Dispatches: Boilermaker Town
Over the last couple weeks, I’ve been fortunate enough to get back to the Midwest. Although I didn’t make it home to Chicago, I did get as far as Indiana, specifically West Lafayette, via Indianapolis. Being from this part of the country, I have a certain appreciation for all it encompasses, and did my best to indulge in all there is to offer.
A few Indiana highlights include, it’s where James Dean and John Dillinger were from, as well as where The Christmas Story was set. As for West Lafayette, it’s named after General Lafayette, a French military hero, is the home of Purdue University and Triple xXx Diner, and has a healthy dose of college bars with fifty cent drafts.
By far the highlight of the trip was Triple xXx Diner. This diner, originally a drive-in diner, has been a staple to West Lafayette since 1929, serving burgers, root beer and shakes. Their dealings with root beer date back to 1895, and still carry the xxx logo. The Duayne Purvis was my personal knight in shinning armor. A burger smothered in peanut butter and other bits of deliciousness, that’s accompanied by a side of hash brown induced gravy, may give you a heart attack, but a visit to Triple xXx isn’t complete without trying one.