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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

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

The grill gurus at Gino's Steak House plate dishes from a menu of American classics that includes succulent steaks and fresh seafood. Wake up groggy tongues with the roasted peppers, marinated in a 60-year-old recipe ($7), or the oysters rockefeller with spinach, bacon, and mascarpone ($11+). Ten juicy steak selections include the 20-ounce prime-cut porterhouse, cloaked in mushrooms and caramelized onions ($33), and the 9-ounce filet mignon, floating in a red sea of béarnaise ($28) and packed with enough protein to bully a vending machine into giving you its quarters. Those preferring surf to turf can hook a tooth on the Atlantic salmon in a boozy champagne-dill-cream sauce ($21) or the 16-ounce Australian coldwater lobster tail (market price).

600 E 81st Ave
Merrillville,
IN
US

Big HD screens, a menu of savory pub fare, and hospitable, scantily kilted servers, whom the restaurant calls cast members, populate the Tilted Kilt’s lively, Celtic-inspired consumption quarters. Return from a rousing billiards game to celebrate the sunken eight-ball with the One Shot Johnny pizza ($8.99) or cue up a scottish cheesesteak sandwich ($9.99) and sink it into the stomach pocket. Tackle the classic Big Arse hamburger ($7.79), gaelic chicken entree ($11.99), or an overtime helping of the Tilted Guilt dessert’s chocolate-chip or white-chocolate macadamia-nut cookie topped with a helmet of vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup ($5.49). While eating, drinking, and editing the rules of basketball to make it moon-friendly, sports fans can plant themselves throughout the spacious eatery to observe games in high definition.

1605 Southlake Mall
Merrillville,
IN
US

Perched above the awning, a sturdy cow statue welcomes guests to the red-brick realm of Piatak Meats, first opened in 1910 and serving Merrillville since 1959. Inside, bright-pink cuts of meat line glass cases alongside homestyle heat-and-serve entrees such as lasagna and meatloaf. Culled from animals raised without hormones or added preservatives, the meat is chopped fresh daily, and staff also cut humanely raised Amish chickens by hand. Piatak Meats' signature house-made sausages include the flagship polish sausage made with garlic, as well as hot and mild italian sausage with whole fennel.

6200 Broadway
Merrillville,
IN
US

The founders of Mirage Grill plucked flavors from Old Jerusalem, Damascus, and Alexandria and planted them in a fast-casual dining experience. This cultural exchange of cooking and serving techniques is all the more appropriate when you know that the Latin word mediterranean means "the middle of the earth"—the place where the world's flavors intersect and mingle. On Mirage's menu, authentic street foods such as pita bread and falafel pair with fresh salads such as tabouleh and fetoush. The menu contains plenty of healthy options, too, including freekeh—dubbed a diabetes-friendly superfood because of its high fiber content, its low glycemic index, and its ability to crumble any nearby cookies.

510 West Lincoln Highway
Merrillville,
IN
US

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