Digby’s Offers Classic Burgers

Burgers, burgers, burgers! In the fall of 2018 we created the Lafayette-West Lafayette Burger Trail. This trail features the best of the best burgers in the area. Recently, we visited Digby’s Pub and Patio and after tasting their burgers, we all agreed they MUST be added to the trail! Here is why:

Their hand spanked burgers are ground from Angus Beef, dry aged, NEVER FROZEN & sourced from Buetler Meats here in Lafayette. They offer specialty burgers or you can build your own. Try their classic 1/2lb., go big & bite into a 1lb. or take on the legendary 1 1/2lb POUNDER!

Corey’s review: The Veggie Burger at Digby’s is a classic black bean patty filled with flavor! Create your own masterpiece with toppings such as Jalapenos, Wisconsin White Cheddar cheese, Zesty Beer Mustard, and if you dare…. Digby’s own Hell Sauce. Bite in and enjoy!

Veggie Burger

Lisa’s review: The classic burger comes with cherrywood bacon (you can never go wrong with bacon on a burger) and white cheddar cheese, which is a personal favorite! It was served on one of the best burger buns I’ve had in a long time – really soft.  I opted for the garlic aioli as my topping and enjoyed every bite of this burger!

Samm’s review: The classic burger.  My burger was generously seasoned and the patty was thick. The white cheddar cheese slightly melted brought an enormous flavor and blended perfectly with the crunchy applewood bacon, topped with an olive for visual appeal. I would definitely get this burger again. It’s the kind of burger you crave but no one else ever gets it quite right. 11/10 is my rating!

Classic Burger

Not feeling a burger? Check out Emily’s review of their BBQ Pulled Pork Mac: Mac and cheese and pulled pork seems like it could be a strange combination, but it turns out it’s amazing. The bbq sauce smothered on top of the pork mixes so well with the manchego and velvetta cheese and spiral noodles. This dish was full of flavor. If you’re looking for a twist on your typical comfort food, you should try this. I will be ordering this again next time! I give it a 10/10!

What is your favorite burger restaurant in Lafayette-West Lafayette? We love to expand our trail!  For more information about this fabulous restaurant and others in our area at HomeOfPurdue.com.

Lafayette Eclectic Pubs, Sports Bars and Historic Saloons

Some may think that the best nightlife in the Lafayette area takes place on Purdue University’s campus; however, the bar and pub scene across the bridge in Lafayette provides an exciting environment that can fit anyone’s niche.

Eclectic pubs, sports bars and historic saloons are just a few of the different scenes you can experience on your next visit to downtown Lafayette.

Below are just a few suggestions for a good night on the town.

The Black Sparrow

After celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2018, The Black Sparrow continues to offer a new experience every time you visit its location on Main Street. Known for its craft beer menu that continuously changes, the Sparrow’s specialty pizzas are a favorite part of an expanding list of food items that contains old favorites and unique daily specials. Open 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Monday through Friday and 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, the bohemian vibe hits you the moment you walk through the door. But don’t let the calmness during the day fool you. In the evenings, especially Friday and Saturday nights, the music turns up and the number of people grows.

Black Sparrow
The brick walls, dim lighting, and unique shelving help enhance the eclectic vibe that is shown throughout your visit.

“You will always find a mix of different people here,” says John Olakowski, general manager at The Black Sparrow. “One moment we are playing classic rock, and the next you’ll hear hardcore rap.”

If you want to experience a bar with diversity and originality, The Black Sparrow is the place to go.

Knickerbocker Saloon

One fact about the Knickerbocker Saloon stands above the rest: it is the oldest bar in Indiana, having been open since 1835. Knickerbocker is located directly underneath what used to be the Lahr Hotel, where the Amtrak Station would drop off and pick up travelers coming through the town. Even today, the outdoor seating provides a prime place to enjoy a classic cocktail while people watch along 5th Street; however, it is the inside scenery that will leave you staring. The dim lighting and table to ceiling mirrors enhance the antique feel you get the moment you walk through the door.

Knickerbocker Saloon
With a large selection of alcohol, you can try something new or stick with your favorite.

Although the rich history and cigar menu sets the Knickerbocker Saloon apart from many bars in Lafayette, Dan Scott — a bartender at the saloon — said the Knickerbocker prides itself on old-fashioned service as well.

“Professionalism is what sets us apart,” said Scott. “We are expected to come dressed well and provide the best service we can, every day.”

To check out a saloon that has history built into every inch while enjoying your favorite drink, stop by any day between 4 p.m.–3 a.m.

Chumley’s

Chumley’s on 3rd Street in downtown Lafayette describes itself as an “upscale sports bar,” which is exactly what you will find on your visit. The view into this pub from the street is enough to draw you in to see what’s going on inside. A variety of seating ranges from booths to bar stools, along with high and low top tables, that provide plenty of space for standing and cheering on your favorite team during any sporting event. If the open and friendly atmosphere isn’t enough to make you want to stop by, the food and alcohol options will be sure to draw you in.

“We just recently changed our menu to offering a majority of Mexican food,” explained Rebekah McCormick, manager at Chumley’s. “However, what we are probably most known for is our 50 beers on tap.”

Chumleys Craft
50 beers on tap means a long line of eye-catching levers at the bar.

Along with its impressive list of beer on tap, Chumley’s has great deals throughout the week if you are looking for a cheaper option for your nightlife and bar scene experience downtown.

Come to Chumley’s any day of the week between 11 a.m. to 3:30 a.m..

Digby’s

Digby’s Pub and Patio is a great place to try if you’re looking for something informal with a modern space. One feature that separates Digby’s from the rest is its outdoor patio. This is a great space to get together with friends or to enjoy a nice breeze while drinking a handcrafted cocktail.

If you are looking for somewhere that focuses heavily on the local aspect, Digby’s is known for serving locally sourced beef, pork and seasonal produce from the Lafayette Farmers Market. Their local purchasing does not limit their menu options; they have many choices of salads, burgers, sandwiches, and even mac & cheese.

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Digby’s Pub and Patio adds a new outlook to nightlife in downtown Lafayette due to their outdoor seating options. (Photo provided from Digby’s website)

Open daily on 4th  Street downtown Lafayette from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m., be sure to visit Digby’s website to stay up to date with the multiple events that are hosted weekly.

If you are still unsure of where to visit for your nightlife experience while in Lafayette, check out the Home of Purdue Blog to see a list of all the pubs and bars the area has to offer.

This blog was written by Emily Marsh, Purdue University Student.

Theater Weekend Update: Two Gentlemen of Verona & Still Life with Iris

The Two Gentlemen of Verona by Purdue Theatre

Lafayette-West Lafayette Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, (February 15, 16, & 17) Purdue Theatre showcases one of Shakespeare’s early comedies, The Two Gentlemen of Verona. This play raises questions about the loyalty between two friends who are smitten with the same young woman. Sent to court in Milan to learn to be “perfect gentlemen,” Valentine and Proteus are derailed by their mutual attraction to Sylvia, the ruler’s daughter. Complicating matters, Proteus’ has already sworn his love to Julia, who disguises herself as a boy and follows them to court. The Two Gentlemen of Verona is a coming of age story set in Shakespeare’s world of frantic, love-crazed youth. Shakespeare presents a perilous yet comic journey from youth to adulthood, exploring the transformations all must make along the way.

More fun theater events are taking place this weekend! The Civic Theater of Greater Lafayette Youth present Still Life with Iris on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, (February 15, 16, & 17). All that remains of Iris’ past is a single button from her coat. She lives in the land of Nocturno, a magical place in which memories do not reside in people’s minds but instead are kept in their ‘Past Coats’. Using the button as a clue, Iris joins with friends she meets on her journey to search for the simplest of things, home.

For more information about these events and other events happening this weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at HomeOfPurdue.com.

Art Galleries Galore Downtown Lafayette

KL Art Gallery

Art abounds in Lafayette-West Lafayette!  Explore galleries offering all types of exquisite fine art; from oil paintings and fine art prints to glass art, sculpture and contemporary pieces. Check out these art galleries as you delve into our diverse and eclectic art scene!

Art Museum of Greater Lafayette: Six galleries show continually changing art exhibitions, which change in September, December, March and May each year. A permanent collection of nearly 1,500 objects is maintained and selected works are always on exhibit in the Weil Gallery. Gallery talks and workshops are presented with many of the exhibitions. Friday Night Live features live music performances, in the galleries, on the last Friday of each month. Studio art classes are offered throughout the year in the Manya Fan Art Education Center and the Museum Shop offers works by artists in the permanent collection, the teaching faculty and current exhibit artists.

Live music performance at Art Museum of Greater Lafayette

Artists’ Own: The Artists’ Own Gallery was conceived as a place where local artists would combine their art and talents in a friendly setting for both serious collectors and casual customers. The gallery has become a primary destination for both contemporary and traditional art lovers. Works in the gallery include paintings, sculpture, jewelry, photography, furniture, pottery, fiber, glass, drawings, and much more.

Gallery Walk at Artists’ Own

China Art Gallery Antiques & Unique LLC.: This gallery brings culture to the downtown art scene. Immerse yourself in Asian culture as you stroll through the various rooms of vases, paintings, calligraphy, jewelry clothing and more.

KL Art Gallery: Established in 2004, KL Art Gallery is located in the heart of downtown Lafayette. It is open to the public and features original pieces in oil, watercolor, pastel and other media.

LE Originals

Le Originals: A group of local artists in one gallery like setting, who specialize in creating unique handmade gifts from pottery, paintings and sketches, woodwork, hair, body & skin care, glass jewelry & gifts, wearable art and fiber art.

Susie Gibbs Art Gallery: A fine arts gallery exhibiting original works in watercolor, oils, acrylic, glass, pottery, wood and limited edition prints and various other media. Susie Gibbs Framing and Art Gallery offers a unique selection of artwork by area artists. Appropriate pieces for home and office settings. Great gifts for all occasions.

Susie Gibbs Art Gallery

Tippecanoe Arts Federation (Is closed until May of this year, but make sure you add it to your places to visit in the summer!): The building originally opened in 1927 as the Albert A. Wells Memorial Library. However, when the library outgrew the space and opened a new facility in 1989, it became the Wells Community Cultural Center. It is now home to the Tippecanoe Arts Federation (TAF) which acts as an agency to promote many of the area’s cultural organizations and also sponsors the annual TASTE of Tippecanoe. The building  houses three galleries in which local artists’ works are displayed throughout the year.

For more information about these Downtown Lafayette Art Galleries and more art galleries around the area, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Pepperoni Perfection at Arni’s

Stomachs grumbling, cold winds hitting our faces and tired bodies from sledding. What was the next activity on the agenda? This was the question the Visitor Center’s staff had. A unanimous agreement was made…we should dine at Arni’s Restaurant for lunch! (Arni’s originated in the Lafayette area over fifty years ago and has expanded to multiple parts of Indiana.)

The Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette staff arrived with warm welcomes from the Arni’s staff. We were seated right away in a comfortable and cozy booth. The hospitable waitress introduced herself and explained the fresh-made foods on the menu and the famous Arni’s pizza.

Pondering for a minute, we had to try the pepperoni pizza and side salads. The Arni’s Junior Salad is a unique rendition of a traditional salad. This delicious dish includes tender ham and turkey chunks topped with blends of cheese, sliced radishes, green onions and croutons. With any salad comes flavorsome dressings! Arni’s homemade french dressing is one of the available choices as well as their famous bleu cheese, herb vinaigrette and classic ranch.

The staff is fabulous!

After deciding pizza and salads as a main meal, we had to try some munchie appetizers. A plethora of choices, the loaded cheese fries and chili nachos supreme were the final decision. Who doesn’t want crispy fries, gooey cheese, bacon and green onions all in one! The chili, tomatoes and jalapenos had a savory taste and put a trance on anyone who tried them.

Nachos galore!

After full bellies of appetizers, salads and homemade pepperoni pizza (which you must order…the pepperoni is cut up very small and has the perfect blend of spice! One of best pepperoni’s around!), it was time to end the impeccable lunch break. The polite staff and efficient service brands Arni’s Restaurant as a preferable place to eat.

Fly heaven!

Onward to more winter fun as we embark on an afternoon of more sledding in Lafayette-West Lafayette! For more information about this restaurant and our fabulous sledding hills, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Get Lost in Stories at Main Street Books

Bring your kids to pick out a fun children’s book full of adventure!

Traveling through Lafayette, and forgot to bring along that new book you were planning to read? No problem! Main Street Books in historic downtown Lafayette has something any book lover might need.

Home to a variety of fiction genres including anything from fantasy to mystery to a large young adult section, Main Street Books has a story for anyone looking to read a good book. They also have a small selection of nonfiction books that include many biographies. At reasonable and fair prices, Main Street Books is the perfect place to visit when you are hoping to grow your library while also supporting local business.

Books Galore!

By shopping at this bookstore, you also contribute to the life of historic downtown Lafayette. An area of town with lots of growth supported by local, small businesses. When you buy a book from Main Street Books you can do so knowing your purchase truly matters.

Before you decide on which book you are going to purchase, take a seat on one of the two reading chairs and read a few pages. This cozy shop with lots of character is the perfect place to spend time getting lost in a story. Next time you are making a purchase for yourself or your book loving friend, check out Main Street Books.

For more information about this bookstore and others in our area, visit HomeOfPurdue.com. Jaclyn, VLWL Intern, shares this blog.

Weekend Update: Dare to Bear & Groundhog Day

Lafayette-West Lafayette Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Dare to Bear is back!!  Do you have what it takes to go ice-skating wearing only your swimsuit? Come to the Riverside Skating Rink and find out this Friday, February 1! This wildly popular, family-friendly event encourages participants to skate around the rink wearing only their swimsuits! For only $5.00 (additional $3.00 skate rental fee), people can skate as many laps as they want from 7:00-8:30 PM. Only those wearing proper swim attire will be admitted to the rink from 7:00-8:30 PM, and as always, the wackier the better!

After bearing the cold, on Saturday, February 2, head to the Long Center for the Performing Arts to see the iconic 1993 movie Groundhog Day ON Groundhog day! The movie is about a cynical weatherman named Phil (Bill Murray) who finds himself living the same day over and over and over again. The movie starts at 7:30 PM and cost $5. 

For more information about these events and other events happening this weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at HomeOfPurdue.com.

Be My Valentine Contest 2019 Winner

We have the winner of our “Be My Valentine Contest 2019″ worth over $500! Congratulations to Jack from Spencer, Indiana.
Jack shares, “Thank you for this news. As I have only made it to this area  a few times to attend Purdue Relay for Life and the Hope Gala while my granddaughter attended the past four years and still reside near campus, I am excited to share more time with her and have her show me around the city and campus. The only establishment I have visited has been Triple XXX so far and am looking forward to visiting these other places.”

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

Best Donut Shops in Greater Lafayette

Who says doughnuts can’t be both breakfast and dessert? West Lafayette and Lafayette have five great locations where you can satisfy your morning hunger or your sweet tooth with some delicious doughnuts. So grab your friends, your children or your grandchildren and make an outing out of visiting these amazing shops.

Mary Lou Donuts

Open since 1961, Mary Lou’s is one of the statement shops of Lafayette, and it is home to some of the best doughnuts in the area. It prides itself on freshness and quality, and inside its shop is a center of community for townsfolk and students alike.

The specialty doughnuts include the massive apple fritters and blueberry doughnuts, but they have more than 80 flavor combinations. The company offers many other services, including delivery and drive-thru, and it sports the only doughnut truck in the area. You can find the truck’s location by visiting the Mary Lou Donut Truck Locations Facebook page.

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The blueberry glazed doughnut I ate at Mary Lou Donuts.

I came for breakfast, and I tried the blueberry glazed cake doughnut, which has a true blueberry flavor with hints of cinnamon. It’s not too dense, but it’s definitely filling.

Address: 1830 S. 4th St., Lafayette, IN 47905

Hours: Monday through Saturday – 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday – closed

O’Rears Pastry Shop

This shop features specialty pastries including cupcakes, cookies and danishes, but they also serve fresh doughnuts. O’Rears most famous doughnuts include the fried cinnamon crunch doughnuts and the fried apple fritters.

Other doughnuts include the tiger tails (vanilla and chocolate twists), Bavarian cremes, French cremes and raspberry cremes. On weekends, the shop makes special lemon and chocolate-filled doughnuts. Most of their doughnuts are yeast, but they do offer a small selection of cake doughnuts.

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The fried cinnamon crunch doughnut I ate at O’Rear’s Pastry Shop.

I came for breakfast and tried the fried cinnamon crunch doughnut, which was delicious! The cinnamon-roll-flavored yeast doughnut was topped with caramel icing, crushed nuts and butterscotch chips, and the flavors together made me want to melt in their goodness.

Address: 321 N. 9th St., Lafayette, IN 47904

Check out O’Rears famous neon sign! It’s shaped like a pastry chef’s hat.

Hours: Monday – 6 a.m. to 12 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday – 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday – 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday – 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday – 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Corlew Donut Company

Open only in the morning, this doughnut shop features a variety of cake and yeast doughnuts you can grab on-the-go because it’s not a sit-down restaurant. However, you can purchase coffee or bottled beverages from a refrigerated cooler in the shop to pair with your doughnut.

Corlew Donut Co.’s specialty doughnuts include the apple fritters and the tiger tails. Not to be outdone by the other flavors, their special cinnamon doughnuts having a variety of toppings including caramel icing, chopped nuts with chocolate icing, and cinnamon sugar.

Corlew Donut Company donut

The tiger tail doughnut I ate at Corlew Donut Company.

I tried the tiger tail for breakfast, which was ginormous; it’s the equivalent of eating two doughnuts. I ate it all in one sitting! Chocolate and vanilla flavors are intertwined in this yeast doughnut, and it is topped with glaze frosting.

Address: 1803 E. 350 S., Lafayette, IN 47909

Hours: Monday – closed, Tuesday through Sunday – 5 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Hammer Donuts

Hammer Donuts, like Corlew’s, is a place to grab a doughnut or two on-the-go because it’s not a sit-down shop or cafe. Tucked in the back of the Discount Den convenience store in the Chauncey Hill Mall near Purdue’s campus, a floor-to-ceiling glass case holds cake and yeast doughnuts made fresh for the day.

There are a variety of flavors to try, including jelly-filled, Bavarian creme-filled, cherry, red velvet and more. Their specialties, however, are the apple fritters as well as the cereal-topped doughnuts featuring Lucky Charms, Fruity Pebbles, or Captain Crunch. No other shop in the area features these cereal creations; they definitely conquer breakfast and dessert.

Hammer Donuts donut

The strawberry glazed doughnut I ate at Hammer Donuts.

I came for a snack and tried the glazed strawberry cake doughnut, which was small but also dense and thick, and it was the perfect combination to make me feel satisfied.

Address: 135 S. Chauncey Avenue #1J, West Lafayette, IN 47906

Hours: Monday through Wednesday – 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday through Saturday – 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday – 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Greyhouse Coffee & Supply Co.

Greyhouse is a modern-yet-rustic coffee shop bustling with people near Purdue’s campus. After a huge remodel, the company had its grand reopening in March, 2018. With its new look, it has a new menu that now includes doughnuts.

Many of the flavors cater to the season, such as the pumpkin spice glazed cake doughnut and the strawberry lemonade yeast doughnut, but Greyhouse does offer classic flavors like the glazed vanilla bean yeast doughnut, the classic old-fashioned cake doughnut and the double chocolate old-fashioned cake doughnut.

Greyhouse donut

The pumpkin spice glazed doughnut I ate at Greyhouse.

I tried the pumpkin spice glazed doughnut as another snack, and it was a spongy, dense cake that I enjoyed while sitting in the shop.

Address: 100 Northwestern Ave., West Lafayette, IN 47906

Hours: Everyday – 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

If you’re in the area, check out some of these amazing doughnut shops and find your favorite one for breakfast or just a sweet treat excursion.

For more information about Lafayette-West Lafayette food and shops, visit us at HomeOfPurdue.com

This blog was wrriten by Purdue University Student, Kayla Groen

Top 5 Sledding Tips & Winter Fun at Home of Purdue

Did you know you can cross country ski at Prophetstown State Park? Bring your ski’s!

Looking for a fun winter activity for the whole family? We recommend sledding! Here at the Visitors Center we spent the day testing out the best sledding hills in the area and brainstormed 5 tips for you to have a terrific experience sledding.

  1. Bundle up!
    • This might seem like common sense, but it gets really cold when you get out in the snow. So, before you head out with your sled in hand make sure you have all the essentials: scarf, hat, gloves, coat, multiple pairs of socks, and hand-warmers. You might break a sweat climbing up and down the big hills, but it is vital to dress warmly.

      Kids having fun at Murdock Park!

  2. Map out which hills to try in advance.
    • Our next piece of advice is to plan your day in advance. We began at Prophetstown State Park with some cross country skiing and a snowball fight. Then we stopped for a delicious lunch at Arni’s at Market Square before our final stop at Murdock Park. With so many options here in Lafayette/West Lafayette, make the most of you day by choosing which hills you want to go to ahead of time.
  3. Have no fear.
    • Now some of these hills can be decidedly intimidating (have you seen Slater Hill?!) but to have the most thrilling experience you must simply be brave and go for it at full speed! We wiped out plenty of times, but those moments are now fantastic memories of a fun day together.

      We had so much fun at Murdock Park!

  4. Go home when you can’t feel your feet anymore.
    • Once it gets to a certain point, it will be time to pack up and head home. Safety first around here and that means we want you to be able to feel your fingers and toes! Head home once you are too cold. Don’t worry you can come back again!
  5. Drink some hot cocoa to warm back up.
    • Finally, (and this is my favorite piece of advice) drink some hot cocoa! I have so many memories of spending the day building snowmen and having snowball fights, and then coming inside where it’s warm and cozy. My mom would always have a huge cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows for my sister and me. This is the perfect way to end a perfect day of sledding.

Fun at Prophetstown State Park!

We hope these tips are helpful for you the next time you adventure out into the cold to go sledding. We would love to see pictures and hear about your own advice, so tag us on facebook or instagram @homeofpurdue. Happy sledding!

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