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Latitudes Waterfront Dining in Portage, Indiana

Check out the harbor view from Latitudes Waterfront Dining in Portage.
Check out the harbor view from Latitudes Waterfront Dining in Portage.

One of my new favorite restaurants is Latitudes Waterfront Dining in Portage, Indiana.

Latitudes has it all! Great food, excellent service and amazing waterfront views.

Latitudes Waterfront Dining & Events in Portage, Indiana

The dining room at Latitudes is elegant, yet casual.
The dining room at Latitudes is elegant, yet casual.

First of all, the place is gorgeous, with the main dining room featuring stone columns, fireplaces, peaked hardwood ceilings and cool art on the walls. And if you look out the windows, you get views of the beautiful harbor at Marina Shores.

Latitudes also has a beautiful banquet room that is perfect for groups and events. On my most recent visit to Latitudes, my wife and I had a perfect meal in the dining room and then went to the banquet room for a Canvas Creations event (where you show up, are given a canvas and painting supplies, and are guided into painting a masterpiece in three hours).

The restaurant also features a downstairs dining area that has a fun, beach house feel. And there’s also outdoor dining during the warmer months.

The seared tuna over seaweed salad, with rice and asparagus was perfect.
The seared tuna over seaweed salad, with rice and asparagus was perfect.

Casual, yet exceptional food

As for the food, there’s something delicious for everyone. We arrived early enough on recent visit to order off the lunch menu, which features salads like the signature salad (arugula, mixed greens, walnuts, beets, bacon, blue cheese, scallions and croutons), sandwiches like the blackened mahi mahi on a club roll, soups, and a few entrees. Some friends who went recently got the signature salad and the mahi mahi and enjoyed them both.

But we were heading into the dinner hour and decided to order off the dinner menu. I selected the seared sesame and soy tuna done medium rare on seaweed salad with herbed rice and asparagus. The entire meal was perfectly prepared and was delicious.

My wife chose the grilled 14-ounce pork chop with a bourbon apple cider glaze over mashed potatoes and asparagus, and she raved about it. We’re already looking forward to going back when we can dine outside and walk along the harbor.

The pork chop with mashed potatoes and asparagus was a hit. All that remained at the end was the bone.
The pork chop with mashed potatoes and asparagus was a hit. All that remained at the end was the bone.

Go there

Latitudes is off of U.S. 12 in Portage, just across the highway from the town of Ogden Dunes. Its location away from the majority of Portage’s businesses and homes means people have to make it a point to drive to get there, but it’s worth discovering.

One interesting fact is that Latitudes is also accessible by boat, so boaters enjoying Lake Michigan can come into the harbor at Marina Shores, dock their boat and eat. Latitudes’ chefs will even take a fisherman’s just-caught fish and cook it in a variety of ways and add two sides for a reasonable price.

Don’t just live in the city– explore it! THIS is Big City, Little Indiana!

Just don’t forget to tell ‘em little Indiana sent you!

 

Latitudes Waterfront Dining & Events

5987 Dune Harbor Drive

Portage, IN 46368

219-841-9570

 

About Ken Kosky

Ken Kosky is promotions director for Indiana Dunes Tourism, the destination marketing organization for Porter County, IN. Prior to joining the tourism team, he was a writer for The Times of Northwest Indiana.

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