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: $–$$$ • Hours: Mon.–Th. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–11 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No
1837 N. Kinser Pike • 812-339-6555
2905 E. Covenanter Dr. • 812-331-5555
317 E. Winslow Rd. • 812-323-8333
Since 1995, Aver’s Pizza has been delivering unique specialty pies like the Greek-inspired Parthenon and barbecue-sauced Chicken Masterpiece to Bloomington residents. Sauces stretch far beyond marinara; choose from creamy zaziki, alfredo, or a trio of pestos; basil, spicy cilantro, or zesty spinach lemon. If you’re not at home for delivery but still craving pizza, eat in at the Covenanter Drive location. For lunch, try the buffet. • Prices: $–$$ • 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
Bakery, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
115 N. Washington St.
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: $$ • Hours: Sun.–Th. 12 p.m.–12 a.m.; Fri–Sat. 12 p.m.–2 a.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No • Fair Labor Decal
Bangkok Thai Cuisine
South/Southeast Asian, Thai
2920 E. Convenanter Dr.
The large, airy dining room of the former Limestone Grille now houses Bangkok Thai. The traditional Thai menu offers fried spring rolls, noodle dishes, seafood, curries, and fried rice. Try the Drunken Man’s Noodles — wide rice noodles stir-fried with basil, peppers, and egg in a spicy sauce. Or, if you're looking for something with protein, go for the Sweet & Sour Chicken or the Panang Salmon. • Prices: $–$$ • 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
American, Pub Food
1316 E. 3rd St.
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: $-$$ • Hours: Sun. noon-midnight; Mon.-Wed. 11 a.m.-midnight; Th.-Sat. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No
Bloomingfoods Market and Deli
Buffet, Delicatessen, Vegan, Vegetarian
3220 E. 3rd St. • 812-336-5400
316 W. 6th St. • 812-333-7312
200 Daniels Way (Ivy Tech Community College–Bloomington) • 812-822-0143
The cafés at each of these three member-owned organic groceries feature salads, soups, made-to-order sandwiches, and baked goods, with the West 6th Street and East 3rd Street locations also offering a hot bar with salad, lunch, and dinner items every day from 10:30 a.m.–9 p.m. The East 3rd Street location also has smoothies. Local ingredients are emphasized, and vegan and vegetarian choices abound. • Prices: $-$$ • 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
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
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
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
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: $-$$ • Hours: Sun.–Th. 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Campus Access • Outdoor Seating: No • Accessibility Decal
European, Fair Labor, Gluten-Free, Italian, Pizza
2620 E. 3rd St.
This Tuscan-themed restaurant specializes in New York-style pizzas, pastas, calzones, lasagnas, and spaghettis. The menu includes flat breads, salads, and Italian classics such as Chicken Parmesan and Fettuccine Alfredo. Some dishes incorporate creole flavors as well, including Chris's Spicy Jambalaya and the Crawfish Étouffée. All-you-can-eat spaghetti and meatballs is offered on Monday, and wine is half-off on Wednesday. Gluten-free pasta is available upon request. All items on the regular menu are available for carryout. • Prices: $–$$ • 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
Dragon Chinese Restaurant
Asian, Chinese, East Asian, Soup, Vegetarian
3261 W. 3rd St. • 812-332-6610
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: $–$$ • Hours: Restaurant: 11 a.m.–11 p.m. daily; Dragon Express: 11 a.m.–9 p.m. daily • Bar: No • Credit Cards: No • Outdoor Seating: No • Accessibility Decal
American, Brunch, Fair Labor, Gluten-Free, Italian, Pizza, Sandwiches
1795 E. 10th St.
Home of the Bloomington Brewing Co., Lennie’s offers its own award-winning ales. Chef Fred Manion, a Culinary Institute of America graduate, creates eclectic dishes—main-course salads, gourmet pizzas, pastas, sandwiches, and daily dinner and soup specials. Try the rustic flat breads — hearth baked daily and lightly topped with fresh ingredients. • Prices: $$–$$$ • Hours: Sun.–Th. 11 a.m.–11 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–midnight (Pub closes nightly one hour after the restaurant.) • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX • Outdoor Seating: No • Accessibility Decal • Fair Labor Decal
Asian, Barbecue, East Asian, Korean
2630 E. 10th St.
DIY barbecue puts you in control of your meal at Mama’s Restaurant. Meals are served with a variety of banchan: small bowls of Korean pickles, salads, and more meant to be eaten with your meal. • Prices: $–$$ • 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
Mother Bear’s Pizza
Italian, Pizza, Sandwiches
1428 E. 3rd St.
2980 W. Whitehall Crossing Blvd.
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: $–$$ • Hours: Campus Location: Sun.–Th. 11 a.m.–midnight; Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.– 1 a.m.; Westside Location: Sun.–Th. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–11 p.m. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No
Asian, Chinese, East Asian, Japanese, Sushi
4400 E. 3rd St.
Mr. Hibachi puts on a massive spread and the crowds line up to fill up. Buffet fixtures like crab rangoon and General Tso’s crispy chicken are abundant, along with Japanese offerings in miso soup and a variety of sushi rolls. For a more personalized meal, fill a plate with noodles, raw meat, and veggies, then head to the hibachi station where the chef will stir-fry your food while you wait. • Prices: $–$$ • 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
Asian, Chinese, East Asian, 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. Lunch and dinner specials include fried rice and an egg roll. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: 11 a.m.–10 p.m. daily • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No
Asian, Chinese, East Asian
2652 E. 10th St.
Ideal for carryout or delivery, this Chinese restaurant is tucked into the 10th and the Bypass strip of shops and restaurants. Specialties include bowls of Cantonese style noodle soup and sizzling claypot entrées; sample the gingery eggplant and chicken. Fruit smoothies and milky bubble teas help cool down spicy mouths. Karaoke and party rooms are available for groups, open late on Friday and Saturday. • Prices: $–$$ • 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.
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: $–$$ • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 9 a.m.–3 a.m.; Sun. noon–3 a.m. • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No
Asian, Chinese, East Asian, Japanese, Korean, South/Southeast Asian, Sushi, Thai
1420 E. 3rd St.
At this one-stop Asian restaurant, choose from Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Korean, and Vietnamese options. The sushi menu is extensive, with rolls to fit any budget. Bento boxes allow for variety; try one with sashimi, tempura, and a California roll. The contemporary dining room is full of cozy, private booths. • Prices: $–$$ • 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
Asian, East 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. 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: $–$$ • Hours: Mon.–Wed. 10 a.m.–10 p.m.; Th.–Fri. 10 a.m.–midnight; Sat. 11 a.m.–midnight; Sun. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., Campus Access • Outdoor Seating: Yes
East Asian, Korean
1811 E. 10th St.
This casual joint serves up fast Korean fare. Walk up to the counter and order off the large menu board, and in a few minutes you’ll have a tray of steaming Korean cuisine. For some comfort food with a twist, try the bibimbap. This traditional dish is served in a stone bowl, filled with rice, veggies, slices of meat, and a fried egg. Mix it all up and enjoy. • Prices: $–$$$$ • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.– 2:30 p.m. and 5–10 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No
Chinese, East Asian
1143 S. College Mall Rd.
Dine-in or carryout, the east side’s Sunny Palace (find it near Kroger in Jackson Creek Shopping Center) offers a tempting array of Asian cooking — mostly Chinese but with a smattering of Thai, Cambodian, and Vietnamese. Try the delicious scallion pancakes, the boneless spare ribs, and the fried dumplings. Kung pao chicken and orange beef are also good choices. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: 11 a.m.–10:30 p.m. daily • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No
East 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: $–$$$$ • 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