Artists Colony Inn and Restaurant
American, Sandwiches, Soup
105 S. Van Buren St.
The dining room in this gracious old building is filled with the work of local artists and features a large stone fireplace. Menu items include homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, and country fare like chicken potpie, meatloaf, and fried catfish. Lots of vegetarian options. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Breakfast: Daily 7:30–10:30 a.m.; Lunch/Dinner: Sun.–Th. 11 a.m.–8 p.m. and Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–9 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
Big Woods Bloomington
American, Pub Food, Sandwiches
116 N. Grant St.
Located in a charming house near the corner of North Grant and East 6th streets that used to house Café Django, Big Woods Bloomington is a homey pub where 24 beers flow on tap. Offerings include appetizers to share, gourmet sandwiches, the signature JB burger, and a complete dinner menu. The outdoor beer garden has its own menu and serves only Quaff On! brewery beers. • Prices: $ • Hours: Sun.–Wed. 11 a.m.–11 p.m.; Th.–Sat. 11 a.m.–1 a.m.; All ages until 9 p.m. • Bar: Beer • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
Bloomington Bagel Company
Breakfast, Fair Labor, Sandwiches, Vegetarian
113 N. Dunn St. • 812-333-4653
238 N. Morton St. • 812-349-4653
1318 E. 3rd St. • 812-287-8353
913 S. College Mall Rd. • 812-339-4653
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: $ • Hours: N. Dunn St.: Mon.–Sat. 6 a.m.–7 p.m., Sun. 7 a.m.– 7 p.m.; N. Morton St.: Mon.–Sat. 7 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m.–4 p.m.; E. 3rd St.: Mon.-Sat. 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; S. College Mall Rd.: 7 a.m.–4 p.m. daily • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., Campus Access • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Accessibility Decal • Fair Labor Decal
American, Fair Labor, Sandwiches
114 S. Indiana Ave.
In 1987, an IU student opened BuffaLouie’s, naming it after his grandfather. Wings, subs, and salads are the reason to visit this award-winning restaurant. In addition to their wings, try the Buffalo, Teriyaki, or Parmigiana Burger, or one of their many other sandwich or wrap options. Black bean patties are a great choice for vegetarians. Sides and appetizers include curly fries, mozzarella sticks, garlic bread, and onion rings. Hoosier and sports-themed memorabilia adorn the walls, and big-screen TVs keep you entertained. • Prices: $–$$$$ • Hours: Mon.–Sun. 10:30 a.m.–midnight • Bar: Beer • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., Campus Access • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal
Italian, Pizza, Sandwiches
405 E. Kirkwood
In business since 1953, Cafe Pizzaria was not only the first pizzeria in Bloomington but, according to store legend, the first restaurant to serve the Midwestern version of the Stromboli sandwich (with ground sausage, onion, cheese, and sauce on a sub bun). The original recipes are still in use, and owner Larry Webb purchases local Indiana beef from Fischer Farms. Daily specials, seating for 100. • Prices: $–$$$ • Hours: 11 a.m.–11:30 p.m. daily • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
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: $–$$ • Hours: Mon.–Fri. 5 p.m.–9 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sun. 3 p.m.–9 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No
Cozy Table Restaurant & Pancake House
American, Breakfast, Sandwiches, Soup, Vegetarian
2500 W. 3rd St.
Situated on West 3rd Street, Cozy Table offers an extensive menu of hearty and affordable diner fare. Of course, breakfast is served all day. • Prices: $ • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 6 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sun. 6 a.m.–3 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No
Crazy Horse Food & Drink Emporium
American, Pub Food, Sandwiches, Steaks
214 W. Kirkwood
Just west of the downtown square, Crazy Horse is one of Bloomington's oldest eateries. The specialties of the house include flavored martinis, Angus beef burgers, quesadillas, steaks, and barbecued ribs. Each day of the week offers several drink specials, including half-priced wine bottles on Wednesday and Sunday. Live bands play Sundays from 8–10 p.m. • Prices: $-$$$ • Hours: Sun.–Wed. 11 a.m.–1 a.m.; Th.–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.
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: $ • 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
Eli’s Sandwich Shoppe
American, Pizza, Salads, Sandwiches, Vegetarian
601 N. College
Featuring 17 kinds of subs, all on sweet bread that's baked in-house daily, as well as salads, soup, and thin-crust pizzas. Also on the menu are broccoli cheese soup and warm chocolate chip cookies. The shop offers half or whole subs ranging from a simple grilled-cheese style sandwich to The Plethora, which includes a variety of meats such as turkey, ham, and roast beef. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Sun.–Wed. 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Th.–Sat. 11 a.m.–3 a.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No
Falafels Flavors From Jerusalem
Gluten-Free, Israeli, Middle Eastern, Sandwiches, Vegan, Vegetarian
430 E. Kirkwood
This small Dunkirk Square restaurant specializes in the sandwich that gives it its name, as well as in other Middle Eastern delicacies like hummus, stuffed grape leaves, and baba ganoush. The menu also includes kebabs, salads, entrée platters, and very good fries. • Prices: $–$$ • 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
Fat Dan’s Chicago-Style Deli
American, Barbecue, Delicatessen, Hot Dogs, Sandwiches
211 E. Kirkwood
Fat Dan's brings the flavors of Chicago to Bloomington. Our restaurant reviewer recommends that you try their IPA beer cheese fries, burgers, Chicago Dog—with all the condiments you can imagine—or hand-smoked brisket and pork. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Mon.-Tues. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Wed.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-1 a.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. • Bar: Beer and wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
Pub Food, Sandwiches
108 E. 6th St.
Function Brewing focuses on creating small batches of craft beer. There is a selection of 12 made-in-house beers that rotate on and off the menu. Sampler trays are available if you can’t pick just one. The kitchen makes everything by hand for their creative hot and cold sandwiches. They also offer cheeses and charcuterie. • Prices: $-$$ • 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
American, Breakfast, Sandwiches
206 S. Adams St.
Since opening in 1930, the recipes have been handed down through the Hinkle family, the original owners of the 16-seat hamburger joint. The Hinkle Burger is only $2.05, and other menu options include Breaded or Grilled Tenderloin and sides such as jalapeño poppers and tater cakes. Order a slice of pie or a cookie for dessert. • Prices: $ • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Closed Sun. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: No • Outdoor Seating: Yes
American, Bakery, Breakfast, Sandwiches, Sweets, Vegetarian
105 N. College
Featuring an urban design with a cozy, warm atmosphere, this café is a nice place to enjoy a pastry while you chat, read, or work on a laptop. The made-from-scratch pastries are an early customer favorite. Menu items include a chicken salad sandwich on baguette, bacon and eggs, and waffles on Wednesday. • Prices: $ • Hours: 7:30 a.m.–7 p.m. daily • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
Mexican, Sandwiches, Soup
620 W. Kirkwood
Juannita's prides itself on serving the most authentic Mexican food in Bloomington, with recipes straight from Abuelita Juannita herself. Come to this cheerful, family-owned restaurant on West Kirkwood for the mole poblano and the molotes—fried masa dough stuffed with savory fillings. Other popular dishes include the Salmon Wild Tacos and the Camarones Empanizados. Fresh homemade tortillas are a real treat and the soups are fab. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Sun.–Th. 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX • Outdoor Seating: Yes
American, Brunch, Fair Labor, Gluten-Free, Italian, Pizza, Sandwiches
1795 E. 10th St.
Home of the Bloomington Brewing Co., Lennie’s offers its own award-winning ales. Chef Fred Manion, a Culinary Institute of America graduate, creates eclectic dishes—main-course salads, gourmet pizzas, pastas, sandwiches, and daily dinner and soup specials. Try the rustic flat breads — hearth baked daily and lightly topped with fresh ingredients. • Prices: $$–$$$ • Hours: Sun.–Th. 11 a.m.–11 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–midnight (Pub closes nightly one hour after the restaurant.) • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX • Outdoor Seating: No • Accessibility Decal • Fair Labor Decal
Monroe County Pizza
3151 W. 3rd St.
This local pizza joint specializes in thin-crusted pies. Dine-in at the West 3rd Street location, where the buffet is popular for both lunch and dinner. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Sun.–Th. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–11 p.m. • Bar: Beer • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No
Mother Bear’s Pizza
Italian, Pizza, Sandwiches
1428 E. 3rd St.
2980 W. Whitehall Crossing Blvd.
This casual restaurant features wing specials on Mondays and pasta discounts on Tuesdays. Wednesday is Sweetheart Night, when a heart-shaped pizza and dinner for two are the specials. For dessert, there are homemade brownies. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Campus Location: Sun.–Th. 11 a.m.–midnight; Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.– 1 a.m.; Westside Location: Sun.–Th. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–11 p.m. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No
Gluten-Free, Italian, Pizza, Salads, Sandwiches, Soup, Vegetarian
419 E. Kirkwood
Tucked away in the alley behind Nick's English Hut, Osteria Rago offers comforting Italian dishes from breakfast to dinner. Start your meal off with the Crostini and Olive Tapenade antipasti, then try the Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo, Prosciutto and Arugula Pizza, or choose from the list of paninis. Cap your meal off with gelato or tiramisu, and be sure to check out the espresso bar. Gluten-free pizza and pasta are available upon request. • Prices: $$ • Hours: Mon. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Tues.-Sat. 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No
Out of the Ordinary Restaurant and Hickory Sports Bar
American, Pub Food, Sandwiches
61 S. Van Buren St., Nashville, IN
Located in and named for an old tavern, this family-owned restaurant specializes in hearty fare that includes barbecued ribs, wild game, pheasant, turkey, smoked pork chops, and pot roast. There are lunch specials, and a piano player performs from 6–8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. • Prices: $–$$$ • Hours: Sun.–Th. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–midnight • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No
Brunch, Fair Labor, Gluten-Free, Sandwiches, Vegan, Vegetarian
118 W. 6th St.
This hip but comfortable vegetarian restaurant is furnished with vintage enameled tables and a small bar serving a carefully curated selection of beers. Menu options range from faux meat sandwiches to pierogies and Asian veggie bowls. Try a riff on fish and chips: Battered and fried tofu is flavored with nori, adding a hint of the sea. A display case full of vegan layer cakes and cupcakes provides visual incentive to leave a little room for something sweet. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sun. brunch 10 a.m.–3 p.m. • Bar: Beer • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No • Fair Labor Decal
Rush Hour Station
421 E. 3rd St.
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: $ • Hours: Mon.–Fri. 11 a.m.–3:30 p.m. and 4:30–8:30 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Cosed Sun. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No
That Sandwich Place
American, Breakfast, Sandwiches
15 S. Van Buren St.‚ Nashville, IN
The General may have left Assembly Hall, but his memory remains bright at this tiny shrine to all things Bobby in the heart of downtown Nashville that claims the “largest collection of Bobby Knight memorabilia around.” Oh, and they serve food, too — hearty breakfasts like biscuits and gravy and all manner of sandwiches. Good fries! • Prices: $ • Hours: Tu.–Sun. 8 a.m.–3 p.m.; Cosed Mon. (hours vary seasonally, call ahead) • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No
American, Greek, Mediterranean, Sandwiches, Vegan, Vegetarian
100 E. Kirkwood
Casual and family-friendly, the Trojan Horse, on the southeast corner of the downtown Square, serves Greek food and other Mediterranean treats. Try the Chicken Giannoulas, Lamb Kabob, or their signature Gyros Dinner–a heaping portion of gyros meat on a bed of rice with pita bread, tomatoes, onions, and a side of Zaziki. The Trojan Horse is also famous for its hand-cut fries. Drink specials are offered every night. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Mon.–Th. 11 a.m.–11 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–midnight; Sun. 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m. • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No
Read our review of Trojan Horse here!