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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

90 Dishes & Drinks to Try in Bloomington

Categories: Wine & Culinary, Family Fun

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There are over 100 independently owned restaurants in Bloomington. While it's unlikely for you to hit each one on your visit to Bloomington, we've come up with a list of 90 dishes in town you have to try when in town. There just so happens to be approximately 90 days in the summer! Check out our picks! We have everything from authentic Chinese cuisine to wood-fired pizza to massive burgers, and breakfast skillets; download and print out your own checklist to keep track of your summer progress.  You can also stop by our Visitor's Center to pick up a checklist and peruse our Btown Store.

Due to COVID-19, some of these restaurants aren't open at the moment. Check with each location for hours. These dishes are listed in no particular order. 

the trojan horse gyro

1. Gyro or a Chicken Gyro Sandwich from Trojan Horse

2. Paxton's Potatoes from Village Deli

3. Hand-Cut, Beer Battered Cheese Stix from Crazy Horse

4. Bibimbap from Restaurant Ami

5. Blarney Puff Balls and a Yard of Guinness from the Irish Lion

6. Salted Caramel Ice Cream from Hartzell’s Ice Cream

7. JM's Favorite Stromboli from Lennie's

8. Blueberry Lemon Scone from Needmore Coffee Roasters

9. Creme Brulee French Toast from Uptown Cafe

10. Upland Nachos and a pint of Dragonfly IPA from Upland Brewing Company

nachos upland

11. Breadstix and nacho cheese (or marinara) from Pizza X

12. Dr. D's Tonic from Soma Coffee House & Juice Bar

13. Sweet Lil Razorback Pizza from Bucceto's Smiling Teeth

14. "The Archie" Pizza and a House Salad (it comes with Goldfish crackers!) from Mother Bear's Pizza

15. Bramble Mule or Maui Mule canned cocktail from Cardinal Spirits

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16. Filet Sliders from C3

17. Oatmeal Cream Pie from Rainbow Bakery

18. Sweet Lou Sandwich from Buffalouie's

19. Slice of Homemade Pie from Cloverleaf 

20. Farm Fries from FARM Bloomington

21. Stromboli from Cafe Pizzaria (Bloomington's oldest pizza place - founded in 1953!)

22. Tamale Plate from Feast Market and Cellar

Feast Tamale

23. Meatballs Bucharest from Janko's Little Zagreb

24. Double Hinkle with Cheese from Hinkle's Hamburgers

25. Stuffed Breadsticks from Kilroy's on Kirkwood

26. Gelato or Sorbetto from Brilliant Coffee Co. 

27. Fried Dorito Cheeseburger from Yogi's

28. Lunch Buffet from Taste of India

taste of india

29. Baba Ganouj from Samira Restaurant

30. Mo-Mo's from Anyetsang's Little Tibet

31. Pho from Burma Garden

32. M'Oreo Cookie Sandwich from Two Sticks Bakery

33. Spaghetti & Meatballs from DeAngelo's

34. Wagyu Steak'n Duck Egg from Village Pub

35. Wild Mushroom Tortellini from Grazie Italiano

36. Memphis-style bbq from SmokeWorks

Beer at Nick's English Hut

37. Homemade Lasagna from Osteria Rago

38. Nick’s Submarine and a side of Biz Fries from Nick’s English Hut

39. Seared Rare Tuna from Malibu Grill

40. Tap Tots from The Tap

41. Signature Brewer's Wings from Big Woods Bloomington

42. Drunken Man Fried Rice from My Thai

43. House-Made Crab Cake Sandwich from The Standard Grain 

44. Veggie Skillet from the Cozy Table

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45. Coctel De Camaron from Juannita's Restaurant

46. Shrimp and Grits from Southern Stone

47. Grilled Vegetable Sandwich from The Owlery

48. Spinach and Black Bean Burrito from Laughing Planet 

49. Bloody Mary from Scenic View

50. Veggie Bennie and potatoes from the Runcible Spoon

51. 2016 Butler Vineyards Vidal Blanc from Butler Winery

52. Rasta Pop (raspberry, mango, kiwi) from Rasta Pop

53. Pad Thai from Siam House

54. Bubble tea from Bapu Teahouse

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55. Broken Yolk Sandwich from The Inkwell

56. Mango Tango Cantina Bowl from Social Cantina

57. Fleur de Sel Chocolate from Blu Boy Chocolate Cafe & Cakery

58. Crepe from Le Petit Cafe

59. Cream & Crimson Pizza from Aver’s

60. Homemade Biscuits & Gravy from Wee Willie's

61. Mac & Cheese Grilled Cheese from The Big Cheeze

62. Homemade Moose Tracks ice cream from the Chocolate Moose

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63. Supreme Pide Plate from Turkuaz

64. Hot Pot from Homie Hot Pot

65. The Hendrix from Rockit’s Pizza

66. Chicken Salad and cupcakes from Underground Bakery

67. Nitro Cold Brew from Heritage Trail Coffee Roasters

68. Fish Tacos at Windjammer at Fourwinds

69. Catfish Dinner from The Port Hole Inn

70. Lady Marmalade from Trailhead Pizzeria

71. Chili Dog from Naughty Dog

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72. Chicken Pot Pie from Hive

73. Ramyun bowl from Korea Restaurant

74. Kimchi pancake from Do Asian Fusion

75. Cookies from Baked! Of Bloomington

76. Hoosier Haystack from Btown Diner

77. Etouffe from Dat’s Cajun

78. Johnny Munden Thunder Burger from Opie Taylors

79. Hairy Bear from Bear’s Place

80. Hot Mess Bagel Sandwich from Bloomington Bagel Company

81. Acai Bowl from inBloom Juicery

smoothie bowls

82. Jerk Chicken Sampler from Top Shotta Jerk Chicken

83. Dumplings from Red Restaurant

84. Korean BBQ from Mama’s Korean Restaurant

85. El Hefe Panini Sandwich from Function Brewing

86. Black Cherry Saison or Lavendar Blonde from Switchyard Brewing Company

87. Sunday Brunch from The Tudor Room

88. Cobra Verde from Hopscotch Coffee

89. Butt Steak from the Office Lounge

90. Blueberry Moscato from Oliver Winery