October 18, 2014

Farr's Grove, Green Bay - October 3, 2014

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

Service: Good
Wait Time: Arrived at 8:30pm, 2 in our party, no wait
Food: Excellent

Price: Perch Plate (3 full perch), $12.95 or 1 1/2 perch (5 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: 1 point, served with meal
Rye Bread with Raw Onion: 1/2 point, served rye bread but no raw onion

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

Previous review of Farr's Grove from December 17, 2012

This is our 2nd visit to Farr's Grove and we enjoyed it, it definitely stays firmly in the #3 spot on our top 5 Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry's in North East Wisconsin. We got there sort of late, so plenty of seating was available at the bar as well as the dining room. We ordered our cocktails and drank one at the bar before we took a table. You can choose to eat at the bar too, but there was a high school football game on the big screen, and some of the patrons were not happy with the referees, so we wanted a quieter place to eat.

We had our choice of seating, so we got another round of brandy old fashioneds and grabbed a table. Farr's Grove is more of a tavern, so no fancy seating or menu's, just good drinks and good food. Food options are listed on menus on the walls. I meant to take a picture of the menus, but forgot about it until after we left. I counted a total of 7 different menus for ordering food, one main one and 6 others posted on different beer brand signs. All listing basically the same things.

We both got the same order, the Perch Plate with a side of fries. Food at Farr's Grove is served on paper plates, a common thing you'll find in taverns. The perch was delicious, they have a little thicker breading than most but we both enjoyed it. Fries were crispy and the coleslaw was good. The meal was served with rye bread, but I don't recall seeing any raw onion, although last time we were here it was. Great experience all around.


Apparently Jerry Farr (I'm guessing the owner of Farr's Grove) has a thing for a Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry as you can see in the quote below found on shirts worn by all the waitstaff. I bought one for $20, just ask the waitress at the bar to pick out your size and favorite color. This is one of those things you'll only find in Wisconsin, LOVE IT!



If you haven't been to Farr's Grove, you must go. Remember this is a tavern and the true roots of the Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry, so expect a very informal dining experience with great food. Take it from Jerry Farr that perch is a gift from god, and a delicious one at that.



September 30, 2014

Mer and Jackie's 5 Corners Supper Club, Green Bay - September 19, 2014

Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry Scale: 3 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 (3 full perch), $12.95 or 1 1/2 perch (5 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: 1/2 point, served on salad bar
Rye Bread with Raw Onion: 0 points, no rye bread

Location:
Mer & Jackie's 5 Corners Supper Club
N4899 Cty Rd EE
Appleton, WI 54913

Previous review of Mer and Jackie's 5 Corners Supper Club from March 22, 2014


We've been on a trend of revisiting fish fry establishments we dined at prior, this week was Mer & Jackie's 5 Corners Supper Club. Read the previous review on why its called that. What I didn't mention last time was Mer & Jackie's pictures are up on the wall, both dressed very nice. A throwback to the days of getting dressed up for a nice supper club experience. Obviously today, getting dressed up isn't the typical supper club experience.

The specific reason for this visit was to celebrate the meeting of someone special in my life exactly 2 years ago. We decided to enjoy their Wednesday night buffet for our first date. Fast-forward 2 years and we had the chance to enjoy their Friday night fish fry experience on the same date of our meeting.


It wasn't that busy when we arrived at 7:00pm. We took our seat at the bar, and we know the bartender Sandy. We each got a brandy old fashioned and toasted to our anniversary. Menus were presented, and we received #45 as our place in line to order.

It didn't take long for #45 to be called out by the waitress taking orders. We raised our hand and she stopped over. I ordered the perch plate, 1 1/2 order because I was quite hungry. My date ordered the prime rib.

We were told our table in the dining room and were welcome to help ourself to the salad bar. We found our table, dropped off our drinks and headed to the salad bar. I absolutely LOVE their croutons, they area seasoned with a secret recipe and fried, not baked! Yes, more fried food, but I tell you they will be the best croutons you'll ever have. I also tried their liver pate, but I found it lacking in texture and flavor. I remember last time their soup was cream of carrot, and this time they did as well, I chose to pass. A fresh baked loaf of white bread was waiting at our table when we returned.

Our main entrees were delivered after we were done with our salads. The perch looked delicious. This was one of the best taking perch filets I've ever had, anywhere. Absolutely delicious! The side of potatoes was also very good, they were heavy on the butter, but really good.



By the end of our meal, I was stuffed. The perch was so good I couldn't stop eating, even though I was full. We asked for doggy bags to take the perch and prime rib home to enjoy the next day.

If you're in the mood for some of the best lake perch you'll probably ever taste, check out Mer & Jackie's 5 Corners Supper Club. It's in the country, at the intersection of 5 roads, you'll know it when you see it. Well worth the drive.

September 23, 2014

River Street Pier, Green Bay - September 12, 2014

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

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

Price: Perch Plate (3 full perch), market price, $14.50

Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry Scale
Brandy Old Fashioned: 1/2 point, served brandy old fashioneds but not muddled
Fish: 1 point, offered perch, bluegill, walleye, cod, and shrimp, and a combo platter
Potato: 1 point, offered choice of potato options
Cole Slaw: 1 point, served with meal
Rye Bread with Raw Onion: 1 point, offered rye bread with choice of white raw onion

Location:
River Street Pier
1984 Velp Ave
Green Bay, WI 54304

Previous review of River Street Pier from March 28, 2014


We're back at River Street Pier for another fish fry, last time we enjoyed it and this time was no different. We got their pretty late, around 8:30pm, so there was plenty of seating available, and they served until 10:00pm.

We got our table and the waitress took our drink order right away. Menus are available at the tables so we had time to look them over.


We all ordered the perch plates at market price. The perch was fried nicely and had a good flavor. I particularly love their delicious homemade potato salad, I remember it from last time and it tasted just as great this time. Cole slaw was fine, and the meal was topped off with rye bread with white raw onion.



I came back because I remember it being good, and it was worth the return trip. Check out River Street Pier for a casual friday night fish fry in Green Bay.

September 11, 2014

Kroll's West, Green Bay - September 5, 2014

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

Service: Excellent
Wait Time: 3 in our party, arrived at 7:00pm, no wait
Food: Really Good

Price: Kroll's Perch Dinner (5 pieces) - $15.25

Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry Scale
Brandy Old Fashioned: 1/2 point, served brandy old fashioneds but not muddled
Fish: 1 point, offered perch and cod
Potato: 1 point, offered choice of potato options
Cole Slaw: 1 point, offered as a side option (of which you choose 2)
Rye Bread with Raw Onion: 1/2 point, rye bread but no white raw onion


Location:
Kroll's West
1990 S Ridge Rd
Green Bay, WI 54304

http://www.krollswest.com/


We were taking a family member out for his birthday and wanted a no hassle fish fry and settled on Kroll's West. Kroll's is famous for its location right by Lambeau field and its delicious grilled burgers, served with hearty portions of butter.

If you haven't been to Kroll's, you have to check it out any day of the week. We arrived at 7:00pm and with just 3 in our party there was no wait for a table. The experience at Kroll's is like none other with it's unique seating arragnements at cozy circular booths or tables. When you're ready to order drinks or food, you just press the button and a waiter appears right away.

It didn't seem to be that busy so a waiter asked us right away what we wanted to drink, brandy old fashioneds were on order of course. There is a bar area, but because immediate seating was available, we just ordered drinks at the table. Menus are placed at the center of each table so we took some time to look it over, and all decided on the fish fry.


As we waited for our food, we also ordered a calamari strip basket which came with fries, coleslaw, and cocktail sauce. The menu said you won't be disappointed, and we definitely weren't. The calamari were meaty pieces and tasted delicious with the cole slaw and fries.

Our food came out quick enough. The perch is listed on the menu as hand battered and golden broasted, and was unlike any other perch I had tasted. The breading may look a little thick but with their preparation style, it was fantastic.


For my sides I got the potato salad, which I thought was just ok, and the cole slaw, again just ok. Kroll's is known for their famous whipped potatoes, and we got to try them. I thought they were pretty good. The meal was topped off with a slice of rye bread, but no raw onion.

I'll finish off this review with my thoughts on the service. The service was excellent and pretty much the best service I've seen anywhere, and almost to a fault. As I mentioned earlier in this post, and as those who have been to Kroll's know, you push the button for service. But since it wasn't very busy, waiters were always walking around asking how everything is and if we needed anything. At one point, we were asked 5 times in less than 5 minutes by 5 different waiters. As annoying as this sounds, it wasn't annoying at all and it is a testament to Kroll's excellent service and great food.

If you're looking to experience a part of Green Bay history in a unique dining establishment with excellent service and great food, check out Kroll's for a fish fry. Or any day of the week to enjoy all their delicious food choices. It's very family friendly so bring the whole family for a low key dining experience.

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


Location:
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


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

http://www.gippersgreenbay.com/

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


Location:
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.