Delicious Destination Contest 2018 Winner

We have the winner of our “Delicious Destination Contest 2018″ worth over $550! Congratulations to Carol from Lafayette, Indiana.

She shares, “I am from Lafayette, Indiana, but I have only been to a few of these restaurants. I have never even been to the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon! I am so excited to explore our area and check out these new culinary experiences.”

Thanks to all who participated in this latest contest! Stay tuned for our next big contest/package we will be hosting in September.

Hello Summer! Home of Purdue Contest 2018 Details

Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette is excited to announce our “Lafayette-West Lafayette Hello Summer Contest 2018″ to our two great cities. The competition started on Monday, June 4, 2018 and we want to share why each business that has donated to these packages is so fabulous!

One great winner will win the following package worth over $550!

  • The Courtyard by Marriott conference center features over 5,500 square feet of meeting space, perfect for your next special event!
  • Arni’s Pizza is best known for their savory pizza and the Arni’s Junior Salad. This has been a local hotspot for many years!
  • Bruno’s features great food, atmosphere, and fun! This local favorite celebrated their 60th Anniversary in 2015 nd is known for their infamous Bruno Dough and homemade, hand-tossed pizzas!
  • daughter 2014Where else do you get the chance to taste the world-famous Duane Purvis Peanut Butter Burger besides Triple XXX / Route 66? No where! Come and see why this diner was featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives!
  • Give your tastebuds an experience like never before at Kathy’s Kandies with homemade treats such as: gourmet popcorn, scrumptious truffles, and fluffy pastries!
  • If you’re looking for a cozy hidden spot that is Instagram worthy and full of delicious food and drink, Town & Gown Bistro is your spot! Please note the pancakes are ginormous and sharing worthy.
  • Beverage Heaven…  the Igloo Frozen Custard is known not just for their frozen custard but also their fruit drinks and flavored sodas.
  • Test your mini golf skills at Monster Mini Golf: 18-holes of surprises, twists, and turns! What’s the catch? It’s all in the dark with neon monsters around every corner!
  • Grab an inner-tube and laze your way through Cattail Crik at Tropicanoe Cove!
  • More water adventure can be had at the West Lafayette Municipal Pool, home to 3 heated pools.
  • The Farm at Prophetstown is a real working farm! The livestock enjoy a beautiful, healthy farm/free range setting and crops are grown to be used to feed them throughout the year.
  • 45 minutes north of Lafayette-West Lafayette is home to one of the United States largest dairies! Find cheese, adventure, cows, hogs and more at Fair Oaks Farm.
  • Prophetstown State Park is located in the historic town of Battle Ground. This state park, which served as a home to Native Americans for many years, is named after The Prophet, who was brother to Native American chief, Tecumseh. As Indiana’s newest state park offers hiking, biking, camping, interpretive Naturalist Services, and is home to an outdoor aquatics center!
  • You have 60 minutes. Can you breakout? Mission: Breakout is an escape game brought to life. Give one of their three uniquely themed rooms a try.

Brunodough2013Go to HomeOfPurdueBlog.com to enter! Entries will be accepted through Monday, June 17, 2018. The winner will be announced via social media after they have been notified. And stay tuned to our next social media contest coming in August.

Reasons to Love & Visit Legacy Pub

Legacy pub is one of my very favorite places to eat in Lafayette for many reasons. The main reason being the menu. The menu at Legacy Pub is huge and has so many options to choose from. Their menu is big enough to give you choices, but small enough to make sure you don’t get too overwhelmed. It’s the perfect happy medium! They have sandwiches, burgers, salads, wraps, and everything else in between. Their appetizers are always delicious. My favorite appetizer is the breaded zucchini with marinara sauce. I can’t go to Legacy Pub and not get the breaded zucchini to start off my dining experience.

Breaded Zucchini

Another reason I love Legacy Pub is the atmosphere. There are TV’s to watch your favorite game in the bar and also throughout the restaurant. It is an ideal place for parties with their multiple private party rooms. The servers are bubbly and energetic all the time and that makes your experience at Legacy Pub even more memorable. Gatherings at Legacy Pub are the best.

Inside Legacy Pub

Legacy Pub has a full bar which is another reason to love it! They currently have 18 types of beer on tap including local beer from People’s Brewing Company! And of course they offer your favorite domestic beers like Bud Light and Coors Lite on tap. If you’re not a beer fan, don’t worry, their full bar offers much more.

Jacob enjoying his steak and onion rings!

As if I haven’t given you enough reasons to love Legacy Pub, their weekday specials are the bomb. Some of their special items include veggie wraps, chicken pepperoni hoagies, reubens, catfish and more! They have something on their menu for everyone. With everything from chicken tenders to California tilapia, everyone will be happy. You can eat some amazing and affordable food at Legacy Pub.

Chicken and Fries

Chicken and Fries

If you’re looking for somewhere new or an ideal place for your next gathering or date night, check out this south side spot! Legacy Pub is located at 3230 Daugherty Drive, Suite 200 in Lafayette.

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

Emily, Purdue University Student and VLWL Intern, shares this blog.

Local Eats at Parkway Pizza

1a70120d55329444fcfec7348c4906a53074171f97623f4579fc10b114e598ddDo you ever crave delicious pizza, but don’t want to go with a chain restaurant? Parkway pizza is a local pizza delivery, carry out, and dine in restaurant in Lafayette. Located at 405 Sagamore Pkwy S Ste B-1, this pizza joint is at the center of your busy life.

The menu includes much more than just pizza. Sandwiches, gyros, calzones, and a whole variety of items are included in the menu. The full menu is sure to have something you will enjoy. After considering many different options I decided to go with a mouthwatering calzone filled with pepperoni and cheese. I was very happy with my decision.

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Corey had a meat lover’s calzone and Ashley had a deluxe pizza. We all thoroughly enjoyed our meals. We decided to end our meal with fresh baklava. It was my first time having baklava and Parkway Pizza baklava exceeded my expectations! The baklava was very fresh and warm. It was a great treat to end our meal.

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After eating at Parkway Pizza, Ashley said “The hand tossed pizza crust is light and fluffy and the pizza is loaded with toppings. Best pizza I’ve had in a while. The baklava has generous portions and is perfectly sweet and flaky! My new favorite pizza place!”.

Head over to Parkway Pizza to get a taste of some of Lafayette’s best Pizza and Subs!

Celebrating National Hotdog Day at Dog N’ Suds!

IMG_1759It’s National Hotdog Day!  We are celebrating at one of our favorite hotdog drive-ins, Dog N’ Suds! Visitors can sit back, relax in their cars and eat foot long coney cheese hotdogs and drink cold, creamy root beer!  There are two great locations, one in Lafayette and another in West Lafayette.

Ok, yes, I am guilty of eating not one, but 2 cheese dogs!

Ok, yes, I am guilty of eating not one, but 2 cheese dogs!

Love us some corn dogs!

Love us some corn dogs!

What’s your favorite restaurant serving a good ol’ hotdog??  Please share!

For more information about all the delicious restaurants in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Meet you at Arni’s

Arnis 50th (39)

Celebrating 50 years!

The original Arni’s Restaurant opened at Market Square in 1965. Since then, Arni’s has made a positive impact locally as well as state wide with 18 locations throughout Indiana. Arni Cohen, the original owner and founder of Arni’s, was known to be a very kind and active member of the community up until his passing in 2002. His two sons Brad and Kurt, who now own and run the company, have carried on the family tradition of community involvement and friendly service through the business. I know this first hand from being a customer through childhood and now working at Arni’s myself.

Great customer service!

Great customer service!

I was very fortunate to be given an internship opportunity with Arni’s during my sophomore year at Purdue. Arni’s works closely with Purdue’s Hospitality and Tourism Program during career fairs and events such as the Purdue Black Tie Dinner. I couldn’t have asked for a better place to work and learn about the industry through a very wide range of responsibilities. Arni’s offers a full bar service, catering, and of course dine in. With the size and popularity of Arni’s, this opportunity offered me more than I could ever imagine through everything from marketing, restaurant operations, and catering skills. Although my semester long internship ended in May of 2017, I have continued working at Arni’s as a hostess.

20140621_195744My favorite part about working at Arni’s is the history within the restaurant itself, the employees, and the customers. There are multiple employees who have been working at the Market Square location for almost as long as Arni’s has been open. These long time employees are a huge part of what makes Arni’s so special, memorable, and nostalgic for many of our customers. There are many regulars who have been loyal customers since the doors first opened in 1965. We see our regular customers weekly and sometimes daily. This type of loyalty is so special and rare, I am so glad to be a part of it. The Arni’s environment is full of nostalgia, from the building, the pictures on the walls, to the servers and pizza makers who make it all happen.

arnis - 3 pizzasI can remember going to Arni’s as a child and I never grew tired of the classic Arni’s pizza. Now as an Arni’s employee, I still love to enjoy an Arni’s pizza or a hot ham and cheese whenever I can. Arni’s is a Lafayette tradition not only for my family, but many families in Lafayette and surrounding areas. When Lafayette natives move away and come back to visit, Arni’s is often their first place to stop upon their arrival. I have encountered many people while working at Arni’s who try to time their travel just right to order a pizza as soon as they get into town or make a stop at Arni’s before they leave the area. Arni’s is a taste of home for so many, including myself.

Arni's Famous Junior Salad

Arni’s Famous Junior Salad

The type of service, history, and taste Arni’s offers cannot be taught, but happens with experience and a genuine sense of community. I know from being a customer and also an employee that Arni’s provides the type of dining experience every customer longs for. You will have a smile on your face from the moment you walk into the doors until the moment you leave after a great meal. Don’t just take my word for it, I’ll Meet you at Arni’s!

Emily, Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern, shares this blog.

Out To Lunch Divas Explore 6th Street Dive

The Lunch Bunch

The Lunch Bunch

What does comfort food mean to you? International or regional dishes? Childhood and family favorites? Or … maybe all of the above.

The Dining Divas and two guests sampled some authentic “Hoosier Texican” food recently at the 6th Street Dive Bar & Grill; corner of Salem and 6th Streets in Lafayette. What we found were two southern transplants redefining Tex-Mex comfort food with some family recipes that are sure to win you over.

New owners, Brandon Stevens and Nick Williams, are from Shreveport, Louisiana and Fort Worth, Texas respectively. But both have spent half their lives in the Hoosier state and bartending for the last 15 to 18 years. Operating in the former Varsity Clubhouse Bar since Labor Day, the revamped restaurant/bar interior is a breath of fresh air … literally. Gone are the pool tables, smoking and juke box. The retooled décor of reclaimed wood and metal, friendly service, and a menu with their unique twist of Tex-Mex and Midwestern favorites, is a winning combination with a growing following.

Queso!!

Queso!!

We kicked off lunch with an order of Dive queso fontanero for $8, a layered dip with queso, fresh pico, sour cream, fresh guacamole and your choice of chorizo or chili con carne (on top or on the side), served with made fresh to order tortilla chips hot from the deep fryer. You think the description is a mouthful? Wait until you try this dip. Dan, one of our two guests claimed, “I would come here again just for the queso!” We all wager you’ll never go back to plain chips and jar cheese dip again. Fair warning!

Kay's Knucklehead Burrito

Kay’s Knucklehead Burrito

Kay, our seafood lover, fooled us and passed on the blackened fish taco special (sounds great, right?!). Instead she ordered the knucklehead burrito for $8.50. The Dive’s breakfast burrito is loaded with scrambled eggs, tater tots, cheese, fresh pico and your choice of bacon or chorizo. Why the unusual name? According to the menu, “Because breakfast is the most important meal of the day knuckleheads!” Kay rated it “Really delicious and it’s a lot of food– it’s a big breakfast.” We suggest you bring a friend.

Jo ordered the garden salad for $3 and added sour cream & house made guac for $3. “This is an ideal low carb salad. The guacamole is awesome!” Jo’s special tip of the day: add the Dive Dip on top (You know, the appetizer dip in the paragraphs above), “It makes an EXTRA good dressing.”

Margy is already a regular. Her “usual” is the veggie taco; “The best in town!!” But today she opted for the beer battered stuffed avocado for $10.  It’s a house specialty, Texas favorite and an avocado lover’s dream.  Lightly battered and fried, it’s served on a bed of lettuce so it’s almost like a salad.  It includes chicken or chorizo and black beans but because everything here is made to order, it can also be made vegetarian on request.

Deep Fried Avocado

Deep Fried Avocado

Bev's Taco Salad without Chips

Bev’s Taco Salad without Chips

Bev ordered the taco salad. Typical? Not so fast! The taco salads here can be ordered with beef or chicken for $9 or with steak or pork for $10. Bev chose hers with ground beef in taco seasoning.  Again, made with fresh to order chips, the salad includes all the usual veggies, cheese, sour cream and house made guac.  Bev added a side of queso and the homemade hot sauce to make it a really flavorful, delicious salad! “It’s huge and I won’t get through 1/2 of it.”

Dan, guest #1 and Jo’s main man, ordered fish & chips for $8.50. “Very good coating on the fish — a lot of it, there’s like six pieces here!”  The breaded catfish fillets are fried to order and served with a house-made tartar sauce. “Not a big chunk of fish but instead long strips.  The batter is light — not real heavy.” Dan gave his lunch a Hoosier two thumbs up.

Fish and Chips

Fish and Chips

Erin, guest #2 and hungry co-worker of Bev’s, chose the hand-spanked cheeseburger for $9.  The sandwich comes with two 4 oz patties and seasoned fries. “Love the seasoning on the fries. The burger is really juicy. It’s kinda big though!” Get Erin a to-go box, no one is leaving hungry today!

The 6th Street Dive is open seven days a week with both food and drinks available from 11 am-3 am including sandwich specials, and soup of the day (need I remind you it’s made from scratch?). Carryout is available. The Dive boasts about their house-made hot sauce and salsas including a mango infused salsa the day we were there.  The menu includes many of Brandon and Nick’s personal favorites. “… food we loved growing up from our mom’s and grandma’s kitchens. We are sharing a taste of Texas made fresh, from scratch with our friends in Yankeeland! Cheers!”

Pictures inside and outsideThe 6th Street Dive is a bar and grill serving only those 21 and over, with Nick’s favorite selection of bourbons, margaritas proudly made from scratch, daily drink specials, and an impressive beer list. Their beer selection includes your classic favorites and a rotating selection of both regional and national craft beers. Our server and seasoned bartender, Joe Wilson, says it is the widest variety of bottled beers he’s seen in town. You can follow Joe and his updates about the Dive on Facebook at Joe Wilson’s Bartender News

Are the Bar and Grill options not enough to lure you north of Union Street? Did we mention the Dive has a fun, neighborhood atmosphere we felt as soon as we walked in? Whether you go earlier for lunch, meet friends after work at the tables in front of the garage door/window on a nice day, or stick around with the late crowd to enjoy the growing live music scene of local and regional bands playing most Friday and Saturdays; you will feel right at home.  I know we did.

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

Fine French Cuisine – Bistro 501

Dessert Spoons

Dessert Spoons

Taste buds soar at Lafayette’s one and only French restaurant, Bistro 501. From hand cut pommes frites, to the famous croque madame (or at least famous to me!), to epicurean desserts like the pot au chocolat, this restaurant serves it up decadently and deliciously!

One of my favorite ethnic restaurants in town is Bistro 501. Why? The food, service and ambiance make every visit memorable. I love food and every dish I have ordered at Bistro 501 has been fabulous. Just a few of my recommendations include the French onion soup, pomme frites, chicken pot pie and fish & chips. Their pomme frites are fresh cut fries lightly salted to perfection. I love blue cheese and I suggest ordering their homemade blue cheese dressing to dip them in!

Croque Madam

Croque Madame

Quiche and salad

Quiche and salad

Always great service! Bistro 501 wants guests to really enjoy their visit. The servers are attentive and knowledgeable about the menu and great at making suggestions. They create an atmosphere of comfort that makes diners not feel rushed but very relaxed.

dsc00484Welcoming ambiance. When one walks into Bistro 501 they are greeted by a very French countryside decor along with a smiling host or hostess. Located in the historic Lahr building, the high ceilings and openness make the restaurant feel spacious and very comfortable. Cushy seating allow for a pleasant visit where one can sit back, relax and enjoy a glass of chardonnay.

Make sure you visit Bistro 501 in 2017 for a dining experience that will be unforgettable. For more information about this restaurant and more in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

 

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Downtown Dine: Spurlock’s Offers Burgers, Drinks, & More

Looking for a great burger, drink, onion rings and more?  Visitor Information Specialist, Marlene, shares thoughts on her visit(s) to this restaurant and pub.

Spurlock’s is located at 721 Main Street in downtown Lafayette. It is in the perfect location if you are walking around the downtown area and want to stop in for lunch, dinner, or just a drink. It’s a small restaurant/bar and it has good food and excellent service.  When you walk into Spurlock’s, it is welcoming. You are invited to choose a seat anywhere you like.

The menu has something for everyone including different flavors of wings, starters, salads, steaks, seafood, pasta, burgers, wraps, sandwiches, and soups. The fried cheese cubes with marinara are one of my favorites.

I love burgers with blue cheese, so needless to say I ordered the Ol’ Blue Burger with a side of handmade potatophoto-9 chips. We also ordered the Black & Gold burger with onion rings. The bartender mentioned that they have the best onion rings in town and I certainly agree.

The prices at Spurlock’s are very reasonable. We were able to have dinner for two for well under $20.  They have $5 daily specials Monday thru Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. They also have a full bar with a nice drink selection.

photo-11For more information about this restaurant and more in Lafayette-West Lafayette visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Patio Season is Here! Head to Digby’s Pub

Outdoor patio

Outdoor patio

It’s spring! Spring equals patio season and one awesome restaurant to head to for a lovely outdoor experience with an amazing view of our beautiful courthouse is Digby’s Pub and Patio. This restaurant is also the perfect place to go if you want a night out in downtown Lafayette or want a quick lunch.

Grab a seat on the patio and check out their menu that has something for everyone. From Velveeta loaded french fries to duck egg roles, the options are interesting. I highly recommend their burgers. The beef, pork and seasonal produce they serve are purchased locally. They make each burger to order from their never frozen beef, so they are fresh and delicious! I also recommend their sweet potato fries to go along with the burger. Next time I go back, I am definitely going to give their cheese bricks and Monte Cristo sandwich a try!

Mac and Cheese and the Black and Blue Buger

Mac and Cheese and the Black and Blue Buger

My friend ordered their chicken bacon ranch wrap and she exclaimed at the richness of the different flavors. She had never had a wrap quite like it as it features grilled chicken wrapped in a jalapeno cheddar tortilla, applewood bacon, lettuce, tomato, vintage aged manchango cheddar and served with their homemade ranch dressing. She shared that the manchango cheddar gave it a smooth sharpness that was extremely delicious.  It was one of the best wraps she has ever tasted and highly recommends.

Chicken Wrap and Sweet Potato Fries

Chicken Bacon Ranch Wrap and Sweet Potato Fries

If you are not in the mood to sit outdoors and/or as spring brings many rain showers, head indoors. The decor is rustic meets industrial and is a fantastic place to relax and have a drink.

IMG_8018Digby’s is special as it is named after William Digby, the founder of Lafayette. On Christmas Eve 1824, at the federal land sale in Crawfordsville, at 22, William Digby bought 84.23 acres along the Wabash River that he would call Lafayette for $231.24. The owners of Digby’s think Digby would be proud of Lafayette, a thriving community with a strong economy and resources, culture and talent equal to cities twice our size.

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.

This blog was written by Marlene, Visitor Information Specialist, for Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette.