And in a stunning, shocking, near-unbelievable turn of events...
the Roadhouses were actually on time!
Ten minutes early in fact!
Everything Brad has said about the day is true, although in my effort to work my way around Fred's burger menu I discovered that the Cajun version is not necessarily the best option. The pepper-jack cheese and "Cajun" spices were actually a bit of a distraction from the superior burger and fresh bakery bun. Of the Fred's Burgers I've sampled, aside from a simple ungarnished burger with only the bare essentials (ketchup, mustard, pickle, and onion--cheese optional), I think the best versions I've had are the Garlic Burger and the Horseradish burger, although even the Horseradish Burger would have benefited from a more pungent horseradish sauce.
On the appetizers and sides front, the fried cheese curds were good, and the house made, fresh potato chips, dusted with Parmesan cheese were outstanding.
Other stops in the day included, as Brad mentioned, high-end grocery store Gooseberries, The Elegant Farmer where we picked up a caramel apple pie for a family get-together on Sunday, dinner at a Contingent
favorite, Jalapeno Loco (garlic soup and a plate of Oaxacan tamales--excellent as always) and a wrap up at a Milwaukee neighborhood polka bar, Kochanski's Concertina Beer Hall
, where we enjoyed the Rockabilly song stylings of the Kevin Fayte Rock 'n' Roll Trio
; visiting all the way from Oshkosh
! I enjoyed them so much, I even bought their latest CD.
All in all a grand day in southeastern Wisconsin, and a better time than we had at Irish Fest last night.