National Cheeseburger Day – DT Kirby’s Calling!

The Cheeseburger may be the most famous American food symbol there is. Cheeseburgers are to Americans like Pasta is to Italians. The official beginning of the cheeseburger is unknown, but we do know the cheeseburger will always be an American favorite. You can experience the taste of the great American Cheeseburger right here in Lafayette, Indiana. National Cheeseburger Day is today, September 18th and what better way to celebrate than heading over to DT Kirby’s in Downtown Lafayette.

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The Mac ‘N Nap

DT Kirby’s has a one of a kind menu you won’t be able to find anywhere else. The Mac ‘N Nap burger is my personal favorite. The Mac ‘N Nap is a burger with mac and cheese on a pretzel bun. This meal is the best option when you can’t decide between a mac and cheese meal or a nice juicy burger. The pretzel bun completes the whole burger. The Mac ‘N Nap is simply the best of both worlds. The Mac and Cheese piled on top of the thick and juicy burger is the kind of mess that you will be completely okay with. It’s an incredible tasting burger that gives cheeseburger a whole new meaning.

Prime Burger

Corey enjoying his Prime Burger

So, what if you’re not a big burger person? DT Kirby’s offers much more than burgers. You can choose from a selection of sandwiches, salads, and their famous hot dogs. They also offer a full service bar. DT Kirby’s can cater to anyone’s eating (or drinking) needs.

A look at the bar

A look at the bar

DT Kirby’s offers a unique environment for their guests that keeps their regulars coming back time and time again. There are many “rules” at DT Kirby’s including no ketchup for your burgers and no take home boxes. Don’t try to ask for a knife, because at DT Kirby’s, they think real men don’t cut need to cut their burger in half. The rules are listed right there on the menu and some are posted throughout the store. If you’re looking for a sign upon arriving at DT Kirby’s, you won’t find one. At DT Kirby’s they believe their customers should be able to find them without a big sign out in front of the store. The restrooms even have a very different feel to them (I won’t spoil the surprise for you). In addition to all of that, If you’re a Chicago Cubs,

fan you’ll absolutely love the Cubs decor throughout DT Kirby’s.

Prime Burger

Prime Burger

Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day the right way! Head to DT Kirby’s at 644 Main Street in Lafayette for the biggest, most tasty, and picture worthy burger you’ve ever had.

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

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Purdue Tradition – Pizza from Bruno’s

IMG_5810Welcome back Purdue University students for the 2017/18 school year! It’s time for more traditions to be embraced and for great local cuisine to be consumed. One Purdue tradition that is on every Boilermaker’s list is a visit to Bruno’s, that has been serving hungry Boilers for over 60 years. A dining experience at Bruno’s is fun and delicious, so don’t miss out!

Bruno Dough

Bruno Dough

Hand-tossed pizza, famous Bruno dough, fresh garden salads, and house specialties (veal, bratwurst and manicotti, just to name a few), there is something for everyone at Bruno’s. The acclaimed appetizer is Bruno Dough, their famous pizza dough, deep fried, brushed with garlic butter, sprinkled with parmesan cheese, and served with a dipping sauce (cheese, meat, marinara or garlic butter). If you have never had this yummy, carbolicious treat, you must! The bread is light and fluffy on the inside and once dipped in a sauce (I recommend the cheese sauce that is a bit spicy), the flavor bursts in one’s mouth.

IMG_7061The pizza! Bruno’s pizza is different than any style of pizza I have ever had. It is a medium thickness crust that would be considered more New York Style. Bruno, Orlando (brothers who own the business along with their sister Tina) and their team of master pizza creators, toss the crust into the air, then pat it out onto pizza wood boards. They add a homemade, rich, red pizza sauce, a hearty brick style cheese and all the toppings. (My daughter loves to watch them make the pizzas from their huge glass window as you enter the restaurant.) The pizzas get placed in their massive, hot ovens, and bake together to pizza deliciousness.

Bruno’s has 3 rooms, the Big O’s Sports Room as well as a bar and room with the Swiss design. Big O’s Sports Room is filled with trophy’s, photos, sports memorabilia, etc. from sports teams, primarily Purdue. Almost every Purdue athletic star has made a stop at Bruno’s and photos line the wall of their visits. The Swiss rooms make one feel like they just stopped at a Swiss Chalet. From the beam and wood work to the beer stein glasses that line the walls, the feel is authentic and comfortable.

The Swiss Room

The Swiss Room

DSC01049Whether 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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Explore Downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette

IMG_4266Lafayette-West Lafayette is home to a fabulous downtown full of shops, public art, attractions, restaurants and hotels. Recently, downtown Main Street in Lafayette has undergone a major revitalization project and the beautifully manicured streets lined with specialty shops await the enthusiastic visitor. In West Lafayette, look beyond the construction to the delicious dining establishments and one of a kind shops. Our downtown is divided into 3 fun districts, Chauncey Village, Wabash Riverfront and Arts & Market. Each offering its own distinct charm and flair.

Public art!

Public art!

Local artist Linda Elmore creating masterpieces at LE Originals

Local artist Linda Elmore creating masterpieces at LE Originals

SHOPUpscale to vintage clothing, designer home accessories, gourmet goodies, original art in all media formats, music, games and even diamonds and gold await you.

DINE Enjoy an extraordinary assortment of cuisine—from elegant fine dining to casual bistros, corner pubs to cocktail lounges. It’s all here in Downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette.

Fun at Harry's

Fun at Harry’s

PLAYReady. Set. Go Downtown to find art galleries, nightlife, community parks and even a bowling alley, Downtown has it all. With plenty of activities, there’s always something to do.

Bowl at Purdue Memorial Union!

Bowl at Purdue Memorial Union!

STAYChoose from a historic hotel, located right on Purdue’s campus, to a hotel just steps from the Wabash River. Wherever you choose to stay, you’ll be in the heart of it all—Downtown.

West Lafayette's newest hotel, Hampton Inn

West Lafayette’s newest hotel, Hampton Inn

For more information about our lovely downtown, visit http://www.homeofpurdue.com/attractions/downtown.html.

Celebrate National Fajita Day

IMG_2289It’s a day to celebrate with delicious Mexican cuisine! Why? It’s National Fajita Day! Lafayette-West Lafayette is home to over 30 Mexican restaurants.  Yes, that is right, we have restaurants all over our two great cities serving fresh, authentic Mexican dishes.

Our office staff is divided when it comes to the best Mexican restaurant, so we want to hear from you! Share with us your favorite and why!  Also, if they make a scrumptious fajita and you have photos, please send to serickson@homeofpurdue.com.

Enjoy some of these local photos we took showcasing fajitas, Mexican food, and more!

Veggie Fajitas from La Hacienda

Veggie Fajitas from La Hacienda

Lindo Mexico Cuisine

Lindo Mexico Cuisine

6th Street Dive Queso

6th Street Dive Queso

Mama Ines Pastries

Mama Ines Pastries

For more information about Lafayette-West Lafayette and our local cuisine, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

 

 

Did you know there is a Shrimp Farm in Indiana?

Shrimp 2 copyFresh Salt Water Shrimp, in Indiana, really? Yep, you read right! Fresh salt water shrimp are being raised and sold in the small town of Fowler Indiana, just north of West Lafayette off of State Road 18 in Benton County and the average person, just like you or me can walk in and purchase it! It is some of the cleanest and freshest shrimp you will ever find, especially in Indiana!

The shrimp are shipped to RDM farms when they are only a few days old and they grow in tanks that look a lot like above ground swimming pools, in three different stages- the nursery, intermediate and adults. They give a very interesting tour for a small per person fee for groups; it would be a great place for girl scouts, boy scouts, 4-H, church groups, etc. to visit to learn about shrimp. When the shrimp get to the last stage they are ready to be sold and eaten! Yum! Be prepared, when you go in to purchase the shrimp they are sold live and will still have the heads and legs attached. Nothing is ever sold frozen here. It does make the best shrimp and is great on the grill especially for kabobs. The shrimp is so large yet still tender. They don’t even need deveined and you really can eat them with out taking the shell off since the shell is so thin but I still prefer to take the shell off. The owners were telling me the last time I visited that there is a gentleman from the Chicago area that comes down to buy shrimp every month and before he even leaves the store he will pick up a shrimp and eat it head and all, just raw. Now that is sushi! That is a little extreme for me but if that’s what you like, go for it!

Shrimp copyShrimp prices are very reasonable and after visiting and tasting the RDM Farms shrimp, I won’t be buying shrimp anywhere else again. Go check it out, have a visit with the owners; they are very friendly and incredibly knowledgeable about shrimp and their industry. The owners even give technical tours (for a fee) to those wanting to get into the shrimp business themselves. You’ve got to try this shrimp!

For more information about this business and others in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit HomeOfPurdue.com. This blog was shared by VLWL Director of Sales, Ashley Gregory.

Fresh, Honest Food is Pure Eatery

Welcome Lafayette’s newest restaurant, Pure Eatery, to our hip and fun downtown Lafayette dining scene. This restaurant, which opened last month, is already making a hit! Pure Eatery features fresh, honest food and we can attest for the pure yumminess of the menu. Our staff recently visited and this what we foundIMG_6171!

First, as we walked in, we were graciously greeted by the host and taken to our table.  The exposed brick and ceiling give it a very open and urban feel. Bright paint, light hard wood floors and pretty artwork create a comfortable and happy dining experience. It is really a lovely dining establishment!  And this was the first floor.  They also have an upstairs that is similar in style as well as a large outdoor dining patio behind the building.

Now onto the good part; the food! For appetizers we ordered the spinach and asparagus dip and crostini’s with pesto. As soon as the appetizers arrived we dug right in and we didn’t even have a chance to get photos! I have never had spinach dip with asparagus and it was delicious. Many times spinach dip can be heavy and filling, but this dip had a lightness to it and was so fresh. And the pesto appetizer was so refreshing. It tasted like they had literally just picked the basil and made the pesto right before serving!  YUM!

Philly Cheese Sandwich

Philly cheese steak

The best part was the sandwiches! I ordered their Philly cheese steak which is a new item on the menu. (they have 2 other restaurants in the Indy area). If anyone from Pure Eatery is reading this, KEEP this on the menu!  It is one of the best sandwiches I have ever eaten!  Succulent beef tips, roasted red peppers and onions, and an herbed cream cheese on homemade bread; this sandwich just melts in the mouth. If you are a dipper, I recommend ordering their homemade blue cheese to dip your chips in.

Grilled cheese

Grilled cheese

One of my co-workers, Lisa, ordered their grilled cheese. The sandwich includes swiss, havarti, provolone, tomato, pesto aioli, and one’s choice of sourdough or multigrain. She shared it was great and again the fresh pesto was fabulous!

Portobella

Portobella and spinach melt & salad

The portabella and spinach melt was another hit! Fresh portabella, spinach, provolone, garlic-parmesan aioli, on an Italian flatbread create a light and earthy sandwich.  With a lovely green salad on the side, how can one go wrong! Ashley from our office, really enjoyed it.

The prices! One thing I noticed was how reasonable the prices are. One can order a whole or half sandwich with a side and the prices are so inexpensive. (I do recommend ordering the whole sandwich, as once you take one bite, you will want a lot more!)

Dessert; I am sad to say we were so full we didn’t order anything but their offerings were great; cheesecake and Lick ice cream.  This just gives us another reason to go back!

If you have dined at this new, delicious restaurant, please share your review! We want hear!

For more information about Pure Eatery and other restaurants in our area, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Delight in Sweet Revolution Bake Shop

IMG_5850Happening 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 everyone is talking about Sweet Revolution Bake Shop, serving decadent desserts that will make your taste buds rejoice in delight!

IMG_5848Recently, our staff made a visit to check out this savory new bakery.  Here are our feelings on some of their specialty treats.

Ashley shared, “The oatmeal cream pie was enough to share. Wonderful, sweet icing in the middle surrounded by generous, soft oatmeal cookies.”

Rachel also had the oatmeal cream pie. “You have to try the oatmeal cream pie! It was as big as my hand with two soft oatmeal cookies with the homemade butter cream inside. I thought I was full from my lunch right before, but I just couldn’t stop taking bites! Not too sweet, and just the right texture!”

“I will be going back for the chocolate raspberry cupcake!  The cake was moist, it had this amazing raspberry filling and the buttercream icing was perfection topped with fresh raspberries.” Lisa gushes about her dessert.

 

Little pies!

Little pies!

Jo shared, “The chocolate stout cheesecake was to die for! So creamy and chocolaty, the crust tasted like a very thin, wonderful toffee too. I am absolutely sure it was not on my diet, but still worth any pounds gained from eating it. Last week my son Tyler stopped there and brought over treats for dinner. Marissa had one of their individual peach pies and it was so good she was sending photos to her dad (who lives out-of-town) telling him how wonderful it was, maybe even taunting him a bit with the deliciousness? I had another chocolate stout cheesecake and again ate every bite.”

IMG_5849Sara has tried many of their sweet treats and has a few favorites, “I am not a cookie person, but their chocolate chip cookie is so delicious, I keep going back for more.  They sprinkle salt on the top which makes it a bit savory on top of the sweetness.  And their key lime pie, oh my!  It has the perfect tartness and is a yummy dessert after a heavy meal to cleanse the palette”

Make sure you visit Sweet Revolution Bake Shop on your next dessert shop 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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Foodies Wanted Contest 2017 Winner

Amy and her daughter receiving their prize!

Amy and her daughter receiving their prize!

We have the winner of our “Foodies Wanted Contest 2017″ contest worth over $500! Congratulations to Amy from Lafayette, Indiana.

She shares, ”What an awesome thing to end up winning these fun prizes on my 40th birthday! My family and I will love experiencing these restaurants and outings around our Greater Lafayette area!”

Thanks to all who participated in this latest contest! Stay tuned for our next big contest/package we will be hosting in September.

Greece is Calling at the Parthenon

Parthenon stuffed pepper

Parthenon stuffed pepper

Greece called and we answered!  The Out to Lunch Dining Divas visit the Parthenon Greek American Grill. Most locals remember it fondly as an anchor in the Village but it’s doing just fine serving up Greek dishes out west (on 52 past Morehouse Road).

We started with a theatrical display of saganaki, which is a lightly battered slice of kefalograviera cheese (hard to spell, easy to eat)  pan fried and set on fire right before your eyes– on this day by the owners’ themselves!  Opa!  It has a distinctive flavor and was our favorite dish of the day, plus we liked the drama of it all. Where else can you get that sort of lunchtime thrill for under $6? (Please keep highly personal replies to that question to yourself!)

Parthenon cheese

Parthenon cheese

Bev enjoyed the stuffed green pepper, filled with ground beef, rice and tomato sauce. It was saucier and more flavorful than her attempts to make this herself and the abundant portion allowed her to take some home for another meal.

Jo, one of our two vegetarians, had the falafel sandwich and it hit the spot. She commented on its outstanding cucumber yogurt sauce which is made on the premises. Margy, our other veg-head, had the garden sandwich, a cornucopia of vegetarian delights;  a warm pita with homemade hummus, cucumber, tomato, onion, lettuce, black olive, pepperoccini, crumbled feta and homemade Greek dressing. She said she wouldn’t order the generously filled sandwich on a first date since it was a handful– but it was very tasty! (Since she’s married, that first date part is unlikely.)  Both non-meat eaters were thrilled that the vegetarian dishes were clearly marked on the menu and on the menu board.

Kay, our photographer and seafood consumer, didn’t have fish that day because it’s available on weekends but the owners told us diners can often choose from mahi mahi, salmon and grouper. She happily settled for a pork kebob sandwich made of freshly cooked pork medallions seasoned with homemade marinade topped with onion, tomato, cucumber and their own cucumber yogurt sauce. She said the pork was moist and tender which isn’t always the case with pork.

If you live in a house divided, with some people looking for worldly eats and others insisting on American fare, this is the place for you. There are loads of intriguing dishes including dolmades mousaka, spanakopita and patstitsio, but the less adventurous among you will be thrilled with the Americano burger with a side of fries or onion rings or maybe something from the kids menu.

On your way home? The place is crawling with people getting takeout and we know people who suspect they’re addicted to the Parthenon’s hummus.

Flaming Cheese!

The atmosphere is colorful, casual and comfortable.  Our food was prepared quickly and the Greek music had us happily tapping our toes. Since we didn’t want to leave, we decided we should split a piece of baklava— a layered Greek delight of nuts, honey, pastry, lemon, butter– how could it be anything but wonderful? Don’t tell Margy’s sister but Margy says it’s better than her sister’s.

For more information about this restaurant and others in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Foodies Wanted Contest 2017 Details

Foodies Wanted FB AdWe are celebrating summer fun with our Foodies Wanted Contest 2017 worth over $500! Here are some special details about the local places who have donated:

  • Enjoy a newly renovated overnight stay at the Hampton Inn-Lafayette and wake up to partake in a complimentary continental breakfast.
  • Bruno’s Pizza: Established in 1955, this restaurant not only offers some of the best pizza around, but fine dishes such as Veal Cordon Bleu, Fettuccini A La Bruno (classic fettuccini with tender shrimp), and amazing manicotti with the perfect blend of cheeses.
  • Where else do you get the chance to taste the world-famous Duane Purvis Burger with spread of peanut butter on it besides Triple XXX / Route 66? No where! Come and see why this diner was featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives!
  • 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!
  • Give your tastebuds an experience like never before at Kathy’s Kandies with homemade treats such as: gourmet popcorn, scrumptious truffles, and fluffy pastries!
  • The owners of Parthenon Greek American Grill are from Cyprus and work here each day, their authentic Greek food will not disappoint, travel the world and find no better Gyros!
  • East End Grill is offering modern fare, fabulous service in a cozy atmosphere. This is one of Lafayette’s newest restaurants and quickly becoming one of the community’s favorite places to eat.
  • Taste the whipped, silky texture of decadent frozen custard at the Igloo Frozen Custard, serving happy customers since 1932.
  • Learn how salt water shrimp are raised right here in Indiana at the RDM Shrimp Farm! You will have an opportunity to talk to the owners, tour the facility, learn the shrimp farming process and then have an opportunity to purchase some shrimp if you would like.
  • The prairies come alive with color in summer at Indiana’s newest state park, Prophetstown State Park. The park offers camping, swimming, hiking, biking, birding, wildlife observation, and more.
  • Home to chickens, pigs, cows, horses and more, this farm will bring smiles to your face and enjoyment for all. Bring the family out for an up close and personal tour of The Farm at Prophetstown, with possibly a personal trolley ride through the prairie.
  • Join a chorus of spectacular wolves in their natural habitat at Wolf Park’s popular Howl Nights. The park is home to several packs of gray wolves, plus foxes, coyotes and bison and is the only park of its kind in the country.
  • Recapture 18th Century life at the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon. Experience military demonstrations, foods prepared over an open fire, traditional craftsmen, costumed participants, music and dance.

Enter to win this fabulous contest at HomeOfPurdueBlog.com. Good luck!