Dining Out


Brunch, Buffet, Delicatessen, Vegetarian

3220 E. 3rd St. • 812-336-5400
316 W. 6th St. • 812-333-7312
614 E. 2nd St. • 812-822-0235
200 Daniels Way (Ivy Tech Community College–Bloomington) • 812-822-0143


The cafés at each of these four member-owned organic groceries feature salads, soups, made-to-order sandwiches, and baked goods, with the West 6th Street, East 2nd 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. The East 2nd Street location has a full coffee bar with espresso. Local ingredients are emphasized, and vegan and vegetarian choices abound. Prices: Salad/hot bar $7.99/lb, entrées $5-$15, desserts $1 and up 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 1 p.m.), West 6th Street Mon-Sat 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun 8 a.m.-9 p.m. (brunch until 2 pm), East 2nd Street Mon-Sat 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Daniels Way Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (breakfast until 11 a.m.) Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., Campus Access Outdoor Seating: No/Yes/No/Yes Accessibility Decal: West 6th Street.

Bloomington Sandwich Co.

Fair Labor, Sandwiches

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. Now open for breakfast. Prices: Sandwiches $5.59-$8.49, desserts $1.99-$3.39 Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 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. 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-Sat 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Closed Sun Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. Outdoor Seating: Yes
Read our review of BLU Boy Chocolate Café & Cakery here!


American, Breakfast, Fair Labor, Hot Dogs, Sandwiches

114 S. Indiana Ave.


In 1987, 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: Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-midnight Sat-Sun 9 a.m.-midnight Bar: Beer Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., Campus Access Outdoor Seating: Yes

Cafe Pizzaria

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-$4.45, entrées $4.95-$22.70 Hours: Mon-Th 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-midnight Sun noon-11:30 p.m. Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. Outdoor Seating: Yes

Dagwood’s Deli & Sub Shop

Delicatessen, Sandwiches

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 $4.59-$9.49 Hours: Mon-Th 10:30 a.m.-1 a.m. Fri-Sat 10:30 a.m.-4 a.m. Sun 11 a.m.-midnight Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC Outdoor Seating: No Accessibility Decal Recipient

Esan Thai

Asian, Thai

221 E. Kirkwood


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: Appetizers $6-$10.95, lunch entrées $8.95-$10.95, dinner entrées $9.95-$15.95, desserts $3-$6 Hours:  Sun-Mon, Wed-Th 11:00 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri-Sat 11:00 a.m.-10 p.m. Closed Tu; reservations recommended on weekends Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. Outdoor Seating: Limited


Israeli, Middle Eastern

430 E. Kirkwood


This small Dunkirk Square restaurant specializes in the sandwich that gives it its name, as well as in other Middle-Eastern delicacies like hummus, stuffed grape leaves, and baba ganoush. The menu also includes kebabs, salads, entrée platters, and very good fries. Prices: Appetizers $4-$9, sandwiches $4.50-$10, entrées $8.50-$18, desserts $2-$4.50 Hours: Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sun noon-9 p.m. Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc. Outdoor Seating: No


American, Brunch

108 E. Kirkwood


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. Visit The Root Cellar Lounge, located below FARM, for drinks, snacks, and music. Prices: Breakfast biscuits, cereal, omelets $2-$14; lunch soups, sandwiches, and burgers $6.50-$15; dinner appetizers $6-$8; entrées $15-$28; tapas and pizzas in the bar $6-$15; weekend brunch $2-$23 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 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Closed Mon Bar: Full Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. Outdoor Seating: Yes, weather permitting

Read our review of FARMbloomington here!

Finch’s Brasserie

American, Fine Dining, Pizza, Tapas

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, wine selection. Prices: Lunch $5-$16, dinner appetizers $5-$18, dinner entrées $15-$32 Hours: Mon-Sat lunch 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., dinner 5-10 p.m. Closed Sun Bar: Beer, wine Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. Outdoor Seating: Yes
Read our review of Finch's Brasserie here!

Hartzell’s Ice Cream

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. Carbolite and frozen yogurt are lighter options. Prices: Ice cream $1.50-$5, sundaes $4-$5, yogurt and carbolite $1-$5 Hours: Mon 3:30-11 p.m. Tu-Sat 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun noon-11 p.m. Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc., Campus Access Outdoor Seating: Yes

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: Daily 11 a.m.-3 am Bar: Full Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. Outdoor Seating: Yes

Laughing Planet Cafe, The

American, Cafés, Fair Labor, Gluten Free, Soup, Vegetarian

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 a.m.-9 p.m. Delivery Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Campus Access Outdoor Seating: Yes

Mei Wei


113 S. Grant St.

Located in the old Snow Lion building on South Grant Street, Mei Wei enters the ranks of Bloomington’s Chinese restaurants with some real winners. Be sure to try the Green Onion Pancake, the Three Cups Chicken, and the Hot and Sour Potato. Not a cookie-cutter American Chinese restaurant, there is lots here to explore! Prices: Appetizers $2.75-$8.95, soups $3.25-$12.95, entrées $7.95-$18.95 Hours: Daily 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC Outdoor Seating: Yes

Nick’s English Hut

American, Fair Labor, Pub Food

423 E. Kirkwood


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: Appetizers $2.75-$9.75, entrées $5.95-$21.95 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: Limited Fair Labor Decal
Read our review of Nick’s English Hut here!

Pourhouse Café, The

Breakfast, Cafés, Fair Labor

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 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun 1-7 p.m. Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc. Outdoor Seating: Yes

Quaff On!

American, Pub Food, Sandwiches

116 N. Grant St.


Quaff means to “drink heartily and with gusto.” That’s the idea behind the new Bloomington outpost of Nashville’s Big Woods Brewing Company. Located in the former Café Django space, Quaff On! aims to create food that complements their beer of the same name. Offerings include gourmet sandwiches, a signature burger, and charcuterie plates to share. Pair a dish with one of the 24 craft beers available on tap and enjoy some live entertainment. Prices: Appetizers $5.95-$8.50, entrees $10.95-$16.99, salads $9.95-$11.50 Hours: Sun-Wed 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Th-Sat 11 a.m.­­-1 a.m. All ages until 9 p.m. Bar: Beer Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. Outdoor Seating: Yes

Soma Coffee House & Juice Bar

Bakery, Cafés, Fair Labor, Juice Bar

322 E. Kirkwood • 812-331-2770
1400 E. 3rd St. (Jordan Square) • 812-333-7334


Serving up the best latte in town, Soma works magic with coffee beans and an espresso machine. A prime downtown location and another in Jordan Square means more to love. 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: East Kirkwood Mon-Fri 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun 8 a.m.-10 p.m., East 3rd St. Mon-Fri 6 a.m.-9p.m. Sat-Sun 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Discover, Campus Access Outdoor Seating: Yes

Trojan Horse

American, Brunch, European, Greek

100 E. Kirkwood


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
Read our review of Trojan Horse here!

Uptown Café, The

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

102 E. Kirkwood


The New Orleans-style Uptown Café is known for Cajun/Creole-inspired fare (try the cajun meatloaf sandwich), fresh steaks, seafood, and extravagant breakfast and brunch items, including Cottage Cheese Pancakes, Creme Brûlée French Toast, Eggs Benedict, and Michael's Home Fries. Jazz and soul music complement your meal. Uptown’s new 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 $6-$12, entrées $14-$35, desserts $6-$8, brunch $8-$20 Hours: Mon-Th 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri 7 a.m.-1a.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

Read our review of The Uptown Café here!

Village Deli, The

American, Brunch, Delicatessen, Diners, Fair Labor, Sandwiches

409 E. Kirkwood


This long-established, upbeat restaurant on East Kirkwood serves breakfast all day (but all kinds of sandwiches and salads for lunch as well); “ginormous” pancakes and omelets are house specialties. The Huevos Rancheros are not authentic, but they are tasty! Prices: Appetizers $3.75-$4.75, entrées $5-$8, desserts $1.25-$3.75 Hours: Mon-Fri 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat-Sun 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Campus Access Outdoor Seating: Yes

Read our review of The Village Deli here!

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 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Th-Sat 10:30 a.m.-3:30 a.m. Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. Outdoor Seating: Yes