My family let out a collective sigh of disappointment when we heard Scotty's Lakehouse was closing their Geist location. But our symptoms of withdrawal were quickly assuaged with the immediate replacement of Scotty's with Carmel-based Detour American Grille.
It was almost shocking how overnight the lake themed Scotty's was transformed into a new family restaurant and sports bar.
Upon further inspection, it really wasn't much of a transformation at all. The tables are the same, and everything is set up in the same configuration. The lake themed photos are gone, leaving a somewhat bland ambience behind. The kids room is still up and running with video games, but the toy box and chalk board have been packed up and replaced with a "grab a ball with a crane" game.
Heck, we even still tell the kids we're going to Scotty's, and they are none the wiser. They can still get chicken tenders and Mac and cheese, so they are happy.
The menu is small, but it's filled with classic bar food and a few creative additions.
The gourmet Mac and cheese dishes are rich and creamy and not for the calorie conscious diner. The dinner portion is huge and comes in an oversized bowl that could really be about 3 meals.
The blackened salmon dish is one of the healthiest things you will find on the menu, and it's actually delicious. The piece of salmon is quite large and the spicy blackened Cajun flavor definitely has a kick to it. Served with steamed green beans and mashed potatoes, it's probably one of the best options to choose from.
A friend recently ordered the nachos with chicken and they were pretty disappointing. Although the pile of chips was stacked quite high, the cheese was not warm or melted and they forgot the chicken. We told the waitress we wanted them to add the chicken and melt the cheese, and the second attempt was even worse. They threw some broiled chicken on top with no flavor or seasoning and added a little easy cheese sauce on top of the chip pile. The nachos were still cold and there was no flavor. No salsa, guacamole or jalapeños. For a classic bar food, the nachos were a real let down.
If you have no regard for your health, go ahead and order the Triple Bypass sandwich. Two pounds of beef smothered with cheese and au jus. The taste is probably excellent, but the rock in your stomach; not so much.
With burgers, wraps, salads and snacks on the menu, you are bound to find something that floats your boat.
Detour is also open for brunch on weekends starting at 9am. The breakfast options are pretty basic and nothing to get too excited about. The hash browns were greasy and flavorless, and the cheese in the omelet was definitely scooped out with a ladle. I'd rather stay home and make my own eggs.
Since opening on January 14, there were bound to be a few hiccups as Scotty's was out and Detour was in. A new menu, new staff and new management all came in over night to fill some big and popular shoes. But the first two months have been a bumpy road for Detour. The service is consistently less than mediocre, and they always seem to be struggling to keep up with the crowds.
On our last visit, we ordered the kids' food right away hoping to keep them entertained. The mac and cheese and chicken tenders took 45 minutes. I ordered a salmon salad and ended up with a salmon filet. Not a huge deal, but when trying to make a good first impression, exceeding expectations is key.
Scotty's was consistently busy, and the Geist area patrons have come to Detour in droves to give the new neighborhood hangout a chance. Detour needs to staff up accordingly and get rid of the roadblocks in their service. This location is a gold mine with customers looking for a solid go to family restaurant. Let's hope Detour can up their game in time for the summer crowds so they don't get stuck at a red light.
Detour American Grille & Bar
10158 Brooks School Rd., Fishers