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Mug 'N' Bun Drive-In

5211 W. 10th St., Indianapolis, IN - (317) 244-5669
Posted By Mark Passerrello on 6/12/2010 11:56:00 PM
We made a trip to Indy for spring break, and as I always do now, consulted this website beforehand. Our first stop was the Mug 'N' Bun. It was a cold day so we did not have a chance to experience car-hop service, it was just too brisk. But we did like the new indoor eating space that the management has created, which is decorated with tin advertising signs and sort of retro-vintage knick knacks.

The ordering set up is quaint and low tech: after studying the extensive menu, we gave or order to a server, who called by phone over to the restaurant, which is in a separate structure. Not long after a car hop comes bounding across the parking lot with out food in an insulated carrier, the kind that pizza delivery drivers use. Service was quick and all our food arrived hot.

The signature root beer was good, if a bit sweet. I have a real sweet tooth, so saying that means something. It had a dark rich taste, a low level of carbonation. My daughter order a vanilla milkshake which she did not like, so my wife and I ended up finishing it for her. It was a very thick shake, obviously freshly made and very good. My daughter said it tasted "funny" which I didn't get at all, I think she just doesn't know what real vanilla ice cream tastes like!

Top of the list as far as the food we had was my wife's order: fried tenderloin sandwich and onion rings. Two very good items, worth the drive in our opinion. The sandwich is a breaded tenderloin, crunchy outside, tender within, super flavor and texture. The taste is pure enough to not need ketchup or mustard, in my opinion, but tomato and onion slices are good compliments. The onion rings we think are made to order and are just the flat out best example of rings we have come across. Massive, with real substatial slices of onion, which provides great flavor and "tooth". Many onion rings can be onion flavored batter, these are way better!

The Mug "N" Bun provides burgers on buns or toast, and a bacon double cheeseburgers on toast is one of their specialties. Mine was a well cooked burger topped with American slices and plenty of bacon. My kids ordered corndog nuggets and chicken wings, which both came with fries. The fries and nuggets seemed like standard issue frozen products, but still tasty since they were basically served right out of the frier. The wings were very good, meaty and juicey with with a batter that was crisp with out overpowering the chicken. My son didn't care for them-he said the batter had too much pepper in it, but my tongue says this is not so! I feel both my kids objected to menu items here that were not what they expected rather that any real judgment about quality.

There were some very interesting dessert choices, but it was too cold for ice cream and we were just too stuffed to try some of the other items, like apple pie nuggets. Or were they listed as funnel cake sticks? I ate my own burger, 1/3 of my wife's tenderloin sandwich and most of my son's wings, so I got more than my quota!

We plan on coming back each time we are in Indianapolis!

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'What does this remind you of?' Brian Daley asked. I answered, 'The 1950s.' It is a good example of tailfin-era excess, but in this case with a pair of burgers, cheese, bacon, all sorts of condiments, a burger bun and a slice of bread in the middle that makes a single sandwich into a crazy tower.
"'What does this remind you of?' Brian Daley asked. I answered, 'The 1950s.' It is a good example of tailfin-era excess, but in this case with a pair of burgers, cheese, bacon, all sorts of condiments, a burger bun and a slice of bread in the middle that makes a single sandwich into a crazy tower."
Michael Stern





The restaurant's namesake meal: in the foreground, a bun filled with a breaded pork tenderloin; in the background, a mug of root beer. Way in back, you can see a car hop attending customers in their car.
"The restaurant's namesake meal: in the foreground, a bun filled with a breaded pork tenderloin; in the background, a mug of root beer. Way in back, you can see a car hop attending customers in their car."
Michael Stern


Waitress heather consults with our friend Brian Daley, an instigator of the Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour and publisher at Popular Plates.
"Waitress heather consults with our friend Brian Daley, an instigator of the Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour and publisher at Popular Plates."
Michael Stern


I must admit we're a little spoiled... and fortunate... having Mug n'Bun right here in our little town of Speedway, Indiana.  We live just over a mile away from this icon, and we do our best throughout the year to keep them in business.  Nothing better than a Mug n'Bun tenderloin, onion rings, and frosty root beer to satisfy the desires of one's stomach!
"I must admit we're a little spoiled... and fortunate... having Mug n'Bun right here in our little town of Speedway, Indiana. We live just over a mile away from this icon, and we do our best throughout the year to keep them in business. Nothing better than a Mug n'Bun tenderloin, onion rings, and frosty root beer to satisfy the desires of one's stomach!"
Pat Bremer


Excellent onion rings!
"Excellent onion rings!"
Michael Stern


Mug 'n Bun makes all kinds of cheeseburgers, including this satisfying double, fully dressed with lettuce, tomato, pickle, and onion.
"Mug 'n Bun makes all kinds of cheeseburgers, including this satisfying double, fully dressed with lettuce, tomato, pickle, and onion."
Cliff Strutz


Mug 'n Bun is my kind of place.
"Mug 'n Bun is my kind of place."
Jeff Pelurie


Delicious and hot.  I went out of my way to stop at Mug 'n Bun and it was worth it!
"Delicious and hot. I went out of my way to stop at Mug 'n Bun and it was worth it! "
Jeff Pelurie


In the car, you blink your lights to summon help. At a picnic table, hit this buzzer.
"In the car, you blink your lights to summon help. At a picnic table, hit this buzzer."
Michael Stern


That 36-year anniversary was celebrated six years ago. Mug 'N' Bun is now over 40.
"That 36-year anniversary was celebrated six years ago. Mug 'N' Bun is now over 40."
Michael Stern


Remember: the polite drive-in customer uses a quick flash of the lights, not a blast of the horn, to request service.
"Remember: the polite drive-in customer uses a quick flash of the lights, not a blast of the horn, to request service. "
Michael Stern


Mug 'N' Bun actually started as the Frost Top drive-in in 1942. Its recipe for root beer supposedly took Morris May, the original owner, two years to develop.
"Mug 'N' Bun actually started as the Frost Top drive-in in 1942. Its recipe for root beer supposedly took Morris May, the original owner, two years to develop."
Michael Stern


No way I could drive anywhere near Indiana and not stop at the Mug 'n Bun.
"No way I could drive anywhere near Indiana and not stop at the Mug 'n Bun."
Jeff Pelurie


The small size comes in a frosty mug. They still make their own root beer! Sooo good on an 80F April day.
"The small size comes in a frosty mug. They still make their own root beer! Sooo good on an 80F April day."
Brittany L


It isn't only the icy mug that makes this root beer special. It really has a taste of its own.
"It isn't only the icy mug that makes this root beer special. It really has a taste of its own."
Michael Stern



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