“Let us hope that the advent of a successful flying machine, now only dimly for[e]seen and nevertheless thought to be possible, will bring nothing but good into the world; that it shall abridge distance, make all parts of the globe accessible, bring men into closer relation with each other, advance civilization, and hasten the promised era in which there shall be nothing but peace and good-will among all men.”
-Octave Chanute from Progress In Flying Machines, 1894
After our visit to Anderson's Winery, we were chomping at the bit for a good lunch. Some research had led us to Octave Grill in Chesterton, Indiana, drawing us in with promise of grass-fed burgers and local beer. We got to Chesterton early, and enjoyed strolling around the quaint downtown and walking through their "european" market, where farmers, craftsmen, and more all had booths. It seemed crowded and festive, which bodes well for Chesterton's future.
Octave Grill is TINY. Not just small, the restaurant is a narrow and long rectangle, with seating for maybe 30 or so, a single bathroom, and the kitchen. That means it fills up fast, so get there when they open if you want to be guaranteed a table (probably not the ideal for large groups, either).
Local beers are a requirement in a joint like this, with a changing menu of draft and bottles beers. Decent selection, though all or most of the drafts were IPAs the day we visited, making us turn to bottles for our options.
Salads, sandwiches, burgers, and entrees are all available, but it's hard to turn down one of the burgers. The toppings are far-ranging, from over-easy egg, fried guacamole, habanero havarti, and more, served with your choice of fresh cut fries, tots, coleslaw or side house salad ( add $1 for sweet potato tots).
We started with the buffalo fries, fresh cut fries tossed in mild buffalo sauce and blue cheese crumbles drizzled with blue cheese sauce. The only complaint was that the fries were not crispy, perhaps less buffalo sauce or an additional round of frying would help. Otherwise, very tasty combo.
After our burgers, which we enjoyed half in the restaurant and took the other half to savor later, we tried the frozen key lime pie. As promised, the pie was frozen, which made it difficult to eat, but very refreshing.
Chesterton is not a destination for most people, I would guess, easily passed by on the Interstate or lakeside road. I know we've never turned out of our way. However, if you're not in a hurry and it's a nice weekend day, you could certainly do worse than strolling through the market and then enjoying some good grub at Octave Grill.
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