Angel B’s A Galleria of Cakes
407 W. Patterson Dr.
From the incredibly decadent flourless chocolate cake to a vanilla sponge cake layered with chantilly cream and glossy strawberries, Angel B’s creates beautiful cakes for any sweet tooth. Two bite tarts and cheesecakes are nice if you’re not in the market for a full size cake. Slices of apple tart are lovely, too. Dusted with cinnamon and prettily layered on tender pastry, the thin slices of granny smith apples retain their crunch and tartness. Fruit tarts are gorgeous and taste as good as they look. Prices: Petite sweets $1.50-3, pastries and cinnamon rolls $2-3, cupcakes $1.75 apiece, $18 per dozen Hours: Mon-Fri 7:30 am-5:30 pm Sat 8 am-3 pm. Closed Sun Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. Outdoor Seating: No
Anyetsang’s Little Tibet
Asian, Indian, Thai, Tibetan
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 $6.95, dinner appetizers $5.95, entrées $11.95-12.45, desserts $2-3 Hours: Wed-Mon 11 am-3 pm, 5-9:30 pm. Closed Tu Bar: Wine Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. Outdoor Seating: Yes
1837 N. Kinser Pike • 339-6555
2905 E. Covenanter Dr. • 331-5555
317 E. Winslow Rd. • 323-8333
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. And now, if you’re not at home for delivery but still craving pizza, eat in at the new Covenanter Drive location. The spacious dining room features local art and offers a variety of local and specialty beers. For lunch, try the buffet. Slices of cheese, pepperoni, and Cream & Crimson pizza are standard, along with a full salad bar and rotating pie of the day. Prices: Sides $2-6, lunch buffet $6.99, pizzas up to $20 Hours: Dining Room buffet Mon-Fri 11 am-2 pm and 4-10 pm Sat-Sun 11 am-10 pm, delivery Sun-Wed 11 am-2 am Th 11am-3 am Fri-Sat 11 am-4 am Bar: Beer Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. Outdoor Seating: No
5440 S. Old State Road 37
Follow Walnut south until it becomes Old State Road 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 $1-3, pizzas $7-15, stromboli $3-7 Hours: Mon-Th 11 am-10:30 pm Fri 11 am-11:30 pm Sat 4-11:30 pm Sun 4-10:30 pm Bar: Beer Credit Cards: Visa, MC Outdoor Seating: No
American, Pub Food
1316 E. 3rd St.
A Bloomington institution just off the south side of campus, Bear’s Place is famous for its Bear Burger and Bear Parmigiana (breaded tenderloin, Monterey Jack, and chili), and the Hairy Bear (six shots of liquor in a 32 oz. glass). Lunch specials served from 11 am to 4 pm. Nightly entertainment includes Comedy Caravan on Monday and Saturday, live local rock on Wednesday, Jazz Fables (a series of performers) and karaoke on Thursday, blues on Friday, and film screenings on Sunday. Prices: Appetizers $2-10.75, entrées $4-11, desserts $4.75-5.50 Hours: Mon-Wed 11 am-1 am Th-Fri 11 am-2 am Sat noon-2 am Sun noon-1 am Bar: Full Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. Outside Seating: No
Bloomingfoods Market and Deli
Brunch, Buffet, Delicatessen, Vegetarian
3220 E. 3rd St. • 336-5400
316 W. 6th St. • 333-7312
419 E. Kirkwood • 336-5300
The cafés at these member-owned organic groceries feature hot dishes, a salad bar, and eclectic deli and dessert selections. Local ingredients are emphasized, and vegan and vegetarian choices abound. All three locations offer a salad bar, soup, made-to-order sandwiches, and baked goods, while the West 6th Street and East 3rd Street locations also offer a hot bar with salad, lunch, and dinner items available every day from 10:30 am-9 pm. The East 3rd Street location also has smoothies. Prices: Salad/hot bar $7.99/lb, entrées $5-15, desserts $1 and up Hours: East 3rd Street Mon-Fri 8 am-9 pm (breakfast until 10:30 am) Sat 8 am-9 pm (breakfast until 11 am) Sun 8 am-9 pm (brunch until 1 pm), West 6th Street Mon-Sat 8 am-9 pm Sun brunch 9 am-2 pm, East Kirkwood Mon-Sat 8 am-7 pm Sun 10 am-5 pm Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., Campus Access Outdoor Seating: No/Yes/Yes
Bloomington Bagel Company
Bagels, Breakfast, Sandwiches
113 N. Dunn St. • 333-4653
238 N. Morton St. • 349-4653
913 S. College Mall Rd. • 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: Appetizers $3-5, entrées $3-10, desserts around $2 Hours: North Dunn Street Mon-Sat 6 am-7 pm Sun 7 am-7 pm, North Morton Street Mon-Sat 7 am-4 pm Sun 8 am-4 pm, South College Mall Road Mon-Sat 7 am-5 pm. Closed Sun Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., Campus Access Outdoor Seating: Yes
Bloomington Sandwich Co.
118 E. Kirkwood
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. Prices: Sandwiches $3-8, desserts $1-2 Hours: Mon-Fri 11 am-8 pm Sat 11:30 am-3:30 pm. Closed Sun Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., Campus Access Outdoor Seating: Yes
BLU Boy Chocolate Café & Cakery
Cafés, Ice Cream, Sweets
112 E. Kirkwood
Beautiful chocolates and cakes are handcrafted with local ingredients at BLU Boy Chocolate Café & Cakery. Cookies are excellent; choose from buttery oatmeal raisin, double chocolate mudslide, or the classic chocolate chunk, balanced by a touch of cinnamon and salt. BLU Boy may be the only place in Bloomington to buy macarons, delicate French sandwich cookies. 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 am-8 pm Th-Sat 10 am-10 pm. Closed Sun Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. Outdoor Seating: Yes
Read our review of BLU Boy Chocolate Café & Cakery here!
601 N. College
Tucked into the 10th and College apartment complex, Bombay Cafe offers fast Indian food. Meal specials are served in disposable, compartmentalized dishes. The menu rotates but often features favorites like butter chicken and dal makhni. Main dishes come with roti (an Indian flatbread), basmati rice, and small salads. Prices: Lunch special $6, dinner special $12, sides $3-7 Hours: Tu-Sun 11:30 am-12:30 am Mon 5 pm-midnight Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. Outdoor Seating: Yes
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 $5.95-19.95, sides $1.20-12.99, desserts $4.25-5.35 Hours: Daily 11 am-10 pm Bar: Beer, wine Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. Outdoor Seating: Yes
114 S. Indiana Ave.
Seventeen years ago, 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: Daily 11 am-midnight Bar: Beer Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., Campus Access Outdoor Seating: Yes
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 $1.25-3.50, entrées $3.50-22.70 Hours: Mon-Th 11 am-11:30 pm Fri-Sat 11 am-midnight Sun 5-11:30 pm Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. Outdoor Seating: No
Chocolate Moose, The
Ice Cream, Sweets
401 S. Walnut St.
Come summer, lines form well into the night at the venerable Chocolate Moose. Grasshopper and Moose Chocolate ice creams are classics and well worth the wait. In fact, all of the homemade ice cream flavors are a good bet; add dips to a sundae or blend into a milkshake. Soft serve is big, too, from tiny torch cones to chocolate-and-nut-dipped swirls. And there’s more than just frozen treats; Coney dogs and Spanish burgers have their share of fans. Dairy-less options include fruity Dole whip and slushies. Prices: Ice cream $1.50-5, slushies and sno cones $.50-2, sundaes and parfaits $2-5, sandwiches $1-4 Hours: Daily noon-10 pm Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC Outdoor Seating: Yes
Asian, Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, Seafood
216 S. Indiana Ave.
Chow Bar’s prime location on Indiana makes it a popular spot for students and faculty. The lunch buffet isn’t huge, but it offers more than the standard sweet and sour chicken and fried rice. Seafood is plentiful, especially at the Sunday buffet. Or order off the menu; spicy Szechuan dishes arrive slicked with fiery chili oil. Vegetable-based dishes shine, in particular tender eggplant and snappy green beans coated in addictive garlic sauce. Bubble tea is a big draw, available in a wide variety of flavors from green tea to taro root to passion fruit. The menu focuses on Taiwanese specialties but also features Japanese and Indonesian style entrées. Prices: Appetizers $2-6, lunch $5-8, house specialties $9-15 Hours: Mon-Fri 11 am-10 pm Sat noon-10 pm Sun noon-9 pm Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Campus Access Outdoor Seating: No
Cozy Table Restaurant & Pancake House
American, Breakfast, Diners, Sandwiches
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. Try the signature pancakes, a fluffy Belgian waffle, or a massive platter of biscuits and gravy. Hoosier favorites like fried catfish and pork tenderloin sandwiches are popular for lunch. Don't forget the mashed potatoes! Prices: Breakfast $3-6, sandwiches $5-8, entrées $6-10 Hours: Mon-Sat 6 am-8 pm Sun 7 am-3 pm Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. Outdoor Seating: No
231 S. Adams St.
For over 50 years Cresent Donut has been satisfying Bloomington’s craving for fried dough, any hour of the day or night. Cake donuts have a delicate chew; try the spicy cinnamon sugar or chocolate- and nut-topped versions. The more elastic yeast donuts are Bloomington’s gold standard, coated in a lightly sweet glaze or a stripe of chocolate frosting. Custard and fruit-filled options are good, too. Prices: Individual donuts $.69-1, half dozen $4-6, dozen $8-12 Hours: Daily 24 hours Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC Outdoor Seating: No
Dagwood’s Deli & Sub Shop
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 $3.50-5 Hours: Mon-Th 10:30 am-1 am Fri-Sat 10:30 am-4 am Sun 11 am-midnight Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC Outdoor Seating: No
Darn Good Soup
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, healthy meals. And the name rings true—the soup is darn good. 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 including 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 am-7:30 pm Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC Outdoor Seating: No
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 $5.75-8.75, desserts $.50-3 Hours: Mon-Sat 11 am-10 pm Sun noon-10 pm Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC Outdoor Seating: Yes
DoMo Japanese Steak & Sushi House
Asian, Japanese, Sushi
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. Skilled chefs prepare meals with plenty of fire and steam, fun for kids and groups. Sushi options range from basic avocado rolls to the fiery Heart Attack, a tempura-fried jalapeño filled with spicy tuna and cream cheese. Other specialties include noodle soups, tempura, and katso, deep-fried pork or chicken cutlets. The seemingly eclectic decor is full of knotty wood paneling and longhorn upholstery, reflecting the restaurant’s former life as a steakhouse. Prices: Appetizers $3.95-8.95, sushi $5.95-15.95, hibachi $15.95-23.95, entrées $8.95-13.95 Hours: Sun-Th 11 am-10:30 pm Fri-Sat 11 am-11 pm Bar: Beer, wine Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. Outdoor Seating: No
Dragon Chinese Restaurant
3261 W. 3rd St. • 332-6610
1400 E. 3rd St. • 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. Eat-in or carryout, it’s one of the best food values in town. Prices: Appetizers $1.20-9.30; most other dishes available in pints ($3.30-5.20) or quarts ($6.10-9.90) Hours: Daily 11 am-11 pm Bar: No Credit Cards: No Outdoor Seating: No
2454 S. Walnut St.
This quaint deli and market, tucked away on the south side of Bloomington, holds treasures for anyone who loves Eastern European food—delicacies from Ukraine, Poland, and Russia are made right in the store. Owner Lesya Romanyshak is proud to serve dishes from her Ukrainian homeland, such as creamy cucumber and tomato salad and stuffed cabbage. Dress your sandwich with a variety of meats and cheeses. Be sure to pick up some imported groceries or smoked fish from the large display case while you’re there. They have a couple tables if you choose to eat in. Prices: $5-10 Hours: Mon-Fri 10 am-7 pm Sat 10 am-6 pm Closed Sun Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc. Outdoor Seating: Yes
Great Wall Chinese Restaurant
Asian, Buffet, Chinese, Sushi
2038 N. Walnut
Great Wall’s extensive buffet offers dozens of Chinese favorites. To start, hot and sour soup is particularly good, as are pan-fried chicken and pork dumplings dunked in a scallion soy dipping sauce. Seafood, chicken, and vegetarian options are all plentiful. A variety of sushi rolls are available as well. The dessert bar has a soft serve machine with rotating ice cream and frozen yogurts. Top with popping boba, fun tapioca balls that burst when eaten. An attached Asian market is packed to the brim with reasonably priced noodles, sauces, and frozen delicacies. Prices: Lunch buffet $7, dinner buffet $11, appetizers $1.50-6.95, entrées $7.95-13.95 Hours: Mon-Th 11 am-9:30 pm Fri-Sun 11 am-10 pm Bar: Beer, wine Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. Outdoor Seating: No
Hartzell’s Ice Cream
107 N. Dunn St.
Just steps from Kirkwood, Hartzell’s has stepped up to fill ice cream cravings. Freshly made waffle cones and bowls are the way to go—fill yours with a scoop or two of creamy homemade ice cream. Unique flavors like the pleasantly herbal Chocolate & Sweet Basil and chocolate-coated Potato Chip are fun and tasty. 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 pm Tu-Sat 11:30 am-11 pm Sun noon-11 pm Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc., Campus Access Outdoor Seating: Yes
206 S. Adams St.
Opened in 1930, this 16-seat hamburger joint serves lunch only. The recipes have been handed down from the Hinkle family, the original owners. Good burgers! Prices: Appetizers about $2, hamburgers $1.60-3.35, desserts $1-2 Hours: Mon-Sat 10 am-4 pm Bar: No Credit Cards: No Outdoor Seating: Yes
Hobnob Corner, The
American, Breakfast, Brunch
17 W. Main St., Nashville, IN
Housed in a historic former dry-goods store that has stood at the corner of Main and Van Buren in downtown Nashville since 1873, The Hobnob serves home-baked goods and classic American fare like long-simmered pot roast, liver and onions, and peach shortcake (when in season). Sandwiches, pasta dishes, and salads also available. Prices: Soups, salads, and sandwiches $4.50-11.95, entrées $8.25-19, desserts $4.25 Hours: Mon 8:30 am-7:30 pm Tu 8:30 am-3 pm Wed-Th 8:30 am-8 pm Fri-Sat 8 am-8:30 pm Sun 8 am-7:30 pm (hours vary seasonally, call ahead) Bar: Wine Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., DC Outdoor Seating: No
Kilroy’s Bar & Grill
American, 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: Mon-Sat 11 am-3 am Sun 11 am-12:30 am Bar: Full Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. Outdoor Seating: Yes
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 am-10 pm Fri 10:30 am-11 pm Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc. Outdoor Seating: Yes
Laughing Planet Café
American, Cafés, Soup
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 $2.99-4.25, burritos from $4.59, desserts $1.50 Hours: Daily 11 am-9 pm. Delivery Mon-Fri 11 am-9 pm Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Campus Access Outdoor Seating: Yes
Macri’s at the Depot
301 N. Morton St.
This reincarnation of an east side favorite is located alongside city hall in an old train depot. The cavernous building houses booths that create space for conversation. The menu offers an eclectic array of salads, sandwiches, pita wraps, and paninis. Try the “Old Chicago”—a combination Italian beef and Italian sausage—and save room for the elephant ears on the dessert menu! Prices: Appetizers $4.99-9.99, salads $6.49-9.29, sandwiches $8.49-9.49, desserts $3-6 Hours: Sun-Wed 11 am-11 pm, Th-Sat 11 am-2 am Bar: Yes Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. Outdoor Seating: Yes
Mad Mushroom Pizza
601 N. Walnut
Mad Mushroom delivers pizza at all hours, for all price points. The menu spans from bargain one-topping pizzas to specialty pies topped and sauced with gourmet ingredients like roasted red potatoes and gyros meat. And there’s more than pizza on the menu. Fill late night pasta cravings with baked ziti or spaghetti with basil pesto chicken. Check the website for daily specials. Prices: Appetizers and salads $3.99-6.99, grinders and pasta $4.49-8.99, pizza from $6.99, gourmet and specialty pizzas $10.99-22.99 Hours: Closed for remodeling until August 2013 Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., Campus Access Outdoor Seating: No
American, Italian, Pizza
108 W. 6th St.
This pizza place and live-music venue has moved to the downtown Square and doubled in size, making room for a bar that offers beer and wine. An expanded menu features items including grilled panini sandwiches and dinner salads. Keep an eye out for new specialty toppings for pizza, including goat cheese, prosciutto, and barbeque buffalo. Prices: Appetizers $2-9.95; pizza $5.95-23.95; salads $3.95-9.95; sandwiches, paninis, and calzones $4.95-9.95 Hours: Mon-Th 11 am-11 pm Fri-Sat noon-1 am Sun noon-10 pm, closing times vary from 11 pm-2 am depending on events Bar: Beer, wine Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. Outdoor Seating: No
Read our review of Max's Place here!
Monroe County Pizza
3151 W. 3rd St.
This local pizza joint specializes in thin-crusted pies. Pizzas are topped with small, uniform chunks of veggies and meat, allowing for maximum flavor in each bite. Breadsticks are very good, densely chewy and sprinkled with coarse salt. Dine in at the West 3rd Street location, where the buffet is popular for both lunch and dinner. Prices: Appetizers $3-7, pizzas $2.75-10, specialty pizzas $8-16, buffet $6-8 Hours: Sun-Th 11 am-10 pm Fri-Sat 11 am-11 pm Bar: Beer Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. Outdoor Seating: No
Asian, Chinese, Japanese, Sushi
4400 E. 3rd St.
Housed in the former Ryan’s buffet hall, Mr. Hibachi puts on a massive buffet spread and the crowds line up to fill up. Staff replenish empty dishes like clockwork and move diners through efficiently without making them feel rushed. Buffet fixtures like crab rangoon and General Tso’s style crispy chicken are abundant, along with Japanese offerings in miso soup and a variety of sushi rolls. Standouts include vibrant garlicky green beans and filets of peppery-sauced white fish. 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. Hibachi and buffet are both included in the price, no need to choose. Prices: Lunch $7.95, dinner $11.29 Hours: Lunch Mon-Sat 11 am-3 pm, dinner Mon-Th 3-9:30 pm Fri-Sat 3-10:30 pm Sun 11 am-9:30 pm 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 $1.95-7.75, sides $.85-3.99 Hours: Mon-Sat 10:30 am-9 pm Sun 11 am-5 pm Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. Outdoor Seating: No
Asian, Chinese, 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. Noodle soups are popular, too, try one with soy sauce chicken or red-stained honey roast pork. Lunch and dinner specials include fried rice and an egg roll. Prices: Appetizers $2-6, lunch $6-9, dinner $7-11, Hong Kong Specialties $10-15 Hours: Daily 11 am-10 pm Bar: Beer, wine Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. Outdoor Seating: No
2652 E. 10th St.
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: Appetizers $1.25-6.95, lunch $5.50, house specialties $8-13, milk tea and smoothies $3.50 Hours: Sun-Th 11 am-midnight Fri-Sat 11 am-3 am Bar: Beer Credit Cards: Visa, MC Outdoor Seating: No
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. Karaoke is popular Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after 10 pm. 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 am-3 am Sun noon-3 am Bar: Full Credit Cards: Visa, MC Outdoor Seating: No
110 N. Walnut
Located on the east side of the downtown Square, Opie Taylor’s is known for really great burgers dressed up any way you want them. Big domestic mugs (34 oz.) are a special on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. The shrimp-and-corn bisque is fab. The sports-themed restaurant claims to have the biggest projection-TV screen in Bloomington. Prices: Appetizers $5.99-8.99, entrées $7.29-18.99 Hours: Mon-Wed 11 am-9 pm Th-Sat 11 am-10 pm Sun 11:30 am-9 pm Bar: Beer, wine Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. Outdoor Seating: No
118 W. 6th St.
In 2011, Toby Foster and Ryan Woods saw a gap in the Bloomington restaurant scene. They opened The Owlery to cater to a growing population of eaters hungry for affordable vegetarian and vegan fare. Now settled in a new location on the downtown Square, the hip but comfortable restaurant is furnished with vintage enameled tables, a small bar serving a carefully curated selection of beers, and plenty of charming owl-centric art. The menu options range from faux meat sandwiches to pierogies and Asian veggie bowls. The handmade potato and onion pierogies are comfort food at its best; toppings include sauerkraut, applesauce, and tofu bacon. Or 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. Ice cream is vegan, too; the Owl Spot flavor is made from an ultra creamy base of coconut milk punctuated with Oreo chunks and squiggles of peanut butter. It’s created exclusively for the restaurant by The Chocolate Moose. Prices: Appetizers $3.50-6.50, salads and sandwiches $4.95-8.95, entrées $7.95-11.95, dessert $1.75-4 Hours: Mon-Sat 11 am-10 pm Sun brunch 10 am-3 pm Bar: Beer Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc. Outdoor Seating: No
Read our review of The Owlery here!
Peach Garden, The
536 S. College
This small but colorful Chinese restaurant is tucked into the side of the Seminary Square Kroger supermarket. As one of only a handful of Chinese restaurants offering delivery in Bloomington, The Peach Garden does brisk business dispatching food to customers in and out of the dining room. Szechuan and Kung Pao specialties are sneakily spicy, with heat that creeps up the back of your throat. Try pan-fried Szechuan wontons filled with pork and chicken. Many menu options are available in pint or quart sizes. Prices: Appetizers $1.45-5.45, lunch specials $5.95-7.95, entrées $6.45-13.95 Hours: Lunch Tu-Fri 11 am-2:30 pm, dinner Mon-Th 5-10 pm Fri 5-11 pm Sat-Sun noon-11 pm Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Campus Access Outdoor Seating: No
Pourhouse Café, The
314 E. Kirkwood
This nonprofit coffee house’s motto is “pouring global goodness.” Launched by Sherwood Oaks Christian Church, 100 percent of profits and tips are donated to charity. Check the website to see where the money is donated each month. The deceptively large space has plenty of room for a coffee date or an extended study session, and there’s even a small stage for live music. All manner of coffee and espresso drinks are sold, along with smoothies and teas. Cool down with a bowl of gelato, unique flavors like mascarpone caramel pistachio and spiced hazelnut fig rotate by season. Sandwiches, cookies, and muffins are also available. Prices: Coffee $1-3, espresso drinks, tea, and smoothies $2-5, gelato $3-5, sandwiches $4-6 Hours: Mon-Th 8 am-9 pm Fri 8 am-8 pm Sat 9 am-8 pm Sun 1-8 pm Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc. Outdoor Seating: Yes
Breakfast, Cafés, Sandwiches
300 E. 3rd St.
This welcoming café is full of light from window-lined walls, abundant plants, and shimmery papier-mâché sculptures. Over-size muffins and cookies are baked in-house, fresh waffles are popular for breakfast. Free Wi-Fi, plenty of coffee options, and comfortable couches make it a popular study spot during the day. At night, the café hosts poetry readings and local music shows, often extending the 9 pm closing time until events wind down. Prices: Coffee and tea $1-4, baked goods $1-3, salads and sandwiches $3-8 Hours: Mon-Fri 8 am-9 pm Sat-Sun 9 am-9 pm (open later depending on the event) Bar: Beer, wine Credit Cards: Visa, MC Outdoor Seating: Yes
Asian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, 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 $10-15, entrées $7-13 Hours: Mon-Wed 11 am-10 pm Th-Sat 11 am-11 pm Sun noon-10 pm Bar: Beer, wine Credit Cards: Visa, MC Outdoor Seating: No
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. Peppery beef bulgogi and colorful bibimbap are just a few of the Korean options. Much of Ami’s lengthy menu is devoted to Japanese items such as rice bowls, soba and udon noodles, and tempura. But the main attraction is clearly the sushi. 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-Fri 11 am-10 pm Sat-Sun noon-10 pm 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 serves delicious pizza with a rich, spicy tomato sauce until late in the evening. Wonderful, herby breadsticks. Local delivery available. Prices: Pizzas $4 (small), $9.75 (extra large) plus toppings, slices $2 Hours: Mon-Sat 5 pm-4 am Sun 5 pm-midnight Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX Outdoor Seating: No
Roots on the Square
American, Asian, Juice Bar, Thai, Vegetarian
124 N. Walnut
This formerly all-vegetarian restaurant has recently added shrimp, pork, and even a beef burger to their offerings. Still, the majority of the menu is vegan and vegetarian, with extensive tempeh, tofu, and seitan options. Thai entrées are very good, especially the Pad Kee Mao, an aromatic stir-fried noodle dish brimming with garlic and basil. Panang and ginger curries are also recommended, served with healthy brown rice. Espresso drinks and an assortment of teas fill the drink menu alongside fresh juice blends, pressed to order. Give the Breezy Greens a chance; it’s a surprising mix of cucumber, celery, bok choy, and apple. Shaded outdoor seating is perfect for people-watching on the downtown Square. Prices: Appetizers $5.95-9, lunch $6-9, dinner $7-13 Hours: Mon-Sat 10:30 am-10 pm Sun noon-9 pm Bar: Beer, wine Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. Outdoor Seating: Yes
Rush Hour Station
Asian, European, French, Fusion, Sandwiches
421 E. 3rd St.
Bloomingtonian lovers of bánh mì, those luscious French-Vietnamese fusion sandwiches of grilled meat, vegetables, and pâté layered on French bread, are in luck. This tiny strip mall shop produces delicious sandwiches (also available 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: Tu-Sun 11:15 am-8 pm Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. Outdoor Seating: No
Scholars Inn Bakehouse
American, Bagels, Bakery, Breakfast, Cafés, Delicatessen, Sandwiches
125 N. College • 331-6029
3002 E. 3rd St. • 323-7070
Owned by the proprietors of the Scholars Inn, 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 pm. Prices: Entrées $4-9, desserts $3-7 Hours: East side Mon-Fri 6:30 am-9 pm Sat-Sun 7:30 am-9 pm, downtown Mon-Sat 7:30 am-9 pm Sun 8 am-9 pm Bar: Beer, wine at the downtown location Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Campus Access Outdoor Seating: Yes
Short Stop Food Mart
American, BBQ, 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, brats, and barbeque chicken sandwiches are grilled up alongside killer ribs and pulled pork. Barbecue sauce comes in two flavors, “Sweet and Tangy” and “Hot and Spicy,” both served Carolina-style on the side. If you can’t make it in on a Thursday, pulled pork is served every day for lunch or dinner inside at the deli, along with burgers, sandwiches, and pizza. Many soups, sides, and desserts are homemade, too. Short Stop opens early to offer a full breakfast, featuring eggs your way and homemade biscuits and gravy. Prices: BBQ sandwiches and brats $3-7, ribs $11-20, deli sandwiches and pizza $3-10, sides and desserts $1-3, breakfast $1-10 Hours: Mon-Fri 6 am-8 pm Sat-Sun 7 am-8 pm. BBQ served Thursday only, Apr-Oct 10:30 am-6:30 pm Bar: No Credit Cards: AMEX, Visa, MC, Disc. Outdoor Seating: Yes
Soma Coffee House & Juice Bar
Cafés, Juice Bar
322 E. Kirkwood • 331-2770
1400 E. 3rd St., Suite C • 333-7334
Serving up the best latte in town, Soma works magic with coffee beans and an espresso machine. A prime downtown location, and a location in Jordan Square, means more to love. Soma’s signature brew, the super dark roast Blackbeard's Blend, is available every day, along with two other rotating blends. Constant traffic means coffee is always fresh. Healthful pressed juices are made-to-order, as are real fruit smoothies. Check out the PB&J smoothie, loaded with strawberries, banana, and organic peanut butter, it's a meal in a glass. Vegan baked goods like zucchini bread and blueberry buckwheat muffins are made in house. Prices: Coffee $1-3, espresso drinks $1.50-4.50, juice and smoothies $3-4.50, baked goods $1.50-4 Hours: Downtown Mon-Fri 6:30 am-11 pm Sat 7 am-11 pm Sun 8 am-11 pm, east side Mon-Fri 6 am-9pm Sat-Sun 7 am-9 pm Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Campus Access Outdoor Seating: Yes
531 N. Walnut • 337-0100
3866 W. 3rd St. • 333-2799
Drive on up to the North Walnut location of Square Donuts to get your morning donut fix straight through your car window. Yeast donuts are light, airy confections that make it far too easy to go back for seconds. Try one with fruit filling like the jammy blueberry or tart key lime pie. The chocolate cake donut is another standout, exceptionally tender and barely coated in a sheer, vanilla-scented glaze. While the classics are always available, daily specials can sell out quickly. Night owls can score freshly fried donuts through the pick-up window starting at one in the morning. Prices: Individual donuts $.25-1, a dozen donuts $7-9 Hours: Tu-Sun 6 am-2 pm and 1 am-4 am at the North Walnut location. Closed Mon Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc. Outdoor Seating: Yes
Stefano’s Ice Café
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 6 am-7 pm Sun noon-5 pm Bar: No Credit Cards: AMEX, Visa, MC, Disc. Outdoor Seating: No
Asian, Japanese, Sushi
2522 E. 10th St.
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: Sushi $2.75-15, appetizers $3.50-6.99, entrées $2.99-29.99, desserts $1.99-4.99 Hours: Lunch Mon-Sat 11:30 am-2:30 pm, dinner Mon-Th 4:30-10 pm Fri-Sat 4:30-11 pm Sun noon-10 pm Bar: Beer, wine, sake Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. Outdoor Seating: No
309 E. 3rd St.
Sweet breads from across the globe are the specialty at this bakery/café. Try the brioche, a French bread served plain, topped with berries, or filled with chocolate. On weekends, look for challah and babka, both Jewish breads, and pandesel, a Filipino roll. For lunch, there are sandwiches on focaccia, a flat Italian bread, with a variety of spreads, deli meats, and cheeses. Grab-and-go or linger at a table with organic coffee and tea. Prices: Individual bread and pastries $3-3.50, loaves $8, focaccia sandwiches $7-8 Hours: Tu-Fri 7 am-6 pm Sat 7 am-4 pm Sun 9 am-4 pm. Closed Mon Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. Outdoor Seating: No
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: 8:30 am-5 pm (hours vary seasonally, call ahead) Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC Outdoor Seating: No
Middle Eastern, Turkish
301 E. 3rd St.
Authentic Turkish decorations and music enliven this intimate restaurant. Choose a seat on the floor in the casual, pillow-strewn sitting area or at one of the octagonal booths. Silky smooth hummus or crispy zucchini fritters drizzled in yogurt make good starters. If your idea of a kebab is meat on a skewer, order a shish kebab. You’ll get tender chunks of lamb, beef, or salmon topped with complementary relishes and sauces. Or try a Turkuaz kebab; the skewer is traded in for a bowl, and bites of meat and seafood are mixed into a vegetable-rich stew. Boat-shaped pides are reminiscent of pizza, filled with cheese and all manner of toppings—think eggplant, ground beef, even eggs. Most meals come with a simple but flavorful red lentil soup and a trio of salads. The small attached market is worth browsing. Prices: Appetizers $5-9, pides $6-13, entrées $8-16 Hours: Tu-Th, Sun 10:30 am-9 pm Fri-Sat 10:30 am-10 pm. Closed Mon Bar: Beer, wine Credit Cards: Visa, MC Outdoor Seating: Yes
American, Breakfast, Diners, Sandwiches, Southern
1724 S. Walnut • 332-0500
4618 W. Richland Plaza • 876-1106
One of the best-kept secrets in town, Wee Willie’s has been serving diner-style breakfast fare in an unmarked building on South Walnut for the past 30 years. It’s a testament to the loyalty of their customers and the quality of their homey French toast, hash browns, and sausages, among other items, that they’ve stayed open without even putting up a sign. This cheap, quick, and super-delicious joint is the perfect reward for pulling an all-nighter in the library. Prices: Breakfast combos starting at $5.85, sandwiches $2.20-4, lunch combos $5.10-6.75 Hours: Mon-Sat 7 am-3 pm Sun 8 am-3 pm Bar: No Credit Cards: No Outdoor Seating: No
Z&C Teriyaki and Sushi
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-Wed 10:30 am-10:30 pm Th-Sat 10:30 am-3:30 am Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. Outdoor Seating: Yes