Here's a nice find in the middle of the industrial struggle. While Northwest Indiana actually has a relatively high number of good spots for a home cooked breakfast, it doesn't have many places taking the new school approach. The Scrambled Diner in Dyer feels like it should be somewhere in River North or up in a strip mall in Northbrook. No doubt if it were it'd have a wait each and every weekend.
I stopped in one Saturday morning en route to the Dunes and there was steady traffic but only about a 5 minute wait. Basically everything but the bread is made from scratch here. But even that is bought from a baker in Chesterton so it's a real modern type place. Exact opposite of most of the other breakfast stops around the area. The menu is pretty basic with a few twists here and there. They have omelets, skillets, pancakes, sandwiches, burgers, and so on but it's most all made in back, nothing from a can and you could taste that. It was also felt in the wait between ordering the food and it actually arriving. Nonetheless I'd recommend, especially for the area.
Chorizo Skillet - Only had a few bites but tasted a well spiced blend w/ perfectly crisped hash browns.
Corned Beef Hash - Near perfect. Small bits of perfectly crisped hash and potato, just the way I like it.
Bacon Cheeseburger - Just a tad overcooked but still something I'd happily eat again. Thick tasty bacon and fresh cut fries were both top of the line.
Homemade Cinnamon Roll - Over the top in pure indulgence. Might of dropped dead or developed diabetes if I ate the entire thing.
The Scrambled Diner
250 W 81st Ave
Dyer, IN 46311