Wagner’s Ribs

361 Wagner Rd
Porter, 46304
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I would highly recommend Wagner's. The outdoor patio has a great atmosphere with ambient lighting, and the drinks and food are delicious. I ordered a lemon drop martini and the crab stuffed shrimp and I would recommend both. The sautéed perch and filet are also very good. Our waitress was very helpful and knew a lot about the menu. Overall a great place to enjoy good food and company.
Some folks were telling D and I about Wagner's place near Michigan City, IN that served some of the best ribs they ever tasted. I do love ribs though I don't eat them often since they're not the healthiest of dishes. In fact I couldn't even think of the last time I ate ribs (not even during the standard rib cooking holidays). But they're 'oh so good' when they're done right. So we put Wagner's on our bucket list of places to check out someday. It just so happened I had a hankering for some ribs so we made our way there. We got there just before 2 and saw there were a lot of cars parked in the street and in their parking area. The building itself reminded me of someone's home. From our vantage point, it looked like a nice cozy area. We went inside and saw that the place was bigger than it seemed from outside. Everytime we thought of sitting in a section, we would see another section. And just when we hit the back room, D spied the outside area and we opted to sit outside. Apparently so did everyone else. So that's where everyone was. There were sprinkles of folks inside but the majority opted to eat outdoors. And there was no reason not to since it was a nice warm Saturday afternoon. There was only one open table for two. It unfortunately didn't have an umbrella like the others but thankfully the sun wasn't too overbearing. The outside space itself was huuuuge. If I had to do some rough estimate measurements, the area felt like it was 30 x 50. I'm sure I'm wrong but rest assured the area was nicely spaced. It was the perfect spot for getting together and enjoying great food and folks. So we both ordered half slabs of their ribs, not sure if full slab would be too much. I ordered my half slab as part of a combo. The other half I ordered was steak kabobs. As sides I had the bbq baked beans and their pancake like corn bread. D was elated to see one of their sides was tater tots. So he opted for those and got a side salad. Service wasn't the greatest. Once again I found the server seeming to focus her conversation to D, which wasn't good since I was paying for the meal. Even D noticed it and made a comment afterwards. Also there was a couple that came at least ten minutes after we did and they got their order sooner. When D asked our server for food status, she snapped at him saying 'it was coming in a minute'. She was walking in a different direction and was probably distracted but the tone was uncalled for. Thankfully it did wind up being served to us in the next two minutes. The food itself was very good. The ribs were so tender you could pick the meat off with a fork. D ordered the dry rub so he had sauce on the side. The sauce itself reminded me of Open Pit though not sure if that was it or their homemade sauce. The sides were all good but the MVP award went to the corn bread. D kept wanting to sample the corn bread. I was curious how it would taste with syrup but it definitely didn't need it though I dipped pieces of it with the bbq baked beans. But service aside the food was worth the extra wait time. And the outside space is a winner. The extra star is definitely because of that area. We will probably give the place another chance.
We have been coming here for years. Actually live right down the street. But the last two times we were very disappointed. Food is still good but wow how the service has really declined. Sat in the very back room both times, only one waitress for that room with ALOT of full tables. The first time I blamed it on our waitress being new, at least I thought she was. Came back two months later same waitress same below average service. Why have a bartender if the waitress has to make her own drinks? And why one waitress to at least 10-12 tables.

(219) 926-7614

Barbeque, American (Traditional)

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Leroy’s Hot Stuff

333 W US Hwy 20
Porter, 46304
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This review is based solely on one menu item: the enchiladas en mole. I have traveled extensively throughout Mexico and have eaten mole in many regions. I have also eaten mole at many restaurants in Chicago, many of which are known for their mole. (I know those last couple of sentences make me sound like kind of an a-hole, but it's true [not the a-hole part, but the part about having eaten lots of mole]). Leroy's Hot Stuff served the best mole I have ever eaten. It had a complex, yet subtle flavor and was delicious. My boyfriend ordered a steak burrito and wasn't too impressed with it. It was filled with steak, green peppers, and onions and had melted cheddar cheese on top. We thought it was an odd preparation/ingredient choice for a burrito. The mole, however, was one of the best things I have ever eaten in my life. No exaggeration. If you find yourself at Leroy's Hot Stuff, do yourself a favor and cover everything you order in their homemade mole sauce.
Not the greatest ambience, but we came here to try the food. We were not disappointed. The steak taco was tender and had a great flavor. We will be back to try something else.
The food is good, I have eaten here a few times and have never had anything I haven't liked. Stopped in and had a couple of beers because I heard they had Beltaine from Michigan City's Shoreline Brewery on tap. They also had Zombie Dust from Three Floyd's Brewery in Munster on tap and several bottled beers from Three Floyd's.

(219) 926-6211

Bars, Mexican

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Popeye’s

1600 W Hwy 20
Porter, 46304
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(219) 926-8566

Fast Food, Chicken Wings

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