Artists Colony Inn and Restaurant

American, Sandwiches, Soup

105 S. Van Buren St.
Nashville, IN

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

Asuka Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi

Chinese, East Asian, Japanese, Sushi

318 S. College Mall Rd.

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: Appetizers $4–$9, sushi rolls $8–$15, sushi combos $12–$23, hibachi $14–$21, noodles and entrées $11–$17 • Hours: Mon.–Th. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Sun. 11:00 a.m.–10 p.m. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

Do Asian Fusion Cuisine

East Asian, Japanese, Korean

404 E. 4th St.

This Asian fusion restaurant adds Korean flavor to the melting pot of international food on East 4th Street. Bamboo ceilings and lots of warm, dark wood transform the converted house into a comfortable dining destination. From ramen to shareable hot pots, the menu is full of warming soups, stews, and curries. Bulgogi, a classic Korean dish of marinated grilled beef, is a popular choice. Try it in a bento box. • Prices: 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

Finch’s Brasserie

American, Fine Dining, Pizza

514 E. Kirkwood

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: Lunch $6–$20, dinner appetizers $6–$18, dinner entrées $15–$32 • Hours: Mon.–Sat. lunch 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m., dinner 5–10 p.m.; Closed Sun. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

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Irish Lion, The

Brunch, European, Irish, Pub Food

212 W. Kirkwood

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.

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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Malibu Grill

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

106 N. Walnut

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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Scholars Inn Gourmet Café & Wine Bar

American, Brunch, Fair Labor, Fine Dining, Steaks

717 N. College

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: Appetizers $7–$13, brunch $8–$12, entrées $17–$36, desserts $3–$15 • 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
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Story Inn, The

American, Fine Dining

6404 S. Ind. 135
Nashville, IN

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: Breakfast and lunch $6-$12, dinner appetizers $6–$12, entrées $19–$35 • 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

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Topo’s 403

Fine Dining, Greek, Mediterranean

403 N. Walnut

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: Appetizers $5–$13, entrées $15–$28 • 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
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Uptown Cafe, The

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

102 E. Kirkwood

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: Dinner appetizers $4–$13, entrées $10–$35, desserts $6–$8, brunch $8–$17 • 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

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