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Libations at The Lanes

Libations at The Lanes

The Howard is a historic and elegant event space located in the heart of Oshkosh. The building, built in 1927, hosts private and community events. On Thursday and Friday evenings, the basement of the venue opens up to the public for bowling, craft beverages, and...

Stick with Sticky Fingers

Stick with Sticky Fingers

As a baker myself, I make a point to try all the local bakeries. I heard from several people that a new bakery was opening in Kaukauna, and as soon as they posted their menu, I couldn’t wait to try it. Right in the heart of downtown Kaukauna, Sticky Fingers opened in...

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Do Not Attempt to Dodge this Caribbean Taste

Do Not Attempt to Dodge this Caribbean Taste

Tuesday. What is there to do on a Tuesday? Hardly anything, ever, really. Tuesday falls too early in the week and yet is so far removed from the weekend. Sometimes it is just another Monday masquerading as a Tuesday. 313 Dodge might just be what you are looking for....

Wisconsin Staples at Gabe’s Wisconsin Kitchen and Tavern

Wisconsin Staples at Gabe’s Wisconsin Kitchen and Tavern

As I’m getting used to living in Wisconsin, I’m discovering some of the Wisconsin staples when it comes to food and spirits. I knew about Spotted Cow and cheese curds before I moved to Wisconsin, but that was about it. Fortunately, Gabe’s Wisconsin Kitchen and Tavern...

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Bushels of Fun at Bauer’s Apple Shed

Bushels of Fun at Bauer’s Apple Shed

As soon as the leaves begin to change, even ever so slightly, so does my weekly menu. When the shades of green turn to red and orange, my refrigerator, once full of peaches, quickly becomes home to all things apple. Taking a trip to a local apple orchard is my...

Faris Popcorn is Poppin’

Faris Popcorn is Poppin’

When I previously lived in Illinois, I became familiar with the popcorn chain “Garrett Popcorn.” One of my favorites mixes was their Garrett Mix, their world famous cheddar and caramel corn mix. When I moved to Wisconsin, I wasn’t sure if I would find a popcorn...

Outdoor dining in Downtown Appleton

COVID-19 has had a major impact on my desire to dine out. Since the quarantine I will admit I have only been in two restaurants both times leaving me with an uneasy feeling as I contemplated if eating out was worth catching this virus. Don’t get me wrong, takeout has been happening in our house.

Before the weather changed I had the intention of doing a series of blogs about patios that you could enjoy in the Fox Valley’s cities for those like myself that are cautious or even fearful of dining out. Several restaurants have already adapted to the quick change in weather and have even purchased heaters to accomidate diners like myself that may not otherwise dine out. I know of one in Appleton, Meade Street Bistro that has already placed heaters. If you know of any locations that are doing this please comment and let us know so that we can promote them!

Date Night? Girls Night? Try an Appetizer Tour!

A personal favorite thing to do on a weekend afternoon is take an appetizer tour. Grab your mom, your significant other, girls or your boys, we are going on an adventure!

What’s an appetizer tour? Pick a location, whether it’s a certain city, a street or even an area that’s easily driveable, Find a restaurant and purchase one or two appetizers to share, along with a cocktail or beer and move onto the next. The goal, indulge is what you want for as long as you can. It’s easy, it’s fun and you get you try things that you might not have ever had before. In this blog I chose College Ave in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Author’s Kitchen + Bar

First stop, Author’s Kitchen + Bar.  Reopening during the pandemic, surely wasn’t easy. If you are not aware, Author’s Kitchen + Bar fell victim to a fire last year, and like the phoenix in their new logo, they have risen from the ashes to serve Downtown Appleton once more. Authors has done commendable job at adapting to the new demands of it’s customers. Author’s offers takeout, and breakfast to go on Saturdays during the Farmers Market. They even offer an evening brunch on Wednesdays. Author’s has stayed true to it’s high quality fine dining experience that has offered since it opened at it’s previous location.

Author’s offered a number of delicious offerings the night I stopped and I honestly struggled to decided on one appetizer that night. With the advice from my waitress I decided on two dishes, the Salmon Sashimi and the Watermelon with Goat Cheese.

The Watermelon with Goat Cheese was one of those dishes that is small, but mighty. Each bite was filled with simple ingredients that were delightfully balanced. The honey sauce in combination with the creaminess of the goat cheese tasted like one of the most decedent desserts, with the slight saltiness made this dish, one to savor. 

The next dish my waitress suggested  was the Salmon Sashimi. To say the Sashimi was beautiful would be an understatement, the plating was spectacular and you could tell the dish was very thoughtfully prepared. The flavors were fresh, with a slight bit of tang with the sauce, the creaminess of the avocado. I enjoyed the fact they had a generous portion of soy sauce on the side, which is not something I often see dining out.

If you are interested in visiting Author’s their hours are, Tuesdays-Saturdays 12:00pm-8:00pm, they are located at 125 E College Ave in Appleton, Wisconsin. Author’s offers empanda specials, Wednesday upside down (evening) brunch and breakfast grab and go items at the Farmers Market on Saturdays. They offer outdoor dining, weather permitting. 

Rye

The second stop on our tour down College Ave is Rye. Their interior is stylish rustic and hip. Their menu offers a from scratch offerings that are fresh, simple and local. The menus changed seasonally to highlight local produce and and products. They also offer an amazing cocktail menu.

Taking the suggestion from my server, I chose the New England Style Crab Cake. I typically do not get crab cakes and I will admit I was pleasantly surprised.  The crab cake was composed of remoulade sauce, simple slaw, sriracha and lemon. This plate was a meal in and of itself. The crab cakes were well done and full of flavor, the sauce was fresh and tangy, and the heat from the sriracha was not overwhelming. The slaw on the site was nice to break up the plate and added a nice crunch. 

If you have not gotten a chance to venture downtown Appleton lately, Rye’s outdoor seating is beautiful and the dining experience is very similar to dining inside the restaurant.  If you are looking for a fine dining experience outdoors this might be the place you are looking for!

 If you are interested in visiting Rye their hours are, Monday to Thursday 11:00am-9:00pm, and Friday-Saturday 11:00am-10:00pm Rye offers a variety of weekly specials and carryout. Please visit their website for more information.  They are located at 308 W College Ave in Appleton, Wisconsin. 

 

Rye

Second stop on our tour down College Ave is Rye. Rye’s interior is stylish rustic and hip. Their menu offers a from scratch offerings that are fresh, simple and local. The menus changed seasonally to highlight local produce and including an amazing cocktail menu.

Taking the suggestion from my server, I chose the New England Style Crab Cake. I typically do not get crab cakes and I will admit I was pleasantly surprised.  The crab cake was composed of remoulade sauce, simple slaw, sriracha and lemon. This plate was a meal in and of itself. The crab cakes were well done and full of flavor, the sauce was fresh and tangy, and the heat from the sriracha was not overwhelming. The slaw on the site was nice to break up the plate and added a nice crunch. 

If you have not gotten a chance to venture downtown Appleton lately, Rye’s outdoor seating is beautiful and the dining experience is very similar to dining inside the restaurant.  If you are looking for a fine dining experience outdoors this might be the place you are looking for!

 If you are interested in visiting Rye their hours are, Monday to Thursday 11:00am-9:00pm, and Friday-Saturday 11:00am-10:00pm Rye offers a variety of weekly specials and carryout. Please visit their website for more information.  They are located at 308 W College Ave in Appleton, Wisconsin. 

 

Spats

And for the last stop, Spats. Spats is a local landmark and a personal favorite. The majority of my weekends at Mile of Music are spent on the Spatio, eating their delicious food and drinking Molowda Mules. Spats is a local favorite, from their fish fry, to their St Patrick’s Day events. Many customers are regulars and the owners Bill and Julie are not only welcoming but there is no question how much they love their restaurant and their customers. They support their fellow local businesses by sourcing their ingredients locally and offer Wisconsin beers on tap. 

For this last stop I asked the bartender for the most true to “Spats” appetizer they offered. He suggested the Bavarian Pretzel Sticks. The pretzels are huge, and come with a soup cup of beer cheese. I also asked for Spats Sauce on the side as the menu suggested. Let’s just say they didn’t stay on the plate for long. The pretzels come warm, and are salty and doughy in all the ways you expect a really good pretzel to come. The portion of beer cheese is generous and delicious. I did try the pretzels with the Spats Sauce and I could argue it was just as good as with the beer cheese. This is something the waitress told me she could eat daily and I couldn’t agree more.

If you are interested in visiting Spats their hours are;

Monday: CLOSED

Tuesday: 4:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Wednesday: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM and 4:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Thursday: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM and 4:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Friday: 11:30 AM – 9:00 PM

Saturday: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Spats offers an extremely well organized takeout, walk up window to go cocktails, brunch on Sundays. You also can enjoy their Spatio as weather permits.