August 21, 2014

The Legacy Supper Club, Appleton - August 15, 2014

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

Service: Good
Wait Time: 2 in our party, arrived at 5:30pm, no wait
Food: Good

Price: Perch Platter (3 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, and other options
Potato: 1 point, offered choice of potato options
Cole Slaw: 1/2 points, served on salad bar (and salad bar was included with the meal)
Rye Bread with Raw Onion: 1/2 point, served at salad bar

The Legacy Supper Club
5334 N Richmond St
Appleton, WI 54913

There was just myself and a friend dining tonight, and he lives in Appleton so I thought it was time to venture to the Appleton area again. If you look at the map of where we've been, I favor the Green Bay area over Appleton but I'm trying to balance that out more.

We arrived around 5:30pm and they had immediate seating. We were given menus and found a seat at the bar to order our brandy old fashioneds. The drinks were made pretty basic, no muddling and tasted alright.

Our waitress, Kim, took our order at the bar and invited us to sit at table 18 when we were ready. The salad bar was included with our meal so we found our table to drop our drinks off and headed to fill our plates. The options were fresh and presented nicely; it was also early in the evening so not many people picked it over yet. My favorite part about a supper club is the liver pate, but their offering was nothing special and didn't have much of any flavor to it.

We enjoyed our salads and our food was eventually delivered. My friend got the deep fried haddock with french fries and he said it was pretty good. I got the perch platter with their homemade hash browns. The perch was nicely done and the breading was just about right. The hash browns were crisp and pretty good, and they were definitely homemade. They were a skosh heavy on the butter though.

I like Supper Clubs, and The Legacy does a fine job. I personally would enjoy a perch platter at a Supper Club to make the salad bar an extra option, but include all the components of the fish fry on the plate served at the table. The perch and hash browns look lonely without their accompaniments of cole slaw and rye bread.

The Legacy Supper Club has a long standing reputation as a local favorite, and I enjoy coming here from time to time. They offer more the traditional supper club than a classic Wisconsin fish fry, but it has something for everyone and the food is worth a visit. Just head North of Hwy 41 on Hwy 47 and stop in for your next visit.

August 12, 2014

Gipper's Sports Bar & Grill, Green Bay - August 8, 2014

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

Service: Poor, need some better customer service skills
Wait Time: 8 in our party, arrived at 7:00pm, wait was 5 minutes
Food: Good

Price: Fresh Bay Perch (3 full perch) Market Price - $13.95

Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry Scale
Brandy Old Fashioned: 1/2 point, served brandy old fashioneds but not muddled
Fish: 1 point, offered perch, and other options
Potato: 1 point, offered choice of potato options
Cole Slaw: 1 points, served with meal
Rye Bread with Raw Onion: 1 point, served with meal and included red raw onion

Gipper's Sports Bar & Grill
1860 University Ave
Green Bay, WI 54302

Looking for a new place to check out a fish fry, we came across Gipper's on University Avenue in Green Bay. We had 8 people getting together so we wanted something that wouldn't be packed, but still offered a decent fish fry.

When we arrived at 7:00pm, the bar area was quite busy. We eventually figured out most people were there for cocktails, and there was a decent size bachellorette party. To be clear, Gipper's is a sports bar & grill, they have a large dining area, but it is still a sports bar. Lot of Green Bay Packer memorabilia, and there is apparently a back story to the bar's namesake.

All our friends had not yet arrived, so I went to the hostess station to put our name in for a table. It took about 2 or 3 minutes for someone to notice I was standing there, and I asked if we could get a table for 8. The hostess gave me a funny look and said "...we don't have room for 8". I then had to ask not at all or could we put our name in for a table, she then said she can write our name down. It was just an odd experience and I wasn't expecting immediate seating, but wanted to get our name in just in case it was busy by there standards.

With our name in for a table, I went back to the bar and continued drinking the brandy old fashioneds, they were ok. Not 5 minutes passed, and the bartender said our table was ready. We had to tell them our full party hadn't arrived yet. We put in an order for some appetizers as we waited for everyone, and as we socialized at the bar, our soon to be waitress and a guy behind the bar kept staring at us. I guess we were inconveniencing everybody by not taking our table in a mostly empty dining room when called. In fairness, it is not considered good practice to not be ready with your whole party when your name is called, so I take some blame for that too.

So instead of being stared down, we decided to take our table in the dining room and have our appetizers served there. I tried to find a waitress or hostess or somebody to help us find our table, but that took another 2 to 3 minutes. I was a bit disappointed to find that we were sat up in the bar area on a pub table with just barely enough room for all 8 of us. I asked why we didn't get seated in the back dining room which was your typical table seating, and the waitress said it was full back there, but in looking back there, it was barely half full.

The appetizers were delivered; we got stuffed mushroom caps, cheese curds, and santa fe rolls. The stuffed mushroom caps were pretty good actually, and I think they were homemade and not prepackaged. The cheese curds and santa fe wraps were good, but a bit greasy, but then again this is a bar & grill. We had to flag our waitress down when we wanted drinks, she didn't seem to ask us. But she at least delivered us menus so we could decide what to order.

I opted for the fresh bay perch, some people got the seafood platter, beer battered haddock, and pan fried walleye. I noticed the perch aws served with baked beans, this is not as common, but apparently it has some traditional place in the Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry.

The perch was very crispy and I actually enjoyed it, it had a good flavor with moderate breading. It may have been a touch heavy on the greasiness, but it was very good. The tartar sauce was very runny and sweet, I enjoyed the flavor, but I'm not sure about the consistency though. The potato salad was not good, I don't know if it was old or just a bad batch, but I would not recommend it. The cole slaw was alright. The baked beans were good, and they were cooked quite a while, just the way I like them. The rye bread was soaked with butter, but it did have some raw onion on top of it, so I was happy.

So Gipper's is a sports bar & grill, a place to get some greasy bar food, but some of it was actually good. The service needs improvement, maybe that is why the place wasn't that busy in the dining rooms. It is a Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry, so look past the bad service, don't order the potato salad, and the rest will be good.

August 5, 2014

The American Legion, Wrightstown - August 1, 2014

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

Service: Good
Wait Time: We did take out this time, took about 20 minutes
Food: Really good

Price: Perch Dinner (3 full perch), $14.95

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

Wrightstown American Legion
924 Main St
Wrightstown, WI 54180

We didn't have time to go out for dinner, so we decided for take out at the American Legion in Wrightstown. I've been here for their steak fry, which is held the last Wednesday of each month, and that is great.

Take outs are picked up at the check in desk to the right when you walk into the legion. All take out orders are packaged neatly into brown paper bags, ready for pickup by patrons. I paid for our order and walked out with my package.

We had to eat on the road because we had a party to attend. My only complaint about the experience is no silverware, but I suppose getting take out is meant to be eaten at home, not on the move in a vehicle.

The perch was delicious, with the breading being just about perfect, only slightly heavy. I opted for the potato salad as my side, and that too tasted great, I'm pretty sure it was homemade. The coleslaw was good, and the meal was served with rye bread buttered and sandwiched together, but no raw onion. The tartar sauce was possibly homemade, but was a bit heavy on the mayonnaise.

The American Legion in Wrightstown is a Friday Night Fish Fry hangout in my hometown, and I finally had the opportunity to give it a try and was not disappointed. The dine in experience feels dated and very informal, but that's probably what people love about their classic Wisconsin Fish Fry.