Friday, July 10, 2015

It's Time For A Slow Spin At Betty Danger's

I’ve mentioned a time or two in my blog that my goal this year was to get out and visit more establishments and events that are local and, practically, in my own backyard.  Mister O and I headed over to Northeast Minneapolis to check out a new place that opened this spring called Betty Danger’s Country Club.  The owner is also known for other themed restaurants called Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge and Donny Dirk’s Zombie Den.  To say an abundant amount of imagination is poured into these places is an understatement.

When entering Betty Danger’s Country Club restaurant, you might feel like it’s a place out of “Alice in Wonderland” and that you just fell down the rabbit hole to a little carnival corner of some fantasy land.

The building and décor is donned in pink and lime green, which right there, makes it stand out in a neighborhood dotted with traditional housing and buildings.  If the pink building isn’t enough, one can’t miss the Ferris Wheel (Mechanical Tree) soaring above the area painted and lit up in the same colors. 

Betty Danger's County Club - Minneapolis, MN


When approaching the restaurant, I felt like a little kid eager to see more and to find out what amusing fun was inside.  I wasn’t disappointed.  Sitting outside the front door was a gentleman who possibly was the door greeter or host.  He was wearing pink shorts, plaid shirt and a bow tie.  In fact, all the restaurant staff had been dressed in similar plaid attire and guys wearing bow ties.

Strolling through the doorway, I noticed that smack-dab in the middle of the general eating vicinity was a tiered garden water fountain circled by white patio garden-like tables and chairs giving it a flair of whimsy.  Just past the fountain was a brick fireplace, which indeed, was also painted in bright pink with a lime green horse head protruding above the mantel.


Off to the left through the open patio doors, people were playing miniature golf and to the right were high top tables and lime green stools that sat outdoors beneath the shadow of the Mechanical Tree (The Danger), as they call it.




My mind tried to absorb all this playfulness in the mere two and half minutes of standing there and wondering if I was dreaming this restaurant wonderland. Was this for real?

Also, situated below the wheel was the Caddie Shack where you purchased tickets for the vertical rotating patio, which could also include appetizer snacks and adult beverages.  Wowza!  This is an amusement ride right in my wheelhouse.  Enjoying a slow spin while eating and drinking!  Why the heck not…right?



Love the concept – having a basket of nachos and Margaritas while slowly turning to the top to catch a view of the city was an entertaining experience. The nachos were just like nachos should be, a crunchy loaded mess of goodness, which washed down well with a Margarita!



After a 20 minute slow spin, we sat at one of the tables to order a main entrée from their menu. The beef fajita style tacos we ordered were pretty tasty with tender beef, peppers and onions all wrapped in warm tortillas with a spicy kick finish. It was a good way to end our day of "Danger!"

The menu descriptions, the bar area and the whole place, in general, was all presented in a kooky country club fashion.  The bar side fared a Scottish hunting/golfing lodge look – hence the plaid style.  The other half decked out like a festive carnival scene.  The only thing missing was the Cheshire Cat guiding us through this wonderland.  However, it seemed they dubbed the horse as their iconic featured animal.



I liked this country club!  It wasn’t stuffy or pretentious.  It’s a club where anyone and anybody can attend without a membership.  Just buy a ticket to your "Wheel of Wonderland" and you’re IN like Flynn!  Even the Mad Hatter would fit in perfectly.



If you’d like to escape from the norm and venture into an atmosphere full of imaginative dining, then check out all their fun establishments.  For more information on locations and details – here are the links to Betty Danger’s Country Club, Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge and Donny Dirk’s Zombie Den

Just a side note, there's nothing better than "a square of chocolate" after a good slow spin of danger.


Put your smile on,
Laurie O

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4 comments:

  1. Love. This. So. Much. I grew up in Pennsylvania but both of my parents are from Minneapolis. We spent every summer there and this made me smile…

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    1. Love hearing that Carla! Hope you get a chance to visit here sometime. If so, you must check out this fun place. Thanks for commenting - it warms my heart that it made you smile :)

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  2. Those chips used for the nachos look amazing! Sounds like a great time, I spent my childhood summers in Minnesota and would love to take my kiddos one year. :)

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    1. Jess, just so you know, the chips were amazing! Good stuff! Summer is definitely the best time to visit MN.

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