The chefs at My Thai Cafe know that you eat with your eyes first, crafting classic dishes and handed-down recipes with an artist's precision and whimsy. They prepare generous bowls of tom-yum soup brimming with shrimp, lemongrass, kaffir-lime leaves, and galanga root, and stir-fry dishes including the pad ped with choice of meat and chili paste—a spicy concoction originating from the kitchen of the owner's aunt. Chefs garnish dishes with edible handiwork: carrots cut into butterflies, rice formed into heart shapes, and bunches of cilantro woven into fans for cooling fiery tongues.
Main St.'s menu items are carefully composed from organic, locally sourced, and natural ingredients and count among their assembly vegan and vegetarian options. Start with fried goat cheese ($7) or celery-root chips ($7), then range like the mighty buffalo onto central fare such as the bison stromboli sandwich with pickles, marinara, and provolone ($6.95). Satisfy an airborne palate with a fancy flight of pan-roasted duck breast with cherry-balsamic reduction ($17), set taste buds a-sail on a skiff of blackened salmon with pineapple pico de gallo ($15), or embrace your stomach's animal-friendly side with a leafy grilled-romaine salad with mustard-parmesan crust ($10). Irrigate a parched gullet with an organic soda (orange, grape, cola, and root beer, $2.25), or fill each of your scientifically abominable four stomachs with French-press organic-coffee service for four ($8), ground fresh upon ordering.
Coaches Bar & Grill pairs lively Indiana University basketball games with mugs of cold beer, camaraderie, and hearty pub fare. Diners chow down on blackened blue steak sandwiches, burgers, pastas, and pizzas, all washed down with 12 beers on draft, pitchers, and heat-bringing Five Alarm Bloody Mary. The walls bristle with memorabilia from almost every IU coach dating back to 1887, including a canned scream from Bobby Knight, as well as artifacts from the Hoosier State basketball legend Larry Bird. Sports fans watch the game from an almost infinite number of vantage points on 28 plasma screens in the main dining area, or gather friends and family for private game-watching parties in the VIP room.
As a neighborhood ice cream shop since 1933, The Chocolate Moose sees itself as an archive of Bloomington's memories. Old-time memories such as post-game celebrations and first dates are tied up in this nostalgia-imbued ice cream shop. Of course, nostalgia alone isn't enough to keep the visitors coming back every year. The ice cream, crafted in-house from a 14% butterfat mix, melts into hot fudge sundaes and root beer floats. Flavors of marshmallow, cream de menthe, and butter pecan swirl into smooth milk shakes. Beyond ice cream desserts,The Chocolate Moose also prepares hot food including coney dogs, bbq pulled pork sandwiches, and Spanish burgers – a burger-meatloaf hybrid baked in tomato sauce with locally sourced meats.
Henry's Coffee Bistro invites coffee connoisseurs to crawl into its cocoon of caffeine for flavorful drinks and friendly fellowship. Warm up your liquid love life with a cappuccino ($2.75–$3.50) or white mocha ($3.25–$3.75), or stall summer sweltering with an iced latte ($3.50). Guests can smear a cream cheese smile on a freshly baked bagel ($2.25) or mix business and breakfast pleasure with a sausage, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich ($6.75). The Penn Street location's menu differs slightly from the East Street menu—at both coffee shops, however, guests can enjoy comestibles such as a pesto chicken panini ($8), a spinach salad ($7), or a California turkey sandwich ($7.50).
Recently spotlighted by Metromix Indianapolis as one of the city's best options for vegetarians, 3 Sisters Cafe sates vores both carni- and herbi- with a menu of inventive dishes forged from fresh, local ingredients. Featured on the "Signature Sandwiches" episode of Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, the D'nai sandwich soundtracks lunchtime masticators with Shakespearean soliloquies as they vanquish its midsection of slow-roasted ham and braised kale ($11). For breakfast, toast the wholesome marriage of lemon corncakes and fresh seasonal berries before ending it with a delectable digestive annulment ($8.50). Otherwise, demonstrate fungi fidelity with the vegan portobello burger for dinner ($8.50), or defy meal orthodoxy with a late-evening dollop of decadent vanilla-cream french toast ($5.25, breakfast served all day).