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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
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“Epiphany Farms serves fresh, locally grown ingredients from their own farm in a variety of well-flavored dishes. Many options are vegan, vegetarian, and pescatarian friendly. From a Marylander: try the Crab Oscar add-on with your meal. It’s one of the best crab dishes I’ve had in the Midwest!”
  • 10 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
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“Farm to plate restaurant with awesome atmosphere and food! Best sushi in town!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Zoo
“Nice zoo for kids. The park has playground equipment and picnic areas. Fishing is popular here.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Historic Site
“This is the home of Judge David Davis, good friend of Abraham Lincoln. It’s an impressive estate with a rich history right in the middle of town!”
  • 7 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Popular with locals. Lots of attorney's and business professionals hang out here....”
  • 4 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“Live performances of plays, musicals, music, stand-up comedy, and dance. National touring productions of well-known talent and acts. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Great venue for live shows. Intimate, historical venue hosting a variety of musical styles. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“Located in the downtown area of Bloomington. This is one of the most popular spots for college students, but you will find a pretty mixed crowd during the weekends. This place gets very busy after 11p.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Trail
“Multi-use walking/running/biking trail that traverses Bloomington/Normal for miles in either direction. Bloomington Bungalow is only three houses down from the Trail!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Get there early—the best pastries are gone by 8am! It's the best coffee shop in town. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“It's our old courthouse in the middle of our downtown. It's now a museum, it's a great visit with several food options nearby. Park in one place and enjoy the museum/local restaurant!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Gym
“Come climb at blono's premier rock climbing gym featuring 65' silo climbs and a 110' outdoor wall climb! Visit the pro shop afterwards. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Stadium
“Great place to see concert or sporting events. Pepsi Ice Center is a place to skate on Ice. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
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“This is a bar but also a great restaurant with a limited menu but everything is outstanding. They are known for their tapas which you can make an awesome meal or appetizer. Personally, If you are with a crowd, its best to buy a variety and share them. Pork tacos and Risotto are my favorites! ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Meal Delivery
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“This has been a local favorite for over 100 years! Eat in or carry out! Awesome pizza and dishes. Offers gluten free crusts too. 2 floors! Great stop and it’s historic!”
  • 4 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Asian Restaurant
“Farm to plate restaurant with awesome atmosphere and food! Best sushi in town!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“Epiphany Farms serves fresh, locally grown ingredients from their own farm in a variety of well-flavored dishes. Many options are vegan, vegetarian, and pescatarian friendly. From a Marylander: try the Crab Oscar add-on with your meal. It’s one of the best crab dishes I’ve had in the Midwest!”
  • 10 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Popular with locals. Lots of attorney's and business professionals hang out here....”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
“This is a bar but also a great restaurant with a limited menu but everything is outstanding. They are known for their tapas which you can make an awesome meal or appetizer. Personally, If you are with a crowd, its best to buy a variety and share them. Pork tacos and Risotto are my favorites! ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“Great bar food! And if you like breaded pork tenderloins, you'll be hard-pressed to find one as big as they have here - it takes 4 buns to cover it!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Meal Delivery
“This has been a local favorite for over 100 years! Eat in or carry out! Awesome pizza and dishes. Offers gluten free crusts too. 2 floors! Great stop and it’s historic!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Meal Delivery
“Amazing pizza, and a ridiculous amount of beers on tap that is always changing. Give it a try. They deliver, too.”
  • 3 locals recommend

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