July 19

Duffy McKaw's

By Eric Shangraw

July 13, 2010 Updated Jul 13, 2010 at 2:30 PM CDT

A new restaurant in Bloomington is featuring a beachfront atmosphere.

Eric Shangraw tries Duffy McKaw's Tropical Grill in this week's You Gotta Eat.

When you pull up to Duffy McKaw's and see the plastic all–weather palm trees, you know this is no place for a serious business luncheon. In fact, all the clocks here are permanently set to five o'clock, the perfect time to forget about your boss. The owners hope you come and go with that laid back island attitude.

You can see we have an indoor tikki hut that seats about five booths. We have an outdoor patio which holds 70 people and features a fire pit. Our menu is casual.

Kurt Gibson pointed our lunch boat to Duffy McKaw's. Kurt works for the Illinois High School Association just down the road and watched the restaurant go up during construction.

I can't think of anything like this. I think the beach–Jimmy Buffet theme is unique unto itself and it is going to do well.

Kurt ordered the Crunchy Grouper fillet. He says the grouper's batter had a hint of coconut flavor and overall didn't have too much of a fishy flavor. Photographer Larry Faulk had the Barbecue Jerk–Chicken pizza. It is one of eight pizzas featured on the menu that's made from scratch when you order... Larry said this one had a fine–tangy barbecue flavor. I had the Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya. Its' highlighted by a voodoo roux... My taste buds scream its' an authentic recipe from New Orleans. The bill for our trio: 40–dollars plus tip. Duffy McKaw's sits on the 9th green of the Links at Ireland Grove golf course. –Its' not the beach, but a better alternative than the best day at work. Eric Shangraw News 25.

Duffy McKaw's is open seven days a week starting at eleven a–m.
They take dinner reservations for parties of eight or more.

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