Three Amazing Vegan Options in Lafayette + West Lafayette, Indiana

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At first glance, Lafayette and West Lafayette are not super vegan-friendly. In fact, I doubt vegans are going to be scrambling to get there for the food alone. However, after my very short visit, I was beyond surprised with the vegan options they did have. I was only there for a day so this is no way a comprehensive guide but I do believe I had the best vegan options in the area.

I visited the ‘Home of Purdue’ the day before Indianapolis as part of my BlogHouse trip. Having the option to tag on an extra day or two at one of the neighboring counties was pretty awesome. While they each had different qualities that drew me in, I ultimately picked this destination because my grandpa graduated from Purdue.


Vienna Espresso

My first stop was Vienna Espresso Bar & Bakery. This coffee shop is located in West Lafayette very close to the campus.

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I had found online that they usually always have a vegan cupcake and also have plant based milk. Sure enough, when I got there, I found my favorite sign to see – vegan cupcakes. Chocolate hazelnut peanut butter cupcakes to be exact.

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Look how amazing this looks! It tasted even better. I could have easily sat in this coffee shop all day getting work down – it had a lovely atmosphere.

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Midtowne Oven

For lunch, we headed to Midtowne Oven in Lafayette, Indiana.  A brand new restaurant located in the heart of Lafayette is a great option for vegans.  While it is a predominately omni menu, their head chef, Dennis, is very well versed in veganism and is definitely willing to go over the options with you.

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The main options include all homemade breads, a roasted root vegetable sandwich or focaccia pizza bread. They also have a back of the house chef special which is roasted cauliflower chickpea patty. I decided on the back of house special and it was absolutely amazing.

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Emergency Munchie Truck

For dinner, I headed back to the West Lafayette side for the farmer’s market which takes place every Wednesday evening. I was specifically excited about the E.M.T. (Emergency Munchie Truck) – named so because of the use of an old ambulance.

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I was so incredibly full by this point but I had to try their food. EMT is an all vegetarian food truck (with plenty of and clearly marked vegan options). The very sweet owner and talented chef went over how I could make practically anything vegan. I decided on one of her burgers and y’all…all of their burgers are served on waffles. Yep.

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Also, she uses Follow Your Heart cheese aaaaaaand has a vegan spicy mayo.  VEGAN. SPICY. MAYO. Are you hearing me?! I was so angry at this point because I was so full that I couldn’t finish it all. I tried so hard. It was so amazing. Oh, and the delicious strawberry lemonade should not be left unmentioned. Definitely get a cup, or two, of it – so good.

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A big, big thank you to Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette for hosting me and making my time in their gem of a town(s) amazing.  All opinions are, as always, my own.

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9 Comments

  1. Juliann

    August 31, 2017 at 1:30 PM

    I am actually planning a weekend stay in Lafayette and bookmarked all these restaurants for my stay there. I’m not a vegan, but good food is good food. I’m getting excited to go!

    • Ashley Hubbard

      September 1, 2017 at 3:29 PM

      Definitely try the EMT truck then – that food is good no matter who you are!

  2. Susan Ripley

    August 31, 2017 at 5:59 PM

    yuuum! That vegan cupcake looks delish! And I would love to try the pizza focaccia bread at Midtowne Oven. And burgers on waffles sound like a dream to me. 🙂

  3. Jenn and Ed Coleman

    September 2, 2017 at 1:46 PM

    I went to West Lafayette many years ago on a particularly non-vegan trip. We were visiting the Poultry Science Association summer meeting. Mom is a PhD in poultry science so the annual convention was a standard part of our summer travels. The tour rotated to many cool places like Vancouver BC, Florida and South Carolina. It also went to West Lafayette. We were on campus of Purdue and I distinctly remember the tunnels to get around.

  4. Allison Wong

    September 4, 2017 at 10:37 AM

    Glad you found such tasty looking vegan choices in Indiana. Vegan spicy mayo sounds tempting!

  5. Andi

    September 4, 2017 at 1:55 PM

    Waffle burger? Never heard of it but would totally do it! It’s encouraging to see vegan options in unexpected places.

  6. Cat

    September 5, 2017 at 1:17 AM

    Emergency Munchie Truck is such a fun name! It sure puts the old ambulance into good use. Their burger with cheese and spicy mayo sounds AMAZING!

  7. Jen

    September 5, 2017 at 8:39 PM

    It’s definitely hard to find vegetarian options in the South, let alone vegan! Props to you for finding such delicious options, and to the chefs for working with you! The mayo sound amazing haha 🙂

  8. Julianne

    September 9, 2017 at 9:33 AM

    Those chocolate hazelnut peanut butter cupcakes sound pretty damn delicious. While I won’t become vegan overnight, I love hearing about all of the options out there, especially in places like Indiana! I love that you were angry that you couldn’t finish the spicy mayo — just means you’ll have to get back to Indiana soon 🙂

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