Midwest Living Review
In small-town Chesterton, Indiana, cars stop midstreet to let you cross just because the drivers saw you standing there. Plenty of them pause along Broadway for folks crossing the street by the leafy park, home of Porter County's seasonal European Market, heading to Red Cup Cafe and Deli. Owned by Chrissie Jackson, Red Cup is Chesterton's hub of daytime social life. Locals gather to share news over fresh-brewed coffee, homemade coffee cake, scones and biscotti. Coffee choices ready for pouring line the multi-drawer cabinet-counter original to the late 19th century hardware store turned cute cafe. Also original to the building are the corner water pump and beaded-board ceiling that looks like a giant red-and-white quilt. Buy local artists' works or use the free Wi-Fi (a computer is available, too). Red Cup's relaxed, granola atmosphere makes it easy to extend your morning coffee into a lunch of one of the sandwich, quiche, soup and salad selections posted on the blackboard. Or take it to-go for a picnic at the woods or beach spots just 5 miles north at Lake Michigan and the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Everything is made on the spot and worth the slight wait time. The meaty chicken salad sandwich is $6.50, and grilled portobello mushroom-goat cheese panini is $6.25. Both come with crunchy vegetable chips. For a real indulgence, get the peach crumble coffee cake to enjoy later.