I’d been hearing good things about FARMbloomington, a locally-owned restaurant in downtown Bloomington that boasts a diverse menu of organic and locally grown foods. But not until last week did I finally have the chance to check it out for myself. Five of us stopped by after a show (Beth’s show, which was fabulous–but that’s a different topic) for drinks and dessert. Beth had been there once before and said the ice cream was wonderful. (Yes, she should have blogged about it then!) With five of us, of course we ordered five different desserts and everyone tasted everything.
Oh. My. Goodness.
I’ll start by saying that ice cream does not have to be gelato to be outstanding! Okay, we already knew that from Berthillon’s in Paris, but FARMbloomington’s chocolate ice cream is every bit as good and a whole lot more accessible from the midwest! For vanilla lovers, the vanilla was just as exceptional. Smooth, creamy, very, very flavorful.
Moving beyond ice cream, the apple pie (okay, with ice cream) was fresh, warm and excellent. The carrot cake was one of the best I’ve tasted. The coffee ice with vanilla ice cream was something different, but also very good. And the red velvet cake was as velvety as the name suggests and very chocolatey.
This place isn’t cheap, mind you–desserts ranged from $6 – $9 and the drinks from $5 – $9– but taken in the light of an experience instead of just “drinks and dessert,” well worth the price and the drive. Highly recommended!