Amrit India

Indian, South/Southeast Asian

124 N. Walnut
812-650-3812

amritindiarestaurant.com

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: $–$$ • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.–10 p.m.; Sun. noon–9 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Anatolia

Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Turkish, Vegetarian

405 E. 4th St.
812-334-2991

restaurantanatolia.com

Bright and spacious, this comfortable restaurant has excellent meze-style appetizers (you can make a meal of them) as well as kebabs and pide (best described as open-faced sandwich boats, or Turkish pizzas). Lots of vegetarian options. Try the incredible tarator, a chopped-walnut yogurt spread, on freshly baked bread. Regular tables as well as traditional Turkish seating. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sun. 11:30 a.m.–9:30 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC • 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.
812-331-0122

anyetsangs.com

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: $–$$ • 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

Artists Colony Inn and Restaurant

American, Sandwiches, Soup

105 S. Van Buren St.
Nashville, IN
812-988-0600

artistscolonyinn.com

The dining room in this gracious old building is filled with the work of local artists and features a large stone fireplace. Menu items include homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, and country fare like chicken potpie, meatloaf, and fried catfish. Lots of vegetarian options. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Breakfast: Daily 7:30–10:30 a.m.; Lunch/Dinner: Sun.–Th. 11 a.m.–8 p.m. and Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–9 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Asuka Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi

Chinese, East Asian, Japanese, Sushi

318 S. College Mall Rd.
812-333-8325

asukajapanesecuisine.com

Asuka shares space with the Chinese restaurant Noodle Town, giving diners the option of Chinese food, hibachi, or sushi. Chefs become showmen at their hibachi stations, tossing knives and spatulas and flipping bits of food into diners’ mouths. Sushi is reliable with a variety of standard and specialty rolls available. • Prices: $–$$$ • Hours: Mon.–Th. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–11 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

Aver’s Pizza

Pizza

1837 N. Kinser Pike • 812-339-6555
2905 E. Covenanter Dr. • 812-331-5555
317 E. Winslow Rd. • 812-323-8333

averspizza.com

Since 1995, Aver’s Pizza has been delivering unique specialty pies like the Greek-inspired Parthenon and barbecue-sauced Chicken Masterpiece to Bloomington residents. Sauces stretch far beyond marinara; choose from creamy zaziki, alfredo, or a trio of pestos; basil, spicy cilantro, or zesty spinach lemon. If you’re not at home for delivery but still craving pizza, eat in at the Covenanter Drive location. For lunch, try the buffet. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Dining Room buffet 11 a.m.–2 p.m. daily, dine in 4–10 p.m. daily; Sat.–Sun. 2 p.m.–10 p.m.; delivery Sun.–Wed. 11 a.m.–2 a.m.; Th. 11 a.m.–3 a.m.; Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–4 a.m. • Bar: Beer • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

B-town Diner

American, Breakfast, Diners, Vegetarian

211 N. Walnut
812-822-0300

btowndiner.com

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: $–$$ • Hours: Open 24/7 • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

Baked!

Bakery, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian

115 N. Washington St.
812-336-2253

bakedofbloomington.com

Baked! specializes in making fresh, custom cookies from scratch. Customers can pick their dough, mix-ins, and toppings to create endless combinations. Regular doughs include traditional options, such as oatmeal and sugar, as well as seasonal and vegan/gluten-free varieties. The plethora of toppings range from candies, to dried fruit, to any kind of nuts you can imagine. The last step is to grab a pint of milk and dunk away! • Prices: Three cookies: $; Dozen cookies: $$ • Hours: Sun.–Th. 12 p.m.–12 a.m.; Fri–Sat. 12 p.m.–2 a.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No • Fair Labor Decal

Baldy’s Pizza

Ice Cream, Pizza

5440 S. Old Ind. 37
812-824-3555

baldyspizza.com

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: $-$$ • 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

Bangkok Thai Cuisine

South/Southeast Asian, Thai

2920 E. Convenanter Dr.
812-333-7477

bangkokthaicuisinebloomington.com

The large, airy dining room of the former Limestone Grille now houses Bangkok Thai. The traditional Thai menu offers fried spring rolls, noodle dishes, seafood, curries, and fried rice. Try the Drunken Man’s Noodles — wide rice noodles stir-fried with basil, peppers, and egg in a spicy sauce. Or, if you're looking for something with protein, go for the Sweet & Sour Chicken or the Panang Salmon. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Tu.–Th. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and 5-9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Closed Mon.• Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Bear’s Place

American, Pub Food

1316 E. 3rd St.
812-339-3460

bearsplacebar.com

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). Other classics include the BBQ Grilled Chicken Sandwich and the Spinach Melt. Lunch specials served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entertainment includes Open Mic Comedy every Monday at 8 p.m., and karaoke every Thursday at 9 p.m. • Prices: $-$$ • Hours: Sun. noon-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

Bedräk Café

American, Brunch, Gluten-Free, Juice Bar, Vegan, Vegetarian

409 S. Walnut
812-369-9173

bedrakcafe.com

Seasonal, local, and fresh ingredients are the focus at this new café. Family friendly, Bedräk specializes in juices and smoothies, with flavors including Tropical Envy and Feel the Beet, and serves innovative dishes including a fresh take on biscuits and gravy. Favorites include the Crab Cake Benedict, Quiche, Breakfast Tacos, and Sweet Dijon Glazed Ham Steak. Create your own omelet with several veggie and protein choices. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: 7 a.m.–4 p.m. daily • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Best Taste

Chinese, East Asian

109 W. 4th St.
812-822-1737

Find this unassuming Chinese spot just off of the downtown Square near the 4th Street parking garage. The dining room doesn’t look like much but there’s plenty of spicy Szechuan flavor inside. If you can handle the heat, start with the dandan noodles or pork wontons, both slicked with mouth-numbing chili oil, then cool down with an order of garlic-smashed cucumber. Other notable specialties include bubbling hot pots, cumin beef or lamb, and spicy dry-fried string beans. • Prices: $–$$$ • Hours: Mon.–Fri. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sat–Sun. 11:30 a.m.–10:00 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

Big Woods Bloomington

American, Pub Food, Sandwiches

116 N. Grant St.
812-335-1821

quaffonbloomington.com

Located in a charming house near the corner of North Grant and East 6th streets that used to house Café Django, Big Woods Bloomington is a homey pub where 24 beers flow on tap. Offerings include appetizers to share, gourmet sandwiches, the signature JB burger, and a complete dinner menu. The outdoor beer garden has its own menu and serves only Quaff On! brewery beers. • Prices: $ • Hours: Sun.–Wed. 11 a.m.–11 p.m.; Th.–Sat. 11 a.m.–1 a.m.; All ages until 9 p.m. • Bar: Beer • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Bloomingfoods Market and Deli

Buffet, Delicatessen, Vegan, Vegetarian

3220 E. 3rd St. • 812-336-5400
316 W. 6th St. • 812-333-7312
200 Daniels Way (Ivy Tech Community College–Bloomington) • 812-822-0143

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The cafés at each of these three member-owned organic groceries feature salads, soups, made-to-order sandwiches, and baked goods, with the West 6th Street and East 3rd Street locations also offering a hot bar with salad, lunch, and dinner items every day from 10:30 a.m.–9 p.m. The East 3rd Street location also has smoothies. Local ingredients are emphasized, and vegan and vegetarian choices abound. • Prices: $-$$ • Hours: East 3rd Street: Mon.–Fri. 8 a.m.–10 p.m. (breakfast until 10:30 a.m.); Sat. 8 a.m.–10 p.m. (breakfast until 11 a.m.); Sun. 8 a.m.–10 p.m. (brunch until 2 p.m.); West 6th Street: Mon.–Sat. 8 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sun. 8 a.m.–10 p.m. (brunch until 2 p.m.); Daniels Way: Mon.–Fri. 8 a.m.–6 p.m. (breakfast until 11 a.m.); Closed Sat.–Sun. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., Campus Access • Outdoor Seating: Yes/Yes/No • Accessibility Decal: West 6th Street and Daniels Way

BloomingTea

Tea

615 W. Kirkwood
812-822-2035

btowntea.com

BloomingTea’s more than 100 loose-leaf options and homey, comforting interior invite tea lovers to spend time there studying, visiting with friends, or playing the shop’s board games. Crème de la Earl Grey and Strawberry Sencha teas are popular favorites. Apothecary teas are also available to treat ailments such as headaches. Loose-leafs are available for purchase by the ounce. • Prices: $ • Hours: Mon.–Th. 9 a.m.–6 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 9 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Yes • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Bloomington Bagel Company

Breakfast, Fair Labor, Sandwiches, Vegetarian

113 N. Dunn St. • 812-333-4653
238 N. Morton St. • 812-349-4653
1318 E. 3rd St. • 812-287-8353
913 S. College Mall Rd. • 812-339-4653

bbcbagel.com

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: $ • Hours: N. Dunn St.: Mon.–Sat. 6 a.m.–7 p.m., Sun. 7 a.m.– 7 p.m.; N. Morton St.: Mon.–Sat. 7 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m.–4 p.m.; E. 3rd St.: Mon.-Sat. 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; S. College Mall Rd.: 7 a.m.–4 p.m. daily • 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
812-330-9611

bloomingtonsandwich.com

This casual restaurant on East Kirkwood is all 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: $ • 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

Brown County Inn

American, Breakfast, Brunch, Buffet, Vegetarian

51 E. Ind. 46, Nashville
812-988-2291

browncountyinn.com

From the simple to the extravagant, the Brown County Inn has a variety of healthy choices. The restaurant's dinner entrée menu includes a New York strip steak and Peach & Bourbon Pork Chops, but also features a humbler black beans & rice dish with pilaf and sweet corn salsa. There's also a soup and salad bar. Appetizers include cheese boards and shrimp cocktail, as well as French fries and nachos. Vegetarian options are available. • Prices: $–$$$ • Hours: Sun.–Th. 8 a.m.–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 8 a.m.–10 p.m. • Bar: Yes • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., DC • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Bub’s Burgers & Ice Cream

American, Ice Cream

480 N. Morton St.
812-331-2827

bubsburgersandicecream.com/bloomington/about

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: $–$$$ • Hours: 11 a.m.–10 p.m. daily • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Bucceto’s Smiling Teeth

Gluten-Free, Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian

E. 3rd St. at 45/46 Bypass • 812-331-1234
350 S. Liberty Dr. • 812-323-0123

buccetos.com

Bucceto’s Smiling Teeth offers an array of innovative and tasty pizzas, calzones, entrées, and a generous house salad with homemade dressings in a family-friendly atmosphere. Pizza choices include the Ultimate Warrior, topped with sausage, pepperoni, onions, black olives, mushrooms, and green peppers. A gluten-free menu is also available. Choose whether you want to dine-in, get carryout, or have your dinner delivered. Party trays and catering are available. • Prices: $-$$ • Hours: Sun.–Th. 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Campus Access • Outdoor Seating: No • Accessibility Decal

BuffaLouie’s

American, Fair Labor, Sandwiches

114 S. Indiana Ave.
812-333-3030

buffalouies.com

In 1987, an IU student opened BuffaLouie’s, naming it after his grandfather. Wings, subs, and salads are the reason to visit this award-winning restaurant. In addition to their wings, try the Buffalo, Teriyaki, or Parmigiana Burger, or one of their many other sandwich or wrap options. Black bean patties are a great choice for vegetarians. Sides and appetizers include curly fries, mozzarella sticks, garlic bread, and onion rings. Hoosier and sports-themed memorabilia adorn the walls, and big-screen TVs keep you entertained. • Prices: $–$$$$ • 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.
812-822-0210

eatbutch.com

Just east of the downtown Square, Butch’s offers everything a homesick East Coaster could want, from corned beef on rye to bagels to NY-style pizza. Personalize your order by building your own salad, sandwich, sub, wrap, pizza, hot dog, burger, or chicken sandwich. Pasta dishes are available as well, and breakfast and brunch are served all day. With an extensive menu, you have a large selection to choose from whether it's for dining in, carryout, or delivery.   • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: 11 a.m.–10 p.m. daily • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., Campus Access • Outdoor Seating: Yes

C3

American, Brunch, Fine Dining, Small Plates

Renwick Village Center
1505 S. Piazza Dr.
812-287-8027

c3bloomington.com

In addition to innovative after-work cocktails, C3 features a rotating menu of seasonally inspired dishes. Starters include soups and salads as well as beef filet sliders, hand-cut frites, and more. Entrées feature local meats, fresh seafood, and handmade pasta dishes. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Mon.–Th. 4–10 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 4 p.m.–midnight.; Closed Sun. • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Read our review of C3 here!

Cafe Pizzaria

Italian, Pizza, Sandwiches

405 E. Kirkwood
812-332-2111

cafepizzaria.com

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: $–$$$ • Hours: 11 a.m.–11:30 p.m. daily • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Carson’s BBQ & Catering

American, Barbecue, Sandwiches

5555 W. State Rd. 46
812-876-8227

carsonsbbq.com

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: $–$$ • 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

Mexican

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: $-$$ • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.–9 p.m. • Bar: S. College Mall Rd.: Full; W. 3rd St.: Beer • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

Chocolate Moose, The

American, Fair Labor, Ice Cream, Sweets

401 S. Walnut St.
812-333-0475

chocolatemoosebloomington.com

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: $ • 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.
812-336-3888

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: $–$$ • 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

ClusterTruck

All Day Eclectic, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

clustertruck.com

Whatever you're hungry for, there's a chance that ClusterTruck has it, from comforting breakfast sandwiches to gourmet mac and cheese, tacos, pizza, and Pad Thai. Available only by delivery to most locations in Bloomington. Just type your address into their website and find out if this wide array of food is deliverable to you. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: 9 a.m.–11 p.m. daily • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

Cozy Table Restaurant & Pancake House

American, Breakfast, Sandwiches, Soup, Vegetarian

2500 W. 3rd St.
812-339-5900

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: $ • 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

Crazy Horse Food & Drink Emporium

American, Pub Food, Sandwiches, Steaks

214 W. Kirkwood
812-336-8877

crazyhorseindiana.com

Crazy Horse

Just west of the downtown square, Crazy Horse is one of Bloomington's oldest eateries. The specialties of the house include flavored martinis, Angus beef burgers, quesadillas, steaks, and barbecued ribs. Each day of the week offers several drink specials, including half-priced wine bottles on Wednesday and Sunday. Live bands play Sundays from 8–10 p.m. • Prices: $-$$$ • Hours: Sun.–Wed. 11 a.m.–1 a.m.; Th.–Sat. 11 a.m.–2 a.m. • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., DC, Campus Access • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Cresent Donut

Donuts

231 S. Adams St.
812-339-7771

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: $-$$ • Hours: 24 hours daily • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC • Outdoor Seating: No

Read our review of Cresent Donut here!

Cup & Kettle Tea

Coffee, Tea

208 N. Walnut
812-287-7978

cupandkettletea.com

 

Conveniently located at 208 N. Walnut, this cozy, colorful tea shop is just half a block off the downtown Square. Cup & Kettle creates its own tea blends, with nearly 50 teas to offer, including Oolong and Pu’erh teas. Try the Turmeric Ginger for an invigorating pick-me-up or, for those with a fruitier palate, enjoy the Strawberry Champagne tea. Take-home loose-leaf teas are also available for purchase. • Prices: $ • Hours: Mon.–Fri. 9 a.m.–7 p.m.; Sat.–Sun. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Yes • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Dagwood’s Deli & Sub Shop

Delicatessen, Sandwiches, Vegetarian

116 1/2 S. Indiana Ave.
812-333-3000

dagwoodsandwiches.com

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: • 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
812-335-3533

darngoodsoup.com

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.” 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: $ • Hours: 11 a.m.–7:30 p.m. daily • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC • Outdoor Seating: No

Dats

American, Cajun/Creole, Vegetarian

211 S. Grant St.
812-339-3090

datsongrant.com

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 Étouffée, 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: $ • Hours: Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC • Outdoor Seating: Yes

DeAngelo’s

European, Fair Labor, Gluten-Free, Italian, Pizza

2620 E. 3rd St.
812-961-0008

deangelosbloomington.com

This Tuscan-themed restaurant specializes in New York-style pizzas, pastas, calzones, lasagnas, and spaghettis. The menu includes flat breads, salads, and Italian classics such as Chicken Parmesan and Fettuccine Alfredo. Some dishes incorporate creole flavors as well, including Chris's Spicy Jambalaya and the Crawfish Étouffée. All-you-can-eat spaghetti and meatballs is offered on Monday, and wine is half-off on Wednesday. Gluten-free pasta is available upon request. All items on the regular menu are available for carryout. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.–9 p.m. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No • Fair Labor Decal

Do Asian Fusion Cuisine

East Asian, Japanese, Korean

404 E. 4th St.
812-333-7470

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: Lunch: $-$$; Dinner: $-$$$$ • Hours: Mon.–Wed. 11 a.m.–midnight; Th.–Sat. 11 a.m.–3 a.m.; Sun. noon-10 p.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.
812-332-7700

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: $–$$$$ • 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: $–$$ • Hours: Restaurant: 11 a.m.–11 p.m. daily; Dragon Express: 11 a.m.–9 p.m. daily • Bar: No • Credit Cards: No • Outdoor Seating: No • Accessibility Decal

El Ranchero

Mexican

2100 Liberty Dr.
812-822-2329
110 E. Winslow Rd.
812-822-1302
3615 W Ind. 46, Ellettsville
812-876-9900

elrancherofood.com

This west side Mexican spot boasts a massive dining room with high ceilings and a party atmosphere. 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: $–$$ • 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

El Rey Azteca

Mexican, Vegetarian

309 E. 3rd.
812-650-1046

Stop by this casual restaurant to satisfy all of your Mexican food cravings, from burritos to fajitas to chimichangas. If it's seafood you're after, try the Tacos Marine with your choice of shrimp or fish. Or, as a vegetarian option, go for the Chimichanga Azteca–zucchini, squash, mushroom, onion, tomato, peppers, and potatoes fried to perfection and covered with cheese. Authentic Mexican drinks are available as well, including Jarritos, a Mexican bottled soda, and Horchata, a spiced rice milk. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Mon.–Th. 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sun. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Eli’s Sandwich Shoppe

American, Pizza, Salads, Sandwiches, Vegetarian

601 N. College
812-333-7722

elissandwichshoppe.com

Featuring 17 kinds of subs, all on sweet bread that's baked in-house daily, as well as salads, soup, and thin-crust pizzas. Also on the menu are broccoli cheese soup and warm chocolate chip cookies. The shop offers half or whole subs ranging from a simple grilled-cheese style sandwich to The Plethora, which includes a variety of meats such as turkey, ham, and roast beef. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Sun.–Wed. 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Th.–Sat. 11 a.m.–3 a.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

Esan Thai

Asian, Fair Labor, South/Southeast Asian, Thai

221 E. Kirkwood
812-333-8424

esanthairestaurant.com

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: Lunch: $-$$; Dinner: $$-$$$ • 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
812-355-3555

falafelsonline.com

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: $–$$ • 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

FARMbloomington

American, Breakfast, Brunch

108 E. Kirkwood
812-323-0002
877-440-FARM

farm-bloomington.com

Chef Daniel Orr’s FARM is a cheerful, tongue-in-cheek salute to the best of Hoosier eating. In the old Oddfellows Building, revamped to look like a country farm store, FARM sells lunch, snacks, and locally made products in the market and delicious supper fare in the restaurant. The menu changes seasonally, but try to catch the seared skirt steak with fabulous garlic and chili fries. Orr’s raw fish preparations are excellent, as are the pizzas in the bar. • Prices: $-$$$ • Hours: FARM: Tu.–Fri. 7 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; Closed Mon; Root Cellar: Weeknight hours vary; Fri.–Sat. 8 p.m.–3 a.m.; Closed Sun.–Mon. • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Read our review of FARMbloomington here!

Feast Bakery Cafe

American, Bakery, Breakfast, Brunch, Cafés, Fair Labor, Small Plates, Vegetarian

581 E. Hillside Dr. Suite 104
812-822-0222
Market & Cellar
407 W. Patterson Dr.
812-287-8615

feastcateringonline.com

The stars at this café, bakery, and coffee shop are owner Erika Yochum’s handmade tamales — packets of masa and fillings, wrapped in cornhusks and steamed. Varieties range from traditional to gourmet but salads and sandwiches at lunchtime and more elaborate dinner entrées revolve around seasonal, local, organic ingredients. Gorgeous homemade pies, desserts, breakfast pastries, and cookies are topnotch. • Prices: $-$$$ • Hours: Bakery Cafe: Wed.–Sat. 8 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.–3 p.m.; Closed Mon.–Tu.; Market & Cellar: Tu.–Sat. 8 a.m.–9 p.m.; Closed Sun.–Mon. • Bar: No/Wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal

Read our review of Feast here! 

Function Brewing

Pub Food, Sandwiches

108 E. 6th St.
812-676-1000

functionbrewing.com

Function Brewing focuses on creating small batches of craft beer. There is a selection of 12 made-in-house beers that rotate on and off the menu. Sampler trays are available if you can’t pick just one. The kitchen makes everything by hand for their creative hot and cold sandwiches. They also offer cheeses and charcuterie. • Prices: $-$$ • Hours: Wed.–Fri. 3–11 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.–11 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Closed Mon.–Tu. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Hartzell’s Ice Cream

Ice Cream, Sweets

107 N. Dunn St.
812-332-3502

hartzellsic.com

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. Other creamy treats include soft-serve ice cream, Spinners (think DQ Blizzard or McDonald's McFlurry), shakes, malts, floats, smoothies, sundaes, parfaits, and Slush Puppies. Choose from a list of 58 toppings to customize your dessert. Carbolite (99.9 percent lactose-free) and frozen yogurt are lighter options. • Prices: $–$$ • 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.
812-339-3335

Since opening in 1930, the recipes have been handed down through the Hinkle family, the original owners of the 16-seat hamburger joint. The Hinkle Burger is only $2.05, and other menu options include Breaded or Grilled Tenderloin and sides such as jalapeño poppers and tater cakes. Order a slice of pie or a cookie for dessert. • Prices: • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Closed Sun. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: No • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Hopscotch Coffee

Bakery, Cafés, Vegan, Vegetarian

235 W. Dodds St. #102
812-369-4500 • hopscotchcoffee.com

Follow the B-Line Trail south to find this innovative, locally owned coffee shop in B-Line Station. Fair-trade coffee beans are roasted in-house and brewed with care, resulting in excellent lattes and Americanos. If you’re in the mood for a special coffee experience, try the refreshing Cobra Verde, an iced green coffee flavored with ginger and citrus, or the Nitro Cold Brew, a dark and slightly foamy brew full of character. Add a locally made treat from Rainbow Bakery, Piccoli Dolci, or Bloomington Bagel Company to your order. • Prices: $ • Hours: Mon.–Fri. 7 a.m.–7 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.–7 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.–7 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

India Garden

Indian, Vegan, Vegetarian

416 E. 4th St.
812-331-8844

bloomingtonindianfood.com

This restaurant is known for its Indian breads and lunchtime buffet. Try the samosas, an authentic Indian snack that serves as an excellent amuse-bouche. Entrees include lamb, chicken, and shrimp dishes, such as the Tandoori Chicken or Lamb Biryani. If you're vegetarian, go for one of the many vegetable specials or the Channa Masala–tender garbanzo beans cooked with onions, tomatoes, and spices. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Daily 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and 5–10 p.m. • Bar: Beer • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Inkwell, The

American, Bakery, Breakfast, Sandwiches, Sweets, Vegetarian

105 N. College
812-822-2925

Featuring an urban design with a cozy, warm atmosphere, this café is a nice place to enjoy a pastry while you chat, read, or work on a laptop. The made-from-scratch pastries are an early customer favorite. Menu items include a chicken salad sandwich on baguette, bacon and eggs, and waffles on Wednesday. • Prices: • Hours: 7:30 a.m.–7 p.m. daily • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Irish Lion, The

Brunch, European, Irish, Pub Food

212 W. Kirkwood
812-336-9076

irishlion.com

Step into Ireland when you enter this pub with its gorgeous 1860s bar, located just west of the downtown Square. Start your meal off with an order of escargot, baked potato skins, or Leprechaun Wings. For dinner, try the Chicken Cordon Bleu, Leg O' Lamb, or indulge in a Filet Mignon. Specialties include oysters, lamb, corned beef and cabbage, and Irish stews. After dinner, enjoy a slice of Irish Apple Walnut Cake or Whiskey Pie. Nightly specials. Full array of Irish and European imported beers; 57 single-malt scotches. Brunch is served from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. on Sunday. • Prices: $–$$$$ • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–3 a.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.–midnight • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., DC • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Read our review of The Irish Lion here!

Jack’s Donuts

American, Coffee, Donuts

1155 S. College Mall Rd.
812-822-1643

jacksdonuts.com

This laid-back coffee and donut shop, open 19 hours a day, offers all of the handmade doughy classics you can imagine. From coconut cake and Bavarian cream-filled donuts to cinnamon buns, there are plenty of options to choose from to build your dozen or just grab a single for the road. • Prices: • Hours: Daily 5 a.m.–midnight • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

Japonee

East Asian, Japanese, Sushi

320 N. Walnut
512-323-0206
Japonee Express:
530 E. Kirkwood
812-333-7380

japoneeexpress.com

Sake and sushi, you’ll find both in abundance at Japonee. Try the deep-fried Crazy Roll, crispy on the outside with tuna, salmon, molten cream cheese, and avocado inside. Open late on weekends, the North Walnut location keeps the sake bombs flowing in a modern dining room with an open sushi bar and lots of private karaoke rooms. Japonee Express on East Kirkwood retains much of the same menu, plus a few Korean dishes, in a casual, quick service setting. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: North Walnut: Sun.–Wed. 4 p.m.–midnight; Th.–Sat. 4 p.m.–1 a.m.; East Kirkwood: Mon.–Th. 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Closed Sun. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

Juannita’s Restaurant

Mexican, Sandwiches, Soup

620 W. Kirkwood
812-339-2340

juannitas.com

Juannita's prides itself on serving the most authentic Mexican food in Bloomington, with recipes straight from Abuelita Juannita herself. Come to this cheerful, family-owned restaurant on West Kirkwood for the mole poblano and the molotes—fried masa dough stuffed with savory fillings. Other popular dishes include the Salmon Wild Tacos and the Camarones Empanizados. Fresh homemade tortillas are a real treat and the soups are fab. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Sun.–Th. 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Read our review of Juannita's here!

Kilroy’s Bar & Grill

American, Pizza, Pub Food

502 E. Kirkwood
812-339-3006
Kilroy's Sports Bar
319 N. Walnut
812-333-6006

kilroys-bloomington.com

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: $–$$ • 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
812-269-8321

kinggyrosbtown.com

King Gyros is a fast-food restaurant specializing in gyros and ribs. • Prices: $ • 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

La Vie en Rose Café

Bakery, Breakfast, Cafés, Coffee, French, Sweets, Tea

402 1/2 W. 6th St.

https://slaparre.wixsite.com/la-vie-en-rose

This café, styled like a Parisian bistro and housed in the pink building on the corner of W. 6th and Madison streets, truly brings a piece of France to Bloomington. Whether you're in the mood for quiche, soup, a croissant, or another sweet or savory menu item, you can be sure the recipes are authentically French. La Vie en Rose serves a variety of drinks as well, such as French cold drinks, coffee, Belgian hot cocoa, and loose-leaf teas from the renowned French brand, Dammann Frères. • Prices: $ • Hours: Tu.–Sun. 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; Closed Mon. • Bar: No • 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
812-323-2233

thelaughingplanetcafe.com

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: $ • Hours: Daily 11 a.m.–9 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Campus Access • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal

Malibu Grill

American, Fair Labor, Gluten-Free, Seafood, Steaks, Vegan, Vegetarian

106 N. Walnut
812-332-4334

malibugrill.net

Malibu Grill, on the east side of the downtown Square, offers casual dining in an upscale atmosphere for 200. Specialties include the Spinach & Artichoke Dip, Caesar salad, Lime Chicken Fettuccini, and Caramelized Salmon. Live jazz Wed.–Fri. 6–9 p.m. • Prices: $–$$$$ • Hours: Mon.–Th. 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. and 5:30–9:30 p.m.; Fri. 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. and 5:30–10:30 p.m.; Sat. noon–10:30 p.m.; Sun. noon–9 p.m.; Reservations accepted only during the week; 20-minute call-ahead service available. • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., DC • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal

Read our review of Malibu Grill here!

Mama’s Restaurant

Asian, Barbecue, East Asian, Korean

2630 E. 10th St.
812-333-8071

DIY barbecue puts you in control of your meal at Mama’s Restaurant. Meals are served with a variety of banchan: small bowls of Korean pickles, salads, and more meant to be eaten with your meal. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Mon.–Fri. 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and 5–9 p.m.; Sat. noon–10 p.m.; Sun. noon–9 p.m.; Closed every last Tu. of the month • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC • Outdoor Seating: No

Mandalay Restaurant

Asian, Burmese, Chinese, East Asian, Indian, South/Southeast Asian, Thai, Vegetarian

413 E. 4th St.
812-339-7334

mymandalayrestaurant.com

This tiny 4th Street gem serves Burmese food — an exotic mix of Chinese, Thai, and Indian with a savory character all its own. Lots of curries and noodle dishes and many vegetarian options. Try the paratha with yellow chickpea curry and the tea leaf salad! • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Tu.–Sun. 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and 5–9 p.m.; Closed Mon.• Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Monroe County Pizza

Pizza, Sandwiches

3151 W. 3rd St.
812-331-2345

monroecountypizza.com

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: $–$$ • 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.
812-332-4495
2980 W. Whitehall Crossing Blvd.
812-287-7366

motherbearspizza.com

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: $–$$ • Hours: Campus Location: Sun.–Th. 11 a.m.–midnight; Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.– 1 a.m.; Westside Location: 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

Read our review of Mother Bear's Pizza here! 

Mr. Hibachi

Asian, Chinese, East Asian, Japanese, Sushi

4400 E. 3rd St.
812-339-6288

mrhibachibuffet.com

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: $–$$ • 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

My Thai Cafe

Asian, Soup, South/Southeast Asian, Thai, Vegetarian

3316 W. 3rd St. • 812-333-2234
402 E. 4th St. • 812-333-3993

mythaicafeusa.com

The first location for this beautiful little restaurant is hidden away in a strip mall on the west side of Bloomington. My Thai Cafe’s second location is on 4th Street restaurant row and also serves Thai family recipes cooked to your preferred degree of spiciness. Look for noodle dishes featuring the sweet and spicy “chef’s gravy,” and try the fragrant curries. • Prices: Lunch: $; Dinner: $$ • Hours: West 3rd Street: Mon.–Th. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and 4:30–9 p.m.; Fri. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and 4:30–10 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Closed Sun.; East 4th Street: Tu.–Th. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and 4:30–9 p.m.; Fri. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and 4:30–10 p.m.; Sat. noon–10 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Closed Mon.• Bar: Beer • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Read our review of My Thai Cafe here!

Nashville House, The

American

15 S. Van Buren St., Nashville, IN
812-988-4554

browncountyinn.com/content/nashville-house-restaurant

The early-American décor suits this former hotel, which was rebuilt after it burned down in 1927. Homemade fried biscuits and home-baked apple butter are specialties, along with chicken, ham, and turkey. (The biscuits and butter can be purchased at the onsite country store.) • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Mon. and Wed. 11:30 a.m.–8 p.m.; Closed Th.–Sun.; Closed Tu. except in October; Reservations required in October. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC • Outdoor Seating: No

Naughty Dog, The

American, Hot Dogs

3860 W. 3rd St.
812-330-6888

naughtydoghotdogs.com

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: $ • 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

Nick’s English Hut

American, Fair Labor, Pub Food

423 E. Kirkwood
812-332-4040

nicksenglishhut.com

A Bloomington institution for more than 80 years, Nick’s is the place to go for Gregg “Rags” Rago’s famous Nick’s burgers, strombolis, pizza, soups, salads, and sandwiches prepared with locally produced meats and produce. Sandwiches include Italian Beef, Breaded Pork Tenderloin, Fresh Grilled Salmon, and the Black Bean Burger. For dessert, indulge in the cheesecake. Or, if you're looking for a fun night out, play Sink the Biz with friends while watching your favorite sports on the many high-definition TVs. A museum of IU memorabilia is displayed on the walls. • Prices: $–$$$ • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–2 a.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.–midnight.; Reservations are recommended for large parties. • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Cash preferred, but Visa, MC, and Disc. are accepted. • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal

Read our review of Nick’s English Hut here!

Noodle Town

Asian, Chinese, East Asian, Japanese

318 S. College Mall Rd.
812-333-8325

noodletownchinesecuisine.com

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: $–$$ • Hours: 11 a.m.–10 p.m. daily • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

Oasis

Asian, Chinese, East Asian

2652 E. 10th St.
812-339-3999

oasischinesebloomington.com

Ideal for carryout or delivery, this Chinese restaurant is tucked into the 10th and the Bypass strip of shops and restaurants. Specialties include bowls of Cantonese style noodle soup and sizzling claypot entrées; sample the gingery eggplant and chicken. Fruit smoothies and milky bubble teas help cool down spicy mouths. Karaoke and party rooms are available for groups, open late on Friday and Saturday. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Sun.–Th. 11 a.m.–midnight; Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–3 a.m. • Bar: Beer • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

Office Lounge, The

American, Pub Food

3900 E. 3rd St.
812-332-0911

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: $–$$ • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 9 a.m.–3 a.m.; Sun. noon–3 a.m. • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

Opie Taylor’s

American, Pub Food

110 N. Walnut
812-333-7287

opietaylors.com

Located on the east side of the downtown Square, Opie Taylor’s has a menu complete with 20 different burger options. Among the choices is the Cyndiana, topped with applewood-smoked bacon, cheddar, barbecue sauce, and avocado. Other items include Breaded Zucchini and Opie's Quesadillas as starters, sandwiches if you're not in the mood for a burger, and a dessert menu featuring Deep-Fried Waffle Sticks. The shrimp-and-corn bisque is fab. Big domestic mugs (34 oz.) are a special on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. The sports-themed restaurant claims to have the biggest projection-TV screen in Bloomington. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sun. 11:30 a.m.–9 p.m. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

Osteria Rago

Gluten-Free, Italian, Pizza, Salads, Sandwiches, Soup, Vegetarian

419 E. Kirkwood
812-822-0694

osteriarago.com

Tucked away in the alley behind Nick's English Hut, Osteria Rago offers comforting Italian dishes from breakfast to dinner. Start your meal off with the Crostini and Olive Tapenade antipasti, then try the Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo, Prosciutto and Arugula Pizza, or choose from the list of paninis. Cap your meal off with gelato or tiramisu, and be sure to check out the espresso bar. Gluten-free pizza and pasta are available upon request. • Prices: • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 7 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

Out of the Ordinary Restaurant and Hickory Sports Bar

American, Pub Food, Sandwiches

61 S. Van Buren St., Nashville, IN
812-778-9730

Located in and named for an old tavern, this family-owned restaurant specializes in hearty fare that includes barbecued ribs, wild game, pheasant, turkey, smoked pork chops, and pot roast. There are lunch specials, and a piano player performs from 6–8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. • Prices: $–$$$ • Hours: Sun.–Th. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–midnight • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

Owlery, The

Brunch, Fair Labor, Gluten-Free, Sandwiches, Vegan, Vegetarian

118 W. 6th St.
812-333-7344

theowleryrestaurant.com

This hip but comfortable vegetarian restaurant is furnished with vintage enameled tables and a small bar serving a carefully curated selection of beers. Menu options range from faux meat sandwiches to pierogies and Asian veggie bowls. Try a riff on fish and chips: Battered and fried tofu is flavored with nori, adding a hint of the sea. A display case full of vegan layer cakes and cupcakes provides visual incentive to leave a little room for something sweet. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sun. brunch 10 a.m.–3 p.m. • Bar: Beer • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No • Fair Labor Decal

Read our review of The Owlery here!

Peach Garden

Chinese, East Asian

536 S. College
812-332-3437

peachgardeniu.com

This small but colorful restaurant is tucked into the side of the Seminary Square Park Kroger supermarket. As one of only a handful of Chinese restaurants offering delivery in Bloomington, 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 or chicken. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Tu.–Th. 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and 5–10 p.m.; Fri. 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and 5–11 p.m.; Sat.–Sun. noon–11 p.m.; Closed Mon. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Campus Access • Outdoor Seating: No

Players Pub, The

American, Pub Food

424 S. Walnut
812-334-2080

theplayerspub.com

The Players Pub provides Bloomingtonians with a haven for good music and food. Specials include the Grilled Salmon, Bayou Bowl, and a variety of soups. Try one of their many Po Boy options, including shrimp, catfish, andouille, three-cheese, and chicken. For dessert, order the Sweet Potato Pie or the Harvest Ring Cake–carrot cake with chocolate chips, walnuts, caramel, and cream cheese icing. Nightly entertainment includes jazz, blues, swing, and country music. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Sun.–Th. 4 p.m.–2 a.m.; Fri.–Sat. 4 p.m.–3 a.m.; Reservations recommended for major entertainers. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Pourhouse Café, The

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

314 E. Kirkwood
812-339-7000

thepourhousecafe.com

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. Sandwiches, cookies, muffins, and gelato are also available. • Prices: $ • 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

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!

Sake Bar

East Asian, Japanese, Sushi

304 N. Walnut
812-339-2295

Japonee has reincarnated into a smaller, sleeker venue. Semi-private booths create an intimate vibe. The extensive list of specialty rolls is only matched by the countless sake options. Shelves are lined with bottles of flavored sakes, many served warm. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Mon.–Wed. 4 p.m.–1 a.m.; Th.–Sat. 4 p.m.–2 a.m.; Sun. 4 p.m.–midnight • Bar: Sake, wine, beer • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

Samira Restaurant

Afghan, Buffet, Fair Labor, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian

100 W. 6th St.
812-331-3761

samirasrestaurant.com

Located on the north side of the downtown Square, Samira features Afghan dishes in an elegant, relaxing atmosphere. Specialties include kebabs and dumplings as well as a wide array of vegetarian dishes. Do not miss the samarok (a spicy mushroom appetizer) — you’ll want to sop up every drop of sauce with the chewy and delicious flatbread. Great baklava. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Lunch: Mon.–Fri. (buffet and lunch menu) 11 a.m.–2 p.m.; Dinner Mon.–Th. 5–9 p.m. and Fri.–Sat. 5–10 p.m.; Closed Sun.; Reservations recommended. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal

Read our review of Samira's Restaurant here! 

Scholars Inn Gourmet Café & Wine Bar

American, Brunch, Fair Labor, Fine Dining, Steaks

717 N. College
812-332-1892

scholarsinn.com

Chef Drew Nickless’ eclectic menu emphasizes fresh food and offers specials every day in this romantic, 150-year-old brick mansion complete with fireplaces and an outdoor dining deck. The café serves creative brunches and dinners and gorgeous, decadent desserts. Definitely a place to bring a date! • Prices: $–$$$$ • Hours: Sun. brunch 10 a.m.–2 p.m.; Dinner daily 5–11 p.m.; Desserts and appetizers until midnight; Reservations recommended. • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal
Read our review of Scholars Inn Gourmet Café & Wine Bar here! 

Scotty’s Brewhouse

American, Fair Labor, Gluten-Free, Pub Food

302 N. Walnut
812-333-5151

scottysbrewhouse.com

All ages are welcome at this relaxed sports bar, with its extensive menu featuring creative salads, sandwiches, burgers, and huge desserts. Dill chips made from fried pickles, Buffalo-Breaded Chicken, and Scotty’s German Chocolate Cake are specialties. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Sun.–Th. 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; No reservations. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., Campus Access • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal
Read our review of Scotty's Brewhouse here!

Serendipity Martini Bar and Restaurant

American, Pub Food, Small Plates

201 S. College
812-330-6688

serendipitymartini.com

This sleek lounge offers more than 20 martinis, an extensive wine list, and a variety of savory tapas and entrées. Don’t miss the Petite Fleur, an herbal gin cocktail. Tapas, or small plates meant for sharing, round out the menu. Snag one of the few couches to take in the free live music on weekends. Half-priced martinis on Mondays. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Mon.–Th. 6 p.m.–midnight; Fri. 6 p.m.–1 a.m.; Sat. 6 p.m.–2:30 a.m. • Bar: Yes • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Siam House

South/Southeast Asian, Thai, Vegetarian

430 E. 4th St.
812-331-1233

siamhousebloomington.com

The 90-item menu was one of the first local restaurants to list vegetarian options using healthy, fresh foods. Specialties include pad thai, curries, combo seafood platters, spicy Thai and coconut-milk soups, and miang kom (fresh spinach leaves folded into a cone and filled with ginger, peanuts, coconut, etc.). • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Mon.–Fri. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. (lunch buffet 11 a.m.–2 p.m.); Sat. noon–10 p.m.; Sun. noon–9 p.m. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Smokin’ Jack’s Rib Shack

American, Barbecue

505 W. 17th St.
812-332-7427

smokinjacksribshack.com

Chef Jack Cody—“Smokin’ Jack”—specializes in (what else?) smoked ribs, but be sure to try the pulled pork, too. He offers five different sauces: regular, Jack’s sweet barbecue, Louisiana hot, barbecue hot, and Jamaican jerk. Collard greens and cornbread salad are among the sides. Monday is buy-one-get-one-free night for seniors from 4–9 p.m. Specials are offered every day. • Prices: $–$$$ • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Closed Sun. • Bar: Beer • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Sobon

East Asian, Korean

1811 E. 10th St.
812-333-1004

iujaponee.com

This casual joint serves up fast Korean fare. Walk up to the counter and order off the large menu board, and in a few minutes you’ll have a tray of steaming Korean cuisine. For some comfort food with a twist, try the bibimbap. This traditional dish is served in a stone bowl, filled with rice, veggies, slices of meat, and a fried egg. Mix it all up and enjoy. • Prices: $–$$$$ • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.– 2:30 p.m. and 5–10 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

Soma Coffee House & Juice Bar

Cafés, Fair Labor, Juice Bar, Sweets, Vegan, Vegetarian

322 E. Kirkwood • 812-331-2770
1400 E. 3rd St. Suite C • 812-333-7334

iheartsoma.com

Serving up the best latte in town, Soma works magic with coffee beans and an espresso machine. A prime downtown location and another in Jordan Square means more to love. Constant traffic means the coffee is always fresh. • Prices: $ • Hours: East Kirkwood Mon.–Fri. 6:30 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sat. 7 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sun. 8 a.m.–10 p.m.; East 3rd Street Mon.–Fri. 6 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sat.–Sun. 7 a.m.–9 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., Campus Access • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal

Square Donuts

Donuts, Sweets

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

squaredonuts.com

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: $ • 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
812-331-0575

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: $ • 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

Story Inn, The

American, Fine Dining

6404 S. Ind. 135
Nashville, IN
812-988-2273

storyinn.com

Homey and quaint, this gem of a restaurant with wood floors and folksy memorabilia on the walls serves fresh food made from local ingredients. On weekends, live chamber music is featured. • Prices: $–$$$$ • Hours: Mon.–Fri. 9 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and 5–8 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and 5–9 p.m.; Sun. 8 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and 5–8 p.m.; Dinner reservations always required; reservations at other meals required for parties of six or more. • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Read our review of The Story Inn here!

Sunny Palace

Chinese, East Asian

1143 S. College Mall Rd.
812-333-5533

sunnypalacebloomington.com

Dine-in or carryout, the east side’s Sunny Palace (find it near Kroger in Jackson Creek Shopping Center) offers a tempting array of Asian cooking — mostly Chinese but with a smattering of Thai, Cambodian, and Vietnamese. Try the delicious scallion pancakes, the boneless spare ribs, and the fried dumplings. Kung pao chicken and orange beef are also good choices. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: 11 a.m.–10:30 p.m. daily • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

Sushi Bar

East Asian, Japanese, Sushi

2522 E. 10th St.
812-331-7688

There’s karaoke on weekends at Sushi Bar, which offers regular $1 sushi specials. The Birthday Roll includes tempura shrimp, eel, spicy shrimp, avocado, and crab. • Prices: $–$$$$ • Hours: Lunch: Mon.–Sat. 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Sun. noon–2:30 p.m.; Dinner: Mon.–Wed. 4:30–10 p.m., Th.–Sat. 4:30 p.m.–3 a.m., Sun. 4:30–10 p.m. • Bar: Beer, wine, sake • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

Sweet Grass Restaurant

American, Fair Labor, Pizza, Southern

405 W. Patterson Dr.
812-333-1043

sweetgrassbloomington.com

Fried green-tomato BLTs, pimento-cheese sandwiches, shrimp and grits, collard greens, and Carolina slaw washed down with a cold sweet tea will satisfy your craving for food with a Southern accent. • Prices: $–$$$ • Hours: Mon.–Th. 11 a.m.–9 p.m. (bar open until 10 p.m.); Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. (bar open until midnight); Closed Sun. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal

Taste of India

Buffet, Fair Labor, Indian, South/Southeast Asian, Vegan, Vegetarian

316 E. 4th St.
812-333-1399

tasteofindiabtown.com

This airy, casual restaurant specializes in northern-and southern-Indian cuisine. The tikkas, vindaloos, and kormas are all good and cooked to your desired level of spiciness. The southern-Indian dosa—a lentil-and-rice crêpe with various fillings — is terrific. Slather on some coconut chutney and enjoy with a savory tamarind lentil stew. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and 5–10 p.m. daily • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal
Read our review of Taste of India here!

That Sandwich Place

American, Breakfast, Sandwiches

15 S. Van Buren St.‚ Nashville, IN
812-988-2355

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: $ • 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

Mexican

601 N. College, Suite #2
812-822-1754

the3amigosbtown.com

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: Lunch: $; Dinner: $$ • 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

the ROOST

American, Fine Dining, Pizza

514 E. Kirkwood
812-333-2700

finchsbrasserie.com

Just a block off campus, Finch’s is a Bloomington treat. Chef/owner Jeff Finch turns out wonderful food with a wide Mediterranean pedigree. Lots to love here—but don’t miss the crispy calamari appetizer, the wood-fired pizzettas, the seafood pasta, and steak frites. The menu changes seasonally and showcases meats, cheeses, and produce from Indiana. Extensive beer and wine selection. • Prices: $–$$$$ • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m. and 5–10 p.m.; Closed Sun. • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Read our review of Finch's Brasserie here!

Topo’s 403

Fine Dining, Greek, Mediterranean

403 N. Walnut
812-676-8676

topos403.com

This family-owned restaurant, housed in the restored 1870s Topolgus Building, features a Greek menu incorporating the flavors of the surrounding Mediterranean regions. Classic entrées as well as sharable plates, snacks, salads, and luscious desserts. You’ll find cocktails, wine, and beer at the custom stainless steel bar in the Taverna, and lots of outdoor seating under the twinkling lights on the patio. • Prices: $–$$$ • Hours: Tu.–Sat. 5–10 p.m.; Sun. 5–9 p.m.; Closed Mon. • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
Read our review of Topo's 403 here!

Trigos Bakery

Bakery, Sweets

310 Muller Parkway
812-339-6797

trigosbakery.com

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: $ • 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

Trojan Horse

American, Greek, Mediterranean, Sandwiches, Vegan, Vegetarian

100 E. Kirkwood
812-332-1101

thetrojanhorse.com

Casual and family-friendly, the Trojan Horse, on the southeast corner of the downtown Square, serves Greek food and other Mediterranean treats. Try the Chicken Giannoulas, Lamb Kabob, or their signature Gyros Dinner–a heaping portion of gyros meat on a bed of rice with pita bread, tomatoes, onions, and a side of Zaziki. The Trojan Horse is also famous for its hand-cut fries. Drink specials are offered every night. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Mon.–Th. 11 a.m.–11 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–midnight; Sun. 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m. • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No
Read our review of Trojan Horse here!

Tudor Room

American, Brunch, Buffet

Indiana Memorial Union
900 E. 7th St.
812-855-9866

imu.indiana.edu/dining/tudorroom.shtml

Tudor Room

This high-ceilinged, medieval room on the IU campus evokes a bygone day. The salad bar includes crisp greens, as well as tuna, pasta, and other side salads. The buffet with hot entrées changes daily but might include baked fish, pasta, meat dishes, and assorted sides. Luscious dessert bar, delicious Sunday brunch. Public welcome. • Prices: $–$$; weekday brunch $9 for students • Hours: Lunch buffet weekdays 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.; Sunday brunch 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.; Closed Sat. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., Campus Access, DC • Outdoor Seating: No

Read our review of the Tudor Room here!

Turkuaz Café

Breakfast, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Turkish, Vegetarian

301 E. 3rd St.
812-333-7908

Authentic Turkish decorations and music enliven this intimate restaurant. Boat-shaped pides are reminiscent of pizza, filled with cheese and all manner of toppings — think eggplant, ground beef, and even eggs. Most meals come with a simple but flavorful red lentil soup and a trio of salads. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Tu.–Th. 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 10 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; Closed Mon. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Underground Cupcakes and Cafe

Bakery, Sandwiches, Soup, Sweets

3631 W. State Rd. 46
812-935-5253

undergroundcupcakes.com

Snickerdoodle, Chocolate Chip Cheesecake, Strawberry Champagne. These are just three of the 80+ cupcakes on the menu at Underground Cupcakes & Café, owned by sisters Marena Regalado and Melissa Emlinger. Daily selections vary, but custom orders (including gluten-free, sugar-free, and vegan cupcakes) take just a few days. Gluten-free and sugar-free cupcakes are also available every Wednesday. If it’s something savory you’re craving, the café has you covered. At least two made-from-scratch soups, plus made-to-order salads and sandwiches, are available every day. • Prices: $ • Hours: Mon.–Fri. 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

Upland’s Bloomington Brewpub

American, Fair Labor, Pub Food

350 W. 11th St.
812-336-2337

uplandbeer.com

The menu changes seasonally but always includes pub favorites such as Fish and Chips, as well as many dishes that include Upland’s craft-brewed beers as ingredients. The menu runs from sandwiches (try the buffalo burgers) to entrées, and many vegetarian/vegan specials are also offered. Live entertainment. Beers regularly on tap include wheat, weizen, pale, IPA, porter, and amber. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Mon.–Th. 11 a.m.–midnight; Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–1 a.m.; Sun. noon–midnight • Bar: Beer, including carryout, and wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal

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Uptown Cafe, The

American, Brunch, Cajun/Creole, Fair Labor, Steaks

102 E. Kirkwood
812-339-0900

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Uptown Cafe

The New Orleans-style Uptown Cafe is known for Cajun/Creole-inspired fare (try the Cajun meatloaf), fresh steaks, seafood, and extravagant breakfast and brunch items, including Cottage Cheese Pancakes, Eggs Benedict, and Michael’s Home Fries. Jazz and soul music complement your meal. The casually upscale environment provides the opportunity to dress up or down and enjoy a consistently tasty meal. Uptown’s bar area serves craft beer, fine wine, artisan spirits, and classic cocktails, as well as late-night food on Friday and Saturday nights. • Prices: $–$$$$ • Hours: Mon.–Wed. 7 a.m.–10 p.m.; Th. 7 a.m.–11 p.m.; Fri. 7 a.m.–1 a.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.–1 a.m.; Sun. brunch 9 a.m.–2 p.m. • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal

Read our review of The Uptown Cafe here!

Village Deli, The

American, Breakfast, Brunch, Delicatessen, Fair Labor

409 E. Kirkwood
812-336-2303

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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: $ • 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

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Wee Willie’s

American, Breakfast, Brunch, Diners

4618 W. Richland Plaza Dr.
812-876-1106

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: $–$$ • 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
812-323-8999

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. • Prices: $–$$ • 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

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