Top Purdue Dining at Marriott Hall


Do you ever find yourself on campus wanting a nice place to eat in a relaxing, comfortable environment? Marriott Hall may be your new favorite spot. Marriott Hall is home to the students of Hospitality and Tourism Management, housing a sit down restaurant, a bistro quick service, a coffee shop and areas to study all within one academic building. The  building is adorned with tall windows, bringing in tons of natural light in the big open atrium area. During the week, you’ll find students and faculty studying in the atrium, grabbing a bite from the Boiler Bistro or a coffee from Lavazza.

Within Marriott Hall, you can dine or enjoy a variety of things.

  • The John Purdue Room
  • Boiler Bistro (with Urban Belly pop-up until the end of April)
  • Lavazza Coffee
  • Seating in the atrium
  • Upstairs lounging

If you are looking for a sit down restaurant

The John Purdue Room offers dining during both lunch and dinner, but make sure to reserve a spot just in case! The JPR acts as a part of a lab for students in the  Purdue hospitality program; certain times during the year they will offer cuisine special to a country that the students specially prepare. You can enjoy wine and beer there as well.

If you are looking for a quick bite to eat

The Boiler Bistro is a Marriott Hall classic. They offer everything from burgers, a daily special and soups for a reasonable price. This semester, Urban Belly (a Chicago based ramen shop) is featured in the bistro until late April.

If you are in need of a pick-me-up

Lavazza is a quick coffee shop right next to the atrium within Marriott Hall that offers everything from hot coffee to gelato. My favorite thing to get from Lavazza is an iced chai with non-dairy milk and sometimes I’ll snag a donut as well!

If you are looking for a new place to study on campus

As soon as you walk inside of Marriott Hall, you will find a wide range of seating to enjoy your coffee, catch up with a friend or study for your next exam. The windows are open and bright, bringing in a lot of natural light during the day. They also offer upstairs seating if the atrium is too full!

If you want to try a new cuisine on campus

Urban Belly, a Chicao based ramen shop, is featured at the Boiler Bistro until late April. They offer a select menu at the Bistro but it is worth a try. Urban Belly has brought three ramen options and three dumpling options to Purdue, both having vegetarian options as well.

Make visit to Marriott Hall this year!  For more information about these restaurants and more in Lafayette-West Lafayette visit, HomeOfPurdue.com.  This blog is shared by Natalie, Purdue University and Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern.

Savor Food and Spring at Town & Gown Bistro

If you’re looking for a cozy hidden spot that is Instagram worthy and full of delicious food and drink, Town & Gown Bistro is your new spot! Town & Gown offers a small, intimate dining experience that everyone loves.

Enjoying Town and Gown

Enjoying Town and Gown

With spring weather approaching, we all want to take in the warm weather in the best way possible. At Town & Gown, you can enjoy the spring weather with their beautiful outdoor seating area. The flowers and shade trees make it a perfect area for any time of the day.

Town & Gown is conveniently located on North River Road, extremely close to Purdue’s campus. If you’re looking for a place to take mom and dad out for breakfast when they visit their favorite Boilermaker, this is the perfect place. You’ll certainly be their favorite after you treat them to a delicious, hearty breakfast at this restaurant.

Town and Gown Eggs and French Toast

Town and Gown Eggs and French Toast

I recommend their french toast which is sweet yet savory, perfectly cut and cooked bacon, and light, fluffy eggs. My co-worker has shared they have amazing biscuits and gravy. The biscuit has a hint of cheese in it and the gravy is rich rich and creamy.  Her 4 year old daughter loves pancakes and rates their pancakes a 10 out of 10. Town & Gown’s pancakes are HUGE and definitely share worthy!

Town & Gown is kid friendly and is also perfect for a date with your significant other. This is the place to go if you’re just wanting a nice cup of coffee and a place to relax. This establishment fits any mood you may be in.

Town and Gown is Kid Friendly!

Town & Gown is Kid Friendly!

Your needs are sure to be met upon arrival. Whether you just want a light lunch or come in with an empty stomach, you will leave satisfied. Town & Gown offers a full menu with enough items to please everyone. They even have vegan options! Choose from a variety of specialty wines, beer, and cocktails! And don’t forget about dessert!

Beautiful outside patio seating area

Beautiful outside patio seating area

If your a searching for a cute and cozy spot for a girls day, date night, or a quick lunch or breakfast Town & Gown will not disappoint!

Emily, Visitor Information Specialist and Purdue University Student, shares this blog.

Fun Food Adventure at Lotsa Stone Fired Pizza

fb34Food Fun Adventure?!  What does that mean? It means a dining experience that is unique, entertaining and the flavors create an adventure of yumminess. Lotsa Stone Fired Pizza is West Lafayette’s newest pizza restaurant and they are offering a new way to experience pizza by letting the customers build their own pizza right before their eyes. This is done all within 5 minutes!

img_33473 step process to create your own signature pizza:

  1. Pick the dough. Choices include traditional crust, ancient grain crust or gluten free crust.
  2. Pick the sauce. Red sauce, alfredo sauce, buffalo sauce, olive oil, spicy red sauce and BBQ sauce are the options.
  3. Pick your toppings. 9 cheese toppings from blue cheese crumbles to fresh mozzarella to an herb ricotta. Every topping one could imagine is offered from egg beaters to grilled chicken to pineapple to Old Bay shrimp. To top it off, diners can pick from 9 pizza finishers that include ranch, sriracha, BBQ sauce drizzle, basil, pesto and more!

img_3351Recently, when visiting Lotsa Stone Fired Pizza with some friends, we walked up to the pizza making station, and were excited to create our own signature pies. I chose the traditional crust with red sauce and added spicy sausage, pepperoni, ricotta, fresh mozzarella and spinach as my toppings. The Lotsa team made the pizza right in front of my eyes.  Then they threw it in the stone fired oven and within a few minutes it was cooked to the perfect pizza crispiness. I picked blue cheese sauce and ranch as my finishers. The pizza was delicious. The only thing I would do differently is eating the whole pizza. I just couldn’t stop eating it and felt so full after! For my next visit, my goal is to eat half the pizza and order a side salad to compliment it.

fb29Lotsa Pizza offers pizza great and a really fun dining experience. For more information about this restaurant and others in our area, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

 

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Winter Fun at Pappy’s and Purdue Bowling

If you are looking for an alternative activity to get you out of the cold, snowy weather on weekends, then look no further than Pappy’s Sweet Shop and the Union Rack and Roll. Both are located in the Purdue Memorial Union on the lower levels.

Pappy's

Pappy’s

Pappy’s has been around since 1927 and is a favorite among college students and locals alike. The diner features menu items like grilled cheese, burgers, fries, chicken tenders, breakfast items like buttermilk pancakes or biscuits and gravy, and my favorite, soda fountain creations like  shakes, malts, cones, and sundaes all made with ice cream using the original Purdue Creamery recipe. You can never go wrong with a vanilla milkshake.

Purdue Bowling

Purdue Bowling

After you are done eating at Pappy’s, check out the Union Rack and Roll. Located on the very bottom level in the Union, here you can find bowling lanes and billiards. You can pay by lane or by game for bowling (this does not include shoe rental in the price) and rent by table for billiards. Some themes that the Union Rack and Roll has each week consist of Xtreme Bowling, Unlimited Billiards, Thrifty Thursdays, and Sunday Fundays. Xtreme Bowling is their newest theme in which there are glow-in-the dark pins and bowling balls set up to use from the hours of 9 PM – 1 AM on Fridays and Saturdays. If you have done Cosmic Bowling before, this is very similar.

This fun winter weekend activity will surely be a hit with both college students and families. So head on over to the Union, grab a milkshake and bowl a strike or two.

For more information about these fun winter activities and more in our area, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com. This blog was shared by Purdue University Student and Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Visitor Information Specialist, Jordan.

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Explore John Purdue Room, HTM Classroom

Special Dinner - Bacon Crab cakes and Mac N Cheese!

Special Dinner – Bacon Crab cakes and Mac N Cheese!

IMG_7671We all know most of the restaurants on Purdue’s campus, but one may come as a surprise to many. Marriott Hall may seem like just a normal classroom-style building, but it houses the Hospitality and Tourism Management students. Their classrooms are not just desks and whiteboards!

The John Purdue Room, a full-service, student run restaurant is housed in Marriott Hall. During an HTM student’s education they are required to take two different restaurant labs during their time at Purdue. They are put into roles that stretch their learning of the restaurant business; from mangers to servers to cooks to dishwashers.

The day-time lab runs from 8:30am-2:50pm. This time frame preps for lunch, serves lunch and cleans up before the next shift begins. During these seven hours’ students rotate from front of house servers, managers, and cooks.

Lunch is served from 11:00am-1:00pm, Tuesday through Friday, so this makes the perfect place to bring a guest to show off all the fine things Purdue has to offer. Here they can get a light salad, sandwich, or a more filling entrée. Make sure to try the John Purdue Plate since it is always changing and you get to try different items every time you go back.

The night time lab runs from 3:00-9:50pm. During this lab, students are given more responsibility since they know the basics of the restaurant and how it should be run. Every week a front of house and back of house manager are picked to run the “staff.” They also are in charge of designing and preparing a three-course special that is served throughout the week.

Dinner is served from 5:00-7:30pm, Tuesday-Thursday, but make sure to call in advance because seating is limited. The menu consists of some heartier meals like slow braised beef short ribs and crispy fried buttermilk chicken. Each menu item is also paired with a wine for your convenience. Make sure to try starting off with the creamy potato soup, then getting the Maple Leaf Farms house made duck pasta for your entrée and then finishing with one of their amazing daily desserts!

Check out their Facebook to see their many events that they hold as well for an extra special date night!

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

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Out to Lunch Divas Explore Fresh City Market

 

Inside Fresh City Market

Inside Fresh City Market

ProduceFresh City Market on Northwestern Ave in West Lafayette may seem like an unusual destination for the Dining Divas, but in addition to being a full service grocery store, they offer a changing daily menu of breakfast, lunch, and dinner items.  The menu is on their website and includes ethnic themed buffets: African Monday, Italian Tuesday, Soul Food Wednesday, Latino Thursday, Mediterranean Friday, Asian Saturday, and Indian Sunday.  Located across from Mackey Arena, they boast a superb selection of other prepared foods such as soups, salads, sandwiches, sushi, desserts, to name a few, that make life easy for the busy campus community.

Sushi deli case

Sushi deli case

Their executive chef, Hilda, has an impressive write-up: I came to Fresh City Market from South Africa after working at Cornell Dining, where I gained extensive culinary experience from a number of prestigious resorts and restaurants, including The Plettenbergbay Hotel, The Palace Five Star Hotel of the Lost City, Tsala Treetop Lodge and Singita Lebombo Five Star Relais Chateau Lodge in the heart of the National Kruger Park of South Africa.  I have received numerous certifications including Executive Chef Certification and has received a Commis Chef Diploma from Warwick’s Chef School.

My passion for cooking began at my mother’s side, cooking for weddings, and I will never forget Grandma Maggie’s good cooking!  While I am trained in classic French cuisine and love French food, there is nothing like a good BBQ.

My favorite thing about Fresh Market is seeing the regular lunch crowd and finding out what their favorite foods are (secret: Coach Painter’s favorite soup is mushroom)!

Wow!

Dining Divas

Dining Divas

Despite the temptation to check out the buffet, we decided to sample the sushi bar with two chefs making fresh sushi to your special order while you wait or beautiful pre-made sushi rolls to grab and go.

Margy made to order veggie sushi

Margy made to order veggie sushi

Kay picked ‘Chef Sampler A’, an assorted seafood selection including white fish, smoked salmon, fresh salmon, crab, and even octopus powder.  Her favorite was a roll with fish, avocado, and rice covered with a crunchy coating and hot sauce.

Margy had a sushi plate made to order.  Sushi caprese roll was rice and avocado stacked between tomatoes and a generous wedge of cream cheese.  She liked being able to get sushi ‘her way’, that is to say, vegetarian.

Crispy veggie sushi

Crispy veggie sushi

Jo had ‘Sushi Veggie Crunch’, which included cucumber, tomato, avocado, mushrooms and rice all rolled in a crispy crunchy coating.  Yum!

We shared ‘Vegetable Grilled Dumpling’, 6 dumplings for $3.99.  These were tasty, but would have been better warmed up.  One of the things to take home to eat.

Several sauces including hot sauce, soy sauce, and of course wasabi and ginger accompanied the sushi.

Bev was so busy taking notes and enjoying that incredible wasabi sinus clearing effect that she neglected to write down which roll she had but it was really good!

Upstairs counter

Upstairs counter

We ate our meal in an upstairs room overlooking the grocery store which is used for meetings and cooking classes. From up there, we had a great view of the store with pillars painted by local artists. The inside of the market is very clean, attractive and modern with an industrial theme with exposed ducts.

There is also a long bar by a downstairs window with stools that people can eat at single file, but we longed for outside seating. Nothing attracts more diners than seeing diners so let’s hope they add some outdoor seating next spring!

 

Fish sushi

Fish sushi

Parking may seem daunting at FCM, but pull up to the garage door in the back and it opens automatically for retail parking. This is a welcome addition on this side of campus and not your typical grocery!

Upscale Dining at Sagamore Restaurant – Purdue

Purdue Memorial Union

Purdue Memorial Union

Happening Now! Right now, the talk around town is about the arrival of Purdue University students back on campus and the whirlwind of activity taking place at the Purdue Memorial Union.  The Sagamore Restaurant, located in the heart of the Union, is hopping with visitors, students, professors, and Purdue employees enjoying their fresh, delicious food off their ever-changing hot action food station.

The Sagamore Restaurant is the perfect breakfast or lunch choice if you are on campus.  Every morning they offer breakfast off the menu and depending on the activities taking place on campus, they offer a hot buffet.  During lunch, patrons of the restaurant have the opportunity to choose from their hot action station with a soup and salad bar or off the menu.  The hot action station changes every day, so it makes the experience different every time.  Also, the chef cooks the food in front of the guests, so everyone can watch their own food being created.

I have had the opportunity to eat off the hot action station and off the menu, and my experiences have been great!  I really enjoyed the hot action station because I loved the selection of fresh fruits and vegetables at the salad bar, and the homemade soups offered are delicious.  Their menu offers a nice range of upscale dining choices and I would highly recommend their beef tenderloin tornedoes, which is a sauté’ medallion of tenderloin topped with a Gorgonzola demiglace and crispy onions.  The beef is tender and the Gorgonzola demiglace gives it a sharp, rich flavor.  Add in the crispy onions, and it is perfection!

I would be remiss not to speak about the service and ambiance.  As soon as visitors arrive, the host/hostess happily greets them and takes them to their table where servers instantly fill their water glasses and take their drink order (and food order if ready!).  The servers are knowledgeable not only about the food, but many of them are Purdue students and can share information about the university.  Diners also greatly enjoy the bright and airy setting.  Beautiful paned glass windows line the wall bringing in lots of light and a great view to outside.  The tables are all lined with white table clothes providing the space with a more upscale look.

The Sagamore Restaurant also serves big groups.  4 private rooms are available for entertaining.  These include the Lafayette Room that can host around 30-32 people, Wabash Room that can host around 18 people, a conference room that can seat around 18 people, and the Directors Dining Room that can seat between 8 and 10 people.  The staff at the Sagamore Restaurant suggests calling at least one day ahead to reserve these rooms.  (Please note: these rooms may not be available during major events being hosted at Purdue.)

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