The New Orleans offerings are an homage to owner Lynn Sandstrom’s wife Rana Krueger, whose 2020 death friends and regulars marked with a second line brass band parade through Old Town. Stacie Nunes, one of the bar’s managers, says, “Mardi Gras was one of her favorite bar holidays and we wanted to honor her and everything she meant to the Shanty.”
To that end, co-manager and bartender Jon Fisher, with assistance from bartender and former chef Mike Vitiello, put together a lineup of hushpuppies, red beans and rice and fish po’boys, as well as a Shanty burger with remoulade. New Orleans-style Brabant fried potatoes take a tumble in garlic butter and Cajun spice, and come with sauce vert and remoulade. Order the Shanty fries and get them under red beans and andouille sausage, melted Swiss cheese, scallions and parsley.
Times, Nunes notes, are tough and the bar hopes to give its regulars a break with items priced from $4 to $11. “We tried to keep it really cheap because we know people have to buy food in order to get a drink,” says Nunes. Not as cheap as a Shanty dog but close.