1940’s & 50’s Dining at Route 66 Diner

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.

Fine Dining at McGraws’s Steak Chop & Fish House

McGrawsFine Dining at McGraws’s Steak Chop & Fish House! It is crazy to believe 2018 is so near. Last week was Thanksgiving and now the full holiday season is upon us!  Make sure you make the most of this season at one of Lafayette-West Lafayette’s finest steak and seafood restaurant, McGraw’s.  Enjoy succulent steaks, fresh fish, fabulous appetizers and the best customer service.

McGraw’s! When I think of this restaurant my stomach does a happy dance and I smile from all of the wonderful memories I have eating here. I don’t know which is better; the food, ambiance or service. Everything is top notch! I will share some of my favorite dishes, but please note everything I have tried has been delicious.

Appetizers:  I recommend ordering their crispy shoestring onions. They are super thin, lightly battered and served with a thousand-island style sauce. Their shrimp martini is another top pick.  The shrimp are huge and the cocktail sauce is hot, but not too hot. These appetizers are perfect because they are not super filling and whet the appetite for the entree to come!img_7876

Soup:  One of the BEST French onion soups I have ever tasted can be found at McGraw’s. The dark beef broth with sweet onions smothered with Gruyere cheese will make your mouth tingle. It is a messy soup dish, but well worth it.  (Sometimes if I am not super hungry, I will partake of appetizers and order soup for my meal and then nab a bite or two of my husband’s steak!)

Entrees: My friends and I like to each order our own meals and then share. It’s fun because then we can sample a bit of everything. My favorite entrees are really hard to pick. One can’t go wrong with their filet mignon, which is always perfectly cooked, lightly seasoned (just the way I like it!) and you can cut it with a fork. The flounder with pan seared polenta cake, tricolored baby carrots, green beans with a lemon caper butter is a refreshing and lighter choice. Every month they host a burger of the month.  This past month the burger as a 10 oz. ground sirloin burger with smoked provolone, pre-roasted poblano peppers, pickled red onion on a brioche bun.  It was juicy with a kick of heat….delicous!

Every entree is served with a salad, side and bread. Beware, I have made the mistake of filling up on their delicious fresh bread with sweet whipped butter.  It is yummy, but safe room for your entree and dessert!

Dessert: Order their Crème Brûlée! I have shared it with my mother in law and wished I didn’t because it was so good!  It was sweet (but not too sweet), had a crispy sugary coating, and was utterly delicious!

mcgraws4Ambiance: Overlooking the Wabash River, there is not a bad spot in the restaurant. Subtle lighting and candlelight make it a great date night location for a romantic dinner.

Service: One word: Wonderful! If you want a night where you can sit back and receive great customer care with a smile, this is the place!

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.


Local. Fresh. Café Literato.

     Local. Fresh. Café Literato. Our staff was able to check out Café Literato, located on Northwestern Avenue attached to the Faith Community Center. We spent a lovely afternoon sampling just a few of the items from their menu.
Cafe Literato Sam Cafe Literato RacCafé Literato has delicious options – sandwiches, pizzas, salads, and more! I was even able to try a great gluten-free pizza. You definitely need to stop in and grab a bite, and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere.

They serve a delightful Greek salad, absolutely loaded with toppings! Tomatoes, onion, feta cheese… Try it as an entree or get it as a side to another menu item. You can also order from a very wide variety of hot and cold beverages! There are smoothies, lattes, espressos and other drinks!Cafe Literato Salad

I think all of our staff would agree that this is a great, light-hearted place to visit. Good for people of all ages, students, visitors, and families alike, Café Literato is always a tempting option.

This blog was written by Purdue student and Visitor Information Specialist Intern, Samantha Martin! For more information about this restaurant and others in the area, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.


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.




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.






Out To Lunch Diving Divas Visit La Hacienda

Bar managerMargaritasHow do you set your Mexican restaurant apart from the others? How about a tequila bar with 79 distinct tequilas, most 100% agave, differentiated by age and processing! Tequila tastings are now a thing in this town.  The Dining Divas, plus intern Bryce, decided to try the made-from-scratch margaritas upon the recommendation of bar manager Braden. Margy tried the mango margarita which was sweet and fruity, lovely to look at, and garnished with orange instead of lime.  “Refreshing!”  Bev and Bryce went the classic route with the house margarita on the rocks.  “Really good!” Kay had the frozen Texas margarita which differed from the house version by addition of a higher end Triple Sec.  “Yum!”  Jo passed–someone has to keep order!

Manager Juan Carlos Fuentes-Milan reported that this West Lafayette location is the seventh La Hacienda; the others are in greater Indianapolis.  Proximity to Purdue made this the perfect spot to try out their first tequila bar.

Out to Lunch GroupWe enjoyed chips with salsa, guacamole, and queso, all with a nice kick, with our margaritas.

The décor is wildly festive and chock full of custom-made benches and tables. The owners saved the beautiful hand-made tiles that were part of an earlier restaurant on site.  We ate in the bar which boasts 5 televisions and Braden was very helpful to us in making our selections. Our food came out quickly after we ordered, making this a good choice for working people with limited time.

Quesadilla Del Mar

Quesadilla Del Mar

Kay, our seafood specialist, had quesadilla del mar ($10.99) with guacamole salad.  This consisted of a generous portion of shrimp, scallops, crab, cheese, onions, green peppers, and mushrooms stuffed into a large flour tortilla with queso on top.  She was pleased that there was lots of seafood, perfectly grilled, and a large portion of guacamole, tomatoes, and lettuce on the side.  Kay says, “I’d happily have this again!  La Hacienda has a large selection of seafood on the menu and they are justifiably proud of their seafood dishes.”

Bev had arroz texano ($10.99), a combination of steak, grilled chicken, shrimp, and rice.  The steak and chicken were tender and the shrimp were fatties.  This was a substantial meal so some of it went into a to-go box and provided lunch the next day.arroz texano

Jo’s vegetarian fajitas ($11.99) were an ideal meal for a vegetarian low-carb diet– a hard to find commodity.  Grilled mixed vegetables were served with tortillas, guacamole, sour cream, and pico de gallo.  Jo loves hot vegetable salads, so mixed the fajitas and salad for a perfect meal.

Veggie Fajitas

Veggie Fajitas

Bryce ordered tacos de carnitas, which were 3 corn tortillas stuffed with shredded pork served with pico de gallo and rice.  Bryce declared them really good, very fresh. He said, “Carnitas are often dry, but these aren’t! And the pico has a nice kick.”

Veggie tacos and enchiladas

Veggie tacos and enchiladas

Margy’s combination #1 ($8.99) consisted of one taco and 2 enchiladas, all vegetarian, served with beans and rice.  This dish was good, familiar and not too hot.  It would be a good choice for someone who doesn’t like spicy food.

Manager Juan Carlos says business has been brisk since La Hacienda opened at this site and judging from our experience, we’re not surprised.  If you stand in the middle of Howard Street (which we don’t really recommend), you can hear the music of Mexico coming from La Hacienda and the music of Ireland coming from Nine Irish Brothers. And then you know you must be in West Lafayette—the home of great food from around the world!

The Dining Divas; Out to Lunch on the Road Less Traveled consist of:

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


Midwest Hospitality Encompasses Scotty’s Brewhouse, West Lafayette

Loaded BBQ Nachos

Loaded BBQ Nachos

2 Great Cities, 1 Great University “Midwest Hospitality”.  To experience “Midwest Hospitality” at its finest, visit Scotty’s Brewhouse for not only fabulous service, but delicious bar food!

Scotty’s Brewhouse holds many special memories in my heart.  I am a graduate of Ball State University, and Scotty’s original restaurant first opened in Muncie, Indiana.  This restaurant/bar was where I met up with friends to hang out, had my first beer, and would take my parents to dine when they visited.  My favorite memory is meeting up with my sister (who is 3 years older and was a senior when I was a freshman) and her friends and listening to their college tales of fun!  Scotty’s is so laid back and relaxing that this location holds the perfect combination of good food and atmosphere to make the night a fun one.

Burger and loaded fries!

Burger and loaded fries!

When I moved to the Lafayette-West Lafayette area six years ago, I was so excited West Lafayette claims its own Scotty’s Brewhouse!  I would almost say it is becoming an Indiana classic restaurant, where all the great cities in our state can now boast they have one.  I believe the reason they have expanded throughout the state is not only because they have good food, but when you visit this place, you always know you are going to have friendly, Indiana hospitality and service.

Friends eating at Scotty's

Friends eating at Scotty’s

Their menu encompasses everything from burgers (made a million different ways!) to salads to wonderful homemade soups.  A family favorite of ours is their dill chips.  It is the first thing we order every visit.  They have a mo’fo sauce (their signature sauce) they add to many menu options and it adds a kick to the meal that is wonderful.  My husband and I go through stages where we will eat something again and again until we can’t eat it for a year.  At this time Buffalo chicken wraps are our craving and the Mo’Fo Buffalo Chicken Wrap from Scotty’s is amazing!

Living in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, one thing we value is customer service and appreciating the times we receive great customer care.  Midwest Hospitality is Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.  We are  proud of our local restaurants that provide gracious and friendly service. For more information about this restaurants and others in the area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Thank Goodness for Great Pizza!

IMG_1326Do you ever have a meal where after you think, “Thank goodness for great food!”? Every time we make a visit to Bruno’s Pizza and Big O’s Sports Room in West Lafayette, Indiana, we have this feeling of jubilation! Since 1955, Bruno’s has been serving hand-tossed pizza, famous Bruno dough, fresh garden salads, and house specialties (veal, bratwurst and manicotti just to name a few).

IMG_1332The pizza! Bruno’s pizza is different than any style of pizza I have ever had. It is a medium thickness crust that would be considered more New York Style. Bruno, Orlando (brothers who own the business along with their sister Tina) and their team of master pizza creators, toss the crust into the air, then pat it out onto pizza wood boards. They add a homemade, rich, red pizza sauce, a hearty brick style cheese and all the toppings. (My daughter loves to watch them make the pizzas from their huge glass window as you enter the restaurant.) The pizzas get placed in their massive, hot ovens, and bake together to pizza deliciousness.

You may ask, what makes Bruno’s pizza so special? In my opinion its four things: the crust, the sauce, the cheese and the love that is thrown into it. There is no other pizza around that taste like it and I have traveled throughout the United States and abroad, including Italy.  The love comes from a family that has worked together for over 60 years. Bruno Itin Sr. immigrated to Indiana from his home in Switzerland. Bruno Sr. passed away in 2006, but his two sons and daughter run the restaurant along with 6 granddaughters who all work at the restaurant. It is truly a family business!

Bruno Family!

Bruno Family!

Bruno Dough

Bruno Dough

Bruno’s is a comfort to many from locals to Purdue college students to alumni and visitors. I would say it is a Lafayette-West Lafayette trademark. If a visitor wants authentic Midwest Hospitality, delicious food and a true local experience, he or she needs to visit Bruno’s Restaurant in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Please share with us your favorite pizza place that makes you go, “Thank goodness for great pizza!” 

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

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.