Teays River Servin’ Rockin’ Good Burgers

It’s Burger Month in Lafayette-West Lafayette. We are heading to the best burger joints in town and sharing why we LOVE burgers.  Check out our latest review of Teays River Brewing and Public House. This restaurant opened this year and is rockin’ the burger scene!

BURGERS!! YUM!

Ultimate Beer Burger reviews:

Emily said, ‘I’m usually not a person who orders burgers when going out to eat, but this one sounded too good to pass up. The best part of this burger is the thick and creamy beer cheese. It’s a great addition to the already wonderful burger and toppings. The beer burger tasted like the cooks put real time and effort into its creation. I will for sure order this again! I would recommend to anyone, burger fan or not, they’re sure to love it!

“The Ultimate Beer Burger from Teays River is a mouthwatering 8oz. burger patty. The hop mayo, beer cheese, and onion jam add a distinct flavor to the already beer marinated patty. Once you take your first bite out of this burger, I promise you won’t be leaving anything on the plate,” adds Corey.

Beer Burger

Korean BBQ Burger review:

Ashley’s thoughts, “Wonderful burger! With the first bite, I noticed an explosion of flavor. The meat was juicy yet had lots of flavor. Black pepper and the vinegary slaw flavor stood out. It was very good. Get it with the chips and a side of beer cheese! YUM!

Korean Burger

Angus Steak Burger review:

Samm shares, “I had the Angus steak burger with the barbecue sauce.  The burger itself was thick, juicy and full of flavor.  The bun was lightly toasted, and the muenster cheese melted on top was the perfect pairing to the sweet and savory barbecue sauce.  I would definitely order this burger again!  I recommend the house chips as a side. They were a great complement to the meal.”

Angus Steak Burger

Black, Blue and Green Burger Review:

I had the Black, Blue and Green Burger. ” I love blue cheese and this burger definitely delivered on the blue cheese with the dressing and crumbles. The green olives and green onions were simple yet really made the burger shine adding a salty, fresh taste.  And the burger itself was so juicy and delicious on a dense, fluffy bun.”

Black, Blue and Green Burger

We were curious because they didn’t ask us how we wanted out burgers cooked and each one of us has our own way we like them cooked from medium rare to well done. But each one came out mouth-watering perfect! The owner shared they have a special meat ratio they have blended for them. The blend in our opinion is fabulous!!

Burgers, burgers, burgers! We love burgers! We want to hear from you and what your favorite burger is from Teays River or another restaurant in Lafayette-West Lafayette! Leave any fun burger comment and enter to win a fun gift basket including a VLWL cooler, Purdue shirt, thermos and more! (Please note only positive comments will be eligible for entry.)  A winner will be picked in November.

For more information about this fabulous restaurant and others in our area at HomeOfPurdue.com.

DT Kirbys -The Unusual Burger Creations

Lafayette-West Lafayette is celebrating Burgers this month! We are exploring the fun and unique flavors of all the burgers around town and this week we are featuring DT Kirby’s!

Do you ever have an unusual burger craving? Do your taste buds crave a burger with diverse flavors and toppings?  Look no further than DT Kirby’s burgers. They are sure to satisfy any crazy craving with burger creations one cannot find anywhere else! From burgers topped with appetizers galore to comfort burgers loaded with mac n cheese, there is something fabulous about each burger. Check out our reviews from our recent visit!

Burger Mania!

The Kirbside Burger, burger with friggin’ fries, onion rings, fried pickles, crispy chips, signature mushrooms and pepper jack cheese! All on a toasted pretzel bun…then add house sauce, lettuce and diced tomatoes. Samm shared, “I had the Kirbside Burger.  This was a flavor powerhouse! It was perfectly stacked and loaded with generous portions of home fries, onion rings, house chips, lettuce and fried pickles!  All this deliciousness was packed inside a fresh pretzel bun with just the right amount of salt crystals glazed over the top!  You can also include the house sauce and diced tomatoes, but mine was enough just the way I ordered it!”

Kirbside Burger- it’s massive!

The Grilled Cheese/ Cheese Burger, burger covered in awesome sauce, cucumber and with…2 grilled cheese sandwiches as the bun. “This is an impressive sandwich. It’s really enough for two or maybe three people to share! Two grilled cheese sandwiches as the bun. I’m not sure what the awesome sauce is but it was good. Had a nice flavor almost like a light hint of taco seasoning? The cucumber was an interesting addition. I like cucumber so was good with it. Think I would prefer pickles though. I had the signature mushrooms on the side. They were very good! Sliced mushrooms that were lightly battered and fried. Served with the awesome sauce. I couldn’t eat everything. I’d definitely recommend sharing unless you are super hungry. You will need some napkins no matter what!” Ashley shared.

Grilled Cheese Cheeseburger

The Bacon Egg Burger, seasoned bacon on the burger, melted American cheese and topped with an over easy egg, Samantha’s review, “The Bacon Egg Burger from DT Kirby’s was everything I wanted it to be! It was deliciously cheesy, and the egg was such a perfect topping! If you want a unique twist on breakfast for dinner, you’ve gotta try this one!”

The Mac n’ Nap, pretzel bun…a 4-cheese mac, pepper jack, seasoned bacon on top of a ½ LB burger and pickle. “The mac n’ cheese is rich and creamy on top of a big burger and peppery bacon. The sandwich is huge and I could have just eaten the mac n’ cheese and bacon as a meal!” shares Sara.

Take a bite of this Mac’ N Nap

These are our reviews, but we want to hear yours! Have you been to DT Kirby’s? What did you think?  Or is there another burger place in Lafayette-West Lafayette you love?  Leave any fun burger comment and enter to win a unique gift basket including a VLWL cooler, Purdue shirt, thermos and more! (Please note only positive comments will be eligible for entry.)  A winner will be picked in November.

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

Burger Fever at Sgt. Preston’s

Burger fever is happening in our 2 great cities! We are hittin’ the road to check out the best burgers in Lafayette-West Lafayette. Our first stop is Sgt. Preston’s. We had heard they have an awesome Preston Burger, but we had to try their burgers ourselves and get the real rundown. Four of us went out, took on and conquered the different burger flavors at this local bar that is home to the largest patio in Lafayette!

Pre-burger excitedness for what is to come!

Samm shares, I had the Black & Bleu Burger.  The combination of the seasoning and mushrooms with the bleu cheese was absolutely perfect. The cheese in particular was mouthwatering. Even if you don’t think you’re a fan of the strong flavor of bleu cheese, you should give this burger a try. The flavors really bring it all together. Make sure you get it with the steak fries.  It’s the perfect complement to the burger!”

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Lisa says, “I always love a good burger and the Preston Burger, in my humble opinion, is the best in town. When I saw one of the monthly specials was a Caprese Turkey Burger I thought I need to try that. However, I like a good beef burger – no turkey for this girl. They gladly swapped the turkey burger for the real deal. It was covered in mozzarella, basil and balsamic vinaigrette and was amazing!”

Caprese Burger

Ashley had the Canadian Burger, which includes Canadian bacon, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato and weakness sauce. She reviews, “The Canadian Burger was surprising. The weakness sauce is a creamy horseradish type sauce and was a great addition to the burger and added a lot of flavor without being overwhelming. The burger was juicy and very flavorful with a sprinkling of cracked pepper and coarse ground salt served with a nice helping of cheddar cheese, lettuce and tomato on a crisp bun.

Canadian Burger

My burger of choice was the Jammin’ Jalapeño Burger. This burger sounds hot, but really it is mild and savory! Angus beef, smoked gouda cheese, crispy bacon and sweet Jalapeño jam make for an interesting combo. The burger was cooked to perfection (medium just the way I like it) and was juicy and delicious. I recommend getting a side of the jam and dipping your fries in it…yummy!

Jammin’ Jalapeño Burger.

Burgers, burgers, burgers! We love burgers! We want to hear from you and what your favorite burger is from Sgt. Preston’s or another restaurant in Lafayette-West Lafayette! Leave any fun burger comment and enter to win a unique gift basket including a VLWL cooler, Purdue shirt, thermos and more! (Please note only positive comments will be eligible for entry.)  A winner will be picked in November.

For more information about this fabulous restaurant and others in our area at 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!

National Cheeseburger Day – DT Kirby’s Calling!

The Cheeseburger may be the most famous American food symbol there is. Cheeseburgers are to Americans like Pasta is to Italians. The official beginning of the cheeseburger is unknown, but we do know the cheeseburger will always be an American favorite. You can experience the taste of the great American Cheeseburger right here in Lafayette, Indiana. National Cheeseburger Day is today, September 18th and what better way to celebrate than heading over to DT Kirby’s in Downtown Lafayette.

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The Mac ‘N Nap

DT Kirby’s has a one of a kind menu you won’t be able to find anywhere else. The Mac ‘N Nap burger is my personal favorite. The Mac ‘N Nap is a burger with mac and cheese on a pretzel bun. This meal is the best option when you can’t decide between a mac and cheese meal or a nice juicy burger. The pretzel bun completes the whole burger. The Mac ‘N Nap is simply the best of both worlds. The Mac and Cheese piled on top of the thick and juicy burger is the kind of mess that you will be completely okay with. It’s an incredible tasting burger that gives cheeseburger a whole new meaning.

Prime Burger

Corey enjoying his Prime Burger

So, what if you’re not a big burger person? DT Kirby’s offers much more than burgers. You can choose from a selection of sandwiches, salads, and their famous hot dogs. They also offer a full service bar. DT Kirby’s can cater to anyone’s eating (or drinking) needs.

A look at the bar

A look at the bar

DT Kirby’s offers a unique environment for their guests that keeps their regulars coming back time and time again. There are many “rules” at DT Kirby’s including no ketchup for your burgers and no take home boxes. Don’t try to ask for a knife, because at DT Kirby’s, they think real men don’t cut need to cut their burger in half. The rules are listed right there on the menu and some are posted throughout the store. If you’re looking for a sign upon arriving at DT Kirby’s, you won’t find one. At DT Kirby’s they believe their customers should be able to find them without a big sign out in front of the store. The restrooms even have a very different feel to them (I won’t spoil the surprise for you). In addition to all of that, If you’re a Chicago Cubs,

fan you’ll absolutely love the Cubs decor throughout DT Kirby’s.

Prime Burger

Prime Burger

Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day the right way! Head to DT Kirby’s at 644 Main Street in Lafayette for the biggest, most tasty, and picture worthy burger you’ve ever had.

Emily, Purdue University Student and Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern, shares this blog.

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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.