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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

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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