All kinds of intriguing fish and seafood options are showing up on menus at four new La Porte County restaurants, an ideal fit for the themes of each one.
At Bistro on the Greens in La Porte, many of the restaurant’s Southern classics rely heavily on seafood. Three new Michigan City venues – 100 Washington, Bartlett’s Fish Camp and Fire & Water – serve such selections as raw oysters and fish tacos along with expansive views of Lake Michigan. Not in the mood for fish or seafood? All the new places feature more standard steak and burger fare as well.
When you dine at Bistro on the Greens in La Porte, your taste buds are in for the scrumptious flavors of Southern comfort food, a reflection of Chef John Moutrie’s Louisiana heritage. Fried green tomatoes, blackened salmon and jambalaya rank as customer favorites, along with fabulous desserts like bread pudding. Diners rave about the selection, which also includes more traditional Midwestern fare.
“The response has been overwhelming,” says the award-winning chef, who has owned restaurants in Chicago and claims a lengthy list of honors, including 11 Silver Platter Awards from Food Industry News. “People like the ambience, the music and the chance to try a different kind of food.” Diners enjoy a peaceful view of Legacy Hills’ rolling greens, whether they choose indoor seating under a soaring ceiling or patio dining. Jazz plays softly in the background while you sip a cocktail with New Orleans flair. (299 W. Johnson Rd., La Porte; 219-575-7272; bistroonthegreens.com; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.)
Here’s a look at the new Michigan City restaurants:
• 100 Washington – Watch boats glide by on their way to Lake Michigan and experience soothing lake views as you dine on Blue Point oysters, crab cakes, a burger, trout or pizza from the extensive menu. A century-old train depot got new life during a renovation that resulted in this sleek, modern space. (100 Washington St.; 219-262-5322; 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 4 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.)
• Bartlett’s Fish Camp – The area’s only raw bar is drawing raves for its oysters, lobster roll, and wood-fired octopus, plus fish tacos and other entrees. Husband-and-wife team Gary Sanders and Nicole Bissonnette, known for their popular Bartlett’s Gourmet Grill & Tavern, opened their new venue at the mouth of the Lake Michigan harbor. (12 On the Lake; 219-879-9544; 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.)
• Fire & Water – Order anything, including falafel pita and fish tacos, at the concession-style window of this open-air restaurant, and your server will bring it to your table. The restaurant is in the new North Pointe Pavilion in lakefront Washington Park. (6th On the Lake; 219-243-0144; noon to 8 p.m. Sunday; 4 to 9 p.m. Monday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.)
— Jane Daley is the community relations manager at Visit Michigan City La Porte