Hearty, Homemade Cooking at Oliverio’s

Unknown-1Looking for a local restaurant/diner serving hearty, homemade cooking? Look no further than Oliverio’s Southland Restaurant. This Mom and Pop restaurant is creating homemade specialties daily that will make you smile this winter season.  From homemade pies to meat manhattans (if you don’t know what a meat manhattan is, keep reading!), to fresh jellies you can purchase to take home. Down home cooking at its best!

Pork Manhattan

Pork Manhattan

Recently, a friend and I tried out Oliverio’s. I have driven by it many times, but never ventured in. I am so glad I finally did because inside we found a cute little diner serving breakfast all day long with specials that include one of my favorites, beef or pork manhattan. What is this you may ask? It is 2 slices of white bread with shaved meat in between, a huge scoop of mashed potatoes and it is covered with gravy.  YUMMY! I have had beef and turkey manhattans before, but never pork. Our friendly waitress recommended the pork manhattan and I am so glad she did. The meat was tender and the gravy was delicious.

Unknown-7My friend, Ashley, ordered a ham and cheese omelet and a pancake. She said the omelet was cooked perfectly and tasted good. Ashley raved about the pancake.  We took a photo, but it really does not do it justice. She shared, “The pancake was light and fluffy and with the warm maple syrup, delightful!”

The service was fabulous! Our waitress was friendly and made great recommendations on what to order. When we walked in the door, the first thing we noticed was the pie stand with fresh made pies. There was only 1 slice of strawberry pie left, so we requested it from our waitress as soon as we sat down.  She brought it over loaded with whipped cream. I hate to say it, but Ashley and I had no control, and started our lunch with dessert first!  But I would do it again it in a heartbeat. It was one of the best strawberry pies I have ever had! And our waitress never said a thing! She just smiled and shared she wondered if we could hold off until after we ate our lunch!

As we looked around the diner, there were so many sandwiches coming out that it was Unknown copyhard to decide what to order. I do know if I go back, I am going to get a burger and fries. They looked very appetizing.

Add Oliverio’s to your next dine around town! Also, don’t miss purchasing some homemade jelly (seasonally offered) as you walk out! For more information about this restaurant and others in our area, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

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It’s National Donut Day! Enjoy a Fresh Donut at Mary Lou Donuts!

IMG_2047Lafayette-West Lafayette is home to delicious dining, interesting attractions and shops, enticing events and home away from home lodging! Today we are celebrating donuts and are making a special trip to a local favorite, Mary Lou Donuts. This donut shop offers fresh, delicious donuts that can be purchased via counter service, carry-out and/or drive-thru!

Mary Lou Donuts is a Lafayette staple in the donut business. They offer every donut imaginable from the bear claw to coconut crunch to cream horns. This donut shop has been a breakfast favorite of my family’s since I was a little girl.  I now have a little one and a trip to Mary Lou’s is a special treat for our family.

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Last year, my sister and her family moved back to Indiana from Arizona. My parents hosted them for a few weeks, and every weekend I would take a box of donuts up to Chalmers where they live. It was so comical and fun to watch as everyone ran around the kitchen table to pick and grab their favorite donut. My two older nephews would jump up and down with excitement on their selections. It is crazy what food will do to one’s family!

What is your favorite donut? Are you heading to your favorite donut shop today to celebrate? Please share!!

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Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, offers so many Indiana dining opportunities!  Check out all our great restaurants we have to offer at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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