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

Dog N Suds (Lafayette, IN)

Treat Yo’ Self at Dog N Suds!

With heavy hearts Mollie and I witnessed our local Dog N Suds close down and turn into an auto parts store over 10 years ago in Illinois. Much to our delight, when we moved to the area we discovered that not only was Dog N Suds still alive and kicking in Greater Lafayette, there were TWO locations on either side of the Wabash River slinging root beer in those wonderful frosted mugs! That brings us to today’s mini kids’ review. I could ramble on about coneys, Boilermaker burgers or fried cheese curds, but today it’s all about the suds. What did they have to say?

Dog N Suds Root Beer Verdict: ???

As if we had to ask.

Dog N Suds
601 Sagamore Pkwy S.
Lafayette, IN 47905

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