Off-Campus Dining

Location
Bloomington, IN
Undergrads
30,949
Tuition (in-state)
$31,483 ($10,033)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: We have a lot of popular fast food restaurants, as well as some local options. We also have a street dedicated to ethnic options, which is very nice for students to get a variety.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Cheap and close. Great variety.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I am absolutely in love with "Taste of India" and all the other options on 4th Street.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The off-campus dining at Indiana University is incredible! Bloomington has a lot of diversity in restaurants and grocery stores. Regardless of the time of day, you never have to worry about getting something delicious to eat!

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: City of Bloomington has many great places to eat in walking distance. There is an organic grocery store about 5 blocks from campus, right downtown.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 3rd
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 39th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Andrew Belsky/Chelsea Demarris
Hometown
Highland Park, Ill./Unknown
Major
Public finance/Unknown
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Deciding where to eat in Bloomington is always an adventure. The diversity of the student body invites an array of restaurateurs to the area, specializing in everything from Thai and Indian food to Japanese and Mediterranean cuisine. There’s never a shortage of delicious choices; the hardest part is figuring out what you’re in the mood for. Impressive restaurants unique to Bloomington include the Bombay House (an Indian restaurant close to campus), which has a lunch buffet during the week that could satiate the most intense hunger. There is also Michael’s Uptown Café, which offers a cozy atmosphere and fantastic food with a New Orleans kick. Try the eggs Benedict for a great way to start the day. If more traditional American fare would hit the mark, Jimmy John’s makes quality subs “so fast you’ll freak,” and Brave New Deli has a wide variety of sandwich choices.

Of course, Bloomington houses the requisite fast food and chain restaurants as well, but part of the allure of a small town with a big school in the middle is the explosion of culture. A student could probably eat three times a day at a different local restaurant for a month without repeating. If you have a craving for a favorite food, Bloomington has the answer.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Laughing Planet Café
  • Mother Bear's
  • Village Deli
24-Hour Dining
  • Denny's
  • Steak 'n Shake
  • Waffle House
Best Asian
Dragon Express
Best Breakfast
Village Deli
Best Healthy
Laughing Planet Café
Best Pizza
Mother Bear's
Best Wings
BuffaLouie's
Best Place to Take Your Parents
Irish Lion
Other Places to Check Out
  • Big Mouth Subs
  • Chow Bar
  • Crazy Horse
  • Esan Thai
  • Gib & Denzil's Restaurant
  • Little Tibet
  • Nick's English Hut
  • Pizza Express
  • Scholar's Inn
  • Scotty's Brewhouse
  • Shanti
  • Siam House
  • Truffles
  • Yogi's City Grille

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

10th Street INTL Market
1813 E. 10th St.
(812) 333-1312
Bloomingfoods Market & Deli
3220 E. Third St.
(812) 336-5400
Fairfax Market
8666 S. Fairfax Rd.
(812) 824-9996
Faris BROS Meat Market
208 N. Walnut St.
(812) 336-6323
Kroger
4025 S. Old State Road 37
(812) 824-5200
Marsh Supermarkets (Delicatessen Bakery, Prime Cut & Fish Market)
1825 North Kinser Pike
(812) 331-9561
Oriental International Market
1809 E. 10th St.
(812) 333-1312
Sahara Mart
106 E. Second St.
(812) 333-0502

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Afnyetsang's Little Tibet
Food: Tibetan and Thai
415 E. Fourth St.
(812) 331-0122
Price: $5-$10
Bombay House
Food: Indian
416 E. Fourth St.
(812) 331-8844
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Offers an authentic atmosphere and outdoor dining.
BuffaLouie's
Food: Buffalo wings, subs, sandwiches
711 W. 17th St.
(812) 333-3030
www.buffalouies.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Casual atmosphere, color TVs for sporting events.
Dagwood's Deli & Sub Shop
Food: Deli
Fourth Street at Indiana Avenue
(812) 333-3000
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Delivery
Domo
Food: Japanese
1500 E. Third St.
(812) 339-7868
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: One of the only places to get good sushi in the area, and it's a short walking distance from campus.
Dragon Express
Food: Chinese
1400 E. Third St.
(812) 331-7030
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Fast, cheap, delicious, and close to campus. What else could you ask for?
Gratzi
Food: Italian
106 W. Sixth St.
(812) 323-0303
www.gratzi.com
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Room resvervations for groups of 40 or more. Catering is available through a sister company, Sarafina's.
Irish Lion
Food: Irish cuisine, including stews, burgers, fish and chips
212 W. Kirkwood Ave.
(812) 336-9076
www.irishlion.com
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Beer can be ordered by the yard or the pint, which can make for a memorable drinking experience.
Janko's Little Zagreb
Food: Steak
223 W. Sixth St.
(812) 332-0694
Price: $15-$30
Cool Features: Favorite hangout of a few IU sports teams; great wine lists.
Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches
Food: Sub sandwiches
2301 E. Washington St.
(309) 664-6800
www.jimmyjohns.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Serves good, inexpensive subs, made-to-order (quickly).
La Charreada
Food: Mexican
1710 N. Walnut St.
(812) 332- 2343
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: The atmosphere here is authentic Mexican, and the service is terrific.
Ladyman's Café
Food: Diner-type
Kirkwood Avenue at Washington Street
(812) 336-5557
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Ladyman's is well known for its breakfast, but any time you're looking for a home-cooked meal, they'll deliver in a friendly atmosphere.
Laughing Planet Café
Food: California-style burritos, sandwiches
322 E. Kirkwood Ave.
(812) 323-2233
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Great vegetarian and vegan selection, and the art on the walls is by local artist Joel Washington.
Macri's Deli
Food: Sandwiches
1221 S. College Mall Rd.
(812) 333-0606
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Casual atmosphere, private rooms
Malibu Grill
Food: Steaks, seafood, sandwiches
106 N. Walnut St.
(812) 332-4334
malibuhospitality.com
Price: $10-$20
Michael's Uptown Café
Food: Gourmet global cuisine
102 E. Kirkwood Ave.
(812) 339-0900
www.michaelsuptownCafé.com
Price: $25-$50
Cool Features: Gift cards available, catering available
Mother Bear's Pizza
Food: Pizza
1428 E. Third St.
(812) 332-4495
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: The cozy atmosphere will get you, but the pizza will keep you coming back. Open late, Mother Bear's serves Bloomington's best pizza.
Puccini
Food: Italian
420 E. Fourth St.
(812) 333-5522
Price: $10-$25
Samira
Food: Afghani
100 W. Sixth St.
(812) 331-3761
Price: $15-$30
Cool Features: Two words: real baklava
Trojan Horse
Food: Greek
100 E. Kirkwood Ave.
(812) 332-1101
www.thetrojanhorse.com
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Order the flaming cheese, and join your waiter in a triumphant "OOMPAH" when it's lit.
Village Deli
Food: Sandwiches, breakfast
409 E. Kirkwood Ave.
(812) 336-2303
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: A great vegetarian selection and widely renowned breakfast with huge portions make this restaurant a hot spot in Bloomington. Watch the pace in which you eat-the slogan is Eat & Get Out." Weekday lunch delivery.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 182 responses

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  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Student discounts
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 210 responses

  • 3% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 3% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 18% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 76% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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