November 20, 2015

Cimarron, Menasha - November 13, 2015

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

Service: Good
Wait Time: Arrived at 6:30pm, 2 in our party, 20 minute wait
Food: Good

Price: Fish Fry - Perch (3 full perch) for $13 or Double Perch (5 full perch) for $22

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


Location:
Cimarron
W7170 Hwys 10/114
Menasha, WI 54952

http://witowns.com/CimarronBarandGrillWebAdHome.htm
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For my birthday, a friend took me to his favorite fish fry in the valley, Cimarron's of Menashsa. Cimarron's features a Friday Fish Fry with perch, bluegill, and several other fish options, and live music on Friday and Saturday nights.

We arrived at 6:30PM and the parking lot was packed so we had to park in back, and I think I found one of the last spots available. The building is very unassuming and attached to a motorsports shop.


Once inside, we walked through a narrow hallway to the dining area to register for our table of 2. Then we made our way back to the bar to get some brandy old fashioneds. I wasn't impressed with the way the drink was made, some ice in a medium size glass, some brandy (I always request Korbel), some soda, and some old fashioned mix poured over the top. I suppose the lemon garnish made the drink come together.


Despite the extremely busy parking lot, the bar wasn't overly crowded and we were called to our table within 20 minutes; table 16. At our table we ordered an appetizer of deep fried mushrooms along with our entree order. The mushrooms were perfectly cooked and a great snack before our meal arrived.


It didn't take long for our entrees to arrive nice and hot. I got the double perch, which included 5 full perch. The perch was good with a light batter that wasn't overly crispy but had a great texture. The homemade potato salad was decent, maybe could be a little thicker for my taste. The cole slaw was also good, and the meal was topped off with a light rye bread, but no raw onion.


My birthday dinner turned out to be tasty and in good company. Cimarron is an excellent choice for a Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry in the Fox Valley, definitely worth a visit. Live music starts later in the evening, so go later for dinner and stay for the music.

September 17, 2015

Union Hotel, De Pere - September 11, 2015

Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry Scale: 2.5 points out of 5, not a Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry, but a fine dining experience

Service: Excellent
Wait Time: Arrived at 7:30pm, 9 in our party, 20 minute wait
Food: Excellent

Price: Fish Fry - 4 perch fillets (2 full perch) for $21.50

Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry Scale
Brandy Old Fashioned: 1/2 point, offered brandy old fashioned but it was not muddled
Fish: 1 point, offered perch and many other options
Potato: 1 point, served with choice of potato
Cole Slaw: 0 point, none served with meal
Rye Bread with Raw Onion: 0 points, but a bread basket was served with the meal


Location:
Union Hotel
200 N Broadway
De Pere, WI 54115

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Having just seen the Old Fashioned, The Story of the Wisconsin Supper Club at the historic De Pere Cinema in downtown De Pere, we were inspired to visit the Union Hotel right around the corner for their Friday dinner.

The Union Hotel is family run hotel and fine dining establishment going back 98 years in business. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and the family has done a superb job of preserving that history.



Walking is is like taking a step back in time to the days of fine hotels and fine dining. The experience starts as you walk into the lobby, a smaller carpeted room with a small reception desk, period decor, and historic photos on the wall. Through a glass door is the bar area that has seating for guests as they wait for a table, and an ornate bar with attentive bartenders.

The brandy old fashioned, while not muddled, is made classicly using a simple syrup, some bitters, brandy, ice, and soda, and is one of the better brandy old fahioneds I've had anywhere.



There were 8 in our party and there was about a 20 minute wait. The waitress took our order in the bar area and invited us to our table soon after. We were led into one of several dining rooms that is decorated exquisitely and the table was set with attention paid to every last details for a fine dining experience. Laid out was a relish tray with cheese, crab, and liver pate spreads and a bread and cracker basket.



Some of us had the soup, and the clam chowder was phenomenal, rich and creamy and definitely homemade. Salad was served before our entree, and the lettuce was crisp and everything fresh, very delicious indeed.


Our entree was served, and in typical fine dining fashion, everything was brought out at once so everyone was served at the same time. My plate was carefully laid out with crisp, golden pieces of fish stacked atop the other. The fish was cooked perfectly and had an excellent crunch and tasted delicious. I had the hash browns for my side, they were hand cut and cooked just right for a great flavor and texture. The tartar sauce was homemade and had the perfect blend of flavors and accompanied the fish nicely.


Union Hotel is not a Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry, but they don't try to be. What they are is a fine dining establishment with the utmost attention to detail of decor and place settings to using the freshest ingredients and cooking techniques to put on a fabulous meal. You won't find much better than this in North East Wisconsin.

September 6, 2015

Supper Club Documentary screening coming to De Pere and Green Bay Sep 10 & 12

Holly De Ruyter serving up community screenings of his much anticipated documentary, Old Fashioned, the Story of the Wisconsin Supper Club.

For a very limited window of time, screenings are being presented in De Pere and Green Bay on Sep 10 and 12. Why not on Friday? Well that's when you should be out enjoying a fish fry or supper club experience!

http://www.oldfashionedthemovie.com/screenings/


Community Screening
UW-Green Bay Christie Theatre, Green Bay, WI

Community Screening
UW-Green Bay Christie Theatre, Green Bay, WI

Community Screening
De Pere Cinema, De Pere, WI



September 2, 2015

Ten O One Club, Green Bay - August 28, 2015

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

Service: Terrible
Wait Time: Arrived at 8:00pm, 12 in our party, 20 minute wait
Food: Good

Price: Fish Fry - 5 perch fillets for $17.95

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


Location:
Ten O One Club
1001 W Main St
Green Bay, WI 54301

http://1001onmain.com/

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We had a few birthdays to celebrate Friday night, our group was 12 strong and we were looking for a place with a good fish fry and steak options that could handle a larger group without much hassle. We'll see how this went...

We called ahead and made reservations for 8:00pm, and we arrived right at that time. Ten O One Club is set at the corner of Main St and Webster Ave at 1001 W Main St in an old beautiful brick building, both inside and out. The interior has an impressive bar, a beautiful atmosphere of exposed brick walls, and dim lighting, although a little too dim for my taste.


At 8:00pm, this place was not overly busy, only a few tables were dining and a handful of people around the bar. With the bar not being overly busy, I was confused why it took so long for the bartender to notice us as I was trying to flag her down. Finally we got her attention and made some drink orders. The brandy old fashioned consisted of a dash of sugar, some ice, brandy, and soda poured into a glass with a splash of bitters on the top; no garnish was offered, I should have asked for some but expect the bartender to ask what garnish I'd like.


So as we slowly got our drinks, we notified the bartender that we had the reservation for 12, and whenever they were ready for us, we were ready also. We saw our table was set, but for some reason it would be another 20 minutes until we were finally seated. When we were seated, our waitress had our table all set with menus and sparingly filled cracker baskets with butter, at least we had something to snack on as we waited for our order to be taken.

Once our order was taken, I had to use the restroom and walked through the dimly lit restaurant to the back hallway leading to the restrooms, kitchen, and prep area and passing by the main dining room with few seated diners. Sure it was 8:30pm by this point, so less people is pretty normal, but I was shocked at how many tables were left unbussed in the dining room as people were nearby eating. Even more shocking was the prep area that was clearly visible from the dining room was a disaster with dishes stacked everywhere and napkins and straws piled in a prep sink. All the while two waiters were just chatting away, oblivious to the mess surrounding them. You can already see where this review is going...

As we waited over 30 minutes for our food to arrive, which for a table of 12 isn't that bad of a wait time, we ordered another round of drinks and some of us ordered bottles of wine. It took quite a while for the drinks to be delivered, and the white wine was delivered cold, but no ice bucket, even after requesting one. At one point, our friend went to the bar to get some drinks, and the bartender at this time, probably the owner, seemed like he was annoyed that we even asked him to make a drink or two.

By this point, I was hungry and nervous about how much longer for the food, and how good it would actually be, but after 35 minutes our food was served. Despite the horrid service and uncleanliness of this place, the food was actually pretty good. The perch was crispy and flavorful, I was impressed. For my potato I got the broasted potatoes and those too were tasty. The cole slaw however, well it tasted like it was sitting our for a few hours, or it was from the day before and wasn't stored properly, I couldn't take more than two bites. I was delighted the meal was served with rye bread and raw onion, but was not pleased when the onion turned out to be limp and clearly not fresh cut. The saving grace was the homemade tartar sauce, unique and flavorful. Others had pasta or steak dishes and enjoyed their meals.



The terrible service was topped off when it took about 20 minutes for the waitress to settle up our bills. With the waitress not delivering the bills in a timely manner, to letting people's bills sit at the table with credit card ready, to complaining about the bartender not knowing how to properly close out my bar tab, it just made the night finish off with a bad taste in my mouth, and surprisingly it wasn't the food.

Maybe the extremely dim lighting of our dining area explains the lack of service by the waitstaff, they just can't see what they are doing half the time.

So go to Ten O Once Club for the food, but not all of it because some of it tasted like it's been sitting out a while. Don't go for the service because it's about the worst and most inattentive service I've experienced when enjoying a Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry.

August 19, 2015

White Dog Black Cat Cafe, Green Bay - August 14, 2015

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

Service: Excellent
Wait Time: Arrived at 8:15pm, 2 in our party, no wait
Food: Excellent

Price: Fish Fry - 3 large beer battered walleye filets for $10.50

Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry Scale
Brandy Old Fashioned: 1 point, offered brandy old fashioned and it was muddled
Fish: 1 point, offered Walleye
Potato: 1 point, served with choice of potato
Cole Slaw: 1 point, served with meal
Rye Bread with Raw Onion: 1/2 point, served with meal but did not include raw onion


Location:
White Dog Black Cat Cafe
201 S Broadway
Green Bay, WI 54303

http://whitedogblackcatgb.com/

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It's been a while since we had the chance to enjoy a fish fry, but we finally made the time and headed to White Dog Black Cat Cafe. This cafe is not your ordinary cafe and is worth a visit any day of the week. They self describe as "... a cozy cafe [that] boasts not only amazing food but a fun and funky casual atmosphere", and having been there for Sunday Brunch and now a Friday Fish Fry, I completely agree. For cocktail and beer lovers, they offer hand crafted cocktails and a wide selection of craft beers.


Walking up to the cafe, they have a series of large paintings propped up against the building. Of course they have a white dog, and a black cat, appropriate quirky art for this establishment.


Going inside, there is a large bar, pub seating, couches, and a separate dining room. The place brings together different pieces of furniture and decor to create a unique appearance that is not uniform throughout, and it is done nicely.

Since we got there after 8:00pm, there was plenty of seating available so we immediately took our seats at a two person table in the dining room. I inquired if they hand muddle their Brandy Old Fashioned, and she said they absolutely do. I ordered a Brandy Old Fashioned Proper-as our waitress called it-a brandy old fashioned muddled, but no added soda, just the perfect blend of muddling and a good brandy served over ice.


We ordered our meals, I got the fish fry and Chad got the Hungry Cat Burger, a 1/2 pound burger sandwiched between two grilled cheese sandwiches....oh my!

The fish fry wasn't the typical perch platter, but was a generous portion of beer battered Walleye, 3 large filets in all and fried to a crispy golden deliciousness while maintaining the juiciness of the fish inside. Absolutely delicious! Perch is not the only things that makes a Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry, it just has to be a fresh water fish and Walleye is just that.

I had my choice of potato options but I decided to go with their classic potato side of what they call babycake potatoes. These babycakes resemble a hashbrown in bite size pieces, just way better than any hashbrown you've ever had. Delicious!

The meal was topped off with a serving of cole slaw which had an excellent flavor with a little tang. Rye bread was served on edge sandwiched between the cole slaw and tartar sauce, and made for an excellent presentation.


I've enjoyed White Dog Black Cat Cafe's Sunday Brunch a few times and always had a great experience. Their Friday Fish Fry was no exception. Their website makes a bold statement on their excellent food and atmosphere, and they deliver on everything! You absolutely must check out this cafe for Sunday Brunch and Friday Fish Fry, it'll offer a different dining experience with their quirky atmosphere but you will love it! I just wish they had some raw onion on the bread, but that is my only complaint!

June 23, 2015

Madison Fish Fry

For those in the Madison area, check out what they have to say about their favorite fish fry.

http://madisonfishfry.com/

June 18, 2015

Thornberry Creek at Oneida, Oneida - June 12, 2015

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

Service: Good
Wait Time: Arrived at 8:15pm, 4 in our party, no wait
Food: Good

Price: Perch Plate - Double (4 whole perch) was $18.95

Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry Scale
Brandy Old Fashioned: 1 point, offered brandy old fashioned and it was muddled
Fish: 1 point, offered perch and other options
Potato: 1 point, served with choice of potato
Cole Slaw: 1 point, served with meal
Rye Bread with Raw Onion: 1 point, served with meal and included raw onion


Location:
Thornberry Creek at Oneida
4470 N Pine Tree Rd
Oneida, WI 54115

http://www.golfthornberry.com/

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This week's fish fry was close to home and a place I've been wanting to experience for a while now. Thornberry Creek at Oneida is a golf course, banquet hall, and restaurant, right in the heart of scenic Oneida. The views available in the dining room and club house are not to be missed.



We had a busy day so didn't make it to Thornberry Creek until about 8:15pm and diners were already gone and plenty of seating was available. The restaurant area has a large bar centered in a grand hall, an open style stainless steel kitchen, and ample seating both inside and out.

Because there was plenty of room available, we chose to sit at our table right away and have the waitress bring us our cocktails. We all enjoyed a few rounds of hand muddled brandy old fashioneds. I ordered mine with Korbel and without adding any soda, that way I can enjoy the flavor of the brandy mixed with the muddled goodness of the components of a brandy old fashioned.



We placed our orders and in a short time our entrees were ready. The double order  of perch came with 4 pieces of fish, which I must say for the market price of $18.95 is probably the most expensive fish fry I've ever had. The fish was cooked nicely and a had a satisfactory seasoned breading. The fries were fried up nicely and had a great crunch to them. The cole slaw was fantastic, the creamy style I love and had the perfect balance of flavors. The meal was complete with a slice of rye bread and thick slice of red raw onion.



Thornberry Creek at Oneida offers a dining experience with a beautiful views both indoor and out. I guess you pay more to eat here because of the beautiful view, but I have no complaints about the fish fry, everything tasted pretty good. Looking for a satisfying meal after a round of golf? You're in the right place!

May 18, 2015

Four Way Bar & Restaurant, Suamico - May 15, 2015

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

Service: Good
Wait Time: Arrived at 7:30pm, 6 in our party, 10 minute wait
Food: Really Good

Price: Perch Plate - Single (3 whole perch) was $12.95

Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry Scale
Brandy Old Fashioned: 1/2 point, offered brandy old fashioned, but it was not muddled
Fish: 1 point, offered perch, smelt, haddock, blue gill, shrimp, and scallops
Potato: 1 point, served with choice of potato
Cole Slaw: 1/2 point, served on salad bar
Rye Bread with Raw Onion: 1/2 point, served with meal but did not include raw onion


Location:
Four Way Bar & Restaurant
1801 Riverside Dr
Suamico, WI 54173

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It's been a while since we found the time for a Friday Fish Fry, well over a month! But we're back at it and this time our friends invited us to meet them at Four Way in Suamico. I've always heard good things about this place, so let's see how they fared.


There were two entrances that we saw walking up to the building, one to the left, and one to the right on the patio. We chose the one to the left and ended up walking into the dining room, which was a little odd at first. But we found our way to the bar easy enough, connected to the dining room by a hallway. Four Way has a large outdoor patio with ample seating and a fireplace, and they are building a covered section at the moment.

It was 7:30pm and our friends were already at the bar. The place wasn't very busy at all, but it definitely got much busier a little later. We found ourselves a pub table, ordered some brandy old fashioneds and an order of fried cheese curds.


I would call the Four Way a local tavern with a Friday Fish Fry. The bartenders and waitresses were friendly and casual, nothing too formal which is what I love about these type of places. There was a minimal wait, but we had two friends who hadn't arrive yet so we had the waitress wait to take our order. Once they arrived, our orders were taken in the bar area. A short while later our table was set and we were invited to the dining room-seated at table #1.


All of us got fish or seafood, and all the meals came with the salad bar. After we were done with our salads, our entrees arrived. All the fish and seafood options tasted great, especially the fried perch and broiled haddock. I got the potato salad as my choice of potato, definitely homemade and tasted great.


My perch plate included the salad bar, so cole slaw was an option there, but not served with the meal. This is very common, but I do have my own preference to always have the cole slaw served with the meal regardless. The meal was topped with with rye bread, but did not include any white raw onion. The waitress was nice enough to deliver some raw onion upon request.

Four Way Bar & Restaurant puts on a really good fish fry and is definitely worth a visit. I bet it's also a great place to sit on the large patio on a weekend afternoon sharing some cold drinks with friends.

April 2, 2015

Plank Road Pub, De Pere - March 27, 2015

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

Service: Excellent
Wait Time: Arrived at 6:45pm, 2 in our party, 20 minute wait for table (bar seating first come, first serve)
Food: Good

Price: Regular Perch Fry was $12.99 (3 whole perch), Large Perch Fry was $16.99 (5 whole perch)

Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry Scale
Brandy Old Fashioned: 1 point, offered brandy old fashioned and it was hand muddled
Fish: 1 point, offered perch
Potato: 1 point, served with choice of a variety of potatoes (mashed, hand cut fries, or waffle fries)
Cole Slaw: 1 point, served with meal
Rye Bread with Raw Onion: 1 point, served with meal and included raw onion


Location:
Plank Road Pub
1632 Mid Valley Dr
De Pere, WI 54115

http://www.plankroadpubandgrill.com/

We were looking for something local and low key for a fish fry, so we decided to try the relatively new Plank Road Pub (on Mid Valley Drive) in De Pere. This location used to be a sports bar, but new owners came in and kicked it up a notch on quality of service and food. The place was quite busy, and there was a 20 minute wait for a table, but the bar area had first come, first serve seating (at the bar or pub tables) and with just the two of us, we were able to find a spot quickly.




We each ordered our brandy old fashioneds, and were happy to see they muddled their cocktails, off to a great start for a Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry. They did serve their cocktails in a tall glass though, which is fine, it tasted pretty good. I do find when serving a muddled cocktail in a tall glass, you end up getting too much sugary soda but this cocktail had a good balance to it.


Sitting at the bar, all the bartenders were attentive to everyone's needs, our dining experience started off great with excellent service. We looked over our menus and decided to get an appetizer of fried pickles before we ordered our dinners. The pickles came out in a timely manner, everything about this place seems to flow very well. The fried pickles were excellent and cooked nicely, very pleased so far with the food.


We placed our fish fry order as we enjoyed our fried pickles and cocktails. I asked one of the bartenders if their hand cut fries were homemade, and they said almost all there stuff is homemade, which was awesome to hear.

Our perch plates arrived, the presentation looked great. The perch was good, it had a good fish flavor to it. I wouldn't say it was the best perch I had but I was pleased with it. The hand-cut fries were delicious, definitely homemade and fried perfectly. The cole slaw was good, nothing fantastic, just good. The meal was topped off with a slice of rye bread and red raw onion. I typically prefer white raw onion, but they hit all the marks for a Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry, including the rye bread with raw onion.


Overall, we had a really good experience. I'm impressed with them taking the previous bar, reopening it as Plank Road Pub, and taking the customer service and food to a higher standard. This place is great option for a low-key fish fry in a local bar setting. I'd recommend checking it out!

March 19, 2015

Lorelei Inn, Green Bay - March 13, 2015

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

Service: Excellent
Wait Time: Arrived at 8:30pm, 3 in our party, no wait
Food: Excellent

Price: Regular Perch Plate was $13.25 (3 whole perch), Large Perch Plate was $18.95 (5 whole perch)

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: 1/2 point, served with meal but did not include white raw onion


Location:
Lorelei Inn
1412 S Webster Ave
Green Bay, WI 54301

http://www.lorelei-inn.com/

https://www.facebook.com/LoreleiInn
https://twitter.com/loreleigreenbay

I've heard of the Lorelei Inn and always heard great things about it. I've driven by it plenty of times on Webster, but it looks like a hometown bar, not like a great German restaurant. Now that I know where it is and have been there, we'll be back for more!


Lorelei Inn is known for its authentic German food with specials like Sauerbraten, Wienerschnitzel, and since the Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry has its roots in early German Catholic immigrants, they should also be known for their fish fry.

The outside is very unassuming with its permastone exterior, but its Lorelei Inn sign with the coat of arms starts to tell the story.


Once inside, the bar area has plenty of room for people to sit at the bar or at pub tables throughout. We put our name in for a table, but with it being so late in the evening, we could have our order taken at any time. For those who like beer, especially German beer, this place has a large selection that would satisfy any beer connoisseur.


We were given some menus to look over, the perch and bluegill specials were listed on a sign by the hostess station. We ordered our brandy old fashioneds and an appetizier of cheese curds as we looked over the menu. The brandy old fashioned was not muddled. The cheese curds were an excellent choice.



When we decided our order, we called our waitress over. We ordered the clam chowder soup before our meal, and when that was ready the waitress called us to our table.

All three of us got the fish fry, and Chad and I chose the double order because we love leftover fish the next day. Lorelei Inn serves both perch and bluegill, so I got the perch and Chad got the bluegill so we could try both. With our meal, we had choices of red cabbage, cole slaw, and saurerkraut. And for our potato, we had the choice of french fries, wedge fries, potato pancakes (with applesauce), and another option or two I cannot recall at the moment.

Our food arrived, and the presentation looked delicious and plenty of food to satisfy us. Both the perch and bluegill was fantastic. The breading was definitely hand breaded, and I don't find many places that have this type of breading, it was cooked perfectly, crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. My potato pancakes were awesome, and Chad's warm german potato salad was delicious as well-definitely authentic German cooking. The cole slaw was good, not bad at all, but nothing overly fantastic.

But I was a little disappointed that a German restaurant out of all places served the meal with rye bread, but no raw onion. Now I don't know if rye bread with raw onion has anything to do with German food, but I was hoping it would be served with it. Our waitress did serve up some white raw onion on request though.


I was so pleased with our experience at Lorelei Inn, they put on a fantastic perch and bluegill fish fry and did a great job on all the sides. I will be back to enjoy some of their German food I've heard such great things about. Put this place on your short list for a visit real soon! I think they deserve a spot on our Top 5 fish fry list, don't you?

March 8, 2015

Club Chalet, Green Bay - March 6, 2015

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

Service: Excellent
Wait Time: Arrived at 5:30pm, 9 in our party, 20 minute wait
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 December 27, 2013

We were celebrating Chad's birthday, and we don't like to take risks on new places for a special events, so Club Chalet is one of our go-to places for a guaranteed great dining experience.



We ended up with 9 in our party, a fairly large group to coordinate dinner for, and to get seating for on a busy Friday fish fry night, especially during Lent. I was surprised that it wasn't as busy as it normally is. We enjoyed our cocktails in the bar area as the waitress took our order and waited for our table to be ready. Our waitress Sharon was fantastic the entire evening!



We were eventually invited into the dining room to take our seats and our salads and relish trays were all laid out and ready for us to start our dining for the evening. I love Club Chalet that from the time you enter the bar and then the dining room, you always have something to eat or drink and are well attended to. We enjoyed our salads and relish tray, with excellent liver pate and cracker basket, fresh salads, and fresh dinner rolls as we waited for our second course-the soup. The soups were delicious, especially the creamy clam chowder, so rich and full of flavor.




After our salad and soup courses, the main entrees were served. I got the perch fry of course which was fantastic as always. Others in our party got steaks, prime rib, and even lobster. The lobster was served with hot melted butter, ready to dip the lobster in. I chose the fries for my potato and they tasted great. The fish fry was served with cole slaw and a two slices of buttered rye bread with white raw onion sandwiched in between.



I am always delighted with our experience at Club Chalet from the service, to the atmosphere, to the excellent food. It's #1 on our list of fish fry's in North East Wisconsin for a reason.

February 24, 2015

The Midwestival Blog: The Wisconsin Old Fashioned: An Abridged History

I came across a fantastic article about the history of the old fashioned in Wisconsin.

Find out how German Immigrants, the 1893 World Fair in Chicago, and Korbel put Wisconsin at the forefront of the old fashioned drinking capital of the world.

http://www.themidwestival.com/blog/2015/1/15/the-wisconsin-old-fashioned-an-abridged-history

February 23, 2015

February 8, 2015

Pubhaus at 600, De Pere - February 6, 2015

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

Service: Excellent
Wait Time: Arrived at 6:00pm, 4 in our party, no wait
Food: Excellent

Price: Perch (2 full perch) for $10.95, Double Perch (4 full perch) for $15.95

Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry Scale
Brandy Old Fashioned: 1 point, served brandy old fashioneds, and they were muddled
Fish: 1 point, offered perch and other options
Potato: 1 point, offered choice of potato options
Cole Slaw: 1 point, served with meal
Rye Bread with Raw Onion: 1 point, served with rye bread and white raw onion

Location:
Pubhaus at 600
600 George St
De Pere, WI 54115

We made plans with friends to meet at Pubhaus at 600 at 6:00pm. I hadn't heard about this place before our friends recommended it, but as we were walking up we saw the green sign advertisting Fish Fry, I was getting a good vibe already.


We walked in, and it's a tavern type setting, the true roots of a classic Wisconsin Fish Fry, but the place wasn't overly busy and most people were at the bar for drinks. Immediate seating was available so we found a pub table to sit at, then headed to the bar to order a round of brandy old fashioneds.

I was delighted when I saw the bartender drop some cherries into an empty glass, then some orange slices, a packet of sugar, and some bitters and muddle it all up. I specifically ask for Korbel brandy so I don't get the rail brandy, it's a much smoother taste. The old fashioneds were delicious! I took a picture of Chad's old fashioned because I've started ordering my old fashioneds without the soda (but only when they muddle it), and you really get the flavor of the muddled items and brandy and has it has a great flavor when mixed correctly.



Our friends arrived and we placed our orders, and opted for the hand battered cheese curds for an appetizer. They arrived at our table soon enough and were phenomenal, this tavern is really hitting all the right marks for a great experience so far. We devoured the cheese curds and got another round of drinks.

Our food came next and the presentation matched my expectations from this tavern. I got the double order of perch and they gave me 3 full perch that were a pretty good size filet. The perch was fried perfectly and tasted great. I'm thinking the tartar sauce was homemade, and had the right balance of flavors and accompanied the perch filets perfectly. For my potato I opted for the baby reds, they were baked or roasted I think and when smashed with some butter and sour cream were good. The cole slaw was a creamy variety and had a good flavor, and finally the meal was fully complete as a Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry with rye bread with white raw onion.



I was excited that Pubhaus 600 not only offered a full Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry experience in a tavern setting, but everything tasted great too! They've earned a spot on our Top 5 Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry's in NorthEast Wisconsin. Looking for a fish fry at a local tavern that truly embodies what the Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry is all about? Look no further than Pubhaus at 600 in De Pere.

January 30, 2015

Wally's Spot Supper Club, Green Bay - January 23, 2015

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

Service: Good
Wait Time: Arrived at 7:00pm, 2 in our party, 20 minute wait
Food: Excellent

Price: Perch Plate (2 1/2 full perch), $17.95

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: 0 points, not offered with fish fry
Rye Bread with Raw Onion: 1 point, served with rye bread and white raw onion

Location:
Wally's Spot Supper Club
1979 South Main St
Green Bay, WI 54302

http://www.wallysspot.com/

Previous review of Wally's Spot on September 27, 2013

We came back for a visit to Wally's Spot Supper Club after being away for way too long. Wally's Spot makes our top 5 list for a great fish fry. Wally's Spot is on the east side of Green Bay and has a 65 year history of "...the finest dining in Green Bay".


We arrived at 7:00pm and it was just two of us dining. The bartender took our drink order and we both got brandy old fashioneds of course. The bartender gave us a number as we waited for our waitress to arrive and take our order.


The brandy old fashioneds were not muddled but tasted really good and were mixed well. Wally's Spot offers Hors d'oeuvre of crackers, bread, cheese spreads, and liver pate in the bar area for something to snack on as we waited. The liver pate was alright, but tasted more like Braunschweiger, but its a minor detail only I would comment on because I love liver pate.


We had a short wait of 20 minutes until our waitress arrived to take our order. We were invited to our table right away, Chad was able to enjoy the salad bar with his entree choice of prime rib, I had an option of soup or salad. A bread basket was served at the table. The salad bar has some great offerings and I ate some off Chad's plate as I waited for my soup.


Our waitress was great and friendly, but it took more than 30 minutes after finishing our soup and salad for our food to arrive. I wasn't disappointed really, but it was quite a long time from the time we were invited to our table to when the food arrived. As we waited, Wally's Spot always offer a chef's choice sampler, and this time it was a fried catfish with a little homemade tartar sauce. It was alright, I much prefer the perch to the catfish.

Our food arrived and I was hungry and eager to taste the delicious fish fry I remember from last time. Wally's Spot is a supper club and they do put on a great presentation. The fish was perfectly fried and crispy as I remember it from last time, very pleased it was just as good. I chose a twice baked potato as my potato choice, and they make a homemade twice baked loaded potato and it tasted great! The side of beans were cooked perfectly. The meal topped off with a slice of rye bread with white raw onion.


There was one thing missing from the fish fry, and that was the cole slaw, which disappointed me. I was given the option of a salad or soup, and I chose the soup; the salad bar with the fish fry would be extra. I don't think cole slaw is optional with a fish fry, but that's just my opinion.

Wally's Spot Supper Club didn't disappoint this time and they put on a great meal. The price did go up a bit since last time, and the lack of cole slaw drops it down to "barely a classic Wisconsin fish fry", but I still love this place. You must get the twice baked potato when you dine here, it's the best I've had anywhere!

January 2, 2015

Eddie Whipps Dining Hall, Green Bay - December 26, 2014

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

Service: Good
Wait Time: Arrived at 7:00pm, 3 in our party, 20 minute wait
Food: Ok

Price: Perch Plate (3 full perch), $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: 1/2 point, served with meal but family style
Rye Bread with Raw Onion: 1/2 point, served in bread basket, but no raw onion

Location:
Whipps Dining Hall
4075 State Road 29
Poland, WI 54311

http://whippsdining.com/

Eddie Whipps Dining Hall is out in the country and has a rich history in the area dating back to 1922 and has been family run ever since. Check out the history on their website. What began as a church, turned into a tavern, and eventually the dining hall we know today serving up Sunday and Wednesday homemade chicken dinners and Friday fish fry, and hosting weddings and banquets on Saturdays.


There were 3 of us dining on the day after Christmas. We arrived at 7:00pm and our wait was about 20 minutes, not bad for a usually busy and popular place. We asked the bartender for our number and ordered brandy old fashioneds. The welcome sign showed they were offering a cranberry old fashioned, but it was all sold out by the time we arrived. 


As we waited we ordered an appetizer of cheese curds which took quite a while to show up, and the waitress apologized for the delay. The cheese curds were good but a bit on the greasy side. After about 20 minutes, a waitress called us to our table.



Once seated, our order was taken promptly, 2 of us got the perch platter and one the chicken dinner. Whipps Dining Hall is just that, the dining room is a large open room with banquet style tables and a no-frills setting. There were several tables of large parties of 10-20 people, probably some family Christmas gatherings.

Our food arrived in short order and we started on our meal. The perch had a good flavor, but was not crispy as I had hoped, it wasn't quite soggy but the texture wasn't quite right. The potato salad I got as a side was pretty good, as was the coleslaw, although served family style.


I have to say I wasn't overly impressed with what Whipp's Dining Hall has to offer for a Friday Fish Fry. It's a no-frills banquet hall setting, which I'm fine with, but with the perch lacking any crunch to it, and the presentation on the plate looking empty, it didn't seem like that great a fish fry. Still, it's a local business that has served the community for over 85 years and is very popular, so it's worth a visit and make your own judgement.