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...
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. Tuesdays are reserved for food trucks and(!) cocktails, beer, or wine if you are so inclined. Walk-up Tuesdays as they are called, they are open for walk-up drinks and the food truck offering is parked conveniently right in front of the establishment.
Conveniently located at, you guessed it, 313 Dodge St in Kaukauna, 313 is centrally located downtown Kaukauna, close by the Fox River. 1000 Islands Conservancy is located just down the road. Visiting the Conservancy then stopping by for a drink is always recommended. 313’s aim is to be more of a social place to gather and have drinks and small plates in an open atmosphere. Kyle Megna & Janel Abel opened 313 at the tail end of 2018. Here they feature a rotating option of cocktails, whether to go, or to enjoy leisurely on their outdoor patio. Each week they feature two different cocktails while having a few staples that stay, such as old-fashioned and the rotating offering of craft beers.
Raspberry Orange Mojito
With summertime soon upon us, its only natural to start off with a crisp and refreshing mojito to set the mood. As one of the two options offered this week, it was an easy first choice. Raspberry and orange are an amazing combo that compliment each other very well, providing a nice fruit tandem to couple with the traditional mojito. Having ordered this cocktail before stopping over to order food at Caribbean Jerk, the drink was fully imbibed before the food was ready. Had I not made that disastrous decision to drink the mojito first, it would have paired spectacularly with the meal that I ordered. It just meant that I would have to order the other drink on hand to enjoy with dinner.
Blackberry Bourbon Smash
You had me at Bourbon. Highlighted by bourbon, this was a smashing drink to enjoy. More of a gentle sipper to enjoy on a patio while conversing with others, it went down amazingly well too. With the Caribbean flair offered for dinner, this held its own with the Mojito, but I would recommend pairing the mojito with dinner instead of this bourbon concoction. Buoyed by the blackberry and bourbon, the flavors contrasted dinner more then complimenting them, but that is just a personal choice.
On hand this week for Walk-up Tuesday was Caribbean Taste. Having heard praises of their food, I was rather eager to get in line and see what treats they had in store. Looking over the menu offerings, I will admit it was not an easy decision on what to choose. Wanting to act quick since there were numerous other individuals in line to feast upon their exquisite offerings, I decided on the Mango Lime Chicken, pairing it with Plantains, Jerk Mac’n Cheese, and Rice & Beans. Having taken a few bites, I knew I made the right decision. Or I was just ravenous since it was difficult to put my fork down to savor all the flavors. The chicken and mac’n cheese had just the right amount of spice to pair with their bold flavors. The plaintain and rice & beans balanced these flavors extremely well, creating a unique variety of flavors for my palette to delight in.
(Last year our former blogger Robia reviewed Carribean Taste, make sure to check out it out.)
313 is an amazing place for being social. Just to stop by with friends or family, or to make new friends, its atmosphere is welcoming to all. In addition to offering various alcoholic beverages mentioned before, they also offer various small plates to enjoy as well during their Thursday through Saturday hours. Thursday afternoons they have Jazz offerings to enjoy while sitting outside, as well as other musicians on Saturdays. Have a dog? Bring them on down as they have a pet friendly patio. I know I will be back to try their cocktails and taste test the shareables they offer.