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- Ed Wenck, NUVO's past managing editor.
INEXPENSIVE: 96th St. Steakburgers
The best fast food burgers in America can be had at In-N-Out Burger — which is kind of a drive if you’re in Indy. The nearest franchise can be found in Allen, Tex., about 330 miles from Monument Circle. A fairly worthy competitor to the In-N-Out can be found in the Circle City, though: 96th St. Steakburger does a damn fine job of serving up a quality meat patty with the proper veggies and secret sauce.
MID-RANGE: Twenty Tap
Full disclosure: The beer’s a distinct assist here. I’m partial to the regular-old, “classic” medium-well burger at Twenty Tap with romaine, tomato, red onion and cheddar. The test of a really good burger: Do you miss the ketchup? I never do when I’m chomping through one of these sandwiches and draining a marvelous Midwest-brewed hop monster. Although the fries are exemplary, the option of side salad dials down the debauchery here just a bit.
YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME: The Loft at Trader’s Point
Nineteen dollars for a burger? Yep, feed me, Trader’s Point. The grass-fed beef ground with bacon would probably be great naked, but the beer cheese, “mushroom catsup” (it’s a pretty hefty, dense concoction) and pickled onion make for a decadent dish that screams for a burly red wine (and reds help lower the odds of a cardiac event, right? Right?). The side — a smashed starch called “griddled potatoes” – is equally heavenly. Get a table on the balcony when the weather’s warm. It’s like dining in a treehouse.
BROKE? COOK THIS AT HOME: Kincaid’s bacon burgers
The blend of Kincaid’s ground beef and Neuske’s bacon is another patty that won’t really need condiments. LE Kincaid and Sons sell these burgers ready-made, so it’s an easy task to slap ‘em on the grill as soon as you get home. These burgers are something of a Wenck-family-tradition on race weekend, topped with a slice of smoked gouda and paired with a quality pilsner.