If you’re anything like us we are ALWAYS looking for a GREAT place to dine with local flavors and good reviews!! It is so disappointing to spend your hard earned money on a lousy meal. So if you are looking for the BEST places to eat in Lafayette, here are our picks for the Top 10 Local Flavors in Lafayette (and if you know us well then you know we are food snobs and wouldn’t steer you wrong)! We also asked some of our friends about their local favorite restaurants in Lafayette and here’s what we came up with….(and in no particular order)….
1. Maru Japanese Sushi – 111 N. Chauncey, West Lafayette, IN 47906
As a person who loves sushi I have to say this place has amazing sushi selections! This is a small cozy place to chill on Purdue’s campus and one of the best places for sushi around! When your on Boilermaker ground you have to try the Purdue roll! Some of our other favorite’s include the Dragon roll and the Playboy roll. You can walk from the Purdue Memorial Union to Maru in a couple of minutes.
2. Bruno’s Pizza – 212 Brown Street, West Lafayette, IN 47906 – www.brunodough.com
A casual, locally owned family friendly pizzeria with a heavy dose of Purdue Boilermaker memorabilia throughout! Seriously don’t order anything until you’ve tried the famous Bruno Dough and Apple Butter or Peanut Butter Pizza (actually it’s not a requirement but highly recommended)!!! Bruno’s also has party rooms for larger groups and TV’s so you can keep an eye on the score!
3. DT Kirby’s – 644 Main Street, Lafayette, IN 47901 – www.thebestdivebar.com
Grab your buddies to watch a Purdue game or load up the kids for some amazing food at DT Kirby’s in downtown Lafayette, IN! You’ll love the fun and funky vibe here!! If you are always on the hunt for a good specialty burger or crazy combination hot dogs this is the place!!! Be sure to try some of our top choices……the Wasabi burger or dog, the bacon, egg burger or maybe a giant pork tenderloin with mushrooms!! The kids will love it here too! Get your napkins ready for a messy meal! You won’t walk out hungry that’s for sure!
4. Black Sparrow – 223 Main Street, Lafayette, IN 47901 – www.blacksparrowpub.com
If you are looking for a rotating beer selection or a hipster crowd with exposed brick and a cool bar then this is the place!!! From their fig pizza or El Diablo pizza to their melt in your mouth burgers and steak frites your mouth will be in heaven! If you are a foodie, you will not be disappointed with their unique menu and flavor combinations! A great location in downtown Lafayette near Riehle Plaza!
5. LaScala Italian Restaurant – 312 Main Street, Lafayette, IN 47901 – www.lascalaitalianrestaurant.com
Now this is LOCAL flavor!! Focusing on farm fresh ingredients from local Lafayette area farmers their motto is Farm to Fork! You will taste the difference in the quality of food at this staple in downtown Lafayette! You might need to make reservations! Our readers recommend trying the homemade Paco’s Famous Tomato Basil soup for starters and working your way into one of these entrees: the rich and hearty Gnocchi Bolognese or the Ravioli Florentine with Shrimp or perhaps the AntiPasti La Scala Platter.
6. Sylvia’s Brick Oven – 625 Columbia Street, Lafayette IN 47901 – www.sylviasbrickoven.com
Tin ceilings and unique lighting make for an intimate setting – a great place for an evening out with your loved one! Using original recipes and fresh ingredients on their pizzas baked including their fresh mozzarella cheese your pizza is baked in a brick oven and will come out with the perfect crust. Their pasta dishes are terrific, tasty and in good portion sizes. We recommend you try whatever the pizza of the day choice is or perhaps the Luau Pizza with the Garlic Knots with marinara as an appetizer.
7. Parkside Seafood House and Oyster Bar – 1902 Scott Street, Lafayette, IN 47904 – www.parksideseafood.com
Situated across from Columbian Park is this charming new restaurant in Lafayette! Daily seafood specials, great wine selection and quaint decor with outdoor and private seating. We suggest you begin with an order of oysters, then go with the Lobster Roll or the Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese or the daily fish selection and finish with the creme brûlée that will melt in your mouth!
8. Akropolis – 3311 South Street, Lafayette, IN 47904
With Greek music playing in the background of this Mediterranean themed restaurant you will feel like you are in Greece! Try their combination plate.–dolmades (stuffed grape leaves,) moussaka, cheese pie and gyros. All of the entrees are delicious and authentic. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Gyro’s with the homemade Tzatiki sauce! Be sure to save room for the homemade Baklava!
9. D & R BBQ – 135 N. Creasy Lane, Lafayette, IN 47905 – www.dandrmarket.net
If you love BBQ, brisket and southern comfort food you better head on over to D & R BBQ in Lafayette! Amazing BBQ, brisket, smoked salmon, Mac n cheese, smoked chicken, ribs, baked beans and green beans!!! D & R also does catering with specialty meats, appetizers, cheeses, fish spread and more! Did we already say how amazing this food is? You will feel like you just went to BBQ heaven when you’re finished here!
10. Mountain Jack’s – 4211 State Road 26 E., Lafayette, IN 47905 – www.mountainjackslafayette.com
Romantic setting – mouth watering steaks and prime rib! In fact, we think it’s the BEST prime rib in the area! The salad alone is worth going for. The server comes to your table with a giant tray and a big lazy Susan full of cups of ingredients and you tell them which ingredients you want them to put on your salad. Our top choice however is the Filet Mignon Westwood style with a hollandaise sauce and crab meat topping is to die for.
And because we couldn’t leave out one other hot spot in downtown Lafayette we added a bonus to our list:
Bistro 501 – 501 Main Street, Lafayette, IN 47901 – www.bistro501.com
Situated on a corner in downtown Lafayette this beautiful french restaurant offers a savory menu in an upscale setting. If you appreciate fine foods and drinks then this is the place for you. The Tempura Shrimp is one of my favorites! It is served with a mango relish and a ginger soy cream sauce that just makes it! Some other favorites are their quiches for lunch, the salmon, steak frites, duck and rack of lamb. The chef takes pride in the quality of food and presentation each and every time!
We could go on an on with many more hot spots in the Greater Lafayette area, so we figured why not!!! Here are just a few others you need to try also: Hour Time, Heisei Japanese and Sushi, Triple X, Red Seven, McGraw’s, Thai Essence, 9 Irish Brothers, Sacred Grounds, Gaza and Kokoro!!!
Whether you’re a Lafayette local or you’re visiting the area for a Purdue game or scouting the area for a potential relocation hopefully we have given you enough variety in these top Lafayette restaurants to try out. Be sure to come to the annual Taste of Tippecanoe where many of these restaurants feature their specialties! Please be sure to comment if you have any other favorite’s (restaurant name and your favorite dish) that we MUST add to our list!!!