Dining Out

B-town Diner

American, Breakfast, Diners, Vegetarian

211 N. Walnut


This classic diner is located downtown for all your late-night comfort food cravings. It offers lots of standard diner fare, like patty melts, giant omelets, and pancakes from scratch. But it also serves up classics with a twist, like 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, Gluten Free, Vegetarian

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 nuts 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 • Fair Labor Decal

Bakehouse, The

Baldy’s Pizza

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: 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

Bangkok Thai

South/Southeast Asian, Thai

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. 5–9 p.m. Fri.–Sat. 5–10 p.m.; Closed Mon.• Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Bear’s Place

American, Pub Food

1316 E. 3rd St.


A Bloomington institution just off the south side of campus, Bear’s Place is famous for its Big Bear Burger, 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. Entertainment includes Jazz Fables (a series of performers) 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. • Outdoor Seating: No

Best Taste

Chinese, East Asian

109 W. 4th St.

Find this unassuming Chinese spot just off of the downtown Square near the 4th Street parking garage. The dining room doesn’t look like much but there’s plenty of spicy Szechuan flavor inside. If you can handle the heat, start with the dandan noodles or pork wontons, both slicked with mouth-numbing chili oil, then cool down with an order of garlic-smashed cucumber. Other notable specialties include bubbling hot pots, cumin beef or lamb, and spicy dry-fried string beans. • Prices: Appetizers $7.95–$13.95; wontons, soup, and noodles $4.95–$9.95; main dishes, $9.95–18.95; hot pots $14.95–$26.95 • Hours: Mon. 5 p.m.–10 p.m.; Tu.–Th. 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m.; Fri.–Sun. 11:30 a.m.–10:30 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

Bloomingfoods Market and Deli

Buffet, Delicatessen, Vegan, 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 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 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.), East 2nd Street Mon.–Sat. 8 a.m.–10 p.m. Sun. 8 a.m.–10 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/Yes/No • Accessibility Decal: West 6th Street, Daniels Way, and East 2nd Street

Bloomington Bagel Company

Breakfast, Fair Labor, Sandwiches, Vegetarian

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 • Fair Labor Decal

Bloomington Sandwich Co.

Fair Labor, Sandwiches, Vegetarian

118 E. Kirkwood


This casual restaurant on East Kirkwood is all 112 Bloom | December 2007/January 2008

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. 11 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 • Fair Labor Decal

BLU Boy Chocolate Café & Cakery

Cafés, 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.–Wed. 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Th.–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!

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: 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

Gluten Free, Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian

E. 3rd St. at 45/46 Bypass • 812-331-1234
350 S. Liberty Dr. • 812-323-0123


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. 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: No • Accessibility Decal


American, Fair Labor, 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 • Fair Labor Decal

Butch’s Grillacatessen & Eatzeria

American, Breakfast, Brunch, Delicatessen, Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian

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. • 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