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Traveling Northwest Indiana: Don Pablo’s – A Taste of Mexico

Don Pablo’s

2831 East 80th Ave

Merrillville, IN

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Entrance to Don Pablo’s Merrillville branch.

For all intent and purpose, Don Pablo’s is one amazing restaurant to get served Mexican food. From their fresh tortillas to their famous margaritas, Don Pablo’s enticed me to try new foods that I have never had before. A restaurant that serves some amazingly bold tasting food, Don Pablo’s will undeniably succeed in getting your mouth to celebrate a fiesta.

For example, the food that my family and
I ordered was The El Matador, a combination of chicken flautas, cheese & onion enchilada, crispy beef taco, and a chicken enchilada. My mother ordered the Mexicano, a beef enchilada, crispy beef taco, and a cheese & onion enchilada. My father ordered the  Numero Uno Favorite. A crispy steak fajita taco, a soft chicken fajita taco with sautéed onions and peppers, and a chicken enchilada. Lastly my niece ordered the President, a beef enchilada, chicken enchilada and a chile cheese relleno.

With each bite of food, the looks on the faces of my family changed. I remember my niece’s first bite. She claimed that she didn’t like Mexican food, yet when she closed her mouth, her eyes lit up like a Christmas tree. It is always a valuable lesson to learn – to not judge a book by its cover. My niece learned this for the first time in her life by trying Don Pablo’s food. Now it seems like all she wants to do is go back and try something new.

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The inside of Don Pablo’s.

The environment of the restaurant was lively and full of excitement. The food is well priced, and the freshly made tortillas were some of the softest I’ve ever eaten. Overall, I feel that anyone traveling through Merrillville, Indiana should  experience some of this unique Mexican cuisine. Don Pablo’s strives to give its customers a good deal, along with great food. Yet, it offers even more than that. It simply is a fun experience that the family will enjoy, and could even change your minds on what new combinations of food you a willing to try.

-Nick Pluchinsky

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Traveling Northwest Indiana: Main Street Cafe – Bringing Simplicity Back

Main Street Cafe

111 North Main Street

Crown Point, Indiana

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Main Street Cafe – the soul of simple restaurants.
  • Best breakfast food in Crown Point
  • Good service
  • Cheap prices for great food
  • Welcoming atmosphere

In every city, there usually lies a family restaurant that is favored among locales. Whether it is their famous pancakes or juicy burgers, the food these restaurants serve always seem to bring people back wanting more. In Crown Point, Indiana, the restaurant that people go to first is Main Street Cafe.  Located on, and open from 5 am to 8 pm, Crown Point’s Main Street Cafe left an indelible impression upon me. Its laid-back style is perfect for anyone to bring family and friends to enjoy a slow-cooked meal reminiscent of any grandmother’s special touch.

Walking in, you first notice service is well trained. When I was there, every customer walking in got a friendly hello and coffee within a minute of sitting down. The cooking time is great as well. My table ordered Greek style boneless pork chops, veal parmigiana with spaghetti, and pancakes that overshadowed my own face. All of it was out on our table less than fifteen minutes. And the pancakes without doubt are better than anything I Hop will throw at you. To top it off, with all three meals accounted for, the tab was less than twenty dollars.

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No TV’s, No extravagances, Just simple food and family friendly.

One of the best aspects about Main Street Cafe is that it has a real homely feel to it. This is a place where the average Joe goes to enjoy not only great food, but a great environment as well. Everything there is conducive to enjoying the company of others, and is one of the best places to enjoy a meal with the family. This is confirmed by the testimony of the locales as well. You can tell a great restaurant by how many regulars it has. I’ve seen the same people in this restaurant every day I go back. The waitress’ go out of their way to remember these people, not just for tips, but because they care about them.

This is the main point of Main Street Cafe. The people who run it don’t want only your money, they want your respect by providing great service, with even greater food. This inspires loyalty out of their customers, as it did with me. If you are out by the Crown Point area and are looking for amazing food that caters to enjoying a day out with family, Main Street Cafe is one place I would recommend to any of you reading now.

-Nick Pluchinsky