D.T. Kirby’s

Review by: boilermaker

D.T. Kirby’s offers more than just bar food, with signature sandwiches, burgers, and hot dogs that will please every palate: a taste of Chicago. They even have Old Style, a Chicago favorite, on tap.

Directions & Hours

11am - 2am
  • Monday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM
  • Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM
  • Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM
  • Thursday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM

What To Eat

Grilled Cheese Cheeseburger

Pastrami Sandwich

Breaded Pork Tenderloin Sandwich

Cuban Sandwich

You-Build-It Omelette

Buiscits and Gravy

6th and Main Sandwich

Fried Muffin Breakfast Sandwich


D.T. Kirby’s Recipes


What do you think of D.T. Kirby’s?

2 Responses to “D.T. Kirby’s”

Katie Bryan

May 16th, 2011

I have no doubt that you could easily stray from these given recommendations and score a great meal. The list of creative, homemade hamburgers and hot dog creations is huge and tempting. That said, a previous review had me at “Grilled Cheese Cheeseburger” so that was what I had to order, if only for the photo I’d be able to post on Facebook. It was great: the grilled cheeses themselves are pretty standard, but the patty appears to be hand-pressed, and the secret sauce and sliced cucumbers make it good-tasting and unique. This sandwich will forever have me second guessing the traditional bun.

My husband had the huge and loaded Philly, a very good take that might disappoint the traditionalist. I had the homemade chips, he the homemade fries, and both were super-crispy and delicious.

I am very glad to have been guided to D.T. Kirby’s by Roadfood.com. It turned a rather mundane day’s drive into something to talk about.


Steve Panza

December 22nd, 2009

Located approximately 120 miles south of Soldier Field, this relative newcomer (2008) to the Lafayette food scene is quietly making a name for itself. D.T. Kirby’s, located at 605 Main Street in downtown Lafayette, IN is the brainchild of Chicago native Don Kirby. Described as “…a dive bar that’s more dive than bar…,” D.T. Kirby’s offers more than just bar food, with signature sandwiches, burgers, and hot dogs that will please pretty much every palate; a taste of Chicago. They even have Old Style, a Chicago favorite, on tap.

The first time I entered the place, Don was out by the bar talking to customers, and greeted me as a long lost friend. Everyone who walks in is a friend of Don’s. You can find him tending bar, in the small kitchen, or taking drinks or food out to the tables. The sandwiches are things Don has come up with over the years, serving them up to friends and family at home. The food served at D.T. Kirby’s is not for the faint of heart; it is hearty.

The signature sandwich, the 6th and Main, is a tribute to the location of the restaurant, on Main Street near 6th Street. This monster has six different meats and four cheeses with four slices of bread. I had them slice it in half so I could try to tackle it in sections. I ended up eating the second half at home the next day. They also offer a smaller Dagwood sandwich that is only a triple-decker. Other sandwiches include a Cuban, pastrami, Ruben, pork tenderloin, and a thing called Uncle, among others.

Their burgers are half-pound Angus. The lineup includes the Wimpy (the basic burger), chili burger, the bar burger (with two half-pound patties), and the Grilled Cheese Cheeseburger, which is so good.

One thing that has been lacking in the area is a good Chicago-style hot dog. With the relatively close proximity to the Windy City, it is sad that no one had a good dog. That was until D.T. Kirby’s came to town. Featuring a quarter-pound Vienna Beef dog, the Chicago Dog sports mustard, neon green relish, and sport peppers just like you would find outside Soldier Field or in Wrigleyville. They don’t stop there. D.T. Kirby’s has a whole roster of hot dogs covering the entire spectrum, including favorites consumed in New York, LA, Italy, and Brazil.

Currently, D.T. Kirby’s offers a limited breakfast menu on the weekends, starting at 8 am. Their freshly made sausage gravy rivals, and may even surpass, the gravy from the famous XXX (or Triple X) across the river in West Lafayette. D.T. Kirby’s features bread from Great Harvest Bread Company in Lafayette, delivered fresh daily. The kitchen is open until 3 am every day. Future plans are to be open 24 hours a day (possibly as soon as mid-January 2010).


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