Ice Cream, Pizza
5440 S. Old Ind. 37
Follow Walnut south until it becomes Old Ind. 37 to find this minimalist pizza parlor. Baldy’s thin-crusted pies are topped with gooey mozzarella and a pleasantly sweet tomato sauce. Sandwiches and salads are available, too. Eat in the family-friendly dining room or choose delivery or carryout service. • Prices: $-$$ • Hours: Mon.–Th. 11 a.m.–10:30 p.m.; Fri. 11 a.m.–11:30 p.m.; Sat. 4–11:30 p.m.; Sun. 4–10:30 p.m. • Bar: Beer • Credit Cards: Visa, MC • Outdoor Seating: No
Bub’s Burgers & Ice Cream
American, Ice Cream
480 N. Morton St.
Bub’s is a Bloomington outpost of a Carmel, Indiana, burger joint, and burgers (and ice cream) are what they do well here — from the full pound “Big Ugly” to the 1/4 pound “Settle for Less Ugly” burger in ground beef or healthier elk. Dress ‘em as you like ‘em and add sides of fries, slaw, potato salad, or onion rings. Hand-dipped shakes and malts are added bliss! • Prices: $–$$$ • Hours: 11 a.m.–10 p.m. daily • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
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
Darn Good Soup
Gluten-Free, Ice Cream, Soup, Sweets, Vegan, Vegetarian
107 N. College
Nels Boerner, a former chef at The Uptown Café, opened this soup and salad restaurant on the downtown Square to serve quick, healthful meals. They’ve made more than 50 varieties, including “The Best Cream of Mushroom Ever.” Soups change daily but always include vegetarian and vegan options. If you’re looking for something with a kick, try bakso, an Indonesian meatball soup. • Prices: $ • Hours: 11 a.m.–7:30 p.m. daily • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC • Outdoor Seating: No
Hartzell’s Ice Cream
Ice Cream, Sweets
107 N. Dunn St.
Just steps from East Kirkwood, Hartzell’s has stepped up to fill ice cream cravings near campus. Freshly made waffle cones and bowls are the way to go—fill yours with a scoop or two of creamy homemade ice cream. Other creamy treats include soft-serve ice cream, Spinners (think DQ Blizzard or McDonald's McFlurry), shakes, malts, floats, smoothies, sundaes, parfaits, and Slush Puppies. Choose from a list of 58 toppings to customize your dessert. Carbolite (99.9 percent lactose-free) and frozen yogurt are lighter options. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Mon. 3:30–11 p.m.; Tu.–Sat. 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m.; Sun. noon–11 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc., Campus Access • Outdoor Seating: Yes
Ice Cream, Pizza, Salads
108 W. 6th St.
King Dough’s owners, Adam and Alicia Sweet, are serving up Bloomington’s first Napoli-style pizzas right on the downtown Square. It takes just three minutes to cook a perfect pie thanks to some killer dough and an Italian Pavesi oven that heats 800–900°F. And there’s way more than pizza. Gelato is made-from-scratch, as are the sausages and house-cured bacon that top pizzas, salads, and sandwiches. Even the bread is baked fresh daily. • Prices: $$–$$$ • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sun. 5 p.m.–9 p.m. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No