Artists Colony Inn and Restaurant

American, Sandwiches, Soup

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

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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: Breakfast $3.99– $10.99, soups and salads $3.49–$9.89, appetizers $6.80–$9.49, entrées $7.69–$18.25, desserts $4.09–$5.99 • Hours: Breakfast daily 7:30–10:30 a.m., lunch/dinner Sun.–Th. 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Fri.– Sat. 11 a.m.–9 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Brown County Inn

American, Breakfast, Brunch, Buffet, Vegetarian

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

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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

Cafe Pizzaria

Italian, Pizza, Sandwiches

405 E. Kirkwood
812-332-2111

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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

Crazy Horse Food & Drink Emporium

American, Pub Food, Sandwiches, Steaks

214 W. Kirkwood
812-336-8877

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Crazy Horse

The specialties of the house include flavored martinis, Angus beef burgers, quesadillas, steaks, and barbecued ribs. Live bands play some Saturdays. • 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

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

Esan Thai

Asian, Fair Labor, South/Southeast Asian, Thai

221 E. Kirkwood
812-333-8424

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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

FARMbloomington

American, Breakfast, Brunch

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

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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

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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

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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

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Hobnob Corner, The

American, Breakfast, Brunch, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian

17 W. Main St., Nashville, IN
812-988-4114

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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 $4.25–$14.95, entrées $9.95–$21.95, desserts $5.50 • Hours: Mon.8:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m. Tu. 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Wed.–Th. 8:30 a.m.–8 p.m. Fri.–Sat. 8 a.m.–8:30 p.m. Sun. 8 a.m.–7:30 p.m. (hours vary seasonally; call ahead) • Bar: Wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., DC • Outdoor Seating: No

Irish Lion, The

Brunch, European, Irish, Pub Food

212 W. Kirkwood
812-336-9076

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Step into Ireland when you enter this pub with its gorgeous 1860s bar and good food. Specialties include oysters, lamb, corned beef and cabbage, and Irish stews. Nightly specials. Full array of Irish and European imported beers; 57 single-malt scotches. • 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

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Janko’s Little Zagreb

American, European, Steaks

223 W. 6th St.
812-332-0694

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A Bloomington favorite, with its checked tablecloths and IU-decked walls, Janko’s is one block west of the downtown Square. Lamb and pork chop specials are featured regularly, and the menu offers Eastern European specialties like fiery Bucharest meatballs, but fabulous steaks are the reason most people line up to get in. • Prices: $$$–$$$$ • Hours: Mon.–Th. 5–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 4:30–10 p.m.; Closed Sun.; Reservations recommended. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, DC • Outdoor Seating: No

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King Dough

Ice Cream, Pizza, Salads

108 W. 6th St.
812-287-8931

King Dough’s owners, Adam and Alicia Sweet, are serving up Bloomington’s first Napoli-style pizzas right on the downtown Square. It takes just three minutes to cook a perfect pie thanks to some killer dough and an Italian Pavesi oven that heats 800–900°F. And there’s way more than pizza. Gelato is made-from-scratch, as are the sausages and house-cured bacon that top pizzas, salads, and sandwiches. Even the bread is baked fresh daily. • Prices: $$–$$$ • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sun. 5 p.m.–9 p.m. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

Le Petit Café

European, French

308 W. 6th St.
812-334-9747

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“I cook foods I like to eat,” says Marina Fiore, chef of this quaint, family-oriented restaurant. Her tastes run to French classics — rabbit dishes, cream sauces, crème brûlée, and chocolate mousse. Vegetarian options are always available. • Prices: $$–$$$ • Hours: Tu.–Wed. 5:30–9 p.m.; Th. 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. and 5:30–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 5:30–9 p.m.; Sun. 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. and 5:30–9 p.m.; Closed Mon.; Reservations are required for large parties. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Open-air dining room

Lennie’s

American, Brunch, Fair Labor, Gluten-Free, Italian, Pizza, Sandwiches

1795 E. 10th St.
812-323-2112

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Home of the Bloomington Brewing Co., Lennie’s offers its own award-winning ales. Chef Fred Manion, a Culinary Institute of America graduate, creates eclectic dishes — main-course salads, gourmet pizzas, pastas, sandwiches, and daily dinner and soup specials. Try the rustic flat breads — hearth baked daily and lightly topped with fresh ingredients. • Prices: $$–$$$ • Hours: Sun.–Th. 11 a.m.–11 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–midnight (Pub closes nightly one hour after the restaurant.) • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX • Outdoor Seating: No • Accessibility Decal • Fair Labor Decal

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Malibu Grill

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

106 N. Walnut
812-332-4334

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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

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Nick’s English Hut

American, Fair Labor, Pub Food

423 E. Kirkwood
812-332-4040

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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. Enjoy daily food and drink specials 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

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Samira Restaurant

Afghan, Buffet, Fair Labor, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian

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

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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: Dinner appetizers $5–$9.95, entrées $12.95–$16.95, buffet $8.45, desserts $3.95 • Hours: Lunch Mon.–Fri. (buffet and lunch menu) 11 a.m.–2 p.m., dinner Mon.–Th. 5–9 p.m. 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

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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 pm. Specials are offered every day. • Prices: Sandwiches, wings, and ribs $5–$26, desserts $2–$4 • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Closed Sun. • Bar: Beer • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Sweet Grass Restaurant

American, Fair Labor, Pizza, Southern

405 W. Patterson Dr.
812-333-1043

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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: Appetizers, soups, salads $2.95-$12.95, sandwiches $7.95-$14.45, entrées $12.95-$21.95 • 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

Trojan Horse

American, Greek, Mediterranean, Sandwiches, Vegan, Vegetarian

100 E. Kirkwood
812-332-1101

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Casual and family-friendly, the Trojan Horse, on the southeast corner of the downtown Square, serves great Greek food and other Mediterranean treats. The Trojan Horse is also famous for its hand-cut fries. Drink specials are offered every night. • Prices: Appetizers $3.75–$8, sandwiches $5.75– $8.50, entrées $5.50–$19.75, desserts $4–$5.25 • 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
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Upland’s Bloomington Brewpub

American, Fair Labor, Pub Food

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

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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: Appetizers $3.25–$11.95, entrées $7.95– $16.95, desserts $5.50–$5.95 • 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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