Italian, Pizza, Sandwiches
405 E. Kirkwood
In business since 1953, Cafe Pizzaria was not only the first pizzeria in Bloomington but, according to store legend, the first restaurant to serve the Midwestern version of the Stromboli sandwich (with ground sausage, onion, cheese, and sauce on a sub bun). The original recipes are still in use, and owner Larry Webb purchases local Indiana beef from Fischer Farms. Daily specials, seating for 100. • Prices: Appetizers $1.25–$4.45, entrées $4.95–$22.70 • Hours: Mon.–Th. 11 a.m.–11:30 p.m. Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–midnight Sun. noon–11:30 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
Carson’s BBQ & Catering
American, Barbecue, Sandwiches
5555 W. State Rd. 46
Take West State Road 46 out of central Bloomington to the town of Ellettsville to find this family-owned barbecue joint. They smoke their meat low and slow in a custom barbecue grill. Try tender beef brisket, on its own or in a sandwich, or get your hands dirty and dig into some dry-rubbed ribs, no utensils necessary! • Prices: Appetizers $3.49–$7.49; sandwiches $5.49–$15.49; sides $2.49–$6.49; dinner specials $9.99–$15.99 • Hours: Mon.–Fri. 5 p.m.–9 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sun. 3 p.m.–9 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No
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: Nachos, salads, and dips $3.50–$8.50; lunch specialties $6–$8; enchiladas, burritos, and fajitas $9.99–$15.50 • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.–9 p.m. • Bar: South College Mall Road: Full; West 3rd Street: Beer • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No
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: Ice cream $1.50–$5, slushies and sno cones $.50–$2, sundaes and parfaits $2–$5, sandwiches $1–$4 • 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
Chinese, East Asian, Indonesian, Japanese
216 S. Indiana Ave.
Chow Bar’s prime location on Indiana Avenue makes it a popular spot for students and faculty. The lunch buffet isn’t huge, but it offers more than the standard sweet & sour chicken and fried rice. The menu focuses on Taiwanese specialties but also features Japanese and Indonesian-style entrées. • Prices: Appetizers $1.30–$8.50, lunch $5.45–$8.95, house specialties $9.50–$13.95 • Hours: Mon.–Fri. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Sat. noon–10 p.m. Sun. noon–9 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Campus Access • Outdoor Seating: No
Cozy Table Restaurant & Pancake House
American, Breakfast, Sandwiches, Soup, Vegetarian
2500 W. 3rd St.
Situated on West 3rd Street, Cozy Table offers an extensive menu of hearty and affordable diner fare. Of course, breakfast is served all day. • Prices: Breakfast $3–$6, sandwiches $5–$8, entrées $6–$10 • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 6 a.m.–8 p.m. Sun. 6 a.m.–3 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No
Crazy Horse Food & Drink Emporium
American, Pub Food, Sandwiches, Steaks
214 W. Kirkwood
The specialties of the house include flavored martinis, Angus beef burgers, quesadillas, steaks, and barbecued ribs. Live bands play some Saturdays. • Prices: Appetizers $5.99–$9.99, entrées $7.99–$20.99, desserts $3–$4 • Hours: Sun.–Tu. 11 a.m.–1 a.m. Wed.–Sat. 11 a.m.–2 a.m. • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., DC, Campus Access • Outdoor Seating: Yes
231 S. Adams St.
For more than 50 years, Cresent Donut has been satisfying Bloomington’s craving for fried dough, any hour of the day or night. Cake doughnuts have a delicate chew; try the spicy cinnamon sugar or chocolate- and nut-topped versions. The more elastic yeast doughnuts are Bloomington’s gold standard, coated in a lightly sweet glaze or a stripe of chocolate frosting. • Prices: Individual doughnuts $.69–$1, half dozen $4–$6, dozen $8–$12 • Hours: Daily 24 hours • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC • Outdoor Seating: No