After browsing Urbanspoon for a new place to try in the Carmel area I noticed how popular Bubs Burgers and Ice Cream seemed to be. It was also featured on Man vs. Food for their Big Ugly burger challenge. The Big Ugly is a one pound burger, by the number of small photos on the wall, many are able to take. The more Big Uglys you can eat the bigger the picture of you they put up.
When we arrived the main level was full so the hostess took us upstairs to the second level where they have a few tables. If you are not short on time ask to be seated downstairs as the atmosphere is night an day difference compared to the second floor. It seemed a majority of the waitstaff was still in high school, which I have no problem with but it does diminish any possible experience they could have. This was well reflected in our waiter, who seemed very nervous and was stretched thin among the number of tables he had.
I decided against attempting the Big Ugly, but I've added it to the list of things to do in the near future. Instead, I had the elk burger with cheddar cheese. I've never had elk before but I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of flavor packed into this quarter pound burger. The seasoning seemed to be largely based on pepper as there was a slight aftertaste kick, but still enjoyable. The bun seemed to be freshly backed, although I could be wrong. The patty itself had a nice char which I personally enjoy as long as it isn't taken to the level of being completely burnt, which this burger wasn't. Amy ordered the beef burger and she said it seemed the flavor profile matched that of my elk burger. We also ordered a side of waffle fries as all sides were a la carte. The fries had great seasoning and were extremely well cooked, being just the right amount of crispy.
Amy is a big milkshake fan and knew she would need to try a Bubs milkshake before we left. She ordered the strawberry, which was made with real strawberry's. She said it still had chunks of strawberry and good quality ice cream while maintaining a chick consistency.
Overall, We will definately be going back to Bubs and will do our best to get a table on the main level.
210 West Main Street