Indiana’s oldest drive-in at Purdue

I still remember driving onto Purdue’s campus for a college visit and asking myself “What the heck is Triple XXX?”. It wasn’t until my freshman year that I realized ‘eat at Triple X’ makes nearly every Boilermakers’ Purdue bucket list, that it is a time-honored tradition, was even featured on the Food Network and that Triple XXX was named after a brand of root beer sold in the early 1900s.


Photo Credit: Triple XXX Facebook. 

Triple XXX opened in 1929 as a root beer stand serving hamburgers and shakes. Although they are no longer open 24 hours, they are still consistent in providing 100% unfrozen sirloin which is ground on site for their burgers.

Their burgers are called ‘chop steaks’ because they are grinded with 100% sirloin in the kitchen without fillers or additives. All of their pork BBQ, grilled pork tenderloins, chili and potato salad is made from scratch and their shakes, frosts, and ice cream treats are all made with real ice cream and hand dipped the old fashioned way.

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Guy Fieri even made his way to West Lafayette to feature Triple XXX and the Duane Purvis burger. This burger is named after the All-American football player who played football for the Purdue Boilermakers in the 1930s, this cheeseburger made with a quarter-pound of chopped sirloin is topped with peanut butter. Legend has it that Purvis suggested the peanut butter during a visit to the West Lafayette restaurant. The burger was even voted into the Final 4 during the 2012 ‘Super’ 46 Sandwich Competition when the Super Bowl was held in our state capital.

Photo Credit: Visit Indiana website. 

While they may be known for their burgers which are all named after Purdue athletes, breakfast is also served all day. Most recently the BOUDIA was added to their menu, a sandwich made with American, Swiss and Philadelphia cream cheeses paired with two strips of applewood bacon, sliced tomato on a golden grilled sesame seed bun and partnered with hash browns topped with the Triple XXX signature sausage gravy.

Triple XXX is definitely a destination you should add to your Boilermaker bucket list. The history filled restaurant is a hot spot on campus, be sure to bring cash or be prepared to use their ATM on sight. If their 48 stools are filled and you don’t want to wait, Route 66 has the same Triple XXX menu and more.


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