1869 Tap Room Open To Serve Boiler Country

Unknown copy 4Finally! Purdue has a bar right on campus in the basement of the historic Purdue Memorial Union. This great addition to the food service area of the Union will allow faculty, staff, students and visitors the opportunity to sit down together over an adult beverage.

The 1869 Tap Room opened for Homecoming Weekend in the fall of 2016. People’s Beer (locally brewed) is served on tap along with a selection of wines and bottled domestic beers. People’s works closely with the Purdue hops researchers in the College of Agriculture and with the fermentation specialists in the Department of Food Science.

Unknown copy 3The Tap Room will soon feature educational displays depicting the growing research that Purdue has done on fermentation science and hops production. This will educate patrons on the importance and relevance Purdue has on the world of Food Science.

An appetizer menu from Pappy’s Sweet Shop is offered during Tap Room hours. Hours are 4:30pm-9:00pm Monday through Saturday during the regular academic session.

Grab your coworkers and end your day relaxing and mingling over a great local beer right on campus.

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Out To Lunch Divas Explore 6th Street Dive

The Lunch Bunch

The Lunch Bunch

What does comfort food mean to you? International or regional dishes? Childhood and family favorites? Or … maybe all of the above.

The Dining Divas and two guests sampled some authentic “Hoosier Texican” food recently at the 6th Street Dive Bar & Grill; corner of Salem and 6th Streets in Lafayette. What we found were two southern transplants redefining Tex-Mex comfort food with some family recipes that are sure to win you over.

New owners, Brandon Stevens and Nick Williams, are from Shreveport, Louisiana and Fort Worth, Texas respectively. But both have spent half their lives in the Hoosier state and bartending for the last 15 to 18 years. Operating in the former Varsity Clubhouse Bar since Labor Day, the revamped restaurant/bar interior is a breath of fresh air … literally. Gone are the pool tables, smoking and juke box. The retooled décor of reclaimed wood and metal, friendly service, and a menu with their unique twist of Tex-Mex and Midwestern favorites, is a winning combination with a growing following.

Queso!!

Queso!!

We kicked off lunch with an order of Dive queso fontanero for $8, a layered dip with queso, fresh pico, sour cream, fresh guacamole and your choice of chorizo or chili con carne (on top or on the side), served with made fresh to order tortilla chips hot from the deep fryer. You think the description is a mouthful? Wait until you try this dip. Dan, one of our two guests claimed, “I would come here again just for the queso!” We all wager you’ll never go back to plain chips and jar cheese dip again. Fair warning!

Kay's Knucklehead Burrito

Kay’s Knucklehead Burrito

Kay, our seafood lover, fooled us and passed on the blackened fish taco special (sounds great, right?!). Instead she ordered the knucklehead burrito for $8.50. The Dive’s breakfast burrito is loaded with scrambled eggs, tater tots, cheese, fresh pico and your choice of bacon or chorizo. Why the unusual name? According to the menu, “Because breakfast is the most important meal of the day knuckleheads!” Kay rated it “Really delicious and it’s a lot of food– it’s a big breakfast.” We suggest you bring a friend.

Jo ordered the garden salad for $3 and added sour cream & house made guac for $3. “This is an ideal low carb salad. The guacamole is awesome!” Jo’s special tip of the day: add the Dive Dip on top (You know, the appetizer dip in the paragraphs above), “It makes an EXTRA good dressing.”

Margy is already a regular. Her “usual” is the veggie taco; “The best in town!!” But today she opted for the beer battered stuffed avocado for $10.  It’s a house specialty, Texas favorite and an avocado lover’s dream.  Lightly battered and fried, it’s served on a bed of lettuce so it’s almost like a salad.  It includes chicken or chorizo and black beans but because everything here is made to order, it can also be made vegetarian on request.

Deep Fried Avocado

Deep Fried Avocado

Bev's Taco Salad without Chips

Bev’s Taco Salad without Chips

Bev ordered the taco salad. Typical? Not so fast! The taco salads here can be ordered with beef or chicken for $9 or with steak or pork for $10. Bev chose hers with ground beef in taco seasoning.  Again, made with fresh to order chips, the salad includes all the usual veggies, cheese, sour cream and house made guac.  Bev added a side of queso and the homemade hot sauce to make it a really flavorful, delicious salad! “It’s huge and I won’t get through 1/2 of it.”

Dan, guest #1 and Jo’s main man, ordered fish & chips for $8.50. “Very good coating on the fish — a lot of it, there’s like six pieces here!”  The breaded catfish fillets are fried to order and served with a house-made tartar sauce. “Not a big chunk of fish but instead long strips.  The batter is light — not real heavy.” Dan gave his lunch a Hoosier two thumbs up.

Fish and Chips

Fish and Chips

Erin, guest #2 and hungry co-worker of Bev’s, chose the hand-spanked cheeseburger for $9.  The sandwich comes with two 4 oz patties and seasoned fries. “Love the seasoning on the fries. The burger is really juicy. It’s kinda big though!” Get Erin a to-go box, no one is leaving hungry today!

The 6th Street Dive is open seven days a week with both food and drinks available from 11 am-3 am including sandwich specials, and soup of the day (need I remind you it’s made from scratch?). Carryout is available. The Dive boasts about their house-made hot sauce and salsas including a mango infused salsa the day we were there.  The menu includes many of Brandon and Nick’s personal favorites. “… food we loved growing up from our mom’s and grandma’s kitchens. We are sharing a taste of Texas made fresh, from scratch with our friends in Yankeeland! Cheers!”

Pictures inside and outsideThe 6th Street Dive is a bar and grill serving only those 21 and over, with Nick’s favorite selection of bourbons, margaritas proudly made from scratch, daily drink specials, and an impressive beer list. Their beer selection includes your classic favorites and a rotating selection of both regional and national craft beers. Our server and seasoned bartender, Joe Wilson, says it is the widest variety of bottled beers he’s seen in town. You can follow Joe and his updates about the Dive on Facebook at Joe Wilson’s Bartender News

Are the Bar and Grill options not enough to lure you north of Union Street? Did we mention the Dive has a fun, neighborhood atmosphere we felt as soon as we walked in? Whether you go earlier for lunch, meet friends after work at the tables in front of the garage door/window on a nice day, or stick around with the late crowd to enjoy the growing live music scene of local and regional bands playing most Friday and Saturdays; you will feel right at home.  I know we did.

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

Happy National Beer Day

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People’s Brew

Craft beer. Yes, Lafayette- West Lafayette is obsessed with this craze alongside the rest of the world. We won’t settle for the same old big names anymore. Craft beer lovers will travel and spend a lot of money to find their next favorite brew.

Lafayette, Indiana is home to People’s Brewing Company. This brewing facility located on North 9th street offers a tap room right on the facility. They bottle their beer and it can be found in many local bars as well. Probably the most well-known beer is the Moundbuilder IPA. This American Style India Pale Ale is hoppy, yet smooth and is available year-round.

LBC

LBC

Lafayette Brewing Company offers around 10 different beers at all time to satisfy all palates. The Black Angus Oatmeal Stout is full-bodied and sweet and is one of their few flagship beers.

Both local breweries offer beer to go on Sundays! This is the only way you can take beer to go in Indiana on Sundays! They also offer tastings and the staff is knowledgeable to help you find your perfect brew.

Drink at the Pint

Drink at the Pint

A few other suggestions for some great beer on National Beer Day is The Pint where beer milkshakes are available, 6th Street Dive which now has Yuengling on tap, Sgt. Preston’s where you can sit out on the large patio, and 1869 Tap Room located in the Purdue Memorial Union. Also, do not miss Lafayette’s newest brewery, Thieme & Wagner, located downtown Lafayette and decorated with over 150 years of brewing history.

Beer lovers, celebrate beer this weekend as well at TAP for TAF Craft Brew Fest.  Now in its sixth year, the event offers the opportunity to sample beers from Indiana brewers, enjoy an amazing view of our city, and support the arts in North Central Indiana

It’s Patio Time, Head Outdoors!

Digby's Patio

Digby’s Patio

It’s that time of year again, patio time!  Spring is here and outdoor patios are coming alive with laughter and fun times.  Check out Lafayette-West Lafayette’s unique patio locations.

  • Digby’s: Enjoy the amazing view of our beautiful courthouse while feasting on Velveeta loaded french fries, duck egg roles, wings and more!
  • La Scala: Their motto is “Fresh Farm Food From Our Farm and Other Local Farms. Taste the Difference,” and this is exactly what you will get when you visit. Enjoy farm fresh food in their beautiful outdoor patio overlooking the courthouse.

    Enjoy La Scala's Fresh Food and Outdoor Dining!

    Enjoy La Scala’s Fresh Food and Outdoor Dining!

  • Nine Irish Brothers: A gathering place of friends and co-workers, family and teammates, and visitors alike, who can sit back, enjoy a pint of Guinness and eat traditional Irish fare. Do not miss their large outdoor patios at both their Lafayette and West Lafayette locations.
  • Red Seven: Sit and admire views of both the courthouse and Riehle Plaza at this hip and trendy restaurant downtown Lafayette. Red Seven not only serves exceptional food, but the customer service is friendly and knowledgeable.
  • Scotty’s Brewhouse: Enjoy their outdoor patio in Wabash Landing as you devour everything from burgers (made a million different ways!) to salads to wonderful homemade soups.
  • Sgt. Preston’s: Pass through an old canal dock as you enter Preston’s extensive outdoor patio and enjoy your food and drink during a beautiful day. Live music is a regular occurrence on Saturday nights. During the summer months, Preston’s is open on Sundays and features a fun atmosphere with outdoor games.

    Sgt. Preston's Patio

    Sgt. Preston’s Patio

  • Town & Gown: Flowers galore can be found in this beautifully landscaped outdoor patio. Smell the fresh flowers as you feast on light and fluffy pancakes, rich and flavorful biscuits and gravy, and decadent cocktails.

For more information about restaurants and more in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

TC’s Restaurant and Tavern; Where the Locals Eat!

IMG_2026We are often asked, “Where do the locals eat?”, one of the responses always toward the top of my list is a small restaurant in Battle Ground, Indiana called TC’s.

Now, this is a restaurant that has been around for years and has always been a local favorite! Best known for their Prime Rib, Breaded Tenderloins, Ribs, Catfish and Onion Rings, but with a variety of other things on the menu as well. If you are not a fan of fried food or are a vegetarian, this is probably not the place for you but otherwise, we are sure you’ll love it!

IMG_2019 Driving by, you may not even notice TC’s as it is off the main drag through Battle Ground just a bit, tucked away about a half block to a block north of the Eye Opener Café and the four way (well, five way) stop. Don’t expect anything fancy at this restaurant either but expect to leave very full and satisfied. The portions are fairly large, especially the tenderloin. If anyone has ever had an Indiana Tenderloin, you know it’s seems to be a contest to see who can get the largest tenderloin to make the regular sized bun look the most ridiculous. Well, I think TC’s is the winner! The tenderloin is larger than most people’s heads! And to top it off, it’s delicious!

IMG_2027Be sure to stop at TC’s the next time you are visiting the area! Ashley Gregory, Director of Sales, shares this blog.  For more information about this restaurant and others in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

March Madness Bar Hop 2017

Beer Milkshake at the PintMarch Madness is finally here! Now that football is over, basketball is key to my sports happiness! Watching the game from home can be fun, but there are many places around Lafayette-West Lafayette to catch the big game.

Jake’s Roadhouse is one of my favorite sports bars on campus, there isn’t a bad seat in the house. All ages are welcome at Jake’s until 9pm. Another favorite place on the west side is The Pint. The Pint offers an ever-changing selection of crafts beers and TVs line the bar (21 and over).

Sgt. Preston's

Sgt. Preston’s

Downtown you could bar hop for each game since there are so many great places to choose from! Sgt. Preston’s is always alive with game watchers and a ski-shot is available to get the fun rolling.  The Vault has pool tables and high top tables that are perfect to watch a game with a group of friends. Chumley’s has the best nachos to snack on during the game along with 50 beers on tap and plenty of local brews to try. DT Kirby’s has all the qualities of a great sports bar- big portions, greasy food and always an upbeat crowd with plenty of screens. Professor Joe’s Sports Pub and Pizzeria– the name says it all! Specialty pizza, The Boilermaker, is the perfect pie to cheer on your Purdue Boilermakers. Get your wing fix at Bobby T’s Pub.  Finally, one of the best places to fill your Mexican cravings during the game is at the 6th Street Dive where their chicken enchiladas are fabulous!

DT Kirby's

DT Kirby’s

Professor Joe's Stromboli

Professor Joe’s Stromboli

The list doesn’t stop here. Check out a full listing of bars and pubs at HomeOfPurdue.com. Boiler Up!

Sweet Treats this Easter from Mammaw’s Sweet Shoppe

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IMG_4529New location, same delicious flavor; Mammaw’s Sweet Shoppe! This past year, Mammaw’s has moved to a new location at 3540 SR 38 East in Lafayette. Their homemade, yummy treats still make your tooth buds soar.

Easter is in one month, and Mammaw’s is creating some pretty spectacular treats.  Enjoy cookies, cupcakes, and custom cakes to celebrate. Planning a wedding? Also, Mammaw’s specializes in some very unique wedding cakes.   Make sure to make a visit to Mammaws!

Photos showcase these treats better than words, so enjoy!

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Cupcake Galore!

Cupcake Galore!

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

Get your Wing Fix at Bobby T’s Pub

The mighty wing!

The mighty wing!

Happening 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 Bobby T’s Pub, Lafayette’s newest bar whose motto is the celebration of libation, authentic fair themed food, live music and more.

We recently made a visit to Bobby T’s to check out all the hype of this fascinating bar and menu. Bailey, Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern shares this. “Looking for a new place to get your wing fix? I highly recommend Bobby T’s on Main Street in Downtown Lafayette. Bobby T’s has a very unique atmosphere; almost as unique as the food! The owner himself told our group about how many attempts he put into each individual dish on the menu until they were absolutely perfect. His wings and homemade potato salad were delicious! I’ll also disclose that I am not a fan of nachos or loaded fries, but Bobby T’s bbq pork fries are beyond heavenly. I would eat them every single day if I could! They have the perfect blend of sweet bbq and spiciness that keeps you wanting more. I highly recommend visiting Bobby T’s if you’re looking for delicious food in the Lafayette – West Lafayette area.”

Loaded fries

Loaded fries

 

The owner also shared they have live entertainment on special nights and plans to have outdoor dining this year.  Make sure you visit Bobby T’s on your next restaurant adventure 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.

Weekend Update: Perfectly Paired & John Lennon and Me

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Wildcat Creek Winery

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 Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Enjoy decadent chocolate and sweet wine during Wildcat Creek Winery’s “Perfectly Paired” event this Friday, February 17.  The popular Steuben is back on the shelves, and will be featured during the month of February and during this evening of fun and romance.  Wine and chocolate pairings from Wolf’s Chocolates will be offered. Relax, sip wine and let your taste buds rejoice!

John Lennon and MeThe Civic Youth Theatre Production presents “John Lennon and Me”, this February 17-19. In this play, Hollywood-wannabe, Star, the ultimate Beatles fan, spends most of her time in the hospital, where she confronts cystic fibrosis with her imagination. Star’s new roommate, Courtney, is Star’s opposite—a pretty cheerleader and apparently not very sick. Eventually they come to understand each other, and ultimately, themselves.

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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Fall IN Love at Red Seven

Love at Red Seven

Love at Red Seven (John and Deanna have been married for 48 years!)

Love, romance and new beginnings. “Fall IN Love” at Red Seven Bar & Grill this Valentine’s Day. The romantic atmosphere, specialty cocktails, divine food, and refreshingly kind service sets the mood for the beauty of romance.

Sweaty palms, nervous laugh and twitchy eye. This is how my first date with my husband, Marc, started when he picked me up. We both had sweaty palms, I had a nervous laugh and he had an eye twitch (which truthfully he had the first month of our dating!). He took me to Red Seven, which we both enjoyed and have come to love as it is now our official “date night” restaurant.

IMG_3839We were seated at a booth in the dining area and settled into a comfortable conversation as we discussed what types of food we enjoy. When Marc shared he loved Red Seven’s almond and parmesan crusted chicken served with Yukon gold mashed potatoes, citrus spinach, in a lemon cream sauce, I suggested we share.  He said that comment was the moment he knew I was the one. Truthfully, I feel like I knew right away as we sat at Red Seven that something special was happening. We enjoyed a glass of the best sangria we’ve ever had and just talked the night away.

Cocktails!

Cocktails!

Major moments have taken place at Red Seven. Not only did we have our first date at this restaurant, but the night of our engagement we ate there before Marc proposed on the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge. A month ago, we were enjoying a family night out with our 3- year-old daughter, when we watched a young man propose to his girlfriend in front of their family and friends. Special moments taking place in a unique location. This Valentine’s Day “Fall IN Love” at Red Seven!

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

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