Tucked amid the main street bustle of Broad Ripple Avenue, Taste of Havana is easy to miss but worth the stop. A steady stream of people flows in and out, ordering to go, choosing from many different types of authentic Cuban “sammiches” or a delicious Jorge original. Sweet plantains, a variety of “pastelitos” including guava and cream cheese and flan are just a few of the sides/desserts to choose from. The bread is extremely flavorful and practically melts in your mouth, overflowing with tender slices of meat and a number of other ingredients. The restaurant is small and there are plenty of seats as most opt to carry out. Bright colors and cartoon-like animals adorn the walls while Cuban music plays in the background. Vegetarian options are minimal, with only one sandwich offering roasted vegetables and a black bean soup, but this is an authentic Cuban sandwich place after all. Andale!
They sponsor Punk Rock Night at the Melody Inn (along with NUVO, thankyouverymuch). They have a Belgian pale named “Sin Bin” (a nod to hockey’s penalty box) that features the Indiana Ice mascot on the label. They have a tasting room perched above Broad Ripple’s main drag where you can watch Other People’s Drunken Dramas unfold — across a large, beautiful wooden table, natch. They’re picky about their water, filtering the stuff via reverse osmosis for ultimate quality control. And their logo is the thing Brick Tamland used to kill a guy in Anchorman. Did we mention the beer’s really good? The beer’s really good.
Lucas Oil Stadium is a football toss away from Tavern on South, and its floor to ceiling window gives a generous view of the skyline. “Classic themes, redone” seems to be the theme; comfort foods like burgers take up about an eighth of the menu. The bison burger boasts of charred tomato BBQ glaze, Mariah’s Indiana peppered bacon and all the traditional burger toppings, making it the no-brainer go-to on the menu. The waitress’s tip was to add goat cheese, which brought out the sweet glaze. Full dinner plates are always available, so try the yellow fin tuna, served rare over pan seared pad Thai noodles with a shagbark soy syrup, all topped with pistachios, ginger and Sriracha hot sauce. Seasonal items pepper the menu, like an Indiana salad with tomatoes, corn, asparagus, onion and white beans.
If you’re interested in trying a wholesome, “green” eatery, this eco-friendly, American bistro features seasonal breakfast and lunch menus packed with healthy, organic options that will please the stomach and the wallet, too. Except for the sandwich bread, all items, from soups to salad dressings, are prepared on-site with natural and organically certified ingredients. Those with lifestyle diets will find meals tailored to their unique needs, with vegan, allergy friendly, diabetic and also specific carbohydrate diet options. Tulip Noir also offers organic, natural coffees and teas, along with specials on Fridays.
Short on atmosphere but long on flavor, Tandoori King, situated on the far west side, offers a familiar selection of traditional dishes, with a few lesser-seen dishes thrown in for the more adventurous. There are five goat dishes on the menu, for example, as well an unrivaled selection of breads in addition to the more traditional naans and parathas. Particularly impressive are the mattar paneer, a creamy dish of chick peas and cottage cheese, and the goat curry, quite lamby and complex, though by nature very bony.
Welcome to The Tap, Bloomington’s new home for craft and import beer, live music, and sports. At The Tap, beer is what we do best. Each day you’ll find 50 hand-selected beers on tap, and our draft menu changes every day.
In addition to our beers on tap, we have over 400 bottled beers to choose from, featuring a wide variety of styles from breweries throughout the world. Looking for something new? Try one of our blended drafts or beer shots for a remix of flavor.
The Tap stage features live music throughout the week and many flat screens are always showing what’s happening in the world of sports.
And even though there’s no kitchen at The Tap, we’ve partnered with some of Bloomington’s best local restaurants.
From pizza to burgers, wings to tacos, you can pick your food and it will be delivered straight to your table.
The Tap is about great beer, live music, sports and much more. We hope to see you tonight.
This unique café and marketplace, owned and operated by highly trained and experienced chefs Marc Urwand and Deidra Henry, offers gourmet coffee drinks to perk you up after a long night, a full breakfast menu, a lunch spread of salads and gourmet sandwiches, pantry necessities, and catering services, all housed in a stylish, newly renovated space large enough to accommodate special events. On Wednesdays and Thursdays between 6-9 p.m. experience “Aftertaste,” where the daytime ordering counter transforms into a bar, which is great since you’ll need something to sip as you wait to sample the dinner menu. The place is low-lit and the seats are comfy, which is key for morning-after recovery.
Tastings takes the stress out of choosing the perfect wine by offering 108 self-serve samples. Located in the Conrad, it has a down-to-earth feel with a helpful wait staff to inform you on great wine choices. The wine sampling process involves loading a card with a certain amount of money ($20 will get you about three or four 2 ounce “tastes” of wine, depending on the wine.) You can also order by the glass or bottle. The food menu has a great selection of flatbread pizzas like the crisp filet mignon with gorgonzola and caramelized onions, small plates, desserts and a choose-your-own cheese plate served with fruit and mini toast. Overall, it’s a great way to try a variety of wines from different regions and price points, but it can get a little pricey.
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