South Franklin or (US 421) is the main shopping and dining district in Michigan City. Streatching from the Interstate 94 interchange, northward, you'll find a multitude of places to each and shop.
Numbers above 4000 are south of US 20, Numbers lower than 4000 are north of US 20.
Ajs Bar & Grill, 2317 Franklin St,
Blimpie , 5822 Franklin St,
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar , 5000 Franklin St,
Burger King , 3956 Franklin St,
Chili's Grill & Bar, 5300 Franklin St,
China Harbor , 3801 Franklin St,
Denny's, 5800 Franklin St,
Dorothys Place II, 1407 Franklin St,
Duneland Brew House, 5718 Franklin St,
Eat At Moes , 3301 Franklin St,
el Bracero , 4100 Franklin St,
Hollys Restaurant & Pub , 3705 Franklin St,
IHOP, 5225 Franklin St,
Jimmy Johns, 5340 Franklin St,
KFC, 4357 Franklin St,
King Gyros, 4103 Franklin St,
la Azteca, 1709 Franklin St,
Lindos Restaurant , 3940 Franklin St,
Long John Silver's , 212 W Us Highway 20,
Mateys Restaurant , 110 Franklin St,
Maxines Restaurant & Bar, 521 Franklin St,
McDonald's , 5816 Franklin St, 823 Franklin St, 3507 Franklin St,
Melting Pot , 4041 Franklin St,
New China Buffett , 4323 Franklin St,
Old Country Buffet , 4045 Franklin St,
Oriental Pearl , 902 Franklin St,
Pizza Hut, 5350 Franklin St,
Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits, 5230 Franklin St,
Quizno's Classic Subs , 5176 Franklin St,
Rallys Hamburgers , 2102 Franklin St,
Rios Mexican Food , 2715 Franklin St,
Ryan's Family Steak House, 4461 Franklin St,
Schoops Hamburgers, 4105 Franklin St,
Steak N Shake , 5809 Franklin St,
Taco Bell , 3936 Franklin St,
Texas Corral , 5718 Franklin St,
Village Inn , 5250 Franklin St,
NOTE: Restaurants on the strip change some every year. Thanks to venimc of Michigan City for pointing out that some of these are gone. Hopefully, he or she will be able to provide details of his or her favorite places.
Favorite Dish: For details on places I've been, please see the individual restaurant listings.
Hacienda, never, if you have ever been to a Mexican restaurant in a state that has authentic Mexican food, or even eaten at Toco Bell, you will be satisfied elsewhere. Their food is an insult to Mexican, Tex/Mex, California Mexican food. For reasons only known to people in the Midwest the locals love this place. In my opinion I would go only for the liquid refreshments. There is a reason that people drink their Margarita's, that way they won't know what they are eating. Wait until you see people eating chips and salsa and adding ranch dressing to a mild salsa. I don't claim to be from a Hispanic background, I just claim to love REAL Mexican food and folks this isn't it. So bad I was given a gift card for Hacienda and still have money on it and I will never use it. There are far better places to dine than here.
Favorite Dish: Water! Or any liquid libation.
One of several in a group of restaurants. The others cater to different interests. This one's family oriented with medium priced meals and large servings. The others:
Rodini Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge
4125 Franklin St,
Michigan City, IN 46360
402 W Us Highway 20,
Michigan City, IN 46360
A little bit of everything. If you're group can't decide what type of food you'd like, this is the place to go. A full buffet with steaks sizzling on the grill, Barbeque, pasta salads, lettuce salads, potato salads, oriental, mexican, butter dripping corn and fish. Just about any choice you'd like to make. The price is fixed with lunch time being around $8.00 and dinner about $12. (per person)
Favorite Dish: There are no real stand outs. The food is good, but not outstanding. Usually, we go with a group, when nobody wants to decide the type of 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 location. But I've never been disappointed at any of the others I've eaten at.
Swingbelly's is a great family place. They have a variety of burgers and sandwiches and dinner specials after 5 p.m. A few salads are available, but items like the chicken pita and the aforementioned burgers and chicken fingers are the standouts. Their soups are excellent.
Favorite Dish: Our favotire dish for many years now is the Friday soup special -- Boston Clam Chowder. It has a rich texture and somewhat smoky flavor and is the chowder by which we measure all others.
It's a family oriented frozen custard shop with indoor booths, a small play area for kids, and (soon) an outdoor picnic area. They serve fresh frozen custard, home made cookies and premium espresso drinks. They are located on the corner of 6th and wabash, just outside the main entrance to Lighthouse Premium Outlets.
Favorite Dish: My favorite dish is a scoop of chocolate frozen custard with raspberry topping on it. I used to think that frozen custard was the same stuff you got out of a donut, only cold. So wrong! It's like a really rich and creamy icecream.
I didn't eat here, but I did use the bathroom. It's located at the Michigan City Amtrak station, and has a great view not only of the NIPSCO plant, but also of Washington Park and the lakeshore beyond.