Note: The words and images of this blog are by guest blogger Lindsey Casbon, who served as an intern for Ken Kosky at Indiana Dunes Tourism during the summer of 2014.

The decor at Stacks Bar and Grill.

The decor at Stacks Bar and Grill.

Stacks Bar & Grill in Valparaiso, Indiana definitely lives up to its name when it comes to the décor and the food.

Everywhere you look in restaurant there are stacks of books up and down the walls and shelves. When you look on the tables, you’ll always find stacks of food on the plates from the generous portion sizes.

Stacks Bar and Grill in Valparaiso, Indiana

Stacks is one of the popular restaurants in the flourishing downtown Valparaiso area. The location alone draws people into what seems like an exclusive and trendy restaurant. But once you get inside, you’ll see that Stacks is a welcoming place for everyone.

I arrived with a group of friends around 7 p.m. in the middle of their dinner rush. So, when the hostess told us it would be a 20-minute wait to be seated, we were not surprised.  However, we were pleasantly surprised when the hostess came back in less than 10 minutes to seat us.

We dined on a Wednesday night, which happened to be their half -price draft beer night. Stacks raises the bar with their extensive selection of craft beers on tap. By the look of the tall, frosty glasses on almost every table, it was apparent that many people took advantage of the half-price special.

Valpo, Indiana Restaurant

The filet, with potatoes and asparagus, at Stacks.

The filet, with potatoes and asparagus, at Stacks.

I ordered the filet, which was topped with gorgonzola cheese and a refreshing tomato basil blend. It was perfectly cooked to my medium well liking. This succulent filet was stacked over creamy Romano potatoes and complimented with asparagus.

One of my dining companions ordered the Stacks Burger that, of course, was stacked with bacon, cheese and onions in a soft pretzel roll. His meal was completed with a side of roasted garlic fries.

My boyfriend ordered the Italian beef sandwich with a cup of chicken tortilla soup. The sandwich had melted mozzarella cheese and was paired with a side of au jus dipping sauce and jardinière for an extra kick. My other friend ordered the spinach artichoke dip as her meal, which was served with crunchy tortilla chips and the less-traditional apple slices.

The ambiance is laid back, yet classy at the same time. This Porter County restaurant is perfect for any type of social occasion whether professional or a friendly get-together!

Go There

Check out Stacks in downtown Valparaiso.

Check out Stacks in downtown Valparaiso.

Once we all finished our meals, we decided we had to go for dessert. We split the cookie skillet and the Reese’s peanut butter cup bread pudding. Both served hot and a la mode with Valpo Velvet vanilla bean ice cream, it was just the right amount of sweetness to get our after-dinner fix.

Make sure you stop at Stacks for all three courses. You’ll leave satisfied, but want to come back for more! My goal is to try every dish they offer. Stacks always fulfills your dinner cravings, no matter what.

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Stack’s Bar & Grill
175 Lincolnway
Valparaiso, Indiana 46383

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