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Scholars Inn Gourmet Cafe & Wine Bar

717 N. College Ave.
Bloomington  Indiana  47401
United States
(812) 332-1892
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Midwest Living Review

Dine deliciously at this bed-and-breakfast-connected gourmet destination in Bloomington.

An indoor frieze of bookish quotes sets the literary tone at this top-end restaurant a few blocks north of downtown Bloomington. It's great fun just visiting this imposing Civil War-Era residence that looks down on busy College Avenue. But wait until you see the food. From an opening Spread Sampler ($9) of pumpkin hummus, Asiago ricotta dip, heirloom tomato tapenade with homemade sweet potato chips to a closing Bakehouse Granola Sundae ($9) larded with chocolate and caramel, fresh berries and the inn's famous Bakehouse Granola ("It makes you happy!") a meal here is like a page-turner that leaves you exhausted but satisfied. The Scholars' signature filet mignon (market) can be heavy and needs to be thoroughly cooked but is delicious in a pomegranate demi glace. Along the way don't miss a nice little subplot of jalapeno cheddar bread with tomato ginger spread. The End.

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