Taste of Purdue

Purdue’s campus is not only home to many famous scholars and outstanding athletes, but also home to some of the best food in the state. Now that classes are out for the summer, I felt it was perfect timing for a taste of Purdue day! I decided to take a whole day to enjoy some of Purdue’s most famous eats.

Triple XXX Breakfasts Rock!

Triple XXX Breakfasts Rock!

My first stop was at Triple XXX Family Restaurant on State Street. Triple XXX is not only a Purdue tradition, but a tradition for many throughout the country. Food Network’s Guy Fieri brought his show “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives” and had a taste of Triple XXX himself. As if that fun fact isn’t impressive enough, MSNBC crowned The Triple XXX Best Diner in the state of Indiana and USA Today added their burger to the 50 Best Burgers List. The burgers aren’t the only thing Triple XXX is known for, Thrillist crowned the Triple XXX root beer as the most iconic soft drink in the state of Indiana. Of course I can’t forget to mention the always incredible Triple XXX breakfast. I decided to try the Drew Bree’s First Choice which included two eggs, choice of chicken fried steak or their signature 100% ground sirloin, fried potatoes or hash browns, 2 buttermilk biscuits & sausage gravy. This was the perfect way to start off my taste of Purdue day. I didn’t leave hungry, that’s for sure. (Please note State Street in front of Triple XXX is under construction, so please check http://statestreetwl.com for traffic and construction updates.)

 

Greyhouse Coffee2015My next stop was right up the road at Greyhouse Coffee. Even after enjoying a hearty breakfast at Triple XXX, I couldn’t fight off my cravings for a hand crafted cinnamon latte. I ordered my latte and found myself a comfy chair to read a book and enjoy my drink. Greyhouse coffee is unbeatable and easily one of the most popular study spots on campus. The environment is unlike any other coffee shop on campus, which always draws me in when I need a nice quiet place to study. The service is great and Greyhouse is always full of friendly faces. I left Greyhouse satisfied and happy.

Bruno's Pizza

Bruno’s Pizza

By dinner time, I was starving and ready for something filling and tasty, so I found my way to Bruno’s! I started out with an order of Bruno Dough with a cup of cheese. Bruno dough is deep fried pizza dough brushed with garlic butter and sprinkled with garlic butter. YUM! Although the Bruno Dough was delicious and filling, I still ordered myself a small pepperoni pizza. Bruno’s pizza is unlike any other pizza in the area. It has its own unique look and flavor that everyone is sure to enjoy.

I am an ice cream lover and my taste of Purdue day wouldn’t be complete without it. I made my way across the road to the Silver Dipper. The Silver Dipper is a classic ice cream shop that has been around since 2001. There’s a flavor for everyone, as this shop offers around 40 flavors of ice cream! On this particular visit, I decided to have a waffle cone full of munchie madness ice cream. In case you’re wondering exactly what the munchie madness entails, it is a sweet cake batter ice cream swirled with a salted caramel ripple and brimming with Oreos, M&M pieces and peanut butter cups. All of life’s sweetest treats in one cone, my dream come true!

Enjoying a banana split from Silver Dipper!

Enjoying a banana split from Silver Dipper!

Well, did I make you hungry? All of these spots offer a large variety of food options at reasonable prices. Purdue is a great campus for foodies of any age. Whether you’re planning a summer visit to campus, meeting friends for lunch, or just on a foodie adventure, you are sure to love all of these fantastic tastes of Purdue!

Emily, Visitor Information Specialist and Purdue University Student, shares this blog.  For more information about these restaurants and others in our area, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Mother’s Day Planning Ideas & Suggestions

Fun gift ideas from Two Tulips!

Fun gift ideas from Two Tulips!

Mother’s Day is this weekend! What are you doing for your mother, wife or someone special in your life that is a mom? It is a holiday to say thank you to mother’s for everything they do all year long. This past year I became a Mom and I am so excited to see what my husband does for me this year to celebrate.  I always try to give him some helpful hints on what I would enjoy and I thought I would pass them along to our readers!

First, breakfast in bed is a must! My husband is not much of a cook, so I recommend an early morning run to a local bakery in town. I love the donuts from Mary Lou’s Donuts! An iced mocha from Cafe Literato would be the perfect caffeine start to my day.  A pretty single flower in a small vase from Rubia Flower Market would nicely compliment the tray I imagine him bringing to our room. It isn’t a big breakfast, but the donuts and iced mocha are probably enough calories for the whole day!

Next, a walk! I love walks and Happy Hollow Park is literally in our back yard. A leisurely stroll through the park with our daughter would be so refreshing. We can enjoy the fresh scent of spring flowers and talk about our week. After our walk, a stop at Dog N’ Suds for a Coney dog, fries and root beer would be greatly appreciated!

Presents? What woman wouldn’t want a little gift on this holiday? Lafayette-West Lafayette is home to over 70 plus storefronts, which gives my husband a plethora of places to shop. My husband can take a photo of our daughter for Linda at Le Originals to add it to a Pandora style like photo bead to create a necklace or bracelet. What a wonderful keepsake! I would never turn down a one of a kind, beautiful ceramic piece from Grateful Heart Gallery. Or a fabulous new purse or bag from Two Tulips would be a great gift!

Beautiful flowers from Bennett's!

Beautiful flowers from Bennett’s!

What should we do in the afternoon? I always plant flowers around Mother’s Day so a stop at Bennett’s Greenhouse to explore their vast array of lovely perennials and annuals would be fun. Flowers are a great gift too! Wow! Am I asking for a lot or what? But please remember, these are only ideas and suggestions!

The perfect ending of a fabulous first Mother’s Day would be dinner at Bruno’s! This restaurant feels like home to us. We love their hospitality, food and ambiance. We have our own special booth we sit in and every visit we order their bread sticks with two different dipping sauces. We mix up what we order every visit and have tried pretty much everything on the menu.  Everything is fabulous; pizza, fried shrimp, lasagna, Bruno Dough, etc.!

This Mother’s Day (if my hints come true), is going to be so much fun!  I hope every mother has a great day!

For more information about Lafayette-West Lafayette attractions, restaurants, shops and more visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.