When The Shrimp Barn first opened, I was so excited I posted an invitation to take someone out for Dining with Dawn right away. But when readers pointed out that the menu at the time had only fried offerings, I waited. The Shrimp Barn added a grilled menu and it was from that menu that my dining companion and I selected last week.
I chose the jumbo shrimp. At $13.49, I got a 1/2 pound of seafood, a small salad, garlic bread, hush puppies, sauce and slaw. I opted for the traditional slaw.
My dining companion, Reveneal O'Brien ordered the tilapia. She opted for the kidney slaw. Both of us ate all the seafood on our plates. Each of the grilled or sauteed items on the menu is prepared one of three ways - regular, cajun or blackened. I chose regular, but the shrimp still had a nice flavor. I am a purist and just squeezed lemon onto my shrimp, so sauce was not an issue. But, The Shrimp Barn offers honey mustard, shrimp barn sauce, cocktail sauce and tartar sauce. The honey mustard was good. It was little smokey. I liked it on the potato pancakes, which are also gluten-free. O'Brien ordered the bacon-wrapped jalapeno shrimp, which comes as an individual serving.
The appetizers at The Shrimp Barn are small, as I mentioned, the bacon-wrapped shrimp came as an individual serving. it's a cool concept that allows for mixing and matching more than if the orders were six or more pieces.
In addition to the food, which I would go back for, The Shrimp Barn has a full offering of Illinois wines. In addition, they offer dessert and I highly recommend the fried banana, also gluten free.