Wookiee Hut Cuisine presents:
TGIF for Breakfast
Courtyard by Marriott, Indianapolis, IN
Review by Diana, SuSu, MaceVindaloo, Csillag, Bunchbox

We'd never heard of a TGI Friday's for breakfast; every meal but, actually. But it's located in the Courtyard by Marriott motel in downtown Indianapolis. Like many motels, breakfast came complimentary with the room, and you might recall some of us enjoy a "hot breakfast" anywhere we can. So we tried it, and were pretty pleased.

There were several options for breakfast, all buffets. There was a continental, or a steam table, or a "courtyard breakfast" which included an omelette station and a Belgian waffle station. There were also pastries and danishes (which were pronounced "fresh and good," inciting one of us to eat 3 or 4 at a time), cereals, oatmeal, a buffet of cut fruit, bacon, sausages, scrambled eggs (made by the omelette guy when he wasn't busy), breakfast potatoes, and biscuits and gravy. Everything was at the right temperature, and generally quite good. The exception was the oatmeal, which was too thick and sticky, but one of us is addicted to the stuff and ate it anyway.

Our server was rather ditzy, explaining things over and over, as if she had a memory ailment. She was thoroughly confused by the payment; two of us were staying here and thus had complimentary breakfasts, while the remainder were going to pay the $8 stated on the menu. She could not figure it out and made us suffer through her convoluted explanations while our breakfasts awaited! And she didn't bring additional silverware when more of us arrived, and it took forever to bring teaspoons for coffee. What is it with service in some towns??

The decor of the place was typical of the franchise, but had some odd "olde fashioned ads" for things like cigars and embalming fluid and undertaker services. Very odd and kind of creepy, but we guess it's normally a sort of bar and grill, not a family breakfast place?

But the coffee was good, the food was good, and it was a substantial way to start the day. It's also good when you have several hearty eaters in the group who insist on hot breakfasts, because there is no limit to how often you can partake in the various buffets. Other guests included kids who seemed overjoyed and determined to make their own waffles.

Overall, a good breakfast experience, though we felt it had nothing to do with the TGIF franchise.

Photo from the Indianapolis downtown Courtyard by Marriott website.

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