Bloomington Restaurants

Africana Librarians Council
Spring Meeting 2001
Bloomington, Indiana

Bloomington is full of interesting and affordable places to eat. We list some of our favorites here, but others are worth a try as well.

*  Walking distance from the Union Building  *


Kirkwood (a.k.a. 5th Street)


Nick’s English Hut — 423 E. Kirkwood  332-4040

Historic campus bar. Favorite watering hole of students and administrators. Space for large groups. Good Indiana bar food.  $$


Café Django — 116 N. Grant (Between Kirkwood & 4th)  335-1297

Eclectic with a far eastern flair. Vegetarian options. Live jazz on weekends. Breakfast on Saturday & Sunday.  $$


Shanti Indian Cuisine — 221 E. Kirkwood (Suite G)  333-0303

Smells like curry. Vegetarian options.  $$


Michael’s Uptown Café — 102 E. Kirkwood  339-0900

American bistro with a Cajun Creole accent. One of Bloomington’s best, most dependable restaurants. Don’t miss gumbo Hoosier style or Saturday night special honey-pecan barbequed ribs. Space for large groups. Daily blackboard specials. Wine and beer. Exceptional breakfasts.  $$$


Fourth Street


Siam House — 430 E. 4th  331-1233

Authentic Thai cuisine. Vegetarian dishes. Buffet available weekdays. Space for large groups. Reservations recommended.  $$


Red Sea — 404 E. 4th  331-8366

Genuine Eritrean restaurant. We like the chicken, non-meat dishes and the njera.  $

Around the Square (Courthouse is in the middle of the Square)


Malibu Grill — 106 N. Walnut  332-4334

Like your food stacked with a sprig of rosemary? California-style restaurant. Noisy. Full bar. Lines can be long, no reservations.  $$$


The Irish Lion — 212 W. Kirkwood  336-9076

We stick to the fish and chips. Beer sold by the yard.  $


Janko’s Little Zagreb — 226 W. 6th  332-0694

If all you want is a thick steak, find it here. Wine list and prices say swank; atmosphere shouts team dining hall.   $$$


Le Petit Café — 308 W. 6th  334-9747

French country cuisine in a converted garage. Short on ambiance; long on taste. Family run. Owner Patrick (pa-TREEK) will inform and entertain.   $$$


Encore Café — 316 W. 6th  333-7312

Casual cafeteria-style dining in historic, restored downtown building. Sunday brunch. Made to order sandwiches; selection of unusual hot entrees; soups; salads. Notable desserts include White Mountain ice cream. Cappuccino bar. Pull tables together to suit the size of your group. Open late night. Wine and beer.   $ to $$$


Bakehouse — 125 N. College Ave.  331-6029

Hearth baked breads, European style pastries, sandwiches, salads, specialty coffees. Eat in, take out. One of the best breakfasts in Bloomington. Opens early, closes mid-afternoon.   $ to $$$


Samira — 100 W. 6th  331-3761

Finest Afghani cuisine. Elegant atmosphere for dinners. Lunch buffet Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. Vegetarian options. Wine and beer.   $$ to $$$


Princess Restaurant — 206 N. Walnut  336-8821

Moroccan cuisine in the historic Princess Theater building. May add service charge for groups larger than four. Quality can be erratic.   $$ to $$$



*  Walking Distance from the Library *



Cyber Cafe @ the Main Library — 1320 E. 10th

On the ground floor of the IU Main Library. Boasts Chick-Fil-A, Pizza Hut, sandwich and hot entree counters, among a variety of other edibles.   $


Dragon Express — 1400 E. 3rd  331-7030

Bustling atmosphere. Stir fry hot off the wok.   $


Domo Japanese Restaurant — 1500 E. 3rd  339-7868

Sushi, buckwheat noodle soups, and more. Bright, pleasant atmosphere.   $$


Bear’s Place — 1316 E. 3rd  339-3460

Truck stop fare in a dark friendly place. Burgers, etc. Favorite bar for the IU School of Music.   $


Mother Bear’s — 1428 E. 3rd  332-4495

Pizza and more including homemade lasagna, gourmet salads, pasta dishes.   $ to $$


Lennie’s Brewpub — 1795 E. 10th  323-2112

Brewpub and restaurant in separate rooms. Large portions. Good pizzas. Big sandwiches. Soups. Chili. Special brews. Good by the glass wine selection.   $$




*  A Short Cab Ride Away  *


West Side


Upland Brewing Company — 350 W. 11th  336-2337

Microbrewery with casual, arrange-the-tables-to-suit, dining. Daily specials including vegetarian, vegan, and buffalo items. Darts.   $ to $$


Scholar’s Inn Gourmet Café & Wine Bar — 717 N. College  323-1531

Entrance to the parking lot at this restored Victorian is from 11th Street, but there is parking on College. A full range of selections prepared with style and distinct flavors. Many vegetarian dishes. Seating in the upstairs room is comfortable and has space for larger groups. Reservations advised.   $$ to $$$


Joe’s Pasta and Steakhouse — 1711 N. College  332-4563

Good pasta dishes. Don’t miss the lasagna. Original soups. Vegetarian dishes. Desserts to die for. Daily blackboard specials. Wine and beer.   $$



East Side


Limestone Grille — 2920 E. Covenanter Drive  335-8110

Upscale fine dining. Chef presents appealing specials ranging from sushi grade lightly grilled tuna to marinated roast pork. Vegetarian options. Extensive wine list. Reservations advised.   $$$


Uptown Bistro — 1131 College Mall Road  331-1131

Presents many of the favorites of Michael’s Uptown Café from a more casual perspective. A full menu plus daily blackboard specials. Upscale pizzas and varieties of wings and other finger foods are also attractive options. Wine and beer.   $ to $$$


Mikado Japanese Restaurant — 895 S. College Mall Road  333-1950

Japanese restaurant and sushi bar. Reservations advised.   $$ to $$$




*  Dance Club *

Bullwinkle's — 201 S. College Ave.