Gary is a terrible area. Merriville has its ups/downs. Lots of chains that you would see in the Northeast I imagine.
If you like ribs there's a bar/resturaunt called "Wagners" in Porter,IN if you want to do a little driving from Merriville. It's off the beaten path a bit but good.
Held to a Higher Standard......Let's Face It Steak Costs More Than Hamburger - MASTERCRAFT