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: $–$$ • Hours: Dining Room buffet 11 a.m.–2 p.m. daily, dine in 4–10 p.m. daily; Sat.–Sun. 2 p.m.–10 p.m.; delivery Sun.–Wed. 11 a.m.–2 a.m.; Th. 11 a.m.–3 a.m.; Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–4 a.m. • Bar: Beer • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No
Carson’s BBQ & Catering
American, Barbecue, Sandwiches
5555 W. State Rd. 46
Take West State Road 46 out of central Bloomington to the town of Ellettsville to find this family-owned barbecue joint. They smoke their meat low and slow in a custom barbecue grill. Try tender beef brisket, on its own or in a sandwich, or get your hands dirty and dig into some dry-rubbed ribs, no utensils necessary! • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Mon.–Fri. 5 p.m.–9 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sun. 3 p.m.–9 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No
Smokin’ Jack’s Rib Shack
505 W. 17th St.
Chef Jack Cody—“Smokin’ Jack”—specializes in (what else?) smoked ribs, but be sure to try the pulled pork, too. He offers five different sauces: regular, Jack’s sweet barbecue, Louisiana hot, barbecue hot, and Jamaican jerk. Collard greens and cornbread salad are among the sides. Monday is buy-one-get-one-free night for seniors from 4–9 p.m. Specials are offered every day. • Prices: $–$$$ • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Closed Sun. • Bar: Beer • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
The 3 Amigos
601 N. College, Suite #2
This casual Mexican restaurant offers affordable food in a convenient downtown location. Try pork-centric specialties such as the generously portioned Chori-Queso dip or the Carnitas, tender chunks of slow-cooked pork for tucking into a warm tortilla. Open until 3 a.m. on weekends to fill those late-night chips and salsa cravings. • Prices: Lunch: $; Dinner: $$ • 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
Fine Dining, Greek, Mediterranean
403 N. Walnut
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: $–$$$ • Hours: Tu.–Sat. 5–10 p.m.; Sun. 5–9 p.m.; Closed Mon. • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
Read our review of Topo's 403 here!
Upland’s Bloomington Brewpub
American, Fair Labor, Pub Food
350 W. 11th St.
The menu changes seasonally but always includes pub favorites such as Fish and Chips, as well as many dishes that include Upland’s craft-brewed beers as ingredients. The menu runs from sandwiches (try the buffalo burgers) to entrées, and many vegetarian/vegan specials are also offered. Live entertainment. Beers regularly on tap include wheat, weizen, pale, IPA, porter, and amber. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Mon.–Th. 11 a.m.–midnight; Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–1 a.m.; Sun. noon–midnight • Bar: Beer, including carryout, and wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal
American, Breakfast, Brunch, Diners
4618 W. Richland Plaza Dr.
All that and then some, that’s what you’ll find at Ellettsville’s go-to diner. The lengthy menu is jampacked with Hoosier classics, including a pork tenderloin sandwich and country fried steak, breakfast specials, even pasta and Tex-Mex fare. Breakfast options such as biscuits and gravy, pancakes, and omelets are a good bet. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Mon.–Th. 6 a.m.–9 p.m.; Fri. 6 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sat. 6 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sun. 7 a.m.–3 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No