Although my time in Bloomington was short, I carefully planned to ensure I made the most of the plentiful gluten-free offerings while devoting my attention to the conference that brought me out to the town in the first place. While I had more time on the first day to get out and explore (see those reviews here) day two in Bloomington was more of a take-out and delivery kind of day because I was in educational sessions and meetings and could not escape for hours to explore Indiana University’s campus and town itself. While I had hoped that my food allergies would be accommodated, boxed lunches and buffet dinners proved to be barriers I didn’t mind because it allowed me to discover- and rediscover- old and new favorites in Darn Good Soup and Bucceto’s Smiling Teeth.
Darn Good Soup
As their soup offerings rotate each and every day, ingredients sometimes vary between different preparations. They clearly mark which soups are vegetarian and vegan on their menu and have a list of gluten-free offerings on hand. The friendly staff are familiar with different food allergies and are well-equipped to advise as to what would be safe bets. On that day, my options were between the lentil spinach and the minestrone. The jambalaya was questioned to be safe, but since it wasn’t on the day’s g-free list, I decided to stick with my favorite soup I’ve had here: the lentil spinach. As I ordered and chatted with the staff, I proposed that if they wanted to create a second location that Central Florida would be an ideal place to settle down.
When lunch time finally rolled around the next day, I couldn’t wait to relish my reunion with their lentil soup. Without a doubt, it’s tied for one of the best lentil soups I’ve ever had and time did not diminish my taste and love for it. It’s thick and creamy consistency showcases the lentils and spinach which are flavored by their “secret” blend of spices and a touch of lemon. I cannot fully capture what makes this soup so amazing, but I guess that’s why the founders of the restaurant decided on Darn Good Soup for a name: it’s the only way you can describe their creations.
Bucceto’s Smiling Teeth
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The Basics: Darn Good Soup
Address: 107 N. College Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47404
Cuisine: Tibetan, Thai, Indian
Ideal For: Lunch, dinner
Price: Meat-containing soups are $5.75/$7.00 (sm/lg) and vegetarian/vegan soups are $4.75/$5.75 (sm/lg).
Accessibility: The restaurant is wheelchair accessible and even has a table reserved for those in a wheelchair.
Special Features: Feeling hungry or need to serve the masses? They offer gallon-sized containers of soup with advance notice (more details here).
The Basics: Bucceto’s Smiling Teeth
Address: 115 South SR 46 Bypass, Suite B, Bloomington, IN 47408 (East location). 350 South Liberty Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403 (West location)
Cuisine: Pizza, pasta
Ideal For: Lunch, dinner
Price: Specialty pizzas under $15 (make-your-own starts at $9.35 with toppings $1.65 each). Pastas under $14. See full menu here for pricing.
Accessibility: N/A due to delivery order
Special Features: Order online for delivery here (delivery starts at 5pm).