Bloomingfoods Market and Deli
Buffet, Delicatessen, Vegan, Vegetarian
3220 E. 3rd St. • 812-336-5400
316 W. 6th St. • 812-333-7312
200 Daniels Way (Ivy Tech Community College–Bloomington) • 812-822-0143
The cafés at each of these three member-owned organic groceries feature salads, soups, made-to-order sandwiches, and baked goods, with the West 6th Street and East 3rd Street locations also offering a hot bar with salad, lunch, and dinner items every day from 10:30 a.m.–9 p.m. The East 3rd Street location also has smoothies. Local ingredients are emphasized, and vegan and vegetarian choices abound. • Prices: Salad/hot bar $7.99/lb, entrées $5–$15, desserts $1 and up • Hours: East 3rd Street Mon.–Fri. 8 a.m.–10 p.m. (breakfast until 10:30 a.m.) Sat. 8 a.m.–10 p.m. (breakfast until 11 a.m.) Sun. 8 a.m.–10 p.m. (brunch until 2 p.m.), West 6th Street Mon.–Sat. 8 a.m.–10 p.m. Sun. 8 a.m.–10 p.m. (brunch until 2 p.m.), Daniels Way Mon.–Fri. 8 a.m.–6 p.m. (breakfast until 11 a.m.); Closed Sat.–Sun. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., Campus Access • Outdoor Seating: No/Yes/No • Accessibility Decal: West 6th Street, Daniels Way
Afghan, Buffet, Fair Labor, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian
100 W. 6th St.
Located on the north side of the downtown Square, Samira features Afghan dishes in an elegant, relaxing atmosphere. Specialties include kebabs and dumplings as well as a wide array of vegetarian dishes. Do not miss the samarok (a spicy mushroom appetizer) — you’ll want to sop up every drop of sauce with the chewy and delicious flatbread. Great baklava. • Prices: Dinner appetizers $5–$9.95, entrées $12.95–$16.95, buffet $8.45, desserts $3.95 • Hours: Lunch Mon.–Fri. (buffet and lunch menu) 11 a.m.–2 p.m., dinner Mon.–Th. 5–9 p.m. Fri.–Sat. 5–10 p.m.; Closed Sun.; Reservations recommended. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal
Taste of India
Buffet, Fair Labor, Indian, South/Southeast Asian, Vegan, Vegetarian
316 E. 4th St.
This airy, casual restaurant specializes in northern-and southern-Indian cuisine. The tikkas, vindaloos, and kormas are all good and cooked to your desired level of spiciness. The southern-Indian dosa — a lentil-and-rice crêpe with various fillings — is terrific. Slather on some coconut chutney and enjoy with a savory tamarind lentil stew. • Prices: Lunch buffet $8.50, appetizers $3.50–$6.95, entrées $7.95–$14.95, desserts $2.95–$3.50 • Hours: Daily lunch 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m., dinner 5–10 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal
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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: $8.15–$17.99, 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