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 Winner’s Dream Weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette

Bowling Fun!

Bowling Fun!

Contests! Lafayette-West Lafayette hosts 7 amazing contests every year where one winner for each contest will have the opportunity to win a package to our area worth over $500.  You may think, I will never win, but we have had some very surprised and excited winners. Our Spring Break Staycation Contest 2016 Winners have already made two short trips to our area with their winnings.  Check out the fun they enjoyed in our 2 great cities.

Susan, mother of 4, is a native to Lafayette. She resides in Bloomington, Indiana, and entered the contest so if she won she could show her kids know just how awesome Lafayette and the surrounding communities are! Susan shares, “We are raising them to know the only Indiana College team to root for and MY favorite team….the Purdue Boilermakers! Boiler Up and Hammer Down!”

Susan brought her children to visit this past spring break. Enjoy checking out the photos from their fun vacation!

This photo is at Kathy's Candies. It was like "kids in a candy store" when we walked in.....well I guess it REALLY was kids in a candy store! Each of us got to spend $5 and boy was it hard for these kids to make a choice. After much deliberation, questions, decisions made and then rethinking the decision we finally walked out of the candy store with a soda, sour gummy worms and the rest in assorted chocolate truffles! Yummmmmm!

This photo is at Kathy’s Candies. It was like “kids in a candy store” when we walked in…..well I guess it REALLY was kids in a candy store! Each of us got to spend $5 and boy was it hard for these kids to make a choice. After much deliberation, questions, decisions made and then rethinking the decision we finally walked out of the candy store with a soda, sour gummy worms and the rest in assorted chocolate truffles! Yummmmmm!

After a long day of yard work at grandma and grandpas we headed to Arni's with our cousins. Our server was great and was able to keep up with the demands of a 15 top.....lots of pizza was consumed!

After a long day of yard work at grandma and grandpas we headed to Arni’s with our cousins. Our server was great and was able to keep up with the demands of a 15 top…..lots of pizza was consumed!

After dinner I would have been content to go back and relax at the hotel.  However, these kids had energy to burn....clearly we didn't work them hard enough doing yard work. There was lots of gutter balls, a few spares and a strike or two. Scores were low but spirits were high...young ones helped the big ones and bigs helped littles.

After dinner I would have been content to go back and relax at the hotel. However, these kids had energy to burn….clearly we didn’t work them hard enough doing yard work.
There was lots of gutter balls, a few spares and a strike or two. Scores were low but spirits were high…young ones helped the big ones and bigs helped littles.

Got a love the Homewood suites. The big king bed and of course the all you can eat breakfast! Couldn't have asked for a better night sleep.....specially since it was F.R.E.E.

Got a love the Homewood suites. The big king bed and of course the all you can eat breakfast! Couldn’t have asked for a better night sleep…..specially since it was F.R.E.E.

My kids had never been to triple XXX and it had been years since I had eaten there.  Since the hubby couldn't make it for this adventure we bought a six pack of root beer to bring home for him. Probably the most interesting part of the visit to Triple XXX was the fact that there was a tornado warning, sirens started blaring and we were all shipped out of the restaurant across the parking lot to a large storage closet that they have in their office building. I guess you could say we got a 45 minute " back stage" tour of Triple XXX!

My kids had never been to triple XXX and it had been years since I had eaten there. Since the hubby couldn’t make it for this adventure we bought a six pack of root beer to bring home for him. Probably the most interesting part of the visit to Triple XXX was the fact that there was a tornado warning, sirens started blaring and we were all shipped out of the restaurant across the parking lot to a large storage closet that they have in their office building. I guess you could say we got a 45 minute ” back stage” tour of Triple XXX!

Wow! What awesome fun! Thank you Susan for sharing your family’s adventure. Next Monday, June 13, check out www.HomeofPurdueBlog.com for our next Summer Fun Contest worth over $550!

Route 66 Diner Offers 1940’s & 50’s Dining and Food

oursideYou may be wondering, does Route 66 go through West Lafayette? What does it have to do with Indiana? The answer is no, it doesn’t go through West Lafayette and it has nothing to do with Indiana. Then why do we have a restaurant named after it? Well, Route 66 Diner and Triple XXX Family Restaurant have the same owners. They chose the name because Route 66, “the Mother Road” became official in 1926 and the Triple XXX Thirst Station in West Lafayette, opened in 1929. They wanted to stay with the same vintage feel for the second location.

IMG_3707[1]Route 66 has counter seats like Triple XXX but also have 40’s and 50’s style tables and is much more spacious than the X and can serve groups as large as 105 people. (Great for motorcoach groups!) They also accept credit cards, which is a plus for me as I hardly ever have cash!

IMG_0509Now for the most important part… the food! Route 66 serves the same food as Triple XXX but also offers great salads, soups and beer and wine as well.  If you go you must try their root beer, it’s some of the best ever and it’s served in a frosty mug! Besides the root beer, they are known for a couple different things, first if you are hungry for breakfast food, try the Drew Brees First Choice with Chicken Fried Steak. It’s two eggs, cooked to order, choice of either chicken fried steak or 1/3 lb. of their signature 100% ground sirloin, choice of fried potatoes or hash browns with sausage gravy and two grilled buttermilk biscuits. You won’t leave hungry that’s for sure! If you are more in the mood for a sandwich, try the Duane Purvis All-American (it was featured on Diner’s Drive In’s and Dives on the Food Network when they visited Triple XXX). IMG_0508The Purvis is a ¼ lb. of 100%, ground sirloin with thick, creamy peanut butter served on a toasted sesame seed bun with melted American Cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle and onion. If peanut butter isn’t your thing, try the Boilermaker Pete, a third pound 100% ground sirloin served on a toasted sesame bun with two slices of melted American cheese and grilled onions. More of a white meat person? Try the Leroy Loin (their breaded tenderloin) or the grilled tenderloin both are fantastic! Be sure to leave room for dessert too! Their pies are all fabulous and if they have the root beer cake it is a must try! All the sundaes and of course the root beer float is amazing too!

IMG_0511Next time you are in West Lafayette, looking for a good place to eat, give Route 66 Diner a try! Ashley Gregory, Group Tours and Meeting Manager, shared this blog.

 

A Purdue University Tradition – Triple XXX Root Beer

DSC00692Located halfway up Chauncey Hill, lies a Purdue University tradition. Triple XXX is one of the most historic landmark restaurants in the Lafayette-West Lafayette area. Founded in 1929, Triple XXX is known for their delicious root beer! If you head to their website, you can find the complete history of their root beer which is quite the story!

Opening at 5:30am everyday, you can come to Triple XXX and get one of the best breakfasts in town. It is one of the hardest decisions to choose what I want to eat each time I go! When you walk in, all you will see is one long turning countertop with bar stools to sit in. When it isn’t too crowded, which is rarely, you are welcome to find your own place to sit down. Most other times, you will have to be put on a waiting list to eat and wait outside. Don’t let this scare you away; they get people in and out of there extremely quickly.

IMG_4639The atmosphere at Triple XXX is casual and upbeat. The servers are all super sweet. First, you have to order their famous root beer. It comes served in an ice-cold mug. Next, you have to make the difficult decision of what to order. Since there are so many delicious choices, you’ll realize that you will have to come back again. One of the most famous items is the Duane Purvis All-American Burger. This is a thick burger with peanut butter and lots of other delicious toppings. Definitely a classic.

One thing you should know before you walk in to dine at Triple XXX is that they only take cash! However, there is an ATM inside just in case you forget.

DSC00696Triple XXX is a favorite for locals, Purdue students, and even the Food Network! It was featured on the show Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives hosted by Guy Fieri. Take home a 6 pack of their root beer with you when you leave for only $7.50. I promise, once you experience what Triple XXX has to offer, you will come back again and bring someone new with you!

Purdue University Student and Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern, Rachel, shared this blog. For more information about this restaurant and others in the area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Purdue Family Traditions – Triple XXX, Mackey Arena, Jane’s Gourmet & Greyhouse Coffee!

DSC_0371Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette is excited to announce new blogger, Maddie, to our team of bloggers! She shares her lifetime experience visiting Lafayette-West Lafayette and now as a Purdue University Student, what living here is all about!

As a child I always seemed to find myself sitting in the back of our family van, road tripping to West Lafayette, home of the Purdue Boilermaker’s, my dads favorite past time, and the place that I now call home as a 20 year old college student. I wouldn’t consider myself a “newby” per say, but I will say I’m new to all of the opportunities that West Lafayette has brought me.  My faint memories involve me holding my dad’s hand in Mackey Arena listening to the band followed by a trip to Triple XXX to get a root beer float, which was the size of my head at the time while my dad chowed down on his favorite burger (the Duane Purvis!) smothered in peanut butter. Little did I know I would be spending four years of my life living in this town and experiencing more than just root beer floats with Dad on basketball game weekends.

10377388_10203780419809215_1745586004360782109_nAs a sophomore now at Purdue University, I’ve had my fair share of experiences when it comes to eating and dining around the ever-growing Lafayette area. Coming from a fairly small town in Indiana, I will say that I’m used to the hole-in-the-wall atmosphere, (who doesn’t love that?), but I have to say that I have a handful of recommended places that I find myself revisiting time after time. I seem to always find myself sitting in the places where I have about 3 feet of leg space, soft music playing and a small table with just enough room to lay my laptop down and study for my next exam (or… let’s be honest, explore Pinterest or my latest blog post findings.)

Located just up the hill from Triple XXX where I drank root beer floats with my dad is a small coffee shop laying right on the corner of State Street and Northwestern Avenue. Greyhouse Coffee is just the place to visit if one is trying to relax on a Sunday afternoon or winding down from a long day at work. Each time I visit I try and get something new to expand my horizons a little bit but I always find myself going back to the same drink each time. Ever had coffee with a hint of orange flavoring and a dash of cinnamon? I bet not! Yes, the first time my good friend recommended this drink my thoughts were probably the same as yours right now, “That’s just about as weird sounding as peanut butter on a hamburger!”  Dr. Strangelove, the infamous name of this divine coffee, is not just your basic drink. It’s got a flavor that really nothing can compare to.  My mouth waters just thinking about the hint of clove, cinnamon and citrus flavored coffee. At just $4.75 for their basic mug, you’ll get a drink that absolutely will not disappoint you. I highly recommend trying it!

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Farmhouse Ham & Brie

Coming to West Lafayette I never knew that I would have so many places to choose from while picking a place to eat with my friends. From Greek food to Mexican, the variety of places to pick lies all across the border. Like I stated, my favorite places are the smaller ones that you’ve most likely never heard of, or even seen lying in-between two different buildings, for that matter.  I’ve had a variety of different cuisines in a variety of different environments and I have to say that the one place that my mind always wanders back to and the first place that comes out of my mouth when people ask for advice is Jane’s Gourmet Deli and Catering. There’s something about little deli restaurants that always catch my eye! If I were to suggest one of their menu items for people to try it would be their Farmhouse Ham and Brie. The sweet honey baked ham on a warm toasted French baguette will melt in your mouth and leave you craving more (which is crazy because the sandwich is huge and filling!). Jane’s offers a great environment, delicious sandwiches and soup. I still have yet to try everything but so far I haven’t been disappointed!

Although my heart will always belong in the places where my dad would bring me as a small girl, exploring this town will never get old. I cannot wait to get out and share more of my dining and travels around the area.  Watch for more blogs to come from Maddie, Purdue Student and Explorer of the diverse and eclectic Lafayette-West Lafayette area!

A Day in the Life of a Lafayette-West Lafayette Spring Break Family

Sacred Grounds Coffee

Sacred Grounds Reclaimed Coffee Shop

Spring Break Season is here! Many people head south on their travels, but there are so many wonderful places to visit right in our own backyard. Last March we had family visit from Michigan and we spent a day visiting a host of great attractions and restaurants in the area. Let me share my day in a life as a Lafayette-West Lafayette Spring Family!

8am – Wake up early to catch the sunrise! Head to Sacred Ground Reclaimed Coffee Shop for a smoked sausage and cheese wrap, hash browns, and delicious light roast Ethiopian coffee. Rich, smooth hot chocolate is the perfect refreshment for the kids.

Farm Family

Farm Family

9am – With over 80 pieces of outdoor art pick a few that interests the group and traverse the area to find them.  We picked the Family Farm Sculpture, Farmers Market Mural, Boarrister, and Envisioning Tomorrow as they are all located downtown Lafayette (and we only had an hour!)

10am – Take the kids to Imagination Station, Lafayette’s only science center designed to provide the opportunity to explore space, science, technology, and engineering in our community.

11am – What is more exciting to a kid than imagining to be a firefighter?! Call ahead for an appointment to visit the Five Points Fire Station Museum, a 93-year-old building where you can see what it was like to be a firefighter in the 1930s as well as try on firefighter coats and helmets.

Arni's Train!

Arni’s Train!

12pm – Lunchtime has arrived! With over 250 restaurants, there is something for everyone! We chose Arni’s Pizza for its delicious food and charm.  Sit in the Toy Room where you are surrounded by dolls, trains, trucks and more. Our little daughter can always find Mickey Mouse and gets so excited to see the train run and eat thin crust pizza!

1pm – It may be spring break, but a little bit of learning keeps the mind fresh! Explore the site of The Battle of Tippecanoe. Visit the grounds, take in the the vivid museum displays and discover the history of a time when two Shawnee brothers, Tecumseh and The Prophet, had a dream of uniting many tribes into an organized defense against the white settlers. Walk the battleground where Native Americans and settlers clashed and a conflict of cultures was resolved. Do not miss the Wah-ba-shik-a Nature Center which features natural history exhibits and has a wildlife observation window and small taxidermy animal displays.

2:30pm – Enjoy a little recreation and competition at Monster Mini Golf, an indoor glow in the dark monster themed 18 hole course and arcade. The winner in our family gets to brag and be king or queen for the day, whereas the rest of the family has to suffer the nonsense. My husband won last year to my dismay!

Which toppings are your favorite?

Which toppings are your favorite?

4pm – Snacks!!  It may still be chilly, but what is more refreshing than a cold treat! Yogurt reTREAT, a locally owned and operated self-serve frozen yogurt shop welcomes guests to grab a cup, fill the cup with the flavor(s) of frozen yogurt and the portion you desire, add topping(s) from the topping bars, and weigh and pay for your delicious creation! My family loves their Very Berry Sorbet, which is refreshing and gluten-free!

5pm – Choose Your “Canvas” at All Fired Up! With a wide array of pieces to choose from and weekly specials that offer something unique for all ages, All Fired Up is the perfect destination for family fun.

We love Triple XXX burgers and onion rings!

We love Triple XXX burgers and onion rings!

6:30pm – Let the feasting begin! Our family loves a good burger joint and one place that is always on our lists when we have family visit is Triple XXX! Have you ever craved a burger so bad your taste buds are literally salivating? After trying a Triple XXX burger you will be feeling this way all the time! Add in fries, chili and root beer and you may never leave the restaurant!

8pm – Bowling fever! Visit Mike Aulby’s Arrowhead Bowl, where you can find great bowling and great family fun in a smoke free environment! Take part in billards, arcardes, cosmic-bowling, and a full service snack bar!

This Spring Break day is only a small sampling of everything in store when you visit Lafayette-West Lafayette! Check out all our family friendly activities at http://www.homeofpurdue.com/whattodo/familyfriendly.html.  I hope you have as much fun as my family had when they visited!

Welcome Freshman to Boiler Gold Rush!

Campus Baskets and Walk

Campus Baskets and Walk

Is it just me or has this summer flown by?! I feel as if the older we get, the faster time seems to go.  Maybe it is because life becomes more entertaining as the years go by, and you know the saying “time flies when you’re having fun!” As the summer winds down, I am now preparing for the upcoming school year. As a sophomore now at Purdue University, I can definitely say that after just one year of college, I have grown and learned a lot. I am now another year older and another year wiser; however, I will forever carry with me my experiences from day one as a boilermaker.

 

Boilermaker!

Boilermaker!

Boiler Gold Rush is where my new chapter in life began. It is quite intimidating waking up that first day without your family and heading out to meet the other fellow freshman who are equally as nervous as you, but the nerves almost instantly disappeared once I was placed into my group. We were all strangers, yet all excited to meet new people. Each group has a team leader, and every single one of them are absolutely wonderful people! They are so full of energy, passionate about Purdue, and a huge helping hand. They are basically your first friends at Purdue, along with your group. The entire week features all new, fun activities for each day. You experience everything from what it means to be a true Boilermaker even down to learning new dance moves, chants, and games. The hype never dies down, and they certainly know how to wear you out, but the experience is irreplaceable. You also get the chance to break off into your majors to meet people outside of your group and become familiar with faces that you will soon see in the classrooms.   After a week of traveling with your clan from sunrise to way past sundown, you become a family. I am still good friends with the majority of my group to this day, and I’m very thankful I was able to meet such great people through the amazing opportunities at BGR.  I can honestly say that Boiler Gold Rush set a perfect precedent and really prepared me for the following months heading into my freshman year.

Triple XXX Burgers!

Triple XXX Burgers!

Attention incoming freshman: I have advice for you! When it comes to those who are directionally challenged like me, hope is not lost while walking around campus and neither will you! Thankfully, BGR is a huge walking escapade throughout every bend and turn of the Purdue campus.  It gets you extremely familiar with the area. However, there are still times to this day where I don’t know how to get to certain buildings. My best recommendation is to download the Purdue app for your smart phone. It features a map that uses GPS to show exactly where you are, your Purdue email, the menus for the dining courts, bus routes, and even what labs are vacant and available for use around campus. It is a major resource that I continuously use. Another piece of advice is to ATTEND YOUR CLASSES! I know college is more flexible about attendance than high school; however, class is vital time that should not be missed. Just a one-day absence of class can put you behind quite a bit. College is a fast paced learning style, and you have to be on your A-game to keep up. Finally, EXPERIENCE the college life instead of just getting by through the academic side of it. Join groups out of the +200 choices that Purdue offers, work out at the France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center, grab a coffee at LavAzza, study outside by the fountains and wildlife, grab lunch at the Purdue Memorial Union, attend Purdue festivities, eat a Duane Purvis All-American peanut butter burger at Triple XXX, grab a Den Pop at the Den, and the list continues. There are never ending ways to get involved as well as learn more about yourself through the simple things in life.

Wotan

Wotan

The fun doesn’t stop outside of campus; I challenge you all to venture out into the Greater Lafayette area. Historical features, exciting downtown life, and beautiful nature are all located right next door to Purdue in Lafayette and Battle Ground. You can get in touch with your nature side by traveling to the variety of parks and trails in both Lafayette and West Lafayette. Refresh your historical memory by touring the Tippecanoe Battlefield and museum. You can even get an up-close encounter with wolves at Wolf Park. There are many adventures waiting to be taken outside of Purdue’s walls as well as within.

The short years spent at Purdue will be treasured as some of my all-time favorite memories. In the short time I have already been here, I’ve learned so much about the area, academics, others, and even myself.  Sometimes the smallest joys and the simple things lead you to exactly where you need to be. Enjoy these times now by exploring new activities, meeting new people, and pushing your boundaries because these times don’t last forever, and we surely won’t get it back. There is no better feeling than that of the Boilermaker life!

Visitor Information Specialist, Kaley, shared this blog.

Our Romantic Getaway to Lafayette-West Lafayette

Our visit to Homewood Suites!

Our stay at Homewood Suites!

Winners of our Romantic Getaway 2013 Contest shared their wonderful experience to our area.  Enjoy Kim’s blog about their stay!

Steve and I used our Romantic Getaway to Lafayette/West Lafayette package last week and had a wonderful time!  We arrived in the Purdue area late morning on Monday.  We started with delicious lunches including a cheeseburger meal and a pork tenderloin meal at Triple XXX complete with a root beer and a root beer float.  We’re both Purdue grads so we spent most of the day walking around campus, including visiting the various places we lived individually on campus when we were dating and our Married Student Housing apartment building.

Kim Martin Romantic Getaway Winner 2Late afternoon we drove over to Gretel’s Fine Gifts where we used our gift certificate to get a beautiful purple scarf for me and some caramels for us to share.  Afterwards we had an early dinner at Bruno’s Big O’s Sports Room, compliments of their contribution to the package.  Steve had a pepperoni, sausage, and mushroom pizza and I had fettuccine alfredo with shrimp.  We had early tickets to go see a movie across the street so we ordered dessert to go.  They nicely packaged up our cheesecakes, complete with forks and napkins, for us to enjoy later at our hotel.

After our movie, we headed to Homewood Suites for our complimentary stay.  The living/kitchen area and separate bedroom with bathroom were beautiful!  The staff paid great attention to detail; the suite included many special touches and was exceptionally clean.  After sleeping in Tuesday morning, we enjoyed a full breakfast buffet in the lovely dining and lounge area, complete with a fireplace.

Grateful Heart Shopping!

Grateful Heart Shopping!

Tuesday we spent the day walking on some of the paths along the Wabash River, across the Pedestrian Bridge, and through downtown Lafayette.  We had fun using our gift certificates picking out goodies at various stores along Main Street.  At Artists’ Own, we picked out a picture for our kitchen that we’ll frame.  We found a lifelike ceramic leaf and coordinating ceramic side dishes at Grateful Heart Pottery that we’re going to use for a candle display.  Since we’re both chocolate lovers, our favorite stop was Kathy’s Homemade Kandies and Chocolate Lounge.  Steve went for a tried and true love, getting 3/4 pound of chocolate turtles.  I wanted to try all their goodies so I got a box of assorted truffles and other homemade chocolates.  Everything we’ve tried has been delicious!

Kathy's Kandies Visit!

Kathy’s Kandies Visit!

There were so many goodies in our prize package that we couldn’t use them all in one stay.  We’re planning to go to Prophetstown State Park next spring.  We’re hoping to bring our kids along for a Purdue visit soon and will use our Dog n Suds Drive-In gift certificates, the rest of our Triple XXX gift card, and our Arni’s gift certificate on that trip. We’re also going to e-mail a picture to L.E. Originals to be made into a unique Photo Bead Necklace.

KimMartinRomanticGetawayWinner5At one point, as we were walking along, I asked Steve where he wanted to go next and he said, “I don’t care.  I just like spending time with you.”  I think I truly have a romantic husband!   I thank everyone that contributed so much for giving us a chance to spend time alone with each other getting to do so many things that don’t fit into our regular schedule!

Route 66 Diner

Retro style diner!

Happening Now!  Right now the locals are talking about Route 66 Diner, where they eat a big, filling breakfast; drink rich, black coffee, while sitting in a comfortable, vintage atmosphere.

I should not share this, but my husband and I can eat at Route 66 Diner for breakfast for under $10!  It is not because the food is inexpensive, but they serve such large sizes we share.  The very first time we went we each ordered different breakfast selections.  The waitress noticed that combining the items would equal one of their specials, the Triple XXX Breakfast Special. So we walked away with full bellies for under $10 and have been ordering the same way every time.  And we always give our waitresses an extra tip for being so honest and making our experience special!

But enough about the money (sorry, I am extremely frugal)!  Let’s discuss the food; the Triple XXX Breakfast Special!  I am not sure where to start, but with my number one breakfast item, coffee.  Their coffee is fresh brewed all day long and is rich and dark.  The waitress sometimes leaves the coffee pot on our table as I drink cup after cup.  My husband always orders the biscuits and gravy, and if I am quick enough, I can get a forkful or two.  The biscuits are light and airy and the gravy is hearty, but not heavy.  The rich flavor of sausage and pepper in the gravy enrich the meal.  Not to be missed is their bacon perfectly cooked, toast smothered in butter and jelly, and eggs cooked any way we want.  We always change how we order the eggs depending on our mood.  The breakfast selection that I equal to their coffee is the fried hash browns.  They are the best hash browns I have ever had!  They come to the table hot off the skillet waiting to be mixed with a little bit of Heinz ketchup and eaten.  Mix all these scrumptious breakfast items together, and they equal an unbelievable breakfast!

Route 66 Diner is the sister restaurant to Triple XXX Family Restaurant.  Both restaurants feature the same, wonderful selections.  They serve breakfast all day long along with burgers, salads and soups to customers who travel far and wide to eat in their vintage surroundings.  Route 66 Diner is designed after the old gas station/diners found along Route 66 or any highway in that period.  It is a laid back, welcoming environment.

If you have any special memories about your experiences at Route 66 Diner please share!  We would love to hear your stories!

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.