Bub’s Burgers and Ice Cream: Legendary Burgers and Decadent Dairy

Bub’s Burgers and Ice Cream and Bub’s Cafe, their companion restaurant in Carmel, Indiana are both to be found in beautiful downtown Carmel along the Monon Trail, within the new Arts & Design District.

Matt and Rachel Frey own and operate this one-of-a-kind Carmel restaurant, home of the renowned “Big Ugly Burger.” Made fresh of the best ingredients, the house specialty hamburgers are encased in fresh-baked buns, custom-made to fit Bub’s burgers. Opt for either beef burgers or Bub’s gourmet Elk burgers, a health-conscious choice. Diners get to choose their own cheese, including a range of three options for Bub’s Bleu: Less Ugly, Not So Ugly and Big Ugly.

The other “Big Ugly” burger on the restaurant’s menu is the one-pounder which, if you can eat the whole thing, gets you your photo on the restaurant’s wall. The same challenge applies to Bub’s famous “Big Ugly Elk” one-pounder, too.

You can find much more than quality ground chuck at Bub’s Burgers and Ice Cream. Local Carmelites and neighbors from nearby Indianapolis come in to sample Bub’s grilled Mahi Mahi and Bub’s Chili. Both Indianapolis children and Carmel children alike love the gourmet hot dogs at Bub’s. The Giant Bub Dog is possibly the biggest hot dog in the country, at a whopping half pound of pure all-beef Black Angus.

Doing Indy video of Indianapolis music superstar Jon McLaughlin eating a giant burger at Bub’s Burgers and Ice Cream in Carmel, Indiana



Bub’s Burgers and Ice Cream serves seasonal soups, a juicy chicken sandwich and crisp salads, too, as well as a special menu for “Little Bubs,” including kid favorites such as corn dogs, chicken fingers, applesauce and waffle fries. Side orders on the menu reads like a roster of favorite treats, including fries, slaw, “Sloppy Waffles,” wings and Bub’s “Loaded Potato Salad.”

Drinks at Bub’s range from specialty and domestic beers and wines to hand-dipped malts, another house specialty. Top it all off with a famous brownie dessert, smothered in hot fudge, French vanilla, and more hot fudge, or just plain old pie and ice cream.

Bub’s Ice Cream Shop is the first thing you see when you enter the establishment. A highly popular way-station along the Monon Trail, this shop is the source of gourmet ice cream for many local aficionados. The walls of this Carmel business are decorated with fun and friendly farm-scene murals by an artist in Indianapolis.

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Bub’s Burgers and Ice Cream offers a unique catering service that’s just as popular as their restaurants in Carmel. They bring their industrial grill and griddle to your party in order to make the Big Ugly fresh to order. There is also a party room upstairs at Bub’s, a great place for a private, fun gathering or Carmel event.

Bub’s Burgers and Ice Cream is open all year round, but you should take advantage of their large, inviting patio during the beautiful Indiana months of spring and summer. Just down the trail is Bub’s Cafe, the place to go for scrumptious breakfasts, quiche and accoutrements, whether you’re out biking and hiking the trails or just sightseeing.

Bub’s Burgers and Ice Cream
210 W Main St
Carmel, IN 46032-1760
317.706.BUBS (2827)

Bub’s Cafe
220 2nd St SW
Carmel, IN 46032
317.844.BUBB (2822)

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