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May 15, 2010 09:55 PM

Great Indianapolis Burger?

Where should I go for a great burger when I'm in town for the 500? What makes your recommendation good? I'm equally at home with a greasy fast food burger (not McDonalds, Wendy's, etc.) or a more upscale burger. Recommendations?

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  1. I personally don't eat many hamburgers, but Mr CF does - so his recommendations would look like this:

    Kincaid's (Clay Terrace) - a big and juicy burger, medium rare, hold the onion. I think it came with bacon and boursin cheese and fries.

    Clay Terrace is also home to Ted's Montana Grill where you can also get a buffalo burger. I do like Ted's, my favorite burger is the beef with guacamole, jalapenos and Monterey Jack.

    Petersons (96th and I-69) - in the bar they have a Kobe burger - extra juicy and tender and small.

    Harry & Izzy (downtown) - much like the burger at Kincaid's (but Mr CF liked KIncaid's better)

    96th Street Steakburgers - kind of a Steak n Shake premise but I think better
    5 Guy's - pretty good - fast food but way better than Wendy's.

    There's many more, and hopefully other's will chime in.
    Here's a link to the Indianapolis Monthly's article about their choices for the top 25 in Indy.

    Enjoy the race!

    96th Street Steakburgers
    4715 E 96th St, Indianapolis, IN 46240

    Harry & Izzy's
    153 South Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46225

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    1. re: Cookiefiend

      My favorites are:

      Boogie Burger (Broad Ripple) hot, greasy & comforting, a perfect beef-condiment ratio
      Working Man's Friend (West of Downtown) thin & crispy, old school style
      Five Guy's (chain) I actually like their Fries better than the burger
      Capital Grill (Downtown Conrad) for a thick & juicy gourmet type
      Red Key Tavern (SOBRO) just plain, simple goodness, hot out of the skillet

      Working Man's Friend
      234 N Belmont Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46222

      Boogie Burger
      927 E Westfield Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46220

      Five Guys
      4320 Charlestown Rd, New Albany, IN 47150

    2. There is a relatively new place on the eastside (13th and Shadeland) called Tie Dye Grill. The place itself is kind of hard to take, one of those aggressively nostalgia-themed restaurants (in this case for the groovy '60s) that I would usually avoid like the plague. But: They have far and away the best burger I've had in Indy, a half-pounder expertly char-grilled. Juicy doesn't start to describe it. Their hours are also annoying: lunch only, except for Tuesday and Friday, when they're open until 8. And of course it's about as unhandy to the track as you can get. But if you're looking for Indianapolis's great burger, this is it.

      Tie Dye Grill
      1311 N Shadeland Ave Ste B, Indianapolis, IN 46219