The Five Classic Burger Joints That Attract Indy Notables

When it comes to burgers, sometimes nothing beats an old-fashioned favorite.

Beloved haunts get some love from Indy notables.

“Two patties with onions stuffed into the nooks and crannies of the beef make for a party inside your mouth at The Lemon Drop. It’s a 60-year-old Anderson treasure that’s very informal, where drooling is never frowned upon.”  — Andrea Morehead, WTHR anchor

1701 Mounds Rd., Anderson, 765-644-9055

Dan Wakefield


“I have other like-minded friends who are vegetarians except when we go to the Red Key Tavern—so we call ourselves ‘Red Key Vegetarians,’ because at the Red Key, there is no way to resist the burger. It may be accompanied by their homemade potato salad, which is also the best. While eating your burger, you can listen to music from the greatest jukebox in the U.S., if you want to hear music of the ’40s to the ’60s—Sinatra, The Andrews Sisters, Sammy Davis Jr., Dinah Washington.”  — Dan Wakefield, author

5170 N. College Ave., 283-4601

Musical Artist Oreo Jones

“The best burger in town is for sure at The Workingman’s Friend on the west side! From the cash-only bar to the weird hours to the huge chalices of cold Budweiser on draft, the whole atmosphere makes this place the best. Sit at the bar and order the double jalapeño burger with chili-cheese fries.”  — Oreo Jones, musical artist

234 N. Belmont Ave., 636-2067

Allison Melangton, senior vice president, Hulman Motorsports

Bub’s Burgers and Ice Cream is a family atmosphere with high-quality, flavorful burgers that taste just like [the ones we would eat] at a backyard cookout when I was a little girl in Maine. Our burgers are also always accompanied by an old-fashioned chocolate shake and amazing fries.”  — Allison Melangton, senior vice president, Hulman Motorsports

290 S. Main St., Zionsville, 873-5772



“My favorite remains the cheeseburger I frequently enjoy from one of Zionsville’s best-known restaurants, The Friendly Tavern. They have an outstanding selection of toppings, they are generous in size, and the buttered bun is always fresh.”  — Tim Haak, Zionsville mayor

290 S. Main St., Zionsville, 873-5772


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