Fall Flavors Fulfill
at LaPorte County Eating, Drinking Establishments
Sunny but cooler days and that nip in the air at night signal the approach of autumn. What a glorious time to get out and enjoy the fantastic scenery and activity in this special corner of Northern Indiana, as well as fabulous food. Visitors enjoy all the pleasures of Lake Michigan on and along the water, hikes at the Indiana Dunes National Park, biking on quiet trails and byways, boating and fishing on inland lakes, golfing pristine courses, and so much more.
You’re bound to work up an appetite and a thirst, but satisfaction is at hand in LaPorte County. Top-notch restaurants and breweries, plus a celebrated winery, deliver both culinary and sipping pleasures in the communities of Michigan City and LaPorte. Several have garnered awards for their creative offerings. See what’s on the menu that brings a flavorful taste of fall.
From casual to fancy, family outing to date night, there’s a perfect spot for every taste.
Holly’s Restaurant & Pub, Michigan City – Hats off to this casual, family eatery, recently named the Number 1 Restaurant in Michigan City by voters on Trip Advisor. Check out the comments there and you’ll see all the reasons diners love the great food, drinks, and service at this restaurant, owned and operated by the same family for close to 50 years. It’s known for its French dip sandwiches, strip steak, and Mexican specialties. Free popcorn, too!
Fulfilling Fall Favorites: Pot Roast Dinner or Sliders; Tailgate Rollup filled with chicken, tater tots, bacon, and cheese.
More Dining Delights
Bistro on the Greens, LaPorte – Overlooking Legacy Hills Golf Course, the setting is as stylish as the sophisticated spin on Southern comfort food, reflecting owner/chef John Moultrie’s heritage. From Fried Green Tomatoes to Shrimp and Grits to Blackened Salmon, the food is served in the elegant yet relaxed dining room, adorned with artwork and offering views of the course. Moultrie has garnered numerous culinary honors, including 11Silver Platter Awards.
Fulfilling Fall Favorites: Shrimp Jambalaya, Braised Beef Short Ribs, Fried Chicken with Southern Greens, warm Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce.
Fiddlehead Restaurant, Michigan City – This trendy Uptown eatery gives an upscale twist to some favorites, such as their popular Hipster: pulled pork and bacon with candied jalapenos and other unique toppings on a pretzel roll. Grass-fed beef stars in everything from burgers to meatloaf, with plenty of fish and chicken options too.
Fulfilling Fall Favorites: Crispy Fried Pierogi, Build-your-own Mac and Cheese in a three-cheese sauce with add-ins such as roasted red pepper or bacon.
Leeds Public House, Michigan City – At this hip gastropub in the Uptown Arts District, match delicacies such as hangar steak, lamb chops or their special LPH burger that blends short rib, brisket, and chuck with a craft beer from one of many Northern Indiana breweries.
Fulfilling Fall Favorites: Starting in October, Smoked Meatloaf and Mashed Garlic Potatoes with Apple Cider Gravy. An autumn twist to their Buddha Bowl, a hearty vegan dish with fall veggies and seasonings. Fall cocktails featuring seasonal fruits and flavors. Mark Your Calendar: October 2 will be Leeds’ annual Oktoberfest, featuring Oktoberfest beers from local breweries and special dishes.
Trattoria Enzo, LaPorte – Upscale Italian cuisine takes center stage at this cozy, family-owned restaurant where you truly are treated like family. From the Sausage and Pepper appetizer (a house specialty) to the marvelous pizza, pasta, and ravioli, such as Baked Wild Mushroom Ravioli in cream sauce, the Italian offerings are numerous. They also serve steak and lake perch.
Fulfilling Fall Favorites: Butternut Squash Ravioli in Creamy Gorgonzola Sauce, Grilled Chicken Risotto, Stuffed Chicken (stuffing offerings change regularly), Roasted Red Pepper and Potato Soup.
T-Bones at Pier 11, LaPorte – Diners rave about the delicious flavor of ribeye steak and walleye grilled to perfection on the wood-burning grill at this longtime restaurant, part of the Blue Heron Inn complex on Pine Lake. The restaurant features a full bar and a menu with unique offerings such as Braised Lamb Shank and Blue Beef, a pasta dish combining penne, grilled beef tips, spinach, and blue cheese alfredo.
Fulfilling Fall Favorites: During the month of October, T-Bones’ Oktoberfest features specialties such as Braised Pork Shank and Sauerkraut along with German beers.
Patrick’s Grille, Michigan City – A contemporary atmosphere makes dining even more desirable at this chic restaurant that serves everything from shareables such as Ahi Tuna and Chicken Flatbread to perfectly grilled steaks plus whitefish, and ribs. Try Patrick’s Burger, a blend of ground beef brisket, chuck, and sirloin. Enjoy a unique cocktail or mocktail or local craft beer.
Fulfilling Fall Favorites: Warm up with Flaming Saganaki, melted fontinella cheese flamed tableside or Beer Lover’s Onion Soup. Pair your meal with a spicy Real McCoy cocktail with bourbon or rum and hot honey bitters.
The Brewery Supper Club, Michigan City – Hand-hewn timbers, fireplaces and a soothing atmosphere create the ideal backdrop for delicious dining at this elegant restaurant which shares forested grounds with The Brewery Lodge. Enjoy a variety of steaks and fresh fish, plus specialties such as Cavatappi Alfredo with prosciutto and Romano cheese. Order a specialty drink from the full bar or locally brewed beer on tap from Zorn Brew Works.
Fulfilling Fall Favorites: New for fall: Cheese-stuffed Tortellini with Brown Butter and Sage Sauce topped with a Pan-seared Chicken Breast. On Sunday evenings, Sunday Short Ribs, braised with red wine and served with roasted turnips and carrots.
Frothy Brews and a Winery Too
Michigan City’s brewpubs and winery bring plenty of toasts from visitors. From snacks to full menus, the food draws raves as well.
Burn’Em Brewing, Michigan City – Great craft beers with “fun-tastic” names and labels rule at this microbrewery, where you can pull up a seat or carry out growlers, bottles, cans of top picks such as Farmaceutical, a light farmhouse-style brew, or Alky Seltzer, a hard seltzer with huckleberry and hibiscus. From pale ales to Irish stout and a changing array of seasonal brews, this classic establishment also offers a rotating snack food menu of pretzels and cheese, hummus, and more.
Fulfilling Fall Favorites: This fall’s specialties: Oh Scheisse, a Marzen-style Oktoberfest lager. Red Zeppelin, an English-style red ale. Lager of the Wood Fest Bier: a malty golden lager with German malt, hops, and yeast, conditioned in an oak barrel.
Zorn Brew Works Co., Michigan City – Inspired by a long-ago brewery, this brick-walled taproom features unique brews such as Golden Grain, a cream ale, and Tangerine Wheat, a wheat beer, plus a rotating menu of hard seltzers and ciders. The hand-crafted brews make their way into the tempting menu, with specialties such as Macaroni Covered in Homemade Beer Cheese and Zorn Cheese Dip with House-made Chips.
Fulfilling Fall Favorites: Back by popular demand: Grilled Stuffed Jalapenos, loaded with cream cheese, bacon, sausage, cheese and wrapped in bacon and pan-fried. A vegetarian version is available too. This fall’s brews: York St. English Brown Ale, Elston Grove Oatmeal Stout, plus some higher ABV beers in preparation for the winter season.
Shoreline Brewery & Restaurant, Michigan City – The beers at this classy brewpub have won the World Beer Cup award and are the perfect pairings for creative entrees and upscale pub food. A host of hand-crafted brews, from Don’t Panic pale ale to Barrel Aged Worker Bee Imperial Honey Stout with flavors of currants and sweet honey, draw beer lovers. The mouthwatering food ranges from Swedish Meatballs to French-style Walleye to award-winning Grecian Lamb Burger.
Fulfilling Fall Favorites: Singing Sands beer, a tribute to Lake Michigan shores with warming chocolate and coffee flavors. Autumnal Squash Salad. Chicken and Cajun Andouille Sausage Gumbo.
Shady Creek Winery, Michigan City – A gleaming oasis with soaring ceilings, covered porches, and outdoor seating around fireplaces invites sipping and feasting. Their wines have been awarded medals at the Indy International Wine Competition. Sample vintages with names that reflect Lake Michigan, such as Beach Glass, Riptide, and White Caps, at the tasting bar, and then settle in and enjoy a glass paired with upscale food and appetizers that might include brie, hummus, or charcuterie, as well as gourmet pizza.
Fulfilling Fall Favorites: Rescued Red Dog, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Sirah with smokey aromas and flavors of toasted oak and blackberry. Siracha Chicken Pizza, a warming blend of olive oil, garlic, chicken bacon, and siracha.
Insider Tip: The sun sets earlier with fall just around the corner, so take advantage of carryout and settle in at Washington Park Beach in Michigan City to enjoy that marvelous display of color while you feast.