Taco Review: Betty Danger’s Country Club

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Betty Danger’s Country Club. Not the first place that comes to mind when you think of tacos is it?

Before I even begin on the meal, I need to set the scene:

You drive up to a corner spot with lots of patio space and a friggin Ferris Wheel outside and HOLY CRAP THEY HAVE MINI GOLF TOO! Walk in, and it looks like a country club, good job to the marketing team there. We head straight to the patio (it is 70 out in April in Minneapolis, it would be a shame to not sit in the patio) and on the way walk through the mini golf course and a bar and another dining area. There are so many nooks and crannies in this place. Bar menus are embedded into old dog-eared books, the food menu has lots of kooky names (and a few hidden jokes that I’ll omit lest I give away some of the allure), and the servers are dressed in pink and green country club-esque attire. The way every small detail fits the theme of the establishment makes it no secret that this place is owned by the same proprietors as Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge and Donny Dirk’s Zombie Den.

Along with some decent sounding appetizers and slider sammiches, the menu has a surprising amount of tacos as their country club fare. I would have expected more cucumber quarter cut sandwiches and mint juleps. A “traditional” ground beef taco in a hard shell, fajitas, shredded pork tacos, braised chicken tacos, and shrimp tacos all adorn the menu. I go for the shrimpys. Sitting under the Ferris Wheel (ah hem, excuse me, “vertically rotating patio”) that is now a landmark in NE Minneapolis, the unassuming plate arrives. 20150427_150443

Honestly, not what I expected at first glance. Lots of orange drizzly sauce and some sauteed shrimp on a flour tortilla. I mean, that’s what they advertised the tacos as, I guess I just expected more color, more plate garnishes, anything overly garish really as the rest of the atmosphere of Betty Danger’s is incredibly so. The orange sauce, although thin and messy, has decent heat and flavor, similar to a Frank’s Redhot but with less buffalo influence. The tacos just needed something else to really seal the deal. I also ordered the jalapeno coleslaw as a side and good thing too. Spoon some of that on these tacos and now we’re in business! I’m pretty surprised they don’t serve them this way to begin with. Add some purple cabbage to the slaw and top off the shrimpy tacos with it and that solves the lackluster first impression AND improves flavor.

20150427_150514Because I had to do some leg work on the tacos to make them a little better, and because they are very much over priced ($14 for 3 tacos and $4 for the slaw) I can only feel right in giving these Betty Danger shrimp tacos (otherwise labeled on the menu as “Sloane Kitty Hotchkiss Groton” but who has the time or energy to remember that?) a 3/5.

On a side note, we wanted to ride the Ferris Wheel vertically rotating patio but there are a lot of rules such as having a party of 4, time limits, having to purchase so much food and beverage, having at least one responsible member in the group, blah blah blah. Needless to say, we didn’t go for a ride.

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You could also play mini golf through the dinning room if you please. We did none of these things but did enjoy some wonderful company of friends on a patio on a warm spring day.

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Taco Count: 119

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