Dining Out

Peach Garden, The


536 S. College


This small but colorful Chinese restaurant is tucked into the side of the Seminary Square Kroger supermarket. As one of only a handful of Chinese restaurants offering delivery in Bloomington, The Peach Garden does brisk business dispatching food to customers in and out of the dining room. Szechuan and Kung Pao specialties are sneakily spicy, with heat that creeps up the back of your throat. Try pan-fried Szechuan wontons filled with pork and chicken. Many menu options are available in pint or quart sizes. Prices: Appetizers $1.45-$5.45, lunch specials $5.95-$7.95, entrées $6.45-$13.95 Hours: Lunch Tu-Fri 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., dinner Mon-Th 5-10 p.m. Fri 5-11 p.m. Sat-Sun noon-10 p.m. Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Campus Access Outdoor Seating: No

Pizza Pantry

Pizza, Sandwiches

711 W. 17th St.

This family-owned business also has locations in Elletsville and Spencer. The kid-friendly atmosphere includes Xbox 360s to play as you wait. The menu is filled with fingers foods, like fried mushrooms and chicken nuggets. All the standard toppings are available, along with specialty pizzas. Prices: Appetizers $1.85-$8.65, sandwiches $2.93-$5.24, pizza $3.75-$32.25 Hours: Sun-Th 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-late Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. Outdoor Seating: No

Players Pub, The

American, Pub Food

424 S. Walnut


The Players Pub provides Bloomingtonians with a haven for good music and great food. Options include New-Orleans-inspired fare, including red beans and rice and gumbo. Nightly entertainment nightly featuring jazz, blues, swing, and country music. Prices: Appetizers $3.50-$11.99, entrées $8.50-$16, desserts $3.50-$5 Hours: Mon-Th 11 a.m.-midnight Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Sun 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Reservations recommended for major entertainers. Bar: Beer, wine Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. Outdoor Seating: Yes

Pourhouse Café, The

Breakfast, Cafés, Fair Labor

314 E. Kirkwood


This nonprofit coffee house’s motto is “pouring global goodness.” Launched by Sherwood Oaks Christian Church, 100 percent of profits and tips are donated to charity. Check the website to see where the money is donated each month. The deceptively large space has plenty of room for a coffee date or an extended study session, and there’s even a small stage for live music. All manner of coffee and espresso drinks are sold, along with smoothies and teas. Cool down with a bowl of gelato, unique flavors like mascarpone caramel pistachio and spiced hazelnut fig rotate by season. Sandwiches, cookies, and muffins are also available. Prices: Coffee $1-$3, espresso drinks, tea, and smoothies $2-$5, gelato $3-$5, sandwiches $4-$6 Hours: Mon-Th 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun 1-7 p.m. Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc. Outdoor Seating: Yes