Sunday, February 9, 2014

The Lazy Perch, Another Great Catch!

Congratulations to The Lazy Perch, one of Michiana's newest additions to the fine dining community. After 6 years driving between Michigan City and New Buffalo down Rt12, an empty restaurant graced the side of road. For 6 years I hoped that there would be a restaurant would open. Between the building capturing the beach side flair, it also intrigued me as it was the first business on the Michigan border! Well it is NOW OPEN! Lazy Perch found a home!

Tonight Steve and I enjoyed a casual dining experience. The service was friendly, energetic, and knowledgeable about the offerings of Chef Cheryl Bernacchi. Owners Pat Kowalski and his wife Rhonda have many years in the business and it shows in their presentation. Knowing the area and the people has proven to be the perfect marriage of venue, food and atmosphere.

On to the food! We enjoyed a signature jalapeno popper stuffed with pimento cheese and bacon. FYI, when you place an order, you really only get "one" popper per order! While it was a large pepper it may cause a couple to fight over their share. But, it was worth fighting for. We also enjoyed a Lake Perch dinner with fingerling potatoes, which were to die for. Whatever you do, do not neglect the potatoes! The pork sandwich was quite unique. It was without a doubt the best pork sandwich ever! A think ground pork grilled and topped with sauerkraut.

We could not ignore the recommendation of Russell, Tres Leche cake was the perfect topper to a wonderful night. A highlight of the night was the conversation with some of the other patrons on the way out. Lazy Perch gets 5 stars for location, 4.5 stars for food, and am ArtSees Diner, "Third Place" award as The Lazy Perch represents exactly what every community needs, a community gathering place. We will be back!

ArtSees Diner , Champagne and LaLuna, ArtSees Diner Radio, The Lazy Perch, 19799 US Highway 12 New Buffalo, Michigan 49117 Phone (269) 469-8001

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