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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A World of Food in Bloomington

Categories: Wine & Culinary

SamiraChances are that if you ask a local to describe Bloomington's food scene, they would say "diverse and delicious" and point you in the direction of 4th Street. Though that street is home to many incredible restaurants, you will find great international food in any part of town. Travel the world with your taste buds from the comfort of Monroe County!

But let's talk specifics...exactly how many different countries are represented here?

If you've never experienced Afghan cuisine, now's your chance! Head to Samira to give it a try (spoiler alert: it's really good).

Mandalay is your place to go for authentic Burmese food (very similar to Indian, Thai, and Chinese).

You won't be short on options if you're looking for Chinese food...Chow Bar, The Dynasty, and Judy's Kitchen are just a few choices.

Janko's Little Zagreb is known for its Croatian history and awesome steaks...even Billy Joel has eaten there!

At Le Petit Café, you'll enjoy a unique "menu-less" atmosphere, where fantastic French food is made according to the fresh produce available that day.

Try The Trojan Horse for some gyros and a local beer, or head over to Topo's 403 for upscale Mediterranean cuisine.

Taste of IndiaIndia
Try Amrit India or Taste of India (and their fabulous lunch buffet!)

Could you say no to Shepherd's Pie and a pint (or a yard, we don't judge) of Guinness at the Irish Lion?

Israel (Middle Eastern)
Bet you couldn't guess this, but at Falafels you can find some falafels, in addition to a variety of tasty Middle Eastern dishes.

Stop by Bucceto's for some casual pizza & pasta (with gluten-free options) or Grazie! for a romantic Italian dinner.

Check out Asuka or Domo for some hibachi, or head to Japonee for some sushi and sake (bombs).

Korea Restaurant on beautiful 4th Street and Soban on the east side serve up tasty authentic Korean cuisine.

We could talk for hours about enchiladas and margaritas, so to keep it short we'll just send you to Juannita's and La Charreda.

Siam House and Esan Thai are only two of the many places to find your Thai kick in Btown.

Bloomington's connection to the rich Tibetan culture wouldn't be complete without Anyetsang's Little Tibet Restaurant.

Sofra's Café, Anatolia, and Turkuaz are the places to go! Take your shoes off and sit on pillows for the full experience.

United States of America
At this point in the list you may have forgotten that we're in the Midwest. Don't fret, we've got crazy good burgers from Opie Taylors, wings from BuffaLouie's, local and seasonal dishes from FARM bloomington, and unique Indiana cuisine and fine dining at Restaurant Tallent.

At Rush Hour Station you'll find speedy service and delicious Vietnamese dishes. Keep an eye out for their food truck!

That's 18 countries!! Hungry yet?

There are over 70 fabulous restaurants that represent these countries and cultures. We would have mentioned them all in this post, but that would leave less time for eating...click here for a full listing!

Danielle Riendeau

Danielle Riendeau

Danielle is the Graphic Designer for Visit Bloomington, and has been living here since 2007. When she’s not designing or taking photos, Danielle is probably walking her dogs, watching IU Basketball, or enjoying the local wine and vegetarian cuisine.


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