Anyetsang’s Little Tibet
East Asian, Fair Labor, Gluten-Free, Indian, South/Southeast Asian, Thai, Tibetan, Vegan, Vegetarian
415 E. 4th St.
This cozy restaurant occupies a vintage bungalow on Bloomington’s 4th Street restaurant row. Little Tibet serves house specialties of momo dumplings and curries from Thailand and India, as well as noodle dishes and vegetarian choices. And besides wine and Champagne, Anyetsang’s serves a large variety of mimosas. • Prices: Lunch entrées $8.95, dinner appetizers $6.95, entrées $12.95, desserts $3.95 • Hours: Daily lunch 11 a.m.–3 p.m., dinner 5-9 p.m. • Bar: Wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal
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
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” — a thick, rich soup laden with shiitake and button mushrooms. 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: $4–$8 • Hours: Daily 11 a.m.–7:30 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC • Outdoor Seating: No
Falafels Flavors From Jerusalem
Gluten-Free, Israeli, Middle Eastern, Sandwiches, Vegan, Vegetarian
430 E. Kirkwood
This small Dunkirk Square restaurant specializes in the sandwich that gives it its name, as well as in other Middle Eastern delicacies like hummus, stuffed grape leaves, and baba ganoush. The menu also includes kebabs, salads, entrée platters, and very good fries. • Prices: Appetizers $4–$9, sandwiches $4.50–$10, entrées $8.50–$18, desserts $2–$4.50 • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m. Sun. noon–9 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No
Bakery, Cafés, Vegan, Vegetarian
235 W. Dodds St. #102
812-369-4500 • hopscotchcoffee.com
Follow the B-Line Trail south to find this innovative, locally owned coffee shop in B-Line Station. Fair-trade coffee beans are roasted in-house and brewed with care, resulting in excellent lattes and Americanos. If you’re in the mood for a special coffee experience, try the refreshing Cobra Verde, an iced green coffee flavored with ginger and citrus, or the Nitro Cold Brew, a dark and slightly foamy brew full of character. Add a locally made treat from Rainbow Bakery, Piccoli Dolci, or Bloomington Bagel Company to your order. • Prices: Drinks $1.50–$5 • Hours: Mon.–Fri. 7 a.m.–7 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.–7 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.–7 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
Indian, Vegan, Vegetarian
416 E. 4th St.
This restaurant is known for its Indian breads and buffet. Menu items include lamb biryani and spicy chicken vindaloo. Good vegetarian choices. • Prices: Appetizers $1.95–$6.95, entrées $9.95–$14.95 • Hours: Daily 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and 5–10 p.m. • Bar: Beer • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
Laughing Planet Cafe, The
Cafés, Fair Labor, Gluten-Free, Mexican, Soup, Vegan, Vegetarian
322 E. Kirkwood
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
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 diners. Specialties include the Spinach & Artichoke Dip, Caesar salad, Lime Chicken Fettuccini, and Caramelized Salmon. Live jazz Wed.–Fri. 6–9 p.m. • Prices: Appetizers $6–$18, entrées $10–$32, desserts $4–$8 • 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
Brunch, Fair Labor, Gluten-Free, Sandwiches, Vegan, Vegetarian
118 W. 6th St.
This hip but comfortable vegetarian restaurant is furnished with vintage enameled tables and a small bar serving a carefully curated selection of beers. Menu options range from faux meat sandwiches to pierogies and Asian veggie bowls. Try a riff on fish and chips: Battered and fried tofu is flavored with nori, adding a hint of the sea. A display case full of vegan layer cakes and cupcakes provides visual incentive to leave a little room for something sweet. • Prices: Appetizers $3.50–$7, salads and sandwiches $7–$11, entrées $8–$13, dessert $1.75–$4 • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Sun. brunch 10 a.m.–3 p.m. • Bar: Beer • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No • Fair Labor Decal
Bakery, Gluten-Free, Sweets, Vegan, Vegetarian
201 S. Rogers St.
This funky café is Bloomington’s first all-vegan bakery. They whip up dozens of fun cupcake flavors, such as Sweet Coconut Curry and Chai Latte. The types of cupcakes available change daily. They also offer a varying assortment of baked goodies, such as doughnuts, cookies, and cinnamon rolls. Many of their treats are gluten-free, or can be specially ordered that way for an extra charge. • Prices: Cakes $20–$45, dozen cupcakes $25–$36, doughnuts $2 • Hours: Tu.–Sat. 9 a.m.–7 p.m. Sun. 9 a.m.–3 p.m.; Closed Mon.• Bar: No • 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. Live, traditional Irish music is featured on Tuesdays. • Prices: Appetizers under $6, entrées $6–$14, desserts $3 and under • Hours: Daily 8 a.m.–midnight (kitchen open until 10 p.m.) • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal
Soma Coffee House & Juice Bar
Cafés, Fair Labor, Juice Bar, Sweets, Vegan, Vegetarian
322 E. Kirkwood • 812-331-2770
1400 E. 3rd St. Suite C • 812-333-7334
Serving up the best latte in town, Soma works magic with coffee beans and an espresso machine. A prime downtown location and another in Jordan Square means more to love. Constant traffic means the coffee is always fresh. • Prices: Coffee $1–$3, espresso drinks $1.50–$4.50, juice and smoothies $3–$4.50, baked goods $1.50–$4 • Hours: East Kirkwood Mon.–Fri. 6:30 a.m.–10 p.m. Sat. 7 a.m.–10 p.m. Sun. 8 a.m.–10 p.m. East 3rd Street Mon.–Fri. 6 a.m.–9 p.m. Sat.–Sun. 7 a.m.–9 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., Campus Access • 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
Read our review of Taste of India here!
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 great Greek food and other Mediterranean treats. The Trojan Horse is also famous for its hand-cut fries. Drink specials are offered every night. • Prices: Appetizers $3.75–$8, sandwiches $5.75– $8.50, entrées $5.50–$19.75, desserts $4–$5.25 • 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!