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.

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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Eggcellent Meal: Visit Another Broken Egg Cafe

IMG_7816One of my husband and I’s favorite weekly traditions is Sunday morning breakfast! Whenever there is a new restaurant in town that serves breakfast, we always make an effort to give it a try. Another Broken Egg Café had been on our list for a while and I am really glad we finally ventured out to try it!

They serve breakfast all day! This cafe is open Monday-Saturday 7am to 8pm and Sunday 7am to 2pm. The parking lot to Wang Hall was a little difficult to find. It is on the back side of the building. It is easiest to turn from Northwestern Avenue on to W Stadium Avenue and then turn on to Hayes Street where you will find the parking lot.

The friendly staff

The friendly staff

The menu at Another Broken Egg Café is mouth watering! My husband is from the South and one of the first things he pointed out to me on the menu was the City Grits. He is used to cheese grits, so when we saw that the City Grits had roasted garlic, onions, smoked Gouda, bacon, tomatoes, and green onions, we knew that Another Broken Egg likes to add their own twist to breakfast favorites.

Cinnamon Roll French Toast

Cinnamon Roll French Toast

 

After much contemplation, he decided to save the City Grits for another visit and ordered the Cinnamon Roll French Toast. By the time he was finished with his meal he was in a sugar comma. To make the Cinnamon Roll French Toast, they cut a cinnamon roll into 3 slices, dip in in french toast batter, put it on the griddle, and then add cream cheese icing, Bananas Foster sauce and whipped cream. He got the mixed berries on the side. It is a must try if you are a cinnamon roll fan.

Skinny Omlette with Fruit and English muffin

Skinny Omlette with Fruit and English muffin

I contemplated the Potato Sensations where you choose 3 different toppings such as sausage, bacon, asparagus, mushrooms, etc. to go on top of wedge cut red potatoes and cheese. It was challenging to say no to that. I decided to find the healthier side of the menu. I ended up ordering the Skinny Omelette and I am so glad that I did! Yum! It was herbed egg whites with blanched asparagus, roasted red peppers, green onions, goat cheese, and roasted garlic cloves served with an English muffin and fresh fruit. It was the perfect amount of food and a fabulous lighter option. All of the flavors meshed very well together.  Why didn’t I ever think of putting goat cheese in an omelet?! The next time we do Sunday morning breakfast at Another Broken Egg, I need to keep this on my short list of great selections for when we return.

The bar!

The bar!

If you like a drink with your meal, they have many options for you! They have Mimosas, Absolut Mary and House Infused Mary. You can even liquor up your coffee with some Baileys, Kahlua, and Amaretto for a Café Rouge! The coffee IS something to write home about. I am now a big fan of their mugs! If you are up for a more traditional drink, they have many different juice options, cold and hot tea, hot chocolate, and of course soft drinks.

If you haven’t been to Another Broken Egg Café, give it a try! It is Eggcellent! 😉

Marlene, Visitor Information Specialist, shares this blog.

Gary Brackett’s Stacked Pickle Arrives at Purdue!

FullSizeRender[7]FullSizeRender[1]This fall, Purdue gave its guests, students and faculty a treat when they decided to open some new restaurants around the area. If you haven’t had a chance to make it to any of them, I suggest you do as soon as you can! The Stacked Pickle, owned by ex-colts player, Gary Brackett, is one of the wonderful restaurants added to our campus. Located on Northwestern, you will receive one-of-a-kind service where the staff puts customers first and has quite a unique menu as well. My first visit was on their “Family & Friend” day this fall, two days before they officially opened. A good friend of mine is a current employee at the Stacked Pickle and enjoys his time their just as much as the customers do. The walls are filled with witty signs, the environment is much like a sports bar and there’s a variety of TV’s available to watch a handful of games.

FullSizeRenderI’ve now had the chance to go there twice, and the second time completely won me over when I ordered their unique burger named the “Hangover.” It’s a juicy burger, cooked to order, topped with a fried egg, bacon and cheese of your choice. Sounds pretty much like breakfast right? Well… that might be the case but its served all day long with a side of crispy battered French fries. Nothing can compare! Along with their unique menu, they also have quite the variety of drinks, beer on tap and a long list of cocktails. Head on into the Stacked Pickle for a one of a kind, college campus experience where you’ll find familiar faces and young students working their hardest to please their customers. For a brand new restaurant, the business is booming and it adds a touch of home to Purdue’s campus.

Madison, Purdue University Student and Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Visitor Information Specialist, shares this blog.

Out to Lunch Divas Visit Maru Japanese Sushi Restaurant (and More!)

Sushi creators and raw fish

Sushi creators and raw fish

What’s better than a college town filled with restaurants from around the world? A college town in summer when you can easily park and get a table at those great restaurants!

Tucked away in West Lafayette’s Village (111 N. Chauncey Ave) is an enormously popular sushi place called Maru, the latest destination for the Out to Lunch Bunch. Our advice is to go early during the school year – before noon (Maru opens at 11) to get a table and perhaps hear yourself think. It’s a small place and bustling when full. Lines form at lunchtime during the school year but with good reason! It’s much calmer in the summer.

Our Maru table of food

Our Maru table of food

We figure 50% of you will quit reading when we use the “S” word but hang in there. Even if you’re not a sushi (still with us?) fan, you can find things you’ll enjoy on the menu. Read on!

Gyoza (mandu)

Gyoza (mandu)

We started with bowls of miso, which was just the ticket for Margy’s cold as were the bottomless glasses of hot barley tea, an unusual, earthy brew that was almost like broth. We also received several small dishes of “accompaniments” – red beans and white radish, which were interesting. Then we moved on to several appetizers. First, Gyoza (mandu), five beef and vegetable dumplings, available fried or steamed, for $4.95. They were delicious fried and might have been even better steamed which is how we’ll try them next time. Next, we tried stuffed soft shell crab for $8.95. The body of the crab was lightly fried tempura-style and filled with a mixture of crabmeat, carrot, green onion, mayonnaise and Sriracha hot sauce. This was fabulous! Kay thinks on her next visit she’ll just order several of these for her meal.

Vegetable Pancake

Vegetable Pancake

Finally, for our vegetarians, we tried the vegetable pancake for $8.95.This wheat-batter pancake chock-full of vegetables was beautifully presented and very good–lightly crispy with a soy-based sauce. See? We’re only through the appetizers and we figure we still have the attention of the non-sushi eaters out there!

Bev’s entree was the most stunning visually–the bulgoki lunch box for $9.95. Bev says these lunch boxes always remind her of grade school cafeteria trays, but with much better food. This one featured sweet, thin strips of beef, nicely done, two pieces of sushi, a square of pan-fried tofu, a salad with a spicy (maybe horseradish) dressing, and “some strange thing in the corner.”  Strange, but tasty! Back to that first inclusion of the “S” word – Bev is not a fish eater but enjoys sushi rolls with crab or shrimp. These non-fishy sushi rolls are a great way to dip your toe in the water, and the lunch box is a good way to try a few pieces of sushi without centering your entire meal on it.

Lunch Box

Lunch Box

Teriyaki Tofu

Teriyaki Tofu

Back to non-sushi. Margy and Jo shared two vegetarian entrees. The vegetable udon lunch special, $7.95, was a huge bowl of noodle soup with vegetables. The noodles were enormous – we’d hate to meet one in a dark alley – the vegetables were cooked just right, and the texture was great. It was more than enough for two. It was very mild; Jo and Margy doctored it up a bit with Sriracha and some of the other many sauces on our table. The other vegetarian entree was tofu teriyaki for $9.95, which seemed more appetizer-sized. It consisted of 4 slices of pan-fried tofu, which were soft and a little crunchy on the bottom drizzled with house-made teriyaki sauce. Delicious.

Hurricane Roll

Hurricane Roll

See how well we did without eating sushi? Well, Maru is positively known for its sushi and we’ve all enjoyed it over the years. On this day, Kay had the hurricane roll, $6.95, with the unusual combination of deep-fried tuna, crabstick, avocado and peanut butter – surprisingly scrumptious.  This roll had no rice, so we surmised the peanut butter was taking on the role of sticky rice and holding things together. There are pages of sushi rolls to choose from so we encourage you to explore the menu and try something new.

Done!Looking at the table when we were done, we were grateful not to have to do the dishe – there were dozens of them, all empty of course!

Maru has a full range of sushi, sashimi, Japanese and Korean specialties. They don’t serve alcohol. Open daily: Sun 10am-10pm, Mon-Thurs 11am-9:30pm, Fri & Sat 11am-11pm.

Next up, Taco Rico!

 

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