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The 10 Best Restaurants In Hammond, Indiana
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The 10 Best Restaurants In Hammond, Indiana

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Named after the Detroit butcher George Hammond, Hammond, Indiana is one of the oldest cities in Lake County. Steeped in history, Hammond has many culinary influences. Check out the city’s top 10 restaurants.
Downtown Hammond | © John Delano/WikiCommons
Downtown Hammond | © John Delano/WikiCommons
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Super Submarine

Family-owned and run, Super Submarine has been a firm favorite in Hammond for more than 30 years. Serving good quality all-American eats, Super Submarine is not only good for your appetite, but for your pocket too, with subs for great value. All their lunch meats are freshly sliced, and all their subs are made to order. Furthermore, condiments such as mayonnaise, mustard, sliced pickles and sweet peppers are complimentary in all subs. There are a variety of fillings diners can choose from; from meats to vegetables to cheese.

Super Submarine, 7010 Kennedy Avenue, Hammond, IN, USA, +1 219 8456705

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Bread Basket

Serving simple but satisfying sandwiches, soups and salads, Bread Basket is a popular destination for Hammond regulars and visiting food lovers alike. Popular choices from their menu include their ‘Garden Delight,’ made of cream cheese, avocado, tomato and sprouts, or their ‘Health Works,’ with jack cheese, almonds, tomato, sprouts, smoked turkey, cucumber and leaf lettuce. Their menu is full of great tasting combinations, and the Bread Basket also does a variety of lunch deals. Finish off your tasty lunch with one of their tantalizing desserts such as bread pudding, cheesecake, brownies or cookies. The Bread Basket is a must visit when in Hammond.

Bread Basket, 7205 Indianapolis Boulevard, Hammond, IN, USA, +1 219 8457890

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Bob’s Shrimp

While Bob’s Shrimp may only serve carry-out cuisine, that hasn’t deterred crowds of locals and visitors from tucking into their famous fish fare. Bob’s Shrimp have been using the same breading recipe since they first opened, and their jumbo shrimp is popular among seafood lovers and fussy eaters alike. Their portions are large and are good value. Perfectly breaded, their plump shrimp is succulently cooked and served with a dollop of coleslaw and mild barbecue sauce. Other seafood dishes that feature on the menu include catfish, Lake Perch and scallops. Although unassuming from the outside, for good, honest seafood, there is nowhere better than Bob’s Shrimp.

Bob’s Shrimp, 4748 Calumet Avenue, Hammond, IN, USA, +1 219 9371041

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Schoop’s Hamburgers

A staple of Hammond since 1948, Schoop’s Hamburgers prides itself on tradition, great tasting food and friendly service. Always fresh and never cooked from frozen, their burgers are sizzled to tender perfection. When they first opened their doors, Schoop’s sold their burger bites for only 15 cents each. They have kept to their same original menu through the years, with only a few additions. Simple but satisfying dishes of burgers, fries, chili, soup and pie still feature on the menu today. For a tasty burger, Schoop’s tops every food lovers list.

Schoop’s Hamburgers, 7235 Indianapolis Boulevard, Hammond, IN, USA, +1 219 8457090

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Blue Room Café

Although small in size, the Blue Room Café serves food that is packed with flavor and served with flare. Roasting their own coffee, and serving delicious sandwiches, the Blue Room Café is quickly becoming a popular destination in Hammond. Their sandwiches have a wide variety of fillings, from blackened chicken to cold cuts, and are served different breads; from bagels to buns. For a lighter lunch, there are numerous salads available too, such as the house salad of tomato, cucumber, red onion and mozzarella, Kendra’s salad of smoked turkey, black forest ham, cheddar cheese and tomato, and their Cobb Salad with applewood-smoked bacon and fresh avocado. With such a variety of tasty food to choose from, a trip to the Blue Room Café will not leave you disappointed.

Blue Room Café, 5246 Hohman Avenue, Hammond, IN, USA, +1 219 9338124

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Madvek’s Dog House

A favorite of the Calumet Region for the past 46 years, many locals have fond memories of Madvek’s Dog House. Using only the freshest and highest quality ingredients, Madvek’s Dog House has developed a well-established tradition of serving the tastiest and most satisfying hot dogs in Hammond. A recent addition to their menu is their ‘Chicago-style’ hot dog, which is an all-beef sausage served with mustard, relish, onion, tomato, and pickle spear. Other popular choices include their Polish sausage, their tacos and their loose-meat burger, served with homemade chili. Their hot dogs are so popular that in 2010, the restaurant was inducted into the Vienna Beef Hot Dog Hall of Fame.

Madvek’s Dog House, 6923 Calumet Avenue, Hammond, IN, USA, +1 219 9321060

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House of Pizza

House of Pizza is one of the best pizza places in Northwest Indiana. Each of their thin-crust pizzas is handmade and loaded with the freshest and tangiest ingredients. If pizza isn’t to your taste, House of Pizza also serves a host of other Italian culinary delights, such as pasta dishes, salads and sandwiches. House of Pizza was the dream of Dante Zunica, whose sausage and pressed crust was hugely popular. Today, House of Pizza aims to uphold the traditions and values established by Zunica. Together with friendly service and an inviting setting, a trip to House of Pizza is guaranteed to be a memorable one.

House of Pizza, 7008 Indianapolis Boulevard, Hammond, IN, USA, +1 219 8446065

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First Baptist Church, Hammond | © American Eagle/WikiCommons
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El Taco Real

1972 was a big year for Mr and Mrs Garcia, as they opened the doors to El Taco Real. Little did they know that this Mexican family restaurant would still be a popular destination for food lovers today. Still family-owned and run, El Taco Real has expanded over the years, both in size and in their menu. Highlights from their food listings include nachitos served with or without meat, guacamole and cheese, their queso fundido of broiled Mexican cheese on a bed of sautéed onions, tomatoes, jalapeño peppers and spices, and their tostadas stuffed with a variety of fillings. Their salsas and other sauces amplify the tantalizing flavors of these dishes. For a little taste of Mexico in Hammond, El Taco Real is the place to go.

El Taco Real, 935 Hoffman Street, Hammond, IN, USA. +1 219 9328333

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Zel’s Roast Beef

As their name suggests, Zel’s Roast Beef specializes in mouthwatering roast beef. A part of Indiana’s culinary scene for the past 45 years, Zel’s Roast Beef is housed in a charming yellow building, which has become a landmark in the city. Frequently ordered dishes from their menu include not only their famous roast beef sandwiches on Vienna bread, but also their grilled chicken sandwich, their hot dogs, their Polish sausage, their classic milkshakes, and their chili-cheese fries. Since opening all those years ago, Zel’s Roast Beef have opened other locations throughout Indiana, proving the restaurant’s popularity. A visit to this restaurant guarantees to satisfy every appetite.

Zel’s Roast Beef, 6909 ColumbiaAvenue, Hammond, IN, USA. +1 219 8450433

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Johnel’s Restaurant

Located on Calumet Avenue, Johnel’s Restaurant is a quaint diner that has a menu to suit every palate and occasion. Favorite dishes among locals and visitors include their steaks and ribs straight from the broiler, Athenian chicken served with Greek salad garnish, chicken vesuvio sautéed with garlic, wine and potatoes. Other good picks include broiled seafood such as catfish, orange roughy and rainbow trout, and a wide variety of salads and sandwiches. With such a great selection of food, and at a reasonable price, Johnel’s Restaurant will leave you with a lasting impression.

Johnel’s Restaurant, 4145 CalumetAvenue, Hammond, IN, USA. +1 219 9317000