One step inside Old School Bakery and guests are treated to the smells of freshly baked cupcakes, iced donuts, brownies, and pecan pies. The menu of all things sweet and sugar includes custom cakes decorated with fondant flowers, colorful icing swirls, and the first 1,000 digits of pi.
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
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11?25
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Fresh cooked Corned beef and Italian beef
Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Pro Tip: Free parking in the back lot, no need to put money in the meter.
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.
Tables that can accommodate big groups and cozy, home-cooked meals evoke a sense of camaraderie inside Old School Cafe. Chicken noodle soup, reuben sandwiches, creamy mac and cheese, and biscuits galore populate tables. A giant burger stacked high with bacon, cheese, tomatoes, and lettuce is held together by a steak knife stabbed through its middle. The creative endeavors continue with desserts, including bear-shaped cookies and cupcakes topped with maple bacon or toasted marshmallows.
The artists at Wine and Canvas awaken their students’ inner Rembrandts and Van Goghs with classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines. The mobile studio’s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters—many of them local artists—provide step-by-step instructions while students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio’s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.
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.