Dick Clark's American Bandstand Grill
Concourse D, Indianapolis Airport, Indianapolis, IN
Review by Diana, SuSu, MaceVindaloo, RuntEkwesh, Wraith6
This is a theme place, with "American Bandstand" and music motifs. The TVs mounted throughout the dining room show music videos or cheerful kids in Philadelphia bopping along to the hits of day from Dick Clark's well-known show. Some music memorabilia covers the walls, but this isn't any Hard Rock Café. Mostly its images of bands and singers, and maybe some tour posters.
The food was bad, and the menu features grill fare which is very cheaply produced and easily prepped or bought frozen. Reheating entails frying or a microwave. The servers varied between teen-like women (you have to be 21 to work in a bar, so they must've been older) to "past the sell-by date" women with nicotine-enhanced voices and bad hair dye. They were terse, at best.
The food was served on pieces of grease-proof paper set out over one of those elevated plates so that the serving looked bigger than it might have been. Plastic cutlery was the norm even in the sit-down areas. Basically, we felt like they were doing a good job of making you feel unwelcome.
They also charge you for drink refills, they didn't bring out the right dressing for the bland salad, and the waitress actually had the nerve to say, "Is that all??" in a tone of voice which let you know she wasn't happy about it. Did she expect a tip after that?
The baked potato soup was "enhanced" with a chicken base and was garnished how you'd expect a baked potato might be garnished if it wasn't particularly good: too much cheese, scallions, bacon, sour cream, butter. The salad was incredibly bland a huge pile of cut iceberg lettuce, topped with a sprinkling of grated carrot and red cabbage, raisins, and what was described as "sugared nuts" on the menu. Never in our lives did we expect a pile of slivered almonds sprinkled over with powdered sugar!
This place is a dud. We know there are AB Grills in other places like malls, etc., and we hope those are better than this tourist trap.
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