My favorite Btown eats!

Making myself extremely hungry as I write this...

Bloomington Bagel Company

Location: Dunn Street off Kirkwood

I LOVE BAGELS. BBC is the place to get bagels in Btown. You can choose from a plethora of flavors, “schmears” (spreads) and toppings. My go to is a lox, light plain cream cheese, sprouts and cucumber sandwich on a 9 grain bagel. I’m drooling just at the thought of it.

I need this.


Location: Dunn Street off Kirkwood next to BBC

Best ice cream in town for sure! Do yourself a favor and get the s’mores spinner (it’s like a McFlurry or Frosty).It’s life changing. Marshmallow flavored soft serve with crushed graham crackers and chocolate - seriously so so SO good, I can’t even describe to you how delicious it is. And bonus: they take CampusAccess!


Location: Kirkwood, a couple doors down from Buskirk Chumley 

Their garlic fries are game changing and it’s also a great brunch spot! Really cute place, my best friend and I go here every couple months or so because it’s a little bit pricier. It’s a great place to bring your parents when they come to town because they’ll get the check!

Mother Bear's Pizza

Location: 3rd Street, catty corner from the Jacobs School of Music 

As far as Btown pizza places go, this is the cult favorite - everyone knows and loves Mother Bear's! They have fantastic pizza and a great college town atmosphere. It’s so fun reading everyone’s signatures and notes that are scribbled all over the walls, tables and booths. I bring all my Btown guests here and highly suggest it to visiting families on tours. My favorite is the Veggie Delight! Bonus: they deliver AND they take CampusAccess!

The Village Deli 

Location: Kirkwood

You don’t even want to get me started on how much I love The Village Deli, but basically it’s my favorite breakfast place in the entire world. So much so that I wrote an entire article about it here.

The Owlery 

Location: The Square, 6th Street

Completely vegetarian and vegan options, their poutine is prime. Super fun place to have a meatless meal!

Or if you're like Ron Swanson...

Buffa Louie's

For the complete opposite of The Owlery, try some of the nation’s best buffalo wings (one of America's top ten wing joints by USA Today)! Bonus: they deliver! There’s nothing like sports on the TV and wings in your stomach.

There’s so many other places in town that I could go on forever about, but hopefully you have a few ideas for some non-dining hall meals! Seriously go out and discover what Bloomington has to offer, you won’t regret it! 

About The Author
Clara ChenFinance, Business Analytics, and International Business Triple Major, IU 2018

Hey you guys! My name is Clara, originally from suburbs of Los Angeles but Bloomington is my home as well! In addition to my daytime job of Kelley kid, I moonlight as a Hutton Honors student, IU tour guide, and all-around nice human being! Hobbies include: traveling less than I want, eating more than I should, and wearing IU gear 24/7. If you have any questions feel free to contact me at