Located at one end of the Chicago metro area quite close to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan City is a small town with big city influences. Part of that, unsurprisingly, is the food. There is a varied selection of restaurants here, all offering you home-cooked meals served with a smile. Check out our favorites below.
Midwestern comfort meets Las Vegas shine at William B’s Steakhouse, located in the Bluechip Hotel & Casino. The steaks are the stars of the show, but they’re flanked by an excellent array of supporting characters, ranging from delectable appetizers like bacon-wrapped scallops and Asian pork belly, to house favorites like stuffed shrimp and veal scallopini. You’ll be dining in high style and the luxuriant surroundings will also give you the feeling of a truly classy night out. When you have a big occasion to celebrate in Michigan City, there is no better place to eat.
With the two main categories of food that they offer, it’s clear that Cabo’s knows how to be a crowd-pleaser. They are primarily an ice cream shop, and they have both homemade ice cream and homemade popsicles, all in exciting flavors that will have you coming back again and again. They also, however, have a selection of Mexican food, all of it lovingly made from scratch from very authentic recipes. The nachos and tacos are particular favorites, but you can’t go wrong with the tamales or steak torta either. The servers are very friendly and are always happy to make flavor recommendations – which you very well might need.
Cabo’s Ice Cream, 731 Washington St, Michigan City, IN, USA, +1 219 221 6071
Panini Panini will take you across the Atlantic to the Old Country with their notably European atmosphere and selection of specials from various countries. Their menu is seasonal, plus they have a number of weekly specials, so you can expect to find something new each time you stop by. They also pride themselves on their wine and craft beer lists, and they can make very good recommendations about what goes well together. This is a particularly good place to come if you’re a vegetarian, because they will definitely have more options than you’re used to seeing on a menu.
Panini Panini, 1720 Franklin St, Michigan City, IN, USA, +1 219 873 1720
Lakeshore Coffee & Specialties is a local favorite that has made itself the first stop for anyone in the area looking for quality coffee and the typical accouterments that go along with it. They have a lot of fun putting together new flavor combinations for their lattes, like a cherry blossom latte with cherry and almond flavors and a ‘frog in a blender’ smoothie, which is made up of a green tea latte blended with pomegranate. Both of these concoctions were made for their special ‘Taste of Spring’ menu. These menus change out quickly, though, so you can expect to find tasty new surprises every time.