Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Turkish, Vegetarian
405 E. 4th St.
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: $–$$ • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sun. 11:30 a.m.–9:30 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC • Outdoor Seating: Yes
Anyetsang’s Little Tibet
East Asian, Fair Labor, Gluten-Free, Indian, South/Southeast Asian, Thai, Tibetan, Vegan, Vegetarian
415 E. 4th St.
This cozy restaurant occupies a vintage bungalow on Bloomington’s 4th Street restaurant row. Little Tibet serves house specialties of momo dumplings and curries from Thailand and India, as well as noodle dishes and vegetarian choices. And besides wine and Champagne, Anyetsang’s serves a large variety of mimosas. • Prices: $–$$ • 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
Chinese, East Asian
109 W. 4th St.
Find this unassuming Chinese spot just off of the downtown Square near the 4th Street parking garage. The dining room doesn’t look like much but there’s plenty of spicy Szechuan flavor inside. If you can handle the heat, start with the dandan noodles or pork wontons, both slicked with mouth-numbing chili oil, then cool down with an order of garlic-smashed cucumber. Other notable specialties include bubbling hot pots, cumin beef or lamb, and spicy dry-fried string beans. • Prices: $–$$$ • Hours: Mon.–Fri. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sat–Sun. 11:30 a.m.–10:00 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No
Indian, Vegan, Vegetarian
416 E. 4th St.
This restaurant is known for its Indian breads and lunchtime buffet. Try the samosas, an authentic Indian snack that serves as an excellent amuse-bouche. Entrees include lamb, chicken, and shrimp dishes, such as the Tandoori Chicken or Lamb Biryani. If you're vegetarian, go for one of the many vegetable specials or the Channa Masala–tender garbanzo beans cooked with onions, tomatoes, and spices. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Daily 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and 5–10 p.m. • Bar: Beer • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
Asian, Burmese, Chinese, East Asian, Indian, South/Southeast Asian, Thai, Vegetarian
413 E. 4th St.
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: $–$$ • Hours: Tu.–Sun. 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and 5–9 p.m.; Closed Mon.• Bar: No Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
My Thai Cafe
Asian, Soup, South/Southeast Asian, Thai, Vegetarian
3316 W. 3rd St. • 812-333-2234
402 E. 4th St. • 812-333-3993
The first location for this beautiful little restaurant is hidden away in a strip mall on the west side of Bloomington. My Thai Cafe’s second location is on 4th Street restaurant row and also serves Thai family recipes cooked to your preferred degree of spiciness. Look for noodle dishes featuring the sweet and spicy “chef’s gravy,” and try the fragrant curries. • Prices: Lunch: $; Dinner: $$ • Hours: West 3rd Street: Mon.–Th. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and 4:30–9 p.m.; Fri. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and 4:30–10 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Closed Sun.; East 4th Street: Tu.–Th. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and 4:30–9 p.m.; Fri. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and 4:30–10 p.m.; Sat. noon–10 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Closed Mon.• Bar: Beer • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
South/Southeast Asian, Thai, Vegetarian
430 E. 4th St.
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: $–$$ • Hours: Mon.–Fri. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. (lunch buffet 11 a.m.–2 p.m.); Sat. noon–10 p.m.; Sun. noon–9 p.m. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
Taste of India
Buffet, Fair Labor, Indian, South/Southeast Asian, Vegan, Vegetarian
316 E. 4th St.
This airy, casual restaurant specializes in northern-and southern-Indian cuisine. The tikkas, vindaloos, and kormas are all good and cooked to your desired level of spiciness. The southern-Indian dosa—a lentil-and-rice crêpe with various fillings — is terrific. Slather on some coconut chutney and enjoy with a savory tamarind lentil stew. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and 5–10 p.m. daily • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal
Read our review of Taste of India here!