I had a good feeling about Bin 119 as I walked up, admiring its trendy curb appeal that included spanning glass windows and dim storefront lighting. Inside, the design aesthetic had a modern urban hipness to it, and the alt pop/rock tunes just added to the character. This place definitely would fit in anywhere in a major city (so it was wildly out of place in Billings). Being a Monday night, it was understandably slow, and the corresponding service I received was first rate. My server/the bartender, "D", quickly sold me on the white bean and ham OR the French onion soup, as both were explained to be amazing. I chose the former, and it was - well, it was good. I think the A-word is probably the most overused word in the English language. Amazing, these days, must mean, "pretty good", "average", or "about what you would expect". Anyway, after learning about the $2 Bent Nail IPA special, I opted to go with beer versus wine (I'm not a wine connoisseur by any stretch, but nothing was jumping out at me...and two bucks is hard to beat for a premium local brew). Noting that the burgers and sandwiches came with soup, I decided to go for the crab cake burger and a side spinach salad. I was told the CC burger was made in house, which it might have been, but it was perfectly shaped and breaded as though it had come out of a box delivered by the Sysco truck. Nonetheless, it was pretty tasty with lots of crab and a good flavor with appropriate seasoning. The warm coconut curry sauce was as equally as good although a bit bland for a true curry. The traditional burger set of wilted leaf lettuce, tomatoes, lots of red onions, and dill pickles was where this sandwich really fell short. The bun was also sub par - either a day or two old or simply of poor quality. It was on the dry side, and a bit too chewy for my liking. I ended up only eating the bottom part. As for the salad, it too was average. The spinach was fresh. There were two moderately flavorful tomato slices, way too many red onions, which were sliced too thick, and the candied walnuts barely had any candy at all (although they tasted fresh). The dried cranberries were very tiny, and the dressing struck me as a mix of house made and food service grade. There were some unidentifiable chunks in the bottom of the dressing cup. I thought these chunks might be garlic, but frankly, I had no idea. Overall, I had a pleasant experience. The atmosphere was great, and the food was average. There are many menu choices so I would not hesitate in going back to try some of them, but probably only if I were feeling lazy and not seeking out someplace that I hadn't been before.
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