Christo's: Be a regular
This place gets crowded on game weekends and parent weekends. It's a great place to eat. The food is good and you always know the quality will be there.
Favorite Dish: BBQ, omlets, waffles, burgers, pasta, whatever you order will be good. Well cooked, presented in a pleasant way and always warm.
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Namaka: Excellent Japanese
As authentic as you can get in the US. It's not a showy place, with the Habachi Grills in the middle of each table. It's more of a traditional Japanese place. The TV is running a Japanese Language program, (sounds off, but the Japanese sub-titles are running). Background music of popular songs are playing (in English), but at a more relaxing/quiet mode.
Several groups of Japanese (looking, therefore, they may not have been Japanese) entered and were seated on the fringes with bamboo screens dividing the room from the general seating area. A group of kids (late teens maybe) entered and found a table with a charcoal grill plate. As kids do, they talked, but in Japanese.
It's the Cheers' (that mythical Boston Bar from TV) of the West Lafayette Japanese-American community.
Lunch: 11:30 - 2:00 (Tue-Fri)
Dinner: 5:00 - 10:00 (Mon-Sun)
Favorite Dish: Fried Rice, and the Hot Pot's are great. Prices ranged from $10 a plate to $18. Servings were large and provided enough for 2 to share.
- Family Travel
- Food and Dining
Lafayette Restaurants: More Options
Lafayette has a whole raft of places to eat. Fast food [McDonalds, Burger King, . . . ], Fine Franchise places [Outback, TGI Fridays', Chili's, . . . ], family franchises [Steak N Shake, Ihop, . . .] and many local variations, including Oriental and Mexican. Take a look at the listings for Lafayette at the VT Restaurant page
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- Road Trip
Lafayette Brewing Company (LBC): Buffalo Burgers
Excellent food, great atmosphere and friends abound. I know this is not really in West Lafayette, but being connected to Purdue University, everything down here is West Lafayette, even if it's really in Lafayette. DON"T forget to check out the Lafayette listings for places to each and shop.
Favorite Dish: The Buffalo Burger is one of the best dishes and most unusual you'll find. It's not unusual in flavor. Very much like beef. It's always on the menu, cook to your preference and served hot and delicious.
- Beer Tasting
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Historical Travel
Good coffeeshop that became the default venue when my friends and I could come up with nowhere else to go (which happens a lot in Laf). Good food, including vegetarian stuff, all named after jazz musicians. Rotating local art on the walls. Excellent people watching outside. Especially in August when the freshmen arrive.
Favorite Dish: Usually just tea, though the food's good.
Cafe Moka: Cafe Moka
I think it's Turkish, though don't quote me on that. It is, however, my favorite eatery in West Lafayette. Good Mediterranean food. They even have hooka pipes in the evenings (I recommend the apple). Great place to have some decent food, share a hooka, and play some cards.
Favorite Dish: Falafel
La Bamba's - Burritos As Big...
La Bamba's - Burritos As Big As Your Head
You gotta wonder what they put in these things... the burritos are huge, and taste oh-so-good, but I'm skeptical about the quality of the meat. ;) Anyway, put the special sauce on it... mmmm, but be wary of after-effects. Another national chain... we've got one here in Louisville too... this place is open until 'after the bars close' as they advertise.
Favorite Dish: Medium-sized steak burrito
Ben & Jerry's: Ben & Jerry's
Well, it's a chain Ben & Jerry's of course, like I've seen in other outstanding places such as Boulder and Fort Collins, CO. But the ice cream is still really good, but they're only open when the weather is warm enough, which really isn't for very many months in Central Indiana.
Favorite Dish: my favorite ice cream (which they don't always have) is 'Everything but the...' in a waffly cone... one or two scoops.
Mad Mushroom Pizza: Mad Mushroom Pizza
Cheap pizzas, cheap food for the most part. Nearly a hole-in-the-wall pizza place, that surprisingly has some seating. Generally students just get it delivered to their dorms or pick it up and bring back to their apartments.
Favorite Dish: CHEESE STIX!! :) These are so good, but their pizzas here are lacking in taste.
A.J. Winger's: A.J. Winger's
Little place with wooden booths, not usually too busy. They seem to mainly deliver their food to kids on campus.
Favorite Dish: Wings... but their other food is good too.... including their wraps, which I recently discovered.
Nakama Japanese Restaurant: Nakama Japanese Restaurant
You're in West Lafayette, INDIANA... how many people have heard of this place? But you're here, and there's good Japanese food... interesting, isn't it? Small little restaurant, mainly Japanese customers, but very neat, and not too expensive.
Favorite Dish: oh, I don't know... just experiment ;) I didn't particularly care for the pickled octopus though.
Well, before 9pm you can eat here if you're under 21. At 9pm they'll kick you out, since this is essentially a sports bar that gets very crowded later on. The walls are adorned with all kinds of automotive paraphenelia... old license plates, old gas pumps, hub caps, etc. Nice theme. They do have a pool table in the back that gets covered up on the weekends (so beer isn't spilled on it would be my guess).
Favorite Dish: Food is pretty good here overall. Basic American fare.
Village Coffeshop: Village Coffeshop
I don't quite like the coffee here as much as at Vienna, but this is a bigger place that seems to be more alive during the evenings, with an occasional local band playing here. I used to visit here ALL the time, but not quite so much anymore, sadly.
Favorite Dish: Coffee
Vienna Coffee Shop: Vienna Coffee Shop
I consider this a kind of 'liberal' coffee shop, if that makes any sense at all. But I spend a ton of time here doing homework nonetheless. It's generally quiet, except on poetry reading nights, which I will forever avoid! :)
Favorite Dish: Coffee ;) They have some really good pastries too.