There's a sign of a deer drinking a beer out front. Yep, this roadside tavern serves libations, as well as yummy pub grub on a two-lane state route through the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Under the ownership of culinary couple Gary Sanders and Nicole Bissonnette, this throwback roadhouse in the Beverly Shores beach community has become a retro-cool hot spot, especially in summer when it attracts weekenders and dunes daytrippers.
The quick drive to Lake Michigan and the rustic-chic ambience are all part of the package here. Old maps and beach advertisements share space with art on the knotty pine walls, and a small bar tucks into the corner of the sparsely furnished dining room. Pets are welcome on the patio, and bug spray is provided for patrons who want to dine outside.
All dinners start with a compilmentry cracker and cheddar cheese dip basket, which is a good thing because service can be leisurely. (Perhaps this explains why carry-out business is so brisk.) A tasty lunch choice is the smoked cranberry-apple chicken Waldorf sandwich with crunchy homemade potato chips ($9), and the creamy three-cheese mac 'n' cheese ($9.50 lunch portion) is hearty and filling. Bartlett’s has a nice selection of wine and beer, as well as a kids’ menu.