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  • Post #31 - May 22nd, 2017, 6:17 am
    Post #31 - May 22nd, 2017, 6:17 am Post #31 - May 22nd, 2017, 6:17 am
    David Hammond wrote:jnm123, what a beautiful little find. The odds of my ever making it up that way are slight, but this looks like a very pleasant place to stop for a drink and a steak. The homemade look of this "club" is quite inviting.

    I'll echo David's compliment -- that looks worthy of a long drive. Thanks for sharing.
  • Post #32 - May 22nd, 2017, 6:28 am
    Post #32 - May 22nd, 2017, 6:28 am Post #32 - May 22nd, 2017, 6:28 am
    David Hammond wrote:It was interesting that many of the restaurants in Hoesktra’s and Faiola’s books do not have the words “Supper Club” in their titles (Faiola told me his personal ideal of a supper club is “Ishnala” in the Dells).
    Ishnala's website has a video posted from the Wisconsin Foodie episode where they discuss supper clubs: http://www.ishnala.com/wisconsin-foodie-video

    If up north in Wisconsin, near the UP, here is a thread devoted to Vilas County eats, many supper clubs listed: http://lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=1015

    Sister's in St Germain is a personal favorite: http://sisterssaloon.com/
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    I did absolutely nothing and it was everything I thought it could be.
  • Post #33 - May 22nd, 2017, 7:10 am
    Post #33 - May 22nd, 2017, 7:10 am Post #33 - May 22nd, 2017, 7:10 am
    BR wrote:
    David Hammond wrote:jnm123, what a beautiful little find. The odds of my ever making it up that way are slight, but this looks like a very pleasant place to stop for a drink and a steak. The homemade look of this "club" is quite inviting.

    I'll echo David's compliment -- that looks worthy of a long drive. Thanks for sharing.


    Actually BR, it's merely 68 miles from my home in Mundelein, so quite the impetus to return.

    Interestingly, not a chicken dish on the menu, but specials were broiled rainbow trout and coconut shrimp. And, AND...after we had finished, I heard the waiter mentioning morels to a larger party that had just been seated. Can't understand why they hadn't been offered to us. I make it a point not to identify myself as a writer, and take most pics in a surreptitious manner. But I guess was satiated enough by that point that it didn't really matter.

    For another day...

    OH--one mo' thing. No credit cards, just cash or check. There's a no-fee ATM by the bar.

    Jay
  • Post #34 - August 3rd, 2019, 8:08 pm
    Post #34 - August 3rd, 2019, 8:08 pm Post #34 - August 3rd, 2019, 8:08 pm
    Alas, I really think their numbers are dwindling...which is a damn shame...

    But because folks like myself and David Hammond deem it important, whenever I'm up in the area--really only a hop, skip & a jump from Mundelein--I try to find a untried-and-true supper club on the way back...

    ...as it was tonight for Colony House in Trevor, just south of Bristol. Locals galore on a lively Saturday night. Strong, good drinks, absolutely classic dishes. Killer beef barley soup. Walleye pike on a special, with homemade tartar sauce. A wonderful medium-rare bone-in ribeye with Bearnaise. Chocolate walnut pie, with whipped cream and ice cream--the veteran-but-great waitress said the extra charge for ice cream may be the best thirty cents you'll ever spend. It was. A pictorial, better than words:

    Colony House
    25811 119th St.
    Trevor, WI 53179
    (262) 862-2076


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    IMG_2256.jpg Grey Goose Martini

    IMG_2257.jpg GREAT Beef Barley Soup

    IMG_2261.jpg Medium-Rare Ribeye w/Mushrooms

    IMG_2262.jpg Crumb-Crusted Walleye Pike

    IMG_2267.jpg Warmed Chocolate Walnut Pie

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  • Post #35 - August 3rd, 2019, 8:31 pm
    Post #35 - August 3rd, 2019, 8:31 pm Post #35 - August 3rd, 2019, 8:31 pm
    Wow! Just across the line from Antioch? Good find, Jay! I thought I knew about whatever supper clubs were close to the state line, but this is welcome new news.
    "Your swimming suit matches your eyes, you hold your nose before diving, loving you has made me bananas!"
  • Post #36 - August 3rd, 2019, 10:18 pm
    Post #36 - August 3rd, 2019, 10:18 pm Post #36 - August 3rd, 2019, 10:18 pm
    When Cathy2 put on a weekend conference about Wisconsin supper clubs a while back, Colony House in Trevor, WI, was her choice for Friday-night fish fry. It was a great choice. And I figure anything with a C2 endorsement has to be pretty high on the list of places to eat.
    "All great change in America begins at the dinner table." Ronald Reagan

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  • Post #37 - August 4th, 2019, 5:17 am
    Post #37 - August 4th, 2019, 5:17 am Post #37 - August 4th, 2019, 5:17 am
    Katie wrote:Wow! Just across the line from Antioch? Good find, Jay! I thought I knew about whatever supper clubs were close to the state line, but this is welcome new news.


    Apparently, our esteemed, erudite friend Cathy2 already knew about this joint. I should've known... :roll:

    Yeah, Colony House is about a mile west of 83, so it was maybe a 40-minute drive for me. Heck, sometimes it takes me that long to get to Deerfield.

    Great value, too. Entrees come with a round loaf of fresh bread, soup, choice of tossed, Caesar or spinach salad, then either fries, baked, twice baked potato or 'upon request', honey-baked carrots. Helluva buildup, we should've gotten some out of curiosity if nothing else!

    Only thing--if we are talking within the immutable strictures of the Wisconsin supper club--is that there was no classic WI salad bar, with the celery stalks & three-bean salad & chicken salad & whole radishes, whole scallions...weird-but-wonderful items only seen together in this state it seems. Minnesota, maybe?
  • Post #38 - August 5th, 2019, 7:00 am
    Post #38 - August 5th, 2019, 7:00 am Post #38 - August 5th, 2019, 7:00 am
    The Colony House 20 oz Prime Rib will feed four people!
    At my last visit, it was enormous.
    I took half of it home in a Doggy Bag.
    Shiela (Australian Cobberdog) and I had a great time.
    But I would put the Grade at less than Choice.
    Otherwise I agree, as Classic a Wisconsin Supper Club as you can get.
    Reasonably priced, good atmosphere and nice people.
    -Richard
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  • Post #39 - August 5th, 2019, 12:26 pm
    Post #39 - August 5th, 2019, 12:26 pm Post #39 - August 5th, 2019, 12:26 pm
    budrichard wrote:But I would put the Grade at less than Choice.

    Would you say that's true of all the steaks on the menu, or are some better-grade cuts?
    "Your swimming suit matches your eyes, you hold your nose before diving, loving you has made me bananas!"
  • Post #40 - August 5th, 2019, 12:42 pm
    Post #40 - August 5th, 2019, 12:42 pm Post #40 - August 5th, 2019, 12:42 pm
    Heck, I'm jonesing for the shrimp deJonghe next time up there. Haven't had a good one since Myron & Phil closed. Need the good garlic burp--that's the litmus test! :twisted:
  • Post #41 - August 5th, 2019, 11:31 pm
    Post #41 - August 5th, 2019, 11:31 pm Post #41 - August 5th, 2019, 11:31 pm
    Katie wrote:
    budrichard wrote:But I would put the Grade at less than Choice.

    Would you say that's true of all the steaks on the menu, or are some better-grade cuts?


    I usually have the Prime Rib so I can’t comment.
    Is the Colony House a Gourmet Steak Restaurant, no, but it is a good Wisconsin Supper Club. We go once a year as guests to celebrate a Birthday.
    To me the Wisconsin Supper Club finally died with the demise of Radigan’s and it’s clientele.
    My first experience was with Alex’s On the Water in Menasha.
    The daily buffet had a carved Prime Rib as the center piece.
    In1958 we had recently moved to Wisconsin and our house was being built in Neenah.
    We stayed at the Menasha Hotel for 3 months which was conveniently located across the street from Alex’s.
    Over the decades we stayed many times at Paust’s Wood Lake Resort (Tommy Thompson State Park) and ate at Rene’s. In fact every one in the area ate at Rene’s. Still in operation and a classic Supper Club. Just don’t order your filet rare, translates to raw at Rene’s.
    https://twinbridgeresort.com/our-menu/
    But times have changed, clientele have died and we have also moved on.
    -Richard
  • Post #42 - August 6th, 2019, 11:20 am
    Post #42 - August 6th, 2019, 11:20 am Post #42 - August 6th, 2019, 11:20 am
    Don't get me wrong; prime rib is my go-to at supper clubs, and I expect them to be choice grade unless stated otherwise, and that's fine with me. I looked at Colony House's menu on places.singleplatform.com, and it describes all of the steak cuts as USDA choice.

    I'm going try out Colony House soon to do some prime rib comparison testing. I noticed that the prices at CH are $23.95, $26.95, and $29.95 for 10-, 16-, and 20-oz prime ribs, respectively. At the Hob Nob in Kenosha, my favorite nearby Wisconsin supper club and about the same driving time away for me as Colony House, a 13-oz prime rib is $38, and a "double cut" (26 oz?) is $50. The Hob Nob's menu does not state the grade for any of its steaks, so presumably they're choice too.
    "Your swimming suit matches your eyes, you hold your nose before diving, loving you has made me bananas!"
  • Post #43 - August 6th, 2019, 3:26 pm
    Post #43 - August 6th, 2019, 3:26 pm Post #43 - August 6th, 2019, 3:26 pm
    I’m with you on the Prime Rib!
    I always ask if the cut is off a whole roast set up for carving.
    Many places use portion control in individual wrapped Prime Rib and just heat n serve.
    You can tell by the au jus, it tastes like Lawry’s seasoning.
    The waitress at the Colony house assured me it was cut from a roast but I have never been into the kitchen to view.
    The 20 oz I had must have actually weighed 32oz it was that large!
    Something to behold, the largest cut of Prime Rib I have ever had.
    My Dad’s friend would always order a double cut, “Run it through a warm room” he used to say.
    Wisconsin Supper Clubs and Prime Rib hold some very fond memories for me.
    We also belonged to Butte des Morts Golf Club, now Country Club, which alway had a spectacular buffet. Kenosha Country Club in the past had a great buffets but we have not been members for a number of years. Count North Shore in Mequon as another great Club.
    I wonder if the finest Supper Club dining is now at Private Clubs?
    -Richard
  • Post #44 - August 10th, 2019, 2:31 pm
    Post #44 - August 10th, 2019, 2:31 pm Post #44 - August 10th, 2019, 2:31 pm
    jnm123 wrote:Heck, I'm jonesing for the shrimp deJonghe next time up there. Haven't had a good one since Myron & Phil closed. Need the good garlic burp--that's the litmus test! :twisted:

    Trying to talk the husband into taking me to Colony for my birthday, so really appreciate this thread.
    Hope it is appropriate to share this in this thread....
    F-I-L had an incredible shrimp deJonghe the other night at Carson's in Deerfield. Had to stop him from eating the plate <grin.> Actually, our party of eight each had an absolutely incredible meal. Stupendous.
  • Post #45 - June 4th, 2021, 10:10 pm
    Post #45 - June 4th, 2021, 10:10 pm Post #45 - June 4th, 2021, 10:10 pm
    Hi,

    For the first time in over a year, my family crossed over into Wisconsin.

    We went to Colony House for a Friday night fish fry. We all went old school Icelandic Cod: two pieces fried with tartare sauce and the other two baked with drawn butter. The sides and/or appetizers were coleslaw, apple sauce, potato pancakes (nobody ordered fries), a light rye bread and butter.

    My Dad was very complimentary of my restaurant choice, which may be his first time ever in a Wisconsin supper club. He was surprised how Colony House seemed almost in the middle of nowhere, which I told him was by design.

    Those who selected desserts went for Key Lime pie, a walnut fudge pie and layered chocolate parfait-type cake.

    Reservations are strongly encouraged by Colony House. We missed our appointed time due to traffic, they promptly called to see if they should still hold the table. When we arrived, I was reminded there was a reservation for our table at 6 pm. We finished up exactly at 6 pm, so all was well.

    There were two people wearing masks: our waitress and busboy. I had backup masks in my purse in case they were needed.

    On our way home we drove through downtown Kenosha. I never saw so many people out and about enjoying the evening. Most of my visits to Kenosha have been mornings or midday, though this evening the downtown area was full of life.

    Regards,
    CAthy2
    Cathy2

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  • Post #46 - June 5th, 2021, 11:27 am
    Post #46 - June 5th, 2021, 11:27 am Post #46 - June 5th, 2021, 11:27 am
    The Duck Inn in Richmond, outside of Delevan dates back the Pohibition and is a really fun place to eat. Very nice staff, good food and a fabulous atmosphere.

    I always go for duck and they have a number of duck options. Their name Duck Inn refers to their operation during prohibition.
  • Post #47 - June 7th, 2021, 11:59 am
    Post #47 - June 7th, 2021, 11:59 am Post #47 - June 7th, 2021, 11:59 am
    Friday night, the 28th, we celebrated our return to Whitewater by going to the 831 Brewhouse for fish fry, first time in a decade back in the old stomping grounds, and soon after Wisconsin itself opened up post-COVID. Pal Kevin and Dr. Debbie both got the cod with fries, but I got the walleye and potato pancakes. Oh boy was that walleye *great*!! Hot dang have I been missing that in way Upstate NY.

    And ahhhh, yes, the ambiance of a Friday fish fry in a Wisconsin joint! Just can't be beat. I recommend this particular joint for its friendly folks, and some pretty good beer, as well.

    Geo
    P.S. I totally second Tim on the Duck Inn: their duck is classic, and it itself is a classic Wisconsin institution. Just be careful leaving there: the road junction is tricky and at late night hours requires some caution, esp. if it's been snowing!
    Sooo, you like wine and are looking for something good to read? Maybe *this* will do the trick! :)
  • Post #48 - July 4th, 2021, 9:59 am
    Post #48 - July 4th, 2021, 9:59 am Post #48 - July 4th, 2021, 9:59 am
    A lot of people rave about Donny's Glidden Lodge in Sturgeon Bay. I have not been but its on my list to try.
    Toria

    "I like this place and willingly could waste my time in it" - As You Like It,
    W. Shakespeare
  • Post #49 - July 4th, 2021, 10:32 am
    Post #49 - July 4th, 2021, 10:32 am Post #49 - July 4th, 2021, 10:32 am
    Our favorite in Wisconsin.
    http://www.theguidesinn.com/index.php/home/pages/index

    CSD
  • Post #50 - May 28th, 2024, 11:37 am
    Post #50 - May 28th, 2024, 11:37 am Post #50 - May 28th, 2024, 11:37 am
    One weekend, 3 supper clubs (and the scent of a 4th): On Friday night, journeying to Neshkoro WI, we stopped at Noey's Pub & Grill in St. Lawrence WI (west of I41 slightly north of Hartford). It's a small, bar-style supper club in a tiny town containing a large Catholic church, 2 restaurants and a bar.

    I had the AYCE fried haddock with potato wedges ($13.99) a nd Ms. R had a small sausage and black olive pizza. The haddock was excellent, meaty and moist with a fairly light coating. Potato wedges were also excellent, cut from smaller potatoes with a little bit of seasoning. Fish and potatoes star as a duet - no cole slaw, just a slice of buttered marble rye. The pizza was not quite as good - a very thin crust overwhelmed by a hefty layer of cheese with a standard amount of sausage and olive pieces. Definitely a Dairyland style pie. Accompanied by tappers of Spotted Cow and Sprecher root beer. The kitchen and bar are very basic - no ice cream drinks (no blender) and no desserts, although the very friendly combo server/bartender said she has thought about getting a cheesecake because so many people ask. Or root beer floats with the creamy tap root beer.

    Earlier in the day I was reminiscing about the excellent fish fries I had eaten over the years. Many had been thick fillets of haddock, but recent ones have been thinner cod pieces, or even pollock. I am pleased to report that haddock is back. Several area spots now use it for their Friday and Wednesday fish fries. Before calling Noey's, I checked in at the Mineshaft in Hartford: AYCE haddock and sides for the incredible price of $6.99 (4.99 not AYCE.) Quoted 1 hour wait @ 6pm and that seemed very optimistic. Food, including their signature pizzas, looked tasty and plentiful but not worth gambling on the wait in the crowded disorganized large space.

    Saturday: Choice between brats at the golf course or a more formal meal including some vegetables. Supper club dining won and off to Mike & Cathy's Good Old Days on Lake Puckaway we went. Their rickety but fairly large building includes a bar and 2 dining areas, one a sort of a winterized porch, along with outdoor tables that weren't in use. Dinners there are a little more ambitious than at Noey's. The special was prime rib and that's what 75% of diners were having. I chose 2 10oz charbroiled pork chops and Ms. R ordered the breaded and butterflied shrimp. Both came with soup and salad bar, broasted potatoes for me, baked for her. The salad bar was more or less the usual for these days: Potato salad, a few pasta salads, cucumbers, baby beets, plus the makings of a tossed salad. The soup side was far more interesting: choices were beef barley, a respectably beefy broth with very distinct barley grains; and reuben, corned beef bits with sauerkraut and a very slightly creamy/cheesy broth with a little bit of sugary/hammy taste. Also packaged breadsticks with a high quality Swiss almond cheese spread and a sort of cheddar/mayo spread that wasn't all that good, plus dinner rolls and other crackers. I intended to fill up on veg and soup but got sidetracked by the little sticks and Swiss almond. Both entrees were very very good - the shrimp close-to-Gulf quality, large and crispy, and the chops the perfect level of doneness with a light grilled flavor. Broasted potatoes were not quite as crusty and done on the outside as they often are, but with a little sour cream they were pretty tasty.

    Sunday night we met the kid at the Blue Heron in Big Bend WI a little south of the Waukesha ring road. This was the most supper clubby of the three - white tablecloths, big windows overlooking a creek and gardens, plus truly friendly staff and customers too. While we waited for the ever-late teen we chatted with a few long-timers about menu selections, "Everything is good. But the ribs are beef, not pork," and the lack of tap beer, "We only had a tapper once in more than 50 years and that was Andeker. [the Pabst equivalent of Michelob, Lowenbrau or Special Export]" The youngster and I had the AYCE ribs and fried chicken family style special, while Ms. R had sauteed shrimp from the lighter fare menu. Ribs were ordered no sauce. Fries, cole slaw and marble rye came with, he added a tossed salad. The shrimp came with soup and baked potato. Keeping with the theme of soups inspired by sandwiches, it was bacon cheeseburger. A little similar to the reuben soup, it had bits of crumbled ground beef and bacon, potato pieces (french fry inspired?) in a slightly tomatoey base. It was served with a mini loaf of country white bread, good enough to disappear in minutes but not quite as great as some I've had. I really enjoyed the ribs - sort of barky/spicy pot roast on giant bones, plenty of very tender beef. Looked like Fred Flintstone gnawing the pile of bones. Chicken was traditional deep fried, mild coating, also very good. Cole slaw was an interesting salty/oily/crunchy/slightly sweet shredded vinegar style that I liked but didn't go over real well with the other two. I didn't have a chance to try the shrimp - they had disappeared by the time I was distracted from the ribs. Topped off the meal in traditional style with a grasshopper, just right as a dessert with plenty of ice cream and light on the liquor. Far more minty than chocolatey, which seems to be the style these days.

    It was quite a weekend! We hadn't been to the Blue Heron or Noey's before, would definitely return as location and timing permit. Been to Mike & Cathy's numerous times over the years - very glad they remain open.

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