March 14, 2014

Club Tavern, Menasha - March 7, 2014

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

Service: Good
Wait Time: Arrived at 7:30, 5 in our party, seating available right away
Food: Delicious

Price: Single order perch (2 full perch), $12.95, double order $23.50

Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry Scale
Brandy Old Fashioned: 1/2 point, served brandy old fashioneds but it wasn't muddled
Fish: 1 point, offered perch, pike, salmon, and other options
Potato: 1 point, offered choice of delicious potato options
Cole Slaw: 1 point, served with meal
Rye Bread with Raw Onion: 1/2 point, offered rye bread but no white raw onion

Club Tavern
56 Racine St
Menasha, WI 54952

We had a few birthdays to celebrate, and one of the celebrants recommended a hole in the wall in Menasha, Club Tavern.

When we arrived, our friends were already there enjoying their brandy old fashioneds at one of the two pub tables. There isn't much seating available in Club Tavern, and I was surprised it wasn't busier for the first Friday of Lent. But we did get there at 7:30pm, so it was starting to slow down.

The bar itself was full of people so I had to squeeze in to get a round of drinks. The bar had a really old feel to it, but I saw the bartenders making all sorts of cocktails and noticed they knew what they were doing; they knew how to properly make the perfect martini. Once we had a drink, the waitress came back to take our food order. We asked if she could get us a round of drinks at our table and she said all drink orders must be taken at the bar.

We enjoyed a few more round of drinks until our food arrived. The presentation was, shall we say interesting. The serving plates were glass, my perch plate was served on a clamshell style, and our friends who got the seafood platter were served on a large fish shaped plate. Not something I've ever seen before, but it was unique.

The food looked and smelled delicious. The perch was golden brown, fried to perfection, the perfect amount of breading and tasted awesome. Next up were the potatoes, of which I got the American Fries. I could tell they were 100% homemade, a fried up serving of crispy delicious American Fries, I haven't had any better anywhere else, absolutely delicious! The cole slaw was a vinegar base and you could tell it was also homemade, it had a great flavor, perfect mix of chunky grated cabbage, brocolli, and other vegetables, again delicious. On the side of my plate was the rye bread, a well buttered slice of light rye, but no white raw onion.

For those who enjoy a mixed cocktail by bartenders who know how to mix a cocktail, or if you're a craft beer aficionado, Club Tavern has what you're looking for. There was an extensive beer list on the wall of many of your favorite beers, and plenty on tap too. I'm sure anyone can find something they like here.

We don't often get to Menasha, and I certainly would have never went to Club Tavern on my own were it not for our friend recommending it to us. Check this place out, it is worth your visit! We'll definitely be back to Club Tavern again, and might even explore the other fish fry's in the area. Maybe there is hope for Menasha after all, at least for a good Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry!

March 7, 2014

Aldo's Pizza, Green Bay - February 28, 2014

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

Service: Good
Wait Time: Arrived at 6:30, 2 in our party, no wait
Food: Really good

Price: Regular order perch (4 full perch), $13.30 double order $19.60

Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry Scale
Brandy Old Fashioned: 0 points, no alcohol served
Fish: 1 point, offered perch, walleye, frog legs, and shrimp
Potato: 1 point, served with fries and potato salad
Cole Slaw: 1 point, served with meal
Rye Bread with Raw Onion: 1/2 point, offered rye bread but no white raw onion

Aldo's Pizza
1247 Velp Ave
Green Bay, WI 54303

It was just the two of us for fish, and the roads were slick from the weather, so we opted for something low key. I would have never thought Aldo's Pizza of all places would have Friday night fish, and never would have thought it was as good as it was.

We drove through the snow on slick roads to find Aldo's Pizza not busy at all, from what I hear though it's usually quite busy for a Friday night. The place looks like an old pizza place that hasn't been updated in years with booth seating and a few tables.

Because this is a pizza place, there is no bar and no brandy old fashioneds were available. I didn't check if there was beer, but I don't think there was. The waitress came to our booth to take our drink order, so we each got a fountain soda. We put in an order of mushrooms as we looked over the menu.

Once we were ready to order, our waitress was there to take our order. We both got the single order of perch, all the sides were include by default with no choices. Eventually our mushrooms came, they were fried perfectly and tasted awesome with some ranch dipping sauce.

Next up, the waitress brought our perch baskets. Because we both got the same order, she put all the perch filets in a single basket that was heaping with golden fried perch filets. Individually we each got a basket of fries, with some potato salad, cole slaw, and a piece of buttered rye bread.

The perch was lightly breaded and tasted great, fried perfectly. I found it different that we got both french fries and potato salad, and they both tasted really good; the fries were cooked nicely and the potato salad had a good creaminess to it. The cole slaw was pretty good, and the rye bread topped off the meal, but no raw onion. I loved the fact the meal was served in the small baskets baskets, a no frills presentation of great tasting food-let the food speak for itself.

I noticed in the menu there was a post it note stuck to the inside cover letting patrons know they were serving fish on Ash Wednesday. There was also a marker board with the same message, and yet another message on the door as we walked out.

Looking for a low key fish fry without all the frills, but great tasting food? Stop in at Aldo's Pizza, where they serve up more than just great pizza!

March 4, 2014

Ash Wednesday - Fish Fry Options

Wisconsin has a rich tradition of the Friday Night Fish Fry, partly due to the German Catholics that settled in this area of the midwest. With the German Catholics (and Lutherans and other Christians) comes the Lent holiday tradition of not eating meat on Ash Wednesday, nor any Friday throughout Lent. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, and ends right before Easter.

It is not uncommon that your favorite Friday Fish Fry establishment also have some fish fry options on Ash Wednesday. I reached out to my Top 5 favorite fish fry's, and a handful more, to see what fish fry specials they are offering for Ash Wednesday.

The following list is not inclusive of every establishment I've reviewed that will be serving fish on Ash Wednesday, but it is a few of my favorite places. This should make it easier for you to decide where to go for fish on this special Wednesday.

If you do go, tell them Tom at sent you; they may not know who I am, but I am sure they will appreciate the referral. Be sure to tell them to check out our website if they haven't already done so.

Aldo's Pizza
1247 Velp Ave
Green Bay, WI 54303

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

Wallys Spot Supper Club
1979 South Main Street
Green Bay, WI 54302

Farr's Grove
2443 Shawano Ave
Green Bay, WI 54303

Irish Greens Golf Club
2946 Logtown Rd
Oconto, WI 54153

Maricque's Bar
1517 University Ave
Green Bay, WI 54302

Just Stop In
5316 Hwy 57
De Pere, WI 54115

Mark's East Side

1405 E. Wisconsin Ave
Appleton, WI 54911