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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Where to get a quick lunch in Bloomington

Categories: Wine & Culinary

You've probably heard that Bloomington is foodie heaven. We have tons of local restaurants for a classy date, a college buddies reunion, or anything in between. But sometimes you just have time for a quick meal, and you still want to eat local and healthy. That's me most of the time, since I live here and don't always remember to pack a lunch to work here at the lovely Visitors Center. So here are some of my favorite places to get a quick, filling lunch at a shockingly reasonable price.

Locals and frequent visitors -- please share your other favorites in the comments!

Laughing Planet burrito

Laughing Planet Cafe
322 E. Kirkwood Ave.

Students and townies alike agree that this is one of the best spots to grab a hearty burrito, a hot bowl of soup, or any number of other tasty meals. Plus, they have a lovely selection of natural drinks and sodas, and plenty of seating indoors and out. *Bonus* You can purchase a drink from Soma Coffee House and Juice Bar downstairs and enjoy it upstairs at the Laughing Planet! Yum!

Bloomingfoods sandwich

5 locations around town

Our local food co-op is more than just an amazing natural grocery store. Several of their locations have full-service buffets and sandwich counters with healthy meals made quickly just for you. I recommend the Bloomingfoods at Elm Heights or the East Side for the most extensive menus and convenient locations. If you're out on the West side of town, check out the Bloomingfoods deli at Ivy Tech.

 Darn Good Soup

Darn Good Soup
107 N. College Ave., #2

The name says it all. Their soup is amazing. Just read the reviews on their website if you don't believe me. I could probably eat their Chicken Tortilla Soup every day for the rest of my life, but their ever-changing menu (which usually has Chicken Tortilla because it's so popular) inspires me to get a different one almost every time I go. There isn't a ton of seating, but most people pop in and get their soup in just a few minutes flat, so it's pretty quick. And they're all set to pack it up for you to go.

Taste of India

Taste of India
316 E. 4th St.

Bloomington has several Indian restaurants, but you've got to have a favorite, right? This is mine. The buffet is huge and always has everything I want, and more. Of course, there are always several desserts to choose from (or choose them all). It's pretty popular at lunch time, but being a buffet, you get through the line pretty quickly.  *Bonus* You can take a to-go box through the buffet! Score!

Bloomington Bagel Company lox

Bloomington Bagel Company
3 locations around town

This locally owned restaurant will make you doubt your allegiance to bagels from the Northeast. They're soft, chewy and flavorful. They come in a million (ish) varieties and the sandwich menu will make your head spin. Try the smaller location on Morton by City Hall if you want to avoid the college crowd on Dunn St., but that one is the original headquarters and has a lot of charm. There is also a relatively new one on College Mall Rd that's perfect for a quick shopping break.


Abby Perfetti

Abby Perfetti

Hailing from Indianapolis, Abby has lived in Bloomington since 2009. She was the Content & Social Media Coordinator for Visit Bloomington, and in her spare time, she sings in choirs, gardens, and enjoys the occasional craft beer.