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Triple XXX Family Restaurant

2 North Salisbury Street, West Lafayette, IN - (765) 743-5373
Posted By Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle on 3/23/2010 2:01:00 PM
Triple XXX was once, decades ago, a thriving chain of restaurants, serving their own Texas-made root beer throughout the South, Midwest, and West. This particular Triple XXX, near Purdue U in West Lafayette, opened in 1929 and is one of two remaining (and independently owned) Triple XXX restaurants left in the U.S. (the other is in Issaquah, WA). Lafayette's Triple XXX has a commitment to quality that is readily apparent. Their motto, "On The Hill But On The Level," refers to both its levee location and the honest food they serve. They grind their own sirloin for burgers (or, as they call them, chop steaks). Shakes are made with real ice cream. Much of the food is made from scratch. It shows.

A can't-miss-it orange-and-brown-striped building that appears ready for Halloween, Triple XXX is a campus favorite. They've named many of their platters after Purdue football stars, such as The Bernie Flowers All-Pro (onion, lettuce, tomato, mayo) and The Duane Purvis All-American (which adds cheese and peanut butter to the mix). We love these thin, coarsely-formed burgers, especially in the double configuration with fried onions. Good real french fries are available too, and of course iced glass mugs of the fine root beer is the perfect accompaniment.

By the way, their website relates the history of the root beer, and a complicated and convoluted story it is. Bottom line seems to be that the root beer, still made in Texas, is now available only from soda fountains (not just the two Triple XXX restaurants), and while throughout its history it has at times been affiliated with various major beer or soda companies, it's now on its own, and is something of a cult favorite.

Triple XXX is open 24 hours, and they serve breakfast, too. We hear the biscuits and gravy are top-notch.

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Icy mugs of Triple XXX root beer.
"Icy mugs of Triple XXX root beer."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle





The beef for the Triple XXX burgers is ground on site.
"The beef for the Triple XXX burgers is ground on site."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


The Duane Purvis All-American features a layer of peanut butter, hidden underneath the beef patty.  As for a side, those greasy hand-breaded onion rings are a winner!
"The Duane Purvis All-American features a layer of peanut butter, hidden underneath the beef patty. As for a side, those greasy hand-breaded onion rings are a winner!"
Cliff Strutz


Carhop service is no longer available.  This area is now used for parking and picnic tables.
"Carhop service is no longer available. This area is now used for parking and picnic tables."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


One of the last remaining Triple XXX's.
"One of the last remaining Triple XXX's."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle



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