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“Everything is good.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bub's Burgers & Ice Cream

Bub's Burgers & Ice Cream
Ranked #1 of 10 Dessert in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Carmel, Indiana
Level Contributor
23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Everything is good.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2012

I have had the burger, the hotdog, and the portabella sandwich. They were all delicious, you can't go wrong. My boyfriends favorite the Elk burger and we both LOVE the sweet potatoe fries with the marshmallow dip. At first I was leery, but you have to try it. Then only thing I don't love about this place is the typically long wait time, but they can't help it, it's the place to eat in Carmel!

Visited October 2012
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English first
Carmel, Indiana
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Neighborhood Gem is a good description”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2012

I think that the burgers at Bub's are very good. Maybe not the best ever but very, very good. The ambiance of being right on the Monon Trail helps a lot, especially when the weather is good and one can eat outside.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Chuck11829
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Indianapolis
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108 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 271 helpful votes
“Overrated and Overpriced”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2012

Burgers are a bit better than average but definitely not great. The meat was good quality and correctly cooked but way over-salted. A truly great burger requires a great bun, and these burgers just ain’t got that. So, fairly mundane burger.

The kid meal burger was absurdly small (see photo) – basically the size of a smashed meatball along with about 4 onion rings. It was great for a 3 year-old but not a 10 year-old. My daughter is not a big eater, but we had to get her a second tiny burger. I have low expectations for servers, but I felt like our server was a bit smug and not helpful. I would have liked the server to say “Those kid burgers are real small. You might want to consider getting a small adult burger instead.”

It is also way over-priced, which probably is meaningless to the moneyed populace of Carmel, but to me a $50+ tab at a burger joint for two adults and a kid wasn’t a reasonable value. We even shared a small (and I do mean small) order of fries and an order of onion rings. The aforementioned kid meal was $5 without a drink – a ripoff – plus another $3 for the second baby burger.

There were gnats and flies all over the place, which was a bit disconcerting.

Think I would choose Five Guys or Culver’s over this place – better burgers, better price. And they don’t rub me the wrong way, either.

Hope this helps.
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  • Visited October 2012
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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4 Thank HonkHonk
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Carmel, Indiana
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87 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Terrific burgers”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2012

Bub's is a burger joint. The main menu staples are burgers, fries, and shakes. My high rating is rating it as a burger joint. This is one of the best I have been to. When you are about a half block away, the smell of burgers being grilled makes your mouth start to water. The burgers taste great. If you arrive at peak lunch or dinner time you can wait 90 minutes to get a table. Plan accordingly, especially on a weekend with nice weather. Bubs gained national attention when it was featured on Man vs Food. The challenge is to eat the Big Ugly burger, a one pound burger. The Big Ugly challenge has made wait times longer. The burgers and shakes are great.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank TitusPullo13
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“The Best Burgers in Carmel!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2012

A great local place to eat real food! Outside seating is best in the summer, but get there early (or at off times) as there will be a wait at lunch and dinner. The service is slow or better stated at a pace you can enjoy a relaxing meal with your family or friends. BTW it's worth the wait if you have to wait!

Visited October 2012
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Thank Mary R
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