Ha, ha, ha, the Planet Laughs.
What would Soma be without its cheerful sibling Laughing Planet, located above the cafe? Both under the same management, both vegan-friendly and delicious. You can even bring Laughing Planet food down to Soma and eat it there, if you want. And it’s so cheap? How do they stay in business, I wonder? They use ingredients like brown rice, seitan, and local produce, serve huge portions, and yet somehow you can get a burrito for 5 bucks. But WARNING: not for the indecisive. The menu includes quesadillas, soup, veggie burgers, burritos, burrito bowls, and salads. You can custom-order anything you want with ingredients such as black bean hummus, vegan sour cream, and every kind of vegetable under the sun. Whole wheat and gluten free tortillas are also available.
Because I refuse to eat my burritos normally (I tear mine to shreds with a fork), I order mine “naked,” without the tortilla. But keep in mind, it is a LOT of food. Lots of filling lentils and beans, fibrous vegetables and perfectly
moist nutty (I hate both of those words) cooked brown rice. The burrito bowls I ate during my time in Bloomington were mainly the special burritos. They claimed to rotate them every week, but Laughing Planet, thou liest. It was okay though, since the specials were so good that I would have ordered them more than once.
Specials (choice of chicken, tofu or seitan goes without saying):
Black bean and spinach: so much fun to eat. Imagine unearthing layer upon layer of wonderful things with your fork. First rice, then black beans, then gooey strands of jack cheese, with spinach leaves throughout, then finished with salsa.
The only thing about Laughing Planet is that despite the never-ending combinations, it’s pretty easy to get sick of. In case you couldn’t tell, the burritos are kind of like a fill-in-the-blank word game: the same layout, and only slightly different every time. In some ways, that’s the beauty of it. In other ways, it can be redundant. Then again, I never ordered quesadillas or anything else, because the burrito(bowl)s are just so good.