Burgers in Paradise at IU Bloomington
Its fine, edible anyway. I can't say I was looking forward to eating at Burgers in Paradise but my college daughter, who actually is a good foodie, said I'd be ok.
And she was right. I had the crab cakes and they weren't totally swamped in oil and too much fake taste. The burgers at the table were all stated to be good and cooked as ordered. The sweet potato chips were nicely crisp and the Asian dip that accompanied them was good.
Daughters shared a bacon burger that they enjoyed.
So I'll go back I suspect. I need to do some additional work on good spots in Bloomington though.
PS..the Nick's pizza for lunch is worth driving the 4 hours for, simply for the memories!
Cheeseburger In Paradise
2550 E 3rd St, Bloomington, IN 47401
Rags is truly knowledgable and continues to improve the menu. Bloomington is so lucky to have fine local dining with so many good chefs. Sometimes it is hard to decide where to go, even fr something casual...we may go to La Torre tonight. Jose's cooking is truly home style and not something someone in a suit somewhere has told hm what to cook. The chains may serve a spot with some underdeveloped palates, but one experience at Cheeseburger in Pardise was enough. There are many so much better places to dine, often less expensively too.
The La Torre recommendation caught me by surprise. I live just a few blocks away and had a horrible meal there when I first arrived in Bloomington (year and a half ago). Has it gotten better or did I catch it on a bad night?
Opie Taylor's makes a good burger but I get annoyed by their nickel and diming on prices.
110 N Walnut St, Bloomington, IN 47404
1155 S College Mall Rd, Bloomington, IN 47401
Good Things in Bloomington
Hinkles-any burger (grind their own meat; only open for lunch)
Dat's-cajun food, menu changes daily, vegetarian side of the menu (owner=Bob)
Tudor Room(IU memorial Union) Best Brunch EVER-leave room for desserts
Kilroy's on Kirkwood $2/Tuesday Burgers, Wings, Pepperoni Bread stick, Well Drinks, shots all for $2/each
Nicks- Garlic Fries and play world famous "Sink the Biz"
Scotty's Brew house-deep fried pickle slices
Butch's Grillacatessen-"godfather" pizza
Kyle's Greeks Pizzaria-$2 slices awesome when at the bluebird or the vid
Mother Bears- Awesome lunch specials- #3 slice of the day/salad/drink $5.55 Salads are awesome
Pizza X-Big X bargain is a great deal. Get the ranch with your bread sticks
Asuka-lunch hibachi for less than $10-good size portion too
Mancino's-any of their grinder sandwiches
Waffle House-fairly good Biscuits and Gravy after a night on the town
Oliver Winery- Bean Blossom Blush(free wine tasting)
Trojan Horse-gyro w/the cucumber sauce(i don't know how to spell it)
Opie Taylors-burgers are okay, try the buffalo chips w/ranch or the fried zuchinni
I agree with most of the recommendations below but would add a few:
Shin's on Walnut has the best bibimbap in town. A definite favorite.
Finch's. Everything that I've tried is wonderful but the pizzas are favorites.
Limestone Grill on Covenanter Dr. (off College Mall Road). Consistently good, a little bit more upscale than most options, and always good quality.
Sweetgrass. I believe it is relatively new and it is wonderful. The shrimp and grits are amazing. I'm graduating from grad school in May and that's the place I booked to take my family.
Tallent does not have a burger on their current menu.
We now have a Bub's (just west of downtown on Morton St. -- excellent elk burger.
The Lugar Burger at Farm is outstanding.
Farm and Truffles both offer a Wagyu Burger (local) at dinner.