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. 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Sun. 10 a.m.–9 p.m. • Bar: Full • 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: Appetizers $1.94–$4.25, burritos from $4.59, desserts $1.50 • 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: 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: Openair 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: Appetizers $3.50–$10.75, entrées $10–$36, 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 • Fair Labor Decal