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9301 S Fairfax Rd
Bloomington,
IN
US

Flavors from the Bajio region of Central Mexico add a savory twist to the south-of-the-border fare served at Bajio Mexican Grill. Traditional spices from this mostly rural lowland region besprinkle proteins such as sweet pork and shrimp sautéed in honey butter, which chefs wrap in tortillas or hide under their toques to prepare for winter. Many plates arrive at tables garnished with Bajio's signature mango salsa for a final splash of sweet.

3304 W 3rd St
Bloomington,
IN
US

As a student at Ball State University, Scott Wise spent many a night at Mugly's Pub & Eatery, a local dive known for its burgers and trio of draft beers. After some time away, Scott returned to his college town of Muncie only to discover that Mugly's was for sale. Rechristened Scotty's Brewhouse, the former dive now sports a handmade oak bar and old-fashioned gas-burning lanterns, not to mention more than 30 beers on tap.

Scotty's now has six locations throughout Indiana as well as sister pub, Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Co, and each has its own menu of brews, wines, cocktails, and alcohol-repellent sodas. Though the libations change, the food menu remains the same at each award-winning eatery. The brew houses' cooks pair beer-spiked marinara sauce with gourmet grilled-cheese sandwiches full of cheddar, mozzarella, and pepper jack, as well as crown half-pound burgers with peanut butter and jalapeños. Bison burgers are available on a low-calorie menu, and gluten-free options include chicken sandwiches smothered in thai peanut sauce. All venues welcome scores of families and kids, who feast on homemade pizzas, salads, and subs--especially on Sundays and Tuesday, when kids eat free with the purchase of adult entrees.

302 N Walnut St
Bloomington,
IN
US

The breadsmiths at Bloomington Sandwich Company craft hot and cold sandwiches of a wide variety, slicing fresh veggies and deli meat for each creation. Beyond preparing tasty standbys such as reubens and Italian beef, the eatery offers specialties including a breakfast sandwich and, for especially hungry patrons, the High Five—a 5-pound, 2-feet-long beast containing seven meats, three cheeses, and three vegetables.

The eatery's decor makes for a pleasant dining experience. Booths are situated amid brightly colored walls, one of which boasts a mural depicting the sights of Bloomington, from Johnson's Creamery to the 50-foot-tall Hoosier who regularly destroys downtown buildings.

Cuisine: Sandwiches, soups, and salads
Established: 2005
Reservations: Optional
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11–25
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Fresh cooked Corned beef and Italian beef
Kid-friendly: Yes
Alcohol: None
Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Pro Tip: Free parking in the back lot, no need to put money in the meter.

118 E Kirkwood Ave
Bloomington,
IN
US

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, 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.

110 N Walnut St.
Bloomington,
IN
US

Arthur Murray has been a leading name in dance since 1912, when the founding entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, Murray enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships, and he skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and The Big Apple. By the 1950s, Murray and his wife Kathryn were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, The Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years.

Today, the Arthur Murray team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired with an instructor, who will assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Instructors teach the foundations of a variety of dance styles, including samba, swing, and tango, helping students learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.

1711 N College Ave
Bloomington,
IN
US