Romantic Night at Bistro 501

Bistro 501 Brent Russell 2014Check out Visitor Information Specialist, Marlene’s blog about her delightful visit to Bistro 501.

I recently went to dinner at Bistro 501. I had been there a few times in the past. The most memorable time, until now, was when I was in high school. The French Club took a field trip there for dinner. This was years ago, right after the restaurant had opened. Then and today, Bistro 501 is still one of my favorite restaurants in the Lafayette area.

The service is always pleasant and prompt. The atmosphere is perfect. I especially like the natural light that comes in through the large windows at the front of the restaurant. I also greatly enjoy their rooster themed decorations.

DSC00485I had perused their menu online so I knew in advance that I wanted a glass of wine to go along with the Wild Mushroom Pasta. I am not the best at pairing. I asked the server if he could recommend something. He quizzed me about what wines I liked and took into consideration my meal choice. He pointed me to the Willamette Riesling (from Oregon). This was a fantastic wine! So much so that I went on a hunt for it at a few local liquor stores.

Bistro serves some wonderful white bread and whipped butter while you wait for your meal. We had a choice of soup or salad. I had their well-known French onion soup while my boyfriend had a salad. He doesn’t normally get vinaigrette dressings but when the server mentioned that they were made in house, he decided on the honey mustard vinaigrette.  He shared it was fabulous!

We went on a holiday evening and they were just starting to get busy.  I would highly recommend making reservations anytime that you would like to go to Bistro 501. You never know how busy it will be, especially since many local businesses meet with clients, partners, and have meetings there for lunch and dinner.

Our meals arrived more quickly than I would have anticipated. The wild mushroom pasta was perfect! It was penne tossed with sautéed wild mushrooms and spinach in a Marsala cream sauce. It was creamy and the mushrooms had a great flavor. My boyfriend ordered the New York Strip. It was fantastic! It was a 12 oz. New York strip steak, crusted in pepper, and served on a bed of french fries (pommes frites) with a brandy shallot sauce.  I was about to take his dinner away from him, but I didn’t want to let go of my wild mushroom pasta.

Even though we were thoroughly full from our tasty dinners, we couldn’t celebrate the holiday without dessert. I LOVE the dessert selection at Bistro 501! I would be tempted in the future to go back just for wine and dessert! Hint, hint, boyfriend, there’s a future date suggestion when we play the “what do you want to do? I don’t know, what do you want to do game?”)

I have always been a fan of Bistro’s bread pudding. It’s warm bread pudding with melted chocolate chips and walnuts baked in a caramel whiskey sauce. I got it with a scoop of their Mexican ice cream. My boyfriend decided on the Tiramisu Chocolate Cake. It was chocolate cake soaked in espresso liquor layered with mascarpone cream and cloaked in chocolate ganache. The mascarpone cream was amazing! Of course he got a scoop of vanilla ice cream to go along with it.

Bistro 501 is the perfect restaurant to celebrate special occasions or to just meet friends or family for a nice lunch. I must admit it is pricey, however, it is well worth every penny once you enjoy every bite. I have also heard that I must come during their Beaujolais Nouveau celebration. What is this celebration you ask? It’s wine! The completion of  fermentation of the wine in France is a huge celebration. They only ship a few cases from France to the US. and Bistro has the “in” to get them every year. They make a celebration of it by having a fife and drum corp parade to the restaurant and offer a five course meal. Reservations must be made in advance for this fabulous evening of fun!  Check out the UTube video here: 

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Star City Coffee and Ale House is Tucked Right in the Heart of Downtown Lafayette

IMG_3197The semester has started back up, and boy, is that an eye opener. After a full break filled with relaxation, movie binge watching, reading, sipping hot chocolate by the fire, and being surrounded by family and friends, transitioning back into the fast-paced world of college and work is quite the transition. The to-do list has started back up and seems never-ending sometimes; however, when it all becomes a little overwhelming, I have found my small escape to relax and rejuvenate. My secret getaway happens to be right in downtown Lafayette: Star City Coffee and Ale House!

Cappuccino at Star CityStar City Coffee and Ale House is tucked right in the heart of downtown, giving you a beautiful walk through Lafayette before entering the quaint coffee shop. Once inside, it is instantly comforting, smelling the fresh brewed coffees and pastries. With many items to choose from, you are guaranteed to find a treat you like. They feature a supply of breakfast items, panini sandwiches for a simple lunch or dinner, and even delicious cupcakes for dessert! The drinks are plentiful and made with care and high quality. They even feature a drink for those sleepless nights of studying or hard work titled “Insomniac,” which comes in handy sometimes; trust me! Their drinks come either hot or iced and vary from coffees, teas, smoothies, hot chocolate, craft beers and more! Grab it on-the-go or avoid the cold temperatures by dining in. For those who choose to stay, you are served your beverages in charming mugs to make you feel right at home.

One aspect that stood out to me was the atmosphere and vibe of Star City Coffee and Ale House. The employees are extremely genuine and put effort into making your food or beverage just right with high quality ingredients! The customers they attract even add to the ambiance. Many locals gather here to chat, study, or simply catch a break from life, and they are all so welcoming. Every time I enter Star City, there are smiles all around. Occasionally, you’ll be surprised to find live entertainment inside! During the Christmas season, I was able to study at Star City while listening to relaxing and original acoustic Christmas tunes sung and played by local artists. It’s safe to say I was in a tranquil bliss.

IMG_3196Locals, who were born and raised in Tippecanoe County, own Star City Coffee and Ale House, and it shines through their outstanding work. They sell local beer and native fresh food while also promoting local artists and true “Hoosier Hospitality.” It really is an excellent example of what Lafayette is truly about. Next time you need a nice escape, head to Star City Coffee and Ale House to reward yourself with the relaxation you need and deserve!

Kaley, Visitor Information Specialist and Purdue Student shared this blog.

Lafayette Staple: Mary Lou Donuts!

donuts-225x300Happening Now!  Planning a stay in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana area? Whether you are looking for delicious dining, interesting attractions and shops, enticing events or home away from home lodging—a getaway to Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana is sure to satisfy. Right now the locals are talking about Mary Lou Donuts, a local donut shop offering fresh, delicious donuts that can be purchased via counter service, carry-out and/or drive-thru!

Mary Lou Donuts is a Lafayette staple in the donut business.  They offer every donut imaginable from the bear claw to coconut crunch to cream horns.  This donut shop has been a breakfast favorite of my father’s ever since I was a kid and I am sure beyond.  My dad is a salesman and travels the northern part of Indiana.  He works in the Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana area every other Friday.  He always makes a quick stop into Mary Lou Donuts to get his favorite donut; glazed yeast with white icing and nuts on top.

A funny story comes to mind when I think of Mary Lou Donuts.  A few years ago my parents were on a pretty strict diet.  (It was probably right after New Year’s!).  Donuts were not on their list of items they could eat.  (Although, I always say a person can eat anything as long as it is in moderation!).  Well, my father lost his cell phone one Friday morning.  Guess where he left it??  Mary Lou Donuts!  A waitress called my mother and my poor dad was caught!!  We always tease him about Mary Lou Donuts.  He said he just can’t stay away, but he tries to stop at eating just one donut!

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The Perfect Dining Experience at McGraw’s Steak Chop & Fish House

Seared Ahi Tuna

Seared Ahi Tuna

Happening Now! Right now, the talk around town is about the upcoming holidays and the unique restaurants around town to enjoy a night out with friends and family. One such location is McGraws’s Steak Chop & Fish House, where diners can enjoy succulent steaks, fresh fish, fabulous appetizers and the best customer service. If you are looking for a one of a kind restaurant, McGraw’s is the place.

McGraw’s; when I think of this restaurant my stomach does a happy dance and I smile from all of the wonderful memories I have eating here. I don’t know which is better; the food, ambiance or service. Everything is top notch! I will share some of my favorite dishes, but please note everything I have tried has been delicious.

Appetizers:  I recommend ordering their crispy shoestring onions. They are super thin, lightly battered and served with a thousand-island style sauce. Their shrimp martini is another top pick.  The shrimp are huge and the cocktail sauce is hot, but not too hot. These appetizers are perfect because they are not super filling and wet the appetite for the entree to come!

Soup:  One of the BEST French onion soups I have ever tasted can be found at McGraw’s. The dark beef broth with sweet onions smothered with Gruyere cheese will make your mouth tingle. It is a messy soup dish, but well worth it.  (Sometimes if I am not super hungry, I will partake of appetizers and order soup for my meal and then nab a bite or two of my husband’s steak!)

Entrees: My friends and I like to each order our own meals and then share. It’s fun because then we can sample a bit of everything. My favorite entrees are really hard to pick. One can’t go wrong with their filet mignon, which is always perfectly cooked, lightly seasoned (just the way I like it!) and you can cut it with a fork. The seared scallops with salsa verde are a refreshing and lighter choice. The south river pork chop is a huge chop wrapped in bacon, served over pulled pork and topped with Korean bbq sauce. I was hesitant about the sauce at first, but it is amazing!

Every entree is served with a salad, side and bread. Their mashed potatoes are superb! The great part is the last time I visited mashed potatoes were not on the menu, but they made them special for our whole table. Please note I believe they use heavy cream, which makes them light, fluffy and decadent so if you are trying to watch the hemline, I would suggest ordering one of their fresh vegetable choices. (But they are hard to pass up and well worth a cheat night!) Everything at McGraws is delicious down to the fresh bread with sweet whipped butter on the table. YUM!!

Dessert: Ok, so truthfully, I am usually so full I can’t order dessert. 3 or 4 years ago, I did order Crème Brûlée and shared it with my mother in law. It was the first time I have ever in my life tried this type of dessert and it was sweet (but not too sweet), had a crispy sugary coating, and was utterly delicious!

McGraws5Ambiance: Overlooking the Wabash River, there is not a bad spot in the restaurant. Subtle lighting and candlelight make it a great date night location for a romantic dinner.  It also offers visitors a unique dining experience, as the building that now houses McGraw’s has been part of the history of Tippecanoe County for nearly two hundred years. Originally, the property was going to be part of a small town-in-the-making called Cincinnatus. One building was erected, but the rest of Cincinnatus was not. That single building still stands today as McGraw’s Steak Chop and Fish House.

Service: One word: Wonderful! If you want a night where you can sit back and receive great customer care with a smile, this is the place!

Whether you are looking for delicious dining, interesting attractions and shops, enticing events or home away from home lodging—a getaway to Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, is sure to satisfy. For more information about this restaurant and others in the area, visit our website at

Perfect Stocking Stuffers from Kathy’s Kandies!

Mini- PIzzas!

Mini- PIzzas!

Chocolate Legos, Hello Kitty chocolates, candy, popcorn and more! Kathy’s Kandies offers a diverse selection of specialty treats that will make your taste buds soar with happiness.  Marlene, Visitor Information Specialist for Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette and Head Outreach Librarian at the Tippecanoe County Public Library, shares this blog about Kathy’s Kandies.

I work in Downtown Lafayette during the week. When I need to get out of the office and stretch my legs, I take my break and walk over to Kathy’s Kandies to get a homemade snack to cure my sweet tooth.

Kathy’s Kandies is a locally owned, homemade chocolate and confection store. My favorite is the gourmet popcorn. There are several flavors to choose from that make it almost impossible to decide, but my top picks are the cookies and cream and triple chocolate. The sweet and salty flavors of the popcorn and chocolate are the perfect blend and the best mid- afternoon snack! Beer and popcorn – try Kathy’s Original Gourmet Hopcorn!!! Featuring a selection made from Lafayette Brewing Co.’s finest beers, this is an original Indiana classic!

Peppermint Popcorn

Peppermint Popcorn

Each season, Kathy makes specialty candies to celebrate. This year she is making some new and fun treats that are perfect stocking stuffers for Christmas. Ever heard of Hello Kitty? If you have a little one, I am sure this is a “hot item” on your holiday shopping list. Kathy has created Hello Kitty Chocolates that will fit right into a stocking. Legos are another hot commodity this season! Your little one will be doubly amazed to receive chocolate and their favorite toy with Kathy’s homemade chocolate Legos! A unique gift for all ages is a mini chocolate pizza that will fit into a stocking. Pizzas come in different flavors from Christmas sprinkles, chocolate-peanut butter, cookies & cream and more. Treats from Kathy’s Kandies are perfect to give to family or friends when you go out of town for Christmas. There are sugar free options available as well. They do special orders and premade baskets that are perfect for gifts too. If you have time to call ahead, you must order the chocolate fondue. It’s delicious!

If you have a sweet tooth, you can pretty much find something to cure it at Kathy’s Kandies. They have a zillion things that are covered in chocolate; pretzels, nuts, Oreos, animal crackers, and espresso beans, just to name a few. They also have other items that are hard to resist; hard candy, gummies, ice cream, shakes, Italian sodas, cookies, and cakes. The list goes on and on! And each item is always served with a smile and a thank you.1618619_730469986970843_460393547_n

For more information about Kathy’s Kandies and other local sweet shops in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit our website at

Crave Candy Canes?! McCord’s Offers A Plethora of These Sweet Treats!

Mccords Candy Cane Making2014With the winter season just around the corner, McCord Candies becomes a tradition for many families during winter break & Christmas time. McCord’s is known throughout the year for their delicious chocolates and old fashion sodas, but during the Christmas season it’s a new show. During this time McCord’s is known for candy canes & anything & everything that goes along with candy canes.

First off, they have their homemade candy canes usually averaging to around 32,000 canes during this short month and a half span!! They sell them locally in the store, ship them globally, and always keep people coming back for more. What’s so unique about these canes?! McCord’s candy canes are like nothing you have ever tasted before. They look like normal canes but are soft once you start eating them, like a mint. There are NO preservatives in the canes & that is why they get made daily. The process of making these canes is very unique also. They are the only place in Indiana that still makes this process completely by hand!! No machines are used! That is why each and every cane is so special and it’s also why two canes never look the same. Just like snowflakes! It’s also the same process and recipe Ivy McCord, the original owner, used himself.

During the month of December, McCord’s has public tours on Saturday & Sundays for the customers to see how this unique process is done; also gaining an appreciation for all the hard work that goes into a single cane. Most importantly you get to make your own candy cane yourself & see how difficult & special it is! Second, during the winter season candy canes will be made into every shape and form possible. We have our candy cane milkshakes if you want a cold treat or we have our homemade candy cane hot chocolate if you crave a warm treat. The candy cane hot chocolate can also be purchased in mason jars for gifts or individual sealed packets to pour in your mug and go! McCord’s has candy cane peppermint bark, candy cane Oreos, candy cane pretzel sticks, candy cane stir sticks for hot chocolate, and other candy cane creations!

I have worked at McCord’s for over 4 years now and although it is crazy busy, this is definitely my favorite time of the year. It’s always special when someone comes in to get a candy cane for the first time or to hear about the customers coming back each year as their family tradition. It’s always funny to see their reaction when they ask who makes the canes and you reply “I do” because they always think a machine makes them or they get shipped in from another company. McCord Candies owner and employees take pride in their hard work at the candy shop everyday but especially during the Christmas season. To us, we are bringing families and friends together, remembering the old times (but you can still use your I-phone & take pictures of our cute store & candy canes- who wouldn’t?! ), starting new traditions & keeping old ones going. Come see us soon!

Caitlin Wethington, Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern, shared this blog.

From College Days to Family Days at Scotty’s Brewhouse!

Happening Now!  Right now the locals are talking aScottysbout Scotty’s Brewhouse, a local Indiana restaurant and bar serving decadent burgers, sweet and spicy wraps, homemade soups and refreshing salads. Local businessman, Scotty Wise, opened the original Scotty’s Brewhouse in Muncie, Indiana in 1996 and in less than twenty years nine brewhouses have flourished. This brewhouse is unique with its specialty menu that offers something for everyone, including gluten free options, low calorie and their own exclusive brews!

I have been a Scotty’s fan since my college days (ten years ago!) at Ball State University, the location of the first Scotty’s Brewhouse. This was a hang out for all my friends to grab a bite to eat and order a fresh, local beer. The atmosphere at Scotty’s is laid back, fun and the perfect place to spend time with good friends. When I moved to the West Lafayette area 5 years ago, I was so excited there was a Scotty’s located here. I am now a wife and mother and my life has changed a lot over the years, but this restaurant has stayed the same serving delicious food and providing wonderful customer service.

Gluten Free Options!

Gluten Free Options!

Ten years of eating at Scotty’s has provided me with a wide variety of food choices. My long time favorite is their mo’fo’ buffalo grilled chicken wrap with a side of bleu cheese dressing. The buffalo sauce is the perfect balance of medium to hot and the chicken is lightly grilled and juicy. They have a rocking bleu cheese dressing, which is good not only on their wraps, but to dip your french fries into! I highly recommend ordering their bar-b-q pulled pork nachos, which includes their thr3e wise men seasoned potato chips, white queso, bar-b-q pulled pork, corn, red onions and jalapeños. The pulled pork is sweet and meaty and with the queso smothered all over it is a heavenly delight. With our little one, we always try to order something healthy. Their kids menu features everything from a mini portion of soup and salad to gluten free grilled cheese sandwiches to mac-n-cheese. Our daughter loves the grilled cheese with a side of broccoli.  My husband and I always nab a few pieces of her broccoli! It is light, crisp and we assume they add a hint of salt or some spice because they make plain ol’ broccoli delicious!

Friends Visiting Scotty's!

Friends Visiting Scotty’s!

Whether you are looking for delicious dining, interesting attractions and shops, enticing events or home away from home lodging—a getaway to Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, is sure to satisfy.  For more information about this restaurant and others in the area, visit our website at

Hunters Pub offers beer, wings, football and more!

IMG_4205Beer, wings, football! Is this what you think of when one asks what you are doing on a Sunday afternoon in the fall? It is my husband’s go to statement! One place where they serve fabulous chicken wings and a diverse selection of beer is Hunter’s Pub. This bar and restaurant offers exemplary service with a true neighborhood feel. There are 3 locations throughout Lafayette-West Lafayette and they each have multiple t.v.’s for continuous football viewing!

Fall is one of our favorite seasons for two different reasons; football for my husband and football food for myself! I enjoy football, but I am not an avid watcher. If my hubby will take me to a fun restaurant with good food, I am sold! One such place is Hunter’s Pub. My husband says there is an art to ordering food while watching a game. First we have to order appetizers to munch on during the first half and when there is 2 minutes left in that half, we can order our entrees. Not one second before the 2-minute mark! Hunter’s Pub has such a wide selection of appetizers it is hard to choose, but their wings (as mentioned above) are wonderful. Their jumbo wings are juicy and perfect dipped in a bit of ranch. We usually alternate between ordering their loaded nachos, potato skins and schroomies (hushpuppy-like fritters made with portabella mushrooms, jalapeno peppers and 4 different cheeses and served with ranch). The best games are when we are with a bunch of friends and we order all three!

Onto the entrees! Hmmm…where to start?!  Many times I order a salad after downing so many calories in our appetizers. One would assume with the bar-like feel of the place, that they wouldn’t have a diverse salad selection, but they have 13 different salads on their menu!  My favorite is their black and blue salad, which features fresh romaine lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, blue cheese crumbles and is topped with blackened chicken. It is light and refreshing. My husband wouldn’t be caught dead ordering a salad on game day! He is a burger kind of guy and simple at that. Their Hunters Burger is beef, bun and cheese. Simple yet yummy! (I usually nab a bite!) They offer 12 different burgers and are 1/2 pound of 100% ground beef. President, Jo Wade, of Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette shares, “I LOVE that they also have wonderful veggie black bean burgers that not many pubs include their variety on their menus. I truly appreciate that option when eating with my meat eating family and friends!”

Check out all these t.v.'s for football viewing!

Check out all these t.v.’s for football viewing! -At Southside Hunter’s Pub

Football season is here, and finding the perfect place to watch is so important. Head to one of Hunter’s Pub 3 locations and enjoy everything they have to offer. Great food, atmosphere and service all in one location!

For more information about this restaurant and others in our area, visit our website at

Dining Divas and Dates Visit Emergency Munchie Truck at the West Lafayette Farmers Market

The Dining Divas and Dates eagerly researched the offerings of the Emergency Munchie Truck (EMT) during one of its regular visits at the West Lafayette Farmers Market.

Check out all this amazing food!

Check out all this amazing food!

The EMT makes a clever first impression with the retrofitted ambulance turned into a food truck, complete with an electrocardiogram across its side. We wanted food– stat!

The charming second impression is made by owner Amber Davis, dressed in scrubs,  as she leans out the window to take your order. (She says she visits her chiropractor regularly due to the window bend she performs so often!) She’s joined by boyfriend Kenny when he’s not being a stuntman (Chicago PD, Drive & the latest Indiana Jones movie are all on his resume), mom Debbie, and Purdue student Susan.

The tasty third impression is in the unusual array of vegetarian food featuring whole grains, organic and/or local ingredients, vegan and gluten free options, with an effort made to avoid high fructose corn syrup and MSG. Don’t let the technical details get you down—this stuff is delicious and creative. Read on!

Triple B

Triple B

When the votes are tallied, our favorite dish (Bev, Jeff, Jo & Jerry) is the Triple B, a black bean burger with blue cheese and spicy buffalo sauce served on crunchy, savory waffles. It sounds strange but you’ll quickly adapt to the waffle concept and all their sandwiches are served this way. Those waffles provide little pockets for all the yummy sauces we loved so much. This burger has some zing to it and we enjoyed the blue/buffalo flavors.

Triple M

Triple M

Kay’s favorite is the Triple M, a mac & cheese stuffed grilled cheese sandwich with cheddar spread and creamy Muenster. We like it even more with a dash of Sriracha sauce which they have on hand.

Mac & Black blends the best of both triple burgers with a spicy black bean burger topped with mac and cheese—then there’s more cheese and buffalo sauce for a good, hearty sandwich. Margy and Dan cast their votes for this one!

Want something lighter? Check out the egg salad, made-to-order fries with secret munchie sauce, or the very tasty sweet potato fries. We all decided that when we rave about the EMT, which we do, we’ll rave about those sweet potato fries with chipotle ketchup—and those words come from the mouths of some people who wasted their entire lives thinking they didn’t like sweet potatoes! This isn’t your mother’s sweet potato & marshmallow casserole.

EMT Sweet Potato Fries

EMT Sweet Potato Fries

Mac & Cheese Nuggets

Mac & Cheese Nuggets

At this point, we’re getting seriously sated but there’s so much more to try. Mac Bites, fried bundles of mac and cheese with secret sauce are always popular, and poutine, beer cheese (made with People’s Brewing Co. beer) and pretzel stix have us digging in for more.

There are the always-changing, seasonal favorites which is where Amber gets to do what she loves best—create innovative foods– and where local veggies from Cooley Family Farm influence that creativity.  Summer brings grilled cheese with asparagus, a chickpea and couscous salad with asparagus, eggplant parmesan served on waffles, and corn and tomato salad, while autumn brings apple fries (apples from Wea Creek Orchard) chili, sweet & spicy curry, and black bean burgers with apple slaw.

Fresh strawberry lemonade

Fresh strawberry lemonade

Dining Dan isn’t a vegetarian but even he’s happy! And Jerry, who voted for that Triple B burger, says he’d change his vote to the freshly made strawberry lemonade– served with the rim of the cup dusted with sugar– if it just had a shot of vodka in it.

At this point, we’ve fed seven people, we’re all stuffed to the gills and the only thing left on the table is a few baby carrots.  As we settle in to that post-dining diva haze, we turn our brains back on and notice that the plastic cups are compostable and food items are served in paper baskets or recyclable plastic. There’s no Styrofoam to be seen.

EMT 2014.2Our surroundings at the West Lafayette Farmers Market are lovely with great local music, the opportunity to see lots of friends, and pleasant weather. Jerry notes it would be a perfect spot for an online meeting/date– very safe and casual. He quickly assures his wife, Margy, that he’s not done that—he’s just thinking of others. Kay is delighted with an evening sitting under a tree with live music, good friends and sweet potato fries. Jeff says it’s a wonderful place to meet his wife, Bev, for a stroll, dinner and fresh local produce—plus it’s the only way he gets to see her on Wednesday evenings since that’s where she spends her Wednesdays.

Stuffed brownies

Stuffed brownies

Jo heads back up to the truck because we really must try the stuffed brownies which we declare are fabulous, delicious and sinful.  The receipt for all this goodness ($60 for seven people with dinner, dessert and lemonade) will be emailed to her, completely itemized, and she knows when she looks it over, she’ll want all this goodness again.

Amber got into this business as food trucks became popular around the country. “I’ve always loved to cook,” she says, “and since I’m a vegetarian, I needed to get creative.” Turns out she used to sell corrugated pipes so the Dining Divas are thrilled she changed course. She and her team cook out of the YWCA’s certified kitchen and work 12-15 hour days including most weekends. About 50% of their time is spent in the truck while the rest is spent shopping, prepping, cooking, marketing, loading and unloading.

She admits it can get pretty toasty in the truck. “I don’t know if black was the best idea for the paint! But the exhaust fan is huge so it pulls a lot of air through.” She’d like to do more special events and private events where they can customize a fun menu for people who truly enjoy quality food. A recent ‘Around the World’ theme was a big hit at a recent private party.

EMT2014.7We’re all EMT fans and we invite you to join us as we chase them across the community. They’re at the West Lafayette Farmers Market every Wednesday from 4-7 during the market season (through October). Their other stops, including People’s, Matchbox, and Harry’s, can be found on their website (www., Facebook or Twitter.

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The Hour Time Restaurant – A Special Place to Gather!

Come eat under the clock! You can’t miss this distinctive clock off of South Street at Interstate 65, welcoming guests to the community. The large four-faced clock gave the restaurant its name. Before arriving in Indiana it had stood for more than 50 years (constructed in 1910) atop the Times Mill Railroad Station in Rochdale, England. It was a well- known feature of Yorkshire County and was often called “The Big Ben of Northern England”.  The Roachdale Clock was shipped to the states after it’s removal in 1962 and the restaurant owner; Roy Meeks purchased the clock at an exclusive Los Angeles auction of architectural antiques. The restaurant was then designed around it.

The clock isn’t the only unique feature of this restaurant! In the middle of the restaurant you will find a live Ficus Benjamina tree. It grows up through the three levels of the restaurant and is a great addition to the ambiance of the restaurant. The multi-levels of the restaurant also add a sense of privacy making this a great place for a romantic date night, there are all sorts of nooks and crannies where a couple or group of people can gather to enjoy a semi private dinner. Over the years my family has held many of our special occasions here; Valentine’s Days, anniversaries and birthdays, including my 21st birthday party with my family! Wine was always on the table when visiting the Hour Time and I was very excited to be able to finally partake in the wine that day!  So much so, I’m pretty sure I drank two bottles of Martini & Rossi Asti Spumante all on my own! Good thing I wasn’t driving that day! Besides the special occasions, many regular meals out with the family have been enjoyed here throughout the years.

The Hour Time is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week and they really do have a large variety to choose from. Now, down to the part you really want to know… the food! For breakfast I would recommend trying their Benedict Florentine. Eggs Benedict isn’t something you find at a lot of places but in addition, this is special as it has spinach on it, which just makes the dish.  It’s two poached eggs, served on an English muffin, creamed spinach and smothered with hollandaise sauce. Served with breakfast potatoes and a Parmesan tomato.  For lunch I would recommend the Chicken Salad and Fresh Fruit Plate. It’s a great lite lunch, featuring chunks of all white chicken, mixed with their special dressing, accompanied with a medley of fresh seasonal fruit chunks, butter pound cake and a special creamy dipping sauce. Okay so maybe it isn’t so lite on calories, but when you leave you will feel satisfyingly full but not stuffed.  I’m not a big steak eater but I’ve heard they have fabulous steaks for dinner. Family members often get steaks and are always thoroughly pleased. My favorite is the Chicken Tortellini Alfredo. It’s a sautéed skinless chicken breast blended with a rich blend of Parmesan cheese, butter, seasonings and cream, tossed with tortellini and accompanied with a toasted garlic bread wedge. Yum, my mouth is watering as I’m writing this….hmmm wonder if dinner is ready yet? If not maybe my husband would be up for the Hour Time tonight! (Who am I kidding; of course it’s not ready! Haha!)

I hope you will try the Hour Time soon! Oh and for something fun be sure to go in the restaurant entrance from the parking lot and check out the fun mirror in the vestibule. Don’t worry; you don’t really look like that!


The Hour Time Restaurant is located at the Best Western at 4343 South Street in Lafayette. To learn more, see the menu or make a reservation check out their website at: or call 765-448-4669.

Ashley Gregory, Group Tours and Meeting Manager at Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette shared this review.