New Buffalo a just under a 90 minute drive East of Chicago along Lake Michigan. It is predominantly a resort community of just under 2,000 people and known for its large harbor. Here you will find a good number of restaurants, bars, shops and lodging.
Jackie’s Cafe at 801 W. Buffalo St.: Jackie Shen had one of the most successful restaurants in Chicago in the 1980’s and 90’s specializing in Asian/Fusion. In 1996, she became executive chef at Red Light in the West Loop and went on to Marche and Chicago Cut. She fell in love with the area, moved there and opened a cafe in New Buffalo featuring breakfast and lunch. The menu offers lunch as well as breakfast and brunch items including quiches, frittatas, waffles and crepes. There are also soups, salads, sandwiches and Asian specialties. The small but attractive restaurant has both indoor seating and outdoor patio seating. There is also a take-out area in the back. Since they are not open for dinner, Jackie is available for catering and cooking dinner in people’s homes. You might also check out her farm-to-table dinners.
In downtown New Buffalo you will find Casey’s Bar and Grill and The Stray Dog Bar & Grill near the water with rooftop dining. David’s Delicatessen & Coffee is a good spot for coffee at 30 N. Whittaker. Redamak’s at 616 E. Buffalo St. is an institution for burgers just outside of town.
I just learned about the Beer Church Brewing Co. at 24 S Whittaker St. Here you can sample their locally brewed beers and wood fired pizza. I am excited to visit the brewery on my next trip over as well as to try the Terrace Room, for great Italian food along the lakefront. Chicago friends just went and loved it.
Oinks Dutch Treat is a great place for ice cream or candy at 227 W. Buffalo St.
To stay in New Buffalo, check out the Marina Grand Resort, at 600 W. Water St., with views of the water and harbor. The Harbor Grand, their sister property on the waterfront at 111 W. Water St., is also recommended.