Folie: French & New American Fine Dining

Folie is a “French & New American Fine Dining” restaurant located at 526 Main Street in downtown Lafayette. Looking at the menu, before we went, I was a bit intimidated by some of the items, but we decided to give it a try. We visited for lunch, where the dishes are a bit more traditional and not as exotic but flavor and experience sure didn’t disappoint. The restaurant offers a contemporary feel in a historic area of downtown and has two sides to the restaurant, side for 21 and over that includes a bar and then the regular dining room where guests of all ages are welcome.

Folie Burger

The menus change throughout the year, but we tried the “Cemita” which is a breaded chicken breast, Oazaca cheese, avocado, onions and chipotle aioli and the “Folie Burger” which has onion jam, mushroom, gouda cheese, tomato, lettuce and horseradish aioli. Corey shared, “The chicken sandwich is a thinly fried chicken breast, covered in Oaxaca cheese and an aioli sauce that complements the natural flavor of the chicken to perfection! It will be sure to guarantee a return visit to the restaurant once you try it!” The Folie Burger was surprising. I wasn’t sure about the onion jam, but it was amazing! Basically, just caramelized onions but it made the burger! The horseradish aioli was a great addition as well and added that extra flavor to make the burger extraordinary. We loved our food but both kept eyeing the “Tacos al Pastor” that kept coming out of the kitchen. I had thought about ordering but just wasn’t sure but so disappointed that I didn’t go for it. I’m going to have to go back. The Tacos were marinated pork, charred pineapple, avocado mousse, cilantro, onion and spicy peanut sauce. We were all too full for dessert, but they all sounded good.

Tacos al Pastor

The dinner menu currently has some more unique offerings such as stuffed zucchini blossoms, grilled octopus, Rack of Wild Boar, Lamb Shank, Ethiopian Spiced Yard Bird, etc. But also, has more traditional items such as Oysters on the half shell, Pan Seared Salmon, Fettuccine Fra Divavolo, Bavette Steak and a burger of the month. The flavor and presentation were amazing with our lunch items, I would be willing to be a bit more adventurous when I return for dinner and try something I’ve never had before. I’m sure it will be amazing and beautifully presented. A fantastic choice for your next date night or business meeting. Service won’t disappoint either. Our server was very attentive and brought us everything in a timely manner, checked in with us appropriately yet gave us space as well. Overall a fantastic experience and I cannot wait to return!

Have you visited Folie Restaurant? Let us know what you think! For more information about this restaurant and others in our area, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Taste Buds Soar at Red Bird Cafe

Loaded fries

2 Great Cities, 1 Great University, Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard! Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, is home to over 275 local restaurants and one just popped up that is making our taste buds soar and our bellies quite happy. Red Bird Cafe is the newest restaurant to our dining scene and we have to say from our recent visit that we are thrilled by the addition!

First let’s start with the food! 5 of us visited this Red Bird Cafe a few weeks ago. We explored the menu and decided on their loaded cheese fries, French fries with their signature white queso, bacon crumbles, sour cream and green onions, as an appetizer.  We literally fought for the last fry, they were so good. They were salty and cheesy and oh so delicious! Along with our appetizer they brought out homemade Beignets. I tried so hard to only eat a bite as I had ordered a large lunch but I couldn’t stop tasting this fried piece of dough with a light sprinkle of powdered sugar.  YUM! My co-worker Ashley shares, “The Beignets that come with the meals are fluffy on the inside, crispy on the outside and covered in cinnamon and sugar! They taste like a fluffier version of an elephant ear. I love them! The meals are all good sized and very filling. I enjoyed my meal and am looking forward to going back.”

For lunch I ordered off of the breakfast menu which they said they offer all day.  My choice was the biscuits and pepper sausage gravy that came with hash browns.  I also added bacon to my selection. I have reviewed biscuits and gravy in past blogs and these rival the best in the area. The gravy is smooth and peppery on top of light, dense biscuits. They were just amazing! Add in the perfectly fried hash browns and crispy bacon and it was one of the best breakfasts I think I have ever had.  I highly recommend!  Another one of my co-workers, Lisa, who we say we are twin eaters, ordered the same meal and she agreed it was fabulous!

Biscuits and gravy with hash browns

A few of my co-workers ordered from their lunch menu and selected the buffalo chicken wrap and fajita chicken wrap.  They both really enjoyed them!  Another team member ordered a custom omelet which they were happy to accommodate her dietary needs. She shares, “The omelet was tasty, fluffy, light, cooked just enough and filled with four different cheese options, just to my liking. Always pleased when breakfast items are served all day and they are willing the accommodate special diet requests.”

Buffalo Chicken Wrap

Second, let’s review the service. Friendly, kind and accommodating. Everyone from the hostess to our waitress were so nice. They refilled our beverages regularly, checked on our table periodically, and were just pleasant. As we were leaving our waitress shared on Wednesday nights they have “All you can eat catfish fillets,” which sounds amazing!

Third and lastly, decor! Red Bird Cafe is just so cute and lovely. It is open and bright with fun decorations like a hanging bicycle on the wall. It was also exceptionally clean, which I love! The exposed beams and ducts on the ceiling and cement ceilings give it an industrial look yet it is really homey and comfortable as well. I believe it used to be an auto shop and it is crazy how they made it into such a beautiful restaurant.

Beignets

Overall, we highly recommend this restaurant.  We can’t wait to go back and explore so many more options on their menu! Red Bird Cafe is located in downtown Dayton, Indiana.

For more information about Red Bird Cafe and other wonderful restaurants in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit us at www.HomeOfPurdue.com

Southern Flavors Delight at East End Grill

Walking down Main Street in historic downtown Lafayette you will come across many wonderful local businesses and restaurants but one that really stands out is the East End Grill. As it states in the name, it’s on the East End of Main Street between 10th and 11th Streets. As you walk by, you are welcomed by inviting outdoor seating and stately lanterns on the front of the building. As you enter, you see a large open area decorated with industrial, urban features. This is something you would expect to see in a larger city such as Chicago or Indianapolis. The owners really wanted something urban and modern but also something that was classic and would blend well with the block’s history. The buildings on that block date from the 1870’s after all.

The food here matches the atmosphere, with a more upscale feel than most places yet still casual. The owner has traveled across the U.S. but has spent most of his career in the South. Therefore, you will find, many of the dishes has a Southern flare, such as their famous Shrimp and Grits and another guest favorite, BBQ Ribs.

East End Grill Arancini Balls

While there, our group ordered a good mix of items. To start we tried a couple appetizers, the House Cut Fries and Arancini Balls. The tables at East End are designed to be a bit larger than usual with sharing in mind, which is exactly what we did with the appetizers (and of course we tried each other’s meals too, they were too good not to share!). The House Cut Fries were perfectly cooked, thin cut fries. Crisp on the outside and smooth and soft on the inside dusted with parmesan and herbs. The fries are served with a wonderful roasted garlic aioli dipping sauce, which in our opinion was so much better than ketchup. The Arancini Balls are lightly battered saffron risotto balls covered with house made Bolognese sauce and served over Pomodoro sauce. Again, it was crisp and crunchy on the outside yet smooth and creamy on the inside. We loved the flavor and the texture of these balls.

East End Grill Crabcake Salad

After the appetizers we were getting pretty full, yet we couldn’t resist the entrée items. We each had something different; the Crab Cake Salad, Shrimp and Grits and the East End Burger. The Crab Cake Salad was a large, meaty, flawlessly crisp lump crab cake served over field greens and corn salsa. The dressing is a Remoulade and Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, which was sweet and creamy. This dish was full of flavor and really made an otherwise boring salad, something exciting, fun and filling. The Shrimp and Grits was

Shrimp and Grits

delicious! I’m not a grits person at all and usually curl my lip at it, but my friend encouraged me to try this and I was very surprised. The flavor was amazing and the texture, which is usually what gets me, was silky and smooth. It does have a bit of a kick for my very wimpy palate, but I would even consider ordering it in the future. It was very cheesy and served with smoking goose tasso ham, roasted red peppers and green onions. My friend just calls it “yumminess!”. Now for the East End Burger. The presentation of this burger is fantastic. I had to pause a moment to figure out how I wanted to eat it as it was as tall if not taller than my hand turned on its side. The meat and other toppings were perfectly and evenly portioned. A huge slice of tomato and large chunky slice of sweet pickle topped Applewood smoked bacon, 8 ounces of prime beef, cheddar cheese and baby greens. The flavor was amazing, I couldn’t help but lick my lips to make sure I got every morsel of flavor after every bite.  We are told that the Wagyu Burger is even better than the regular East End Burger. While they were not offering the Wagyu Burger the day we were there, we are told it will be back on the menu very soon. We can’t wait to try that one as well.

East End Grill- East End Burger and Fries

We walked out of East End Grill fully satisfied and very pleased with our meal. We cannot wait to return and try some of the other offerings such as the Cutting Board, Wagyu Burger, Pan Roasted Salmon, East End Pastrami Cobb Salad and the BBQ Baby Back Pork Ribs, not to mention the dessert items! We were too full for dessert, but they sounded delicious!  There is a good variety of menu options for everyone, but they are also very open to working with special diets or religious beliefs that prohibit certain items. Those that like to make dining reservations can easily do so with East End Grill’s online reservation system powered by RESERVE, found on the homepage of their website or social media pages. I know I will be going back very soon! If you go, be sure to tell us what you loved!

Living in Chauncey

What is it like to live in Chauncey, the downtown area of West Lafayette, situated between the Purdue campus and the Riverfront district? Natalie, Purdue University Graduate shares her experience living in Chauncey!

What to do, where to eat and where to hangout:

  • EATS
    • Fiesta
      • Fiesta is a Mexican restaurant local to Purdue’s campus. Living in Chauncey makes it easy to access delicious burritos and quesadillas. If you are looking for vegetarian or vegan options, Fiesta also offers some great alternatives. My favorite things to order is a burrito with vegetables and make sure to ask for the ranch sauce!

        Fiesta!

    • Noodles and I
      • Noodles and I isn’t a restaurant that everyone is aware of, but offers some amazing Asian cuisine. The cute hole-in-the-wall restaurant, right across the street from Maje Sushi, offers a small interior space to order quickly and eat in. My favorite thing to order at Noodles and I is vegetarian Pad Thai. Another favorite of students around Chauncey Square is Chicken or Vegetable Pho, make sure to add the sauce on the table for extra flavor!
    • Poke Hibachi
      • The first poke hibachi place to come to Purdue’s campus, Poke Hibachi! Located a couple stores back from Mad Mushroom, the poke restaurant offers fresh poke bowls with your choice of toppings. It’s a quick and healthy dining option!

        Poke Hibachi

    • Maje Sushi
      • Personally, I think Maje Sushi is the best sushi around Purdue’s campus. I may be bias since it is located right in Chauncey mall, but the sushi is fresh and they have a lot of different options, even for vegans and vegetarians. Next time you go in, try the mushroom roll… it is to die for!
  • COFFEE SHOPS / HANGOUT
    • Greyhouse
      • Greyhouse, being newly renovated in March of 2018, offers a wide variety of space to hangout, chat with friends or catch up on your work. The atmosphere inside of Greyhouse is relaxed and aesthetically pleasing. They also offer a wide variety of coffees, teas and food options like there famous crepes and newly added donuts!

        Greyhouse

    • Vienna
        • Vienna, which is located right next door to Greyhouse, is another local option for a nice hangout spot. The unique atmosphere makes Vienna special to Chauncey mall. They also offer a wide variety of food options, like breakfast sandwiches and vegan pastries!

    • Red Mango
      • Looking for a smoothie bowl? Red Mango is my favorite place, and probably only place in the West Lafayette area, where you can find smoothie bowls along with frozen yogurt and smoothies! My roommates and I love to grab a smoothie bowl during the warm months and take a walk around Purdue’s campus.
  • SHOPS
    • Underground Printing
      • If you are looking for a store to find unique Purdue apparel and not sure where to go, Underground Printing has got your back. I stumbled into Underground Printing a couple of days ago on a whim and was pleasantly surprised! Located right next to Lotsa Pizza, they offer old school Purdue sweatshirts, Harry’s gear and anything in between. You can even place a bulk order with them next time you stop in!
    • Vons
      • Vons is one of the only stores close to Chauncey Mall that is unique to Purdue’s campus. Located close to Jimmy John’s, Vons is home to a large variety of unique gifts. Looking for records? Vons has them. Looking for a cool poster? Vons has that too. Looking for spirit rocks, clothing or anything else? Vons has got you covered! Vons has everything from incense, music and even books. It’s worth the trip inside (and p.s. dogs are allowed inside too)!

        Vons

For more information about Chauncey and our other fabulous, fun districts in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Savor Ramen at Yatagarasu

Yatagarasu, a new Japanese ramen shop in downtown Lafayette, is bringing a new vibe to restaurants in the Lafayette / West Lafayette area. On Monday, I went to dinner with a  friend where we tried both the Spicy Ramen and the Vegetable Ramen along with ordering a pot of the seasonal tea.

Spicy Ramen

I would say that Yatagarasu is relatively casual, with an aesthetically pleasing interior and inviting atmosphere. The sitting area is pretty small but cozy enough to bring a date or a couple of friends. Located at 533 Main Street, it is a great location central to downtown Lafayette.

Vegetable Ramen

The menu is short and concise, making it easy for us to pick out what we were craving. Being a vegetarian, I was pleased to see that they offered a vegetable ramen option. On the other hand, my friend was looking for something with complex flavor and ordered the spicy ramen. The ramen itself was packed with flavor and you definitely got your money’s worth. The size of the meals were large, enough for leftovers in my opinion. The flavor of the ramen had depth and dimension, and was delicious!

The restaurant also seems to be bringing a lot of guests. For a Monday night, the restaurant was pretty packed but on the positive side we did not have to wait for our table. With our meal we ordered a pot of the seasonal tea: cherry black tea. The tea was served in traditional Japanese tea cups, which I thought was an appealing touch.

Cherry Black Tea

If you are not a fan of ramen, they do offer some other options, appetizers and even dessert. As for the drink menu, they offer a selection to choose from.

Next time you are planning a restaurant date, girls night or just want to explore something new… make sure to try out Yatagarasu! Natalie, Purdue University Student and VLWL Intern, shares this blog.

For more information about this restaurant and others in our area, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

The Friendly Hang Out – Ol’ Buffalo Bar & Grill

Old Buffalo’s Outpost Bar and Grill is Lafayette’s most friendly hangout. If you’re looking for a home-cooked meal without all the hassle of cooking yourself, you need to stop in to this local favorite! When you enter, you’ll be greeted by the friendliest staff around. My coworker, Emily, and I had the chance to stop in there for lunch earlier this summer.

Locals love this bar and grill. If you want to see old friends and grab a drink, Old Buffalo’s is for you. Their menu has a variety to pick from – wings, unique burgers, grilled chicken, or a tenderloin, just for starters. Emily and I had to try the wings for an appetizer. They were delightfully crispy, flavorful, and not too spicy! They’re definitely a must-try for anyone visiting.

Check out their website for their daily food and drink specials! There’s Tenderloin Tuesday, $3.25 wine on Saturdays, and so many other amazing deals. I absolutely had to try the tenderloin when we went. As any Midwesterner, I love a good tenderloin. I enjoyed the breaded tenderloin, although they do have a grilled option. Lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo and pickle are all served on the side. It also comes with fresh french fries. You can’t beat a well-made tenderloin for lunch, and I would really recommend trying it on your trip to Ol’ Buffalo!

The menu is short, but has varied and exciting options besides what I ordered. You can get delicious slow-roasted chili, Ol Yellow Eye (a burger topped with a fried egg), a pulled pork sandwich, and more. Old Buffalo Bar & Grill has a pool table, bar games, and often live entertainment. It has a real sense of community, and you can’t help but feel right at home.

For more information about this restaurant and others in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Samantha, Purdue University Student and VLWL Intern, shares this blog!

Dining Divas Feast at Fishya

Mmmm! That’s the only sound you can make when your lips are happily stuck together with sticky wing glaze. And it’s an appropriate sound because they are positively delicious! ​

The Dining Divas and our guest Diana “E​ats A​nything” May visited the sushi and Asian fusion restaurant Fishya for lunch and were pleased with this addition to the Purdue West Shopping Center. The restaurant is rather large and divided into several areas, all with a calm and elegant Asian decor. We arrived early and were the only customers, warmly greeted by friendly staff members. But by noon, Fishya was filling up!

We started with the aforementioned chicken wings with Korean sauce ($7.95) and a generous portion of edamame ($3.95) from the shareables part of the menu. The wings were super crispy outside and tender and juicy inside. The sauce was sweet, nicely spiced, and seriously sticky. Bev declared them the best wings in town. ​

DIning Divas

Also on the large menu are soups, b​owls, h​ot p​ots, m​eats, lunch, combos, bento boxes, lunch​ rolls ​ (15 different ones all named after Purdue icons such as Hovde, Mackey, Armstrong, Schleman), b​asic r​olls, d​eluxe r​olls, n​igiri/ s​ashimi, d​inner s​ushi c​ombos, and a few desserts. Beer, Soju (a distilled Korean beverage), and s​aki are available.

Bev ordered the Spicy Pork Bento Box ($8.95) which came with miso soup, salad, rice, and a Hicks Roll (shrimp tempura, avocado, and cucumber topped with spicy crab and eel sauce). “The rolls are beautifully done and tasty,” she said.​”The pork is tender and has a kick to it, but it’s not overly hot.”​

Bento Box

Kay chose the Seafood Soon Tofu ($9.95), a spicy silky tofu soup with veggies and seafood. “It’s an unusual and tasty combination of tiny shrimp, clams, squid, octopus, zucchini, carrots, and lots of silky tofu,” she explained. “It’s hot both temperature-wise and spice-wise, which the waitress warned me about, but it was a bit spicy even for me who loves hot food, so be warned! “​

Diana had Chirashi ($16.95), which is an assorted chef’s choice of raw fish over sushi rice. “The fish is very cold and very fresh,” Diana said. “There’s no sauce on it, which I like. ” This dish had a mystery ingredient that we couldn’t identify.

Chirashi

Our server, said the Tomago is an egg! “It’s a beautiful presentation,” Diana continued. “​The rice is hot and the fish is cold which makes​ a nice combination. There are six​ varieties of raw fish. I would order this again!”

Our vegetarian eaters ate lighter than the rest of us. Margy chose the sweet potato roll ($5.95), which is tempura sweet potato and cucumber. “The sweet potato is really crunchy! I would order it again and also try their other tempura since they did this so well,” she remarked. ​ Jo had seaweed salad ($4.95). “It’s lightly dressed which I really enjoy,” said Jo. “It’s crunchy and I like the sesame seeds and pepper flakes. Despite the pepper, it’s not overly spicy. ” ​

Seaweed Salad

Our verdict is that Fishya is a welcome addition to Purdue West and the whole Greater Lafayette community. And we’re looking forward to more of those sticky wings! ​

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

Specialty Pizza at its Best – Midtowne Oven

Pizza, pizza, pizza! Lafayette-West Lafayette is home to some pretty fabulous pizza joints, and there is one that is becoming a rising star in the area, Midtowne Oven. This restaurant that opened its doors in the past few years offers fresh and inspired flavors centered around the area’s only real wood fired oven. The menu at Midtowne Oven presents your palate exciting flavors featuring the finest high-quality ingredients. 

Our family loves pizza! We are a bit of pizza snobs when it comes to picking out what restaurants we feel offer the most delicious pizza. We want only the best! And in our opinion, Midtowne Oven is offering some of the best pizza in the area. Their hand tossed crust, homemade Midtowne pizza sauce, in house created mozzarella and fresh toppings all fired up in a real wood fired oven make a decadent pie! We always get pepperoni and ricotta on our pizza and it is superb. Better yet are the leftovers! Most pizzas left over taste like cardboard. I actually almost like this pizza better heated up the next day!

What compliments pizza? Appetizers! They have 4 appetizers to choose from; spinach artichoke dip, garlic dough, My Momma’s Homemade Meatballs, and Brussel sprout skewers. We have tried them all!  We usually fight over who gets the last garlic dough to dip in the creamy spinach artichoke dip. The Brussel sprouts are a healthier choice but with the creamy chipotle aioli and bacon they create a vegetable sensation.  I am saving my favorite for last, the My Momma’s Homemade Meatballs. What to say?  They are amazing! I like to boast I make the best homemade meatballs, but these have mine beat. We usually never order meatballs out, but my husband ordered their meatball sub a few months ago, and I begged him for more.  Now we usually order a couple appetizer orders to start our meal!  (Please note there are only 2 adults and 1 four-year-old in our party…that is how much we love them!)

We have tried a few entrees as well that are worth mentioning! The Grown Up Mac N’ Cheese is the perfect blend of cheese, bacon, tomatoes and crispy onions.  My father in-law ordered the Porchetta recently as well. It is an herb stuffed pork roulade crusted with crispy panko topped with almond romesco over parmesan risotto. Wow! It was amazing. So flavorful and the risotto is cooked perfectly.  It is so hard not to want to order their pizza every time, but these 2 meals make it difficult!

If you are on a budget and want to try out this restaurant, they also offer some great specials throughout the week.

  1. Monday: 1/2 price pizza
  2. Tuesday: 1/2 price wine
  3. Wednesday: 15% off all sandwiches
  4. Thursday: 1/2 price appetizers

Visit this restaurant on your next dining night out! You will be thrilled with your choice!  For more information about this restaurant and others in our area visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Taste the Hype at Azzip Pizza

When Lafayette and West Lafayette received word that Azzip Pizza would be coming to the area, no one could contain their excitement. After finally trying it for myself, I realized what all the hype was about. Everything from the name of the restaurant to the pizza itself is unique and wonderful.

The story behind Azzip Pizza is a very special one. Purdue’s own alumni Brad Niemeier is the founder of this new and amazing establishment. He graduated from Purdue’s Hospitality and Tourism program in 2012. Azzip started when Brad won the Burton D. Morgan Business Plan Competition at Purdue University. In 2013 Brad opened his first store in Evansville. There are currently 7 Azzip pizza locations and we are proud to have one right here in Lafayette.

What does the word “Azzip” even mean? Try looking at the word backwards. This simple yet fun name has a wholesome story behind it. You can get the details behind the name inspiration and more background information about Azzip here: https://azzippizza.com/2017/06/the-start-up/

You can order a specialty pizza full of your favorite flavors or keep it simple with a traditional cheese pizza. Whatever your taste desires, Azzip has it. Azzip has 2 sizes of pizzas called the “Little Zip” and “Big Zip”. The big zip is 11 inches and the little zip is 8 inches. The Azzip experience is laid back, quick, and gives you all the choices you need to create a great meal in a timely fashion. You choose your dough size and walk through the line selecting your sauce, meats, and veggies you want on your pizza. You can always choose one of the specialty pizzas referred to as “Azzip Picks” as well. The E’vil Pig is full of flavor and is unlike any pizza you’ve had before.  This pizza is loaded with sweet ‘n sassy BBQ sauce, mozzarella, slow smoked pork, red onion, and Grippos in a Ski reduction. What is Grippos and a Ski reduction, you ask? It is barbecue Grippos potato chips and a sweet reduction sauce made from local Ski citrus soda.

The environment at Azzip is very modern and exciting. Your Azzip experience doesn’t end when you reach the end of the order line. The Azzip staff takes care of you during your entire visit. Azzip is the perfect dining option for a easy and tasty lunch or a quick but relaxing dinner.

This isn’t your normal pizza place. Your experience will be full of color, speed, quality, and satisfaction from beginning to end. Don’t just take my word for it, go check it out! Azzip Pizza is located at 105 Farabee Dr S suite B in Lafayette. Check out this new addition to the area.

Emily, VLWL Intern, shares this blog.

Dip Up Smiles at Igloo Frozen Custard

They dip up smiles!

Where can you get the Lafayette area’s favorite flavored drinks, frozen custard and food? The Igloo Frozen Custard of course! The Igloo is owned by the same family that owns the Original Frozen Custard that has been a Lafayette favorite since 1932 near Columbian Park. The Igloo Frozen Custard opened in 1998 with all the original favorites plus some new favorites of their own.

You can’t go to the Igloo Frozen Custard without trying the custard. It’s in the name of course! They use many of the same family recipes their grandparents used when they opened the original frozen custard.  My favorite is the twist, it’s the best of both worlds; chocolate and vanilla. Some other daily flavors are chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, oreo, mint chip, butter pecan and more. The custard is soft, smooth and creamy and can be dipped into a cone, dish as a sundae or malt or shake if you prefer. I like mine just scooped into a cone. Try one of the handcrafted treats such as Nutbars or Chipwiches too. Your dog can even enjoy a special treat with a “pup cup”, a dog biscuit topped with vanilla frozen custard.

Another must have when visiting the Igloo is a flavored fountain drink. You have to try the famous Fruit Drink. It’s an original recipe and family tradition carried on since 1932. It’s a blend of orange, pineapple and lemon juices (with a lot of sugar mixed in). Available by the cup or the gallon. It makes for a wonderful party punch too but don’t forget the ice! It’s not the same with out the small cubes of “Igloo Ice”, which you can also buy by the bag. If fruit drink isn’t your cup of tea, be sure to try a flavored coke. They make their own flavorings as well. Our favorites are cherry coke, cherry sprite and cherry phosphate. We love cherry I guess!  I’ve heard marshmallow root beer is a popular one as well. I love both root beer and marshmallow flavors but can’t seem to stray from my favorites to try something new.

What is your favorite?Hungry? The Igloo can help with that as well. They offer a variety of burgers and hot dogs but they also have a pork tenderloin sandwich and other sandwiches. A couple salads are available as well and for something a little different, I’d

They always serve their beef FRESH and not frozen, because they’ve always thought FRESH TASTES BEST!

recommend the Igloo Salad, with tri-colored pasta, mozzarella cheese, choice of dressing and chicken. I’d recommend ranch and grilled chicken. Do you love French fries? Especially, cheese fries? Well, I’m not a big fry person and never eat coney sauce but you have to try the coney fries. They are so delicious! Crispy fries, fried to a perfect golden brown covered in melted cheese with the Igloo’s special coney sauce on top. It’s amazing! Theconey sauce is not quite as sweet as others and just has its own taste that you have to try to appreciate.

The Igloo is open year round at two locations off of Veterans Memorial Parkway to satisfy all your cravings and trust me, once you’ve tried it, you will have cravings! Enjoy!

Ashley Gregory, Director of Sales for VLWL, shares this blog.