Luckily, Bloomington is the home to several businesses that offer international options for either staying in to cook a favorite dish or spending the night on the town at one of several restaurants that offer international cuisine.
To prepare you for nights when peanut butter and jelly just isn’t going to cut it, these places will help you on your journey toward finding a taste of home.
EATING IN OR ORDERING OUT
If you’re looking for some home cooking or want to try something new, eating out can be a great option.
Bloomington is the home to restaurants that serve cuisine from many different nationalities.
Downtown Fourth Street is a popular place to find just what you’re looking for.
This area houses ethnic restaurants such as Amol India and Taste of India, which both serve Indian cuisine; Anatolia, which serves Turkish cuisine and the nearby Snow Lion, which serves Tibetan food.
Other international options are Puccini’s La Dolce Vita, which serves Italian food, and Siam House Thai restaurant on Fourth Street.
A great resource available to Bloomington residents is www.btownmenus.com, a website that provides a delivery service of some of the best Bloomington restaurants.
The website includes dozens of options, from pizza or candy to Tibetan or Japanese.
In addition to being easy to use, the website also features regular specials when you order from the website.
Knowing exactly where to look for hard to find ingredients can make a trip to the market much less stressful.
Grocery stores like Kroger and Marsh both have aisles with international ingredients that represent several nationalities. Both stores have multiple locations in Bloomington.
Kroger has four locations in Bloomington, including a store at 528 S. College Ave. near campus and 1175 S. College Mall Road near the 9 bus route.
One specialty ingredient offered there is Tahini, a sesame pasta used in Middle Eastern dishes.
Marsh also has two locations around the IU campus at 1825 N. Kinser Pike and 123 S. Kingston Drive near the mall. It offers a variety of kosher options, Indian, Asian, European and Hispanic products.
One specialty offering here is a mango chutney, which can be found in the Indian food section. Marsh will also sometimes order a specialty item for you if you can’t find what you’re looking for.
Both of these markets offer discount cards, which can be obtained within the store and provide discounts on select items.
Sahara Mart is also an option for international ingredients at either of its two Bloomington locations, one at 2611 E. Third St. and one at 106 E. Second St.
The family-owned store prides itself in providing a wide variety of products, which include organic options, gluten-free products and international products from nearly every part of the world imaginable.
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