Artists Colony Inn and Restaurant
American, Sandwiches, Soup
105 S. Van Buren St.
The dining room in this gracious old building is filled with the work of local artists and features a large stone fireplace. Menu items include homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, and country fare like chicken potpie, meatloaf, and fried catfish. Lots of vegetarian options. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Breakfast: Daily 7:30–10:30 a.m.; Lunch/Dinner: Sun.–Th. 11 a.m.–8 p.m. and Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–9 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
American, Breakfast, Diners, Vegetarian
211 N. Walnut
This classic diner is located downtown for all your late-night comfort food cravings. It offers lots of standard diner fare, like patty melts, giant omelets, and pancakes from scratch. But it also serves up classics with a twist, like BLTs with fried green tomatoes or a burger stuffed with four types of peppers. The diner caters to the late night and early morning crowds, opening late and closing shortly after lunch. Breakfast is served all day long. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Open 24/7 • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No
American, Pub Food
1316 E. 3rd St.
A Bloomington institution just off the south side of campus, Bear’s Place is famous for its Big Bear Burger, breaded tenderloin, and the Hairy Bear (six shots of liquor mixed with fruit juice in a 32 oz. glass). Other classics include the BBQ Grilled Chicken Sandwich and the Spinach Melt. Lunch specials served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entertainment includes Open Mic Comedy every Monday at 8 p.m., and karaoke every Thursday at 9 p.m. • Prices: $-$$ • Hours: Sun. noon-midnight; Mon.-Wed. 11 a.m.-midnight; Th.-Sat. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No
American, Brunch, Gluten-Free, Juice Bar, Vegan, Vegetarian
409 S. Walnut
Seasonal, local, and fresh ingredients are the focus at this new café. Family friendly, Bedräk specializes in juices and smoothies, with flavors including Tropical Envy and Feel the Beet, and serves innovative dishes including a fresh take on biscuits and gravy. Favorites include the Crab Cake Benedict, Quiche, Breakfast Tacos, and Sweet Dijon Glazed Ham Steak. Create your own omelet with several veggie and protein choices. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: 7 a.m.–4 p.m. daily • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
Big Woods Bloomington
American, Pub Food, Sandwiches
116 N. Grant St.
Located in a charming house near the corner of North Grant and East 6th streets that used to house Café Django, Big Woods Bloomington is a homey pub where 24 beers flow on tap. Offerings include appetizers to share, gourmet sandwiches, the signature JB burger, and a complete dinner menu. The outdoor beer garden has its own menu and serves only Quaff On! brewery beers. • Prices: $ • Hours: Sun.–Wed. 11 a.m.–11 p.m.; Th.–Sat. 11 a.m.–1 a.m.; All ages until 9 p.m. • Bar: Beer • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
Brown County Inn
American, Breakfast, Brunch, Buffet, Vegetarian
51 E. Ind. 46, Nashville
From the simple to the extravagant, the Brown County Inn has a variety of healthy choices. The restaurant's dinner entrée menu includes a New York strip steak and Peach & Bourbon Pork Chops, but also features a humbler black beans & rice dish with pilaf and sweet corn salsa. There's also a soup and salad bar. Appetizers include cheese boards and shrimp cocktail, as well as French fries and nachos. Vegetarian options are available. • Prices: $–$$$ • Hours: Sun.–Th. 8 a.m.–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 8 a.m.–10 p.m. • Bar: Yes • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., DC • Outdoor Seating: Yes
Bub’s Burgers & Ice Cream
American, Ice Cream
480 N. Morton St.
Bub’s is a Bloomington outpost of a Carmel, Indiana, burger joint, and burgers (and ice cream) are what they do well here — from the full pound “Big Ugly” to the 1/4 pound “Settle for Less Ugly” burger in ground beef or healthier elk. Dress ‘em as you like ‘em and add sides of fries, slaw, potato salad, or onion rings. Hand-dipped shakes and malts are added bliss! • Prices: $–$$$ • Hours: 11 a.m.–10 p.m. daily • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
American, Fair Labor, Sandwiches
114 S. Indiana Ave.
In 1987, an IU student opened BuffaLouie’s, naming it after his grandfather. Wings, subs, and salads are the reason to visit this award-winning restaurant. In addition to their wings, try the Buffalo, Teriyaki, or Parmigiana Burger, or one of their many other sandwich or wrap options. Black bean patties are a great choice for vegetarians. Sides and appetizers include curly fries, mozzarella sticks, garlic bread, and onion rings. Hoosier and sports-themed memorabilia adorn the walls, and big-screen TVs keep you entertained. • Prices: $–$$$$ • Hours: Mon.–Sun. 10:30 a.m.–midnight • Bar: Beer • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., Campus Access • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal
Butch’s Grillacatessen & Eatzeria
American, Breakfast, Brunch, Delicatessen, Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian
120 E. 7th St.
Just east of the downtown Square, Butch’s offers everything a homesick East Coaster could want, from corned beef on rye to bagels to NY-style pizza. Personalize your order by building your own salad, sandwich, sub, wrap, pizza, hot dog, burger, or chicken sandwich. Pasta dishes are available as well, and breakfast and brunch are served all day. With an extensive menu, you have a large selection to choose from whether it's for dining in, carryout, or delivery. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: 11 a.m.–10 p.m. daily • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., Campus Access • Outdoor Seating: Yes
American, Brunch, Fine Dining, Small Plates
Renwick Village Center
1505 S. Piazza Dr.
In addition to innovative after-work cocktails, C3 features a rotating menu of seasonally inspired dishes. Starters include soups and salads as well as beef filet sliders, hand-cut frites, and more. Entrées feature local meats, fresh seafood, and handmade pasta dishes. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Mon.–Th. 4–10 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 4 p.m.–midnight.; Closed Sun. • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
Carson’s BBQ & Catering
American, Barbecue, Sandwiches
5555 W. State Rd. 46
Take West State Road 46 out of central Bloomington to the town of Ellettsville to find this family-owned barbecue joint. They smoke their meat low and slow in a custom barbecue grill. Try tender beef brisket, on its own or in a sandwich, or get your hands dirty and dig into some dry-rubbed ribs, no utensils necessary! • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Mon.–Fri. 5 p.m.–9 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sun. 3 p.m.–9 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No
Chocolate Moose, The
American, Fair Labor, Ice Cream, Sweets
401 S. Walnut St.
Come summer, lines form well into the night at The Chocolate Moose. Grasshopper and Moose Chocolate ice creams are classics and well worth the wait. Soft serve is big, too, from tiny torch cones to chocolate-and-nut-dipped swirls. • Prices: $ • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sun. noon–10 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal
Cozy Table Restaurant & Pancake House
American, Breakfast, Sandwiches, Soup, Vegetarian
2500 W. 3rd St.
Situated on West 3rd Street, Cozy Table offers an extensive menu of hearty and affordable diner fare. Of course, breakfast is served all day. • Prices: $ • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 6 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sun. 6 a.m.–3 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No
Crazy Horse Food & Drink Emporium
American, Pub Food, Sandwiches, Steaks
214 W. Kirkwood
Just west of the downtown square, Crazy Horse is one of Bloomington's oldest eateries. The specialties of the house include flavored martinis, Angus beef burgers, quesadillas, steaks, and barbecued ribs. Each day of the week offers several drink specials, including half-priced wine bottles on Wednesday and Sunday. Live bands play Sundays from 8–10 p.m. • Prices: $-$$$ • Hours: Sun.–Wed. 11 a.m.–1 a.m.; Th.–Sat. 11 a.m.–2 a.m. • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., DC, Campus Access • Outdoor Seating: Yes
American, Cajun/Creole, Vegetarian
211 S. Grant St.
Formerly called Yats, this restaurant was rechristened by chef Bob Crowley when he became the sole owner. Crowley, who trained at the Culinary Institute of America, offers recipes he collected from small Louisiana towns. Specialties include Chili Cheese Étouffée, Gumbo, Jambalaya, and the Datwich Sandwich, a complex preparation that involves turkey dusted in Cajun spices, soaked in beer, cooked twice, spiced, and served up “so it warms you from your nose to your toes.” Prices: $ • Hours: Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC • Outdoor Seating: Yes
Eli’s Sandwich Shoppe
American, Pizza, Salads, Sandwiches, Vegetarian
601 N. College
Featuring 17 kinds of subs, all on sweet bread that's baked in-house daily, as well as salads, soup, and thin-crust pizzas. Also on the menu are broccoli cheese soup and warm chocolate chip cookies. The shop offers half or whole subs ranging from a simple grilled-cheese style sandwich to The Plethora, which includes a variety of meats such as turkey, ham, and roast beef. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Sun.–Wed. 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Th.–Sat. 11 a.m.–3 a.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No
American, Breakfast, Brunch
108 E. Kirkwood
Chef Daniel Orr’s FARM is a cheerful, tongue-in-cheek salute to the best of Hoosier eating. In the old Oddfellows Building, revamped to look like a country farm store, FARM sells lunch, snacks, and locally made products in the market and delicious supper fare in the restaurant. The menu changes seasonally, but try to catch the seared skirt steak with fabulous garlic and chili fries. Orr’s raw fish preparations are excellent, as are the pizzas in the bar. • Prices: $-$$$ • Hours: FARM: Tu.–Fri. 7 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; Closed Mon; Root Cellar: Weeknight hours vary; Fri.–Sat. 8 p.m.–3 a.m.; Closed Sun.–Mon. • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
Feast Bakery Cafe
American, Bakery, Breakfast, Brunch, Cafés, Fair Labor, Small Plates, Vegetarian
581 E. Hillside Dr. Suite 104
Market & Cellar
407 W. Patterson Dr.
The stars at this café, bakery, and coffee shop are owner Erika Yochum’s handmade tamales — packets of masa and fillings, wrapped in cornhusks and steamed. Varieties range from traditional to gourmet but salads and sandwiches at lunchtime and more elaborate dinner entrées revolve around seasonal, local, organic ingredients. Gorgeous homemade pies, desserts, breakfast pastries, and cookies are topnotch. • Prices: $-$$$ • Hours: Bakery Cafe: Wed.–Sat. 8 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.–3 p.m.; Closed Mon.–Tu.; Market & Cellar: Tu.–Sat. 8 a.m.–9 p.m.; Closed Sun.–Mon. • Bar: No/Wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal
American, Fine Dining, Pizza
514 E. Kirkwood
Just a block off campus, Finch’s is a Bloomington treat. Chef/owner Jeff Finch turns out wonderful food with a wide Mediterranean pedigree. Lots to love here—but don’t miss the crispy calamari appetizer, the wood-fired pizzettas, the seafood pasta, and steak frites. The menu changes seasonally and showcases meats, cheeses, and produce from Indiana. Extensive beer and wine selection. • Prices: $–$$$$ • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m. and 5–10 p.m.; Closed Sun. • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
American, Breakfast, Sandwiches
206 S. Adams St.
Since opening in 1930, the recipes have been handed down through the Hinkle family, the original owners of the 16-seat hamburger joint. The Hinkle Burger is only $2.05, and other menu options include Breaded or Grilled Tenderloin and sides such as jalapeño poppers and tater cakes. Order a slice of pie or a cookie for dessert. • Prices: $ • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Closed Sun. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: No • Outdoor Seating: Yes
Hobnob Corner, The
American, Breakfast, Brunch, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
17 W. Main St., Nashville, IN
Housed in a historic former dry-goods store that has stood at the corner of Main and Van Buren in downtown Nashville since 1873, the Hobnob serves home-baked goods and classic American fare like long-simmered pot roast, liver and onions, and peach shortcake (when in season). Sandwiches, pasta dishes, and salads also available. • Prices: $–$$$ • Hours: Mon. 8:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m.; Tu. 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m.; Wed.–Th. 8:30 a.m.–8 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 8 a.m.–8:30 p.m.; Sun. 8 a.m.–7:30 p.m. (Hours vary seasonally; call ahead.) • Bar: Wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., DC • Outdoor Seating: No
American, Bakery, Breakfast, Sandwiches, Sweets, Vegetarian
105 N. College
Featuring an urban design with a cozy, warm atmosphere, this café is a nice place to enjoy a pastry while you chat, read, or work on a laptop. The made-from-scratch pastries are an early customer favorite. Menu items include a chicken salad sandwich on baguette, bacon and eggs, and waffles on Wednesday. • Prices: $ • Hours: 7:30 a.m.–7 p.m. daily • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
American, Coffee, Donuts
1155 S. College Mall Rd.
This laid-back coffee and donut shop, open 19 hours a day, offers all of the handmade doughy classics you can imagine. From coconut cake and Bavarian cream-filled donuts to cinnamon buns, there are plenty of options to choose from to build your dozen or just grab a single for the road. • Prices: $ • Hours: Daily 5 a.m.–midnight • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No
Janko’s Little Zagreb
American, European, Steaks
223 W. 6th St.
A Bloomington favorite, with its checked tablecloths and IU-decked walls, Janko’s is one block west of the downtown Square. Lamb and pork chop specials are featured regularly, and the menu offers Eastern European specialties like fiery Bucharest meatballs, but fabulous steaks are the reason most people line up to get in. • Prices: $$$–$$$$ • Hours: Mon.–Th. 5–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 4:30–10 p.m.; Closed Sun.; Reservations recommended. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, DC • Outdoor Seating: No
Kilroy’s Bar & Grill
American, Pizza, Pub Food
502 E. Kirkwood
Kilroy's Sports Bar
319 N. Walnut
Popular with IU students, both Kilroy’s venues serve sandwiches, pizza, and appetizers such as stuffed breadsticks and nachos. More than 40 flavored Long Island iced teas are available, and drink specials are offered every night. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Daily 11 a.m.–3 a.m. • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
2000 S. Walnut
King Gyros is a fast-food restaurant specializing in gyros and ribs. • Prices: $ • Hours: Sat.–Th. 10:30 a.m.–10 p.m.; Fri. 10:30 a.m.–11 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
American, Brunch, Fair Labor, Gluten-Free, Italian, Pizza, Sandwiches
1795 E. 10th St.
Home of the Bloomington Brewing Co., Lennie’s offers its own award-winning ales. Chef Fred Manion, a Culinary Institute of America graduate, creates eclectic dishes—main-course salads, gourmet pizzas, pastas, sandwiches, and daily dinner and soup specials. Try the rustic flat breads — hearth baked daily and lightly topped with fresh ingredients. • Prices: $$–$$$ • Hours: Sun.–Th. 11 a.m.–11 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–midnight (Pub closes nightly one hour after the restaurant.) • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX • Outdoor Seating: No • Accessibility Decal • Fair Labor Decal
American, Fair Labor, Gluten-Free, Seafood, Steaks, Vegan, Vegetarian
106 N. Walnut
Malibu Grill, on the east side of the downtown Square, offers casual dining in an upscale atmosphere for 200. Specialties include the Spinach & Artichoke Dip, Caesar salad, Lime Chicken Fettuccini, and Caramelized Salmon. Live jazz Wed.–Fri. 6–9 p.m. • Prices: $–$$$$ • Hours: Mon.–Th. 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. and 5:30–9:30 p.m.; Fri. 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. and 5:30–10:30 p.m.; Sat. noon–10:30 p.m.; Sun. noon–9 p.m.; Reservations accepted only during the week; 20-minute call-ahead service available. • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., DC • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal
Nashville House, The
15 S. Van Buren St., Nashville, IN
The early-American décor suits this former hotel, which was rebuilt after it burned down in 1927. Homemade fried biscuits and home-baked apple butter are specialties, along with chicken, ham, and turkey. (The biscuits and butter can be purchased at the onsite country store.) • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Mon. and Wed. 11:30 a.m.–8 p.m.; Closed Th.–Sun.; Closed Tu. except in October; Reservations required in October. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC • Outdoor Seating: No
Naughty Dog, The
American, Hot Dogs
3860 W. 3rd St.
The Naughty Dog lets you give free rein to your hot dog cravings. You can load your Hebrew National dog with your favorite toppings or pick from a list of regional hot dog legends. The ultimate is the Dog Pound—a big beefy dog weighted down with a half pound of fries, chili, chopped onions, and cheddar cheese. If you can lift it, you’ll love it. • Prices: $ • Hours: Sun.–Th. 10:30 a.m.–4 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 10:30 a.m.–9 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No
Nick’s English Hut
American, Fair Labor, Pub Food
423 E. Kirkwood
A Bloomington institution for more than 80 years, Nick’s is the place to go for Gregg “Rags” Rago’s famous Nick’s burgers, strombolis, pizza, soups, salads, and sandwiches prepared with locally produced meats and produce. Sandwiches include Italian Beef, Breaded Pork Tenderloin, Fresh Grilled Salmon, and the Black Bean Burger. For dessert, indulge in the cheesecake. Or, if you're looking for a fun night out, play Sink the Biz with friends while watching your favorite sports on the many high-definition TVs. A museum of IU memorabilia is displayed on the walls. • Prices: $–$$$ • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–2 a.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.–midnight.; Reservations are recommended for large parties. • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Cash preferred, but Visa, MC, and Disc. are accepted. • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal
Office Lounge, The
American, Pub Food
3900 E. 3rd St.
Head east on 3rd Street to find an alternative to the downtown bar scene. Affordable and filling daily specials like classic breaded tenderloin sandwiches and juicy ribeye steaks draw regulars for lunch and dinner. Hot wings are a good bet, extra crispy and drenched in vinegary, lip-numbing buffalo sauce. At night, pull tabs, pool tables, and plenty of sports-tuned flat-screens keep crowds entertained. Carryout beer and liquor is also available. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 9 a.m.–3 a.m.; Sun. noon–3 a.m. • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No
American, Pub Food
110 N. Walnut
Located on the east side of the downtown Square, Opie Taylor’s has a menu complete with 20 different burger options. Among the choices is the Cyndiana, topped with applewood-smoked bacon, cheddar, barbecue sauce, and avocado. Other items include Breaded Zucchini and Opie's Quesadillas as starters, sandwiches if you're not in the mood for a burger, and a dessert menu featuring Deep-Fried Waffle Sticks. The shrimp-and-corn bisque is fab. Big domestic mugs (34 oz.) are a special on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. The sports-themed restaurant claims to have the biggest projection-TV screen in Bloomington. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sun. 11:30 a.m.–9 p.m. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No
Out of the Ordinary Restaurant and Hickory Sports Bar
American, Pub Food, Sandwiches
61 S. Van Buren St., Nashville, IN
Located in and named for an old tavern, this family-owned restaurant specializes in hearty fare that includes barbecued ribs, wild game, pheasant, turkey, smoked pork chops, and pot roast. There are lunch specials, and a piano player performs from 6–8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. • Prices: $–$$$ • Hours: Sun.–Th. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–midnight • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No
Players Pub, The
American, Pub Food
424 S. Walnut
The Players Pub provides Bloomingtonians with a haven for good music and food. Specials include the Grilled Salmon, Bayou Bowl, and a variety of soups. Try one of their many Po Boy options, including shrimp, catfish, andouille, three-cheese, and chicken. For dessert, order the Sweet Potato Pie or the Harvest Ring Cake–carrot cake with chocolate chips, walnuts, caramel, and cream cheese icing. Nightly entertainment includes jazz, blues, swing, and country music. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Sun.–Th. 4 p.m.–2 a.m.; Fri.–Sat. 4 p.m.–3 a.m.; Reservations recommended for major entertainers. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
Runcible Spoon Cafe and Restaurant
American, Breakfast, Brunch, Cafés, Fair Labor, Vegan
412 E. 6th St.
A beloved Bloomington landmark, the Runcible Spoon has kept its funky atmosphere while expanding its menu to include not only luscious breakfasts, but also pastas and sandwiches at lunch and more classic dishes at night. It's a sin not to try their decadent pancakes and French toast, and great-tasting dinner options include the Pan-Seared Salmon and Gypsy Chicken. Order a glass of wine and enjoy live, traditional Irish music on Tuesdays. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Daily 8 a.m.–10 p.m. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal
Scholars Inn Gourmet Café & Wine Bar
American, Brunch, Fair Labor, Fine Dining, Steaks
717 N. College
Chef Drew Nickless’ eclectic menu emphasizes fresh food and offers specials every day in this romantic, 150-year-old brick mansion complete with fireplaces and an outdoor dining deck. The café serves creative brunches and dinners and gorgeous, decadent desserts. Definitely a place to bring a date! • Prices: $–$$$$ • Hours: Sun. brunch 10 a.m.–2 p.m.; Dinner daily 5–11 p.m.; Desserts and appetizers until midnight; Reservations recommended. • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal
Read our review of Scholars Inn Gourmet Café & Wine Bar here!
American, Fair Labor, Gluten-Free, Pub Food
302 N. Walnut
All ages are welcome at this relaxed sports bar, with its extensive menu featuring creative salads, sandwiches, burgers, and huge desserts. Dill chips made from fried pickles, Buffalo-Breaded Chicken, and Scotty’s German Chocolate Cake are specialties. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Sun.–Th. 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; No reservations. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., Campus Access • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal
Read our review of Scotty's Brewhouse here!
Serendipity Martini Bar and Restaurant
American, Pub Food, Small Plates
201 S. College
This sleek lounge offers more than 20 martinis, an extensive wine list, and a variety of savory tapas and entrées. Don’t miss the Petite Fleur, an herbal gin cocktail. Tapas, or small plates meant for sharing, round out the menu. Snag one of the few couches to take in the free live music on weekends. Half-priced martinis on Mondays. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Mon.–Th. 6 p.m.–midnight; Fri. 6 p.m.–1 a.m.; Sat. 6 p.m.–2:30 a.m. • Bar: Yes • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
Smokin’ Jack’s Rib Shack
505 W. 17th St.
Chef Jack Cody—“Smokin’ Jack”—specializes in (what else?) smoked ribs, but be sure to try the pulled pork, too. He offers five different sauces: regular, Jack’s sweet barbecue, Louisiana hot, barbecue hot, and Jamaican jerk. Collard greens and cornbread salad are among the sides. Monday is buy-one-get-one-free night for seniors from 4–9 p.m. Specials are offered every day. • Prices: $–$$$ • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Closed Sun. • Bar: Beer • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
Story Inn, The
American, Fine Dining
6404 S. Ind. 135
Homey and quaint, this gem of a restaurant with wood floors and folksy memorabilia on the walls serves fresh food made from local ingredients. On weekends, live chamber music is featured. • Prices: $–$$$$ • Hours: Mon.–Fri. 9 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and 5–8 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and 5–9 p.m.; Sun. 8 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and 5–8 p.m.; Dinner reservations always required; reservations at other meals required for parties of six or more. • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
Sweet Grass Restaurant
American, Fair Labor, Pizza, Southern
405 W. Patterson Dr.
Fried green-tomato BLTs, pimento-cheese sandwiches, shrimp and grits, collard greens, and Carolina slaw washed down with a cold sweet tea will satisfy your craving for food with a Southern accent. • Prices: $–$$$ • Hours: Mon.–Th. 11 a.m.–9 p.m. (bar open until 10 p.m.); Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. (bar open until midnight); Closed Sun. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal
That Sandwich Place
American, Breakfast, Sandwiches
15 S. Van Buren St.‚ Nashville, IN
The General may have left Assembly Hall, but his memory remains bright at this tiny shrine to all things Bobby in the heart of downtown Nashville that claims the “largest collection of Bobby Knight memorabilia around.” Oh, and they serve food, too — hearty breakfasts like biscuits and gravy and all manner of sandwiches. Good fries! • Prices: $ • Hours: Tu.–Sun. 8 a.m.–3 p.m.; Cosed Mon. (hours vary seasonally, call ahead) • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No
American, Greek, Mediterranean, Sandwiches, Vegan, Vegetarian
100 E. Kirkwood
Casual and family-friendly, the Trojan Horse, on the southeast corner of the downtown Square, serves Greek food and other Mediterranean treats. Try the Chicken Giannoulas, Lamb Kabob, or their signature Gyros Dinner–a heaping portion of gyros meat on a bed of rice with pita bread, tomatoes, onions, and a side of Zaziki. The Trojan Horse is also famous for its hand-cut fries. Drink specials are offered every night. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Mon.–Th. 11 a.m.–11 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–midnight; Sun. 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m. • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No
Read our review of Trojan Horse here!
American, Brunch, Buffet
Indiana Memorial Union
900 E. 7th St.
This high-ceilinged, medieval room on the IU campus evokes a bygone day. The salad bar includes crisp greens, as well as tuna, pasta, and other side salads. The buffet with hot entrées changes daily but might include baked fish, pasta, meat dishes, and assorted sides. Luscious dessert bar, delicious Sunday brunch. Public welcome. • Prices: $–$$; weekday brunch $9 for students • Hours: Lunch buffet weekdays 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.; Sunday brunch 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.; Closed Sat. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., Campus Access, DC • Outdoor Seating: No
Upland’s Bloomington Brewpub
American, Fair Labor, Pub Food
350 W. 11th St.
The menu changes seasonally but always includes pub favorites such as Fish and Chips, as well as many dishes that include Upland’s craft-brewed beers as ingredients. The menu runs from sandwiches (try the buffalo burgers) to entrées, and many vegetarian/vegan specials are also offered. Live entertainment. Beers regularly on tap include wheat, weizen, pale, IPA, porter, and amber. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Mon.–Th. 11 a.m.–midnight; Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–1 a.m.; Sun. noon–midnight • Bar: Beer, including carryout, and wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal
Uptown Cafe, The
American, Brunch, Cajun/Creole, Fair Labor, Steaks
102 E. Kirkwood
The New Orleans-style Uptown Cafe is known for Cajun/Creole-inspired fare (try the Cajun meatloaf), fresh steaks, seafood, and extravagant breakfast and brunch items, including Cottage Cheese Pancakes, Eggs Benedict, and Michael’s Home Fries. Jazz and soul music complement your meal. The casually upscale environment provides the opportunity to dress up or down and enjoy a consistently tasty meal. Uptown’s bar area serves craft beer, fine wine, artisan spirits, and classic cocktails, as well as late-night food on Friday and Saturday nights. • Prices: $–$$$$ • Hours: Mon.–Wed. 7 a.m.–10 p.m.; Th. 7 a.m.–11 p.m.; Fri. 7 a.m.–1 a.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.–1 a.m.; Sun. brunch 9 a.m.–2 p.m. • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal
Village Deli, The
American, Breakfast, Brunch, Delicatessen, Fair Labor
409 E. Kirkwood
This long-established, upbeat restaurant on East Kirkwood serves breakfast all day (but all kinds of sandwiches and salads for lunch and dinner as well); “ginormous” pancakes and omelets are house specialties. The Huevos Rancheros are not authentic, but they are tasty! • Prices: $ • Hours: Mon.–Fri. 7 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sat.–Sun. 8 a.m.–6 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Campus Access • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal
American, Breakfast, Brunch, Diners
4618 W. Richland Plaza Dr.
All that and then some, that’s what you’ll find at Ellettsville’s go-to diner. The lengthy menu is jampacked with Hoosier classics, including a pork tenderloin sandwich and country fried steak, breakfast specials, even pasta and Tex-Mex fare. Breakfast options such as biscuits and gravy, pancakes, and omelets are a good bet. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Mon.–Th. 6 a.m.–9 p.m.; Fri. 6 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sat. 6 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sun. 7 a.m.–3 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No