May 30, 2013

Vinland Still N Grill, Neenah - May 24, 2013

Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry Scale: 4 points out of 5, a classic Wisconsin fish fry.

Service: Good
Wait Time: No wait, arrived at 7:00pm, 3 in our party
Food: Good

Price: Fresh Lake Perch was $13.00

Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry Scale
Brandy Old Fashioned: 1/2, offered brandy old fashioned, but it wasn't muddled
Fish: 1 point, offered perch, bluegill, haddock, shrimp, and a seafood platter
Potato: 1 point, offered fries, twice baked potato, and other options
Cole Slaw: 1 point, served with meal
Rye Bread with Raw Onion: 1/2 point, served with meal but did not include white raw onion


Location:
Vinland Still N Grill
6392 County Road A
Neenah, WI 54956

http://www.vinlandstill.net/


We were down in Oshkosh for the Memorial Day Weekend, so we wanted to check out a local fish fry. Vinland Still N Grill is a local establishment serving up good food and good drinks in a pub setting, and the occasional band. We arrived at 7:00pm and were able to get immediate seating and cocktails.

The brandy old fashioned sweet wasn't muddled and was from a standard mix, but it was tasty. They offer $3.50 rail brandy old fashioneds on Friday nights.

We started with appetizers of onion rings and mushrooms. The onion rings were really good, and we had breaded portabella mushrooms that were excellent! I would definitely recommend the mushrooms.

The fresh lake perch dinner was $13.00 (6 pieces of fish). They also offer a smaller portion for $11.00 and a jumbo portion for $15.00. The fish was pretty good with a nice tasting breading; the breading was a litter thicker than I like but it was seasoned well. I got twice baked potato on the side, it was served in a potato skin and I'm pretty sure it was homemade and it was good. The cole slaw was a creamy variety, also good. Marble rye bread was served with the meal, but no raw onion.

If you're in Oshkosh, check out Vinland Still N Grill. With 4 out of 5 points and good food, this definitely qualifies as a Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry.

May 19, 2013

Adams Street Pub & Grill, Green Bay - May 10, 2013


Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry Scale: 5 points out of 5, a classic Wisconsin fish fry.

Service: Good
Wait Time: No wait, arrived at 7:00pm, 4 in our party
Food: Ok

Price: Lake Perch was $13.75


Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry Scale
Brandy Old Fashioned: 1 point, a hand crafted, muddled cocktail
Fish: 1 point, offered perch, haddock, shrimp, and a seafood platter
Potato: 1 point, automatically served with fries
Cole Slaw: 1 point, served with meal
Rye Bread with Raw Onion: 1 points, served with meal and included white, raw onion


Location:
Adams Street Pub & Grill
121 N Adams St
Green Bay, WI 54301

http://adamsstreetpubgrill.com/

When a coworker told me of Adams Street Pub & Grill, and the fact they had hand crafted cocktails and fish fry, we had to check it out. Its hard to find estabilshments that take the time to hand craft their cocktails, and this is one of them so I was excited.



There were 4 of us planning for fish, and our friends got their first. They text us saying there was only one other party eating fish, the rest of the patrons were there for drinks and socializing. We arrived and it was 7:00pm, and given no one was really eating fish there was no wait for a table. We ordered our brandy old fashioned sweets, and the bartender took to muddling our drink and serving it up. The drink was good as I expect from a hand muddled cocktail.

We ordered a sampler basket at the bar. It included cheese curds, jalapeno cheese curds, fried jalapenos and some other things. It was an interesting sampler platter and was overwhelmingly jalapeno based.

We eventually ordered our fish, I got the perch platter and my friends got the seafood platter. There was no choice of a potato, it was automatically served with french fries. Our food came promptly and I was excited to see that this is the first establishment to meet all 5 criteria for a classic Wisconsin fish fry. They had a lake perch, french fries, coleslaw, and rye bread with white raw onion. With the hand crafted cocktail, I give this establishment my first 5 out of 5 points and consider this a true classic Wisconsin fish fry score.

The food was alright, I would consider it ok. This is a pub and they serve all fried food, this is the reason only french fries were offered for a potato. The fish was crispy and ok, it wasn't bad at all. The fries were good, a little greasy. The coleslaw was a creamy variety and was pretty good. And the rye bread with white raw onion was good, its hard not to be good with such a simple side. All this was served in a basket lined with newspaper print paper.


I was surprised to see there wasn't anyone else eating here, I expected the place to be busier. I suppose not many people think to go to downtown Green Bay for a fish fry. The hand crafted cocktails should draw people in and I think it is worth a visit just for that.

May 1, 2013

Mark's East Side, Appleton - Apr 26, 2013

Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry Scale: 3.5 points out of 5, a classic Wisconsin fish fry.

Service: Good
Wait Time: 30 minute wait, arrived at 7:00pm, 3 in our party
Food: Really good

Price: Lake Perch platter was $14.95



Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry Scale
Brandy Old Fashioned: 1/2 point, but it wasn't muddled
Fish: 1 point, offered perch and other options
Potato: 1 point, <mention german potato salad>
Cole Slaw: 1 point, served with meal
Rye Bread with Raw Onion: 0 points, served bread basket instead


Location:
Mark's East Side
1405 E. Wisconsin Ave
Appleton, WI 54911

http://www.markseastside.com/

We arrived at 7:00pm and it looked like the parking lot had some open spots so it wasn't going to be too busy. We put our name in for our party of 3 and were told it would be about 45 minutes for a table. We headed to the bar, there was plenty of seating available, and we ordered our first round of brandy old fashioned sweets. While it wasn't muddled, it was of their own custom mix so that was good to hear.

We were quite hungry so we placed an order for their homemade vidalia onion rings with chipotle mayo. The onion rings and dipping sauce were fantastic, it was a great appetizer as we waited for our table.

After about 30 minutes we were invited into the dining room as our table was ready. I got the perch platter with a side of the german potato salad. My friends got the all-u-can-eat haddock and one got the baked stuffed haddock.

After we placed our order, the waitress delivered a breadbasket to our table with homemade rolls. It was a nice touch that the butter she delivered was room temperature and easily spreadable. It is often the case the butter packets come straight from the fridge and are rock hard, Mark's East Side seems to pay attention to the little things.

Next up was the coleslaw. I found it a bit odd our waitress brought the coleslaw cups out ahead of time and set them in front of us as if they were a salad. The coleslaw was a creamy variety and had a good flavor to it. The fish followed shortly after we got our coleslaw.


I got 6 pieces of perch and it was fried golden brown, breading was light, and you could see the fish through the batter. I always say if you can see the  fish through the batter the breading is just about perfect. The German potato salad was excellent and it's hard to find a place that beats Mark's East Side. The tartar sauce was homemade and great for dipping the fish in.

My friends haddock, both fried and stuffed baked were equally delicious. It's a great compliment to a fish fry establishment when all the meals at the table tasted excellent. I've only been to Mark's East Side a few times but every time the food and service is consistent and spot on. At 4 out of 5 points on the Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry scale, they serve a classic fish fry experience, delicious food, and also offer the supper club experience. You must check this place out.