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Triple XXX Family Restaurant, West Lafayette IN

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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.

The beef for the Triple XXX burgers is ground on site.

The beef for the Triple XXX burgers is ground on site.

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.

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.

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.

One of the last remaining Triple XXX's

One of the last remaining Triple XXXs (or, as we read it, unabbreviated: XXXXXXXXX)

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

2 North Salisbury Street
West Lafayette IN 47906
765-743-5373
Triple XXX Family Restaurant’s Website
Triple XXX Family Restaurant on Facebook

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BEST THING TO EAT: Double cheeseburger with fried onions

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