Casa Brava

Mexican

410 S. College Mall Rd. • 812-339-2777
3482 W. 3rd St. • 812-339-1453

With locations on the east and west sides of Bloomington, Casa Brava is a reliable pick for quick, casual Mexican fare. All meals begin with a bowl of addictive, garlicky salsa along with an endless basket of tortilla chips. Add a side of queso if you’re feeling indulgent. Popular specialties include oversize platters of sizzling fajitas, generously stuffed burritos, and lots of enchilada options. You won’t leave hungry! • Prices: $-$$ • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.–9 p.m. • Bar: S. College Mall Rd.: Full; W. 3rd St.: Beer • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

El Ranchero

Mexican

2100 Liberty Dr.
812-822-2329
3615 W Ind. 46, Ellettsville
812-876-9900

elrancherofood.com

This west side Mexican spot boasts a massive dining room with high ceilings and a party atmosphere. There are plenty of booths, too, if you prefer a more intimate meal. Share one of the specialties, like the Marrano Ranchero, featuring grilled pork shoulder with spicy red sauce and a generous helping of avocado. The lengthy menu is full of variations on the standard burritos, enchiladas, and fajitas. Alongside complimentary chips and salsa, you won’t go hungry! • Prices: Appetizers and salads $4–$9, entrées $4–$16, steak and seafood $8–$15 • Hours: Sun.–Th. 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m. Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. • Bar: Beer • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

Juannita’s Restaurant

Mexican, Sandwiches, Soup

620 W. Kirkwood
812-339-2340

juannitas.com

Come to this cheerful, family-owned Mexican restaurant on West Kirkwood for the mole poblano and the molotes — fried masa dough stuffed with savory fillings. Fresh homemade tortillas are a real treat and the soups are fab. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Sun.–Th. 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX • Outdoor Seating: Yes

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Laughing Planet Cafe, The

Cafés, Fair Labor, Gluten-Free, Mexican, Soup, Vegan, Vegetarian

322 E. Kirkwood
812-323-2233

thelaughingplanetcafe.com

Both vegan- and omnivore-friendly, this charming, funky shop offers delicious salads, soups, veggie burgers, quesadillas, and baked goods. Hungarian Mushroom Soup and the Spinach Black Bean Burrito are specialties. The restaurant serves organic and local produce and composts back to suppliers. • Prices: Appetizers $1.94–$4.25, burritos from $4.59, desserts $1.50 • Hours: Daily 11 a.m.–9 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Campus Access • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal

The 3 Amigos

Mexican

601 N. College, Suite #2
812-822-1754

the3amigosbtown.com

This casual Mexican restaurant offers affordable food in a convenient downtown location. Try pork-centric specialties such as the generously portioned Chori-Queso dip or the Carnitas, tender chunks of slow-cooked pork for tucking into a warm tortilla. Open until 3 a.m. on weekends to fill those late-night chips and salsa cravings. • Prices: Lunch: $; Dinner: $$ • Hours: Sun.–Wed. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Th.–Sat. 11 a.m.–3 a.m. • Bar: Beer • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX • Outdoor Seating: Yes

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