Rainbow Bakery

Bakery, Gluten-Free, Sweets, Vegan, Vegetarian

201 S. Rogers St.
812-822-3741

rainbowbakery.net

This funky café is Bloomington’s first all-vegan bakery. They whip up dozens of fun cupcake flavors, such as Sweet Coconut Curry and Chai Latte. The types of cupcakes available change daily. They also offer a varying assortment of baked goodies, such as doughnuts, cookies, and cinnamon rolls. Many of their treats are gluten-free, or can be specially ordered that way for an extra charge. • Prices: $–$$$$ • Hours: Tu.–Sat. 9 a.m.–7 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.–3 p.m.; Closed Mon.• Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Red Chopsticks

Asian, Chinese, East Asian, Japanese, Korean, South/Southeast Asian, Sushi, Thai

1420 E. 3rd St.
812-331-6898

redchopsticksin.com

At this one-stop Asian restaurant, choose from Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Korean, and Vietnamese options. The sushi menu is extensive, with rolls to fit any budget. Bento boxes allow for variety; try one with sashimi, tempura, and a California roll. The contemporary dining room is full of cozy, private booths. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Mon.–Th. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Fri. 11 a.m.–11 p.m.; Sat. noon–11 p.m.; Sun. noon–10 p.m. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC • Outdoor Seating: No

Restaurant Ami

Asian, East Asian, Japanese, Korean, Sushi

1500 E. 3rd St.
812-339-7868

On East 3rd Street, at the edge of campus, Restaurant Ami serves a menu of Korean and Japanese specialties. On any given day you’ll find most tables filled with sushi and sashimi. Choose a combo of classic rolls or order one of the fun chef’s special rolls. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Mon.–Wed. 10 a.m.–10 p.m.; Th.–Fri. 10 a.m.–midnight; Sat. 11 a.m.–midnight; Sun. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., Campus Access • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Rockit’s Famous Pizza

Pizza

222 N. Walnut
812-336-7625

rockitspizzabloomington.com

This hole-in-the-wall right next to The Bluebird Nightclub serves delicious pizza with a rich, spicy tomato sauce until late in the evening. Wonderful, herby breadsticks. Local delivery available. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 5 p.m.–3:30 a.m.; Sun. 7 p.m.–midnight • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX • Outdoor Seating: No

Runcible Spoon Cafe and Restaurant

American, Breakfast, Brunch, Cafés, Fair Labor, Vegan

412 E. 6th St.
812-334-3997

runciblespoonrestaurant.com

A beloved Bloomington landmark, the Runcible Spoon has kept its funky atmosphere while expanding its menu to include not only luscious breakfasts, but also pastas and sandwiches at lunch and more classic dishes at night. It's a sin not to try their decadent pancakes and French toast, and great-tasting dinner options include the Pan-Seared Salmon and Gypsy Chicken. Order a glass of wine and enjoy live, traditional Irish music on Tuesdays. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Daily 8 a.m.–10 p.m. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal

Read our review on Runcible Spoon Cafe and Restaurant here!

Rush Hour Station

Sandwiches, Vietnamese

421 E. 3rd St.
812-323-7874

rushhourstation.com

Bloomingtonian lovers of banh mi, those luscious French-Vietnamese fusion sandwiches of grilled meat, vegetables, and pâté on French bread, are in luck. This tiny strip-mall shop produces delicious sandwiches (available also as wraps or sans bread as a salad) of beef, pork, tofu, or vegetables. Choose from Lemongrass (yum!), Teriyaki, Sweet Soy, Korean, or Rush Hour Sauce, all made according to the Vietnamese owners’ secret recipes. • Prices: $ • Hours: Mon.–Fri. 11 a.m.–3:30 p.m. and 4:30–8:30 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Cosed Sun. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

Read our review on Rush Hour Station here!

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