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Timsan’s

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I still have about a half dozen posts to finish off our September Australian vacation. But because my husband misses my Restaurant Impressions oh-so-much and I have several I’ve neglected to write, I’m going to throw a quick one in here because…

My brother is getting married this weekend!

Actually on Friday the 13th.

(That’s almost always been a lucky day for me!)

And Timsan’s is the first restaurant where Rob and I dined with the two of them and my parents altogether.

Timsan’s is a Japanese Steakhouse – you know, hibachi-style – on the east side of Green Bay, Wisconsin. And to be honest, I like it much better than the ones I’ve been to in some of the bigger cities, including Ichiban in Minneapolis.

Since shrimp is the appetizer, I almost always order the scallops and filet mignon. {I find the chicken at hibachi restaurants to be too dry.} The cocktails are mighty fine, too.

The fact that it is housed in an old A&W building gives it character!

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{source: Timsan’s.com}

It became a tradition for a few years to all go to Timsan’s together the Friday after Thanksgiving when we’d go back to Green Bay for the holiday.

Until, one year…

…both Rob and I got sick.

I mean, really sick. Like stomach-flu, not coming out of the bedroom except to go to the bathroom to relieve the stomach pain. I don’t even know how we made it back to Minneapolis.

My cousin’s kids had been sick, so it’s probable we got it from them when they were over on Thanksgiving Day. However, because we ate at Timsan’s on Friday and both began to feel sick in the wee hours of Saturday morning, Rob has had an aversion to wasabi ever since.

So, when Timsan’s opened another location just a couple of miles from my parents house this past year {pretty much across the street from Townline}, I was surprised when Rob requested that we stop there for a drink and an appetizer one evening.

And I must say, these are some of the best potstickers the two of us have ever had!

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I love when they are nicely seared like that. I also enjoyed a nice little Grasshopper with the bartender. Man, I haven’t had one of those in, maybe, 15 years!

Timsan’s turned an old white-walled sports bar into a very nice dining space. Rob vowed that it’s a place where we need to come back every time we are in Green Bay.

Now, if he ever gets the courage enough to try hibachi again is another story…

Do you have any food aversions because you associate them with a time you’ve been sick?

Cheers~
Carrie

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My Favorite Beer on TAP!

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A couple of week’s ago, our friend Monkey notified us that my favorite beer was now back in stores. We picked some up right away!

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Central Waters Brewer’s Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout

Then we found out that there was a Central Waters Tap Takeover at the Adam’s Street Pub in Green Bay, where we were headed to see family for the holidays.

But alas, when we arrived at the pub at around noon on December 26th, it was closed and we had to lunch elsewhere.

After lunch with the boys at the Green Bay Distillery and watching White Christmas on DVR {followed by which may have included a late afternoon nap}, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go back downtown to Adams Street Pub for some Central Waters beer.

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Yes, you read that correctly. There was a tap takeover by my favorite brewery; I was only about ten miles away; and I was considering doing “the usual” instead.

But it was dark and I was still groggy from my nap. (Poor me!) I asked Rob what he wanted to do. Going up the road to Townline for a bite to eat sounded so much easier to both of us.

But I gave it more thought, weighed the options, listed pros and cons…

CONS

  • One of us would have to drive. (Tough to think about when you have access to your limited edition favorite beer!)

PROS

  • We’d get to try the Call Me Old Fashioned, a unique limited release beer that I probably would never get to try again.
  • We go to Townline almost every time we are in Green Bay, usually out of convenience. And while they do have a lot of beers on tap, there is generally only one that we are sort of willing to drink.
  • It would be something new, not the same-old, same-old.
  • We thought there might be a band playing.

I came to my senses. The pros outweighed the cons. And the con was a stupid one. Nothing said we had to get stupid drunk. I’d rather have a couple of my favorite beers and enjoy them! So we headed back to Adams Street Pub.

And I was happy to find that *all* of the tap takeover beers remained on tap!

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 Just look at those beautiful heron taps lining the bar!

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I had to start with the Call Me Old Fashioned. It’s very limited and a beer that just screams Wisconsin!” Anyone who has grown up in Wisconsin and moved away eventually comes back and drinks an Old Fashioned with family when visiting, even if they never really drank them before.

Everyone has an idea of how a a true Old Fashioned should be made. But there are several variations. When in a Wisconsin tavern, you should order them this way:

  • Brandy-Old Fashioned-Sweet
  • Whiskey-Old Fashioned-Sour {The way my mom likes them!}
    And so on…

Old Fashioned Mix can be found in stores in Wisconsin, but you can also make it yourself. {Although, I don’t know anyone who does that.} They are often garnished with maraschino cherries {and sometimes olives}. Customizable to your tastes, I’d say.

Here is a Central Waters’ beer with an Old Fashioned twist:

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Central Waters Call Me Old Fashioned – American Red/Amber Ale aged in whiskey barrels with oranges and maraschino cherries

 Oh boy was that yummy.

Did it taste Old-Fashion-y? I’m not quite sure. But I liked it. A lot. But I also like barrel-aged beers. So there’s that. I loved the concept of this one. And the name.

Because I was driving, I allowed myself only one more beer. It was going to have to be my fave… I had finally had the opportunity to have it on tap!

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And I was not disappointed. I savored Every. Single. Drop. Rob went with the Headless Heron Barrel Aged Pumpkin Spice Ale. I totally forgot how wonderful this beer is!

From Beer Advocate:

Generously spiced with nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and cloves, this barrel-aged pumpkin spice ale overflows with dark fruit, dried fruit, and hints of bourbon.

One sip and I tasted all of those spices and was whisked back to fall. Mmmmm…

Our main purpose for visiting Adams Street Pub was to sample the Central Waters beers. However, because the ones we chose were high in alcohol, it was necessary to get some food in our tummies, too.

While on beer #1, Rob ordered us these:

Pub Cheese - House-Made 3yr Cheddar Sauce served with Pretzel Bites (Cup-$5, Bowl-$9)

Pub Cheese – House-Made 3yr Cheddar Sauce served with Pretzel Bites (Cup-$5, Bowl-$9)

I have to say that this cup of Pub Cheese was one of the best appetizer values I’ve seen. I normally don’t care for cheese “sauces” because they make me think of something that comes out of can. But I did like this one. What I liked even more were the pretzel bites! Think of one of those big, soft pretzels, but in little one-inch portions. Now think of them tasting even better. The last big pretzel I had at Lambeau Field was overly salty. These were utter perfection. Each bite had that slightly crisp outer pretzel crust with a warm, doughy inside.

I wouldn’t let them go to waste. When Rob was finished, I ate Every. Single. Last. One. For that reason, I was getting full.

I had originally decided, once and for all, to get the Friday Fish Fry. But I was way, too full for that now. Besides, the portions were huge!

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I had also been considering building my own burger with 3yr cheddar, garlic ailoi on a pretzel bun…

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But that, too, seemed like too much food. Instead, Rob suggested that we split the Breakfast Burger, substituting fries with cheese curds. Splitting something sounded like a great idea to me!

Breakfast Burger - Pretzel Bun, Nueske's Bacon, House-Made 3yr Cheddar Sauce, Garlic Aioli, Tomato Jam, Fried Egg - $9 (substitute Cheese Curds for fries +$2)

Breakfast Burger – Pretzel Bun, Nueske’s Bacon, House-Made 3yr Cheddar Sauce, Garlic Aioli, Tomato Jam, Fried Egg – $9 (substitute Cheese Curds for fries +$2)

Only, as Rob was placing the order, he also decided to order this:

Gourmet Grilled Cheese - Renard's Cheddar Cheese, Nueske's Bacon &Tomato Jam

Gourmet Grilled Cheese – Renard’s Cheddar Cheese, Nueske’s Bacon & Tomato Jam

His plan? We would each take a half of a sandwich and he’d eat the onion rings, since I’m not a huge fan. So. Much. Food!

Almost everything about the Breakfast Burger and Gourmet Grilled Cheese was heaven.

First: You had me at Pretzel Bun, dear burger. Then, when Rob split it in half, the runny yolk spilled out. I was in love! I passed my bacon pieces over to him and delighted in the juiciness of the burger.

The grilled cheese was nice and melty and perfectly buttered and grilled. You are asking how one could mess up a grilled cheese? While I’d agree, I’ve also had bad ones. And that’s just wrong.

But there is one thing that I did not like about these two sandwiches. And it might surprise you.

It was the tomato jam.

All of the tomato jams I have had in the past were savory. This one was sweet. It could have been strawberry jam, for all I could tell. It was overpowering. I had to scrape it off. It it weren’t for the tomato jam, this would have been a practically perfect pub meal.

And for the record, Adams Street Pub does have a lot of beer and whiskey options!

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Thank you @CWBrewing and @AdamsStreetPub for putting on the Tap Takeover. Thank you very much. Now, to convince my husband to whisk me away to Amherst, Wisconsin next September for a little birthday at the brewery. 😉

Have you had tomato jam?

Was it sweet or savory?

Did it work with what you were eating?

Cheers~
Carrie

What I Did over My Christmas Vacation…

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I hope you all had a lovely Christmas Holiday.

Ours was wonderful – lots of family time, food, poker and naps in Green Bay.

With the way Christmas fell during the week this year, Rob and I had a couple of extra days to vacation and relax in Green Bay before heading back to the Twin Cities.

So when I found out that there was a Central Waters Tap Takeover going on at Adams Street Pub in Green Bay, I begged Rob to go because it was just an opportunity we couldn’t miss. He was quick to point out that the tap takeover was only happening through December 21st. But on Christmas Day, I found them on Facebook and asked if they had any CW beers left on tap. They replied back almost immediately that, indeed, they did.

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Merry Christmas to me!

I was going to have the opportunity to try my favorite beer ever – Central Waters Brewer’s Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout – ON TAP!

So long about noon on Friday, Rob, my dad and I piled into Mitzi – our new-to-us SUV – and made our way downtown. According to the FB page, Adams Street Pub opened at 11am.

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When we arrived, we pulled up a seat to the bar. The place was EMPTY!

There is a reason for this. Due to the holiday, they decided not to open until 4pm. The door had only been open for a delivery.

You can imagine how bummed I was.

So we had to figure out a Plan B, because we still needed some lunch!

Enter Green Bay Distillery, a newish restaurant-bar-distillery opened in 2011. You can read a bit about it on the front of the menu here:

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By the notes above, it seems that they are in the beginning stages of distilling and have plans to expand. What disappoints me is that they only have fruit-flavored vodkas at the moment:

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Why can’t you come with something more creative than those flavors? I’m thinking even a jalapeño-flavored vodka, or a ginger-infused one. Other bars do this with vodkas that aren’t their own. Why can’t Green Bay Distillery?

We were still in the mood for beer. While they have a decently sized bottled beer list, the tap selection was limited. At least it focused on a lot of brews from the region.

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My dad always likes to order whatever Rob is having, but the bartender offered him a taste first. Dad was glad he did that because he didn’t think he’d like to drink a whole pint. He chose the Hinterland Brewing Company Luna Stout {Green Bay, WI} instead. And to be honest, I don’t even remember what I had. Because it was just that – not memorable.

When I took a sip from Rob’s glass, though, I thought the Blü Bobber kind of tasted like Fruity Pebbles! What’s more is that they topped the beer with frozen blueberries before serving. As they start to thaw, they bob up and down in the glass. That’s something I hadn’t seen yet!

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Fox River Brewing Blü Bobber Blueberry Ale {Oshkosh, WI}

Deciding what to order for lunch was difficult for me. In this part of Wisconsin, Friday is the day for a traditional fish fry, something you really don’t see in Minnesota. I considered taking advantage. The choices were numerous compared to other fish fry offerings at most bars, taverns and restaurants. I was intrigued by the Pretzel Perch.

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But as a cheese lover, I was torn. The front of the menu (pictured earlier in this post) indicated that Food Network Magazine described this as a “Cheese-lover’s Menu.”

And if you want a little slice of Wisconsin, you can get one – with bratwurst and cheese curds on your own pizza pie!

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Those whiskey caramelized onions intrigued me. So when Dad said he was ordering the Pretzel Perch, I asked if I could try a bite of his before ordering something else:

Drunken Steak Quesadilla$9.99Seared tenderloin steak smothered in whiskey onions and Cheddar Jack cheese folded between a jalapeno tortilla. Served with our ale cheese sauce.

Drunken Steak Quesadilla – Seared tenderloin steak smothered in whiskey onions and Cheddar Jack cheese folded between a jalapeno tortilla. Served with ale cheese sauce – $9.99

The onions were sweet and tasty; the jalapeño tortilla gave it a nice flavor; and I loved that these were served with the ale cheese sauce in addition to the usual sour cream and salsa sides which accompany quesadillas. But the meat was a little chewy, in my book. I didn’t need the fries. I thought it was a little strange that they were served with my quesadillas. But I suppose they were listed under “sandwiches” rather than in the usual “appetizer” category.

But I was glad that I didn’t order the perch.

Pretzel Perch$11.99Our signature pretzel encrusted lake perch served like a traditional Wisconsin Friday night fish fry with tartar sauce, coleslaw, buttered rye bread, red onion and beer battered French fries.

Pretzel Perch – Signature pretzel encrusted lake perch served like a traditional Wisconsin Friday night fish fry with tartar sauce, coleslaw, buttered rye bread, red onion and beer battered French fries – $11.99

The pretzel coating was quite different from the traditional fish fry breading, but the crunch was extremely satisfying! It was the fish itself that didn’t taste great. Dad agreed with me, but had no trouble finishing it off.

I wonder if that has anything to do with the fact that he pointed out that he received a thrork (left) rather than the fork I received (right).

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Ha ha! He is too funny. If you know my dad at all, you’ll know this is his usual sense of humor. When I was a kid, we were at Mills Fleet Farm because my dad had to pick up something. A stop to “pick up something” at Fleet Farm was never a quick stop. He could spend hours in there. But when we got to the counter that day my dad said to the cashier, “I was going to pick up of these up as soon as I got around to it!” Then he pulled a coin out of his pocket and showed it to her, smiling all the while. Inscribed on it:

“To It.”

Now for Rob’s burger… You knew he had to get the burger, right!? I mean it included a pretzel bun and was slathered with melted cheese curds!

Cheese Curd Burger$9.99Half pound grilled sirloin hamburger topped with fresh melted Wisconsin cheese curds, our specialty pub sauce, all on a pretzel kaiser bun.

Cheese Curd Burger – Half pound grilled sirloin hamburger topped with fresh melted Wisconsin cheese curds, specialty pub sauce, all on a pretzel kaiser bun – $9.99

Please note: The menu says that all burgers are cooked to medium-well. Rob was not going to order one for that reason. But I considered that this place was in walking distance of Lambeau Field. My thought was that when the restaurant fills up with wall-to-wall people on game day, they just need a standard to go by for the sake of speed. I inquired about this and sure enough, Rob was able to order his burger medium-rare.

But he wasn’t too impressed. The pretzel bun was probably the best part. Cheese or cheese curds? Who could tell? He said the meat wasn’t really seasoned. He decided on chips over the fries because he asked if they were house-made. Rob must have only heard, “yeah” because I heard, “Yeah, pretty much.” For the record: They aren’t. We are just spoiled by all of the restos in the Twin Cities offering house-made chips. Really spoiled.

I’m glad we stopped in to check out something in Green Bay that might be different from your average sports bar. But really, it’s not. It’s more a restaurant for the masses adding a “distillery” to make it stand out. I don’t think I need to go back. If you are in Green Bay near Lambeau, you need to get a burger at Kroll’s instead.

What kind of food is a fun interpretation of the area or culture in which you live?

Cheers~
Carrie

The Bottle Room

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Happy Wine Wednesday!

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We found The Bottle Room completely by accident, as we were driving back to my parents house while there for a weekend in 2012. Rob spotted it and I took the roundabout all the way around to go back to it!

A wine bar?

In Green Bay?

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When I moved to the Twin Cities from Green Bay in 2002, there wasn’t even a coffee shop near my parents’ place. Not even a Starbucks in the entire city.

Now I can’t even think of a decent wine “South of the River” in the Minneapolis/St. Paul suburbs where we live. Not only was this wine bar in Green Bay, but it was just minutes away from where my parents lived.

While I was growing up, there wasn’t really anything nearby because we lived more on the outskirts of Green Bay near the villages of Howard and Suamico. Ordering pizza in was unheard of. But now, Lineville Road is lined with restaurants, grocery stores, multiple gas stations, an auto parts store, a Shopko, a bowling alley and now…

A WINE BAR?

We walked in that evening to find a much larger than expected space filled with people, live music and great ambiance. We were highly impressed and felt instantly at ease…

We’ve been back to The Bottle Room every visit to Green Bay since then.

They have a lot to offer… For instance, their Wine Flights:

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When I told my fellow Wineaux friend Jenny about this place, she knew she wanted to stop there when she came to town for a Packer Game. These next several photos are courtesy of her. {Thanks, Jenny!}

That night, most of the gang went with the wine flights.

Wine Flight Delivery...

Wine Flight Delivery…

My dad with his whites and Rob with his reds:

Jenny ordered a mixed flight of sorts that was available at the time:

That night, I wasn’t feeling the flights, so I went with a cocktail:

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Can you guess which cocktail I enjoyed?

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I like, too, that they offer liquor flights. What a better way to learn what you like than spend a ton of money on a bottle of liquor at a store.

And there is more to their menu than the usual run-of the mill wines. They do have some interesting lesser-known options.

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But I do wonder how the business thrives here. The prices seem more on par with the Twin Cities, not those of Green Bay. I couldn’t imagine that a lot of people would pay these prices in this area. But the place was packed that first night we were there and when we went back with Jenny!

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One of my favorite things to order here, though, is a flight of ports. It comes with a chocolate truffle!

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Those truffles are sooooo good, that I’ve been known to just order a glass of port and a few truffles a la carte… 😉

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But wait… There’s more….

They have a few ever-changing craft beer selections on tap, too:

You can even take home the draft beer in a refillable growler! There’s also an extensive list of beers by the bottle:

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With over 75 wines and all of those beers, you’d think that’d be enough to be called The Bottle Room. But it is also a retail space. You can buy any of the wines that you liked to take home with you.

The selections line the wall:

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There is food, too. They describe it as tapas-style. I wouldn’t go that far. It’s more a selection of small plates, mini pizzas and sandwiches.

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Rob adored the Truffle Pizza on our first visit so much that he was disappointed that he tried the Old World Pepperoni the next time. Besides $14 – $15 is a lot for such a small pizza. I mean, even we wouldn’t pay that in the Twin Cities.

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One day, as I was thumbing through an issue of Wine Spectator Magazine, I saw The Bottle Room listed with an Award of Excellence! If I remember correctly, it was noted as a new wine bar and a new winner of that award. I wasn’t surprised.

I dream of having a place like this “South of the River!”

I only have one gripe about The Bottle Room. We visited one afternoon with my mom and were the only people there. My mom ordered a cup of coffee. When she finished her cup, she had to ask for a refill. When we got our bill, they charged her for two coffees for a total of $6. That just seems kind of ridiculous to me. They had to brew the pot regardless if she had one cup or two. It wasn’t like it was an espresso or specialty coffee.

Still, we’ll continue to return because we love the selection and ambiance and don’t know how long The Bottle Room will thrive in this market. We sure hope it does. It’s a little slice of heaven in Green Bay, if you ask me…

Do you have a favorite wine bar near you?

What’s the best wine bar you’ve ever experienced?

Cheers~
Carrie

In a Gutter in Green Bay… {Closed}

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So, the Townline isn’t the only eating and drinking establishment that has shown up in my parents’ neighborhood since my move to Minnesota…

We have been to The Gutter a few times…

Okay, so it’s a bowling alley with a bar and restaurant. And it has changed hands a few times. I believe it was called the ProBowl when it first opened. They served food, mostly pizza. As The Gutter, they used to outsource their food to Cranky Pat’s. However, Pat has moved on since {too cranky, perhaps?}; and now the Gutter is serving up delights from its own newly-established menu.

Rob and I like this place because they serve local beers. It was the first time that we had O’So Night Train ON TAP, the beer that my dad. It was no longer available on this past visit, but just look at these draft prices!

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{P.S. I’m making no apologies for my horrible photos in this post. We are in a Gutter, after all.}

We often order the Stone Arch Tilted Kilt Scottish Ale (Appleton, WI) at Townline. But it was at The Gutter that I first discovered the Titletown Green 19 IPA (Green Bay, WI) this past year! As far as I remember, Titletown Brewing Company was the first brewpub in Green Bay. I didn’t even know that they were now producing beer for consumption off premises. I especially like the name of this beer: Any Packer fan can recognize Green 19 as a play call Rodgers yells on Sundays!

But because this visit was over the Christmas holiday and I had never had it before, I tried the Hinterland Winterland (Green Bay, WI). It’s a nice winter ale with just a hint of juniper. Very enjoyable.

Their Winter Warmer drinks and Daily Specials were nothing to scoff at either:

And the descriptions on the new menu were very impressive. So much so, that I had no idea what I wanted! I finally settled on something.

Black Oak Sausage & Gourmet Mac N Cheese Pan Seared Black Oak Sausage with Roasted Pepper an d Onion Cheesy Cheddar Mac 10.99

Black Oak Sausage & Gourmet Mac N Cheese
Pan seared Black Oak Sausage with roasted pepper and Onion Cheesy Cheddar Mac – $10.99

I didn’t love the dish. I think it was the kind of sausage that didn’t suit me. But I liked it enough to eat the leftovers the next day. My favorite part were the added onions for texture and flavor.

But it was way too much food. This huge portion of pasta came with not only a salad, but also the choice of a side. I chose these to share with my husband and dad:

Truffle Fries Fresh Cut Fries Tossed in Truffle Oil, Parmesan Che ese, Parsley, and Served with a Side of our Homemade Alfredo Sauce. P erfect for Dipping! 5.99

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Fresh cut fries tossed in truffle oil, parmesan cheese, parsley and served with a side of their homemade Alfredo sauce

They weren’t bad, but I didn’t get much truffle flavor as I did the aroma. Plus, it was just too much to eat! The boys each opted for a specialty burger.

The Gutter Burger Brulee Juicy Course Ground USDA Choice Beef. Caramelized w ith our Gutter Spice, Chipotle Bacon Rashers & Smot hered with our Homemade Alfredo. Brulee’d then Topped with Crispy Parmesan 8.99

The Gutter Burger Brulee
Juicy course ground USDA choice beef, caramelized with Gutter Spice, chipotle bacon rashers and smothered with their homemade Alfredo. Brulee’d and then topped with crispy parmesan – $8.99 

Both Rob and my dad loved the flavor of their burgers. It was a unique preparation and combination of toppings that I’d never seen before! Rob said that it was just a pre-formed patty, probably out of the freezer, but that it was seasoned very well. So he wouldn’t have any problem ordering it again, nor the side of tots he got with it.

Moral of the story? Don’t judge. You can get some fancy food in The Gutter.

What kind of gourmet food have you found at a bowling alley?

Cheers~
Carrie

Townline – Green Bay

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Although we had a Green Bay address growing up, we lived on the outskirts, near the villages of Howard and Suamico. There wasn’t much nearby. We couldn’t even get pizza delivered. But the area has grown and expanded, so there’s now even a gas station less than four miles from my parents’ home.

You’ll also find a little pub and grill nearby called Townline. It was erected not long after I moved to Minnesota. What’s fun is that while the building is new, the tavern isn’t. You can read about the history here.

Because it’s so close, it’s a place we can easily get some grub and a pint when we are in town. I wasn’t intending to ever talk about it on the blog. But why not talk about an old (or newish, depending on how you look it) standby?

Our experience on our trip over the holidays was actually what prompted me to write this one…

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What completely surprised us is that Townline is open 7am until midnight every day. {But somehow I think that just means food. My guess is that they stay open until the usual 2am bar time for drinks.} And they have free Wi-Fi. The Monday morning before Christmas Eve was the perfect time for Rob to log in to work and put in a few hours. And we could order some breakfast! That’s something we hadn’t done at Townline yet. Mostly, because we had no idea that they served it!

Since I wasn’t the one working, I ordered a Bloody Mary. I was asked if I wanted the Breakfast Mary. Can you believe I ordered it after I was told it was made with bacon-infused vodka?

Breakfast Mary with bacon-infused vodka, cheese, beef stick, pickle, two slices of bacon, hard boiled egg and a beer chaser

Breakfast Mary with bacon-infused vodka, cheese, beef stick, pickle, two slices of bacon, hard boiled egg and a beer chaser

I usually don’t like bacon in things. I only like it by itself because in dishes and on foods, I feel it tends to overpower the other flavors. But this bacon flavor was subtle and well-balanced in the Mary! I would highly recommend it. Rob took my brother there the next morning and JR said it was the best Bloody Mary he’s ever had. I loved that a hard-boiled was part of the garnish. However, they must be either pickled or preserved somehow, because the egg had a strong vinegar flavor. Not my style.

I love eggs and omelets, so I couldn’t go wrong with my breakfast:

Omelet with sausage, onion, mushroom, tomato and cheddar served with hashbrowns and wheat toast

Omelet with sausage, onion, mushroom, tomato and cheddar served with hash browns and wheat toast

Rob went out on a limb and tried something he’d never had before – a Monte Cristo:

Breakfast Monte Cristo made with sausage and served with strawberry sauce

Breakfast Monte Cristo made with sausage and served with strawberry sauce

It was rich and so much food that he only ate about a quarter of it!

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But enough about breakfast. There are over 50 beers on tap here; but we don’t get too excited about that anymore. There’s rarely something new and interesting to us. That sounds completely snobby, but we’ve just had most of the selections available and know our tastes. But hey, we come from an up-and-coming craft brew mecca. And we understand that Townline needs to offer what suits their clientele. But, if there’s a local brew that is new to us that we can’t find in MN, we give it a try.

The menu at Townline is huge, but I’ve learned what I like to make a quick decision.

My two favorite things to order are:

~ Cajun Chicken Salad with Cajun Ranch Dressing

~ Friday Fish Fry {if we are in town on a Friday!}

Rob’s favorites are:

~ Lonely Guy Burger – fried onions, pepperjack cheese and enough garlic to clear the room on marble rye
*They also make a Lonely Guy Pizza and a Lonely Guy Omelet for breakfast!

~ Howard-Pulaski Burger – burger topped with a slice of kielbasa!
*Rob is saddened that they no longer have this burger. He thinks because kielbasa is no longer on their menu. He may just have to try the Howard-Suamico next time which is made with a brat patty!

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If you are in town for a Packer game, the Townline is a bit out of the way. I’d hop over to Kroll’s for burgers and fried-anything for a side. It’s across the street from Lambeau and you can’t miss it. It’s kind of an institution that you just shouldn’t miss!

Northeastern Wisconsin

I thought I’d take this opportunity to talk a little about the culture that is Northeastern Wisconsin, while I’m at it. It’s funny that it took me moving out of the area to realize that these things were uniquely part of the culture there. To me, while living there, it was just normal!

~GO PACK GO! Nearly everyone supports the Packers. On game day, everyone breaks out their Packer gear. Solidarity. No matter if we are sucking or not. Whether there’s a home or away game, the mall will be dead. Many streets will be, too. While there are some diehard Viking fans in Minnesota that I highly respect, most are fair weather fans, if at all!

~German and Polish influence – That’s why you see us on TV cooking up brats and kielbasa while tailgating at Packer games! Don’t forget the sauerkraut.

~Friday Fish Fry – You’ll find this at nearly every restaurant that isn’t a chain – every Friday. Not just during Lent. And it’s almost always is perch. I’ve never seen a fish fry made with perch in Minnesota. {Though I’ve had some of the better fish and chips in Minnesota than I’ve had elsewhere!}

~Chili with noodles – Really, it wasn’t until college that I realized chili was ever made without noodles. My mom always made it with spaghetti, right in the pot! I see that Townline offers it on their menu with or without.

~Double Bubble – This is the term for Happy Hour. It technically means that you can buy two-for-one cocktails, but is often used synonymously with Happy Hour now.

~The Old Fashioned – My mom has ordered Whiskey Old Fashioned Sours for as long as I can remember. It’s only been recently that she’d be able to order one in the Twin Cities and get someone who can make one that she deems worthy!

~Bubbler and Tyme Machine = Water Fountain & ATM. I once asked for a Tyme Machine at a movie theater in MN. (Before you could use a credit card to buy a movie ticket!) Yes, they looked at me like I was crazy. Especially because I kept saying it louder because I thought they couldn’t hear me behind the glass… I’m more careful about that one now. 😉

What are some parts of your local culture that you didn’t realize until you traveled or moved elsewhere?

Cheers~
Carrie