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Jan 5, 2011 05:25 PM

Indianapolis - Best Burger

I'm traveling to Indianapolis and would appreciate suggestions for a good burger. My preference is to not go to a fancy restaurant, being partial to burger stands. I've been to Workingman Friend's Tavern and was not impressed. How is Bub's Burgers?

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  1. I have almost nothing to add here, except that i am interested. I live an hour or so away in Cincy and can't crack the "essential Indy" food nut. I will admit that I have had amazing burgers and steak sandwiches at Shula's, which kind of is my point.

    Good luck!

    1. Re: Bub's Burgers - No idea.

      I don't go for burgers generally and can't personally recommend any places.

      However, here are SOME places reviewed by a local food blogger ( with comments from her respondents; they talk favorably (mostly) about these places, with some negative responses from some people:
      96th Street Steakburgers
      Five Guys Burger
      Red Key Tavern (Kurt Vonnegut used to hang out here)
      Boogie Burger (mixed reviews)

      But - any interest in trying a 'signature dish' of Indy/Indiana, Pork Tenderloin sandwiches? There are many iterations of this all over Indy.

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      1. re: huiray

        Actually, the local blogger I referred to above does talk about Bub's Burgers in a recent post: http://indyrestaurantscene.blogspot.c...

      2. I have always had a good experience at Boogie Burger, although parking and seating can be a bit difficult during evening hours, especially on the weekends. They have many burger permutations to choose from, and are well-priced. Their milkshakes are also delicious!

        My favorite burger, however, is at Traders Point Creamery. They are an organic dairy farm, and all of the meat is 100% grassfed. Its not exactly swanky, but not a burger stand either, as the eatery is in a renovated barn (quite beautiful). I think it is 10-12 for the burger, with a side (get their cottage cheese!).

        I have also heard the Tie Dye Grill (eastside) is good, although I haven't been. It's kind of a biker scene. Also on the eastside is the Golden Aces Inn, Indiana's oldest Irish Pub. Not a great neighborhood, but very good prices.

        Hope this helps!

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

        Boogie Burger
        927 E Westfield Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46220

        1. Indianapolis Monthly did an article last year about hamburgers - but I can't find it!

          I do remember a few of them (because Mr CF tried them):

          Kincaids - the favorite - cooked right and juicy
          Petite Chou - the broken yoke one is a nice and the mushrooms and brie were good

          Lastly - Charleston Grill - not the best by a long shot but it kind of reminds me of an upscale Big Mac and I love the loaded fries.

          1. Bub's elk burger is great, as are their fires. Highly recommend. We now have a branch in Bloomington, which is very popular.