It was a fateful day that Campus Candy founder Mark Tarnofsky dropped his daughter off at Indiana University about four years ago. On a mission to track down a simple candy bar, the dutiful dad found himself roaming far afield until he finally landed at a distant drugstore. Convinced that college kids want candy within constant reach, Tarnofsky started his first store right there, and soon expanded to the schools in Wisconsin, Arizona, and Pennsylvania. Each outlet sells more than 500 different types of candy, all of which may be repurposed as toppings on a rotating menu of frozen yogurt. By slinging bulk candy at a fixed price, Campus Candy stores make it easy for college kids to load up on diverse desserts without filling their schedules with bonbon-making classes.
Ask any of the regulars at Opie Taylor's to name their favorite burger, and you might hear a different answer each time. Fans of spicy foods might point to a burger topped with swiss cheese and jalapenos, though traditionalists will likely swear by the no-nonsense double cheeseburger. If you happen to ask a vegetarian, she might expound upon the deliciousness of the black-bean patty, while a mischievous patron might goad you into taking on the Double Tank burger—a hearty tower of two beef patties, bacon, and mushrooms. The restaurant’s chefs whip up more than 30 specialty burgers, so there’s never a shortage of options.
When they're not inventing new burgers, these chefs turn their attention to crispy chicken sandwiches, tender baby back ribs, hand-rolled mozzarella sticks, and hearty chili inspired by the owner's mother's recipe. Judging by the cheers that regularly erupt in the dining room, the lively crowd appreciates their efforts as much as they appreciate their signature Packer sauce. The dimly lit space is the perfect place to catch a sports game on a projection screen; it’s even decorated with memorabilia featuring star basketball players and underappreciated champions of hopscotch.
As a neighborhood ice cream shop since 1933, The Chocolate Moose sees itself as the repository of B-Town's memories. Post-game celebrations, first dates, and memories of being dared to eat 12 ice cream cones in a row are tied up in this nostalgia-imbued confectionery. Of course, nostalgia alone isn't enough to keep the visitors coming back every year. The ice cream, crafted in-house from a 15% butterfat mix, creamily melts into hot fudge sundaes and slowly dissolves in root beer floats. Flavors of marshmallow, cream de menthe, and butter pecan swirl into smooth milk shakes. Beyond its ice cream desserts, however, The Chocolate Moose prepares food such as Spanish burgers baked in tomato sauce and hot dogs in Coney sauce.
The owners of Grazie! Italian Eatery decided to revamp their restaurant following advice from an unlikely source—a class of IU marketing students studying how to make the eatery more efficient. Based on their findings, the owners began using ingredients from local farms, hiring culinary grads to improve their menu, and training their staff in wine pairing.
However, the chefs kept customer favorites, such as the freshly baked focaccia with herb dipping oil that accompanies each meal. Bartenders pour specialty martinis behind a modern cement bar, and plates of spinach fettuccine with roasted-garlic cream sauce sit on tables next to glasses of wine drawn from a list of more than 250 varietals. Live jazz music and wine-tasting events entertain diners in the indoor lounge, and those seated outside can look out at the bustling square or the night sky, whose stars perpetually shift into the faces of talk-show personalities.
The King of Rock and Roll never relinquishes his throne as four of the country’s top Elvis impersonators team together for Elvis Lives, a multimedia musical tribute to one of music’s premier icons. Endorsed by Elvis Presley Enterprises, which holds the copyright on blue suede shoes, Elvis Lives stars a quartet of bona fide dead ringers, all of whom are winners of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest and pay homage to four memorable eras of the pompadour-sporting legend’s career. Fans can swoon and shout as they catch a glimpse of tadpole Elvis and his centrifugal pelvis, movie-era Elvis, leather-jacket “comeback” Elvis, and shimmering, sequined-jumpsuit “Vegas” Elvis. The lavishly-produced show quantum leaps across a memorable career with classic songs sung spot-on, delighting fans and warming the heart of the real Elvis as he watches from the rafters.