Albano's Pizzeria

For 53 years, Albano’s has served up classic pizza in Michigan City. How popular is the pizza? First, Albano’s doesn’t deliver. Second, the “I Love Albano’s Pizza” Facebook page (created by a fan) has 1,175 members from Australia to Arizona.

Jim Albano Jr. marvels at the success of the restaurant that was started by his dad, Jim, and his uncle, Russell, in 1957.

“Pizza is what we’re known for,” says Albano, “but we also serve a lot of Italian beef sandwiches and tacos.”

If that sounds like an odd combination, Albano admits it is, but it’s also one that’s proven popular among Albano’s regulars. It came about on a trip to Chicago by his father, who bought some tacos there, liked them and figured they would be easy to fix.

“We were the first to sell tacos in Michigan City,” says Albano. A few years ago, the restaurant revamped its menu and when word got out, regulars flooded the place with requests not to dump tacos.


Carlson's Drive-In


“Serving since 1947”

Carlson’s Drive-In in Michigan City, IN is still attracting happy diners with a nostalgic atmosphere and the best, most unique “fast” food around!  Folks love the carhops, introduced in the good old days by previous owner Marty Rebac, who still likes to work there even though he’s retired.  

Today, owners John and Lori Hermann pour the same kind of passion into this magical spot, in its present location for the past 22 years.  John and Lori have three principles that guide Carlson’s Drive-In:  exceptional service, great food at a fair price, and a nostalgic, clean, traditional environment.  The fun surroundings are surpassed only by the amazing food, reminiscent of drive-in days gone by.  Time-honored dining traditions draw faithful customers again and again - - try the all-beef, bun-length Eckrich hot dogs with all the fixings, and don’t miss the lip-smacking chili and BBQ pork, both from well-guarded secret recipes.  Carlson’s Drive-In is proud to offer a distinctive-tasting root beer, homemade daily on site.  You can’t beat that creamy foam-topped brew, still deliciously served in a tall frosty mug.   

We are seasonal from February through early October.  

Come on down and so we can enjoy your company!

We are located at:

118 W Coolspring Ave.
Michigan City, IN  46304

Phone:     (219) 872-0331

Fresh made daily rootbeer!


Duneland Beach Inn


Duneland Beach Inn is nestled in a quiet residential neighborhood just outside of New Buffalo, Michigan. The newly remodeled circa 1924 Inn houses eight guest rooms as well as our superb restaurant, catering to loyal locals and Chicagoans alike, who will tell you the trip is definitely worth it!

Begin your Duneland Beach evening by unwinding in the cozy bar with one of our signature ice layered martinis, or perhaps a selection from our extensive wine list, like none other in the region,   offering wines from around the world ranging from $26 - $335.


Hammer's Food & Drink

Ken “The Hammer” Larson opened Hammer’s Food & Drink in 1995 after graduating from Purdue University and completing his professional boxing career, which is the interesting theme displayed throughout the restaurant.

If you are looking for a place where champions come to feast, then definitely pay a visit to Hammer’s and enjoy the photos of celebrities and teams that have dined there. Hammer’s has proudly served teams from Purdue, USC, UCLA, Tennessee, Duke and North Carolina. Offering recipes that have been passed down through generations (The Hammer’s family owned the famous Red Lantern Inn Supper Club), the restaurant is quiet and elegant in atmosphere.


Kelley's Table at Creekwood Inn

Inside the Creekwood Inn, Kelly's Table is a warm and intimate dining space surrounded by windows looking out onto the gardens and wooded grounds of the inn. The restaurant features a cozy fireplace on cold nights and a sunporch bar for enjoying a drink before or after your meal.

The chef and owner of Kelly's Table is Patricia Kelly Molden, a LaPorte resident with over 30 years of experience. Her background includes training in classic French cuisine under the late chef John Snowden of Dumas Père Ecole de la Cuisine Français, where she later became his assistant in catering and cooking lessons.




Chart Room Dining & Cocktail Lounge

No longer the best-kept secret in Michigan City, over the last 20 Years Matey’s has become a destination restaurant with loyal customers from all over the Tri-state area.  Conveniently located between Blue Chip Casino and Lighthouse Place outlet mall, Matey's is open daily for lunch and dinner.

Owners Bill and Carole Bailey, along with Chef Paul Hartman, invite you to try the Friday evening Prime Rib and Seafood Buffet, which includes oysters on the half shell, New England clam chowder, a variety of salads, hand-carved prime rib, crab legs, grouper in a mango salsa and much more.  Our full-service bars feature an extensive selection of cocktails, martinis, cordials and wine.  We also offer daily lunch and dinner specials as well as drink and wine specials.

If you are looking for a diverse adult atmosphere, you can dine in our nautical cocktail lounge or dining room, join your friends in our sports bar that offers some of the area’s finest craft beers on tap - or, from May through September, enjoy the summer fare, tropical cocktails and NEW spectacular view of Lake Michigan from our Tiki Decks, Crow’s Nest or Patio.  We're serving a little bit of Key West in northern Indiana!

We are Located at:

110 Franklin St.
Michigan City, IN 46360

Phone:    (219) 872-9471
Fax:    (219) 879-6899
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Portofino Grill

Portofino Grill is located in the Clubhouse at Briar Leaf Golf Club on Highway 39 in LaPorte, Indiana. It began in April of 1998, when two people with the same vision made a commitment to use quality ingredients, showcase new flavors and provide a warm, inviting dining experience.

The menu is diverse and creative, so whether you are in the mood for a Choice hand-cut steak, fresh fish or a roasted duck salad, we’ve got you covered. Executive Chef Lawrence Headley and his staff also take pride in accommodating any personal and dietary requests. The dining room overlooks a portion of the golf course, setting the stage for the theme – Casual Fine Dining in a Country Club Atmosphere.


Sahara Restaurant


Sitting inside Sahara, it's easy to imagine being transported
to a Mediterranean hilltop restaurant overlooking the ancient seaport dating back nearly four millennia, particularly as Greek and Arab music plays over the sound system of this
intimate eatery. Sahara is a handsomely appointed restaurant with blood orange-painted walls, exposed brick walls and an antique molded tin ceiling painted yellow.

What looks like a glass garage door opens up the room to the refreshing spring air. Sahara is a tapas-style restaurant with small plates of exquisite dishes, hot and cold appetizers
prepared with exotic spices and unusual herbs both delicious and memorable. It's a Mediterranean-style of dining familiar to the warm weather people of that neck of the world, a style conducive to conversational eating at a casual pace and
sampling a wide selection of foods.


Soda Dogs

171 Highway 212
Michigan City, IN 46360



Stop 50 Wood Fired Pizzeria


Our specialty is the authentic Naples Style Pie prepared and cooked just as it was 169 years ago in a wood-fired hearth oven at over 900° F.

Our mission is to provide our guests authentic Napoletana pizza, house-made gelato and fresh salads using only the finest fresh ingredients, cooked using time-honored traditions and served in a warm inviting atmosphere. We also offer the finest micro-crafted beer and wine.

Naples, Italy, is considered the birthplace of this style of pizza (Napoletana), dating back to 1839, and it is as much a method of rich tradition as it is a food. It is an art blending the heritage of dough-making, the complexity of fire management and the craft of maintaining fresh ingredients. This combination produces a thin-crust pie that is crispy on top and bottom while chewy in the center, powerfully aromatic, rich in flavor and full of character. The pie will have slight blackening on the cornicione (outer rim of the crust) and the bottom.