Adam's Top Five Purdue Restaurants
This is a serene lounge just at the edge of campus near Wabash Landing. It’s commonly used as a quiet spot to study and escape the distractions of central campus. Latea’s popularity, however, comes from their bubble tea. If you haven’t heard about bubble tea, you need to get with the movement. It’s a Taiwanese tea-based beverage consisting of some mix of milk and/or fruit juice to which tapioca balls known as “bubbles” are added. Latea has a selection of over 30 teas!
Favorite Dish: Lavender Milk Tea with Bubbles
4. Lotsa Pizza
The newcomer on the block. Lotsa was the earliest of the construction projects on State Street. Now that the area is no longer a chaotic cluster fuck, Lotsa is a great place to slide by between classes and get some gourmet pizza. (I mean, it’s not really gourmet, but it’s waaaayyyy better than HotBox). Most importantly, it’s open late and right next to 308 #bars
Favorite Dish: BBQ Chicken Pizza
A staple in the Union. One of those vintage, 1950’s diners except without the segregation and violent racism. Even though it’s a bit on the pricy side, you really can’t miss with the food. Pappy’s, unlike most other places on campus, accepts dining dollars. So if you’re tired of on-the-go, you can get a damn good milkshake and shrimp basket for the same swipe(s)
Favorite Dish: Shrimp Basket
2. Triple XXX
The most famous eatery in West Lafayette. It was on Food Network or something a few years ago; it’s kinda a big deal around here. The burgers are incredible and fairly cheap too. You can’t go wrong getting a burger and fries there. Their claim to fame is this burger with peanut butter on it. Supposedly it’s amazing although I’ve never had it. I can, however, recommend their underrated breakfast menu!
Favorite Dish: Beatnik Omelet with Hash Browns
1. Basil Thai
Easily my favorite out of all the Purdue restaurants. Don’t be deceived by the small dining area; this is not your typical hole-in-the-wall Asian restaurant. The food is incredibly fresh, yet still served in a timely manner. Almost everything on the menu is tasty and filling. Best of all, they serve bubble tea too!
Favorite Dish: Pineapple Curry Fried Rice with Shrimp