Bloomington has some wonderful restaurants, from cheap and cheerful family restaurants to fine dining establishments. If you’re traveling and want to experience some of the best fare in the Midwest, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better destination. Visitors simply can’t miss these three independent restaurants when they’re booking some time in the city.
Dine on a Budget: STREETZ American Grill
5STREETZ American Grill is a favorite for pigging out on a budget. This restaurant, with only one location at 1200 West 98th Street, specializes in simple foods that are mighty tasty. Its selection of “classic American street foods” includes hot dogs, coney dogs, cheese steaks, burgers, and fries. You can also get an excellent Gyro or some street tacos, and adults can treat themselves to a cup of wine or a bottle of beer. STREETZ Big Juicy is one of the specialty burgers you should try. The eatery is open from 11 to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Enjoy a Family Meal: Twin City Grill
Twin City Grill is a fantastic pick for a family restaurant because it offers a menu with lots of choices and is located inside the Mall of America. Specials include a soup of the day as well as entrees such as Atlantic salmon and chicken taco plates, and there’s a Sunday Night Dinner special as well. The restaurant is open daily starting at 11:15 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays and at 11:30 a.m. on Sundays.
Indulge in Some Fine Dining: Bloomington ChopHouse
Bloomington ChopHouse is another independent establishment with a variety of foods available. This is an excellent choice for fine dining that offers a variety of exquisite dishes for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Visit Saturday for the Date Night special, which is a three-course meal that comes with a bottle of wine. Pick up incredible seafood or a steak here, with specialties like a locally sourced New York Strip and a Surf & Turf platter that includes an 8-ounce lobster tail and a 10-ounce sirloin steak.
Bloomington ChopHouse is at 3900 American Boulevard West. It keeps hours for a breakfast buffet as well as lunch, dinner, and happy hour.
Find a Hotel Nearby the City’s Best Restaurants
If you’re planning on some indulgence in the city, book a hotel nearby some of the area’s best restaurants. This way, you won’t have to worry about how much you’re drinking over dinner and can rest easy knowing that your bed isn’t far away. Holiday Inn Blmgtn Arpt South – Mall Area is nearby STREETZ American Grill, for example, making for an easy trip to this top restaurant. Radisson Blu Mall of America is an option inside the Mall of America, where you’ll find Twin City Grill and choices in the nearby South Loop neighborhood.
Hungry yet? Bloomington hosts some of the state’s best restaurants, and if you can find time away from these excellent establishments, there’s plenty else to do in the city. Start planning your trip today, and remember to hit some of these recommended eateries during your visit.