Indian, South/Southeast Asian
124 N. Walnut
Occupying a sunny corner spot on the downtown Square, Amrit India offers a popular buffet stocked with favorites such as chicken tikki masala and saag paneer along with naan, pakora, salads, and chutneys. The full menu is extensive, with lots of vegetarian and seafood options. Check the restaurant’s Facebook page for daily buffet selections. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.–10 p.m.; Sun. noon–9 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
Anyetsang’s Little Tibet
East Asian, Fair Labor, Gluten-Free, Indian, South/Southeast Asian, Thai, Tibetan, Vegan, Vegetarian
415 E. 4th St.
This cozy restaurant occupies a vintage bungalow on Bloomington’s 4th Street restaurant row. Little Tibet serves house specialties of momo dumplings and curries from Thailand and India, as well as noodle dishes and vegetarian choices. And besides wine and Champagne, Anyetsang’s serves a large variety of mimosas. • Prices: $–$$ • 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
Indian, Vegan, Vegetarian
420 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: $–$$ • Hours: Daily 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and 5–10 p.m. • Bar: Beer • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
4506 E. 3rd St.
Offering an airy dining experience on East Third Street, Indian Palace serves fresh-prepared Indian classics. Visit it for old standbys like chicken tikka masala or tandoori-cooked lamb and shrimp—as well as vegetarian options aplenty. • Prices: $-$S • Hours: Monday-Sunday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. • Drinks: Full bar • Credit cards: All major • Outdoor seating: Yes
Asian, Burmese, Chinese, East Asian, Indian, South/Southeast Asian, Thai, Vegetarian
413 E. 4th St.
This tiny 4th Street gem serves Burmese food — an exotic mix of Chinese, Thai, and Indian with a savory character all its own. Lots of curries and noodle dishes and many vegetarian options. Try the paratha with yellow chickpea curry and the tea leaf salad! • Prices: $–$$ • 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
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
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