Ted’s Montana Grill
5910 W 86th St
Indianapolis, IN 46278
Ted Turner’s place is known for their Bison heavy menu and American classics. I think that Ted is the number one bison rancher in the country, but don’t quote me on that.
The interior of the restaurant is entirely wood that has hints of old west saloons. There are notes about the tablecloth being 100% recycled, straws, etc.
They start you off with a small bowl of pickles. Pretty tasty actually. They lean more towards the taste of a Claussen than a Vlasic.
The menu is prominently burgers where you can choose beef, chicken or bison for a few dollars more. They also have some entrees as well. Having a gift certificate, we needed to spend $50 for two people so I choose from this side of the menu.
We started off with a crab cake ($11) and a wedge salad with blue cheese ($4). The crab cake was pretty bad. Very little flavor and the crab didn’t taste very fresh. The guac on the plate was more brown than green, it was basically inedible. However, I didn’t want guac with a crab cake anyway.
The salad wedge didn’t offer any surprises, but I found the blue cheese to be pretty tasteless. The bacon bits seemed a little stale and cooked a little too much for my liking.
I ordered the Bison Ribeye ($24) and chose onion rings and creamed spinach. Obviously it wasn’t diet night. The bison ribeye was a little under the requested medium rare, but that was okay. I didn’t feel that this steak was really fresh as something was a little off here and I just couldn’t put my finger on it.
The onion rings were horrible. The breading reminded me of dry cornbread. It didn’t keep on the ring and they were not freshly made. The creamed spinach was the worst item of the night. It tasted exactly like spinach artichoke dip that you can get frozen from TGI Friday’s at the grocery store. I couldn’t eat it…dreadful.
Would I Buy It Again? No. I am finished with Ted’s. Their burgers do not substantiate their price and I would rather go to Outback if I am buying a steak at that price point. The apps and the sides were pretty bad as well. I just can’t find anything that they do better than their competition.