December 30, 2013

Club Chalet Supper Club, Green Bay - December 27, 2013

Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry Scale: 4.5 points out of 5, a classic Wisconsin fish fry.

Service: Excellent
Wait Time: Reservations for 5:00pm, arrived at 5, and were seated in short order, 5 in our party
Food: Excellent

Price: Perch Plate was $15.25

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 other options
Potato: 1 point, served with choice of a variety of potatoes
Cole Slaw: 1 point, served with meal
Rye Bread with Raw Onion: 1 point, served with meal and included white raw onion


Location:
Club Chalet Supper Club
4642 Nicolet Dr
Green Bay, WI 54311

http://clubchalet.net/


Previous review of Club Chalet Supper Club from January 19, 2013

Our friends from San Francisco were visiting for the holidays. One is a Wisconsin native and familiar with the Wisconsin fish fry, the other never experienced a fish fry, or even fresh water fish (i.e. perch or bluegill). They asked me to take them to a Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry experience because they follow my blog. I looked to my Top 5 list and decided it was time for another visit to my #1 favorite, Club Chalet Supper Club in Green Bay, WI.

They wanted to eat early, so I made reservations at Club Chalet for 5 of us, at 5:00pm, right when they opened. We arrived a little before 5 and entered a small vestibule where we waited for the door to open precisely at 5:00pm. We found a pub table and got our drinks ordered at the bar, most of us enjoyed a brandy old fashioned. We were given our menus at the bar, and like a good Wisconsin supper club, our order was taken in the bar area. Because we had reservations, our waitress said our table would be ready with our salads in a minute or two, and it was.

While our wait was minuscule, be forewarned that the place got busy quickly and you'll likely have an hour wait, it is a great supper club after all and long waits are to be expected for great food.

The table was set as we remember from less than a year ago when we first dined at Club Chalet, our salads were set, a relish tray with an assortment of fresh vegetables, a cracker basket, and three spreads for the relish tray and crackers, including my favorite spread-liver pate-which had a mild flavor.

All of us got both soup and salad with our meal, this establishment is one of the few places you will get both a salad and soup with your dinner. I got the seafood chowder and it was creamy and delicious, I loved the fact it wasn't too heavy with the cream, a perfect balance.

After our salad and soup was finished, our meal was served. One in our party got the prime rib with lobster, and the lobster was a huge 14 oz tail. He enjoyed his prime rib and lobster very much.



I got the perch dinner which included 5 full perch butterfly filets. The breading was light and the fish cooked perfectly, the perch was delicious and as I remember from our earlier visit. The fish was served with a homemade tartar sauce.

There were several potato options but I remember the homemade potato wedges were the best cooked wedges I've found anywhere. I find most wedges to be too thick and dense, but these were crispy and delicious.

A side of cole slaw was served with the meal, it was homemade and tasted good. The fish fry was complete with rye bread with a thick slab of white raw onion sandwiched between the two pieces of buttered bread. I asked the waitress if she knew the origins of serving white raw onion with rye bread and she said she would ask the kitchen staff. Their best guess was that onion was always cheap and readily available years ago, so it was added as an accompaniment for the rye bread. I do not know if this is the case, but it is the best possible explanation I have heard so far.

Our San Francisco friends loved the experience from start to finish and thoroughly enjoyed their meals with us. For them, walking into an establishment with the ambiance of Club Chalet Supper Club may seem a bit backwoods with its medieval looking decor and chalet like structure, but they quickly learned this is the type of place you find great Wisconsin food and great Wisconsin traditions.

This was our second time to Club Chalet Supper Club and we were not disappointed, and neither were our San Francisco friends. I am very happy that this place does not disappoint, is consistent with their food and service, and holds its rank as the #1 Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry experience in North East Wisconsin according to this blog.

You absolutely must go, tell them Tom from the blog brandyoldfashioned.com sent you. You won't be disappointed!

2 comments:

  1. Check out Farr's Grove in Howard, out of this world. They have Bluegill on Wednesdays. The only other place in the GB area that has it is this little dive just off 41 down Velp Ave. a block. The breading is light like tempura

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  2. Hi James,

    Thanks for commenting! Farr's Grove is where this blog started back in December 2012. And you're right, their fish fry is out of this world, and is the #3 on my top 5 list! I'll have to get there to try the bluegill, thanks for the tip. I love good bluegill, and most places just don't prepare it correctly.

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