Holiday Eats at McGraws’s Steak Chop & Fish House!

mcgraws3Holiday Eats at McGraws’s Steak Chop & Fish House! It is crazy to believe 2017 is so near. Last week was Thanksgiving and now the full holiday season is upon us!  Make sure you make the most of this season at one of Lafayette-West Lafayette’s finest steak and seafood restaurant, McGraw’s.  Enjoy succulent steaks, fresh fish, fabulous appetizers and the best customer service.

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 whet the appetite for the entree to come!img_7876

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 flounder with pan seared polenta cake, tricolored baby carrots, green beans with a lemon caper butter is a refreshing and lighter choice. Every month they host a burger of the month.  This past month the burger as a 10 oz. ground sirloin burger with smoked provolone, pre-roasted poblano peppers, pickled red onion on a brioche bun.  It was juicy with a kick of heat….delicous!

Every entree is served with a salad, side and bread. Beware, I have made the mistake of filling up on their delicious fresh bread with sweet whipped butter.  It is yummy, but safe room for your entree and dessert!

Dessert: Order their Crème Brûlée! I have shared it with my mother in law and wished I didn’t because it was so good!  It was sweet (but not too sweet), had a crispy sugary coating, and was utterly delicious!

mcgraws4Ambiance: 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.

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 www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Holiday Dining – Lafayette-West Lafayette

Meet you at Arni's!

Meet you at Arni’s!

It’s holiday time in Lafayette-West Lafayette! Thanksgiving is this week and in 5 weeks Christmas and New Year’s will hit.  Wowza, it’s been a busy, fast year!  Do you ever think, “slow down time!” I feel this way all of the time and so this holiday season, I am going to try to embark on an “embrace every day” mantra.  With this being said, instead of hosting a holiday party at my house which takes hours and hours of cleaning, cooking, and decorating, I am making a reservation at a local restaurant to host my friends and family. Now onto the hard part, which restaurant?  Here is a short list of my top picks.  Let me know what you think??  Where should I book my special holiday party this year?

  • Arni’s – A family fun restaurant serving thin crust pizza, famed Arni’s Junior Salad, and fresh garlic bread.
  • Bruno’s – Hand tossed pizza, famous Bruno Dough, and decadent cocktails served in a Swiss Style decorated restaurant.
  • East End Grill

    East End Grill

    East End Grill – Lafayette’s newest hot spot for fabulous food merging classic steakhouse dishes with innovative bistro style.

  • McGraws – Seafood and steak at it’s best.  Plus a beautiful view of the mighty Wabash River.
  • Restauration– A modern farm to table restaurant featuring fresh, local, simple, and creative foods.  Food allergies?  Check out this restaurant!
  • Red Seven Bar & Grill – Homemade everything! From their light and savory southwestern style egg rolls, to fresh salads and gourmet pastas, this trendy restaurant offers a fun night out.

Share with me your thoughts?  And/or other restaurant ideas??  For a full list of local restaurants in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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McGraws

McGraws

Red Seven

Red Seven

Bruno Dough

Bruno Dough

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Black Sparrow Offers Local Beers, Killer Food and An Inviting Atmosphere

Sparrow Friends

Sparrow Friends

Late nights, local beers, fun cocktails, killer food and an inviting atmosphere. What else could you ask for? The Black Sparrow is all that and more! One of my absolutely favorite hangout spots is located in the heart of downtown Lafayette.

The Sparrow is open 11am-3pm Monday through Friday, Saturday and Sunday 5pm-3am. Beers on tap are forever changing to something new and exciting I can almost guarantee you have never tried. Food is always solid. The small plates are a great snack for any time while the nightly specials are always unique. Live music occurs on a pretty regular basis as well. They always bring in great local talent that you would be crazy to miss.

Sandwich and Fries

Sandwich and Fries

2 Black Sparrow 2016I’m going to let you in on a little secret that pains me to share. The Black Sparrow opens for brunch on Sunday mornings on the last weekend of every month. Each month features a different type of cuisine. 10am is the start time, but there is always a line around the block so get there early if you want a seat!

For some reason my friends and I always gravitate to the Black Sparrow as our go to late night hangout. You will just have to experience this for yourself!

1 Black Sparrow 2016For more information about this restaurant and others in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

 

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East End Grill – Modern Fare, Fab Service, Cozy Ambiance

img_1016Happening 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 East End Grill, Lafayette’s newest restaurant serving modern with a twist fare ranging from chopped salads, to burgers & sandwiches and the best steaks and seafood available.

If you are looking for delicious food in a warm and inviting environment, East End Grill is the place for you. Since opening earlier this year, my family and I have visited this restaurant too many times to count. The food is just fabulous!

img_1013img_1007For lunch I highly recommend their cheeseburger and Caesar salad with their house cut fries as an appetizer.  The burger is an 8oz prime beef patty topped with crispy pancetta, smoked cheddar cheese, tomato, pickle and baby greens. The heirloom tomatoes that top the burgers are so fresh and juicy.  The house cut fries are one of the best I have ever eaten. The fries are sprinkled with spring herbs, truffle oil, and grana padano cheese. They come with a homemade dipping sauce that is perfection.

Steak and seafood is the main staple at this downtown Lafayette restaurant, and I suggest ordering their shrimp and grits and/or a juicy steak for dinner.  The shrimp and grits is filled with creamy cheddar grits, succulent shrimp, Smoking Goose tasso ham, roasted red peppers and green onions.  One item you MUST order is their Brussel sprouts.  Yes, that is correct, Brussel sprouts! They are cooked with their pancetta in some sort of glazed sauce that is to die for.  Truthfully, I like vegetables, but I am not one that usually orders them out. But this side dish is amazing.

img_1513Service and ambiance rock at East End Grill.  Not only is the food something to write home about, but the servers create a really special experience for the guests.  Ask about any item on the menu, and they will share the highlights of the dish.  The servers are welcoming with a friendly smile and really create a nice experience. There is a very urban feel to this restaurant, but new sound baffling has been added to calm the noise to a lower level. East End Grill also features a cozy bar and a private room that seats up to 20, perfect for entertaining business clients or special occasions with close friends.

Make sure you visit East End Grill on your next restaurant adventures in Lafayette-West Lafayette.  It will sure to be added to your favorites list!

Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, offers so many Indiana dining opportunities!  Check out all our great restaurants we have to offer at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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National Candy Day! Decadent Delights- Lafayette-West Lafayette

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Kathy’s Kandies chocolate turkey suckers

It’s National Candy Day and we are celebrating sweets and treats!  Lafayette-West Lafayette is home to not one, but four candy stores. These stores offer all of the favorites including chocolate caramels, truffles, butter cream chocolates and much more.

Kathy’s Kandies showcases a wide variety of candy that will make your taste buds rejoice.  Artisan chocolates, chocolate covered pretzels, gourmet popcorn, novelty suckers, brittle and toffee are just a few decadent options. The nutella chocolate truffles are a specialty-handcrafted truffle filled with nutella that offers a hint of nuttiness and smooth, rich chocolate. Yummy! One great gift idea is their chocolate bacon pizza. This pizza has 1 whole pound of bacon on it! Can you imagine?! (My husband is a hog farmer, and this would be his dream gift!)

McCord Candies

McCord Candies

Another specialty candy store is McCord Candies. This store opened its door in 1912 and has been serving the Lafayette-West Lafayette community since this date. Guests can hand select from a wide variety of chocolates to create the perfect box of deliciousness. Not only do they have handcrafted chocolates, but also bagged candies that include hot cinnamon bears (my favorite), Boston baked beans, chocolate covered peanuts and their famous candy canes. When visiting, I suggest ordering a chocolate sundae from their old-fashioned soda shop. They make a homemade chocolate sauce that is amazing! (They also sell it by the pint!)

Wolf's Candies

Wolf’s Candies

Wolf’s Fine Chocolates boast their chocolate is made with love and a tasteful touch of wonder, care, spice and tradition. A box full of this specialty candy will be sure to make you smile! I highly recommend their Smitty’s, a peanut butter center covered in fresh roasted peanuts and milk chocolate. The chocolate is rich in flavor and the saltiness of the roasted peanuts and creamy peanut butter make it simply delicious! Also, make sure you add some of their homemade fudge, which is creamy and melts in your mouth!

Lafayette’s newest candy shop is Richelle in a Handbasket! This shop features chocolates, coffee, gift baskets, caramel popcorn, custom gifts and more. Located at Market Square, it is steps away from Interior Objects, the Handmade Market, Legendary Games, Camera Outfitters, Arni’s and more if you want to

Richelle in a Handbasket

Richelle in a Handbasket

make it an afternoon of fun! One of the best part about Richelle in a Handbasket is the baskets! There are so many items to choose from to add to your basket including sweets and food items, but also gift items like wall art, baby bibs, body care products, etc.

For more information about these wonderful candy shops and other specialty stores in our area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

National Pasta Day – Mac N’ Cheese Done Right

Today, October 17, 2016 is National Pasta Day! We love our pasta in Lafayette-West Lafayette and we are home to some pretty amazing restaurants featuring some homemade, rich pasta dishes. There are so many diverse pasta dishes that it is hard to choose a favorite.  Do you have a local favorite?  Please share!

One of our favorite dishes is the mac n’ cheese from Restauration. One of the reasons we love it, is because it really is one of a kind.  The ingredients include einkorn (heirloom wheat) pasta, pasta, kabocha squash, chicken breast, sage, Marsala wine cream sauce, and walnut.  You can also get it made vegetarian. This fall, they are adding shredded pork to the mac n’ cheese….yum!

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A local shared this, “The mac n’ cheese is wonderful! I added the chicken which was cooked perfectly.  The cheeses were creamy and rich.  I took half of mine home because it was so filling. I ate it for lunch the next day, and it was just as good warmed up.  Please note I am not a leftover person, so this is big!”

Another local we asked shared, “I wasn’t sure I’d like the whole wheat pasta, not usually a fan, but this mac n’ cheese with loads of cheesy flavor, plus chicken was delicious. I ate every bit of mine.”

Tell us your favorite pasta dish! We will share on social media to showcase Lafayette-West Lafayette’s love of PASTA!

For more information about all the delicious restaurants in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit www.HomeofPurdue.com.

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Explore John Purdue Room, HTM Classroom

Special Dinner - Bacon Crab cakes and Mac N Cheese!

Special Dinner – Bacon Crab cakes and Mac N Cheese!

IMG_7671We all know most of the restaurants on Purdue’s campus, but one may come as a surprise to many. Marriott Hall may seem like just a normal classroom-style building, but it houses the Hospitality and Tourism Management students. Their classrooms are not just desks and whiteboards!

The John Purdue Room, a full-service, student run restaurant is housed in Marriott Hall. During an HTM student’s education they are required to take two different restaurant labs during their time at Purdue. They are put into roles that stretch their learning of the restaurant business; from mangers to servers to cooks to dishwashers.

The day-time lab runs from 8:30am-2:50pm. This time frame preps for lunch, serves lunch and cleans up before the next shift begins. During these seven hours’ students rotate from front of house servers, managers, and cooks.

Lunch is served from 11:00am-1:00pm, Tuesday through Friday, so this makes the perfect place to bring a guest to show off all the fine things Purdue has to offer. Here they can get a light salad, sandwich, or a more filling entrée. Make sure to try the John Purdue Plate since it is always changing and you get to try different items every time you go back.

The night time lab runs from 3:00-9:50pm. During this lab, students are given more responsibility since they know the basics of the restaurant and how it should be run. Every week a front of house and back of house manager are picked to run the “staff.” They also are in charge of designing and preparing a three-course special that is served throughout the week.

Dinner is served from 5:00-7:30pm, Tuesday-Thursday, but make sure to call in advance because seating is limited. The menu consists of some heartier meals like slow braised beef short ribs and crispy fried buttermilk chicken. Each menu item is also paired with a wine for your convenience. Make sure to try starting off with the creamy potato soup, then getting the Maple Leaf Farms house made duck pasta for your entrée and then finishing with one of their amazing daily desserts!

Check out their Facebook to see their many events that they hold as well for an extra special date night!

Hannah, Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern and Purdue University Student, shares this blog.

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Taste of Lafayette-West Lafayette Contest 2016 Details

Taste of Lafayette 2016 Prestart[1]Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, has 7 fabulously fun contests this year.  The current contest features all the amazing food in our area.  The competition started on Monday, September 12, and we want to share why each business who has donated to these packages is so great!

  • Enjoy a visit to the classy and historical Union Club Hotel, an icon to Boilermaker country since 1924.
  • Arni’s Pizza is best known for their savory pizza and the Arni’s Junior Salad. This has been a local hotspot for many years!
  • Scotty’s Brewhouse offers fabulous service along with delectable bar food including specialty burgers, sandwiches, wraps, salads and more!
  • Triple XXX or Route 66 are known for their root beer and chopped steak burgers, but we love their breakfasts, which offer homemade biscuits and gravy, Belgium waffles, corned beef hash and much, much more.
  • “Thank goodness for great food!”? Every time we make a visit to Bruno’s Pizza and Big O’s Sports Room in West Lafayette, Indiana, we have this feeling of jubilation!
  • Kathy’s Kandies: Satisfy your sweet tooth with truffles, gourmet popcorn, cakes, toffee, shakes and smoothies, licorice, artisan chocolates; need we say more!
  • Great food, specials, and atmosphere are the key ingredients to what makes Sgt. Preston’s a dining experience not to be missed (plus home to the largest patio seating in Indiana!)
  • From Velveeta loaded french fries to duck egg roles, the options are interesting at Digby’s Pub.
  • Specialty lattes, coffee, crepes and more at Greyhouse Coffee & Supply Co.!  Their crème brûlée coffee is a favorite!
  • Fiber / fabric wall art, fine porcelain & stoneware pottery, hand-made ‘Green Gifts’ and much, much more can be purchased a Grateful Heart Gallery & Gifts where 5 area residents present their craft.
  • Enjoy meeting the many farm animals at The Farm located within the state park., hike the park trails and embrace the utter beauty of nature at Prophetstown State Park.
  • Have you ever come face-to-face with a wolf? Wolf Park gives you the extraordinary opportunity of meeting numerous wolves, coyotes, and foxes; each have their very own story and background to share!
  • Tour the the building that was once featured at the St. Louis Worlds Fair, Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art! It holds some of the most historic and valued Indiana art pieces in the state!
  • Test your mini golf skills at Monster Mini Golf: 18-holes of surprises, twists, and turns! What’s the catch? It’s all in the dark with neon monsters around every corner!
  • Arrowhead Bowl: Bowlers will find great bowling and family fun in a smoke free environment.

Go to www.homeofpurdueblog.com to sign up! Entries will be accepted through Monday, September 19. The winner will be announced via social media after they have been notified. And stay tuned to our next social media contest coming in September – the theme is food!

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Arni’s Pizza Eating Contest September 25

DSC_0902Pizza Eating Contest! How many pizzas can you eat in one hour? 1, 5, or maybe more??  Enter to win the Arni’s Pizza Eating Contest! This special foodie event is being held on Sunday, September 25th at 4:00pm in the Arni’s Market Square parking lot at 2200 Elmwood Avenue in Lafayette.

This competition puts up to 100 contestants against each other in a battle to see who can eat the most pizza within one hour. Over $3,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded with the champion winning $1,000! Additional prizes like best costume and best cheering section will also be awarded.

The contest is limited to the first 100 people who complete their registration. Contestants can obtain the registration form by visiting any Arni’s location or by downloading the form online at www.meetyouatarnis.com.

To those participating, good luck! To the crowds of fans, cheer on your pizza eating contestant to victory!

Enjoy these photos from last year’s event!

Ready, set, eat!!

Ready, set, eat!!

Pizza makes me strong!!

Pizza makes me strong!!

All dressed up to eat pizza!

All dressed up to eat pizza!

Cheer on your pizza contestant!

Cheer on your pizza contestant!

Check out all these empty boxes!

Check out all these empty boxes!

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