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
Bakery, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
115 N. Washington St.
Baked! specializes in making fresh, custom cookies from scratch. Customers can pick their dough, mix-ins, and toppings to create endless combinations. Regular doughs include traditional options, such as oatmeal and sugar, as well as seasonal and vegan/gluten-free varieties. The plethora of toppings range from candies, to dried fruit, to any kind of nuts you can imagine. The last step is to grab a pint of milk and dunk away! • Prices: Three cookies: $; Dozen cookies: $$ • Hours: Sun.–Th. 12 p.m.–12 a.m.; Fri–Sat. 12 p.m.–2 a.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No • Fair Labor Decal
American, Brunch, Gluten-Free, Juice Bar, Vegan, Vegetarian
409 S. Walnut
Seasonal, local, and fresh ingredients are the focus at this new café. Family friendly, Bedräk specializes in juices and smoothies, with flavors including Tropical Envy and Feel the Beet, and serves innovative dishes including a fresh take on biscuits and gravy. Favorites include the Crab Cake Benedict, Quiche, Breakfast Tacos, and Sweet Dijon Glazed Ham Steak. Create your own omelet with several veggie and protein choices. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: 7 a.m.–4 p.m. daily • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
Bloomingfoods Market and Deli
Buffet, Delicatessen, Vegan, Vegetarian
3220 E. 3rd St. • 812-336-5400
316 W. 6th St. • 812-333-7312
200 Daniels Way (Ivy Tech Community College–Bloomington) • 812-822-0143
The cafés at each of these three member-owned organic groceries feature salads, soups, made-to-order sandwiches, and baked goods, with the West 6th Street and East 3rd Street locations also offering a hot bar with salad, lunch, and dinner items every day from 10:30 a.m.–9 p.m. The East 3rd Street location also has smoothies. Local ingredients are emphasized, and vegan and vegetarian choices abound. • Prices: $-$$ • Hours: East 3rd Street: Mon.–Fri. 8 a.m.–10 p.m. (breakfast until 10:30 a.m.); Sat. 8 a.m.–10 p.m. (breakfast until 11 a.m.); Sun. 8 a.m.–10 p.m. (brunch until 2 p.m.); West 6th Street: Mon.–Sat. 8 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sun. 8 a.m.–10 p.m. (brunch until 2 p.m.); Daniels Way: Mon.–Fri. 8 a.m.–6 p.m. (breakfast until 11 a.m.); Closed Sat.–Sun. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., Campus Access • Outdoor Seating: Yes/Yes/No • Accessibility Decal: West 6th Street and Daniels Way
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
Brilliant Coffee Company
Coffee, Gluten-Free, Ice Cream, Vegan, Vegetarian
217 W. 6th St.
Brilliant Coffee Company serves espresso, house made gelato, and pastries. Try the affogato—gelato topped with a shot of espresso. Gelato comes in convenient sizes to enjoy in store or on a walk, or purchase a pint to take home for a treat later on. • Prices: $ • Hours: Sun.–Thu. 8 a.m.–6 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 8 a.m.–8 p.m.; Closed Mon. • Bar: No • Outdoor Seating: No
Brown County Inn
American, Breakfast, Brunch, Buffet, Vegetarian
51 E. Ind. 46, Nashville
From the simple to the extravagant, the Brown County Inn has a variety of healthy choices. The restaurant's dinner entrée menu includes a New York strip steak and Peach & Bourbon Pork Chops, but also features a humbler black beans & rice dish with pilaf and sweet corn salsa. There's also a soup and salad bar. Appetizers include cheese boards and shrimp cocktail, as well as French fries and nachos. Vegetarian options are available. • Prices: $–$$$ • Hours: Sun.–Th. 8 a.m.–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 8 a.m.–10 p.m. • Bar: Yes • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., DC • Outdoor Seating: Yes
Bucceto’s Smiling Teeth
Gluten-Free, Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian
E. 3rd St. at 45/46 Bypass • 812-331-1234
350 S. Liberty Dr. • 812-323-0123
Bucceto’s Smiling Teeth offers an array of innovative and tasty pizzas, calzones, entrées, and a generous house salad with homemade dressings in a family-friendly atmosphere. Pizza choices include the Ultimate Warrior, topped with sausage, pepperoni, onions, black olives, mushrooms, and green peppers. A gluten-free menu is also available. Choose whether you want to dine-in, get carryout, or have your dinner delivered. Party trays and catering are available. • Prices: $-$$ • Hours: Sun.–Th. 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Campus Access • Outdoor Seating: No • Accessibility Decal
Butch’s Grillacatessen & Eatzeria
American, Breakfast, Brunch, Delicatessen, Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian
120 E. 7th St.
Just east of the downtown Square, Butch’s offers everything a homesick East Coaster could want, from corned beef on rye to bagels to NY-style pizza. Personalize your order by building your own salad, sandwich, sub, wrap, pizza, hot dog, burger, or chicken sandwich. Pasta dishes are available as well, and breakfast and brunch are served all day. With an extensive menu, you have a large selection to choose from whether it's for dining in, carryout, or delivery. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: 11 a.m.–10 p.m. daily • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., Campus Access • Outdoor Seating: Yes
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
Da Vinci Pizza & Pasta
Gluten-Free, Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian
250 S Washington St
Pizza takes center stage at Da Vinci Pizza & Pasta. The menu offers a classic margherita but also mixes things up with creations like the Truffle Funghi, which features truffle oil, burrata, Italian sausage, roasted mushroom, garlic paste, and basil. For those with dietary restrictions, Da Vinci has gluten-free crusts and vegetarian options. Try the spaghetti bolognese or spaghetti with meatballs for a pizza alternative. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sun. 11:00 a.m.–9 p.m. • Bar: Beer and wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
Dagwood’s Deli & Sub Shop
Delicatessen, Sandwiches, Vegetarian
116 1/2 S. Indiana Ave.
This laid-back, 40-seat restaurant opened in the mid-1980s and offers family dining. Specialty sandwiches are the Dagwood Supreme (ham, turkey, and roast beef) and the Ultimate Turkey (turkey, avocado, cream cheese, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayonnaise). Be sure to ask for the really wonderful Special Sauce. • Prices: $ • Hours: Mon.–Th. 10:30 a.m.–1 a.m.; Fri.–Sat. 10:30 a.m.–4 a.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.–midnight • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC • Outdoor Seating: No • Accessibility Decal
American, Cajun/Creole, Vegetarian
211 S. Grant St.
Formerly called Yats, this restaurant was rechristened by chef Bob Crowley when he became the sole owner. Crowley, who trained at the Culinary Institute of America, offers recipes he collected from small Louisiana towns. Specialties include Chili Cheese Étouffée, Gumbo, Jambalaya, and the Datwich Sandwich, a complex preparation that involves turkey dusted in Cajun spices, soaked in beer, cooked twice, spiced, and served up “so it warms you from your nose to your toes.” Prices: $ • Hours: Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC • Outdoor Seating: Yes
DoMo Japanese Steak & Sushi House
Asian, East Asian, Japanese, Sushi, Vegetarian
106 S. Franklin Rd.
This oversize Japanese restaurant on Bloomington’s west side is split into hibachi and sushi zones. Choose hibachi for a bit of dinner theater, fun for kids and groups. Sushi options range from basic avocado rolls to the fiery Heart Attack, a tempura-fried jalapeno filled with spicy tuna and cream cheese. • Prices: $–$$$$ • Hours: Sun.–Th. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–11 p.m. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No
Dragon Chinese Restaurant
Asian, Chinese, East Asian, Soup, Vegetarian
3261 W. 3rd St. • 812-332-6610
1400 E. 3rd St. • 812-331-7030
The décor in these tiny Chinese restaurants may not be much to look at, but the food is quick and cheap, and it’s good. The Dragon makes great twice-cooked pork, excellent moo shu dishes, and a mean steamed whole fish. If you are in the mood for noodle soup, try the Yat Ka Mein, and slurp to your heart’s content. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Restaurant: 11 a.m.–11 p.m. daily; Dragon Express: 11 a.m.–9 p.m. daily • Bar: No • Credit Cards: No • Outdoor Seating: No • Accessibility Decal
El Rey Azteca
309 E. 3rd.
Stop by this casual restaurant to satisfy all of your Mexican food cravings, from burritos to fajitas to chimichangas. If it's seafood you're after, try the Tacos Marine with your choice of shrimp or fish. Or, as a vegetarian option, go for the Chimichanga Azteca–zucchini, squash, mushroom, onion, tomato, peppers, and potatoes fried to perfection and covered with cheese. Authentic Mexican drinks are available as well, including Jarritos, a Mexican bottled soda, and Horchata, a spiced rice milk. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Mon.–Th. 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sun. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
Eli’s Sandwich Shoppe
American, Pizza, Salads, Sandwiches, Vegetarian
601 N. College
Featuring 17 kinds of subs, all on sweet bread that's baked in-house daily, as well as salads, soup, and thin-crust pizzas. Also on the menu are broccoli cheese soup and warm chocolate chip cookies. The shop offers half or whole subs ranging from a simple grilled-cheese style sandwich to The Plethora, which includes a variety of meats such as turkey, ham, and roast beef. • Prices: $–$$ • 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: $–$$ • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m.; Sun. noon–9 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No
Feast Bakery Cafe
American, Bakery, Breakfast, Brunch, Cafés, Fair Labor, Small Plates, Vegetarian
581 E. Hillside Dr. Suite 104
Market & Cellar
407 W. Patterson Dr.
The stars at this café, bakery, and coffee shop are owner Erika Yochum’s handmade tamales — packets of masa and fillings, wrapped in cornhusks and steamed. Varieties range from traditional to gourmet but salads and sandwiches at lunchtime and more elaborate dinner entrées revolve around seasonal, local, organic ingredients. Gorgeous homemade pies, desserts, breakfast pastries, and cookies are topnotch. • Prices: $-$$$ • Hours: Bakery Cafe: Wed.–Sat. 8 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.–3 p.m.; Closed Mon.–Tu.; Market & Cellar: Tu.–Sat. 8 a.m.–9 p.m.; Closed Sun.–Mon. • Bar: No/Wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal
Feta Kitchen + Café
Gluten-Free, Mediterranean, Vegan, Vegetarian
600 E. Hillside Drive
With its customizable menu, there are multiple options for vegetarians, vegans, and meat-eaters alike. Diners build their own Mediterranean-style bowls by choosing a base, adding a protein, and then selecting from fresh and pickled vegetables, dressings, dips, and spreads. In the café you’ll find house-made baked goods, smoothies, smoothie bowls, and, of course, coffee and tea. • Prices: $ • Hours: Kitchen: Tue.–Sun. 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Café: Tue.–Sun. 8:30 a.m.–10 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
Chicken, Gluten-Free, International Comfort Food, Vegan, Vegetarian
2608 E. 10th St.
While Hive specializes in chicken and serves up whole roast birds, complete with fixings, the restaurant also offers Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwiches, ramen, and Cuban breakfast bowls among its extensive all-day menu. But be sure to save room for dessert. Hive is famous for its Hive Pie—their take on a classic Hoosier favorite, sugar cream pie. • Prices: $$ • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 6 a.m.–9 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
Hobnob Corner, The
American, Breakfast, Brunch, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
17 W. Main St., Nashville, IN
Housed in a historic former dry-goods store that has stood at the corner of Main and Van Buren in downtown Nashville since 1873, the Hobnob serves home-baked goods and classic American fare like long-simmered pot roast, liver and onions, and peach shortcake (when in season). Sandwiches, pasta dishes, and salads also available. • Prices: $–$$$ • Hours: Mon. 8:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m.; Tu. 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m.; Wed.–Th. 8:30 a.m.–8 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 8 a.m.–8:30 p.m.; Sun. 8 a.m.–7:30 p.m. (Hours vary seasonally; call ahead.) • Bar: Wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., DC • Outdoor Seating: No
Bakery, Cafés, Vegan, Vegetarian
235 W. Dodds St. #102
812-369-4500 • hopscotchcoffee.com
Follow the B-Line Trail south to find this innovative, locally owned coffee shop in B-Line Station. Fair-trade coffee beans are roasted in-house and brewed with care, resulting in excellent lattes and Americanos. If you’re in the mood for a special coffee experience, try the refreshing Cobra Verde, an iced green coffee flavored with ginger and citrus, or the Nitro Cold Brew, a dark and slightly foamy brew full of character. Add a locally made treat from Rainbow Bakery, Piccoli Dolci, or Bloomington Bagel Company to your order. • Prices: $ • Hours: Mon.–Fri. 7 a.m.–7 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.–7 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.–7 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
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: $–$$ • Hours: Daily 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and 5–10 p.m. • Bar: Beer • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
American, Bakery, Breakfast, Sandwiches, Sweets, Vegetarian
105 N. College
Featuring an urban design with a cozy, warm atmosphere, this café is a nice place to enjoy a pastry while you chat, read, or work on a laptop. The made-from-scratch pastries are an early customer favorite. Menu items include a chicken salad sandwich on baguette, bacon and eggs, and waffles on Wednesday. • Prices: $ • Hours: 7:30 a.m.–7 p.m. daily • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
Laughing Planet Cafe, The
Cafés, Fair Labor, Gluten-Free, Mexican, Soup, Vegan, Vegetarian
322 E. Kirkwood
Both vegan- and omnivore-friendly, this charming, funky shop offers delicious salads, soups, veggie burgers, quesadillas, and baked goods. Hungarian Mushroom Soup and the Spinach Black Bean Burrito are specialties. The restaurant serves organic and local produce and composts back to suppliers. • Prices: $ • Hours: Daily 11 a.m.–9 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Campus Access • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal
American, Fair Labor, Gluten-Free, Seafood, Steaks, Vegan, Vegetarian
106 N. Walnut
Malibu Grill, on the east side of the downtown Square, offers casual dining in an upscale atmosphere for 200. Specialties include the Spinach & Artichoke Dip, Caesar salad, Lime Chicken Fettuccini, and Caramelized Salmon. Live jazz Wed.–Fri. 6–9 p.m. • Prices: $–$$$$ • Hours: Mon.–Th. 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. and 5:30–9:30 p.m.; Fri. 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. and 5:30–10:30 p.m.; Sat. noon–10:30 p.m.; Sun. noon–9 p.m.; Reservations accepted only during the week; 20-minute call-ahead service available. • Bar: Full • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., DC • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal
Asian, Burmese, Chinese, East Asian, Indian, South/Southeast Asian, Thai, Vegetarian
413 E. 4th St.
This tiny 4th Street gem serves Burmese food — an exotic mix of Chinese, Thai, and Indian with a savory character all its own. Lots of curries and noodle dishes and many vegetarian options. Try the paratha with yellow chickpea curry and the tea leaf salad! • Prices: $–$$ • 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: $$ • Hours: West 3rd Street: Mon.–Th. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and 4:30–9 p.m.; Fri. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and 4:30–10 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Closed Sun.; East 4th Street: Tu.–Th. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and 4:30–9 p.m.; Fri. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and 4:30–10 p.m.; Sat. noon–10 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Closed Mon.• Bar: Beer • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
Asian, Salads, Soup, Vegetarian
217 W. 6th St
Specializing in fresh, healthy fare, NOURISH Bar offers paninis, soups, poke bowls, and salads. Try the Ahi Poke Bowl, served with sweet onion and cucumbers, sesame-sriracha-shoyu marinade, and brown rice. For salad lovers, consider the Green Apple & Duck Confit salad. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Tue.–Sat. 11 a.m.–2 p.m.; Closed Sun.–Mon. • Bar: Full • 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: $$ • Hours: Mon. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Tues.-Sat. 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No
Brunch, Fair Labor, Gluten-Free, Sandwiches, Vegan, Vegetarian
118 W. 6th St.
This hip but comfortable vegetarian restaurant is furnished with vintage enameled tables and a small bar serving a carefully curated selection of beers. Menu options range from faux meat sandwiches to pierogies and Asian veggie bowls. Try a riff on fish and chips: Battered and fried tofu is flavored with nori, adding a hint of the sea. A display case full of vegan layer cakes and cupcakes provides visual incentive to leave a little room for something sweet. • Prices: $–$$ • 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
Popkorn! Kernels with a Twist
Gluten-Free, Sweets, Vegetarian
122 S. College
Now located just off the downtown Square, PopKorn! Kernels with a Twist offers over 30 sweet and savory popcorn varieties flavored with real foods like cheeses, peppers, nuts, and banana chips. Two flavors are vegan, and 80% of PopKorn! products are gluten free. Try Midwest Delight (cheddar and caramel) or Celebration (white chocolate with sprinkles). Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Thu.–Sat. 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; Closed Sun.–Wed. • Bar: No. • Outdoor Seating: No
Bakery, Gluten-Free, Sweets, Vegan, Vegetarian
201 S. Rogers St.
This funky café is Bloomington’s first all-vegan bakery. They whip up dozens of fun cupcake flavors, such as Sweet Coconut Curry and Chai Latte. The types of cupcakes available change daily. They also offer a varying assortment of baked goodies, such as doughnuts, cookies, and cinnamon rolls. Many of their treats are gluten-free, or can be specially ordered that way for an extra charge. • Prices: $–$$$$ • Hours: Tu.–Sat. 9 a.m.–7 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.–3 p.m.; Closed Mon.• Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
Afghan, Buffet, Fair Labor, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian
100 W. 6th St.
Located on the north side of the downtown Square, Samira features Afghan dishes in an elegant, relaxing atmosphere. Specialties include kebabs and dumplings as well as a wide array of vegetarian dishes. Do not miss the samarok (a spicy mushroom appetizer) — you’ll want to sop up every drop of sauce with the chewy and delicious flatbread. Great baklava. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Lunch: Mon.–Fri. (buffet and lunch menu) 11 a.m.–2 p.m.; Dinner Mon.–Th. 5–9 p.m. and Fri.–Sat. 5–10 p.m.; Closed Sun.; Reservations recommended. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal
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: $–$$ • Hours: Mon.–Fri. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. (lunch buffet 11 a.m.–2 p.m.); Sat. noon–10 p.m.; Sun. noon–9 p.m. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
Soma Coffee House & Juice Bar
Cafés, Fair Labor, Juice Bar, Sweets, Vegan, Vegetarian
322 E. Kirkwood • 812-331-2770
1400 E. 3rd St. Suite C • 812-333-7334
Serving up the best latte in town, Soma works magic with coffee beans and an espresso machine. A prime downtown location and another in Jordan Square means more to love. Constant traffic means the coffee is always fresh. • Prices: $ • Hours: East Kirkwood Mon.–Fri. 6:30 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sat. 7 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sun. 8 a.m.–10 p.m.; East 3rd Street Mon.–Fri. 6 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sat.–Sun. 7 a.m.–9 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc., Campus Access • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal
Juice Bar, Vegan, Vegetarian
122 W. 6th St.
Serving juices, smoothies, wellness shots, smoothie bowls, oatmeal, and gourmet toasts, Soul Juice puts the focus on fresh, organic ingredients. Consider the Blueberry Nut toast with almond butter, mashed blueberries, and granola. Or try the Muscles By Nature smoothie with coconut, banana, spinach, kale, blueberries, and honey. Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Tu.–Sat. 9 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Closed Mon. • Bar: No. • Outdoor Seating: No
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: $–$$ • Hours: 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and 5–10 p.m. daily • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes • Fair Labor Decal
Read our review of Taste of India here!
American, Greek, Mediterranean, Sandwiches, Vegan, Vegetarian
100 E. Kirkwood
Casual and family-friendly, the Trojan Horse, on the southeast corner of the downtown Square, serves Greek food and other Mediterranean treats. Try the Chicken Giannoulas, Lamb Kabob, or their signature Gyros Dinner–a heaping portion of gyros meat on a bed of rice with pita bread, tomatoes, onions, and a side of Zaziki. The Trojan Horse is also famous for its hand-cut fries. Drink specials are offered every night. • Prices: $–$$ • 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
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Breakfast, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Turkish, Vegetarian
301 E. 3rd St.
Authentic Turkish decorations and music enliven this intimate restaurant. Boat-shaped pides are reminiscent of pizza, filled with cheese and all manner of toppings — think eggplant, ground beef, and even eggs. Most meals come with a simple but flavorful red lentil soup and a trio of salads. • Prices: $–$$ • Hours: Tu.–Th. 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 10 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; Closed Mon. • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes