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 501 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 recently 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 Rosie’s Restaurant for great breakfasts at 128 N. Whittaker St. There also is 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.
Oinks Ice Cream and Yogurt is a great place for a treat at 227 W. Buffalo St.