April 19, 2016

Petticoat Junction, Seymour - April 15, 2016

Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry Scale: 4.5 points out of 5, a Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry

Service: Needs Improvement
Wait Time: Arrived at 6:00pm, 7 in our party, no wait
Food: Good

Price: Fish Fry - Perch Plate (5 perch filets) for $12.95

Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry Scale
Brandy Old Fashioned: 1/2 point, offered brandy old fashioned but it wasn't muddled
Fish: 1 point, offered perch, bluegill, and a variety of seafood options
Potato: 1 point, offered a variety of sides
Cole Slaw: 1 point, served with meal
Rye Bread with Raw Onion: 1 point served with meal and included raw onion


Location:
Petticoat Junction
138 Morrow St
Seymour, WI 54165

It's been a while since we've been someplace new. My mom invited us for fish fry with her and some of her friends and we told her to pick a place she likes to go; Petticoat Junction it is. I didn't get a chance to ask the origins of the name, but in looking at their sign and menu, it's obviously inspired by a petticoat.


We arrived right at 6:00pm in the bustling town of Seymour at Petticoat Junction. Walking in, this place has a tavern feel with a large bar opposite the entrance, a spacious area for the pool table, and booths and tables lining the outskirts of the room. There was a table or two open, but plenty of people seated at the bar and at the booths. Mom's friends secured a table before we arrived so we were seated immediately. The waitress quickly stopped over to take our drink orders, and we started looking at the menus located at the center of the table.


If the outdoor sign wasn't enough to remind you what a petticoat is, the menu cover gives it away. It must be one of those unique Wisconsin things that this bar picked up many years ago, maybe next time I'll ask them the history.


The brandy old fashioned, while not muddled was pretty good. It didn't take long to finish our first beverage and we waited for our waitress to return for refills and to take our food order. 

We waited, and waited, and waited some more. In fairness, when she took our first order we let her know there was no rush. But it was almost a 20-25 minute wait for her to even return, so I think that was a bit excessive and was less than attentive service. She made some excuse that she had some big tables to seat which we could sympathize with, but please don't disappear for 20 minutes. There were only two waitresses waiting table and the rest were behind the bar, so maybe it's an issue of understaffing.

After taking our order, she brought our bowls of clam chowder so we had something to eat as our fish was being prepared. After some time passed our empty chowder bowls were cleared and our fish was set before us.

The presentation was fine, maybe a little fancier than what'd I'd expect from a tavern. The fish was actually really good, with a light breading and not overcooked. The warm german potato salad and coleslaw were both good. The meal was capped off with two slices of rye bread with butter sandwiched between them and topped with a white raw onion.


Petticoat Junction is a decent place for a local fish fry on a Friday night. The restaurant isn't overly busy, but the service does need to be improved for me to give it another go. Thankfully the cook knows how to prepare a perch platter, so it might be worth checking out.

February 18, 2016

DeGreef Ends Here, Wayside - February 12, 2016

Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry Scale: 4 points out of 5, a Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry

Service: Good
Wait Time: Arrived at 6:00pm, 6 in our party, 45 minute wait
Food: Good

Price: Fish Fry - Perch (3 full perch) for $10.00

Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry Scale
Brandy Old Fashioned: 1/2 point, offered brandy old fashioned but it wasn't muddled
Fish: 1 point, offered perch and a variety of seafood options
Potato: 1 point, offered a variety of sides
Cole Slaw: 1 point, served with meal
Rye Bread with Raw Onion: 1/2 points, served with meal but no raw onion


Location:
DeGreef Ends Here
8245 County Rd W
Wayside, WI 54304

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Stop! DeGreef Ends Here! Get it? If not, think about it. DeGreef is the family name of the family that runs this place, and I think they are on their second generation. This tavern is way out in the country in the small town of Wayside, which is outside my small hometown of Greenleaf, which is in the town of Wrightstown, another small town. And in small towns like this is where you find a good Friday Fish Fry.



This time I went with my sister and 4 of my nieces, so 6 of us total. We arrived around 6:00pm and the place was packed. I found a spot at the bar just big enough to order drinks and see about putting our name in for a table. The bartender, also the owner, gave us menus and said when we're ready to order to let him know and he will send a waitress over. I ordered myself a brandy old fashioned, my sister and nieces all enjoyed cans of soda.



There were a lot of people in the bar, DeGreef's is definitely a popular establishment with the locals. This being winter, in the country, there were plenty of snowmobiles parked outside and people in their snowmobile pants and coats enjoying beer, cocktails, and seafood inside. The kids were occupied with a pinball style game and a claw drop-they won 3 stuffed animals that night!

We placed our order with a waitress and enjoyed some drinks and chatted as we waited for our table. There are a lot of people who stop by for a drink and order takeout, so the kitchen must stay busy. Our table was eventually ready and we were seated at lucky number 7.



Arriving at our table, the food was presented with a bread basket, cole slaw and tartar sauce in the center to share. The perch was crispy and delicious, the fries were crunchy, and the slaw was tasty. My sister had the broiled cod which was really good, and DeGreef's offers a variety of side options and we got french fries, broccoli bites, real deep fried cheese curds, and jalapeno poppers among all of us.



DeGreef's is a great location in the country for a tavern style fish fry. The establishment has been serving up food since I was a young boy and probably before that too. This place is kid friendly, and serves up a good fish fry. And for $10.00 for the perch place, it's hard to beat. After a long week of work, you always know that DeGreef Ends Here!

February 8, 2016

1919 Kitchen & Tap, Green Bay - February 5, 2016

Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry Scale: 4 points out of 5, a Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry

Service: Good
Wait Time: Arrived at 6:45pm, 3 in our party, no wait
Food: Good

Price: Fish Fry - Perch (3 full perch) for $15.95

Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry Scale
Brandy Old Fashioned: 1 point, offered brandy old fashioned and it was muddled
Fish: 1 point, offered perch
Potato: 1 point, served with fries
Cole Slaw: 1 point, served with meal
Rye Bread with Raw Onion: 0 points, rye bread not served with meal


Location:
1919 Kitchen & Tap
1265 Lombardi Ave (Lambeau Field, First Floor Atrium)
Green Bay, WI 54304

http://www.1919kitchenandtap.com/

Located right at Lambeau Field, 1919 Kitchen & Tap pays homage to the founding of America's greatest team, the Green Bay Packers. Founded in 1919, the Packers are just as much a Wisconsin tradition as the Friday Fish Fry.



The ambiance and decor is warm and inviting with a huge bar area with a good selection of beers on tap and an array of craft cocktails. The three of us arrived at 6:45pm to a mostly full bar and dining room with immediate seating. We decided to enjoy a cocktail at the bar first before we were seated, so we ordered a round of "the Definitive Brown County" Old Fashioneds. The drink was muddled and mixed by a knowledgeable bartender and served over ice-an excellent start to Friday night with a delicious Brandy Old Fashioned.



We informed the host that we were ready to be seated and he brought us to one of the comfy booths. Above us on a balcony was a guitarist playing and singing live which provided for a great dining experience. It seems like every Friday night they have live music.

There is an excellent selection of bar themed appetizers and we chose the Stone-Baked Pretzel with Curly's Ale Beer Cheese sauce. I tried to get a picture but some people were too hungry at our table to wait for me.

The pretzel was freshly baked and delicious when dipped in the warm cheese sauce. Definitely recommend it for a great appetizer before your meal.

1919 Kitchen & Tap features their Fish Fry-Days with their own take on the Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry. One in our party chose the bacon grilled cheese which was phenomenal, but for us the fish fry was the reason we came.

The perch was served hot and crispy with a delicious breading and came with a side of malt-vinegar tartar sauce. The french fries are hand-cut and seasoned nicely. The cole slaw was good, nothing over the top but a good solid cole slaw side. In lieu of rye bread and onion was their peppercorn mac & cheese. I have to say that while it was the right amount of cheesiness, it lacked in flavor and it could use something to kick it up a notch.



All in all our experience from our hand-crafted cocktails to the live band to the fish fry was just what we were looking for. If you're looking for a Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry in a setting that pays tribute to Americas greatest team, 1919 Kitchen & Tap in Lambeau Field should be on your short list.

November 20, 2015

Cimarron, Menasha - November 13, 2015

Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry Scale: 4 points out of 5, a Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry

Service: Good
Wait Time: Arrived at 6:30pm, 2 in our party, 20 minute wait
Food: Good

Price: Fish Fry - Perch (3 full perch) for $13 or Double Perch (5 full perch) for $22

Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry Scale
Brandy Old Fashioned: 1/2 point, offered brandy old fashioned but it was not muddled
Fish: 1 point, offered perch and many other options
Potato: 1 point, served with choice of potato
Cole Slaw: 1 point, served with meal
Rye Bread with Raw Onion: 1/2 point, served rye bread but no raw onion


Location:
Cimarron
W7170 Hwys 10/114
Menasha, WI 54952

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For my birthday, a friend took me to his favorite fish fry in the valley, Cimarron's of Menashsa. Cimarron's features a Friday Fish Fry with perch, bluegill, and several other fish options, and live music on Friday and Saturday nights.

We arrived at 6:30PM and the parking lot was packed so we had to park in back, and I think I found one of the last spots available. The building is very unassuming and attached to a motorsports shop.


Once inside, we walked through a narrow hallway to the dining area to register for our table of 2. Then we made our way back to the bar to get some brandy old fashioneds. I wasn't impressed with the way the drink was made, some ice in a medium size glass, some brandy (I always request Korbel), some soda, and some old fashioned mix poured over the top. I suppose the lemon garnish made the drink come together.


Despite the extremely busy parking lot, the bar wasn't overly crowded and we were called to our table within 20 minutes; table 16. At our table we ordered an appetizer of deep fried mushrooms along with our entree order. The mushrooms were perfectly cooked and a great snack before our meal arrived.


It didn't take long for our entrees to arrive nice and hot. I got the double perch, which included 5 full perch. The perch was good with a light batter that wasn't overly crispy but had a great texture. The homemade potato salad was decent, maybe could be a little thicker for my taste. The cole slaw was also good, and the meal was topped off with a light rye bread, but no raw onion.


My birthday dinner turned out to be tasty and in good company. Cimarron is an excellent choice for a Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry in the Fox Valley, definitely worth a visit. Live music starts later in the evening, so go later for dinner and stay for the music.

September 17, 2015

Union Hotel, De Pere - September 11, 2015

Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry Scale: 2.5 points out of 5, not a Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry, but a fine dining experience

Service: Excellent
Wait Time: Arrived at 7:30pm, 9 in our party, 20 minute wait
Food: Excellent

Price: Fish Fry - 4 perch fillets (2 full perch) for $21.50

Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry Scale
Brandy Old Fashioned: 1/2 point, offered brandy old fashioned but it was not muddled
Fish: 1 point, offered perch and many other options
Potato: 1 point, served with choice of potato
Cole Slaw: 0 point, none served with meal
Rye Bread with Raw Onion: 0 points, but a bread basket was served with the meal


Location:
Union Hotel
200 N Broadway
De Pere, WI 54115

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Having just seen the Old Fashioned, The Story of the Wisconsin Supper Club at the historic De Pere Cinema in downtown De Pere, we were inspired to visit the Union Hotel right around the corner for their Friday dinner.

The Union Hotel is family run hotel and fine dining establishment going back 98 years in business. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and the family has done a superb job of preserving that history.



Walking is is like taking a step back in time to the days of fine hotels and fine dining. The experience starts as you walk into the lobby, a smaller carpeted room with a small reception desk, period decor, and historic photos on the wall. Through a glass door is the bar area that has seating for guests as they wait for a table, and an ornate bar with attentive bartenders.

The brandy old fashioned, while not muddled, is made classicly using a simple syrup, some bitters, brandy, ice, and soda, and is one of the better brandy old fahioneds I've had anywhere.



There were 8 in our party and there was about a 20 minute wait. The waitress took our order in the bar area and invited us to our table soon after. We were led into one of several dining rooms that is decorated exquisitely and the table was set with attention paid to every last details for a fine dining experience. Laid out was a relish tray with cheese, crab, and liver pate spreads and a bread and cracker basket.



Some of us had the soup, and the clam chowder was phenomenal, rich and creamy and definitely homemade. Salad was served before our entree, and the lettuce was crisp and everything fresh, very delicious indeed.


Our entree was served, and in typical fine dining fashion, everything was brought out at once so everyone was served at the same time. My plate was carefully laid out with crisp, golden pieces of fish stacked atop the other. The fish was cooked perfectly and had an excellent crunch and tasted delicious. I had the hash browns for my side, they were hand cut and cooked just right for a great flavor and texture. The tartar sauce was homemade and had the perfect blend of flavors and accompanied the fish nicely.


Union Hotel is not a Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry, but they don't try to be. What they are is a fine dining establishment with the utmost attention to detail of decor and place settings to using the freshest ingredients and cooking techniques to put on a fabulous meal. You won't find much better than this in North East Wisconsin.