Colada’s Premium Pizza

1050 Horse Prairie Ave
Valparaiso, 46385
Reviews:
I saw the billboard saying they had the best pizza in Porter county and laughed at it. Then I had it and wasn't laughing anymore. I don't think it's the best in the county, but it's definitely worth being in the conversation. Don't let the fact that it's connected to putt putt and batting cages scare you off, this is tasty pizza!

(219) 462-1194

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Wildflour

210 E Lincolnway
Valparaiso, 46383
Reviews:
My wife and I dropped in today to see what it was like. We were secretly kind of giddy for three reasons. First, the smell of a bakery is just heaven. We tried the peach/plum cobbler and it was outstanding. Second, they bake cinnamon rolls on Saturday morning. The key is not to put a sweet sugary icing on it but use cream cheese frosting. They said that's what they do most of the time. Then third, they serve pour overs using Metropolis coffee. I can't tell you how much fun it is to have a place in town that does pour overs. Excellent coffee! I just wish they were open earlier in the day so I could pick up a cup on the way to work!
Such good desserts, love them all. The cheesecake is my favorite ever. Plan your cravings accordingly though, the shop is closed from Saturday afternoon to Monday.
Brand new bakery in Valpo and already the best place downtown for something sweet. Wildflour is cute and quaint, tucked behind the busy Main Street. The decor is sweet and simple and you can see right into the kitchen. Everything is bright and clean without being cluttered. There is plenty of room to sit and enjoy your treats without feeling cramped. The best part is obviously the food. I sampled the Chocolate Stout cupcake, chocolate chip pecan cookie and bread pudding. I also had a bite of the cheesecake. It was all perfect. Nothing was too sweet and tasted fresh. The cupcake was moist and wasn't weighed down by too much frosting. The cookie was exactly what you want a chocolate chip cookie to taste like. The cheesecake had a sour cream topping which balanced the sweetness. But my favorite by far was the bread pudding. There aren't words. Wildflour also has gluten free options which I thought was incredible. I've heard their cinnamon rolls are delightful and cannot wait to try them. The prices are more than fair and far better than some other downtown bakeries. The portions are appropriate as well. And the service is lovely. Support a truly wonderful local business and check them out.

(219) 299-2048

Desserts, Cupcakes, Bakeries

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Old World Market

76 S Washington St
Valparaiso, 46383
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This place is a treasure. Chris is a true part of the community and challenges me to try new things as he gives advice on craft beer and cheese. My only issue is the hours. They are often not open when I'm in the mood to blow some foody cash. An extra hour on Friday and Saturday would do the trick.
This is where I tried chocolate covered gummy bears for the first time. I can never repay them for that.
Chris, the owner, was very accommodating and friendly. The wines he helped us select were well received and well enjoyed. Would definitely recommend shopping here.

(219) 476-0700

Specialty Food, Delis, Beer, Wine & Spirits

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Jimmy John’s

1608 E Lincolnway,Ste 1A
Valparaiso, 46383
Reviews:
FREAKY FAST & FREAKY TASTY!!!!! It smells so good inside the store. I get the #5 Vito or #11 Italian Night Club. Awesome sandwiches and the staff are so funny. LOVELOVELOVE. They're open until 2am which is great for us college kids here at VU!
Such great service these young guys (workers) provide! So helpful in every way. T-A-S-T-Y subs. Something for everyone
It's Jimmy Johns. What can you really say? They live up to the franchise/corporate/whatever ideal. Frickin fast and tasty. Love the Gourmet Veggie

(219) 548-9911

Sandwiches

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Four Fathers Brewing

1555 W Lincoln Way,Ste 105
Valparaiso, 46385
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Off the grid brewery with pretty good beer! I have been here twice & left happy each time. It's a new building so the inside is decorated well. They did have a bbq food area set up outside.. so bring cash incase you get hungry. The actual brewery only offers popcorn and chips I think. The popcorn tasted burned, it wasn't good. Worth checking out, the beer is good.
Just like a lot of places, the people make it. It doesn't hurt that the things they are doing with beer are a little different and delicious. The place is small, but it's a great place to meet a variety of people and talk about beer and why we all love it. Their events are fun and they do a great job of making everyone feel welcome!
Tried the Heavy Hitter Belgian style imperial stout - it was incredibly good. Also tried a few gulps of what I believe was called the Oatis - it was a dark chocolate orange beer, which is not really my thing, but it wasn't bad. Quality was definitely there. Not really a huge stickler in the atmosphere department, but this place was pretty cool, with everything being wood and having lots of presidential/historical decorations. Without a doubt worth a visit.

(219) 464-9712

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Five Guys

2505 Laporte Ave,Ste 171
Valparaiso, 46383
Reviews:
Great burgers at all five guys. However I particularly love the Valpo location. The people working here seem to be extra happy and friendly. Young kids that have great attitudes. My favorite is the guy with the cool handlebar mustache. Dude is always super friendly and is very enthusiastic.
I don't get all the high marks/reviews here. Sure, it's a decent burger, but 5 stars? No, sir. It's typical burger meat. I mean, you can get this same burger at local Gyros stands, like George's Gyro Spot in Chesterton, and even that double burger was bigger than this double burger (and cheaper to boot). But I didn't come here to talk about George's. Again, the burgers are decent, fast food/old style burgers, and they're good, but it's not the best hamburger I've had. I guess if I was going to wait a long time, I would care about the peanuts. Oh, you can tell me where my potatoes are from today? Great. Can you tell me that they're organic? How about the beef? Grass-fed? No? You can get a lot of cool stuff on the burgers, and that's nice. They give you lots of fries, and you can get them with "cajun" spices, and that's cool. Fries are decent. Also distracting is all the positive reviews on the wall. They even have positive reviews in the bathrooms...from last century. Once again, I just don't get the big deal here. It's not like there have been places all over Chicago and The Region where you could get this stuff for years now.
I order Five guys every couple weeks using their website and it's always a pleasure. I don't have to wait in line, just walk up to the pick up area, tell them my name and they hand me my bag of food. Food is always hot and delicious! I love all the different items you could put on your burger/hot dog and the fact that everyone working there seems genuinely nice is a little mind blowing. They really seem like they all enjoy working there and working with each other. So I give 5 stars for quality of food, ALWAYS getting my order correct, cleanliness, friendliness and speed/ease of getting my order. Keep up the great work!

(219) 299-2230

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Meditrina Market Cafe

24 Washington St
Valparaiso, 46383
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This was sooooooo yummy! The servers were personable, knowledgable and seemed genuinely attentive. We enjoyed every part of our meal. Had the bacon wrapped dates, feta stuffed dates, large combo appetizer, veggie tagine, and a special lamb bacon pizza. Everything was delicious. Our meal with tip came out to about $25/person and we felt the prices were on par with the food and service we received. Only suggestion is to get there early. The dining area is pretty tiny, but we also never felt rushed by the staff or other patrons waiting to be seated. We will be back (and are already telling all our friends about this great find!).
My husband and I just happened to be driving past when we noticed the chalkboard outside that said "Vegan Cheesecake." We immediately parked our car and went inside. We tried two of their new vegan tarts and they were incredible! Especially the chocolate one with the raspberry on it. By far, this is the best raw, vegan dessert we've ever had! We will be back soon for dinner AND dessert!
Absolutely perfect neighborhood cafe. Food is always excellent. I've tried to copy my favorites at home and they are never as good. Service is always excellent, although the food can be a little slow on busy summer nights when the outdoor and indoor areas are full.

(219) 707-5271

Mediterranean, Cafes

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Phil-B’s Cafe

908 Roosevelt Rd
Valparaiso, 46383
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Small diner feel with premium ingredients. The Philly cheese skillet is incredible. The feta, tomatoe and spinach omelet is second to none. The breakfast sausage links are huge and deliscious. I would call this the hidden breakfast gem of Valpo
Phil-B's is a small-town diner at its best. A little pricey but good, solid food and LARGE coffee refills for free. Read my review -- examiner.com/restaurant-…

(219) 548-3100

Cafes, American (Traditional), Breakfast & Brunch

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Shoe’s Pizza

3300 N Calumet Ave
Valparaiso, 46383
Reviews:
Not my kind of pizza. Way too much sauce. A lot of cheese. Too few toppings. That's just me. For those that love sauce and cheese this is the place for you. I am happier with tons of toppings. Plus I didn't really like the crust.
Honestly, their pizza crust and rubber are cousins. However, the wings are great. But because the pizza is sooo bad, they get a generous 2 stars.
Ate there last night for the first time with the family...oh...my...gosh...this is the pizza I've been waiting for. I do not live in Valpo, but the pizza place I used to like that was near me has closed; I would make the 45 minute drive just for this pizza. It's actually better than the place I used to like that closed. My favorite was the crust and the cheese! The crust is really crisp and fluffy, not flat and cardboardy like every other place I've tried seems to be. A winner. I'll be back for sure. Oh, and the garlic bread was delicious also!!

(219) 476-7463

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Shoes Pizza

3300 N. Calumet
Valparaiso, 46383
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Honestly, their pizza crust and rubber are cousins. However, the wings are great. But because the pizza is sooo bad, they get a generous 2 stars.
We're visiting Valparaiso. We researched what the locals were recommending for pizza and ordered from Shoe's. It must be that people's pizza standards in the "'burbs" of Chicago are low. We had ordered a sausage pizza. I don't know what was on it, yet the sausage-like substance reminded me of a really bad Chef-boi-r-dee pizza from the 1980s. The ONLY redeeming factor related to the taste of the pizza was that the crust had a decent taste to it. We had a couple slices and threw the rest out. When we went to pick up the pizza, the employees were friendly.
One of the best family owned restaurants. The pizza is so good and has a different taste the. Other pizzas which is why it stands out.

(219) 476-7463

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