Red Carpet Days
Here’s what you need to know about parking, directions, and hotels, plus lunch options. And be sure to check out the day’s schedule.
Directions and Parking
If you want to stay on campus, check out the Biddle Hotel and Conference Center at the Indiana Memorial Union. Bloomington has many other hotels, bed and breakfasts, guesthouses, and resorts—see a list at Visit Bloomington.
Lunchtime is your chance to explore Bloomington’s diverse dining options, which range from Italian to Indian, Afghan to Asian Peruvian. No wonder Rand McNally named B-town one of the nation’s best food towns in 2012.
Indiana Memorial Union Dining
You have a lot of on-campus options in the Indiana Memorial Union (see a map):
- Baja Fresh, with build-your-own burritos and other Mexican food
- Burger King, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner
- Dunn Meadow Cafe, serving a variety of sandwiches, panini, wraps, and pizzas, plus a soup and salad bar
- A food court with Pizza Hut, sushi, salads, smoothies, and more
- Starbucks, with all your favorite drinks and snacks
- Sugar and Spice, for satisfying your sweet tooth
- The Tudor Room, offering an extensive lunch buffet—a fave among visiting parents—in a stately space
Take a five-minute stroll to Kirkwood Avenue, walk through the Sample Gates, and voilà: dozens of great restaurants to choose from. Some are listed below; for additional appetizing ideas, see Visit Bloomington’s much longer list of Bloomington restaurants.
- Bloomington Bagel Company, 113 N. Dunn Street: The bagels are the stars, but the menu also includes salads, muffins, and other treats.
- BuffaLouie’s, 114 S. Indiana Avenue: USA Today named this wings joint one of the nation’s top 10. Choose among 17 sauces.
- Cafe Pizzaria, 405 E. Kirkwood Avenue: B-town’s first pizza place is still one of the best.
- Dats, 211 S. Grant Street: Mix and match Cajun and Creole specialties such as gumbo, jambalaya, and etouffee.
- Falafels, 430 E. Kirkwood Avenue: This Middle Eastern grill offers pita sandwiches, Greek-style sandwiches, and more.
- Laughing Planet Cafe, 322 E. Kirkwood Avenue: The burritos and other menu items use organic and locally produced ingredients.
- Nick’s English Hut, 423 E. Kirkwood Avenue: This student and alum favorite serves a range of burgers, sandwiches, stromboli, and pizzas.
- Runcible Spoon, 412 E. Sixth Street: This coffeehouse has an eclectic menu—and fish that live in a bathtub in the bathroom.
- Siam House, 430 E. Fourth Street: This Thai restaurant anchors Restaurant Row, a series of international restaurants on Fourth Street.
- Village Deli, 409 E. Kirkwood Avenue: Breakfast is served all day, but don’t linger too long—the restaurant’s slogan is “Eat and get out!”