Food & Drink in Merrillville

Half Off at Zorba's Restaurant

Highland

$10 $5

(4)

Expansive American diner menu served in family-friendly restaurant

$20 Off Your Bill or $10 Off Each of Five Visits at Sanfratello's

Multiple Locations

$20 $10

(7)

Thin- and pan-crust pizzas, pasta, and paninis for dine-in, carry-out, or delivery; new Highland location boasts wall murals and booths

Up to 53% Off at Bottoms Up Bar & Grill

Thornton

$20 $10

(9)

Guests munch on burgers or fresh seafood as live bands jam in an outdoor beer garden and sporting events flash across 25 TVs

Up to 45% Off at Tilly's Po'Boys

Calumet City

$20 $11

(9)

Chicken and seafood po'boys served with one side such as loaded baked potato salad, cup of gumbo-lia, or a duo of fries

Up to 44% Off American Bar and Grill Food at Parea

Valparaiso

$45 $25

(19)

American bar and grill sears Atlantic salmon, T-bones, and pours Bells, Stella Artrois, and Brother Thelonious drafts

Half Off Mexican Food at Mr. Burritos and Los Lokos Burritos

Multiple Locations

$10 $5

(6)

Tacos and burritos stuffed with various vegetarian and meat fillings, such as carne asada, carnitas, and coconut shrimp

Up to 50% Off at Mama & Me Pizzeria

Homewood

$20 $11

Thin-crust, stuffed, or pan pizzas covered in customizable toppings alongside homemade pasta, baked sandwiches, and salads

Half Off Pub Food at Harry's Sports Bar

Countryside

$22 $12

(17)

Sports bar with more than 30 TVs and three projection screens entertains guests devouring wraps, pizzas, and nachos

Up to 55% Off Italian Foods from Formella Gourmet

Countryside

$20 $10

Since 1909, Formella family members have preserved original Sicilian recipes, using garlic, fresh tomatoes and vegetables, and rich cheeses

Up to 60% Off Mexican Cuisine at Restaurante Tenochtitlan

Morgan Park

$27 $14

(29)

Icy margaritas complement cactus, pork, and chorizo tacos and other Mexican cuisine at eatery named after the ancient Aztec Empire's capital

Up to 52% Off Parmesans Wood Stone Pizza or Parmesans Station

Multiple Locations

$29 $14

(48)

Chef Papandrea crafts gourmet pizzas baked over wood in stone oven, stuffed breads & signature pastas complemented by well-rounded wine list

47% Off East Asian Cuisine at Sesame Inn

Evergreen Park

$30 $16

(89)

Traditional food from China, Japan, and Thailand with sushi combos and 17 types of stir-fry

Up to 50% Off Small Plates at SIP Appetizer Bar

Oak Lawn

$20 $11

Mediterranean-inspired small plates such as bacon-wrapped dates, goat cheese-stuffed lamb meatballs, and thin-crust pizzas

47% Off at Sushi Thaime

Oak Lawn

$30 $16

(76)

Sushi rolls with fresh yellowtail, eel, or salmon; marinated Korean-beef short ribs charbroiled to perfection

Up to 52% Off at Italio

Orland Park

$21.86 $12

Build-your-own pasta bowls, salad bowls, and Italian wraps or choose three catering platters

IHOP – Half Off Breakfast and Diner Food

Orland Park

$14 $7

(9)

The national brand delivers pancakes, eggs, and bacon in varying combinations alongside burgers, sandwiches, and other diner fare

Half Off at Holly's Popcorn

Mokena

$20 $10

2-gallon popcorn tin with three flavors or deluxe sampler with 12 bags of popcorn in flavors such as Chocolate Caramel Drizzle

Up to 50% Off at Nevada Cafe

Mokena

$20 $11

(17)

Vegas-inspired cafe regales guests with American diner food

$10 for Mexican Cuisine at Fajitas Mexican Restaurant

Burbank

$20 $10

(10)

Traditional Mexican cuisine includes homemade chips and salsa, tacos and burritos chock-full of meats, and huevos rancheros

Up to 52% Off Wings, Beer, and Karaoke at Philly T's

Palos Hills

$30 $15

(8)

Glasses of frothy beer paired with wings, nachos, or mozzarella sticks; sports every night

Up to 58% Off at Waffles Cafe and On the Bun

Chicago

$20 $11

Tuck into sweet and savory waffles, or order up bison burgers, Kobe-style patties, steak burgers, and veggie options

45% Off at Melanthios Greek Char House

Lakeview

$40 $22

Traditional Greek cuisine and chophouse entrees are served in an open dining room with an outdoor patio and a vast wine list

Noon O Kabab – Up to 47% Off Persian Cuisine

Albany Park

$30 $16

(425)

Juicy marinated steak, salmon, and chicken served alongside veggie dishes such as shirin polo, made from old Iranian family recipes

Up to 44% Off Hawaiian-Inspired Dinner at Sola Restaurant

North Center

$50 $28

(742)

Chef Carol Wallack shares a love of Hawaii and its culinary traditions through dishes such as poke made with local, sustainable ingredients

Up to 54% Off at Thai Village

Ukrainian Village

$15 $7

(251)

On the Michelin Bib Gourmand list from 2011–2012, the eatery serves classic Thai food on a patio or inside a stylish dining room

49% Off Pup Crawl

Hubbard Inn

$35 $18

Pub crawl that benefits PAWS Chicago takes revelers to five local bars, including Hubbard Inn and The Boss Bar

Up to 46% Off Brunch or Dinner at The Savoy

Wicker Park

$37 $20

(175)

Seafood-infused brunch plates, a press-praised raw bar, and a slate of absinthe cocktails

Up to 56% Off Sushi at Ringo Japanese Kitchen

Lincoln Park

$57.05 $25

(226)

Patrons dine on authentic Japanese cuisine created by Chef Hemmi; signature appetizers, sushi, teriyaki, tempura, or noodles

49% Off Italian Cuisine at Connie's Pizza Gold Coast

Gold Coast

$75.95 $39

(14)

Hearty meal includes wood-fired pizza appetizer, soups or salads, classic Italian entrees, and dessert, served with wine

43% Off Smak-Tak!

Jefferson Park

$30 $17

(96)

Comforting Polish food, such as pierogies and thick stews that earned a 2014 Michelin Bib Gourmand award, served near a roaring fireplace

Up to 41% Off Dinners at Manny's Cafeteria and Delicatessen

South Loop

$38.90 $24

(485)

Fourth-generation deli owners craft classic dishes such as corned beef reubens and brisket in a cafeteria setting

"Second City's Game Night" – Up to 46% Off

Near North Side

$31.50 $17

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Using audience suggestions, skilled improvisors create scenes that riff on TV game shows at the new cabaret theater

Ultimate Milwaukee Brewery Tour (39% Off)

Chicago

$129 $79

Visit 4 Milwaukee breweries, micro & macro, & taste some of their best beers; hearty lunch at Milwaukee Ale House; transportation included

Up to 45% Off at Four Belly Asian Street Food

Chicago

$20 $11

(35)

Casual eatery serves up street-style fusion fare such as tom yum soup, beef skewers, and ramen

Nori – Up to 51% Off Sushi

Wicker Park

$45 $22

(281)

Chefs wrap maki rolls and stir-fry noodles at the Bucktown/Wicker Park outpost of this BYOB sushi bar

45% Off Contemporary American Cuisine at Cité

Near North Side

$60 $33

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Adventurous dishes from a chef with experience at Michelin-starred restaurants served in an eatery with a 360-degree view of Lake Michigan

45% Off at Rakki Kyu Sushi

Northwest Side

$40 $22

(220)

This intimate BYOB eatery features more than 40 signature maki creations, along with sashimi, teriyaki meats, and sides like pork buns

Up to 51% Off Burgers and Beer at Papi Chulo's Bar & Grill

Chicago

$25.50 $13

Burgers and draft beer at a beachside bar with beanbag tournaments and flat-screen TVs

Up to 45% Off at Burger Joint

Chicago

$20 $12

(86)

Half-pound burgers piled high with toppings such as gyro, bacon, chili, and avocado

45% Off Casual American and Italian Food at Lina's

Lakeview

$20 $11

Crowd-pleasing Italian and American dishes such as burgers topped with mushrooms and swiss, five-cheese lasagna, and chicken alfredo pizza

48% Off Ramen and Japanese Cuisine at Ajida

The Loop

$25 $13

(22)

Fresh noodles made in house daily by head chef; skewered, grilled meats such as chicken with wasabi mayo and thinly sliced beef

45% Off Vietnamese Cuisine at King Pho

Edgebrook

$20 $11

Authentic Vietnamese dishes such as bahn mi sandwiches with lemongrass chicken or pho soup with rice noodles, brisket, and fresh herbs

45% Off Burgers and American Food at Rolland's

Rogers Park

$20 $11

Specialty burgers and gourmet sliders made with ostrich and wild boar meat served in a neighborhood sports-bar setting

Up to 50% Off Indian Cuisine at Viceroy of India

Multiple Locations

$20 $11

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Sizzling morsels of lamb vindaloo and tandoori chicken tikka mingle with fluffy naan on expansive north and south Indian menu

50% Off Contemporary American Cuisine at L26 Restaurant

The South Loop

$40 $20

(14)

Signature modern American entrées and small plates served in an elegant, upscale setting

45% Off Organic & Wild Harvest Herbs, Teas, Oils, and Spices

Hyde Park

$20 $11

(27)

Stock up on organic and wildcrafted pantry essentials such as flavorful herbs, eclectic spices, teas, packs of incense, and essential oils

Up to 53% Off Mrs. Fields Cookies and Brownies

Chicago

$43.99 $22.99

Freshly baked cookie cakes come decorated with icing; cookies in a variety of flavors and brownies make parties sweet

51% Off Take Home Wine-Making Class for Two

Beverly

$99.95 $49

Wine-makers impart their art through hands-on class, helping students begin concocting 3 gallons (12–14 bottles) of wine

Half Off at Tuxpan Mexican Grill

Jefferson Park

$20 $10

(22)

Authentic Mexican eats including tacos, carne asada, and tortas at bilingual BYOB restaurant

Half Off at Katakana Sushi Bar

Chicago

$40 $20

(143)

Executive chef Abdon Calderon creates innovative maki rolls using plantains, coconut, and chocolate at BYOB sushi bar

50% Off at Fondue Stube

North Side

$50 $25

(121)

Cauldrons of piping oils, cheeses, and chocolate invite repeated plunges of bread, fruit, veggies, and sweets amid social dining atmosphere

Half Off Asian Small Plates and Drinks at Bonsai Bar & Lounge

Lakeview

$40 $20

Nosh on thai lettuce wraps or cut into warm flatbreads topped with sliced pears and goat cheese; choose from more than 12 martinis

Up to 52% Off at Gulliver's Pizza & Pub

West Rogers Park

$31.45 $15

(192)

Iconic pizza institution serves up classic Chicago-style pies with rich crusts wrapped around cheese, spicy sauce, and fresh ingredients

Three-Course Meal for Two at Aquitaine

Lincoln Park

$60 $60

(90)

French-inspired three-course meal includes such options as saffron cream mussels, pan-seared duck breast, and housemade cinnamon ice cream

Up to 56% Off Japanese Cuisine at Kyoto Sushi Restaurant

Lincoln Park

$45 $20

(347)

Authentic Japanese cuisine and made-to-order sushi at BYOB restaurant

Half Off German Cuisine for Brunch at Prost!

DePaul

$30 $15

(106)

Lively German beer hall with 24 draft beers, 20-ounce soft pretzels, and a menu of traditional German würste

Half Off Italian Cuisine at Filippo’s

DePaul

$77.80 $39

(182)

Authentic, Zagat-rated Italian trattoria with homemade ravioli, fettuccine bolognese, special fish of the day, and homemade desserts

Up to 54% Off Italian Cuisine and Wine at Trattoria Trullo

Ravenswood

$81 $39

(207)

Chefs specialize in authentic Puglia-region cuisine, including linguine with clams and orecchiette with broccoli raab and chili flakes

Up to 48% Off Gastropub Brunch at The Point

Central Chicago

$40 $22

(8)

Diners dig into delicious takes on such brunch staples as french toast with Frangelico syrup, washed down by tasty, custom cocktails

Up to 38% Off Turkey Chop Gourmet Cuisine at Turkey Chop

Chicago

$20 $12.99

(5)

Chefs reinvent classic comfort food to form Smothered Turkey Chops, Honey Q'D Turkey Tips, New York Turkey Steak, and Short Ribs of Turkey.

Up to 74% Off Cover and Drinks at Spin Nightclub

Lakeview

$50 $15

(138)

Voted one of the world's top 200 best gay bars by Out Magazone and Best Club for Drag Performances by BOI Magazine.

Up to 52% Off Steaks and Seafood at Johnnie Blue

Lincoln Square

$88 $44

(9)

Juicy porterhouse steaks and wild-caught tilapia grilled over all-natural wood charcoal; bar stocked with Johnnie Walker and Chivas scotch

Angelina Ristorante – 38% Off Italian Cuisine

Lakeview

$40 $25

(347)

Freshly harvested ingredients add seasonal flair to rustic Italian dishes such as ricotta gnocchi and penne with peas and pancetta

Four-Course Vietnamese Meal for Two at Pasteur

Edgewater

$0 $60

(95)

Upscale Vietnamese dishes with flavors of lemongrass, garlic, and coconut

Up to Half Off Sushi at Rock Wrap & Roll

DePaul

$20 $11

Creative maki such as the Latin roll with super white tuna and hot sauce rolled inside-out with red tobiko, are accompanied by Thai entrees

Up to 49% Off Breakfast or Brunch at Waffles

Lakeview

$36.90 $19

(151)

Coffee and breakfast sandwich kickstart morning; award-winning waffles complement milk shakes or fresh-squeezed OJ at brunch

Up to 54% Off Brazilian Food or Catering at Sinhá

Near West Side

$60 $34

(66)

Native Brazilian owner offers brunch, lunch, and catering

57% Off Fudge or Chocolate-Covered Strawberries at Kilwins

Hyde Park

$20 $10

Decadent fudge comes in myriad flavors from double dark chocolate to maple walnut; strawberries come covered in gourmet handmade chocolate

45% Off Vegetarian Indian Food at Uru-Swati

West Rogers Park

$40 $22

(236)

Lauded by Chicago Reader, vegetarian eatery amasses classic Indian food such as navratan korma and bhindi masala with BYOB policy

49% Off a Three-Day Juice Cleanse from Brian's Juice

The Loop

$195 $99

(69)

Jump start your health with a three-day juice cleanse, including 18 organic, unpasteurized juices and one mint-infused lemonade

Half Off Upscale Quick-Service Food at Flavor 180

South Loop

$30 $15

Healthy gourmet fast food chefs prepare quick-service, upscale dishes such as Asian-Cajun turkey burgers, and sweet-potato fries

Up to 48% Off at Sofra Turkish Kitchen

Lakeview

$30 $17.75

(47)

Chefs bake bread daily with extra-virgin olive oil to accompany char-grilled kebabs, crisp falafel, and beef moussaka

Up to 43% Off Middle Eastern Food at Salam Restaurant

Salam Restaurant – Fullerton

$20 $12

Platters of kabobs, shawarma, falafel, fish, and other proteins with salad and rice

45% Off Sandwiches and Salads at New Life Cafe

Logan Square

$10 $5.50

(5)

Cafe serves up made-to-order gourmet sandwiches and specialty coffee while providing job training to women recovering from abuse

Up to 47% Off Burgers, Wraps, and Drinks at Fedora Lounge

Near North Side

$30 $16

(47)

Burgers on soft pretzel rolls enhance a menu of lounge fare that also includes fresh salads and Italian entrees

Up to 50% Off BYOB Brunch at Artango South American Bistro

Lakeview

$20 $11

Peruvian benedicts yellow pepper hollandaise, Argentinian skirt-steak with chimichurri sauce, fish tacos and eggs with shredded pork

$10 for Pub Food and Drinks at Murphy's Bleachers

Lakeview

$20 $10

(132)

Pub next to Wrigley Field serves up juicy burgers, pork sandwiches, and sausages paired with local craft beers

Sandwich Combo at Roly Poly

The Loop

$10.10 $5.75

Fresh veggies and other healthy ingredients fill large selection of sandwiches and can be enjoyed with a side of potato salad or chips

Up to 59% Off Cooking Class at Rub's Backcountry Smokehouse

West Rogers Park

$120 $59

(191)

Three-hour BYOB, hands-on cooking class with a buffet-style barbecue feast and take-home cookbook and sauces; dinner-party atmosphere

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Many families gather for holidays, weddings, and other special events. The Kambouris and Zaronias clans also convene to celebrate Greek and American cuisine at Maxim's Restaurant, their eatery, cocktail lounge, and catering service. Their lunch and dinner menu brims with hearty comfort food such as homemade soup, roast turkey with dressing, shish kebobs, and more than a dozen types of pasta dishes. Tivoli pizzas, one of the kitchen's specialties, can be ordered Greek-style with gyro meat and feta cheese or American-style with hamburger or barbecued pork. From 6 a.m. to midnight, the cooks also prepare homestyle breakfasts, including omelets, biscuits and gravy, and crepes with fruit or chocolate chips. In the lounge and sports bar, mixologists pour domestic drafts and craft colorful cocktails such as bloody marys and Maxim's fruit punch. The space also hosts toga parties teeming with ouzo shots, bottled beers, and music from a live DJ.

7205 Broadway
Merrillville,
IN
US

It would be nearly impossible to try every beer offered at Catch 22, since its 20 different drafts and wide selection of craft bottles are constantly changing. Cups brim over with lagers, stouts, and reds from the Indiana-local Four Horsemen Brewing Company, along with martinis and specialty cocktails. In the kitchen, an executive chef simmers up upscale pub fare, including sandwiches, burgers, and steaks. Platters and drinks spread out along the hardwood bar and tabletops that scatter the 8,000-square foot dining hall, amid the glimmer of 16 flat-screen televisions and the boom of a digital jukebox. In warmer months, a wall of garage doors opens up into an expansive patio, exposing diners to free-spirited air, warm sunlight, and gentle breezes.

500 E 81st Ave
Merrillville,
IN
US

A smattering of 20 sauces and seasonings dripping from handspun wings coats patrons' fingers as they cheer on their favorite professional sports teams broadcast on Buffalo Wild Wings' TVs. Eyes are torn between watching teams dribble a ball, shoot a puck, and land a grand jeté, and plates of plentiful wings, burgers, wraps, salads, and ribs. For more entertainment, trivia games exercise brains, and the Blazin' Challenge offers recognition for those brave enough to down a dozen wings slathered in the eatery's hottest sauce in 6 minutes.

2515 Southlake Mall
Merrillville,
IN
US

Two Brothers Bakery satisfies sweet teeth with adorable, all-natural treats baked four days a week. Ever since their first bite-sized batch, the family-owned stand has stood by a simple credo: “If we can’t pronounce it, we don’t put it in our food.” Though this philosophy precludes chemicals, preservatives, and the savory pulp of French dictionaries, it ensures that fresh and local ingredients burst from each ruffled cupcake holder. Regular flavors include a classic combination of vanilla cake and buttercream, a royal red velvet garnished with a crown of cream-cheese frosting, and a carrot cake baked with the choicest of earth candies. Two Brothers Bakery supplements their classic array of flavors with cheesecake cuppies that remap the boundaries of decadence as taste buds plot a course through mountains of whipped cream.

2109 Southlake Mall
Merrillville,
IN
US

Each of You've Got Maids’ tidiness technicians study scrubology at the company's patented Maid University before going forth to cleanse homes with eco-friendly methods. At the beginning of their appointment, customers can communicate house-purging priorities to the maids by assembling a list of their most filth-laden fan blades and pointing out which walls are more splattered than Jackson Pollock's kitchen after a food fight.

800 E 81st Ave
Merrillville,
IN
US

People eat three times a day to prevent rebellious stomachs from escaping in search of peanut brittle, their natural prey. Today's Groupon uses the power of South Asian cuisine to placate restless tummies: for $15, you get $30 worth of international cuisine and drinks at Shanti: Taste of India in Dorchester. This Groupon is not valid for Shanti's lunch buffet.

More than 10 years ago, Shanti opened to provide the South Boston area with fresh, authentic Indian food. After realizing that the subcontinental focus limited the range of noshing experiences, the founders soon expanded their menu to also include Pakistani and Bangladeshi dishes. Now, stylish lamb, beef, and goat parade onto plates in a variety of spice suits, including the Indian gosht vindaloo ($11.99) and the Pakistani gosht kadai ($11.99). A well-equipped squadron of nine vegetables guards the nabaraton korma's creamy sauce ($10.99). Authentically stamp a palate-passport with the shrimp bhuna, seasoned shrimp imported from Bangladesh ($12.99). Tour the menu by blindfolding yourself, spinning around, and pointing randomly at your dinner, or engage the knowledgeable staff in a friendly game of 20 Questions to receive a personal recommendation.

The rich red walls and tablecloths give Shanti a regal ambience that reaches its full and inevitable consummation when the delectables arrive in gilded dishes. At the nod of your head, goblets full of beer ($3–$6.95), wine ($5.50–$7.50), or a creamy yogurt lassi ($3.99) levitate to the table in anticipation of exuberant toasts. Reservations are suggested for parties of eight or more and can be made online here.

Reviews

More than 100 Yelpers give Shanti an average of four stars. Eighty-eight percent of more than 90 Urbanspooners recommend it, and three Insider Pagers give it a four-star average.

  • This is amazing Indian. Since we don't really know anything about Indian food, we always end up asking questions; the staff always helps us choose the best meal for us. – Cassie M., Yelp
  • Shanti is the real deal - high quality food at reasonable prices. – Mark P., Yelp
  • This is some of the best Indian food I have had. I come here with my family and we each get different things and share. The flavors are so rich. ─ Emma M., Insider Pages

761 E 81st Ave
Merrillville,
IN
US