La Torre Restaurante Mexicano
1155 S. College Mall Rd.
This cheerful, family-run Mexican place serves up traditional favorites and house specialties, including Costillas con Calabacitas (pork spare ribs with stewed vegetables) and Camarones al Mojo de Ajo (grilled shrimp in garlic butter). Good combination plates. Don’t forget the guac and chips! Prices: Appetizers and salads $2.79-$7.69, entrées $5.99-$15.99 Hours: Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Bar: Full Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. Outdoor Seating: Yes
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Laughing Planet Café
American, Cafés, Gluten Free, Soup, 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 $2.99-$4.25, burritos from $4.59, desserts $1.50 Hours: Daily 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Delivery Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Campus Access Outdoor Seating: Yes
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: Appetizers $4.25, dinners $14-$20 (including soup or salad, a vegetable, and potatoes), desserts around $3.25 Hours: Lunch Th and Sun only 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., dinner Tu-Sun 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, Italian, Pizza
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 oven-roasted vegetables with tarragon mayonnaise on the appetizer menu, or the mushroom and chicken tortellini. Prices: Appetizers $3.50-$10.75, entrées $10-$23, desserts $2.75-$7.50 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 Recipient
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