May 23, 2014

Homemade Fish Fry

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

Service: Excellent
Wait Time: No wait
Food: Excellent

Price: Market Price

Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry Scale
Brandy Old Fashioned: 1 point, hand muddled brandy old fashioneds
Fish: 1 point, perfectly breaded and fried perch
Potato: 1 point, homemade fries and sweet potato fries

Cole Slaw: 1 point, a side of cole slaw
Rye Bread with Raw Onion: 1 point, rye bread with white raw onion


Our friend hosted a Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry dinner party a few weeks ago. She ordered fresh Lake Michigan perch from Seaway Foods on Velp Ave in Green Bay. She went through the work of peeling and prepping potatoes and sweet potatoes to make homemade fries. We brought rye bread with white raw onion and the components of a hand muddled brandy old fashioned.

Everything turned out delicious! The perch was perfectly fried and breaded, the homemade fries were crispy, hot, and delicious, the cole slaw and rye bread with white raw onion were excellent. And the hand muddle brandy old fashioneds brought the whole experience together.

We couldn't have asked for a better gathering of great friends and great food while enjoying some brandy old fashioneds. If you're looking for the perfect Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry just the way you like it, why not host your own Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry dinner party?

May 16, 2014

Little Chicago, Kaukauna - May 9, 2014

Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry Scale: 3 points out of 5, barely a Classic Wisconsin fish fry.

Service: Good
Wait Time: Arrived at 7:00, 4 in our party, 30 minute wait for a table
Food: Really good

Price: Fresh Lake Perch (4 full perch), $15.95

Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry Scale
Brandy Old Fashioned: 1/2 point, served brandy old fashioneds but not muddled
Fish: 1 point, offered perch, walleye and a wide variety of seafood options
Potato: 1 point, offered choice of potato options (love the homemade fries!)
Cole Slaw: 1/2 point served on salad bar
Rye Bread with Raw Onion: 0 points, did not offer rye bread

Little Chicago
N9650 Friendship Dr
Kaukauna, WI 54130

We're back again at Little Chicago for another fish fry based on a recommendation from a friend on Facebook, it was also halfway between us and our friends. I was excited to give this place a 2nd try because I really liked it the first time.

Little Chicago is a supper club. I've found that new to the scene supper clubs just don't hit the mark but ones that have been around for decades know how to be a supper club. Little Chicago is newer to the scene, but they know how to be a supper club.

We arrived after our friends, so they had a spot saved for us at the bar. Bar service was prompt and we ordered our brandy old fashioneds. While the drink wasn't muddled, it had a good balance of flavors and the presentation was nicely done. The bar area is very large, and it accommodates the large crowds they draw on Friday nights so seating and space to talk and enjoy your drinks is ample. We sat and talked at the bar until our table was announced over the speaker system.

We checked in with the host and were given our table number. I thought it was a nice touch he told us our waitresses name was Connie. Connie stopped by soon after we were seated and we ordered another round of drinks and looked over the menu. Little Chicago has an excellent selection of supper club favorites including steaks and many seafood specialities. We all know what I'm ordering!

The waitress invited us to enjoy the salad bar as we waited for our food. As we filled our plates she brought out fresh baked bread and our drinks. The salad bar had some decent offerings and two soups. It was a typical salad bar you would find at most supper clubs. I was disappointed with the liver pate, it was chunky and didn't have a good flavor, but the rest was good.

After we cleared our plates from the salad bar, our food was delivered. The presentation was simple, and this is my main complaint about fish fry's at supper clubs; cole slaw is not served with the meal but on the salad bar, and it leaves the plate with a rather dull and simple presentation because it only has the fish and potato on it. Little Chicago offers lightly breaded or their very own beer batter, last time I chose the beer batter which was delicious but a bit heavy and this time I chose the lightly breaded. The breading was about perfect, the fish was cooked excellent, and it had a good crunch to it. The homemade fries I absolutely love and I would definitely recommend them.

After dinner we went to the bar and ordered some ice cream drinks, we got two brandy alexanders and two grasshoppers. A supper club dining experience is not complete without the after dinner drinks and should be consumed at the bar, not at your table, its just the supper club etiquette. It was great to dine with good friends and make new ones, we had a great time!

Little Chicago was a great experience last time and was once again a great experience. If you can't decide on whether you want a supper club or a fish fry, they do both really well. While I consider this barely a Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry, you still must check it out. They also have an excellent Sunday brunch, but be prepared to wait with a few bloody mary's, because this place is popular!

May 9, 2014

Verbeten's Bar Bowl & Grill, Kaukauna - May 2, 2014

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

Service: Ok, could be better
Wait Time: Arrived at 6:00, 11 in our party, no wait for a table
Food: Really good, especially the baked cod!

Price: Lake Perch Plate (3 full perch), $12.95

Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry Scale
Brandy Old Fashioned: 1/2 point, served brandy old fashioneds but not muddled
Fish: 1 point, offered perch, haddock, walleye, baked cod, shrimp, and a seafood sampler
Potato: 1 point, offered choice of 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

Verbeten's Bar Bowl & Grill
154 E 3rd St
Kaukauna, WI 54130

It's been a while since we went out for a fish fry. I got a call from my sister asking if I wanted to go for fish, and I said yes. It was going to be my sister, her husband, and 2 of their 3 daughters. Before long, it turned into a family outing with most of my family and nieces, a total of 11 of us, plus some of my mom's friends who meet weekly at Verbeten's.

We arrived at various times and we sat on the side where the pub tables are so we were seated at different tables, by our choice. But we socialized back and forth as we enjoyed our brandy old fashioneds and other cocktails.

This is more of a local bar than it is a large dining establishment. There are several tables on the other side of the bar so some decent amount of seating is available. When we were ready to order, we had to ask a few times to have our order taken. We were a bit chaotic ourselves having such a large group commandeering the one side of the bar, so I can understand the lack of urgency. Eventually our order was taken and we awaited our food.

Verbeten's is more of a bar than a big dining establishment, so the kitchen is small and it looks like they get a lot of take out orders. We waited a while for our food, which wasn't too surprising. Some of us got our food about 20 minutes before the others, we were told the reason was that baked cod takes longer and there were several orders of it to prepare.

Our food did arrive nonetheless, and it was presented on a paper plate with the fish stacked on top of the fries, and our fork sticking out of the coleslaw. I loved the presentation! It's a no frills fish fry and the focus is on the food, not a fancy presentation. But I have to say, the presentation was well done and a little whimsical with the fork in the coleslaw.

With the Lake Perch Plate, I got 3 full golden fried perch. The breading was a tad thick but it was cooked nicely and had a good flavor, I was very pleased. I got the criss cut fries which I love, and these didn't disappoint. Some of my family got the beer battered fries, a thick cut french fry coated in a beer batter and fried, they tasted great. The fish and fries were served with a side of coleslaw, which was good, a standard cole slaw I would say. And of course tartar sauce for the perch and two pieces of rye bread with butter sandwiced between them, but no white raw onion.

A special mention that the baked cod was absolutely delicious! They know how to cook it to perfection, and it does take a bit longer than the perch, but well worth the wait! Probably the best baked cod I've had anywhere.

Sure the service could be better, but that's not what makes this place a good place for a fish fry. If you're looking for a casual evening of drinks and socializing, and a no frills fish fry, check out Verbeten's Bar Bowl & Grill in Kaukauna. This is what the Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry is all about.