Recharge at Fuel Coffee

ChristmasshoppingFuelbyDaveSchmidt2016Nestled downtown Lafayette on Main Street is the Fuel Coffee Shop! It’s a great location with even better food and drinks! If you’re looking for a locally owned coffee place to recharge and relax, then Fuel is the place for you.

Fuel DrinkThe decor is eclectic and unique – step through the iconic red door and you’ve arrived at coffee paradise! You’re immediately met with the yummy smells of fresh brews and breakfast delights. Muffins, zucchini bread, quiches, cinnamon rolls, pancakes, breakfast burritos, and even cheesecake. There’s lunch options too – sandwiches, salads and paninis!

And for non-coffee drinkers, don’t worry! There are options for you too: hot chocolate, iced or hot tea. I ordered the iced London Fog, a black tea with vanilla syrup and milk! It’s definitely my new go-to drink.

Whether you’re looking for a place to chill, work on assignments, or just to wake up… You can find space to do it at Fuel Coffee Shop on Main Street.

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Café Literato brings the traditions of Europe to West Lafayette

Brick over fired pizzas!

Brick over fired pizzas!

Whether grabbing an espresso or latte on the run or if you have something more laid back in mind like lingering over the aromas of freshly baked brick oven pizza and a sparkling bottle of Pellegrino, the treasures you’ll find at Café Literato will leave you wondering if you’re in West Lafayette or if you have somehow been magically transported to some alternate dimension where the flavors of Greece, Italy and France have all been blended together in some sort of heavenly melting pot.

The first thing to strike you when you arrive is the distinctive, metropolitan design.  It’s upscale decor is a fusion of urban, vintage and industrial styles and makes you feel as though you could kick off your shoes and read a book while chowing down.

IMG_3716Decisions won’t come easy with the array of choices on the menu.   For starters, there is a vast array of hot and cold tea’s, coffees, espressos, lattes (including an almond milk latte), smoothies and Ghirardelli hot cocoa.  Couple any of these with a yummy, melt in your mouth pastry and you have a breakfast of champions.

IMG_3711There are also eight different salads haling from Italy, Greece, more traditional American and even a hint of South America.  My favorite is the Greek with chicken, of course.   Not a fan of rabbit food?  Perhaps a sandwich for lunch is more your style.  Choose from eleven delectable creations; but don’t come in here looking for a run of the mill ham and cheese.  Oh no.  That will never do.  Try a Rustic Ham and Cheese Panini with Black Forest ham, smoked cheddar, fontina, muenster and garlic aioli on Italian country Panini.  That is how Literato does ham and cheese.

IMG_3739Now to what you really want to know about…PIZZA.  I am the mother of a 17 year old boy.  I know pizza.  I prefer brick oven to most any other kind of pizza and Literato rivals any other brick oven pizza in the area.  It’s the first fragrance that hits you when you walk in the door and if this is what you order, it’s the thought that lingers on your lips when you leave.  Crispy, tender and buttery crust with toppings that mingle unique flavors together to create a one-of-a-kind experience for patrons.  What is my favorite?  Thanks for asking.  I order the Italian Sausage and Peppadew but I have them add sun-dried tomatoes.  Don’t miss out on the sun-dried tomatoes!  You will thank me.

IMG_3677Next time you are on the west side stop in at 1920 Northwestern Ave. They also take orders to go.  Just call 765-588-3701 or for more information and a full menu visit

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Relax with a cup of coffee at Sacred Grounds

drink3Visitor Services Specialist, Kristine, shares her trip to Sacred Grounds, a coffee shop serving fresh brewed espresso in a harmonic atmosphere.

Are you looking for a Lafayette based barista that has some beat? Sacred Grounds coffee shop and eatery is committed to providing the perfect harmony of flavorful espresso drinks and soulful sound to get you jazzed up for life! This venue features live musical performances nearly every weekend while you snack and sip. A special blend of creativity and passion went into the creation of this coffee shop. We hope you’ll enjoy taking a break at this lovely corner café as much as we did!

counterSacred Grounds sits a little less than a mile away from the great Wabash River. Lit candles and antique furniture give this café a cozy atmosphere. Huge glass windows are situated in the main seating area. A brick wall slices through the middle of the building offering support to the high ceilings. A reconstructed wooden counter and hand painted quotes add to the vintage feel of this shop. Seating is available on the stairway for a romantic two-some to enjoy some of Sacred Ground’s delicious fresh coffee. Hearty sandwiches and salads are optional menu choices for those who are feeling “a mite peckish.” Without a doubt this café has a rustic appeal that makes it a cherished addition to the community.

For more information about this coffee shop and more in the area, visit our website at


The Eye Opener Cafe

Homemade biscuits and gravy!!

2 Great Cities, 1 Great University “Midwest Hospitality”.  To experience “Midwest Hospitality” at its finest visit a small town diner in Battle Ground, Indiana, called the Eye Opener Cafe, who is serving up some of the best biscuits and gravy around!

Homemade biscuits and sausage gravy, fried hash browns, scrambled eggs and bacon; this is my husband’s order when we visit Eye Opener Cafe.  It sounds like a lot of food and it is!  The biscuits are light and fluffy with a pan-fried sausage gravy that melts in your mouth.  The potatoes are perfectly crunchy while the eggs are fresh and well seasoned.  My husband is a hog farmer, and the true test is the bacon.  We like our bacon medium cooked with a nice seasoning where you can really taste the textures of the meat.  Their bacon meets all our requirements and more.  The Eye Opener Cafe’s food is superb, and in my opinion, I would rate them as cooking one of the best biscuits and gravy I have ever had.  I also order a side of French fries for myself and dip them in the gravy.

The Eye Opener Cafe is one of the wonderful things about living in this area because the owners are so friendly and the locals who eat here are very welcoming.  The first time we ate here, a few locals invited us to sit and eat with them.  They gave us the 411 on what to eat (which pretty much was their whole menu because we have tried a number of different items and they are all wonderful).  It is was so nice and really showcased what “Midwest Hospitality” is all about.

This cafe serves breakfast and lunch daily and dinners on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evening.  They make fresh pies daily that sell out quickly so I recommend asking the server what pies they have on special as soon as you sit down.  Wolf Park, the Tippecanoe Battlefield and Prophetstown State Park are all area locations that are close by, so I recommend taking a day to visit Battle Ground and all it has to offer!

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 businesses, including The Eye Opener Cafe, who provides gracious and friendly service. For more information about this restaurant and other fun activities in the area, visit our website at