TASTE TEST: Dream of the '90s alive in Tomato Bar's Porklandia Remember when people were eating pizza? Vegan pizza, gluten-free pizza? Pizza with a spicy alfredo base, a pesto base, an oil and garlic base? Pizza topped with portobello mushrooms, hardwood-smoked bacon, artichoke hearts and goat cheese?There's a place where that idea still exists as a reality. And I've been there.The tomato sauce never runs dry at Tomato Bar, a modern pizzeria with locations at 79 U.S. 41 in Schererville and 2310 Laporte Ave. in Valparaiso.Cory and Blair Muro, the duo that's also behind Ricochet Tacos and The Market in Valparaiso, run the gourmet pizzeria where chefs toss spinning discs of dough in an open kitchen that features a custom-made 3,000 BTU rotating oven, a Homer Simpson Pez dispenser and a Stormtrooper standing sentinel next to a can of ingredients.Tomato Bar specializes in "outside-the-box" pizzas like The Buff, which includes a Buffalo sauce base, … [Read more...] about TASTE TEST: Dream of the ’90s alive in Tomato Bar’s Porklandia. Le Peep in Valpo offers brunch for the whole family.
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TASTE TEST: Grab some heat with Mexico Lindo's huevos rancheros PORTAGE — Mexico Lindo Mexican Restaurant Bar & Grill is unassuming from the outside but provides a bright and enjoyable atmosphere within.Decorative vines surround the walls and dividers and uplifting tunes carry down from the speakers. A pleasant mural adorns the eastern wall and a colorful bar area also proves inviting.Mexico Lindo, 5908 U.S. 6, offers many staples, including taco, burrito and fajita dinners and platters. However, the establishment is sure to appeal to those looking for some spice and fiery flavor in their meals.One selection, the Pollo a la Diabla, advertises it comes with a signature spicy sauce along with rice and beans. One server said it will take a "Mexican macho" to stomach it.If you're looking for something a little lighter, but still something with a slight zest, consider the huevos rancheros option off the breakfast side of the menu.This dish is served up with two eggs over easy … [Read more...] about TASTE TEST: Grab some heat with Mexico Lindo’s huevos rancheros
TASTE TEST: Try Fiddlehead's 'The Hipster' sandwich before it's cool Fiddlehead, a newish restaurant that opened three years ago in downtown Michigan City, serves up locally sourced comfort food such as grass-fed burgers raised nearby at the farm-to-table butchery Sims Meat Processing in LaPorte.It's a chic space with an array of craft beers at 422 Franklin St., but it's more than just another eatery with a bar and late-night weekend dance parties. Fiddlehead also serves as a training hub for returning veterans that offers individualized job training and yearlong apprenticeships for local vets.Fiddlehead's menu includes thoughtfully prepared fare like a beet and goat cheese salad, a lobster roll and a grass-fed filet.Whether you listen to vinyl, sip pour-over coffee and plan to attend the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago this summer or not, you might want to get into "The Hipster" sandwich before it's cool.You've probably never heard of the $12 sandwich, which comes with kettle … [Read more...] about TASTE TEST: Try Fiddlehead’s ‘The Hipster’ sandwich before it’s cool
TASTE TEST: Captain's House adds international spice to popular lobster roll Gary’s Miller Beach neighborhood fully embraces its lakeshore identity with some brightly pastel condos that wouldn’t look out of place in Florida, boutiques that cater to beachgoers and some of the best seafood in Northwest Indiana.Miller Bakery Cafe, the Beach Cafe, the new California Crab Shack and Captain’s House all excel at seafood dishes, though none of it is coming out of Lake Michigan.The nautically themed Captain’s House at 6004 Miller Ave., which has a boat parked out front, boasts a menu with delights like shrimp and grits, crab-stuffed chicken, Chesapeake crab cakes, Lobster pot pie, Salmon Wellington, a Boozy Cod Sandwich, seafood tacos and a Louisiana Po’boy Sandwich with Alaskan Cod Loin and Gulf Shrimp.The lobster rolls are divine.And now Captain’s House, helmed by acclaimed chef Angela McCrovitz, has rolled out a wide array of international lobster … [Read more...] about TASTE TEST: Captain’s House adds international spice to popular lobster roll
TASTE TEST: Barbecue lover's burrito found at Rudy's BBQ Shack VALPARAISO — After food website MUNCHIES recently tweeted a photo with the caption "Why is Brooklyn barbecue taking over the world?" and a half-empty tray of barbecue, the post went viral. It stirred up disappointed responses that such an image tried to hold a candle to quality cuisine.It was high time the Region showed its mighty, meaty reply, too.There's several barbecue joints here, but a favorite among locals is Rudy's BBQ Shack, 1305 Calumet Ave. As soon as you take the first step inside, your nostrils will be hit with the aromas of brisket cooking away in the kitchen. It's a relaxing atmosphere with intimate seating, large windows for plenty of natural light and a pleasant, lively bar area.The menu is extensive with barbecue creations and platters, and a standout is the "Huge Burrito." This creation comes stuffed with brisket, hot tips, mountain beans and macaroni and cheese. It's a neat blend of flavors … [Read more...] about TASTE TEST: Barbecue lover’s burrito found at Rudy’s BBQ Shack