La Vie en Rose Café
Bakery, Breakfast, Cafés, Coffee, French, Sweets, Tea
402 1/2 W. 6th St.
This café, styled like a Parisian bistro and housed in the pink building on the corner of W. 6th and Madison streets, truly brings a piece of France to Bloomington. Whether you're in the mood for quiche, soup, a croissant, or another sweet or savory menu item, you can be sure the recipes are authentically French. La Vie en Rose serves a variety of drinks as well, such as French cold drinks, coffee, Belgian hot cocoa, and loose-leaf teas from the renowned French brand, Dammann Frères. • Prices: $ • Hours: Tu.–Sun. 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; Closed Mon. • Bar: No • 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: $ • Hours: Daily 11 a.m.–9 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Campus Access • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal
Le Petit Café
308 W. 6th St.
“I cook foods I like to eat,” says Marina Fiore, chef of this quaint, family-oriented restaurant. Her tastes run to French classics — rabbit dishes, cream sauces, crème brûlée, and chocolate mousse. Vegetarian options are always available. • Prices: $$–$$$ • Hours: Tu.–Wed. 5:30–9 p.m.; Th. 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. and 5:30–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 5:30–9 p.m.; Sun. 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. and 5:30–9 p.m.; Closed Mon.; Reservations are required for large parties. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Open-air dining room
American, Brunch, Fair Labor, Gluten-Free, Italian, Pizza, Sandwiches
1795 E. 10th St.
Home of the Bloomington Brewing Co., Lennie’s offers its own award-winning ales. Chef Fred Manion, a Culinary Institute of America graduate, creates eclectic dishes—main-course salads, gourmet pizzas, pastas, sandwiches, and daily dinner and soup specials. Try the rustic flat breads — hearth baked daily and lightly topped with fresh ingredients. • Prices: $$–$$$ • Hours: Sun.–Th. 11 a.m.–11 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–midnight (Pub closes nightly one hour after the restaurant.) • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX • Outdoor Seating: No • Accessibility Decal • Fair Labor Decal