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.

A Date Night in West Lafayette!

Heisei Jose Crunchy Roll

Heisei Jose Crunchy Roll

My husband and I have many favorite places around town (we eat out a lot more than we probably should!) but my favorite date night includes sushi at Heisei Japanese Restaurant, a walk around Cumberland Park (visiting the farmers market if it happens to be open during the warmer months) and Silver Dipper Ice Cream for dessert.

Heisei New Spider Roll and Ocean Roll

Heisei New Spider Roll and Ocean Roll

 

First dinner, Heisei is one of our very favorite restaurants! Lately you can find us there almost once a week.  It is different as they actually have floor seating. You sit in a room on the floor but they do a nice job dividing the tables so it still feels private. If you prefer, they also have tables and you can sit at the sushi bar. We recently sat at the sushi bar and it was very interesting watching them make our food and chatting with the sushi chefs about different things, it was a more personal experience. Besides the experience, we love their sushi! We aren’t too adventurous and don’t really get any with raw fish in it but what we do get is delicious!  My very favorite is the Jose Crunchy Roll. It’s asparagus, cucumber, kampyo, and avocado with both a spicy and a sweet sauce. A new favorite of mine is the New Spider Roll, it’s soft shell crab tempura, masago and a spicy sauce.  It comes out and has all kinds of yummy crab like what’s in the filling piled on top. It probably stands at least three inches tall!  If you are looking for something a bit different, try the Boiler Maki; it’s a large, deep fried roll with eel, crab, avocado and masago with their amazing sweet sauce drizzled on top.  A couple of our other favorites are the Asparagus Roll and the California Roll. Lately we have also tried and really enjoy the pork dumplings and I love the mushroom miso soup. We are always so full when we leave but it is oh so good!

West Lafayette Farmers Market

West Lafayette Farmers Market

After dinner we need to work off a little bit of dinner so we go around the corner to Cumberland Park for a short walk. I like Cumberland Park because it has a mix of walking trails. You can walk around the outside of the park watching people play basketball, baseball/ softball or sometimes soccer, walk through the neighborhood or you can walk in the woods if you’d prefer or a mix of all. I especially like going May-October on Wednesdays when the weather is nice as the West Lafayette Farmers Market takes place there. It’s great to get some of our grocery shopping out of the way while supporting local businesses and farmers!

Mini Monster

Mini Monster

After a walk, we go to our favorite Ice Cream spot, Silver Dipper. There are two Silver Dipper stores but we always go to the campus store because the owner, Dave is usually at that one and we are there on a regular basis and we like chatting with him. He of course knows all our favorites too, he can practically scoop our ice cream before we walk in the door. My husband loves the Praline Pecan and we both love the Zorreo ice cream. He usually gets one or both of those. I on the other hand like to switch things up a bit and get a little more adventurous with my ice cream.  The Zorreo is for sure my favorite; it’s a rich, deep dark chocolate ice cream (what they call Zanzibar Chocolate) with chunks of chocolate, brownie pieces and marshmallow swirled through it! I can just taste it now!  I also like to vary between the Peanut Butter Cookie Dough, Black Cherry, French Silk, Ultimate Oreo, Salted Carmel, Zanzimint, Raspberry Italian Ice, Haley’s Comet and seasonal flavors especially the Root Beer Float and Egg Nog flavors.  There are over 40 flavors and if you are like me and can’t make up your mind, don’t worry, they have mini scoops (3 mini scoops make up one regular scoop) so you can try several flavors. I really love their waffle cones as well. Plus, when you order your ice cream in a cone you are being earth friendly as you reduce the amount of waste you have, right? That’s what I tell myself anyway, it’s enough to put me over the edge and splurge. They only accept cash or checks.

When you are looking for something to do with your friends or significant others I hope you will consider doing these, some of my favorite things. Enjoy! (And leave some for me!)

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Ice Cream Mecca: Silver Dipper Ice Cream

IMG_0515Silver Dipper is our go to dessert place. I’m not a big drinker so to me, Silver Dipper is like that neighborhood bar, where everyone knows your name. Over the years we have gotten to know the owner, Dave, pretty well. He knows my whole family, my friends and we always shoot the breeze while there. It’s just a very friendly place.  I remember one night I was in there with one of my friends when she was still out in the dating world and he was giving her all sorts of advice on where to meet great guys and listening to her stories on her funny and horrible dating experiences, her list of qualities she wanted in a guy, etc. and Dave giving feedback and sharing his own funny stories (It was a slow night for Dave).  Some people tell all their problems to a bartender, we have Dave our ice cream scooper.

Mini Monster

Mini Monster

Now, don’t forget about the ice cream though!  I love ice cream; it’s probably my favorite dessert! Silver Dipper ranks pretty high up there on my favorite ice cream list, maybe with the only thing topping it being gelato from Italy, although, Silver Dipper’s Raspberry Italian Ice comes close to that too.  They have the best variety of ice cream with around 40 different flavors. I have so many favorites; it’s so hard to choose! I’d have to say my very favorite is Zorreo, it’s a rich, deep dark chocolate ice cream (what they call Zanzibar Chocolate) with chunks of chocolate, brownie pieces and marshmallow swirled through it! I can just taste it now!  Another favorite would be the Peanut Butter Cookie Dough. This is the best of both worlds if you are a fan of cookie dough ice cream and like peanut butter! It’s your typical cookie dough ice cream with ripples of peanut butter in it. I was skeptical at first but I truly like the Peanut Butter Cookie Dough even more than the regular. If you are more of a fruity flavor sort of person, I’d recommend the Black Cherry ice cream. It’s black cherry flavored but also has large chunks of black cherries in it. They also have seasonal ice creams; two I always look forward to are the Root Beer Float (I love root beer floats too but this is just as awesome!) in the summer and Egg Nog in the winter. Wish they would carry both year round, but then I’d have an even bigger decision to make when we go in!  Go for the waffle cone too, you won’t be disappointed that you did!IMG_6818

IMG_1626Now, if you want to sample a few or want a variety and aren’t hungry enough for multiple scoops, they do offer mini scoops. Three mini scoops are the size of one regular scoop.  It’s a great way to try multiple flavors and not over do it!  Or if you have the opposite problem and are super hungry or want to try them all, you can do that too with the Mini Monster! This is one mini scoop of every single flavor of ice cream in the store! I did this for my birthday a few years ago and I had 5 other friends with me and we still couldn’t eat it all (we did a pretty good job though)! It was great to try some that you wouldn’t try otherwise because you knew if you don’t like it maybe someone else will. I hate seeing wasted ice cream! LOL!

IMG_6823If you like to get a little fancy with your ice cream they can cover you there too! They offer shakes made with any flavor ice cream you’d like and have a wide selection of sundae toppings. My mom and I have been getting a banana split on Mother’s Day every year since I was very young and Silver Dipper is now our go to spot, every Mothers Day! They also have amazing ice cream cakes! They can customize the cakes and you can have either white or chocolate cake with any flavor of ice cream you’d like on top, and then it’s iced as well. My friends got one for my birthday party one year that was half Zorreo and half Peanut Butter Cookie Dough! Yum! Best of both worlds!

If you love ice cream and haven’t been to Silver Dipper, be sure to stop by! Be sure to take cash though! They only accept cash or checks.  Enjoy! (And leave some for me!)

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