European, Fair Labor, Gluten-Free, Italian, Pizza
2620 E. 3rd St.
This Tuscan-themed restaurant specializes in New York-style pizzas, pastas, calzones, lasagnas, and spaghettis. The menu includes flat breads, salads, and Italian classics such as Chicken Parmesan and Fettuccine Alfredo. Some dishes incorporate creole flavors as well, including Chris's Spicy Jambalaya and the Crawfish Étouffée. All-you-can-eat spaghetti and meatballs is offered on Monday, and wine is half-off on Wednesday. Gluten-free pasta is available upon request. All items on the regular menu are available for carryout. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.–9 p.m. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No • Fair Labor Decal
Irish Lion, The
Brunch, European, Irish, Pub Food
212 W. Kirkwood
Step into Ireland when you enter this pub with its gorgeous 1860s bar, located just west of the downtown Square. Start your meal off with an order of escargot, baked potato skins, or Leprechaun Wings. For dinner, try the Chicken Cordon Bleu, Leg O' Lamb, or indulge in a Filet Mignon. Specialties include oysters, lamb, corned beef and cabbage, and Irish stews. After dinner, enjoy a slice of Irish Apple Walnut Cake or Whiskey Pie. Nightly specials. Full array of Irish and European imported beers; 57 single-malt scotches. Brunch is served from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. on Sunday. • Prices: $–$$$$ • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–3 a.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.–midnight • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., DC • Outdoor Seating: Yes
Janko’s Little Zagreb
American, European, Steaks
223 W. 6th St.
A Bloomington favorite, with its checked tablecloths and IU-decked walls, Janko’s is one block west of the downtown Square. Lamb and pork chop specials are featured regularly, and the menu offers Eastern European specialties like fiery Bucharest meatballs, but fabulous steaks are the reason most people line up to get in. • Prices: $$$–$$$$ • Hours: Mon.–Th. 5–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 4:30–10 p.m.; Closed Sun.; Reservations recommended. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, DC • Outdoor Seating: No
Le Petit Café
308 W. 6th St.
“I cook foods I like to eat,” says Marina Fiore, chef of this quaint, family-oriented restaurant. Her tastes run to French classics — rabbit dishes, cream sauces, crème brûlée, and chocolate mousse. Vegetarian options are always available. • Prices: $$–$$$ • Hours: Tu.–Wed. 5:30–9 p.m.; Th. 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. and 5:30–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 5:30–9 p.m.; Sun. 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. and 5:30–9 p.m.; Closed Mon.; Reservations are required for large parties. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Open-air dining room