July 23, 2014

Homemade Fish Fry, July 18, 2014

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 thick cut french fries and potato salad

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

Location:
[private]

Host your own fish fry? Why not. Family members thought it would be a great idea to host their own Friday night fish fry instead of venturing out. They had some perch in the freezer they caught themselves, but bought some additional perch to make sure they had enough.

I made the hand-muddled brandy old fashioneds, because what is a fish fry without a hand-crafted cocktail?

The perch was fried golden brown, and was crunchy and delicious. The perch they caught were fairly small, as "real" perch is, and the perch they bought was much larger, but still tasty.

With the perch was served homemade thick cut french fries, and some potato salad I bought from the store (gasp!). I also bought the cole slaw from the store too. We only learned about the perch fry last minute, so I didn't have time to prepare anything homemade (except the cocktails).

To top it all off, I got some rye bread and slathered it with butter and cut it in half, then sandwiced white raw sliced onion between the two pieces of bread, delicious!

Why not host your own fish fry this Friday?



July 2, 2014

The Rite Place, Green Bay - June 29, 2014

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

Service: Excellent
Wait Time: Arrived at 7:30, 6 in our party, no wait for seating in bar area
Food: Excellent

Price: Perch Dinner (3 full perch), $16.49

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 variety of seafood options
Potato: 1 point, offered choice of potato options
Cole Slaw: 1 points, served with the cheaper Perch Plate, but not with the Perch Dinner (probably because it had a choice of soup or salad)
Rye Bread with Raw Onion: 1/2 point, served rye bread but no raw onion


Location:
The Rite Place
1580 Bellevue St
Green Bay, WI 54311

http://www.theriteplacegb.com/

This week we headed to the Rite Place in the Green Bay/Allouez area. I had never heard of this place before our friends recommended it, but they know it very well and it's been around for decades.

We arrived at 7:30pm, and there were to be 6 in our party. On the left side of the building is the bar and seating area, and a pub table was available right away with no wait. On the right side of the building is the supper club area, but we decided for the casual atmosphere.

We ordered our brandy old fashioneds and appetizers of mozarella sticks, cauliflower buds, and mushrooms. They came in a reasonable amount of time and were a good appetizer before our meal. One of our friends used to work at The Rite Place years ago, and he knew our waiter as the youngest son of the Van Rite family. It's great that this is still a family owned and run business, and they do a great job at it.

With most of the entrees came a soup or salad, and they serve their own homemade Booyah. If you don't know what Booyah is, you are probably not from Wisconsin. You can find out more about Booyah here, or attend a summer church or fireman's picnic and you'll find out what it's all about and why it is so delicious.

The menu was a tad confusing because if you look under Friday specials you don't see any mention of perch. But when you look under Seafood, there it is. They must offer perch every day then, and only the Walleye, Cod, and Fried Haddock on Fridays.




We all know what I ordered. Some of our friends got the steamed cod, which was terrific. My plate came and was laid out nicely. I got 3 full perch filets, which were fried nicely and the breading was good, maybe a touch heavy, but still delicious. The potato salad was homemade and was tasty. No coleslaw was served with the Perch Dinner because it comes with choice of soup or salad. My meal was topped off with a slice of buttered rye bread but no white raw onion.


The Rite Place is a family owned and run establishment that has been around for decades. If you're looking for a casual fish fry, or a supper club experience, they offer both and do it well. I'll be back again to dine, it was great all around!

June 27, 2014

Brandy Old Fashioned Cupcakes

Did I just read that right? Brandy Old Fashioned Cupcakes? I need to get myself some. I was catching up on the Old Fashioned Oshkosh Blog and saw her review.

These are made by Tamara - The Cake Guru based in Oshkosh, WI. She is at the Fox River Mall on Friday - Sunday so a easier drive for me from the Fox Valley than going all the way to Oshkosh.

When I try one, I'll let you know how it is...I can't wait!

Also check out her on Facebook.

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

Location:
[private]

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


Location:
Little Chicago
N9650 Friendship Dr
Kaukauna, WI 54130

http://littlechicago.org/


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


Location:
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.

April 4, 2014

River Street Pier, Green Bay - March 28, 2014

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

Service: Friendly and casual
Wait Time: Arrived at 7:00, 4 in our party, 20 minute wait for a table
Food: Great food

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 54303

We are about half-way through lent and Wisconsin fish fry's on Friday nights are a busy place. We weren't looking for a long night so wanted something local with a good fish fry and cocktails without the hour wait. Our friend recomended a few options and we settled on River Street Pier, a small place on Velp Ave along the river.

We arrived around 7:00pm to be at the tail end of the busy time and were pleased to find only a 20 minute wait. We were driving to River Street Pier and almost missed it because it looks like a house with a parking lot, but with the address we found it just fine. The decor is interesting, its sort of what you'd expect from a restaurant being on the river with a fish theme. Fishing nets were hanging all over, fishing gear hung around the room and hung on walls, I expect places like this are more tourist traps, but this was in Green Bay and definitely not a tourist trap, it was anything but.



We found some room at the bar to sneak in and order some cocktails. The brandy old fashioneds were not muddled but were good, about what you'd expect out of my typical cocktail. We found a place near the bar to perch and sip our cocktails, the concept was one large room with the bar on one side and pub style seating neatly laid out in the rest of the room. The host and bartenders were chatty and casual, which I love about small local places. After about 20 minutes our table was ready.

We sat down and were immediately greeted by our friendly waitress. She made sure we had drinks and answered some questions from the menu. We asked her recommendations and she said the bluegill and walleye were excellent, and recommended the homemade potato salad.


In short enough time, our food was served up on paper plates. The fish was lightly breaded and just about perfectly cooked. The potato salad was excellent as out waitress had recommended. The coleslaw side was alright, don't think it was homemade or anything special but it was good enough. The meal was topped off with light rye bread and of course the white raw onion.



If you're looking for a small, local Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry, River Street Pier is a sure bet. You'll enjoy everything from the waitstaff to the food, all served up on unpretentious paper plates. What is not to love?