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Bloomington Bagel Co.
1430 E. 3rd Street, 339-4653, and 113, N. Dunn,
We visit the Bloomingtonton Bagel Company often. Our favorite
bagels are the spinach, chocolatechip, honey wheat and blueberry.
The biahely's a wonderful creation, cold or hot, they are
satisfying. Nice smears and bagelwiches. They serve good
coffee and have a reasonable variety of fine tasting drinks.
Cookies and pastries in variety to satisfy one's sweet tooth.
The chocolatechip cookie is delicious. Most of the people
I know are partial to chocolatechip cookies.
Usually the bagelry tables are graced with brightly colored
flowers or seasonal arrangements of gourds and dried flowers.
The walls display enjoyable exhibits of local art. The bagel
map and pictures are other points of interest. A wooden
window counter is available for those who want to eat and
look out, and there are sidewalk tables, when seasonal.
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phone: 812-333-8424, 812-333-THAI
Is a full service restaurant (trying to get wine and beer
license) with carry out and catering trays available for business
meetings, parties or other events. They offer special dishes
from Northeast Thailand. The entrance is west of the Monroe
county Public Library on Lincoln St. They are open Monday
through Saturday, 11-2 for lunch and 5-9pm for dinner (till
10pm for Friday and Saturday). The owners are Aey and Don
This is the bean burrito palace. So far, I haven't found
any better in a fast food setting, although, I am known
to be a slow eater, no one seems to mind. The staff is always
friendly, even when they have an ordering line crowd stretching
to the door. Try the express burrito, if you are in a hurry,
for fast food, it is delicious and in our experience always
hot. Even when forced to buy it and go, the wrapping keeps
The vegetarian chili is delicious, so is the rest of their
You can have service indoors or out on the stone patio
filled with umbrella covered tables. Indoors there is an
interactive shrine where you can leave prayers written on
tiny papers. The tables are works of art and the walls boast
the wondrous collage assembleges, like the shrine and other
artwork by the owner artist.
Lennie's Restaurant, Pub and Brewery
1795 E. 10th Street
When it comes to excellent service, great locally brewed
beers and gourmet pizza with a choice of traditional or
multi-grain crust, in a sit down environment, this is one
my favorite places, but that is just the tip of what this
place has to offer. Again, they provide generous servings
of hospitality with every item on the menu which includes
a variety of pastas, soups, salads starters, world class
selections of pub fare, strombolis, (I prefer to Create
My Own), sandwiches and marvelous ales, cider and beers
that change throughout the year. And don't forget the deserts.
Don't have room for a full sized sweet? Try the mini-indulgences!
Why do I think they have great service? First of all every
person I've come into contact with has had a great attitude
and really make me and my guest feel that we are welcome,
and that goes for all ages, which is something I think difficult
to pull off.
109 W. 7th Street, (812-336-5169)
Michael's Uptown Café
Located on the corner of 6th and Madison, this place has
authentic homemade Italian Ice Cream, soups, and sandwiches.
So far we have enjoyed a variety of their delicious gelato
with special meals and celebrations. We are still undecided
as to which flavor we like best because we haven't tried
them all, but the peanut butter chocolate chip is close
to the top.
The decor is light and feels fresh and welcoming.
424 South Walnut Street
Not only does this place cook well, it is my #1 place to
listen to a variety of really good music, connect with local
people, and of course to dance!
Stop in, try the food, relax in the bright, open space
that is great for meetings. I have heard that it is the
#1 place to meet since the Encore closed).
Runcible Spoon Café & Restaurant
412 E. 6th Street
Over twenty years of stopping for excellent coffee and
real lemonade, wholegrain waffles, poppyseed cake, stir
fried potatoes and sitting near the stork and the assemblage
of plants. Of watching Jeff and everyone changing throught
the years, especially the children and the wait staff, until
now it it almost a year since Mat O'Neil became the new
owner. Chef Mat is also a part of the Bloomington Cooking
School. Keeping much the same, he and Regan have made some
positive visual changes and expanded the meal possibilities
to include dinners and Sunday brunch. A larger and more
varied crowd passes through the old house, some for a quick
cup of coffee, others to settle in for a leasurely meal,
or over a stack of paperwork or class books for reading
between the refills.
The Runcible Spoon has always been a source of some of
the best coffee in town. It was the first coffee roaster
in town and is pleased to offer a variety of coffees, including
organics purchased from shade growing cooperatives. It is
nice to see things improve through change, but alo nice
to keep some things the same. For a while a few of us wondered
if the fish in the bathroom bathtub would go or stay. I
am happy to see their orange bodies swishing through the
Chef Mat, shows his love of the arts, particularly poetry
by the generous display of books for patrons to enjoy while
waiting for service. Local Musicians like the Randy's regularly
perform, while others gather for practice sessions. Ask
staff about the music. Local artist exhibit their works
throughout the restaurant. Local poets gather often to read
poetry, like the recent reading for "The Linen Weave
of Bloomington Poets", the first public reading from
the newly published anthology edited by Jenny Kander and
published by Wiznd.
The Runcible Spoon has a lovely stone patio and a wooden
porch in front. Local historical lore has it that, the Spoon
was the first eatery to offer outside dinning in Bloomington,
maybe even Indiana. The delicate leaved shade trees make
it an inviting place to refresh during the warm season.
The back porch, facing Bloomingfoods across the alley, offers
a sunny spot for many regulars. A small garden boast cheerful
flowers and a unique pond complete with a fountain, goldfish
and lily pads.
Good smells, good eats, good coffee, good music, good poetry,
good people- what else can I say.
The Runcible Spoon is host to the Runcible
Spoon Poetry Series featuring readings on
the fourth Friday of each month and also features a Celtic
music session every weekly with Grey Larson.
When they bring out my favorite Chicken Tandore, heads
turns toward the sizzling sound. The chicken arrives so
red from the seasoning, nestled upon a bed of onions and
peppers, hot and still keeping a bit of crispness on a wooden
platter, the side dishes of vegetables in sauce, raita,
and the petite salad. The mango juice is a thick
sumptuous drink. Its color alone can brightens the day,
and it is both filling and yummy in taste.
Service is always gracious with the wait staff speaking
very little, although very attentive to the needs of customers.
322 East Kirkwood
Yes, Bloomington is blessed with many establishments offering
good or great coffee brewed from shade grown beans produced
by small cooperatives. We have enjoyed every desert eaten
there and the smoothies are definitely among the best in
town. The crowd here is eclectic with a lot of students
in attendance, books are open wide and writing tools busily
working. The decor is wild collage art. I love the fish
tank television and crazily painted walls.
The first Wednesday of each month, the Matrix presents
its Open Mic and arrangements can be made to exhibit artwork
at that time.
The pizzeria has a great feel to it when you walk in. The
Waiters, and waitresses are friendly, and the food is wonderful.
They have pizza, stromboli's, and sandwiches. I love to
order their cheese pizza, and sprinkle large amounts of
parmesan cheese on top. There are also dried pepper flakes,
which lots of people love to put on their food. Their pizza
is my favorite thing on the menu, and the crust is done
just right. M.M.
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