With Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas quickly approaching, a lot of time is spent in the kitchen preparing delicious holiday meals and sweet treats. With holiday to-do lists long and family and friends traveling distances to spend quality time with one another, why not take a break from cooking and enjoy one of the many amazing restaurants found along the South Shore!


Teibel's Family Restaurant

Enjoy fresh, home-cooked goodness at Teibel's. The restaurant has been family-owned and operated since 1929, and prepares recipes that have been in the family for generations. Diners can start their meal with the popular relish trio, featuring vinegar coleslaw, beets and cottage cheese. A plate of Teibel's fresh fried chicken or famous lake perch is also sure to please.

Teibel's is open seven days a week and is located at 1775 US Highway 41 in Schererville.


Catch 22

Catch 22 is a full-service bar and restaurant located close to shopping in Merrillville. Diners can choose from a large selection of appetizers, chili and salads, burgers, sandwiches, entrees, tacos and flatbreads. The bar features 20 beer taps and an even larger bottled craft beer selection, offering a delicious meal and a cold brew to relax with after a day of holiday shopping!

Catch 22 is open from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. daily and is located at 500 East 81st Ave. in Merrillville.


Freddy's Steakhouse

Freddy's Steakhouse has been serving signature steaks, roasted racks of lamb, broiled pork chops, succulent seafood, tender chicken entrees and traditional pasta dishes for nearly 50 years. In addition to the delicious food, Friday and Saturday nights offer live music, perfect for unwinding and having a great time!

Freddy's is open for lunch Monday through Friday, and open for dinner daily. Visit them at 6442 Kennedy Ave. in Hammond.


Phil Stefani Signature Restaurants

After a busy day of shopping downtown Chicago, be sure to stop into one of the Phil Stefani Signature Restaurants. Their portfolio of restaurants includes Phil Stefani's 437 Rush, Riva Crab House on Navy Pier, Tuscany Taylor, Tuscany Wheeling, Tuscany Oak Brook, Tavern on Rush, The Crystal Gardens on Navy Pier, Land Shark Beer Garden on Navy Pier and Castaways Bar and Grill.

Phil Stefani restaurants offer something for everyone!


Bartlett's Fish Camp

Bartlett's Fish Camp, located in the historic Michigan City Yacht Club, is the region's closest waterfront dining. It offers the region's largest and freshest selection of seafood - including a raw bar. While seafood is a focus, there is something on the menu for everyone.

Bartlett's Fish Camp is open Tuesday - Sunday, and is located at 12 on the Lake in Michigan City. 

Sage Restaurant

Sage Restaurant is a farm-to-fork eatery that uses fresh local ingredients to create a fusion of American and Italian cuisine. Their menu always features new dishes, ensuring the best ingredients available. Diners can enjoy specials such as ‘Tini Tuesday and live entertainment on Fridays during Sage after Dark.

Sage Restaurant is open daily, and is located at 425 Sand Creek Dr. in Chesterton.


The Farmhouse Restaurant

The Farmhouse Restaurant, located at Fair Oaks Farms, brings the idea of farm-to-table full circle. Using fresh ingredients and products from Fair Oaks Farms and other local farms, their menu features a delicious selection of American Farm Cuisine favorites. Menu items include choice steaks, comfort food favorites, distinctive sandwiches and flavorful salads. The restaurant will please hungry guests after a fun day exploring the farm!

The Farmhouse Restaurant is open daily and is located at 754 N. 600 E. in Fair Oaks.


Pikk's Tavern

Resembling a 1940s Chicago steakhouse, Pikk's Tavern offers delicious food and an extensive drink menu. This casual restaurant features appetizers, soups and salads, steaks, seafood, chicken and more. The restaurant also offers specialty nights, including Thursday Italian Nights and Wednesday Mexican Nights.

Pikk's Tavern is open daily and is located 62 W. Lincolnway in Valparaiso.

Free yourself from the kitchen and visit these restaurants or others to kick back, relax and enjoy the holidays with family and friends! Click here to view other restaurants located in Northwest Indiana.

Contributing Editor: Stacina Stagner
Former communications coordinator with the South Shore CVA.