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An escape from home wouldn’t be complete without delicious dining experiences. The choices just keep growing in Valparaiso’s lively downtown dining district, whether you’re in the mood for a big juicy steak in a casual setting or an elegant seafood dish in a white-table-cloth restaurant with romantic ambiance.
Here’s just a few of the many great downtown spots, many of which offer outdoor dining during the warm months: Don Quijote Restaurant, known for its delicious array of tapas and dishes created by its native Spanish owners; Meditrina Café, with favorites from the Mediterranean; Bon Femme, with exquisite American/Continental cuisine with a French flair; Valley Kitchen & Bar, a farm-to-table restaurant with an ever-changing menu; Main + Lincoln, which offers a fresh take on classic dishes; Parea, home of steak and seafood; The Silver Spoon, serving comfort food with an innovative twist for breakfast and lunch; Margaritas and Casa Del Mar, both of which offer authentic and innovative Mexican cuisine; Pikk’s Tavern, known for its steaks, ribs and kick-back-and-hang atmosphere; Blackbird Café, a fun coffeehouse with great baked goods and meals; Stacks Bar and Grill, a hip restaurant with artistic and tasty food; and China House (Chinese favorites) and Tony’s Place (a longtime favorite for pizza and Italian food). Don’t forget to get the best dessert around – a cupcake from Designer Desserts or ice cream from Valpo Velvet. And craft brew fans have to check out Figure Eight Brewing.