Indianapolis–Only the Best Burger on Earth

[from our Travels (with) aBroad page] 

Usually I don’t eat things that are bigger than my head. But…    


We can’t talk about Indianapolis without mentioning the wonderful nearby town of Carmel, especially its quaint downtown main street and Bub’s Burgers.   

Located in an old house right on the Monon Trail, Bub’s is a noisy, family-filled restaurant with small tables, rolls of paper towels, and walls covered with photos of people who have managed to polish off the Big Ugly—a one-pounder between a fresh bakery bun that barely covers the meat.   

This visit, Dan and I split the Big Ugly elk Burger. Yes, elk. (Don’t think about how they kind of look like reindeer.) Juicy, seasoned perfectly, charbroiled, and the size of your face. The bun from the local bakery is buttery and toasted and too small for the patty but enough bread.   

The menu is limited, but people come for the burgers. Try the Not So Ugly (1/2 pound) and the Settle for Less Than Ugly (1/4 pound) if you have a smaller appetite.   


If you can find room for a side, the waffle fries and onion rings are always hot and tasty. There’s a selection of interesting beer; the Ranger is very citrusy with a bitter grapefruit bite at the end. Bub’s also has a small ice cream shoppe. Good ice cream, but that’s not what makes Bub’s at the top of our Indy list. The elk burger is.   


  Eat outside when the weather is good.    

not our children


A walk on the trail after lunch this cool spring day was good for the digestion and a chance to enjoy a little quiet after the clamor of the happy Bub’s crowd.   

on the monon trail


Bub’s Café is in the same town and known for their homemade donut holes. Haven’t tried it yet, but we’ll let you know when we do. 

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