Hit Bonfire in Mankato for a spontaneous Saturday lunch with my college-aged daughter who doesn't get to eat out at sit-down restaurant very often other than Chipotle or Tav-on-the-Ave. I live in the Cities and have had good food at Axels in Chanhassen and St. Paul, but didn't realize that Bonfire has a different menu than Axels. Was hoping for the wonderful crab salad from Axel's, but it wasn't on the menu here. Instead, we both had the shrimp and guacamole stack served with chips. The shrimp was perfectly blackened and seasoned with a nice kick, though there weren't many of them. The guac and salsa were a very good complement to the shrimp - a little on the soupy side, but delicious. The chips were clearly store bought and not remarkable. We both ordered the dish without the chipotle sour cream which just adds calories and masks the other flavors - good decision. Service was friendly but we chuckled at the inexperience - when one of us asked for water (should we really need to ask?), the young gal brought just one without asking or assuming that we'd both want water, especially since we ordered the same dish. Oh well, one star off for awkward service, but the rest was fine. Would definitely return.
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