Pubs give people a comforting place where everybody knows their name, a lesson the FBI learned the hard way after the disastrous early days of the witness protection program. Enjoy a comfortable level of familiarity with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of pub fare and drinks at Poor Richard's Commonhouse in Bloomington.
Poor Richard's Commonhouse whips up hearty platters of classic American pub grub and intrepid tumblers of signature cocktails against a cozy backdrop of exposed brick walls and hardwood floors. Oil rusty jaw hinges with starters such as the Samuel Adams lager mussels ($9.99), which bathes Prince Edward Island mussels in Sam Adams dijon-cream sauce, or the bison chili ($5.25/bowl), which couples locally raised, slow-roasted bison with fresh chilies, tomatoes, and spices, blanketed with pepper jack cheese and sour cream. The Colonial meatloaf ($13.99), dressed in a suit of bacon and anointed with an East Coast red glaze, blends Hereford beef and Compart Family Farms Premium Duroc ground pork with fresh herbs in a meal hearty enough to survive New England winters and tender enough to journal about it.
Post-marathon-meal cooldowns begin with signature cocktails from the bar, such as the house's special, the Poor Richard ($6), blending together Jack Daniel's whiskey with powdered sugar, muddled lemons, and terrified lemonade.
8301 Normandale Blvd.
Bloomington, Minnesota 55437