Dining Out

Anatolia

Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Turkish, Vegetarian

405 E. 4th St.
812-334-2991

restaurantanatolia.com

Bright and spacious, this comfortable restaurant has excellent meze-style appetizers (you can make a meal of them) as well as kebabs and pide (best described as open-faced sandwich boats, or Turkish pizzas). Lots of vegetarian options. Try the incredible tarator, a chopped-walnut yogurt spread, on freshly baked bread. Regular tables as well as traditional Turkish seating. • Prices: Lunch appetizers $3–$10.95, entrées $7.75–$12.95, dinner appetizers $3.50–$7.95, entrées $9.50–$14.95 • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Sun. 11:30 a.m.–9:30 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Anyetsang’s Little Tibet

East Asian, Fair Labor, Gluten-Free, Indian, South/Southeast Asian, Thai, Tibetan, Vegan, Vegetarian

415 E. 4th St.
812-331-0122

anyetsangs.com

This cozy restaurant occupies a vintage bungalow on Bloomington’s 4th Street restaurant row. Little Tibet serves house specialties of momo dumplings and curries from Thailand and India, as well as noodle dishes and vegetarian choices. And besides wine and Champagne, Anyetsang’s serves a large variety of mimosas. • Prices: Lunch entrées $8.95, dinner appetizers $6.95, entrées $12.95, desserts $3.95 • Hours: Daily lunch 11 a.m.–3 p.m., dinner 5-9 p.m. • Bar: Wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal

B-town Diner

American, Breakfast, Diners, Vegetarian

211 N. Walnut
812-822-0300

btowndiner.com

This classic diner is located downtown for all your late-night comfort food cravings. It offers lots of standard diner fare, like patty melts, giant omelets, and pancakes from scratch. But it also serves up classics with a twist, like BLTs with fried green tomatoes or a burger stuffed with four types of peppers. The diner caters to the late night and early morning crowds, opening late and closing shortly after lunch. Breakfast is served all day long. • Prices: Breakfast $2.99–$11.99, sandwiches $6.99–$11.99, sides $2–$7, desserts $3.75–$4.50 • Hours: Open 24/7 • Bar: No • 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

bloomingfoods.coop

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 Bagel Company

Breakfast, Fair Labor, Sandwiches, Vegetarian

113 N. Dunn St. • 812-333-4653
238 N. Morton St. • 812-349-4653
913 S. College Mall Rd. • 812-339-4653

bbcbagel.com

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: Bagels $1.11–$1.99, sandwiches $3.05–$9.25, desserts $2–$5 • Hours: North Dunn Street Mon.–Sat. 6 a.m.–7 p.m. Sun. 7 a.m.– 7 p.m., North Morton Street Mon.–Sat. 7 a.m.–4 p.m. Sun. 8 a.m.–4 p.m., South College Mall Road Mon.–Sat. 7 a.m.–5 p.m.; Closed Sun. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., Campus Access • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Accessibility Decal • Fair Labor Decal

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!

Bub’s Burgers & Ice Cream

American, Ice Cream

480 N. Morton St.
812-331-2827

bubsburgersandicecream.com/bloomington/about

Bub’s is a Bloomington outpost of a Carmel, Indiana, burger joint, and burgers (and ice cream) are what they do well here — from the full pound “Big Ugly” to the 1/4 pound “Settle for Less Ugly” burger in ground beef or healthier elk. Dress ‘em as you like ‘em and add sides of fries, slaw, potato salad, or onion rings. Hand-dipped shakes and malts are added bliss! • Prices: Burgers and sandwiches $3.75–$26.95, sides $1.35–$6.75, desserts $4.55–$8.50 • Hours: Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

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

Butch’s Grillacatessen & Eatzeria

American, Breakfast, Brunch, Delicatessen, Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian

120 E. 7th St.
812-822-0210

eatbutch.com

Butch’s offers everything a homesick East Coaster could want, from corned beef on rye to bagels to NY-style pizza. • Prices: Appetizers $3.95–$9.95, sandwiches $5.95–$10.50, pizza $10.95–$17.95, sides $2.75–$7.95 • Hours: Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., Campus Access • Outdoor Seating: Yes

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

Chocolate Moose, The

American, Fair Labor, Ice Cream, Sweets

401 S. Walnut St.
812-333-0475

chocolatemoosebloomington.com

Come summer, lines form well into the night at The Chocolate Moose. Grasshopper and Moose Chocolate ice creams are classics and well worth the wait. Soft serve is big, too, from tiny torch cones to chocolate-and-nut-dipped swirls. • Prices: Ice cream $1.50–$5, slushies and sno cones $.50–$2, sundaes and parfaits $2–$5, sandwiches $1–$4 • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Sun. noon–10 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal

Chow Bar

Chinese, East Asian, Indonesian, Japanese

216 S. Indiana Ave.
812-336-3888

Chow Bar’s prime location on Indiana Avenue makes it a popular spot for students and faculty. The lunch buffet isn’t huge, but it offers more than the standard sweet & sour chicken and fried rice. The menu focuses on Taiwanese specialties but also features Japanese and Indonesian-style entrées. • Prices: Appetizers $1.30–$8.50, lunch $5.45–$8.95, house specialties $9.50–$13.95 • Hours: Mon.–Fri. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Sat. noon–10 p.m. Sun. noon–9 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Campus Access • Outdoor Seating: No

Crazy Horse Food & Drink Emporium

American, Pub Food, Sandwiches, Steaks

214 W. Kirkwood
812-336-8877

crazyhorseindiana.com

The specialties of the house include flavored martinis, Angus beef burgers, quesadillas, steaks, and barbecued ribs. Live bands play some Saturdays. • Prices: Appetizers $5.99–$9.99, entrées $7.99–$20.99, desserts $3–$4 • Hours: Sun.–Tu. 11 a.m.–1 a.m. Wed.–Sat. 11 a.m.–2 a.m. • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., DC, Campus Access • 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

Dats

American, Cajun/Creole, Vegetarian

211 S. Grant St.
812-339-3090

datsongrant.com

Formerly called Yats, this restaurant was rechristened by chef Bob Crowley when he became the sole owner. Crowley, who trained at the Culinary Institute of America, offers recipes he collected from small Louisiana towns. Specialties include Chili Cheese Etouffee, Gumbo, Jambalaya, and the Datwich Sandwich, a complex preparation that involves turkey dusted in Cajun spices, soaked in beer, cooked twice, spiced, and served up “so it warms you from your nose to your toes.” Prices: Entrées $6.50-$10.25, desserts $.75-$3.50 Hours: Daily 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC Outdoor Seating: Yes

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

falafelsonline.com

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!

Function Brewing

Pub Food, Sandwiches

108 E. 6th St.
812-676-1000

functionbrewing.com

Function Brewing focuses on creating small batches of craft beer. There is a selection of 12 made-in-house beers that rotate on and off the menu. Sampler trays are available if you can’t pick just one. The kitchen makes everything by hand for their creative hot and cold sandwiches. They also offer cheeses and charcuterie. • Prices: Appetizers $4.99–$14.99, sandwiches $9.99–$11.99 • Hours: Wed.–Fri. 3–11 p.m. Sat. 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Sun. 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Closed Mon.–Tu. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

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

India Garden

Indian, Vegan, Vegetarian

416 E. 4th St.
812-331-8844

bloomingtonindianfood.com

This restaurant is known for its Indian breads and buffet. Menu items include lamb biryani and spicy chicken vindaloo. Good vegetarian choices. • Prices: Appetizers $1.95–$6.95, entrées $9.95–$14.95 • Hours: Daily 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and 5–10 p.m. • Bar: Beer • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Irish Lion, The

Brunch, European, Irish, Pub Food

212 W. Kirkwood
812-336-9076

irishlion.com

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: Appetizers $4.75–$10.95, entrées $12.85–$34.95, pub grub $5.95–$6.95, desserts $3.75–$5.80 • 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

Read our review of The Irish Lion here!

Janko’s Little Zagreb

American, European, Steaks

223 W. 6th St.
812-332-0694

littlezagreb.com

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: Appetizers $3.50–$26.90, entrées $14.99–$50.00 (includes salad and potato), desserts $5.50–$6 • Hours: Mon.–Th. 5–10 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

Read our review of Janko's Little Zagreb here!

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

Le Petit Café

European, French

308 W. 6th St.
812-334-9747

lpc1977.com

“I cook foods I like to eat,” says Marina Fiore, chef of this quaint, family-oriented restaurant. Her tastes run to French classics — rabbit dishes, cream sauces, crème brûlée, and chocolate mousse. Vegetarian options are always available. • Prices: Appetizers $4.25, dinners $14–$20 (including soup or salad, a vegetable, and potatoes), desserts around $3.25 • Hours: Lunch Th. and Sun. only 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., dinner Tu.–Sun. 5:30–9 p.m.; Closed Mon.; Reservations are required for large parties. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Openair dining room

Mandalay Restaurant

Asian, Burmese, Chinese, East Asian, Indian, South/Southeast Asian, Thai, Vegetarian

413 E. 4th St.
812-339-7334

mymandalayrestaurant.com

This tiny 4th Street gem serves Burmese food — an exotic mix of Chinese, Thai, and Indian with a savory character all its own. Lots of curries and noodle dishes and many vegetarian options. Try the paratha with yellow chickpea curry and the tea leaf salad! • Prices: Appetizers and salads $6.19–$11.39, entrées $10.29–$13.39 • Hours: Tu.–Sun. 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. 5–9 p.m.; Closed Mon.• Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

My Thai Cafe

Asian, Soup, South/Southeast Asian, Thai, Vegetarian

3316 W. 3rd St. • 812-333-2234
402 E. 4th St. • 812-333-3993

mythaicafeusa.com

The first location for this beautiful little restaurant is hidden away in a strip mall on the west side of Bloomington. My Thai Cafe’s second location is on 4th Street restaurant row and also serves Thai family recipes cooked to your preferred degree of spiciness. Look for noodle dishes featuring the sweet and spicy “chef’s gravy,” and try the fragrant curries. • Prices: Appetizers $5.95–$10.95, entrées $7.95–$15.95 • Hours: West 3rd Street lunch Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–3 p.m., dinner Mon.–Th. 4:30–9 p.m. Friday 4:30–10 p.m. Sat. 3–10 p.m.; Closed Sun. East 4th Street lunch Tu.–Fri. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Sat. noon–3 p.m. Sun. 11 a.m.–3 p.m., dinner Tu.–Th. 4:30–9 p.m. Fri. 4:30–10 p.m. Sat. 3–10 p.m. Sun. 3–9 p.m.; Closed Mon.• Bar: Beer • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Read our review of My Thai Cafe here!

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!

Players Pub, The

American, Pub Food

424 S. Walnut
812-334-2080

theplayerspub.com

The Players Pub provides Bloomingtonians with a haven for good music and great food. Specials include Grilled Salmon, Bayou Bowl, and Portabello Soup. Nightly entertainment includes jazz, blues, swing, and country music. • Prices: Appetizers $3.00–$8.50, entrées $8.99–$18.99, desserts $3.50–$5 • Hours: Mon.–Th. 4 p.m.–midnight Fri.–Sat. 4 p.m.–1 a.m. Sun. 4–11 p.m.; Reservations recommended for major entertainers. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

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

Rockit’s Famous Pizza

Pizza

222 N. Walnut
812-336-7625

rockitspizzabloomington.com

This hole-in-the-wall right next to The Bluebird Nightclub serves delicious pizza with a rich, spicy tomato sauce until late in the evening. Wonderful, herby breadsticks. Local delivery available. • Prices: Pizzas $5 (small)–$11.99 (extra large) plus toppings; slices $2 • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 5 p.m.–3:30 a.m. Sun. 7 p.m.–midnight • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX • Outdoor Seating: No

Runcible Spoon Cafe and Restaurant

American, Breakfast, Brunch, Cafés, Fair Labor, Vegan

412 E. 6th St.
812-334-3997

runciblespoonrestaurant.com

A beloved Bloomington landmark, the Runcible Spoon has kept its funky atmosphere while expanding its menu to include not only luscious breakfasts, but also pastas and sandwiches at lunch and more classic dishes at night. Live, traditional Irish music is featured on Tuesdays. • Prices: Appetizers under $6, entrées $6–$14, desserts $3 and under • Hours: Daily 8 a.m.–midnight (kitchen open until 10 p.m.) • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal

Read our review on Runcible Spoon Cafe and Restaurant here!

Rush Hour Station

Sandwiches, Vietnamese

421 E. 3rd St.
812-323-RUSH (7874)

rushhourstation.com

Bloomingtonian lovers of banh mi, those luscious French-Vietnamese fusion sandwiches of grilled meat, vegetables, and pâté on French bread, are in luck. This tiny strip-mall shop produces delicious sandwiches (available also as wraps or sans bread as a salad) of beef, pork, tofu, or vegetables. Choose from Lemongrass (yum!), Teriyaki, Sweet Soy, Korean, or Rush Hour Sauce, all made according to the Vietnamese owners’ secret recipes. • Prices: Sandwiches $4.25–$5, burgers $5.25–$5.75, soup and salad $3.15–$6.75 • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Cosed Sun. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

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Sake Bar

East Asian, Japanese, Sushi

304 N. Walnut
812-339-2295

Japonee has reincarnated into a smaller, sleeker venue. Semi-private booths create an intimate vibe. The extensive list of specialty rolls is only matched by the countless sake options. Shelves are lined with bottles of flavored sakes, many served warm. • Prices: Appetizers $4.69–$11.59, raw rolls $4.69–$8.09, specialty rolls $11.59–$18.49 • Hours: Mon.–Wed. 4 p.m.–1 a.m. Th.–Sat. 4 p.m.–2 a.m. Sun. 4 p.m.–midnight • Bar: Sake, wine, beer • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No

Scholars Inn Gourmet Café & Wine Bar

American, Brunch, Fair Labor, Fine Dining, Steaks

717 N. College
812-332-1892

scholarsinn.com

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
Read our review of Scholars Inn Gourmet Café & Wine Bar here! 

Scotty’s Brewhouse

American, Fair Labor, Gluten-Free, Pub Food

302 N. Walnut
812-333-5151

scottysbrewhouse.com

All ages are welcome at this relaxed sports bar, with its extensive menu featuring creative salads, sandwiches, burgers, and huge desserts. Dill chips made from fried pickles, Buffalo-Breaded Chicken, and Scotty’s German Chocolate Cake are specialties. • Prices: Appetizers $5.99–$15.99, entrées $5–$14, desserts $2–$5.99 • Hours: Sun.–Th. 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; No reservations. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., Campus Access • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal
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Serendipity Martini Bar and Restaurant

American, Pub Food, Small Plates

201 S. College
812-330-6688

serendipitymartini.com

This sleek lounge offers more than 20 martinis, an extensive wine list, and a variety of savory tapas and entrées. Don’t miss the Petite Fleur, an herbal gin cocktail. Tapas, or small plates meant for sharing, round out the menu. Snag one of the few couches to take in the free live music on weekends. Half-priced martinis on Mondays. • Prices: Martinis $9–$12, tapas $6–$12, soups and salads $6–$12, entrées $9–$12, desserts $6 • Hours: Mon.–Th. 6 p.m.–midnight Fri. 6 p.m.–1 a.m. Sat. 6 p.m.–2:30 a.m. • Bar: Yes • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Siam House

South/Southeast Asian, Thai, Vegetarian

430 E. 4th St.
812-331-1233

siamhousebloomington.com

The 90-item menu was one of the first local restaurants to list vegetarian options using healthy, fresh foods. Specialties include pad thai, curries, combo seafood platters, spicy Thai and coconut-milk soups, and miang kom (fresh spinach leaves folded into a cone and filled with ginger, peanuts, coconut, etc.). • Prices: Appetizers $5–$6, entrées $9–$14, desserts $2–$6 • Hours: Mon.–Fri. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. (lunch buffet 11 a.m.–2 p.m.) Sat. noon–10 p.m. Sun. noon–9 p.m. • Bar: Beer, wine • 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

Square Donuts

Donuts, Sweets

531 N. Walnut • 812-337-0100
3866 W. 3rd St. • 812-333-2799

squaredonuts.com

Drive to the North Walnut location of Square Donuts to get your morning doughnut fix straight through your car window. Yeast doughnuts are light, airy confections that make it far too easy to go back for seconds. Night owls can score freshly fried doughnuts through the pickup window starting at 1 a.m. • Prices: Individual doughnuts $.25–$1, a dozen doughnuts $7–$9 • Hours: Tu.–Sun. 6 a.m.–2 p.m. and midnight–4 a.m. at North Walnut location.; Closed Mon.• Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Taste of India

Buffet, Fair Labor, Indian, South/Southeast Asian, Vegan, Vegetarian

316 E. 4th St.
812-333-1399

tasteofindiabtown.com

This airy, casual restaurant specializes in northern-and southern-Indian cuisine. The tikkas, vindaloos, and kormas are all good and cooked to your desired level of spiciness. The southern-Indian dosa — a lentil-and-rice crêpe with various fillings — is terrific. Slather on some coconut chutney and enjoy with a savory tamarind lentil stew. • Prices: Lunch buffet $8.50, appetizers $3.50–$6.95, entrées $7.95–$14.95, desserts $2.95–$3.50 • Hours: Daily lunch 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m., dinner 5–10 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal
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The 3 Amigos

Mexican

601 N. College, Suite #2
812-822-1754

the3amigosbtown.com

This casual Mexican restaurant offers affordable food in a convenient downtown location. Try pork-centric specialties such as the generously portioned Chori-Queso dip or the Carnitas, tender chunks of slow-cooked pork for tucking into a warm tortilla. Open until 3 a.m. on weekends to fill those late-night chips and salsa cravings. • Prices: Nachos, salads, and dips $3.49–$11.99; lunch entrées $6.99–$8.99; dinner specialties $9.99– $15.99 • Hours: Sun.–Wed. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Th.–Sat. 11 a.m.–3 a.m. • Bar: Beer • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX • Outdoor Seating: Yes

Topo’s 403

Fine Dining, Greek, Mediterranean

403 N. Walnut
812-676-8676

topos403.com

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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Tudor Room

American, Brunch, Buffet

Indiana Memorial Union
900 E. 7th St.
812-855-9866

imu.indiana.edu/dining/tudorroom.shtml

This high-ceilinged, medieval room on the IU campus evokes a bygone day. The salad bar includes crisp greens, as well as tuna, pasta, and other side salads. The buffet with hot entrées changes daily but might include baked fish, pasta, meat dishes, and assorted sides. Luscious dessert bar, delicious Sunday brunch. Public welcome. • Prices: $8.15–$17.99, weekday brunch $9 for students • Hours: Lunch buffet weekdays 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Sunday brunch 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.; Closed Sat. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., Campus Access, DC • Outdoor Seating: No

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Turkuaz Café

Breakfast, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Turkish, Vegetarian

301 E. 3rd St.
812-333-7908

Authentic Turkish decorations and music enliven this intimate restaurant. Boat-shaped pides are reminiscent of pizza, filled with cheese and all manner of toppings — think eggplant, ground beef, and even eggs. Most meals come with a simple but flavorful red lentil soup and a trio of salads. • Prices: Appetizers $5–$9, pides $6–$13, entrées $8–$16 • Hours: Tu.–Th. 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Fri.–Sat. 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Sun. 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; Closed Mon. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes

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