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!