Location: Bloomington, IN
Yogi’s may very well be my favorite restaurant of all-time. A bold statement, I know, but please allow me to elaborate.
Yogi’s offers the perfect blend of great food, welcoming atmosphere, and quality service. It’s a good place for many occasions. You can go to Yogi’s to watch a game, enjoy a casual lunch, or meet friends for a late night drink. During the four years I lived in Bloomington, I can honestly say I never left Yogi’s disappointed.
Where to begin? In my opinion, the best thing on the menu is the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich. That thing is on the money. It’s drenched in a tangy buffalo sauce, and topped with lettuce, tomato, and onion. Served with a side of ranch, a pickle spear, and your choice of kettle chips, fries, or buffalo chips, this sandwich embraces what it means to be an American (and more importantly, a HOOSIER).
Not feeling the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich? You’re in luck. The wings at Yogi’s are second to none. You can choose from a variety of flavors, including Hawaiian Fire, Jamaican Jerk, and Hot Garlic or your classic BBQ, Medium, and Hot. If you want to complement the wings with a few appetizers, try the Chips and Beer Cheese, the Mediterranean Dip, or the Ball Park Pretzel (served with Sierra Nevada Beer Cheese and Spicy Mustard). Some restaurants will serve quality entrees with subpar appetizers, but Yogi’s does it the right way. The appetizers are on par with the entrees, and are well worth the price.
Additional entrees include the Big Ten Burger, the Ribeye Steak Sandwich, and the Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich. All quality dishes that will leave you satisfied.
As far as drinks go, Yogi’s has a beer menu that is admirable. I consider myself an amateur drinker, but it doesn’t take a connoisseur to recognize the quality of beer you can find at Yogi’s. They host a weekly “beer school” and have a plaque on the wall with the names of individuals who have tried over 100 beers in an 8-month period. My personal favorites are Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier and Three Floyds Gumballhead, although the menu is always evolving.
I hope I have done justice to Yogi’s by writing this blog post. During my time in Bloomington, Yogi’s was a reliable source of great food and entertainment. So much so, that my roommates and I would make weekly trips. It was worth it every time.