Top 15 Local Favorites in Northern Indiana

History, festivals, and exquisite dining collide in Indiana’s Cool North. We asked locals to list their favorite attractions, activities, and events so you can get the most authentic experience possible on your visit to Northern Indiana. Whether you take in one or go for the full 15, you’ll learn just what makes our corner of the country so special.

The Lakehouse Grille – Good Eats and an Eclectic Vibe in Culver

Learn why locals love this eclectic restaurant on the banks of Lake Maxinkuckee. Most marvel at the kitschy décor, featuring a 20-foot sail boat hanging from the dining room ceiling, funky original surfboard art adorning the walls, a 30-foot mural, and super-sized nostalgic advertising. Crisp white tablecloths and bistro-style parchment paper add a dressed-up quality to this distinctly different space, making it the perfect spot for a casual luncheon or an upscale dinner.

The meals draw rave reviews, with cut-to-order steaks, fresh fish, and delicious seafood, all served up with beer that made Lake Max famous – Maxinkuckee Mist. Enjoy fresh Gulf grouper, five varieties of skewered shrimp, dozens of pastas, entrée salads, thin-crust pizzas, stir-fry dishes, hoagies, baby back ribs, and much more.

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