Deliciousness Awaits at Walt’s Other Pub

Consistently deliciousWalt’s Other Pub in Lafayette is a place you just have to plan a visit! Visitors and locals alike can find something to enjoy among their many menu options! There are sandwiches, flatbreads, salads, steaks, and more!

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French Dip

One of my great shames is that up until recently, I had never visited Walt’s Other Pub. As a fourth year Purdue Student, I am so sad that I have missed out for this long! Luckily, my job here lets me get a taste of all of the great places that our community has to offer.

My coworker Emily and I took our lunch break there only a couple of weeks ago. And wow, was I impressed! We tried their new pepperoni stick appetizer! It was a delicious calzone-like dish and served with two dipping sauces: cheese and marinara. But our meal didn’t stop there, of course! For our entrees, I tried the French dip sandwich. It was served with waffle fries and a savory au jus sauce! Emily got the meat lover’s flatbread pizza – with a variety of toppings including sausage, pepperoni, salami, ham, applewood bacon and lots of yummy, melted mozzarella cheese on top!

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Delicious Flatbreads!

I don’t think that anyone can have a bad time at Walt’s Other Pub! There’s so many options for everyone. It has a local, community atmosphere and is a staple of the Lafayette-West Lafayette area. You can come with the family, for a business meeting, for an event, and basically any other event that calls for great food! Another bit of good news is that they are opening a second location! West Lafayette will have its own Walt’s Pub on the corner of Yeager and Kalberer. It is set to open this Fall.

Walts.Indoor Logo 2I definitely can’t wait for an excuse to eat there again and check out the new location. This blog post was shared by Purdue student & Visitor Information Specialist Intern, Sam Martin!

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Weekend Update: Holiday Farmhouse Feast & Lafayette Master Chorale Performance

Lafayette-West Lafayette Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

This Saturday, November 4, partake of a lunch of great food and laughter at the Holiday Farmhouse Feast at The Farm at Prophetstown! Enjoy a homemade meal in the 1920’s Gibson Farmhouse, featuring fresh ingredients from The Farm. This will mark the last farm-to-table dinner of the season!  The meal will be buffet/family style and include ham, fried chicken, traditional sides and dessert. Socialize and make new friends, visit the farm animals and feed the chickens! It will be an afternoon of merriment and fun!

Farm to Table Dinner

Farm to Table Dinner

The evening of November 4, the Lafayette Master Chorale begins the season with the elegant Requiem of Gabriel Faure. With its soaring melodies and dramatic harmonies, this piece remembers those who have gone before. Combined with Arvo Part’s Da Pacem Domine, Faure’s luscious Cantique de Jean Racine and Peter Lutkin’s beloved The Lord Bless You and Keep You, the gentle but powerful music is sure to leave you with a feeling of serenity.

Lafayette Master Chorale

Lafayette Master Chorale

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

 

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“Boiler Up” on a Den Pop and “Hammer Down” on a Hammer Donut

IMG_0361Just when you thought being a Boilermaker couldn’t get any better, it does! We now have a place to get FRESH donuts on campus for a reasonable price! Hammer Donuts is a small, but mighty donut shop inside the famous Discount Den in Chauncey Hill.

As soon as you walk into The Den you will see a beautifully painted mural painted by Lafayette’s own Elaine Nygren. The mural displays colorful donuts and sprinkles with a Purdue hammer hitting the wall. It’s the perfect back drop for a donut shop. It gives Hammer Donuts an artsy and colorful feel.

Hammer Donuts has teamed up with local businesses such as the Neon Cactus. On Thursday nights you can bring in your cactus cup and fill it up with donut holes for only $4.99. The Hammer Donuts Instagram is sure to make you hungry for a fresh hammer donut.

Hammer donuts can also fulfill your catering needs. The bright pink donut boxes are a great addition to your early morning meeting or staff breakfast. Hammer donuts does it all.

Purdue’s campus has had fro-yo options, Chinese food, AJ’s Burgers, Brothers Bar, and everything in-between that a hungry college student needs, except donuts! Now our campus is officially complete and just in time with State street opening and students returning for the semester.

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These donuts aren’t just your average donuts. Owner, Tate Schienbein, a 2017 Purdue Grad, makes the donuts from scratch using his own family recipe. The donuts are freshly made right there inside the Den every morning! The donuts look and more importantly, taste amazing. In addition to the amazing donuts, Hammer Donuts serves coffee from Lafayette’s own Copper Moon. This business is already on its way to being a Purdue tradition.

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The menu includes classic donuts, specialty donuts, and donut holes! My personal favorite is the specialty Lucky Charm covered donut. Hammer Donuts is the perfect compliment for the legendary Discount Den. How exciting is it that we can now “Boiler up” on a den pop and “hammer down” on a hammer donut! As Tate says, “Boiler Raised, Hammer Made!”. Head to 135 S Chauncey Ave Suite 1J in West Lafayette to give these delicious donuts a try for yourself.

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

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Dining Divas Explore Bistro 501

DivasWelcome back to Dining Divas, traveling the globe with a menu & napkin instead of a suitcase & passport. Last time we met, we sampled Texican-Hoosier at 6th Street Dive. This time we dined on French fusion at Bistro 501, on Main Street in the heart of downtown Lafayette. Serving up both a culinary and cultural experience, Bistro 501 has a warm urban vibe with large windows overlooking Main Street, outdoor seating and French decor complete with roosters.

To the occasional diner, Bistro 501 is a 15-plus year fixture at the corner of 5th and Main. But their regulars know a shift took place roughly a year and a half ago when Theresa Buckley, the restaurant’s general manager, convinced her mother and twin sister Cheyenne, to purchase the business from her boss and owner Gabrielle Meyer. Mary, Theresa’s mother and veteran of the hotel restaurant business, tells how the trio decided to give it a go and “shine up an old penny” which meant that she and Cheyenne, then a chef in Vermont, would move back to Lafayette.

The Buckley’s goal when purchasing the business was to keep the favorites for their regulars while adding a few fresh ideas to keep it interesting and entice new locals to come try them out. The menu is seasonal now, changing four times per year with the biggest difference coming between winter and spring.

The day we visited, Micayla was our server — new to the Bistro but not to the restaurant industry. She expertly helped us navigate our lunch options and diet restrictions.

Jo chose

Salad Nicoise

Salad Nicoise

($11). Micayla did a great job handling the keto salad request, removing the tuna and potatoes. “Their blue cheese dressing is one of the best,” Jo said.  “I love the Nicoise olives.”  The olives, fresh green beans and hard boiled eggs over mixed greens made the salad both attractive and filling. “It was nice that I could just say ‘keto’ and the chef knew how to change their standard menu item.” They even brought heavy whipping cream for Jo’s coffee!

Kay decided on Livers Normandy ($12) which is made up of sautéed chicken livers, shallots, bacon, dried cherries, with pasta, and a brandy cream sauce. “This is actually delicious and chicken livers aren’t usually one of my favorites.” Kay said between bites. “The chicken livers are mild and you really notice the brandy sauce. Usually with pasta you get too much but this is a nice lunch portion.”

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Livers Normandy

 

French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

Bev ordered a bowl of French onion soup ($7) (someone had to, right?). Bev also chose one of the two daily quiche options which that day was ham, apple and Brie for $8.  The soup was warm and tasty topped with bread and cheese. “The house made Caesar dressing is creamy and interesting. The quiche changes each day which adds variety to the menu. It’s a nice lunch combination.”

 

Margy decided on the roasted butternut squash soup ($4.50) intending to compare it to her own recipe. For a side she added hand cut pommes frites for $8. The soup had maple in it which gave it a distinctive flavor. The yogurt swirl, candied pepitas (a variety of pumpkin seeds) and sage on top made it both beautiful and flavorful. Margy had to agree it was better than hers. The frites were nicely prepared and came with the curry ketchup, an interesting twist to the old standby.

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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

All this plus we shared a basket of wonderful crusty French bread. Each of us enjoyed our lunch and we still needed to try some desert. So when the to-go containers had to come out we were happy to see eco-friendly packaging instead of Styrofoam. Merci!!

Lucky for us, several deserts at Bistro come in spoon sized portions. Jo ordered Pot au Chocolat. “If you like chocolate, you’ve got to love this! It’s chocolate heaven.”

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Pot au Chocolat

For Bev, it was Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée with caramelized sugar. “This is perfectly done with a lovely crust on it.”

Kay’s Cheesecake 501 spoon was chocolate and coconut, “A great combination with a graham cracker crust and the cheesecake options that change daily. How do you say brilliant in French?!”

It’s Sticky Toffee Carrot Cake for Margy. Unfortunately this desert was only available in a full serving size (really, did we just say unfortunately?). It is served warm, soaked in toffee with Medjool dates, and cream cheese-buttermilk ice cream. Warning, it is very sweet so you may want to share! “The ice cream is wonderful and the buttermilk flavor is really unusual!” Margy said. “The cake is super moist with lots of carrot and cinnamon. Seriously, if you need to, you can count this as a vegetable …”

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Frites

Can’t make it downtown for lunch you say? No worries, the Bistro’s dinner menu includes many great options including an appetizer of mussels which Kay has had before.  Another friend comes for dinner to have the escargot (flown in from France) and steak tartare.  We have heard great reviews about their slow roasted duck legs. And Bev stopped by on her own after our group lunch to have what she described as “THE most incredible burger ($14)– a short rib beef patty that was incredibly tender topped with goat cheese, roasted mushrooms, and bacon with garlic aioli,” she said. “It was really one of the best burgers I’ve had!”

 

Ok, but what if all I have time for is a drink with friends after work or on the weekend? Spend some time with one of the Bistro’s skilled bartenders. It’s a quite complete bar with a good wine list. That’s what we call full service!

bistro-501_33765279311_oOther updates we learned about during the visit: in addition to their weekday schedule, the Bistro now serves a Sunday brunch 10:30am-2:30pm which has been a great success, advertising primarily by word of mouth and social media. Tuesdays they have a raw oyster bar & live music. Expanded seating on the patio offers more outdoor options for diners. Lunch is served Tues-Fri 11-2pm; Dinner on Mon-Tues 5-9pm and Wed-Sat 5-10pm. On 3rd Thursdays enjoy live Jazz with two seating options: with a dinner reservation at 6:00pm, or with cocktails at 8:00pm – $30 min sale per person due to limited seating.

French Decor

French Decor

The Buckley’s feel their new ideas are being well received among regulars and newcomers alike. In the eight months prior to our visit, Bistro 501 reviews on Trip Advisor were 4.5 of 5 and its standing moved from #17 to #6 among 234 greater Lafayette restaurants! If you haven’t been to the Bistro before, now is the time. And if you haven’t been back for a while, what are you waiting for? Bon Appetit!

Kay Conner, photographer, seafood superstar
Margy Deverall, author of Lafayette articles, dedicated vegetarian
Beverly Shaw, author of West Lafayette articles, bring on the beef (or chicken or pork)
Jo Wade, founder of this food blog, very veggie

Coffee! Celebrate National Coffee Day!

It’s National Coffee Day! It’s a day to celebrate this beverage that caffeinates us for the day!  Ok, so we don’t think “caffeinates” is a word, but it should be!  Even if you aren’t a coffee drinker, the rich smell of coffee roasting has to make your senses smile.

Lafayette-West Lafayette is home to 13 coffee shops, both local and chains. Do you have a favorite? Please share!

Here are some delicious coffee photos to make your day a little brighter!

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Sacred Grounds

Greyhouse Coffee

Greyhouse Coffee

Star City

Star City

For more information about Lafayette-West Lafayette coffee shops and other restaurants in our area, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

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.

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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.