Well, where to begin. Bud's is adjacent to the Quad Cities airport, which probably explains the aviation décor on the inside. But since there really isn't a city skyline in this part of town, the name is slightly misleading.
A rambling, old-school interior caters to a older crowd. But the menu isn't as low-priced as you might think. Entrees come with a trip to the salad bar - a little bit of traditional green salad fixings, but the other half is the Midwestern definition. You know, mayo-based "salads" including potato, pasta/macaroni, cole slaw, etc.
he server was friendly, but obviously overwhelmed by the crowd. When I went to the salad bar, the bread basket that had been delivered to my table was gone when I returned. The ice tea had a funny aftertaste, but that may be the local water or something. But it wasn't pleasant.
The menu itself draws on comfort food. The Beef Stroganoff doesn't adhere to a traditional recipe however. Fettucini replaces egg noodles, and a soupy brown sauce is devoid of sour cream. I found it only average and overpriced.
Bud's also believes in portion distortion. Servings are on the large side, so everyone walks out with a styrofoam container. Personally, I'd rather see this trend change, with "medium" and "large" portions as options.
The crowd all looked like they pretty much knew each other. There's nothing particularly outstanding about this throwback, but I guess it does serve a purpose.
There aren't many dining options near the airport to begin with, but once at Bud's was more than enough.
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