The Rail is a lovely little small plates and cocktail spot run by a few Bloomington kids around my age. Named for the train tracks that border the intimate bar and restaurant, The Rail boasts a brief, well edited menu comprised of elegant but approachable small plates. The craft cocktail menu is full of updated classics prepared with care, like the Manhattan or Old Fashioned. All of the food we tasted was top notch. I haven't been back yet, but I'd love to visit again. The menu is seasonal so there would be plenty of new bites to try. Above is the prettiest cocktail I've ever had the pleasure of drinking, the Aviation. Tinted lavender from creme de violette, there was a bit of tart citrus and maraschino liquor in the mix. Katy had a Pimm's Cup (pictured at the bottom of the post) that was both warming and refreshing, flavored with ginger and cucumber.
local! capriole.) The runny yolk from the fried quail egg added a layer of richness. The photo below shows a smoked salmon spread with a hint of lemon atop cucumber slices, sprinkled with briney fried capers.
the lamb sliders pictured at the top of the post. Seated in adorable little pretzel buns (just barely toasted) the sliders were so tender and flavorful. The acidic chimichurri drizzled on the patty cut through the meatiness of the lamb in the best way. Plus the whispy shoestring fries on the side were beyond good. We finished off the meal with a cup of house-made peanut butter ice cream smothered in some jammy cherry syrup. Delicious.
825 N. Walnut St.
Bloomington, IN 47404