The Top 10 Restaurants In Gary, Indiana

Old postcard of Gary, Indiana circa 1930-1945 | © Tichnor Brothers/WikiCommons
Old postcard of Gary, Indiana circa 1930-1945 | © Tichnor Brothers/WikiCommons
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9 February 2017

Located just 25 miles outside of Chicago, Gary is located in America’s heartland. In addition to being the birthplace of the Jackson 5, Gary offers plenty of natural wonders to explore from Lake Michigan to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. We list the best places to eat while you’re here.

Miller Pizza Company

Located near Miller Station, Miller Pizza Company is owned by a father-and-son team for over 30 years. They started the establishment with the simple objective of creating deep-dish pizzas like the ones they grew up eating in Chicago. No matter which kind of pie you choose, it’ll be stuffed with toppings and gooey mozzarella.

Miller Pizza Company, 622 S Lake St, Gary, IN, USA, +1 219 938 7071

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Arman’s Restaurant

Restaurant, American
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Arman’s is another small-town favorite. It’s an ideal alternative to other national fast food chains in the area, largely because of its friendly and caring owner. Arman’s has long been popular with the locals, which is always a good sign. The interior is small but neat, and you’ll always find quality service here.

Miller Bakery Café

Bakery, Restaurant, American, $$$
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Miller Bakery Café offers something a bit more upscale, making it a good place to come for a special occasion. The menu specializes in New American contemporary cooking. Pair any meal with something off of the excellent wine list. The interior is colorful and stylish, and it’s not uncommon for there to be live music during the dinner hours either.

Big Daddy’s BBQ

In Gary, the BBQ title goes to the award-winning Big Daddy’s BBQ. An ultra laid-back, no-frills kind of place, Big Daddy’s serves all the fixings. Come here for ribs slathered in sauce, fried chicken wings, beef brisket, pulled pork, collard greens, baked beans and more. Big Daddy’s is owned and operated by a dedicated couple, one of whom, of course, is Big Daddy himself.

Big Daddy’s BBQ, 4213 Cleveland St, Gary, IN, USA, +1 219 888 9592


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Balkan Grill

Restaurant, American
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Balkan Grilloffers a welcome departure from more basic American-style cuisine as its menu specializes in Mediterranean and Balkan classics. This place makes a great stop if you’re passing through the area on a road trip, as it is located at a truck stop that’s en route to many places. Most patrons take their food to go, but there are a few tables inside the restaurant.

Great Lakes Café

Cafe, American
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Start your day off right in America’s heartland with a sound breakfast. This local gem is the place to do it in Gary. Plus, the interior at Great Lakes Café provides plenty of little snippets into life in this town. From newspaper clippings and photographs to antique décor and a hand-drawn daily menu on the white erase board, Gary is teeming with small-town authenticity.

NY Plate

NY Plate is a good spot to choose if you’re looking to please a group of diverse palates because it has an eclectic menu featuring items such as Philly cheesesteaks, gyros, catfish, chicken wings and more. NY Plate is perhaps most famous for its fried jumbo shrimps. The unpretentious interior is ideal for enjoying a casual lunch or dinner.

NY Plate, 5808 Melton Rd, Gary, IN, USA, +1 219 939 8800

Flamingo Pizza of Miller

Bar, Restaurant, American
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Flamingo Pizza of Miller is housed in a hip interior of exposed brick and dowsed in dim candlelight. Come here to enjoy an evening of pizza and drinks with a date or some friends. Flamingo also has a full bar, and they serve excellent cocktails. The environment is welcoming and friendly to newcomers and seasoned Flamingo veterans both.

Miller’s Vintage Kitchen

Restaurant, American, $$$
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Miller’s Vintage Kitchen is the perfect place for breakfast or a light lunch. The restaurant’s interior is clad in genuine vintage décor. Each table even has a set of reading glasses for anyone who forgot theirs. If the weather is nice, ask to be seated on the sunny outdoor patio, but be sure to take a look at the fun, retro interior.

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