Yatagarasu (Lafayette, IN)

Top Notch Ramen in Downtown Lafayette

The other night after the kids were dropped off at Grandma’s, Mollie and I were looking for someplace fun to eat in downtown Lafayette for a date night and she must’ve read my mind because she was the first to suggest Yatagarasu. We’re lucky to have numerous options in Greater Lafayette when it comes to great ramen, from Katana on Sagamore to Noodles & I or Oishi on campus, but Yatagarasu at 5th and Main St. is the place that’s focused squarely on ramen first, second, and third–and it shows. Continue reading

O-Ishi (West Lafayette, IN)

New Family Favorites at O-Ishi

Moving to the Greater Lafayette area from a smaller town, one of the first things we marveled at was the wide array of restaurants and cuisines newly available to us. We were impressed by the ethnically diverse food scene found in our new home town that seemed much richer than what we expected in a city of its size. After trying some of the local standbys like XXX for a Purvis Burger and Arni’s Pizza (Axl Rose’s favorite pizza we’ve been told), we immediately began our exploration of the numerous Chinese restaurants we’d found on Google. The oddly Japanese-sounding O-Ishi in West Lafayette, nestled between Purdue and the Wabash River, was one of the first local Chinese restaurants we tried. Despite trying many more since, it established itself as a family-favorite and kept us coming back for more.
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Banh Mi Eatery (Lafayette, IN)

Legit Banh Mi Sandwiches Have Arrived!

Forgive me for being a banh mi snob. Greater Lafayette has been lucky to have numerous establishments from Bistro 501 to Black Sparrow offer up their own takes on banh mi sandwiches, each with their own spin to make them their own. I’ve enjoyed these unique sandwiches in the absence of more traditional banh mis, but I always referred to them as “banh mis” with Dr. Evil air quotes. But now Banh Mi Eatery has arrived to deliver straight-up Vietnamese banh mis that almost brought a lonely teardrop to my eye. Continue reading

Mama Chayo (Lafayette, IN)

Finding Salvadoran Pupusas and Flavors in Lafayette

Salvadoran food is a cuisine that I am not at all familiar with, so it was that much more exciting when my family and I were returning to Lafayette from a road trip and we spotted a newly-painted blue and white along Teal Rd. with signage reading “Mama Chayo Pupuseria Restarante”. The chance to explore a type of food relatively alien to us right at home here in Lafayette was an opportunity we knew we couldn’t pass up, so we committed to giving Mama Chayo a try at the first opportunity. Continue reading