Dining Out

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

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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: 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 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: No/Yes/No • Accessibility Decal: West 6th Street, Daniels Way

Bloomington Sandwich Co.

Fair Labor, Sandwiches, Vegetarian

118 E. Kirkwood
812-330-9611

bloomingtonsandwich.com

This casual restaurant on East Kirkwood is all 112 Bloom | December 2007/January 2008

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. 11 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 • Fair Labor Decal

BLU Boy Chocolate Café & Cakery

Cafés, Sweets

112 E. Kirkwood
812-334-8460

bluboychocolatestore.com

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.–Wed. 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Th.–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!

BuffaLouie’s

American, Fair Labor, Sandwiches

114 S. Indiana Ave.
812-333-3030

buffalouies.com

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.–Sun. 10:30 a.m.–midnight  • Bar: Beer • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., Campus Access • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal

Cafe Pizzaria

Italian, Pizza, Sandwiches

405 E. Kirkwood
812-332-2111

cafepizzaria.com

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, Vegetarian

116 1/2 S. Indiana Ave.
812-333-3000

dagwoodsandwiches.com

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

Esan-Thai

Asian, South/Southeast Asian, Thai

221 E. Kirkwood
812-333-8424

esanthairestaurant.com

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 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

Falafels Flavors From Jerusalem

Gluten-Free, Israeli, Middle Eastern, Sandwiches, Vegan, Vegetarian

430 E. Kirkwood
812-355-3555

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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

FARMbloomington

American, Breakfast, Brunch

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

farm-bloomington.com

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: 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. 8 p.m.–3 a.m.; Closed Sun.–Mon. • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Read our review of FARMbloomington here!

Finch’s Brasserie

American, Fine Dining, Pizza

514 E. Kirkwood
812-333-2700

finchsbrasserie.com

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

Read our review of Finch's Brasserie here!

Hartzell’s Ice Cream

Ice Cream, Sweets

107 N. Dunn St.
812-332-3502

hartzellsic.com

Just steps from East Kirkwood, Hartzell’s has stepped up to fill ice cream cravings near campus. 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 $2–$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, Pizza, Pub Food

502 E. Kirkwood
812-339-3006
Kilroy's Sports Bar
319 N. Walnut
812-333-6006

kilroys-bloomington.com

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 a.m. • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Laughing Planet Cafe, The

Cafés, Fair Labor, Gluten-Free, Mexican, Soup, Vegan, Vegetarian

322 E. Kirkwood
812-323-2233

thelaughingplanetcafe.com

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 $1.94–$4.25, burritos from $4.59, desserts $1.50 • Hours: Daily 11 a.m.–9 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Campus Access • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal

Nick’s English Hut

American, Fair Labor, Pub Food

423 E. Kirkwood
812-332-4040

nicksenglishhut.com

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: Yes • Fair Labor Decal

Read our review of Nick’s English Hut here!

Pourhouse Café, The

Bakery, Breakfast, Cafés, Fair Labor, Juice Bar, Sweets

314 E. Kirkwood
812-339-7000

thepourhousecafe.com

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, there’s even a small stage for live music. All manner of coffee and espresso drinks are sold, along with smoothies and teas. Sandwiches, cookies, muffins, and gelato are also available. • Prices: Coffee $2.50–$3.45, espresso drinks, tea, and smoothies $1.79–$4.95, gelato $2.85–$4.25, sandwiches $4–$6.95 • Hours: Mon.–Th. 8 a.m.–8 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 • Fair Labor Decal

Quaff On!

American, Pub Food, Sandwiches

116 N. Grant St.
812-335-1821

quaffonbloomington.com

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 $5.25–$12.25, entrées $10.95–$23.99, salads $4.95–$10.95 • 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

Cafés, Fair Labor, Juice Bar, Sweets, Vegan, Vegetarian

322 E. Kirkwood • 812-331-2770
1400 E. 3rd St. Suite C • 812-333-7334

iheartsoma.com

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 the coffee is always fresh. • 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 Street Mon.–Fri. 6 a.m.–9 p.m. Sat.–Sun. 7 a.m.–9 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., Campus Access • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal

Trojan Horse

American, Greek, Mediterranean, Sandwiches, Vegan, Vegetarian

100 E. Kirkwood
812-332-1101

thetrojanhorse.com

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
Read our review of Trojan Horse here!

Uptown Café, The

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

102 E. Kirkwood
812-339-0900

the-uptown.com

The New Orleans-style Uptown Café 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. 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

Read our review of The Uptown Café here!

Village Deli, The

American, Breakfast, Brunch, Delicatessen, Fair Labor

409 E. Kirkwood
812-336-2303

villagedeli.biz

This long-established, upbeat restaurant on East Kirkwood serves breakfast all day (but all kinds of sandwiches and salads for lunch and dinner 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.–6 p.m. Sat.–Sun. 8 a.m.–6 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Campus Access • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal

Read our review of The Village Deli here!

Z&C Teriyaki and Sushi

East Asian, Japanese, Sushi

430 E. Kirkwood
812-323-8999

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.–Mon. 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Tu.–Sat. 1 p.m.–3 a.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes