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Welcome to 2012, this will be an exciting year

Written by Mike Siroky. Posted in Uncategorized

Published on January 11, 2012 with No Comments

Exceptional food, in a friendly and fun atmosphere; it’s a combo many establishments try to create and few can actually master. At Porter’s Leroy’s Hot Stuff however, it appears they have done just that.

Located off U.S. Highway 20 near the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Leroy’s Hot Stuff has been a local staple in delicious food, cold drinks and excellent entertainment since 1990. Often recognized for its outstanding Mexican cuisine, Leroy’s food is made right in house. All the ingredients are prepared fresh each day, with the guacamole made using real avocado and the prime rib and Italian beef are cooked on the spot. Its tacos, recognized around the region for their quality, are known to surprise even the savviest of Latin cuisine coinsures.

The menu at Leroy’s Hot Stuff is staggering, with dozens of items offered throughout the day. Open from 7 to 3 a.m. on Monday through Saturday and on Sunday from 10 to 3 a.m., Leroy’s starts off the day with breakfast being served until noon. Traditional breakfast items are offered including biscuits and sausage gravy, steak and eggs, pancakes and omelets. Hispanic breakfast items such as the chilaquilles and Huevos Racheros offer an early morning start to the day with a twist from Latin America.

“I work nights in the steel mills, so I like to stop at Leroy’s in the mornings for some breakfast. The food is always delicious,” said Marcus Hammand, of Porter.

From lunch all the way into the late hours of the morning, Leroy’s homemade appetizers, soups, salads and entrees are sure to perfectly please the palette. The pork tacos are exceptionally prepared while the steak tacos are seasoned and sautéed with expertise. The burritos are large and satisfying, the tamales are made with homemade cornmeal dough and stuffed with meat while the enchiladas are filled with meat and topped with melted cheese.

Freshly prepared sandwiches are available as well, including Leroy’s Black Angus burgers, pork tenderloin, B.L.T., and grilled ham and cheese. Additional sides and deserts are ready to be devoured as well. All of these food items, along with daily drink and food specials, are offered at Leroy’s. There is no smoking in the dining portion of Leroy’s and they are putting windows up to separate the dining area from the bar as well as adding an outdoor dining area in the spring.

If in search for quality drinks, Leroy’s has plenty to offer as well. Locally, Leroy’s supports region breweries including Valparaiso’s Figure Eight and Munster’s 3 Floyds. To complement its Mexican cuisine, Leroy’s also serves Dos Equis beer, along with other fine drafts including Leinenkugel’s, Sierra Nevada and many others.

Aside from its food and drinks, recreationally Leroy’s Hot Stuff has many fun opportunities to offer throughout the year. It hosts pool and dart leagues year around and softball in the summer. Every Tuesday and Thursday is a karaoke night, Reggae night is on Wednesday and each Friday and Saturday night live bands perform from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday from 8 p.m. to midnight is Jam Night. Leroy’s Hot stuff also gives back to the community by participating and hosting various community events throughout the year.

“We do lots of benefits here and charity events to help people out,” said Leroy Flores, owner. “We have one every year in April, called Rebuilding Together, which was changed from Christmas in April.”

Overall, Leroy’s Hot Stuff is a local establishment offering patrons a chance to relax, enjoy food and drink, and experience live music all without leaving the region. Leroy’s Hot Stuff is located at 333 W. U.S. Highway 20 in Porter. For more questions call 219-926-6211 or visit www.myspace.com/leroyshotstuff.

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All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed in the above excellent column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle. Mike Siroky is a writer and editor. He is a native of Northwest Indiana. He has worked in media from coast to coast. To contact Mike, email mikel@the chronicleNWI.com

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