I strive not to be a creature of habit, but when we got into Indy, there was only one place I wanted to go to for dinner – Mug ‘n Bun – Indianapolis’s old school drive-in.
Mug ‘n Bun has been serving up burgers and deep-fried treats since 1960. We discovered Mug ‘n Bun last year on race weekend, because a friend – who is a native of Indianapolis (and Vegan) – said to go there for the famous root beer. We did and discovered nirvana . . .
Macaroni and Cheese wedges. Inside those little deep-fried triangles is oooey, gooey mac ‘n cheese. Not gourmet Gruyère or lobster mac but American cheddar mac ‘n cheese. Biting into the wedge, the liquid cheese bursts into your mouth and brings you instantly back to childhood before waking you up with a naughty deep-fried twist. Unbelievable.
It’s the Mac ‘n Cheese wedges that brought us back this year but the root beer is also phenomenal (skip the diet and go with the original). Jim, who is super picky about shakes, says Mug ‘n Bun’s chocolate shakes are in his top two – tied with Dick’s in Seattle.
The corn dog is my standard companion to the mac ‘n cheese wedges and it is everythng a corn dog should be. A perfectly crisp but not over crisp shell, a deep rich batter and a steaming hot dog.
Jim sampled the Super Burger this year, two beef patties with bacon, on your choice of “toast” or a bun. He opted for the “toast” (white bread – seriously – toasted) but says the bun would be his pick next time. Last year he got the Triple Burger (yes, the man loves his meat) and was surprised to find two pieces of white bread on the top and bottom of the second patty – this mysteriousness is called the “middle bun” and you can ask them to skip it if you don’t want that bread nonsense getting in the way of your meat.
We’ve also sampled the onion rings – jumbo, crispy with thick juicy onions buried inside.
And of course, we have a list of wanna tries: the chili cheese fries, chicken fried steak, basically every deep-fried thing you can think of. Except, they do not have deep-fried candy bars. I’ve heard about this amazing concoction but it has been elusive, which is probably a good thing.
If you ever head to Indianapolis, put the diet on hold for the day and treat yourself to some deep-fried diet splurge at Mug n Bun – you won’t regret it.