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Tales from the Trails Blog

  • Bub's Burger's and Ice Cream

    Posted on Thursday, June 2, 2016

    Bub's Burger

    Written by Intern, Hannah Scott

    At the corner of 2nd and Main Street in Carmel, look for the little yellow house. Inside, the walls are covered with pictures of locals and visitors from all over featuring their proud faces as they finish the famous "Big Ugly" one-pound burger!But if massive, one-pound burgers aren't your style, don't fret, Bub's Burgers and Ice Cream has many more options for the less hearty stomachs.

    While the "Big Ugly" is their specialty, they have many more burger sizes to choose from that make you feel bad about just not ordering the big one-pound hunk.

    While I hoped to be able to conquer the "Big Ugly", I chose to listen to my stomach and order the "Settle for Less Ugly" quarter pound burger. Since everything comes a la carte, I ordered a side of the sloppy waffles topped with cheddar cheese sauce, bacon and sour cream and boy did they live up to their name! While very sloppy, they were equally amazing! I would definitely suggest ordering them with any meal.

    A great option for if you aren't too hungry, or just trying to watch what you eat, is the "Mini Bub" which has all the flavor of a burger, but is the size of a slider.

    While you may be stuffed after your burger and fries, make sure to order a one-of-a-kind hand-dipped milkshake to take home! It may put you over the edge on the fullness scale, it is definitely worth it in the end!

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  • Oasis Diner - Serving Great Food With A Side Of History

    Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2016

    Alt TextOur love affair with nostalgia. Bringing hearts and minds back to the golden days of hot rod cars, sipping Root beer and eating burgers during simpler times. The Oasis Diner reflects that history with the exterior and interior completely renovated and restored to its original state. Since this renovation, Oasis Diner has been named a hot spot in the Indianapolis Area for their famous Indiana Breaded Tenderloin, hand crafted sodas, and on-site bakery. The Oasis Diner is located on the Historic National Road US Highway 40 and one of the only diners left on the National Hwy.

    Packed with history the 1950s original dining room was transported through Plainfield, Indiana. (Watch the transporting of Oasis Diner here) A brief history about Oasis Diner  The original owner donated the restaurant to Historic Landmarks of Indiana in 2013. Owners, Doug Huff and Don Rector brought the 1954 Mountain View Diner back to its original state by restoring the front dining area and adding on to the back of the restaurant for additional seating. Simplistic wall hangings of era related furnishings such as an old waitress uniform and retired license plates decorate the back addition of the restaurant. Picking a seat at the original counter service area is always the best choice to enthrall yourself in the whole experience.

    All burgers made at Oasis Diner are made with a delicious blend of 8oz. of chuck, sirloin and brisket. However, the Oasis Burger is dually noteworthy because its topped with pulled pork, barbecue sauce, bacon, coleslaw, pickles, cheddar cheese, and garlic mayo on a toasted bun. The burger is huge and napkins are in order!

    Let's don't forget the one and only Breaded Pork Tenderloin sandwich which has been said to be one of the best in the Indianapolis Area! Currently, it is in the running for top 10 in Indiana on 10Best Choice from USA Today for their Breaded Pork tenderloin sandwich. Vote Here! Oasis Diner is also on Indiana Foodways Alliances Tenderloin, Just Cruisin, and Hoosier Pie Trail. The actual pork tenderloin is tenderized twice by Chef Pedro, hand breaded then deep fried exuding sweet juicy flavor with every bite. Try it on a sandwich or order the breakfast tenderloin called the Indianapolis Country Fried Tenderloin, which is a hand breaded Indiana Pork Loin smothered in homemade sausage gravy, served with a side of two eggs, home fries and a side of toast. It is one of the best breakfasts around paying homage to the tenderloin.

    The Oasis Diner's handcrafted sodas made especially for the by a local company should be sipped not gulped to truly savor the rich flavors such as the butter beer, cherry cola and red crème soda. If you aren't into soda order the milkshake. Make a classic move by dipping the fries into the milkshake for a creamy salty sweet mix.

    Speaking of sweets, Oasis Diner has a bakery nestled in the basement and the smells of the bakery frequent the dining area. So be sure to order the Pie of the Day or take home baked goods available daily off their Baker's Rack or Diner Counter.

    Doug Huff and Don Rector have made all the right moves with Oasis, as their motto states - "They serve great food with a side of history." Oasis Diner is located 405 West Main Street, Plainfield, Indiana 46168 317.837.7777 www.indianafoodways.com or www.oasisdiner.com

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  • Zydeco's Cajun Actual

    Posted on Friday, May 20, 2016

    zydecos food Step into Zydeco's in downtown Mooresville and its like youve stepped into another part of the country  Cajun country. New Orleans native Chef/Owner Carter Hutchinson and wife, Deb are serving up authentic South Louisiana cuisine in a festive Mardi Gras atmosphere. A claim to fame is they were featured on the Food Networks Diners, Drive-ins and Dives show with Guy Fieri! http://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/diners-drive-ins-and-dives/videos/dv1200/homemade-homebrewed.vid-0173098.html This was not my first trip to Zydeco's, and I always feel like I'm traveling on vacation in the deep south when I eat there. It just has this party vibe and you can tell people are having fun and enjoying great food. Weekends are always busy, and the night we were there was also crawfish boil night so it was really hopping. The crawfish boils are held from late spring through early summer and you need to follow them on Facebook or Twitter to find out the dates and times theyre happening. They don't accept reservations, but they have a separate bar area where you can hang out and have a drink while you wait on your table and enjoy some live music featuring local artists on Fridays and Saturdays. I can't go to Zydecos and not have one of their signature hurricane drinks...you know, when in Rome. Zydeco's only uses beef and chicken that are humanely raised, or as Deb likes to say they only had one bad day. Everything is made from scratch, and my favorite dish is the Half and Half, which is half gumbo and half jambalaya. Their jambalaya and gumbo are made with slow-cooked chicken and homemade andouille sausage served over white rice. Its a generous portion meal and very filling, not overly spicy, and typically includes taking home leftovers for me. I also love the catfish which is nicely seasoned and served piping hot with a side of either fries or potato salad. If you need something sweet to top off the meal, I recommend the Bourbon Pecan Pie or the Bread Pudding. In addition to live music on Friday and Saturday nights, every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month you can enjoy the No Cover Songwriters Showcase where they feature original songwriters. They also throw an annual Mardi Gras Block Party on the 3rd Thursday in June (June 16th in 2016), where they close the street and have live music, craft and food vendors, a beer tent, a crawfish eating contest and other festivities. No worries if you've never traveled to New Orleans, Zydeco's offers you an opportunity to experience and enjoy real Cajun cuisine right here in central Indiana!

    Blog Written by Becky Harris

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  • More Tails for the Trails:

    5/18/16 - Sgt. Pepper's Chicken
    5/16/16 - Gray Brothers Cafeteria
    5/13/16 - Quintessentail Partnership at Ralph and Ava's Cafe in Mooresville
    5/12/16 - Perfect Cheesecake and More at JK's Cheesecake Cafe and Coffee
    5/10/16 - Down Home Cooking at Come 'N Git It