Bloomington

Lunch & Dinner

Roots.  A vegan/vegetarian restaurant located on the downtown “square”.  Large selection of both vegan and vegetarian meals, most of can be accommodated to fit almost anyone’s dietary needs.  I am neither, but was intrigued by what the food would be (quality, freshness, taste, etc…).  If you are vegan, this is a great spot for you.  The restaurant was fairly busy, especially since it was spring break for the university.  I had the Pad Thai, which was good (on their hot scale, I had a 4 out of 5 and was a perfect level of heat).

FARMbloomington.  Located downtown on the square this farm to table restaurant is Chef owned and operated. Chef Daniel Orr presents a menu based on local and seasonal plates as well as a small but reasonable list of wines, cocktails, and beers.  Recommended: FARMfamous fries, salmon mousse, lemon tart, and fantastic espresso.

Nicks English Hut.  This has been our longstanding gathering place for my friends and family.  Located down the block from the IU campus, this IS the place to be for any sporting event (watching or otherwise).  They have undergone numerous renovations and expansions over the last 80 years, including the much loved pool room (or at least my love).  Recommended:  Mushrooms (large and in charge), Sink the Biz fries, and any of the burgers (made to order and from quality fresh local meat).

Munster

Lunch & Dinner

Three Floyds Brewery & Pub. Great beer locally made and several seasonally limited edition brews throughout the year. Great small plates.

Munster Gyros (8307 Calumet Ave). Tried and true local gyro lunch spot and a Chicago must – cheese fries, cheese steak and sausage and pepper sandwiches.