Highlights from Northern Indiana’s Foodie Trail
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Highlights from Northern Indiana’s Foodie Trail

Any foodie worth their salt knows the best part of traveling is exploring local cuisine. We took on the daunting—yet delicious—task of compiling their favorite foodie experiences in Northern Indiana. We’ve highlighted one stop in each of our  diverse counties this time around. Also check out our Top 10 Food War Winners, picked by the locals, and our Top 15 Unique Eats.

Asparagus, Merrillville, Lake County

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Enjoy an upscale dining experience at Asparagus in Merrillville, featuring a diverse Asian-fusion menu and an exceptional martini bar. The zen-like atmosphere and dishes blending Thai and Vietnamese flavors with French influences have made Asparagus a beloved local favorite, appealing to both traditional and modern tastes.

Designer Desserts, Valparaiso, Porter County

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Need to satisfy your sweet tooth? Look no further than Designer Desserts in Valparaiso! Owner Adam Wiltfang creates incredible cupcake concoctions like root beer float, holy cannoli, green tea and honey, and dozens more. With splashes of electric pink and turquoise and exposed brick walls, this a stylish space to savor some sweet treats.

Bistro on the Greens, LaPorte, LaPorte County

Bistro on the Greens - New Orleans Style

The Bistro on the Greens in LaPorte offers a delightful dining experience with scenic views of the golf course. Known for its relaxed atmosphere and diverse menu, the bistro features fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and expertly crafted dishes, with New Orleans vibes, making it a favorite spot for both casual and special occasions.

LaSalle Grill, South Bend

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LaSalle Grill in South Bend is an esteemed AAA Four Diamond restaurant known for its exceptional service, elegant atmosphere, and award-winning wine list. Specializing in artfully presented, delectable cuisine, LaSalle Grill offers a memorable fine dining experience that blends contemporary American dishes with innovative culinary techniques.

Das Dutchman Essenhaus, Middlebury, Elkhart County

Das Dutchman Essenhaus in Middlebury is a charming destination offering authentic Amish-style cuisine and hospitality. Renowned for its hearty, homemade meals and delightful bakery, this family-friendly establishment provides a unique dining experience, complete with quaint surroundings and a welcoming atmosphere, celebrating the rich traditions of Amish culture.

Original Root Beer Stand, Culver

Get ready to throw it way back at the Original Root Beer Stand on the shores of Lake Maxinkuckee. For over 55 years this Culver landmark has been slinging classic burgers and serving up refreshing root beer brewed daily! Get served car side by friendly staff and enjoy serene lake views. Chow down on Chicago-style hot dogs or try the breaded pork tenderloin sandwich for a true taste of Northern Indiana.

Cerulean Restaurant, Winona Lake

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In the mood for sushi? Leaning towards something a little more Mediterranean? You’ll find both at Cerulean Restaurant in Winona Lake. Their lunch menu is comprised of super-filling bento box combinations and fresh sushi creations. By night, the Asian-inspired menu carries over, plus a wide selection of savory dishes like gnocchi, trumpet mushroom agnolotti, and Sitka salmon over lemon dill fettuccine.

Blue Gate Restaurant, Shipshewana

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Blue Gate Restaurant seats 750 diners—enough to fit the entire town of Shipshewana and then some. But, don’t think such a big space skimps on service. You’ll find portions as generous as the hospitality with traditional Amish and Mennonite fare like fried chicken, meat loaf, and beef and noodles. Don’t forget to stop by the famous Blue Gate Bakery before you leave. They even have online delivery!

We’ll be featuring more stops on the Northern Indiana Foodie Trail over the coming months. Have you visited any of the restaurants we’ve mentioned? Let us know in the comments! Explore our Things to Do page to find more fun in Indiana’s Cool North.