American, Breakfast, Diners, Sandwiches
211 N. Walnut
This classic diner is located downtown for all your late-night comfort food cravings. It offers lots of standard diner fare, such as patty melts, giant omelets, and pancakes from scratch. But it also serves up classics with a twist, such BLTs with fried green tomatoes or a burger stuffed with four types of peppers. The diner caters to the late-night and early-morning crowds, opening late and closing shortly after lunch. Breakfast is served all day long. Prices: Breakfast $2.99-$11.99, sandwiches $6.99-$11.99, sides $2-$7, desserts $3.75-$4.50 Hours: Mon-Sat 5:30 p.m.-2 p.m. Closed Sun night Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. Outdoor Seating: No
Bakery, Fair Labor
313 E. 3rd St.
Baked! specializes in making fresh, custom cookies from scratch. Customers can pick their dough, mix-ins, and toppings to create endless combinations. Regular doughs include traditional options, such as oatmeal and sugar, as well as seasonal and vegan/gluten-free varieties. The plethora of toppings range from candies to dried fruit to any kind of nut you can imagine. The last step is to grab a pint of milk and dunk away! Prices: Three cookies $5.25, dozen cookies $12.75 Hours: Sun-Wed 3 p.m.-2 a.m. Th-Sat 3 p.m.-4 a.m. Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. Outdoor Seating: No
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: Breadsticks $2.09-$3.99, pizzas $2.99-$15.49, stromboli $4.59-$8.39 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
2920 E. Convenanter Dr.
The large, airy dining room of the former Limestone Grille now houses Bangkok Thai. The traditional Thai menu offers noodle dishes, seafood, curries, and fried rice. Try the Drunken Man’s Noodles — wide rice noodles stir-fried with basil, peppers, and egg in a spicy sauce. Prices: Appetizers $5.95-$11.95, entrées $12.95-$15.95, noodles $10.95-$11.95 Hours: Lunch Tu-Sun 11 a.m.-3 p.m., dinner Tu-Th 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Fri-Sat 5-10 p.m. Closed Mon Bar: Beer, wine Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. Outdoor Seating: Limited
American, Pub Food
1316 E. 3rd St.
A Bloomington institution just off the south side of campus, Bear’s Place is famous for its Bear Burger, Bear Parmigiana (a breaded tenderloin), and the Hairy Bear (six shots of liquor mixed with fruit juice in a 32 oz. glass). Lunch specials served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Live entertainment includes Jazz Fables (a series of performers) on Thursday. Prices: Appetizers $2-$10.75, entrées $4-$8.25, desserts $4.75-$5.50 Hours: Sun-Wed 11 a.m.-midnight Th-Sat 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Bar: Full Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. Outside Seating: No
Brunch, Buffet, Delicatessen, Vegetarian
3220 E. 3rd St. • 812-336-5400
316 W. 6th St. • 812-333-7312
614 E. 2nd St. • 812-822-0235
200 Daniels Way (Ivy Tech Community College–Bloomington) • 812-822-0143
The cafés at each of these four member-owned organic groceries feature salads, soups, made-to-order sandwiches, and baked goods, with the West 6th Street, East 2nd 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. The East 2nd Street location has a full coffee bar with espresso. 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 1 p.m.), West 6th Street Mon-Sat 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun 8 a.m.-9 p.m. (brunch until 2 pm), East 2nd Street Mon-Sat 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Daniels Way Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (breakfast until 11 a.m.) Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., Campus Access Outdoor Seating: No/Yes/No/Yes Accessibility Decal: West 6th Street.
Bloomington Bagel Company
Bagels, Breakfast, Fair Labor, Sandwiches
113 N. Dunn St. • 812-333-4653
238 N. Morton St. • 812-349-4653
913 S. College Mall Rd. • 812-339-4653
Customers can watch employees make East Coast-style, kettle-boiled bagels from scratch while waiting in line in this laidback eatery. Bagelwiches (like the Lotsa Lox, with cream cheese, Nova lox, tomato, onion, and capers), salads, soups, coffees, and cookies are popular. Breakfast is served all day. Prices: Bagels $1.11-$1.99, sandwiches $3.05-$9.25, desserts $2-$5 Hours: North Dunn Street Mon-Sat 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun 7 a.m.-7 p.m., North Morton Street Mon-Sat 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun 8 a.m.-4 p.m., South College Mall Road Mon-Sat 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Sun Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., Campus Access Outdoor Seating: Yes Accessibility Decal Recipient
Bloomington Sandwich Co.
Fair Labor, Sandwiches
118 E. Kirkwood
This casual restaurant on East Kirkwood is all about good sandwiches. Chef and manager Mike Moy offers house-made Chicago-style corned beef and Italian beef, with Italian ices for dessert. Now open for breakfast. Prices: Sandwiches $5.59-$8.49, desserts $1.99-$3.39 Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Closed Sun Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., Campus Access Outdoor Seating: Yes
BLU Boy Chocolate Café & Cakery
Cafés, Ice Cream, Sweets
112 E. Kirkwood
Beautiful chocolates and cakes are handcrafted with local ingredients at BLU Boy. Don’t forget luscious seasonal tarts and pies, the daily cupcake menu, or house-made gourmet ice cream. All make great gifts. Prices: Cookies and macarons $2-$3, cake and pie slices $3-$5, chocolates $2-$12 Hours: Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Closed Sun Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. Outdoor Seating: Yes
Read our review of BLU Boy Chocolate Café & Cakery here!
124 N. Walnut
Housed in the former Roots location at East 6th Street and North Walnut, Bombay Cafe offers fast Indian food. Meal specials are served in disposable, compartmentalized dishes. The menu rotates but often features favorites like butter chicken and dal makhni. Main dishes come with roti (an Indian flatbread), basmati rice, and small salads. Prices: Lunch special $6, dinner special $12, sides $3-$7 Hours: Mon-Sat 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun 5-10 p.m. Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. Outdoor Seating: Yes
Bub’s Burgers & Ice Cream
American, Hot Dogs, Ice Cream, Sandwiches
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: Burgers and sandwiches $3.75-$26.95, sides $1.35-$6.75, desserts $4.55-$8.50 Hours: Daily 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Bar: Beer, wine Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. Outdoor Seating: Yes
Bucceto’s Smiling Teeth
European, Gluten Free, Italian, Pizza, Sandwiches, Vegetarian
E. 3rd St. at 45/46 Bypass • 812-331-1234
350 S. Liberty Dr. • 323-0123
Bucceto’s Smiling Teeth offers an array of innovative and tasty pizzas, calzones, entrées, and a generous house salad with homemade dressings in a family-friendly atmosphere. Monday through Friday, Bucceto’s offers a lunch special till 4 pm which features a meat or veggie pizza slice with a salad and a drink for $7.25. A gluten-free menu is available, offering pizza, pasta, sandwiches, and beer. Bucceto’s offers dine-in, carryout, and delivery. Party trays and catering available. Prices: Appetizers $1.85-$5.25, entrées $9.95-$12.50 with garlic bread and salad, pizzas starting at $4.50, desserts $4.95 Hours: Sun-Th 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Bar: Beer, wine Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Campus Access Outdoor Seating: 1350 S. Liberty location Accessibility Decal Recipient
American, Breakfast, Fair Labor, Hot Dogs, Sandwiches
114 S. Indiana Ave.
In 1987, an IU student opened BuffaLouie’s, naming it after his grandfather. Wings, subs, and salads are the reason to go. Hoosier and sports-themed memorabilia adorn the walls, and big-screen TVs keep you entertained. Prices: $2.99 (a hot dog) to $65.99 (super bucket of wings), cookies 59 cents Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-midnight Sat-Sun 9 a.m.-midnight Bar: Beer Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., Campus Access Outdoor Seating: Yes
Butch’s Grillacatessen & Eatzeria
Bagels, Breakfast, Brunch, Delicatessen, Italian, Pizza, Sandwiches
120 E. 7th St.
Butch’s offers everything a homesick East Coaster could want, from corned beef on rye to bagels to NY-style pizza. Now offering brunch until 2 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Prices: Appetizers $3.95-$9.95, sandwiches $5.95-$10.50, pizza $10.95-$17.95, sides $2.75-$7.95 Hours: Daily 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., Campus Access Outdoor Seating: Yes