Bakehouse -- of Scholar's Inn: Good Bread
More than a bakery this is a small restaurant for breakfast and lunch (though they don't seem to open until 8:00 AM so it is fine if you eat breakfast later than I do).
Favorite Dish: The breads are truly the best in town.
However, for 'take out' coffee while it is very good you get the smallest cup among competitors at the same price and they charged me extra for a shot of soy milk.
Chocolate Moose: Ice cream
We frequented a place called the Penguin when we were students when we had ice cream cravings, my particular favorite was a mint oreo blizzard, long before Dairy Queen offered them.
The Penguin is long gone but the Chocolate Moose which was also around back then still exists so we stopped here on our way out of town.
Favorite Dish: They offered the same treat I remember from the Penguin, a creme de menthe/Oreo blizz, so I had to order it. It hit the spot!
Nick's English Hut: For the over 21 crowd
Nick's was a place that I only went to once or twice during college, it was expensive by poor college student standards and served alcohol so only folks over 21 (or with fake ids) were allowed in.
When I mentioned to Greg (gkitzmil) that we were heading down to French Lick/West Baden, he suggested that we meet him at Nick's, one of his favorite spots, and it was a good choice.
Since it was Little 500 weekend, I thought the place would be packed with alums, but we got a table after only waiting a few minutes. Most of the patrons were students, Greg tells me that this is not ordinarily the case, so it was quite loud.
Favorite Dish: We ordered stromboli's, I got one with crumbled beef and David got one that was like a hot Italian sub. Both were very good.
Mother Bear's: Pizza from the past
Mother Bear's was THE pizza place in Bloomington when I was in college. Being poor students (do those exist anymore???), we couldn't afford to eat here often, our typical pizza purchase was the bargain basement Pizza Express that came with four free cokes. When our parents came through town, we would beg for them to take us here.
The inside of the restaurant does not seem to have changed at all, the dark wood booths are still in place.
Favorite Dish: We always ordered the deep dish square pizza with crumbled sausage that came with a dallop of sauce on the top.
We stopped here for lunch on our way to French Lick in April, 2004. It didn't taste nearly as good as I remembered, did the pizza used to be better or did it taste so good back then because it was not Pizza Express?
Little Tibet: True Tibetan Cuisine
If you have ever had a sticker, t-shirt, or notion in your head that read Free Tibet, or even if you haven't, this is the place to eat in Bloomington. Among all of the other ethnic restaurants just south of Kirkwood Avenue, Little Tibet is filled with pictures, original works of art, wall papers, and owned by a a true Tibetan. Little Tibet will surprise you how much ambience it puts off for such a little place. It's cheap too!!
You enter the restaurant much like you would enter ones house, through the front door and foyer. You are quickly seated and comforted at a small and nice table with no more than 3 other couples. Smoking is prohibited here but talking and discussion is not, rather they are enjoyed.
The menu is brought with a jug of water for you to drink as you decide which of the many true to life meals you will order. Price should not be an issue as all meals are relatively unexpensive.
During dinner you are served a salad with some unbelievably nice dressing and a soup. Your main course is then brought out with white rice and you are allowed to eat without constant interruption.
Paying is quick and simple and you are on your way if you desire to leave or asked to enjoy a nice coffee if staying for some discussion.
Favorite Dish: Yellow Curry - Level 5 is my choice. If you like spicy this would be your meal. If you don't however you can choose between 1-5 levels. The curry comes out in its own seperate bowl with a vase of rice alongside it. Be prepared to be wowed!
- Food and Dining
Irish Lion: Not child friendly
I love the food here; however, if you have babies or small children, I don't recommend the Irish Lion for dinner! I had a very bad experience here when my son was four months old and some friends took us there for dinner. We all took turns walking up and down Kirkwood Ave. with the baby, waiting for the food to arrive, which seemed to take quite a while. Then it started to rain, so we went back inside. When my son got a bit cranky during dinner, we put him in his car seat under the table with a toy and his blanket, which was not exactly a successful ploy, and one of the disgruntled nearby female diners called the Bloomington Police Dept., saying that we were smothering a child to death in the restaurant! A city policeman showed up as I was outside walking up and down the sidewalk with my fussy son (while my friends finished dinner) after the rain stopped. Very embarrassing.
Favorite Dish: Coddle soup -- excellent.
Mother Bear's Pizza: one of you wanted to be sure it is still here....
MANY years ago People magazine chose Mother Bear's Pizza in Bloomington as one of America's top pizza parlors -- and they are not about to let anyone forget it :-)
The pizza is pretty good and this reminds you of a genuine college hang-out.
Favorite Dish: Pizza, OF COURSE
Crazy Horse: try the beer or some fish
This place has a great feel -- the building is really old but the setting is great. Super wine selection and the wine is HALF PRICE on Sunday and Wednesday.
Ask for Kelly and tell her Greg from IU sent you. Kelly, Sarah, and Julie are all very nice
Favorite Dish: Grouper
The Trojan Horse: Great college town eats I
One person wants Mediterranean, another wants a hamburger and another just wants something in the breakfast vein. The Trojan Horse to the rescue. A Greek place, but with a college town yet family friendly feel.
Irish Lion: Great food in a wonderful Irish Pub atmosphere
Guiness, Murphey's, Harp Bass, DAB, Newcastle, and Many more by the pint or yard! all ina great atmosphere
Favorite Dish: Fish and Chips -- truly wonderful
And if you eat meat -- Mutton Pie comes in a bread bowl
Lots of places to eat: Here's a LIST
NOTE: there are many places on this list where you can find vegetarian selections. One more is the Laughing Planet on Kirkwood
Chi-Chi's (Mexican) - 2550 E. 3rd St. (812) 333-1781
La Charreada (Mexican) - 1710 N. Walnut (812) 332-2343
Grisanti's (Italian) - 850 Auto Mall Rd. (812) 339-9391
Mark Pi's (Chinese) - 3020 E. 3rd St. (812) 323-1688
Snow Lion (Tibetian) - 113 S. Grant St. (812) 336-0835
Siam House (Thai) - 430 E. 4th St. (812) 311-1233
Trojan Horse (Greek) - 100 E. Kirkwood (812) 332-1101
Steaks and Seafood
Janko's Little Zagreb - 223 W. 6th St. (812) 332-0694
Outback Steakhouse - 3201 W. 3rd St. (812) 330-1018
Colorado Steakhouse - 1800 N. College (812) 339-9979
Red Lobster - 2617 E. 3rd St. (812) 332-9712
Applebee's - 2894 E. 3rd St. (812) 336-9147
Chili's - 2811 E. 3rd St. (812) 334-0535
Encore Cafe - 316 W. 6th St. (812) 333-7312
Malibu Grill - 106 N. Walnut (812) 332-4334
and many more!!!
NICKS ENGLISH HUT ...A...
NICKS ENGLISH HUT ...A Bloomington Institution for longer than I've been here!
for one thing you'll often fine ME there
Favorite Dish: Pizza favorite servers: Shaun & MaryBeth
Upland Brewery - The area's...
Upland Brewery - The area's newest brewery offers beers brewed on site and a variety of unusual entrees.
Upland Pale Ale
Our American pale ale is a crisp, hoppy beer filled with fruity overtones and dash of sweet malt flavor. American hops lend this beer a citrus-like taste that is extremely refreshing.
O.G. 1.052 F.G. 1.014 A/V~5.1% Made of pale and munich malts; Yakima Valley hops.
Dragonfly India Pale Ale
The Upland IPA is a maltier and hoppier version of our Pale Ale. Note the clean malty fullness on the front of the palate with fruity citrus overtones, attributable to our special hops. Our method of dry hopping creates a floral aroma, and our use of bittering hops lends a strong bitter taste in the back of the tongue and throat.
Upland Amber Ale
Our American Amber Ale has a malty almond/chocolate taste laced with a lush spicy hop flavor. Creamy body combined with robust maltiness makes this a satisfying beer indeed.
O.G. 1.052 F.G. 1.016 A/V~5.0% Malts are pale, munich, 60L and 120L caramel malts. Hops are Yakima Valley American types.
Upland Golden Ale
Upland introduced this ale in the spring of 1999. A wonderfully original twist to a traditional blonde ale. It boasts a beautiful golden color, slightly sweet nose, and a very soft spiciness derived from using German hops.
Bad Elmer's Porter
Creamy chocolate flavors combine with a lightly roasted finish and superb body to balance this traditional brown porter. A fragrant malt/hop aroma and herbaceous hop flavor complete this highly drinkable ale.
Belgian Wheat Ale
A classic rendering of Belgian wit, this ale is light on the tongue and easy going. Our Wheat Ale is made with 50% wheat malt and spiced with coriander and curacao orange peel.
O.G. 1.046 F.G. 1.010 A/V~4.9% Malts are 2-Row and White Wheat. Hops are from Hallertauer lineage with 5 herbs/spices including heather.
Favorite Dish: Specializing in buffalo steaks and burgers, locally raised and barley malt fed
Malibu Grill: romantic and fairly priced
Casual "California Style" - a chain that feels local. Good food, good prices, nice place
Favorite Dish: I love their wood-oven fired pizza and their pasta is great, too