June 13, 2013

Graystone Ale House, De Pere - June 7, 2013

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

Service: Good
Wait Time: No wait, arrived at 8:00pm, 4 in our party
Food: Good

Price: Butterflied Lake Perch was $12.45

Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry Scale
Brandy Old Fashioned: 1 point, offered brandy old fashioned and it was muddled
Fish: 1 point, offered perch, mahi mahi, and grouper
Potato: 1 point, served with fries
Cole Slaw: 1 point, served with meal
Rye Bread with Raw Onion: 1 point, served with meal and with red raw onion

Graystone Ale House
3711 Monroe Rd
De Pere, WI 54115

My friends wanted to go to Graystone Ale House, and I'll be honest that I wasn't expecting much. We got there around 8:00pm and seated ourselves at the bar, the tables were mostly empty. I ordered my brandy old fashioned sweet, and to my surprise they started adding in the ingredients and muddling it up. At this point, my friends saw that it was muddled and decided they wanted one too. The drink was great, perfect blent of fruit, bitters, sugar, and of course brandy.

They offered a Friday night fish menu that included lake perch, mahi mahi, grouper and some other seafood options. This was in addition to their regular menu and their summer seasonal menu. I ordered the butterfly lake perch for $12.45. My friends all got something different besides the fish, they offer an excellent summer menu with salad sandwiches that were really good.

Food came out quick enough, I got 3 butterflies of perch for a total of 6 pieces. The breading was a little thicker than I like but it was seasoned well. The dinner automatically came with french fries which were crispy and pretty good. Cole slaw was a creamy variety but wasn't anything special. On the side of my plate was the rye bread, and I didn't think there was any onion on it because it looked pretty flat. I peeled off the top piece and it was buttered well and had a small slice of red raw onion. Now I'll say that I much prefer white raw onion (and still researching the history on that), but I had to give them a full point for offering the rye bread with raw onion, probably my favorite part of a classic Wisconsin fish fry I must say.

I came to the Graystone Ale House with low expectations but left satisfied, and was especially satisfied that they got a 5 out of 5 on the classic Wisconsin fish fry scale. It's worth a visit!