Taste a Great Slice of Pizza

In the mood for local pizza but not sure where to go? West Lafayette and Lafayette have a plethora of great pizza places, each with its own specialty and dining room atmosphere. Purdue University Student, Katherine Roth, shares a few of her favorites!

Bruno’s Pizza and Big O’s Sports Room

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At the bottom of the hill leading up to campus is the small family owned and operated restaurant and pizzeria. Bruno’s Pizza is a campus favorite that opened in 1955, and is best known for its Bruno Dough and hand-tossed pizza. Bruno Dough is their famous pizza dough that is deep-fried, brushed with garlic butter, sprinkled with Parmesan and served with your choice of dipping sauce. Not in the mood for pizza? The menu also features Swiss, German and Italian dishes, as well as a variety of salads and sandwiches with gluten-free options available. There’s something for everyone on the menu.

Bruno’s has 3 dining rooms including the Bar, the Swiss Room and Big O’s Sports Room. The sports room is covered in old and new Purdue memorabilia, allowing patrons to not only get a good meal but a visual tour of Purdue’s history. There is plenty of room to sit and enjoy a meal with friends and family. When Bruno’s Pizza opened in 1955, it was the only pizzeria in West Lafayette

When we went to the restaurant we ordered a large Bruno’s Meat, covered in sausage, ham, pepperoni, and bacon. There was enough pizza to go around for our group, and with an order of Bruno Dough, no one left hungry!

Professor Joe’s Sports Pub and Pizzeria

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In the heart of Lafayette, against the surrounding buildings, Professor Joe’s bright red exterior stands out. If specialty pizza, sandwiches and beer served in a cozy eatery with balcony seating and sports on TV is what you are looking for, then try this pizzeria.

When the restaurant opened in 2013 it was a 21+ bar, but was recently renovated to accommodate all ages. While eating you can enjoy a round or two of pub darts, live trivia, music, and sports on 12 TV’s — a sports fan’s dream location. Professor Joe’s was built on the belief that pizza should be special, and it is something that shows in every pizza they make.

Dining in the interior is cozy with wood booths and tables lining the walls, giving the option for larger groups to put together tables. With plenty of specialty pizzas to choose from, everyone can find something they want on the menu, with gluten-free options available as well.

When we went to Professor Joe’s, our table ordered the “Hoosier,” their take on the all meat pizza. The pizza itself is covered in pepperoni, ham, salami, sausage, ground beef, bacon and extra cheese. The salami and ground beef were two toppings I hadn’t seen on a pizza before and I was intrigued. It turned out to be one of the best pizzas I have ever had.

Midtowne Oven

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Midtowne Oven offers fresh and inspired flavors centered around Greater Lafayette’s only real wood-fired oven.  The restaurant has large windows, perfect to watch the sunset, or to people watch while you eat. Midtowne Oven also offers many vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.

The night we went to Midtowne we decided to go with a different style of pizza, the Margherita pizza. With hand squeezed tomatoes and fresh mozzarella on top, and then finished with fresh chiffonade basil and garlic oil drizzle, this pizza was amazing. The wood oven adds a nice smoky taste to the crust and you could taste the freshness of the ingredients. The fresh ingredients are something that Midtowne prides itself in, and it shows.

All in all, each pizzeria had it’s own special qualities, and are excellent places to eat while visiting West Lafayette and Lafayette. For more local eateries check out HomeOfPurdue.com.

Weekend Update: Art Museums Explode with Fabulous Exhibits

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.

Explore art this weekend at 3 fabulous art exhibits in Lafayette-West Lafayette.

  1. Art Museum of Greater Lafayette
    1. Exhibit: Missed Photography: Photographs of Prophetstown by Laura Hale
      1. Exhibit March 1, 2019-June 2, 2019, Open Daily 11-4pm

        Lauren Hale photography of The Farm at Prophetstown

      2. Laura Hale grew up in West Lafayette and spent many hours in the high school dark room, laying the groundwork for her love of photography. In 2016, she happened into the barn at The Farm at Prophetstown, coming face to face with a Hereford steer standing in the cold air. She took some photos of him and fell in love not only with photographing farm life, but Prophetstown State Park as well. Her approach to her photos is to look for things not usually noticed, taking time to wonder at the details of both farm life as well as the nature that surrounds it. Her photos are edited using just basic skills as she doesn’t want to over process the moment. It has to be a good photo to begin with in order to make it a better photo.
  2. Haan Museum of Indiana Art

    World’s Fair Vase at the Haan Museum

    1. Exhibit: St. Louis World’s Fair: Celebrating 115 Years
      1. Exhibit: January 26-April 20, 2019, Wednesday – Saturday, 1-4pm
      2. Experience a small slice of the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair at the Haan Museum, as they celebrate the 115th anniversary of the Fair. The Colonial Revival mansion served as the Connecticut Building, and now houses major artifacts from the Fair. Three massive vases exhibited there by Weller Pottery, including a 7-foot vase that won a gold medal for the Arts, are always on display. You’ll also find works by T.C. Steele and Charles Conner that were chosen to hang in the Fine Arts Palace at the Fair. Featured paintings from the Indiana Building include works by William Forsyth, John Elwood Bundy and Frank Girardin. Other major Fair souvenirs in the exhibition include andirons, a mandolin, zither, accordion, telephone, a Majolica statue, a 1760 candle stand that was displayed in the building at the Fair, a blow gun, stereopticons, and a wide variety of smaller objects. The World’s Fair was where nations, states and companies showed off the very best products and technologies of the time. The Fair in St. Louis was the largest in history, covering 1200 acres.
  3. Robert L Ringel Gallery at Purdue University
    1. Art & Design Undergraduate Exhibit 2019
      1. Exhibit: February 25- March 8, 2019, Monday – Saturday 10-7pm
      2. Art & Design Undergraduate Exhibit 2019 exhibits a juried art show highlighting works from Purdue’s undergraduate students in art and design. All undergraduate students taking classes in the Patti & Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance were invited to submit work to this juried show, with selections made by faculty in art and design. Students were eligible to submit work in all media and the exhibition features drawings, paintings, prints, sculpture, jewelry, furniture, photography, video and more.

        Art & Design Undergraduate Exhibit

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

Mad Mushroom: Home of the Original Cheesestix

There are some places in Lafayette that are absolute staples! One local favorite serves up some the best Italian food around…the famed Mad Mushroom! Purdue students and locals alike can’t get enough of Mad Mushroom. There are two convenient locations, in both Lafayette and West Lafayette.

The home of the Original Cheesestix! Mad Mush has a menu with something for everyone. Beyond their delicious pizza, there are sandwiches – calzones – grinders – paninis – pasta – salads…. and more! If you know a picky eater, don’t worry, you can build and customize to create your ideal dish.

Allow the pizza experts to toss you up a delicious pie, with a selection of great toppings! You can even get a gluten free pizza crust. Try their unique Greek Gryo Pizza, topped with gyro meat, onions, black olives, feta cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes, and tzatziki sauce! For those who are on the pineapples-on-pizza side of the debate, there’s the Mad Maui with bbq sauce, ham, bacon and pineapple. These are just two of the amazing creations you can get at Mad Mushroom!

Dive into all this pizza deliciousness today! You’ll love stopping into their welcoming locations – they have a great vibe that invites you to stay and hang out with your friends over a bite (or more) to eat! You can even stop in for trivia nights at the West Lafayette location, which are announced on their Facebook page and typically take place on Tuesday nights! If you are new or old to the area, you won’t want to pass up dining at Mad Mushroom.

Pizzas Galore!

This blog is shared by VLWL intern, Samantha Martin! For more information, please visit our website HomeOfPurdue.com.

Weekend Update: Elegant Bridal Expo & The Magic of Bill Blagg LIVE!

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 Saturday, March 2, the Long Center presents: The Magic of Bill Blagg LIVE!. This performance is a grand-scale theatrical touring production that includes rock concert style lighting, incredible stage sets, and mind-blowing magic! Back by popular demand, Blagg returns to the Long Center stage with his off-the-cuff personality and astounding magic. See Blagg instantly teleport across the Long Center theater, squish his body from 6 feet to 6 inches tall or bring ordinary objects to life with a simple wave of his hands! The Magic of Bill Blagg Live! is more than a magic show, it’s an interactive magic experience! You’ll witness objects float in mid-air, vanish in the blink of an eye and so much more! Blagg is changing reality one city at a time and Greater Lafayette is next! Tickets start at $22 .

Brides and Grooms to be, check this out! This Sunday, March 3, the Elegant Bridal Expo is taking place in the Purdue Memorial Union. This community event is expected to host 50 wedding related vendors from the Greater Lafayette area to benefit the Student Chapter of Professional Convention Management Organization, local businesses, and future brides. In addition to vendors, a fashion show displaying the latest wedding gowns, tuxes, and bridesmaid dresses will take place in the north ballroom featuring partnered vendors. Brides to be will get in for free, and all guests are $5/person at the door.

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

An Irish Visit to Nine Irish Brothers

Four Irish men and women walked into a pub. No, that is not the beginning of a joke, but the beginning of an evening at Nine Irish Brothers pub.

Four University College Dublin students — Penny Gavin, Tommy Meade, Niall Diffley, and Celine Kiernan — tried traditional Irish foods at the local Irish pub near Purdue’s campus.  The group had already tried a pub in Chicago but were sorely disappointed after finding that one featured an Italian flag above the counter rather than an Irish one.

However, the group was able to find a piece of home right near Purdue’s campus at Nine Irish Brothers pub. It did not take long for the group to feel the true Irish spirit after they entered the doors. They agreed that the atmosphere matched that of a typical Irish pub, with live music and décor. Similar to many pubs in Ireland, Nine Irish Brothers has dark wood paneling with lots of signs and flags. Many of the signs referenced many locations all over Ireland. The group was happy to see that there was even a photo of Michael Collins, who is a famous revolutionary leader in Irish history and a symbol of Irish patriotism.

Penny is from Westmeath, Ireland, and is studying crop production. She tried a half order of Tiger Mike’s Fish and Chips. She was worried about the fish not being fresh; as Ireland is a small island country, fresh fish is common, accessible and a key ingredient for fish and chips. She was happy to find that the haddock was fantastic. The half order comes with “chips,” or non-traditional fries, and one large haddock filet battered with lager. We also tried shamrock sauce, which is a delicious fry sauce. It is much better than it sounds and worth a try. The half order comes with plenty of food.

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Tommy is from Meath, Ireland, and is studying agricultural sales and marketing. He had a full order of Baby Jer’s Guinness Stew. Tommy grew up raising Limousine cattle and had high expectations for the stew. Even so, he thought it was quite delicious. As the name implies, the beef stew features a Guinness Stout that gives it the delicious, hearty flavor. Like any Irish meal, it would not be complete without potatoes. In the case of the Guinness stew, it came with two large scoops of mashed potatoes. The half order is available as well.

He also noticed that many of the recipes were American variations from typical Irish recipes. For example, corn beef and cabbage typically is ham and cabbage. The soda bread was also much sweeter as many Irish recipes do not use nearly as much sugar as American ones.

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Niall is from Roscommon, Ireland, and is studying agricultural sales and marketing at Purdue. He tried Irish John’s Prime Rib, which is a Friday & Saturday night special served from 5-10 p.m. In addition to the prime rib, the meal was served with steamed vegetables, mashed potatoes, and whiskey sauce. It is one of the best steaks Niall has had since coming to the States. It was very tender and cooked perfectly. While the vegetables were underwhelming, the mashed potatoes were exactly like how they are at home in Roscommon, he said. Niall was the only member of the group over 21 and was excited to order Magners, an Irish cider not commonly found in the States.

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Celine is from Cavan, Ireland, and is studying food science. She loved how homey the pub felt as it featured traditional Irish music and decor. She loved how some decor incorporated the Gaelic language. She had a half order of Brother Jim’s Shepherd’s Pie. Featuring ground beef, carrots, and peas, the shepherd’s pie was hearty and delicious. The half order was the perfect size for smaller appetites and the full order provides the perfect opportunity to take home leftovers.

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Overall, Penny, Tommy, Niall, and Celine loved their experience at the Nine Irish Brothers pub, noting its authenticity and atmosphere. Tommy was happy to see that the flag was the correct one.

Be sure to make a point to stop at one of Nine Irish Brothers pub’s three locations in West Lafayette, Lafayette or Indianapolis and try a traditional Irish meal, or check out their events page to see upcoming events like whiskey tasting or live bands. For more information about Nine Irish Brothers and other restaurants, visit HomeOfPurdue.com

Purdue University Student, Hayley DeHaan, shares this blog.

Dusk Till Dawn Restaurant Serving Seafood & Chicken

Located in Wabash Landing, right by Wabash Landing 9 Theater is a new eatery: Dusk Till Dawn Restaurant. Known for fried chicken and seafood, you will definitely want to check out what this place has to offer.

With a modern and industrial vibe and movie posters throughout, this restaurant is something unique to the West Lafayette area. For students at Purdue University, it is within walking distance and easy to get to, and one of the only local options for fried chicken. The fried chicken and fries are tasty options for those who are not big fans of seafood. Well seasoned and fried to perfection, you must stop in for this.

Fried Chicken!

If seafood is more your taste, they offer an amazing cajun seafood boil as well as two other sauce options. The seafood option can be quite messy, but they know that and give you a pair of gloves to help with the meal which creates a really fun dining experience. All the food is served in unique box containers and the seafood mix comes in a bag similar to what you might expect at a seafood boil. Not too spicy, but flavorful and well seasoned, I would highly recommend the cajun sauce. They also offer a variety of signature drinks including the Sunset Samurai which is a fruity lemon drink or the Starry Night drink which features fresh fruits and flowers.

Cajun seafood boil

The owner is friendly and seeks to create a fun atmosphere. The service was efficient and overall it is an excellent dining experience!

Next time you are looking for something new in the are, be sure to check out Dusk Till Dawn. For information about this restaurant and other in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

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.

Eclectic & Bohemian Scene – Star City Coffee & Ale House

Nestled in Downtown Lafayette is a unique and dynamic café known as Star City Coffee & Ale House. Star City is a combination of part coffee shop and part ale house which creates the perfect environment to savor the simple things in life. Whether you are a fan of a delicious pour over or prefer a draft beer, Star City Coffee & Ale House has something for everyone.

An eclectic, bohemian, and artistic scene is what you should expect when walking into this local Lafayette jewel. It is a relaxing and casual place to catch up with friends or catch up on some work while being fueled by Star City’s delicious Dirty Chai (my personal favorite). And do not hesitate to chat with the baristas as you will quickly find that they are knowledgeable on all things coffee and ale. These baristas love to help new guests with their drink selection or even pick the best cupcake flavor. So, when you become a regular at Star City you will find that the expert baristas remember who you are as they truly care for the people who walk in their door. (And occasionally some of those guests who come to Star City are on four legs!)

A few of the menu highlights include items such as the Star City Turkey Panini that includes turkey, mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, basil, cream cheese and chives or for a breakfast option I recommend the open-faced Mediterranean bagel with feta, honey, tomato, and basil. Both are classic options for some sustenance, but if you are looking for a sweeter pick-me-up to drink I recommend the Lavender Vanilla Latte or the Nutella Latte. And for customers who are 21 and over, the Upland-Two of Tarts Tropical Gose has an unmistakable flavor of mango and passion fruit with a crisp, dry finish.

Whether you are a local to Lafayette-West Lafayette or planning your next weekend coffee crawl/beer tasting, then Star City Coffee & Ale House is an absolute must. For more information about this location and other restaurants in our area, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

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

Valentine’s Day Special Events 2019

Purdue Jazz Band – Evening of Romance

Valentine’s Day is almost here!! If you are looking for a romantic weekend getaway there is still time to book your travel! Or if 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 Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

  • Afternoon Delight, February 10th. Savor succulent sweets and the stimulating poetry and music of love as the Lafayette Chamber Singers explore the delicate, whimsical, paradoxical, and flamboyant moods of love through the centuries with a bubbly mix of classical and pop melodies. Starts at 3pm.
  • A Season of Love” Free Concert, February 13.  Students from Purdue Musical Organizations will “share the love” and perform a free Valentine’s Day-themed concert in the Purdue Memorial Union Commons near Starbucks. The free concert, “A Season of Love” will begin at 7 p.m. and feature several specialty groups from the Purduettes and Purdue Varsity Glee Club ensembles.
  • Wildcat Creek Winery: Perfectly Paired: Wine and Chocolate 2019, February 14th.  The perfect Valentine’s Day date! Share a decadent evening with your loved one by enjoying Wildcat Creek Wines paired with Wolf’s Fine Chocolates. Celebrate wine, chocolate, fun, and above all, love!
  • PMO Singing Valentine’s, February 14th. This year, melt the heart of someone you love with a Singing Valentine from PMO! Singing Valentines go on sale Wednesday, Jan. 24. To order, call PMO at (765) 494-3941. All orders must be placed by 5 pm Thursday, Feb. 8. Valentines will be delivered Wednesday, Feb. 14, and can be delivered in person in the Greater Lafayette area or by phone to a long-distance love. Singing Valentines are $30 and include one song, one rose, a cookie and a card personalized with a message of your choice.
  • An Evening of Romance with Purdue Jazz Band, February 15th.  Enjoy an Evening of Romance as we celebrate Valentine’s Day in unique cabaret fashion! The Purdue Jazz Band and the School of Hospitality & Tourism Management team up to recreate a 1940s big band dance club atmosphere – where couples can enjoy music, dancing, food, and romance. Hors d’oeuvre and dessert buffet provided.

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.