Local Eats at Parkway Pizza

1a70120d55329444fcfec7348c4906a53074171f97623f4579fc10b114e598ddDo you ever crave delicious pizza, but don’t want to go with a chain restaurant? Parkway pizza is a local pizza delivery, carry out, and dine in restaurant in Lafayette. Located at 405 Sagamore Pkwy S Ste B-1, this pizza joint is at the center of your busy life.

The menu includes much more than just pizza. Sandwiches, gyros, calzones, and a whole variety of items are included in the menu. The full menu is sure to have something you will enjoy. After considering many different options I decided to go with a mouthwatering calzone filled with pepperoni and cheese. I was very happy with my decision.


Corey had a meat lover’s calzone and Ashley had a deluxe pizza. We all thoroughly enjoyed our meals. We decided to end our meal with fresh baklava. It was my first time having baklava and Parkway Pizza baklava exceeded my expectations! The baklava was very fresh and warm. It was a great treat to end our meal.


After eating at Parkway Pizza, Ashley said “The hand tossed pizza crust is light and fluffy and the pizza is loaded with toppings. Best pizza I’ve had in a while. The baklava has generous portions and is perfectly sweet and flaky! My new favorite pizza place!”.

Head over to Parkway Pizza to get a taste of some of Lafayette’s best Pizza and Subs!

Celebrating National Hotdog Day at Dog N’ Suds!

IMG_1759It’s National Hotdog Day!  We are celebrating at one of our favorite hotdog drive-ins, Dog N’ Suds! Visitors can sit back, relax in their cars and eat foot long coney cheese hotdogs and drink cold, creamy root beer!  There are two great locations, one in Lafayette and another in West Lafayette.

Ok, yes, I am guilty of eating not one, but 2 cheese dogs!

Ok, yes, I am guilty of eating not one, but 2 cheese dogs!

Love us some corn dogs!

Love us some corn dogs!

What’s your favorite restaurant serving a good ol’ hotdog??  Please share!

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

Meet you at Arni’s

Arnis 50th (39)

Celebrating 50 years!

The original Arni’s Restaurant opened at Market Square in 1965. Since then, Arni’s has made a positive impact locally as well as state wide with 18 locations throughout Indiana. Arni Cohen, the original owner and founder of Arni’s, was known to be a very kind and active member of the community up until his passing in 2002. His two sons Brad and Kurt, who now own and run the company, have carried on the family tradition of community involvement and friendly service through the business. I know this first hand from being a customer through childhood and now working at Arni’s myself.

Great customer service!

Great customer service!

I was very fortunate to be given an internship opportunity with Arni’s during my sophomore year at Purdue. Arni’s works closely with Purdue’s Hospitality and Tourism Program during career fairs and events such as the Purdue Black Tie Dinner. I couldn’t have asked for a better place to work and learn about the industry through a very wide range of responsibilities. Arni’s offers a full bar service, catering, and of course dine in. With the size and popularity of Arni’s, this opportunity offered me more than I could ever imagine through everything from marketing, restaurant operations, and catering skills. Although my semester long internship ended in May of 2017, I have continued working at Arni’s as a hostess.

20140621_195744My favorite part about working at Arni’s is the history within the restaurant itself, the employees, and the customers. There are multiple employees who have been working at the Market Square location for almost as long as Arni’s has been open. These long time employees are a huge part of what makes Arni’s so special, memorable, and nostalgic for many of our customers. There are many regulars who have been loyal customers since the doors first opened in 1965. We see our regular customers weekly and sometimes daily. This type of loyalty is so special and rare, I am so glad to be a part of it. The Arni’s environment is full of nostalgia, from the building, the pictures on the walls, to the servers and pizza makers who make it all happen.

arnis - 3 pizzasI can remember going to Arni’s as a child and I never grew tired of the classic Arni’s pizza. Now as an Arni’s employee, I still love to enjoy an Arni’s pizza or a hot ham and cheese whenever I can. Arni’s is a Lafayette tradition not only for my family, but many families in Lafayette and surrounding areas. When Lafayette natives move away and come back to visit, Arni’s is often their first place to stop upon their arrival. I have encountered many people while working at Arni’s who try to time their travel just right to order a pizza as soon as they get into town or make a stop at Arni’s before they leave the area. Arni’s is a taste of home for so many, including myself.

Arni's Famous Junior Salad

Arni’s Famous Junior Salad

The type of service, history, and taste Arni’s offers cannot be taught, but happens with experience and a genuine sense of community. I know from being a customer and also an employee that Arni’s provides the type of dining experience every customer longs for. You will have a smile on your face from the moment you walk into the doors until the moment you leave after a great meal. Don’t just take my word for it, I’ll Meet you at Arni’s!

Emily, Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern, shares this blog.

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.



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

Fine French Cuisine – Bistro 501

Dessert Spoons

Dessert Spoons

Taste buds soar at Lafayette’s one and only French restaurant, Bistro 501. From hand cut pommes frites, to the famous croque madame (or at least famous to me!), to epicurean desserts like the pot au chocolat, this restaurant serves it up decadently and deliciously!

One of my favorite ethnic restaurants in town is Bistro 501. Why? The food, service and ambiance make every visit memorable. I love food and every dish I have ordered at Bistro 501 has been fabulous. Just a few of my recommendations include the French onion soup, pomme frites, chicken pot pie and fish & chips. Their pomme frites are fresh cut fries lightly salted to perfection. I love blue cheese and I suggest ordering their homemade blue cheese dressing to dip them in!

Croque Madam

Croque Madame

Quiche and salad

Quiche and salad

Always great service! Bistro 501 wants guests to really enjoy their visit. The servers are attentive and knowledgeable about the menu and great at making suggestions. They create an atmosphere of comfort that makes diners not feel rushed but very relaxed.

dsc00484Welcoming ambiance. When one walks into Bistro 501 they are greeted by a very French countryside decor along with a smiling host or hostess. Located in the historic Lahr building, the high ceilings and openness make the restaurant feel spacious and very comfortable. Cushy seating allow for a pleasant visit where one can sit back, relax and enjoy a glass of chardonnay.

Make sure you visit Bistro 501 in 2017 for a dining experience that will be unforgettable. For more information about this restaurant and more in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.




Downtown Dine: Spurlock’s Offers Burgers, Drinks, & More

Looking for a great burger, drink, onion rings and more?  Visitor Information Specialist, Marlene, shares thoughts on her visit(s) to this restaurant and pub.

Spurlock’s is located at 721 Main Street in downtown Lafayette. It is in the perfect location if you are walking around the downtown area and want to stop in for lunch, dinner, or just a drink. It’s a small restaurant/bar and it has good food and excellent service.  When you walk into Spurlock’s, it is welcoming. You are invited to choose a seat anywhere you like.

The menu has something for everyone including different flavors of wings, starters, salads, steaks, seafood, pasta, burgers, wraps, sandwiches, and soups. The fried cheese cubes with marinara are one of my favorites.

I love burgers with blue cheese, so needless to say I ordered the Ol’ Blue Burger with a side of handmade potatophoto-9 chips. We also ordered the Black & Gold burger with onion rings. The bartender mentioned that they have the best onion rings in town and I certainly agree.

The prices at Spurlock’s are very reasonable. We were able to have dinner for two for well under $20.  They have $5 daily specials Monday thru Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. They also have a full bar with a nice drink selection.

photo-11For more information about this restaurant and more in Lafayette-West Lafayette visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.


Patio Season is Here! Head to Digby’s Pub

Outdoor patio

Outdoor patio

It’s spring! Spring equals patio season and one awesome restaurant to head to for a lovely outdoor experience with an amazing view of our beautiful courthouse is Digby’s Pub and Patio. This restaurant is also the perfect place to go if you want a night out in downtown Lafayette or want a quick lunch.

Grab a seat on the patio and check out their menu that has something for everyone. From Velveeta loaded french fries to duck egg roles, the options are interesting. I highly recommend their burgers. The beef, pork and seasonal produce they serve are purchased locally. They make each burger to order from their never frozen beef, so they are fresh and delicious! I also recommend their sweet potato fries to go along with the burger. Next time I go back, I am definitely going to give their cheese bricks and Monte Cristo sandwich a try!

Mac and Cheese and the Black and Blue Buger

Mac and Cheese and the Black and Blue Buger

My friend ordered their chicken bacon ranch wrap and she exclaimed at the richness of the different flavors. She had never had a wrap quite like it as it features grilled chicken wrapped in a jalapeno cheddar tortilla, applewood bacon, lettuce, tomato, vintage aged manchango cheddar and served with their homemade ranch dressing. She shared that the manchango cheddar gave it a smooth sharpness that was extremely delicious.  It was one of the best wraps she has ever tasted and highly recommends.

Chicken Wrap and Sweet Potato Fries

Chicken Bacon Ranch Wrap and Sweet Potato Fries

If you are not in the mood to sit outdoors and/or as spring brings many rain showers, head indoors. The decor is rustic meets industrial and is a fantastic place to relax and have a drink.

IMG_8018Digby’s is special as it is named after William Digby, the founder of Lafayette. On Christmas Eve 1824, at the federal land sale in Crawfordsville, at 22, William Digby bought 84.23 acres along the Wabash River that he would call Lafayette for $231.24. The owners of Digby’s think Digby would be proud of Lafayette, a thriving community with a strong economy and resources, culture and talent equal to cities twice our size.

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.

This blog was written by Marlene, Visitor Information Specialist, for Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette.

Restauration Equals Creative, Local Food!

Burger & Grits

Burger & Grits

One of the hottest trends lately is eating local and eating clean. In Lafayette we are fortunate enough to have a restaurant that does both! On March 18, 2015 at 731 Main Street, Restauration opened its doors to the public for the first time!

Restauration does things a little bit different than most other places. They have entirely built their menu based upon local products. Some of the local producers include Smoking Goose Meatery, Cornerstone Bakery, and Tulip Tree Creamery. Additionally, they purchase from many Fair Trade organizations for products such as coffee and tea that are difficult or impossible to produce on the local land.

The yucca fries and sandwich

The yucca fries and sandwich

Creativity is another aspect of using local products. Not everything will always be in season and easily accessible. By sticking to what is fresh, sometimes-new ideas are born. For example, yucca fries, cauliflower and carrot mash, fresh pea pesto and brewed cocoa are all items that Restauration asks you to trust them on!

Restauration also brings another aspect to the table in their kitchen. They are more than willing to work around any dietary restriction that you or a family member may have. The Serrano family deals with some of the same issues that you may face. By making their food from scratch with whole ingredients it is much easier for them to be friendly towards those with special diets.

Mac N Cheese

Mac N Cheese

I have never experienced a mac and cheese dish like I did at Restauration. My dish consisted of whole-wheat pasta, broccoli, cheese and chicken. It was an explosion of flavors in my mouth. Additionally, I had a choice of a side dish. Naturally I had to experience the bacon jam apples! I walked away from dinner both satisfied and not feeling over stuffed. With all of the healthy food, I did not feel weighed down or sluggish after eating.

Unfortunately I did not have room for dessert after this meal. But each month Restauration chooses a different local animal organization to donate a dollar from each Ice Cream Sundae sold. It is Restauration’s way of giving back to the community.

Blood Orange Pie

Blood Orange Pie

It took some time, but Restauration is now fully licensed to serve alcohol! They even use locally made alcohols at their bar with some really creative drinks.

Restauration is open for lunch Monday through Friday 11:00am – 2:00pm. Dinner is served Monday through Thursday from 5:00pm until 9:00pm and Friday and Saturday nights 5:00pm until 9:30pm.

When you come to Restauration for your next meal out, come in hungry and with an open mind. You may just find a dish you have never heard of before and fall in love with it!

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

D&R II (The Restaurant) Serving Smoky, Juicy Chops, Brisket Tips and More!

IMG_7332Looking for something for your tailgate, cookout or other party this fall? Check out D&R! They have been known for years around this area for their Meat and Produce Market located at Creasy Lane and South Street just across from Lowe’s. Did you know that they have a restaurant? They do, and they cater! If you like BBQ, you have got to try D&R! The restaurant is in the same plaza as the market, just a couple doors down, and they recently just expanded so now they can seat up to 80 people (with advance notice for large groups) in their restaurant!

IMG_7329IMG_7331A couple of my friends and I recently visited the restaurant and were amazed! We have had D&R BBQ for years at different parties and events around town and love buying the meat at the meat market to cook at home but had no idea they had this amazing restaurant! As you first walk in the door, you can smell the amazing BBQ and smoky scents (smells are free by the way!) Everything is smoked onsite! If we weren’t hungry before, we were for sure when we walked in the door! They have a variety of meats and warm or cold sides. Well, we couldn’t decide, so we had to try a bit of everything! Literally! We shared, but we had lots of leftovers. We were in awe of everything! The two meats that really impressed me though were the pork chops and the brisket tips! First, the pork chop, they had two different kinds that day, and we couldn’t believe how huge they were! One was one pound, the other two pounds… in ONE pork chop! They were both, either as big or bigger than my head! Wow! Two people could easily split one as a meal. We decided on the smaller of the two, and it was so thick but still juicy, and the flavor was out of this world! The other meat that amazed me was the brisket tips.

Burnt Ends

Burnt Ends

Typically they only have this meat on Wednesdays, but they had a few on this Thursday. They were little squares of meat that were so black they looked like a marshmallow someone had just stuck right in the fire, caught on fire and burnt to a crisp, but let me tell you, they were not burnt at all! They were juicy and flavorful! A great smoky but sweet flavor! Next time I go back, I’m for sure going on a Wednesday to get these! They were so awesome! We of course had to have their amazing pulled pork (we all have had before and still love it!), and we tried the brisket, ribs and chicken! Oh my! It is all so good! All perfectly smoked and so juicy! They get as much locally as they can as well, which makes me feel good! All the pork comes from right here in Indiana!

IMG_7330I haven’t even gotten to the awesome sides yet! We all had our eye on the loaded potato salad, so we all had that, but there were so many others to try, I could have made a meal for several days out of just the salads and sides! We also tried the macaroni and cheese (extra cheesy and creamy- just perfect!), mashed potatoes (so well seasoned, you really wouldn’t need gravy) and the green beans (what’s BBQ without green beans?!? And these were perfect! Had a bacon and onion flavor without being over powering). Other sides to choose from were broccoli salad, macaroni salad, corn, pasta salad, pea salad and I’m sure a lot more that I missed because my mouth was watering over all the things I’ve already mentioned!

IMG_7324The service was very friendly, and they were willing to recommend their favorites and explain the food in great details! Very helpful! Makes me want to visit again very soon!

For those of you with groups of friends, church groups, etc. that like to go out to eat, they do a great job. My Grandma’s church group had one of their “mystery dinners” here a couple months ago (no one except the organizers know where they are going until they get there), and they were all floored by the excellent food and service! Grandma has been raving for months now! Every time I see her, she’s asked me if I have visited. It will definitely become one of my go-to spots now! Her group had 40 people, and they were all very comfortable in their new seating area.

Service is exceptional!

Service is exceptional!

Make a trip to D&R Market and Restaurant very soon! Trust me, as long as you like meat, you’ll love it! Enjoy! Ashley Gregory, Group Tours & Meeting Manager, shares this blog.

A Taste of Lafayette-West Lafayette Dining Contest 2015!

A Taste of Lafayette-West Lafayette Dining Contest 2015! Discover why Lafayette-West Lafayette is the best choice for a fabulous weekend that is full of fun entertainment and dining! You can enter to win a weekend getaway worth over $500 to Lafayette-West Lafayette to partake in all our town has to offer! Our local restaurants, hotels, shops, and attractions have donated fun gifts to one special winner. Good luck!

Enter to Win (by answering this question correctly below)!

QUESTION: Arni’s is celebrating a milestone Birthday this year! How many years has Arni’s been in business?

Leave your answer below in the “Leave a Reply.” We will collect all of them and pick a random winner from among the correct answers.

One great winner will win the following package!

Entries will be accepted through Monday, October 12, 2015 at 12pm. A winner will be announced as soon as we have contacted the winner! Leave your reply in the box below and click “Post Comment.” Please note that your answer will show up on your computer, but no one else will see your answer until the contest is over.

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