AaLAND Diamond Jewelers knows that we don’t hold the only gems in Merrillville, Indiana. Our local restaurant recommendations will please every palate and entice you to dine out for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The next time you visit Merrillville, be sure to make a stop at these jewels of the culinary world.

Looking for Vegan Options?

Plate of Vegan Enchiladas with Vegan Cheese

Image via Flickr by Nicolas Nova.

Trying to find vegan options while dining out can be a chore, but not at Abuelo’s. If you want stellar food that everyone can enjoy served in a spectacular setting, then you’ll want to grab a table here. Known for its premier customer service, this spot caters to each patron’s diet. The skilled chefs serve Mexican and Southwestern fare that include vegetarian and vegan options as well as gluten-free dishes. And you can’t go wrong when ordering a signature plate like the Monterrey, which features an assortment of enchiladas, or the Grande Burrito, wrapped in a homemade flour tortilla.

What’s for Lunch?

Although it’s humbly located inside a strip mall, this next restaurant will boldly engage every one of your taste buds. Taste of India is a welcoming eatery featuring a menu well stocked with both meat and vegetarian choices. This restaurant certainly holds mass appeal. The appetizers of veggie spring rolls and aloo tikki make for a great start to every meal. Entrees include the hearty goat curry or the chicken korma, which is paired with a delightful almond sauce. Patrons with a sweet tooth won’t be disappointed either when they’re presented with fried milk pastry dumplings known as gulab jamun.  

Want a Romantic Night Out?

Feel free to dress up and wear your finery at the impressive Gamba Ristorante. The romantic atmosphere created by the soft lighting and hanging chandeliers is only enhanced by their passion for Italian cuisine. Treat yourself to a new dish or enjoy classic favorites like the Charcuterie and Cheese Board or New York Strip Steak. Patrons can celebrate any event over a plate of the delicious Calabrian Style Braised Pork Shoulder or impeccable Risotto Con Funghi. After dinner, patrons can enjoy handcrafted cocktails at the fully stocked bar.

Need a Glass of Wine?

A gastro paradise, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants truly understands great food and wine. The face of the modern dining experience, Cooper’s Hawk offers great hospitality with a contemporary menu inspired by worldly flavors. Their dishes allow guest to explore new meals which are freshly made in their scratch kitchen and come with individualized wine recommendations. The resident winemaker treats each wine with care to produce the best results. The Cooper’s Hawk experience doesn’t end when your meal is over. You can take home decanters, wine accessories, and other gifts to elevate your wine at home.

Craving Asian?

Asparagus is as unique as a rare coin. Featured on the Steve Harvey show and winner of several awards, this locale is a diamond in the Merrillville area. Serving Asian fusion dishes in a fine dining setting, Asparagus is a delight. Patrons are presented with meals inspired by the cuisines of the Americans, Vietnam, and Thailand all while being produced with extreme culinary flair. Wine lovers will adore going over the extensive wine collection, but for those feeling adventurous, Asparagus offers a wide range of signature drinks like the refreshing Asparagus Mojito and La Passion Martini. 

Hungry for Clean Eats?

Only utilizing meats that are free from steroids, hormones, and antibiotics, Roxana’s Restaurant produces a full menu of amazing clean eats. A family-operated establishment specializing in American & Mediterranean dishes, Roxana’s makes for the perfect lunch spot. Their homemade food is all locally sourced, which means that when you choose to dine here, you are directly supporting the local community. Their specialties include delicious shish kabobs, lamb chops, burgers cooked to perfection, and invigorating veggie plates. Friendly and inviting with an incredibly appetizing menu, this location is a must-see when visiting Merrillville.

Searching for Delicious Prices?

Tapas Cafe is the place to be if you’re looking to enjoy fantastic food on a dime. Offering an incredible selection of small plates and entrees, your palate will be thrilled by this sensational Spanish fare. Patrons can indulge on the modern paellas and pulpo a la plancha, octopus served over garlic potatoes and olive oil, without worrying about extravagant prices. Making use of the freshest ingredients available, the Tapas Cafe creates some truly inspired dishes like their Maya potstickers. Tapas Cafes holds a warm atmosphere, perfect for great food and great conversation. 

What’s for Breakfast?

Look no further than Brothers Breakfast and Lunch when it’s time for breakfast. Sporting an eye-catching interior coupled with great food, a meal here is the ultimate way to start your day.  There’s plenty to choose from this menu and the portions won’t leave any patron hungry. The fantastic pricing here won’t leave your wallet hurting either. Try a mouthwatering pastry or muffin before tucking into their supreme chicken and waffles. Not only is the food great, but the customer service you’ll receive here is fantastic as well and will leave you wishing you could come back for every meal.

We at AaLAND Diamond Jewelers can’t wait for you to visit these eight amazing Merrillville restaurants. With options ranging from traditional American breakfast to Asian fusion, these locales provide an edible tapestry. But if we’ve missed a local favorite, we want to hear about it! Give us a call, and we’ll be sure to update our list.