Last weekend I decided to treat myself to excellent food at restaurants in Hamilton County. Friday night I enjoyed dinning outside at Bub's Burgers and Ice Cream, Saturday night I listened to live music at Detour-An American Grille, and Sunday afternoon I sat in the storefront window at Eddie's Corner Cafe. All of the restaurants had top notch food but each venue brought something special to the dinner table.

Bub's Burger's and Ice Cream

Dropping by Bub's Burgers and Ice Cream will fill your summer cravings. Bub's offers outdoor seating right along the Monon Trail, which is a 17-mile route that stretches from Indianapolis to Westfield. The spread of food is excellent and was even highlighted for its one-pound burger, the Big Ugly. The burger was featured on the Food Network Channel show, Man versus Food. If you are too chicken to step up to the challenge of eating the Big Ugly and getting your picture framed on the wall for a year; then settle for the Less Ugly which is just a quarter pound hamburger.

Bub's also serves a chicken sandwich, the giant Bud Dog that stretches ten inches long, and a baskets of fries. After stuffing yourself with fries, burgers, sides you don't have to leave to feast on superb dessert. Bub's offers delicious ice cream! So nibble down to the last bit of your cone before venturing off to the Carmel Arts and Design District.

Detour: An American Grille

Detour is a fitting name since bikers, runners, and walkers can take a pit stop off of the Monon Trail and dine at an upbeat restaurant. You have the choice of eating outside as well; but inside, the restaurant provides live entertainment to its guests weekly. Every Thursday night the restaurant is filled with soulful music and smooth jazz performed by Blair and Company.

The lively atmosphere matches the colorful menu filled with flatbreads, salads, sandwiches, burgers, pasta, fish and more. My favorite appetizer is the Under Construction Nachos, stacked high with spicy toppings and your choice of meat. The serving sizes for the wraps and entrees are large for only a small price. When you are finished eating and listening to live music it is just a hop and a skip back to the Monon Trail.

Eddie's Corner Café

If you are shopping on Noblesville's downtown square grab a bite to eat at Eddie's Corner Café right next door to the Old Picket Fence. You can sit in the front room that is enclosed with windows to gaze at passing shoppers. The menu lists classic favorites including pork tenderloin, spaghetti and barbecue pork sandwich. If you aren't too stuffed, you can select a homemade dessert in the glass case or head over to Alexander's for hand-dipped ice cream! Shoppers don't have to venture out of the cozy café to proceed with their shopping since a fashionable boutique, Eleanor Rozella's, is connected to Eddie's.

All three of the restaurants had exciting an atmosphere and exquisite food. For more excellent Hamilton County dinning experiences check out our Hamilton County Restaurants page!