Muncie is home to a variety of local restaurants and cafes, each with their own unique atmosphere and signature dishes. Be sure to check out these places at least once in the next four years because each of them have something great to offer. And if you don’t sample these local offerings by the time you graduate, you may want to consider graduate school.
1. The Caffeinery: Located in downtown Muncie, the Caffeinery sources its own coffee and roasts it in house. The specialty lattes are amazing, and change to reflect flavors most in-season. You can also buy coffee beans by the pound to bring the taste home with you. The shop also sells teas, cider and hot chocolate, as well as baked goods.
2. Rosebud Coffee House: Rosebud Coffee House is the newest local coffee shop in Muncie located on Hoyt Avenue on Muncie’s south side.The owners renovated an old bank and preserved the vault, which can be reserved for meetings, studying or just some alone time. The Rosebud is the signature drink of the shop and is a must-have, flavored with pistachio and rose. Its menu also features breakfast sandwiches and sweet treats.
3. The Cup: A staple for any Ball State student, The Cup is in the Village and is a short walk from campus. A good go-to is the Dirty Hippie — a chai latte with a shot of espresso. Baristas can prepare spiced, raspberry, chocolate or vanilla chai in the dirty hippie. The Cup’s signature lunches include paninis and bagel sandwiches, or bagels with housemade cream cheese if all you want is a light snack.
4. Sunshine Cafe: If you’re ever in the mood for a simple breakfast of classic diner food, Sunshine Cafe is definitely the way to go. It has pancakes, breakfast burritos, omelettes and more. Located on North Oakwood Avenue, this joint has something for everyone, and you can try a bit of everything with the “build your own breakfast.”
5. Amazing Joe’s: Amazing Joe’s serves traditional American food from burgers and steak to pasta and salad. With its wide variety, you can be sure to find something that piques your interest. The grill even has a vegetarian option with the veggie burger to suit different dietary needs.
6. Puerto Vallarta: Puerto’s is one of the first places you’ll hear about when you come to Muncie. It has amazing authentic Mexican food and three locations in Muncie, so you’ll never be far from the best enchiladas in town.
7. China Express: Do you ever just crave Chinese food? Everyone does. China Express is the best place to get Chinese food in Muncie and it is conveniently located right in the Village — making it an easy stop for lunch or a quick snack. The chef’s specials are the best. Entree options come with white or fried rice.
8. Chavas: When you are studying all night in Bracken, you can get a little hungry. Luckily Chavas has great tacos and other authentic Mexican dishes and drinks, and is open until 3 a.m. in the Village, so you don’t have to cram on an empty stomach.
9. Brothers: Brothers is by far the most popular bar and grill Ball State students go to. It will usually have a line going down the street in the evenings and a loud atmosphere. You can come here with your friends and family to grab a bite to eat, or stop in for drinks once you're 21+.
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