Tag: restaurant review

C3: A Chic Bar & Café Far from Madding Crowd

Fillet sliders are slathered in creamy horseradish sauce and topped with fried onion rings. Photo by Aubrey Dunnuck BY CHRISTINE BARBOUR There is plenty to love about living in a college town. Full of verve and attitude, Bloomington’s student population keeps our city thriving and young at heart. But sometimes, just sometimes, you want your [...]

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The Big Cheeze: Gooey and Good

The Momma Smacker: Gouda cheese and pulled pork. Photo by Brian Krecik BY CHRISTINE BARBOUR Try to get your head around a food establishment that caters simultaneously to the undergraduate trying to fend off a hangover and a more, shall we say, mature person, waxing nostalgically over a favorite childhood lunch. It’s not as much [...]

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Feast: More Tempting Than Ever

BY CHRISTINE BARBOUR Last time we profiled Feast Bakery Cafe (June/July 2011), the gem of a neighborhood restaurant on the corner of East Hillside Drive and South Henderson Street, it was a family-run tamale joint with terrific pastries and breakfasts and some darn-good sandwiches. There are so many good places to eat in Bloomington that [...]

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When at Lotus Garden Eat Like the Chinese Do

BY CHRISTINE BARBOUR When it comes to Chinese food, Americans tend to like their sweet-and-sour pork bright red and sticky and their chicken fried à la General Tso — neither of which would be familiar to actual Chinese people living in China. Savvy American diners in search of authenticity know to ask for the “traditional [...]

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Yogi’s Goes Gastropub: New Room, New Menu, New Vibe

BY CHRISTINE BARBOUR If you are smarter than the average bear you might have noticed that something is afoot at Yogi’s Grill & Bar. Over the years, and under the radar, this friendly sports bar just off the northwest corner of the IU campus has been edging in a gastropub direction. First they acquired a [...]

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Juannita’s: Mexican that’s Authentic, Homemade, and Delicious

BY CHRISTINE BARBOUR They say that running a restaurant is a young person’s game, but while it is true that the person technically in charge at Juannita’s, the new Mexican restaurant in the cheerful yellow building at 620 W. Kirkwood, is 23-year-old Salvador Marquez Cuahuizo, it is his 76-year-old grandmother Juanita Cuahuizo who puts in [...]

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The Tudor Room: Old World Ambience For Kingly Appetites

BY CHRISTINE BARBOUR To walk into the Indiana Memorial Union’s Tudor Room is to step back in time—at least to the middle of the last century, and possibly even several hundred years before that. With its soaring ceilings, sky-high windows, medieval-looking tapestries, and flying heraldic banners (one for each of IU’s schools), the room is [...]

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Max’s Place: For Lovers of New York Pizza

BY CHRISTINE BARBOUR There are deep (not to be confused with deep dish) divides in the pizza lovers’ world. Some people love the rich-as-a-slice-of-cake Chicago-style pizza; others prefer the Midwestern version—what some call the “Hoosier Pie”—thick on dough and heavy on cheese with a sweet tomato sauce. And then there is New York pizza—hand-tossed, thin, [...]

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