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...
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Two weeks ago I made a trip to Oshkosh to do some research for Nosh Fox Valley for myself and fellow bloggers. I stopped at several restaurants and bars and talked with the owners on the way, I met up with two groups of couples that insisted that I not only try the margeritas but needed to stop by Bar 430 in Oshkosh for brunch.
Farmers Market & Brunch?
When visiting the Farmers Market in Oshkosh, my mom and stopped to check out their brunch. It was extremely busy and we did have to wait for about 20 minutes for our food but we took the opportunity to visit some of the nearby Farmers Market vendors. So going on Saturdays might be the best option if you would like to do both.
The interior of Bar 430 is really chic and urban, and it was packed. One of the best things about 430? They have a sliding door that opens to the fresh air, which not only always for bigger dining area, but can help alleviate fears for diners that may be reluctant to eat during this socially distant time. Overall Bar 430 reminds me of many of the restaurants in the 3rd Ward District in Milwaukee, a personal favorite, so it was nice to find the big city feel closer to home in Oshkosh.
Eating on the patio at 420 is beautiful not only do they have cute bistro tables, but also planters filled with beautiful arrangements of flowers and umbrellas to block any unwanted sun. The tables are also distanced 6 feet apart from the other patrons. As an added bonus, it’s dog friendly, so bringing your furry friend isn’t a problem.
The Perfect Hangover
I have had mornings where I needed a little hair of the dog, if you get what I am saying? This Saturday was not the day, however, but Bar 430, nails it when it comes to those rough weekend mornings. They offer a full menu of traditionally brunch cocktails.
My mom chose a Morning Mule (Tito’s Vodka, Orange Juice, Ginger Beer and Lime) and I grabbed their Smoked Bourbon Bloody Mary (New Holland Beer Barrel Bourbon, Smoked Worcestershire Sauce, Pickle, Olives, Union Star Cheese Whips and Summer Sausage.) Not only was it loaded with the best string cheese, and sausage it had olives and a pickle for garnish. They also use bourbon instead of vodka. And the chaser? You won’t have to settle for domestic, they give you a Spotted Cow. A different and really tasty spin on a traditional Bloody Mary.
For our entrees we picked three items, the Shroom & Goat Cheese Omelet, Hangover Pizza and Chicken & Waffle Sliders.
My mom loves anything with goat cheese, and her omelet was stuffed full of mushrooms and goat cheese, and topped with a balsamic glaze. When cutting into the omelet the fillings oozed gooey cheesy mushrooms goodness. If you are a fan of either, this omelet will satisfy you completely.
I ordered the Chicken and Waffle Sliders. I will admit that I am not the biggest fan of chicken and waffles, typically it’s not something I would order but I was swayed like I often am by FOMO when the table next to me ordered this entree. The chicken was lightly breaded, and tasted similar to Chik-fil-A’s brine. The sausage gravy, bacon and waffle was like eating a little bit of everything on the breakfast menu, married into a perfect blend of the essence of breakfast.
Last but not least, the favorite from our meal. The Hangover Pizza. The Hangover Pizza is exactly what you want when you are hung over. The Hangover pizza is a deep-fried flatbread topped with garlic roasted fingerling potatoes, queso, scrambled eggs, bacon, cheddar cheese and chives. My mom and I were both stuffed by the time we started eating this pizza and regretted not diving into this from the beginning. It was amazing. It tasted very much like Indian fry bread with all the breakfast goods.
Bar 430 was everything our readers said it would be. Not only do they have a unique cocktail menu, they offer entrees that truly fulfill anyone’s brunch cravings. Their service for how busy it was was exceptional and we really enjoyed visiting with our waitress that is a student at UW Oshkosh. We will be making regular stops here on the weekends to try more of the menu and cocktails.
Bar 430 is located 430 N Main Street in Oskhosh, Wisconsin. They are closed on Mondays, but open Tuesday-Friday 11:00am-Close, Saturdays 9:00am-Close, and Sundays 10:00am-3pm. They offer brunch on Saturdays and Sundays and offer a dinner menu as well. You can find more information and their menus on their website, https://www.bar430.com/