Dining Out

Amrit India

Indian, South/Southeast Asian

124 N. Walnut


Occupying a sunny corner spot on the downtown Square, Amrit India offers a popular buffet stocked with favorites such as chicken tikki masala and saag paneer along with naan, pakora, salads, and chutneys. The full menu is extensive, with lots of vegetarian and seafood options. Check the restaurant’s Facebook page for daily buffet selections. • Prices: Appetizers $3.49–$6.99, lunch buffet $8.99, vegetarian specials $9.99–12.99, dinner specials $9.99–$15.99 • Hours: Mon.–Sat. lunch 11 a.m.–3 p.m., dinner 4:30 p.m.–10 p.m. Sun. noon–9 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Anyetsang’s Little Tibet

East Asian, Fair Labor, Gluten-Free, Indian, South/Southeast Asian, Thai, Tibetan, Vegan, Vegetarian

415 E. 4th St.


This cozy restaurant occupies a vintage bungalow on Bloomington’s 4th Street restaurant row. Little Tibet serves house specialties of momo dumplings and curries from Thailand and India, as well as noodle dishes and vegetarian choices. And besides wine and Champagne, Anyetsang’s serves a large variety of mimosas. • Prices: Lunch entrées $8.95, dinner appetizers $6.95, entrées $12.95, desserts $3.95 • Hours: Daily lunch 11 a.m.–3 p.m., dinner 5-9 p.m. • Bar: Wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal

B-town Diner

American, Breakfast, Diners, Vegetarian

211 N. Walnut


This classic diner is located downtown for all your late-night comfort food cravings. It offers lots of standard diner fare, like patty melts, giant omelets, and pancakes from scratch. But it also serves up classics with a twist, like BLTs with fried green tomatoes or a burger stuffed with four types of peppers. The diner caters to the late night and early morning crowds, opening late and closing shortly after lunch. Breakfast is served all day long. • Prices: Breakfast $2.99–$11.99, sandwiches $6.99–$11.99, sides $2–$7, desserts $3.75–$4.50 • Hours: Open 24/7 • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

Baldy’s Pizza

Ice Cream, Pizza

5440 S. Old Ind. 37


Follow Walnut south until it becomes Old Ind. 37 to find this minimalist pizza parlor. Baldy’s thin-crusted pies are topped with gooey mozzarella and a pleasantly sweet tomato sauce. Sandwiches and salads are available, too. Eat in the family-friendly dining room or choose delivery or carryout service. • Prices: Breadsticks $2.09–$3.99, pizzas $2.99–$15.49, stromboli $4.59–$8.39 • Hours: Mon.–Th. 11 a.m.–10:30 p.m. Fri. 11 a.m.–11:30 p.m. Sat. 4–11:30 p.m. Sun. 4–10:30 p.m. • Bar: Beer • Credit Cards: Visa, MC • Outdoor Seating: No

Bear’s Place

American, Pub Food

1316 E. 3rd St.


A Bloomington institution just off the south side of campus, Bear’s Place is famous for its Big Bear Burger, breaded tenderloin, and the Hairy Bear (six shots of liquor mixed with fruit juice in a 32 oz. glass). Lunch specials served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entertainment includes Jazz Fables (a series of performers) Thursday. • Prices: Appetizers $2– $10.75, entrées $4–$8.25, desserts $4.75–$5.50 • Hours: Sun. 12 p.m. - Midnight Mon.–Wed. 11 a.m.–midnight Th.–Sat. 11 a.m.–2 a.m. • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

Bloomington Bagel Company

Breakfast, Fair Labor, Sandwiches, Vegetarian

113 N. Dunn St. • 812-333-4653
238 N. Morton St. • 812-349-4653
913 S. College Mall Rd. • 812-339-4653


Customers can watch employees make East Coast-style, kettle-boiled bagels from scratch while waiting in line in this laidback eatery. Bagelwiches (like the Lotsa Lox, with cream cheese, Nova lox, tomato, onion, and capers), salads, soups, coffees, and cookies are popular. Breakfast is served all day. • Prices: Bagels $1.11–$1.99, sandwiches $3.05–$9.25, desserts $2–$5 • Hours: North Dunn Street Mon.–Sat. 6 a.m.–7 p.m. Sun. 7 a.m.– 7 p.m., North Morton Street Mon.–Sat. 7 a.m.–4 p.m. Sun. 8 a.m.–4 p.m., South College Mall Road Mon.–Sat. 7 a.m.–5 p.m.; Closed Sun. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., Campus Access • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Accessibility Decal • Fair Labor Decal

Bloomington Sandwich Co.

Fair Labor, Sandwiches, Vegetarian

118 E. Kirkwood


This casual restaurant on East Kirkwood is all 112 Bloom | December 2007/January 2008

about good sandwiches. Chef and manager Mike Moy offers house-made Chicago-style corned beef and Italian beef, with Italian ices for dessert. Now open for breakfast. • Prices: Sandwiches $5.59–$8.49, desserts $1.99–$3.39 • Hours: Mon.–Fri. 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Sat. 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.; Closed Sun. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., Campus Access • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal

BLU Boy Chocolate Café & Cakery

Cafés, Sweets

112 E. Kirkwood


Beautiful chocolates and cakes are handcrafted with local ingredients at BLU Boy. Don’t forget luscious seasonal tarts and pies, the daily cupcake menu, or house-made gourmet ice cream. All make great gifts. • Prices: Cookies and macarons $2–$3, cake and pie slices $3–$5, chocolates $2–$12 • Hours: Mon.–Wed. 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Th.–Sat. 10 a.m.–10 p.m.; Closed Sun. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
Read our review of BLU Boy Chocolate Café & Cakery here!

Bub’s Burgers & Ice Cream

American, Ice Cream

480 N. Morton St.


Bub’s is a Bloomington outpost of a Carmel, Indiana, burger joint, and burgers (and ice cream) are what they do well here — from the full pound “Big Ugly” to the 1/4 pound “Settle for Less Ugly” burger in ground beef or healthier elk. Dress ‘em as you like ‘em and add sides of fries, slaw, potato salad, or onion rings. Hand-dipped shakes and malts are added bliss! • Prices: Burgers and sandwiches $3.75–$26.95, sides $1.35–$6.75, desserts $4.55–$8.50 • Hours: Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes


American, Fair Labor, Sandwiches

114 S. Indiana Ave.


In 1987, an IU student opened BuffaLouie’s, naming it after his grandfather. Wings, subs, and salads are the reason to go. Hoosier and sports-themed memorabilia adorn the walls, and big-screen TVs keep you entertained. • Prices: $2.99 (a hot dog) to $65.99 (super bucket of wings), cookies 59 cents • Hours: Mon.–Sun. 10:30 a.m.–midnight  • Bar: Beer • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., Campus Access • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal

Butch’s Grillacatessen & Eatzeria

American, Breakfast, Brunch, Delicatessen, Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian

120 E. 7th St.


Butch’s offers everything a homesick East Coaster could want, from corned beef on rye to bagels to NY-style pizza. • Prices: Appetizers $3.95–$9.95, sandwiches $5.95–$10.50, pizza $10.95–$17.95, sides $2.75–$7.95 • Hours: Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., Campus Access • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Cafe Pizzaria

Italian, Pizza, Sandwiches

405 E. Kirkwood


In business since 1953, Cafe Pizzaria was not only the first pizzeria in Bloomington but, according to store legend, the first restaurant to serve the Midwestern version of the Stromboli sandwich (with ground sausage, onion, cheese, and sauce on a sub bun). The original recipes are still in use, and owner Larry Webb purchases local Indiana beef from Fischer Farms. Daily specials, seating for 100. • Prices: Appetizers $1.25–$4.45, entrées $4.95–$22.70 • Hours: Mon.–Th. 11 a.m.–11:30 p.m. Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–midnight Sun. noon–11:30 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Carson’s BBQ & Catering

American, Barbecue, Sandwiches

5555 W. State Rd. 46


Take West State Road 46 out of central Bloomington to the town of Ellettsville to find this family-owned barbecue joint. They smoke their meat low and slow in a custom barbecue grill. Try tender beef brisket, on its own or in a sandwich, or get your hands dirty and dig into some dry-rubbed ribs, no utensils necessary! • Prices: Appetizers $3.49–$7.49; sandwiches $5.49–$15.49; sides $2.49–$6.49; dinner specials $9.99–$15.99 • Hours: Mon.–Fri. 5 p.m.–9 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sun. 3 p.m.–9 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

Casa Brava


410 S. College Mall Rd. - 812-339-2777
3482 W. 3rd St. - 812-339-1453

With locations on the east and west sides of Bloomington, Casa Brava is a reliable pick for quick, casual Mexican fare. All meals begin with a bowl of addictive garlicky salsa along with an endless basket of tortilla chips. Add a side of queso if you’re feeling indulgent. Popular specialties include oversize platters of sizzling fajitas, generously stuffed burritos, and lots of enchilada options. You won’t leave hungry! • Prices: Nachos, salads, and dips $3.50–$8.50; lunch specialties $6–$8; enchiladas, burritos, and fajitas $9.99–$15.50 • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.–9 p.m. • Bar: South College Mall Road: Full; West 3rd Street: Beer • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

Chocolate Moose, The

American, Fair Labor, Ice Cream, Sweets

401 S. Walnut St.


Come summer, lines form well into the night at The Chocolate Moose. Grasshopper and Moose Chocolate ice creams are classics and well worth the wait. Soft serve is big, too, from tiny torch cones to chocolate-and-nut-dipped swirls. • Prices: Ice cream $1.50–$5, slushies and sno cones $.50–$2, sundaes and parfaits $2–$5, sandwiches $1–$4 • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Sun. noon–10 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal

Chow Bar

Chinese, East Asian, Indonesian, Japanese

216 S. Indiana Ave.

Chow Bar’s prime location on Indiana Avenue makes it a popular spot for students and faculty. The lunch buffet isn’t huge, but it offers more than the standard sweet & sour chicken and fried rice. The menu focuses on Taiwanese specialties but also features Japanese and Indonesian-style entrées. • Prices: Appetizers $1.30–$8.50, lunch $5.45–$8.95, house specialties $9.50–$13.95 • Hours: Mon.–Fri. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Sat. noon–10 p.m. Sun. noon–9 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Campus Access • Outdoor Seating: No

Cozy Table Restaurant & Pancake House

American, Breakfast, Sandwiches, Soup, Vegetarian

2500 W. 3rd St.

Situated on West 3rd Street, Cozy Table offers an extensive menu of hearty and affordable diner fare. Of course, breakfast is served all day. • Prices: Breakfast $3–$6, sandwiches $5–$8, entrées $6–$10 • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 6 a.m.–8 p.m. Sun. 6 a.m.–3 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

Cresent Donut


231 S. Adams St.

For more than 50 years, Cresent Donut has been satisfying Bloomington’s craving for fried dough, any hour of the day or night. Cake doughnuts have a delicate chew; try the spicy cinnamon sugar or chocolate- and nut-topped versions. The more elastic yeast doughnuts are Bloomington’s gold standard, coated in a lightly sweet glaze or a stripe of chocolate frosting. • Prices: Individual doughnuts $.69–$1, half dozen $4–$6, dozen $8–$12 • Hours: Daily 24 hours • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC • Outdoor Seating: No

Read our review of Cresent Donut here!

Dagwood’s Deli & Sub Shop

Delicatessen, Sandwiches, Vegetarian

116 1/2 S. Indiana Ave.


This laid-back, 40-seat restaurant opened in the mid-1980s and offers family dining. Specialty sandwiches are the Dagwood Supreme (ham, turkey, and roast beef) and the Ultimate Turkey (turkey, avocado, cream cheese, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayonnaise). Be sure to ask for the really wonderful Special Sauce. • Prices: Sandwiches $4.59–$9.49 • Hours: Mon.–Th. 10:30 a.m.–1 a.m. Fri.–Sat. 10:30 a.m.–4 a.m. Sun. 11 a.m.–midnight • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC • Outdoor Seating: No • Accessibility Decal

Darn Good Soup

Gluten-Free, Ice Cream, Soup, Sweets, Vegan, Vegetarian

107 N. College


Nels Boerner, a former chef at The Uptown Café, opened this soup and salad restaurant on the downtown Square to serve quick, healthful meals. They’ve made more than 50 varieties, including “The Best Cream of Mushroom Ever” — a thick, rich soup laden with shiitake and button mushrooms. Soups change daily but always include vegetarian and vegan options. If you’re looking for something with a kick, try bakso, an Indonesian meatball soup. • Prices: $4–$8 • Hours: Daily 11 a.m.–7:30 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC • Outdoor Seating: No


American, Cajun/Creole, Vegetarian

211 S. Grant St.


Formerly called Yats, this restaurant was rechristened by chef Bob Crowley when he became the sole owner. Crowley, who trained at the Culinary Institute of America, offers recipes he collected from small Louisiana towns. Specialties include Chili Cheese Etouffee, Gumbo, Jambalaya, and the Datwich Sandwich, a complex preparation that involves turkey dusted in Cajun spices, soaked in beer, cooked twice, spiced, and served up “so it warms you from your nose to your toes.” Prices: Entrées $6.50-$10.25, desserts $.75-$3.50 Hours: Daily 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC Outdoor Seating: Yes

Do Asian Fusion Cuisine

East Asian, Japanese, Korean

404 E. 4th St.

This Asian fusion restaurant adds Korean flavor to the melting pot of international food on East 4th Street. Bamboo ceilings and lots of warm, dark wood transform the converted house into a comfortable dining destination. From ramen to shareable hot pots, the menu is full of warming soups, stews, and curries. Bulgogi, a classic Korean dish of marinated grilled beef, is a popular choice. Try it in a bento box. • Prices: Appetizers $5.99–$13.99; lunch specials $7.99–$11.99; dinner specialties $8.99–$14.99; hot pot soups $27.99–$36.99 • Hours: Mon.–Wed. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Th.–Sat. 11 a.m.–3 a.m. • Bar: Beer, Wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

DoMo Japanese Steak & Sushi House

Asian, East Asian, Japanese, Sushi, Vegetarian

106 S. Franklin Rd.

This oversize Japanese restaurant on Bloomington’s west side is split into hibachi and sushi zones. Choose hibachi for a bit of dinner theater, fun for kids and groups. Sushi options range from basic avocado rolls to the fiery Heart Attack, a tempura-fried jalapeno filled with spicy tuna and cream cheese. • Prices: Appetizers $4.65–$17.45, sushi $4.65–$16.30, hibachi $15.30–$45.96, entrées $10.55–$19.65 • Hours: Sun.–Th. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–11 p.m. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

Dragon Chinese Restaurant

Asian, Chinese, East Asian, Soup, Vegetarian

3261 W. 3rd St. • 812-332-6610
Dragon Express
1400 E. 3rd St. • 812-331-7030

The décor in these tiny Chinese restaurants may not be much to look at, but the food is quick and cheap, and it’s good. The Dragon makes great twice-cooked pork, excellent moo shu dishes, and a mean steamed whole fish. If you are in the mood for noodle soup, try the Yat Ka Mein, and slurp to your heart’s content. • Prices: Appetizers $1.30–$10.50; most other dishes available in pints ($4.20–$5.50) or quarts ($5.50–$10.50) • Hours: Restaurant daily 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Dragon Express daily 11 a.m.–9 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: No • Outdoor Seating: No • Accessibility Decal

El Ranchero


2100 Liberty Dr.
3615 W Ind. 46, Ellettsville


This west side Mexican spot boasts a massive dining room with high ceilings and a party atmosphere. There are plenty of booths, too, if you prefer a more intimate meal. Share one of the specialties, like the Marrano Ranchero, featuring grilled pork shoulder with spicy red sauce and a generous helping of avocado. The lengthy menu is full of variations on the standard burritos, enchiladas, and fajitas. Alongside complimentary chips and salsa, you won’t go hungry! • Prices: Appetizers and salads $4–$9, entrées $4–$16, steak and seafood $8–$15 • Hours: Sun.–Th. 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m. Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. • Bar: Beer • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

Esan Thai

Asian, Fair Labor, South/Southeast Asian, Thai

221 E. Kirkwood


House specialties at this bright and airy restaurant at the back of Victoria Towers are based on family recipes. Try the Yum Khai, a spicy grilled chicken salad with shallots, cilantro, tomato, and lime juice, or the Moo Num Tok (grilled pork with onion, mint, and chilies). Noodle dishes and curries are also first-rate. • Prices: Appetizers $6–$10.95, lunch entrées $8.95–$10.95, dinner entrées $9.95–$15.95, desserts $3–$6 • Hours: Sun.–Mon., Wed.–Th. 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Closed Tu.; Reservations recommended on weekends. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal

Falafels Flavors From Jerusalem

Gluten-Free, Israeli, Middle Eastern, Sandwiches, Vegan, Vegetarian

430 E. Kirkwood


This small Dunkirk Square restaurant specializes in the sandwich that gives it its name, as well as in other Middle Eastern delicacies like hummus, stuffed grape leaves, and baba ganoush. The menu also includes kebabs, salads, entrée platters, and very good fries. • Prices: Appetizers $4–$9, sandwiches $4.50–$10, entrées $8.50–$18, desserts $2–$4.50 • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m. Sun. noon–9 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

Hartzell’s Ice Cream

Ice Cream, Sweets

107 N. Dunn St.


Just steps from East Kirkwood, Hartzell’s has stepped up to fill ice cream cravings near campus. Freshly made waffle cones and bowls are the way to go — fill yours with a scoop or two of creamy homemade ice cream. Carbolite and frozen yogurt are lighter options. • Prices: Ice cream $2–$5, sundaes $4–$5, yogurt and carbolite $1–$5 • Hours: Mon.3:30–11 p.m. Tu.–Sat. 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m. Sun. noon–11 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc., Campus Access • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Hinkle’s Hamburgers

American, Breakfast, Sandwiches

206 S. Adams St.

Since opening in 1930, the recipes have been handed down through the Hinkle family, the original owners of the 16-seat hamburger joint. Good burgers! • Prices: Appetizers about $2, hamburgers $1.60–$3.35, desserts $1–$2 • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Closed Sun. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: No • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Kilroy’s Bar & Grill

American, Pizza, Pub Food

502 E. Kirkwood
Kilroy's Sports Bar
319 N. Walnut


Popular with IU students, both Kilroy’s venues serve sandwiches, pizza, and appetizers such as stuffed breadsticks and nachos. More than 40 flavored Long Island iced teas are available, and drink specials are offered every night. • Prices: Appetizers and entrées around $5.50 • Hours: Daily 11 a.m.–3 a.m. • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

King Gyros

American, Greek

2000 S. Walnut


King Gyros is a fast-food restaurant specializing in gyros and ribs. • Prices: Appetizers $2.99–$5, entrées $2.99–$10, dessert (baklava) $1.25 • Hours: Sat.–Th. 10:30 a.m.–10 p.m. Fri. 10:30 a.m.–11 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, 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

Monroe County Pizza

Pizza, Sandwiches

3151 W. 3rd St.


This local pizza joint specializes in thin-crusted pies. Dine-in at the West 3rd Street location, where the buffet is popular for both lunch and dinner. • Prices: Appetizers $3–$7, pizzas $2.75–$11, specialty pizzas $8–$16, buffet $6–$8 • Hours: Sun.–Th. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–11 p.m. • Bar: Beer • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

Mother Bear’s Pizza

Italian, Pizza, Sandwiches

1428 E. 3rd St.


This casual restaurant features wing specials on Mondays and pasta discounts on Tuesdays. Wednesday is Sweetheart Night, when a heart-shaped pizza and dinner for two are the specials. For dessert, there are homemade brownies. • Prices: Appetizers $3.05–$8.25, pastas $11.75, pizzas $4.05–$22.60, brownies $2.05 for two • Hours: Daily 11 a.m.–1 a.m. (Th.–Sat. delivery continues until 3 a.m.) • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

Read our review of Mother Bear's Pizza here! 

Mr. Hibachi

Asian, Chinese, East Asian, Japanese, Sushi

4400 E. 3rd St.


Mr. Hibachi puts on a massive spread and the crowds line up to fill up. Buffet fixtures like crab rangoon and General Tso’s crispy chicken are abundant, along with Japanese offerings in miso soup and a variety of sushi rolls. For a more personalized meal, fill a plate with noodles, raw meat, and veggies, then head to the hibachi station where the chef will stir-fry your food while you wait. • Prices: Lunch $7.95, dinner $11.29 • Hours: Sun.–Th. 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m. Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10:30 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

Naughty Dog, The

American, Hot Dogs

3860 W. 3rd St.


The Naughty Dog lets you give free rein to your hot dog cravings. You can load your Hebrew National dog with your favorite toppings or pick from a list of regional hot dog legends. The ultimate is the Dog Pound — a big beefy dog weighted down with a half pound of fries, chili, chopped onions, and cheddar cheese. If you can lift it, you’ll love it. • Prices: Dogs $2.45–$10.30, sides $.85–$4.50 • Hours: Sun.–Th. 10:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Fri.–Sat. 10:30 a.m.–9 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

Noodle Town

Asian, Chinese, East Asian, Japanese

318 S. College Mall Rd.


Attached to Asuka Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi, Noodle Town fulfills the Chinese half of the dual restaurant equation. The Hong Kong–style menu includes salt-and-pepper seafood and spare ribs with black bean sauce. Lunch and dinner specials include fried rice and an egg roll. • Prices: Appetizers $1.25–$6.25, lunch $4.95–$7.30, dinner $7–$11, Hong Kong Specialties $10–$15 • Hours: Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

Office Lounge, The

American, Pub Food

3900 E. 3rd St.

Head east on 3rd Street to find an alternative to the downtown bar scene. Affordable and filling daily specials like classic breaded tenderloin sandwiches and juicy ribeye steaks draw regulars for lunch and dinner. Hot wings are a good bet, extra crispy and drenched in vinegary, lip-numbing buffalo sauce. At night, pull tabs, pool tables, and plenty of sports-tuned flat-screens keep crowds entertained. Carryout beer and liquor is also available. • Prices: Sides, salads, and appetizers $1.75–$4.95, burgers and sandwiches $3.50–$6.75, entrées $7.75–$14.95 • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 9 a.m.–3 a.m. Sun. noon–3 a.m. • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

Pourhouse Café, The

Bakery, Breakfast, Cafés, Fair Labor, Juice Bar, Sweets

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, there’s even a small stage for live music. All manner of coffee and espresso drinks are sold, along with smoothies and teas. Sandwiches, cookies, muffins, and gelato are also available. • Prices: Coffee $2.50–$3.45, espresso drinks, tea, and smoothies $1.79–$4.95, gelato $2.85–$4.25, sandwiches $4–$6.95 • Hours: Mon.–Th. 8 a.m.–8 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 • Fair Labor Decal

Red Chopsticks

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

1420 E. 3rd St.


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: Appetizers $4–$7, specialty rolls $10–$14, entrées $7–$13 • Hours: Mon.– Wed. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Th.–Sat. 11 a.m.–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.

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: Appetizers $3.95–$8.95, sushi $8–$15, entrées $7–$10 • 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


222 N. Walnut


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: Pizzas $5 (small)–$11.99 (extra large) plus toppings; slices $2 • 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

Rush Hour Station

Sandwiches, Vietnamese

421 E. 3rd St.
812-323-RUSH (7874)


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: Sandwiches $4.25–$5, burgers $5.25–$5.75, soup and salad $3.15–$6.75 • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Cosed Sun. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

Read our review on Rush Hour Station here!

Scholars Inn Bakehouse

Bakery, Breakfast, Cafés, Fair Labor, Sandwiches

125 N. College • 812-331-6029
3002 E. 3rd St. • 812-323-7070


Both branches of the Bakehouse offer a selection of New York-style deli sandwiches, kettle-boiled bagels, and desserts made from scratch, as well as all of their first-rate, locally baked breads. A bowl of homemade soup followed by the Harvest Cobbler makes a generous lunch. Coffee drinks are discounted $1 during Happy Hour from 4–6 p.m. • Prices: Entrées $3.99–$9.49, desserts $3–$7 • Hours: East side Mon.–Fri. 7 a.m.–8 p.m. Sat.– Sun. 7:30 a.m.–8 p.m. Downtown Mon.–Sat. 7:30 a.m.–8 p.m. Sun. 7:30 a.m.–8 p.m. • Bar: Beer, wine at the downtown location • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Campus Access • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Accessibility Decal: East side • Fair Labor Decal


Short Stop Food Mart

American, Barbecue, Breakfast, Delicatessen

901 N. Smith Rd.


Every Thursday from April through October, the BBQ Train pulls in and the customers line up at Short Stop Food Mart. Burgers, brisket, and barbecue chicken sandwiches are grilled up alongside killer ribs and pulled pork. If you can’t make it on a Thursday, pulled pork is served every day for lunch or dinner inside at the deli, along with deli sandwiches and chili. Many soups, sides, and desserts are homemade, too. Short Stop opens early to offer full breakfast, featuring homemade biscuits and gravy. • Prices: Barbecue sandwiches $3–$7, ribs $12–$23, deli sandwiches $5, sides and desserts $1–$4, breakfast $1.99–$6 • Hours: Mon.–Fri. 6 a.m.–8 p.m. Sat.–Sun. 7 a.m.–8 p.m. Barbecue served Thursday only, Apr–Oct 10:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Square Donuts

Donuts, Sweets

531 N. Walnut • 812-337-0100
3866 W. 3rd St. • 812-333-2799


Drive to the North Walnut location of Square Donuts to get your morning doughnut fix straight through your car window. Yeast doughnuts are light, airy confections that make it far too easy to go back for seconds. Night owls can score freshly fried doughnuts through the pickup window starting at 1 a.m. • Prices: Individual doughnuts $.25–$1, a dozen doughnuts $7–$9 • Hours: Tu.–Sun. 6 a.m.–2 p.m. and midnight–4 a.m. at North Walnut location.; Closed Mon.• Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Stefano’s Ice Café

Cafés, Sandwiches, Sweets

Fountain Square Mall, Mezzanine Level

Located in the heart of Fountain Square Mall, Stefano’s offers a variety of made-to-order sandwiches and salads. Panini sandwiches are grilled with crisp cucumber slices inside, held together with melted provolone and tomato on basil focaccia. For a sweet afternoon pick-me-up, try the glazed almonds, toasted and spiced with cinnamon. Breakfast offerings include custom omelets and eggs, along with a selection of pastries. • Prices: Sandwiches $4–$9, desserts and pastries $2–$5, breakfast $3–$7 • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 7 a.m.–9 p.m. Sun. noon–7 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No • Accessibility Decal

That Sandwich Place

American, Breakfast, Sandwiches

15 S. Van Buren St.‚ Nashville, IN

The General may have left Assembly Hall, but his memory remains bright at this tiny shrine to all things Bobby in the heart of downtown Nashville that claims the “largest collection of Bobby Knight memorabilia around.” Oh, and they serve food, too — hearty breakfasts like biscuits and gravy and all manner of sandwiches. Good fries! • Prices: Breakfast $3.70–$6.95, sandwiches $6.50–$7.05, pie $2.45 • Hours: Tu.–Sun. 8 a.m.–3 p.m. Cosed Mon.(hours vary seasonally, call ahead) • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

The 3 Amigos


601 N. College, Suite #2


This casual Mexican restaurant offers affordable food in a convenient downtown location. Try pork-centric specialties such as the generously portioned Chori-Queso dip or the Carnitas, tender chunks of slow-cooked pork for tucking into a warm tortilla. Open until 3 a.m. on weekends to fill those late-night chips and salsa cravings. • Prices: Nachos, salads, and dips $3.49–$11.99; lunch entrées $6.99–$8.99; dinner specialties $9.99– $15.99 • Hours: Sun.–Wed. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Th.–Sat. 11 a.m.–3 a.m. • Bar: Beer • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Trigos Bakery

Bakery, Sweets

310 Muller Parkway


Introduce yourself to the wide world of Mexican baked goods at Trigos Bakery on Bloomington’s west side. The compact and sweet-smelling storefront displays traditional Mexican pastries baked each morning by owner Ivan Heredia. Daily selections vary, but you’re likely to find cookies, croissants, muffins, and especially conchas, slightly sweet pastry buns decorated like shells. • Prices: Individual pastries $1–$4 • Hours: Mon.–Tu. 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Wed.–Th. 9 a.m.–6:30 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

Village Deli, The

American, Breakfast, Brunch, Delicatessen, Fair Labor

409 E. Kirkwood


This long-established, upbeat restaurant on East Kirkwood serves breakfast all day (but all kinds of sandwiches and salads for lunch and dinner as well); “ginormous” pancakes and omelets are house specialties. The Huevos Rancheros are not authentic, but they are tasty! • Prices: Appetizers $3.75–$4.75, entrées $5–$8, desserts $1.25– $3.75 • Hours: Mon.–Fri. 7 a.m.–6 p.m. Sat.–Sun. 8 a.m.–6 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Campus Access • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal

Read our review of The Village Deli here!

Wee Willie’s

American, Breakfast, Brunch, Diners

4618 W. Richland Plaza Dr.

All that and then some, that’s what you’ll find at Ellettsville’s go-to diner. The lengthy menu is jampacked with Hoosier classics, including a pork tenderloin sandwich and country fried steak, breakfast specials, even pasta and Tex-Mex fare. Breakfast options such as biscuits and gravy, pancakes, and omelets are a good bet. • Prices: Breakfast $4–$8; sandwiches $2.99–$8.99; appetizers $5.99–$8.99; dinner specials $8.99–$17.99; • Hours: Mon.–Th. 6 a.m.–9 p.m.; Fri. 6 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sat. 6 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sun. 7 a.m.–3 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

Z&C Teriyaki and Sushi

East Asian, Japanese, Sushi

430 E. Kirkwood

Teriyaki is tops at this compact restaurant in the heart of downtown. Hefty portions of teriyaki chicken and beef are dished up with lo mein or rice and a side of cabbage and broccoli. Sushi is popular too; all the greatest hits are available individually or as combos. With just three tables and a bar, service is brisk and food is ready to eat in no time. Open late on weekends. • Prices: Teriyaki $5–$8, sushi rolls $4–$15, noodle soups $10–$12 • Hours: Sun.–Mon. 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Tu.–Sat. 1 p.m.–3 a.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes