Tucked away down a quiet road in Bloomington, Mn is a great neighborhood bar- The Shantytown Grill. With a full bar and matching menu the place boasts a good variety of meals in the sweet spot of $7 – $12 for the kinds of food we like to see. Family friendly at the time we arrived (6:30 or so on a weeknight) but with a good collection of people stopping by after work to hang out at the bar before heading home. By the time we left people were arriving for the evening, many seen walking in through the neighborhood.
We thought the selection of beers was plenty and without the typical foolishness that some locals seem to provide. The Budweiser family did not dominate! Food was tasty and the help welcoming but not wanting to be our best friend. Perfect. The ring of onion was as good as we have had in a long time, in fact we ordered a second round. All burgers were great with no crumbs remaining.
Without a doubt the most unusual location we have been to in awhile. Seems that the last truly unique place was in Bloomington as well- Frenchman‘s. In discussion is seems that the place has been around forever, as measured by the postmodern gen2 boys in the group as it predates their birth. The current owners have been around for the past decade or so.