About

Food has always been a major passion of mine. I would even consider it to be a hobby. When I was a little kid I went by the motto “live to eat”. All of my friends’ parents loved having me over for dinner because my plate was always empty by the end of the meal. What mother doesn’t love when a kid has two to three helpings of their dishes? Growing up, my parents provided my brothers and I the luxury of dining out a lot at a wide variety of ethnic restaurants. You know the families that have their “Sunday night spot”. My dad won’t vacation to the same destination twice, let alone go to the same restaurant consistently. A rule that we always had at dinner was that we had to try a menu item that we had never had before. Going to a variety of ethnic restaurants not only diversified my palate, but it taught me a lot regarding the cultures and traditions of different countries. Ranging from Greek food to Indian, Thai, Lebanese, Portuguese, Japanese, Italian, the list goes on… we tried it all! Each restaurant had a unique atmosphere that gave the customers an authentic taste from its homeland. By the time I got to college, I had become a very well balanced eater. Sitting in my dorm room freshmen year, I ran into the issue of not having any idea where to find good restaurants around Bloomington. Do you know how frustrating it is when you get sick of the dorm food and you don’t know where else to turn? Cardboard pizza at 3am gets old… This is what led to me starting Btownmenus.com in the beginning of my sophomore year in August of 2005.

Through running Btownmenus.com for the past five years, I have been to almost every single restaurant in Bloomington at least a couple times. I am always on the go and don’t have the time, patience, let alone the ability to cook decent meals. I have developed some great relationships with restaurant owners all over town, and am excited to gain even more through this blog! Some of the best restaurants in Bloomington are unknown to most of the population, and that is a complete shame! I have always loved to write, and I am always up for trying new restaurants, and the dishes that they offer. We are excited to help all of you learn more about the restaurants around Bloomington and all that they have to offer. Come take a Bite into Btown with us!

-MR