MCL Restaurant and Bakery: Gourmet Buffet in Carmel

MCL Restaurant and Bakery is one of a chain of enormously popular and unique establishments throughout Illinois, Ohio and Indiana. There are several dotting the big city of Indianapolis, one in its fastest-growing suburb, Carmel, one in Lafayette, and one in Anderson, about an hour northeast of Indy.

Its popularity is well-deserved. MCL Restaurant & Bakery has been in business since way back in 1950. Of the great bakeries and Indianapolis restaurants and Carmel restaurants, MCL is a true standout. They sum up their whole philosophy about the food they serve in three words: “Homemade. Every day.”

Picture of the MCL Cafeteria in Carmel, Indiana

The folks at this Carmel business start working at 5:30 every single morning to be sure everything they serve will be fresh and delicious. And every day there’s something new on the menu, the “Chef’s Taste of the Day.” The staff at MCL Restaurant prepare a fascinating assortment of dishes, from the eclectic to comfort soul food for Hoosiers with Midwest America in their DNA.


Favorites on the MCL food menu are the pork chop with a made-from-scratch dressing of cornbread, the chicken parmesan and pasta with the succulent house marinara sauce, the teriyaki chicken, and the healthful grilled tilapia with mango, pineapple, red onion and cilantro sauce.

Other spectacular dishes include the Cedar Plank Salmon, the Carved Roast Beef (roasted up to nine hours), the MCL Homemade Chicken Casserole from a family recipe, and the ultimate in Midwest comfort food, real Chicken and Noodles with mashed potatoes.

Carmel children are important at MCL, where they developed the “Clean Plater’s Club” early on to encourage kids to finish their meal. The reward used to be a lollipop. These days, they can get a lot more if they clean their plate and become a member of the “Clean Plater’s Club.”

Desserts from the MCL bakery are dangerous. Each is created from scratch in the MCL bakery every single morning and throughout the day. “Baking is our joy,” they say around MCL, “indulging will be yours.” You can get also carry-out at MCL Restaurant and Bakery, and Wi-fi access is free there. Sit and drink a good cup of coffee or special tea, and hook up to read your email. MCL offers banquet and family-style catering, too.

MCL operates a Farm Market in Indianapolis, too, where you can shop for the freshest and best produce around, then pop into the MCL Restaurant and Bakery to enjoy a meal that contains the same farm-fresh delectables. The market is open seven days a week from 11 am to 6 pm.

MCL Farm Market
5520 Castleton Corner Ln
Indianapolis, IN 46250

MCL Restaurant and Bakery Indiana Locations

MCL Carmel
Merchant’s Square
1390 Keystone Way Dr E
Carmel, IN 46032
Carryout: 317.574.1625

MCL Anderson
Mounds Mall
2109 SR 9 S
Anderson, IN 46016

MCL Indianapolis
5520 Castleton Corner Ln
Indianapolis, IN 46250

MCL Washington Square
10202 E Washington St, Rm 200
Indianapolis, IN 46229

MCL Southside
3630 S East St
Indianapolis, IN 46227

MCL Speedway
Speedway Super Center
6002 Crawfordsville Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46224

MCL Township Line
2370 W 86th St
Indianapolis, IN 46260

MCL Broad Ripple
2121 E 62nd St
Indianapolis, IN 46220

MCL Arlington
6010 E 10th St
Indianapolis, IN 46219

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