Dining Out

Bombay Cafe

Indian

124 N. Walnut
812-200-9999

bombaycafe.net

Housed in the former Roots location at East 6th Street and North Walnut, 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: Mon-Sat 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun 5-10 p.m. Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. Outdoor Seating: Yes

 

Darn Good Soup

Soup

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, 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 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC Outdoor Seating: No

Malibu Grill

American, Seafood, Steaks

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 diners. Specialties include the Spinach & Artichoke Dip, Caesar salad, Lime Chicken Fettuccini, and Caramelized Salmon. Live jazz Wed-Fri 6-9 p.m. Prices: Appetizers $6-18, entrées $10-32, desserts $4-8 Hours: Mon-Th 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Fri 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Sat noon-10:30 p.m. Sun noon-9:00 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
Read our review of Malibu Grill here!

Max’s

American, Gluten Free, Italian, Pizza

108 W. 6th St.
812-336-5169

maxsplace.info

This pizza place and live-music venue has a bar that offers beer and wine, and an expanded menu features items including grilled panini sandwiches and dinner salads (Pan's Garden Salad with goat cheese and roasted red peppers, for example). Keep an eye out for new specialty toppings for pizza, including feta cheese, prosciutto, and barbecue buffalo. Prices: Appetizers $2.50-$9.95; pizza $5.95-$23.95; salads $4.50-$9.95; sandwiches, paninis, and calzones $4.95-$10.95 Hours: Open Mon-Th 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri-Sun noon, closing times vary from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. depending on events Bar: Beer, wine Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. Outdoor Seating: Yes
Read our review of Max's Place here!

Oliver Winery Downtown

Wine, cheese, dessert
105 N. College
812-822-0466

oliverwinery.com/downtown

Get a taste of Oliver Winery classics right on the downtown Square. Grab a glass of your favorite or explore a flight of the winery’s own Creekbend Vineyard varieties. Cheese and charcuterie plates come with suggested wines to make pairings easy. Enjoy a selection of small plates, salads, and sandwiches, plus little extras — olives, almonds, spicy chickpeas. Finish off the evening with a dessert or a fizzy wine cocktail. Prices: Wine $5-$9, cheese and charcuterie $4.75-$15, small plates $3.50-$8, dessert $7 Hours: Mon-Th 4-10 p.m. Fri-Sat 2 p.m.-midnight Sun 2-8 p.m. Bar: Wine Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc Outdoor Seating: Yes

Opie Taylor’s

American

110 N. Walnut
812-333-7287

opietaylors.com

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 $6.99-$18.99 Hours: Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat-Sun noon-10 p.m. Sun 11:30-9 p.m. Bar: Beer, wine Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. Outdoor Seating: No

Owlery, The

Gluten Free, Sandwiches, Vegetarian

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

theowleryrestaurant.com

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-$6.95, salads and sandwiches $6.95-$8.50, entrées $7.95-$11.95, dessert $1.75-$4 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
Read our review of The Owlery here!

Samira Restaurant

Afghan, Middle Eastern

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: Dinner appetizers $5-$9.95, entrées $12.95-$16.95, buffer $8.95, 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. Reservations recommended. Bar: Beer, wine Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. Outdoor Seating: Yes
Read our review of Samira's Restaurant here! 

Scholars Inn Bakehouse

American, Bagels, Bakery, Breakfast, Cafés, Delicatessen, Sandwiches

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

scholarsinn.com/bakehouse.html

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 p.m. Prices: Entrées $3.99-$9.49, desserts $3-$7 Hours: East side Mon-Fri 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat-Sun 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m., downtown Mon-Sat 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Bar: Beer, wine at the downtown location Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Campus Access Outdoor Seating: Yes Accessibility Decal Recipient: East side

Stefano’s Ice Café

Cafés, Sandwiches

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: Sandwiches $4-9, desserts and pastries $2-$5, breakfast $3-$7 Hours: Mon-Sat 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun noon-5 p.m. Bar: No Credit Cards: AMEX, Visa, MC, Disc. Outdoor Seating: No Accessibility Decal Recipient

Trojan Horse

American, Brunch, European, Greek

100 E. Kirkwood
812-332-1101

thetrojanhorse.com

Casual and family-friendly, the Trojan Horse has been a Bloomington fixture since 1978. Just off the southeast corner of the downtown Square, it serves great Greek food—gyros and falafel sandwiches, but also saganaki (flaming cheese), spanikopita (spinach pies), dolmas (stuffed grape leaves), moussaka, and other Mediterranean treats. 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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