A Full Day of Eating in Michigan City

Michigan City offers plenty of options for you to eat and enjoy, whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner. We went around town and found a spot for each meal of the day, giving you options that will satisfy whatever you’re craving.

Sweet smells and a happy attentive staff. That’s what you get when you walk into Lakeshore Coffee. It’s a beachy, lake-loving coffee shop, where the workers greet you enthusiastically upon entrance and make your caffeinated dreams come true.

The two-level cafe with high ceilings offers plenty of space to enjoy your coffee and breakfast. The decor reminds you that you’re in a beach town, with paintings of Lake Michigan and a unique sword-fish sculpture hanging on the wall. An important thing to note when you visit Lakeshore is that you have options. They have multiple drip coffees to choose from. If you’re wanting something a bit fancier, there’s a list of flavored, seasonal lattes on their menu. Grace your taste buds with a shot of vanilla, caramel, white chocolate, or mocha in your beverage. And if you’re not a coffee person, they have plenty of amazing teas.

Everything’s available hot, iced, or frozen. Live life on the edge: add whipped cream and sprinkles. While you’re satisfying your caffeine fix, don’t forget to try their amazing muffins and pastries. Lastly, pick yourself up a t-shirt, coffee mug, or water bottle from their product shelf and choose one of the local brands that support our beach town of Michigan City.

A Michigan City staple with a family style feel. Swingbelly’s has been serving guests since their start in 1983, and with three locations under their belt, they’ve proven that their following is well warranted.

The opening of each additional location allowed for more room, changes, and opportunities. One of the biggest changes: the addition of a full-service bar that features specialty cocktails and local craft beer.

A few recognizable favorites on the menu include the hand pattied Swingbelly’s burger, lake perch items, and the intriguing Asian Chicken Salad or Fried Asparagus starter. Bringing daily food and drink specials is another way Swingbelly’s shows appreciation by offering a change and variety to the regular items usually offered.

Swingbelly’s family atmosphere can be seen among the relationships between staff and guests. There’s a sense of comfort felt in the conversations across the room. Swingbelly’s even shows their love for Michigan City by decorating their walls with MC decor. Pictures new and old give guests a window into both Lake Michigan and the city’s cultural heritage.

Lunch or dinner, come see what’s kept Swingbelly’s in business for over 30 years. Who knows, you might even become a regular, swearing by both their food and phenomenal team.

Hammer’s Food and Drink is the type of place that brings together the perfect mix of both atmosphere and food. The rustic Italian decor of the dining room feels both cozy and upscale at the same time. The bar side of the restaurant pays homage to the owner, who’s a former boxer and current Iron Man contender, alongside many visiting athletes memorabilia.

In warmer months there’s an outdoor patio that invites casual relaxation well into the night.  The menu is broad and consists of entrees, sandwiches, salads, pizza, pasta, and small plates. All of this, accompanied by a full bar, provides guests a host of options to choose from, meaning everyone wins.

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