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Top Choice Brewery in Northern Indiana

3 Floyds Brewing Co

At 3 Floyds brewpub, heavy-metal music blares. There are burly beards and tattoo sleeves all around. And hoppy suds. 3 Floyds has earned a cult following by brewing with tons of weird hops. Beer geeks drive for mile…
Top Choice Diner in Indiana Dunes

Great Lakes Cafe

This colorful Greek family diner sits right in front of a steel mill, whose workers pile in for the cheap, hearty pancakes, meatloaf, butterfly shrimp, bacon-pecan brownies and whatever else features on the whiteboa…
Top Choice Deli in South Bend

Oh Mamma's on the Avenue

This cute little grocery store and deli features toasted sandwiches, heaps of cheeses from the region (including awesome housemade goat's milk cheese), fresh-baked bread, cannoli and gelato. Staff are super-friendly…
Shrine in Northern Indiana

Grotto of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Monastery

Polish monks built a series of trippy, fluorescent shrines at this Carmelite monastery hiding in suburban Munster. First came 250 tons of sponge rock that the friars used for the grotto's dark, twisting, three-story…
National Park in Indiana Dunes

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

The Dunes stretch along 15 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. Swimming is allowed anywhere along the shore. A short walk away from the beaches, several hiking paths crisscross the dunes and woodlands. The best are th…
State Park in Indiana Dunes

Indiana Dunes State Park

The state park is a 2100-acre, shoreside pocket within the national lakeshore; it’s located at the end of Hwy 49, near Chesterton. It has more amenities than the rest of the lakeshore, but also more regulation and c…
Microbrewery in Auburn

Mad Anthony's Auburn Tap Room

This tap room sits in a historic downtown building with big windows and exposed brick walls. The company has been brewing for close to 20 years, everything from blonde lagers to Irish stouts. The menu, mostly burger…
Museum in South Bend

Studebaker National Museum

Gaze at a gorgeous 1956 Packard and other classic beauties that used to be built in South Bend, where the Studebaker car company was based. The shiny vehicles, including vintage carriages and military tanks, spread …
Brewery in Northern Indiana

18th Street Brewery

18th Street flies under the radar, which is weird because it makes terrific beer and food. Saisons, double India pale ales and sour beers are the specialties, along with house-smoked sausages and blue-cheese burgers…
Italian in South Bend

Rocco's

Rocco's is a South Bend institution, ladling marinara sauce since 1951. After football games, lines of Notre Dame alums craving pizza, pasta and other Italian family fare run down the block. The place has a 1970s vi…