' Internet Cafe ' than the traditional McDonalds. Wide screen TV's, some with sports, others with news and an internet hot spot. It's different.
Favorite Dish: The foods the same. The Quarter Pounder has always been my favorite, although I have to cut back these days on fat and fried food.
It's a local place here and in 21 other towns in northern Indiana & Illiniois. Some are silver metal on the exterior like the old diners, many are modern restaurants. On weekend evenings, the high school kids (teenagers) come here to see and be seen. Always a nice place to have a meal.
Favorite Dish: I've not eaten at this one, but I've never been dissatified at any of the others I've eaten at.
Bypass the fast-food places. For a hearty, informal meal, head to Lakeshore Cafe (on Indian Boundary just past the Jewel food store).
A favorite local hangout is Bert's Bagels--coffee and bagels, great muffins, scones and for lunch, a great sandwich selection.