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Re: The Contingent's Wisconsin Supper Club, Steakhouse & Fish Fry Tour 2017/10/14 18:16:28 (permalink)
Copper Dock on November 10 @18:00.
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Re: The Contingent's Wisconsin Supper Club, Steakhouse & Fish Fry Tour 2017/10/25 10:02:29 (permalink)
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Copper Dock on November 10 @18:00.


Mr. Maki and I are in!
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Re: The Contingent's Wisconsin Supper Club, Steakhouse & Fish Fry Tour 2017/10/25 17:06:48 (permalink)
I'm out on Nov 10 - will be flying home from San Diego 
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Re: The Contingent's Wisconsin Supper Club, Steakhouse & Fish Fry Tour 2017/10/31 20:52:31 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby JRPfeff 2017/10/31 20:59:17
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Copper Dock on November 10 @18:00.

Just throwing this out there, but Alpine Retreat has a more varied Friday menu and by 6pm the sun will be long down (DST ends this coming Sunday) so Copper Dock's view is much less of a factor.
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Re: The Contingent's Wisconsin Supper Club, Steakhouse & Fish Fry Tour 2017/10/31 21:00:40 (permalink)
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Copper Dock on November 10 @18:00.

Just throwing this out there, but Alpine Retreat has a more varied Friday menu and by 6pm the sun will be long down (DST ends this coming Sunday) so Copper Dock's view is much less of a factor.


Right SC. We'll see you there.
 
Really. Hold a table for us.
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Re: The Contingent's Wisconsin Supper Club, Steakhouse & Fish Fry Tour 2017/11/03 21:06:53 (permalink)
Buddy, Susie, Lucy, Pete, Gyp, ScreamingChicken, Bobbi, Jim...
 
Anyone else joining us?
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Re: The Contingent's Wisconsin Supper Club, Steakhouse & Fish Fry Tour 2017/11/03 23:58:39 (permalink)
Yes, we're in.
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Re: The Contingent's Wisconsin Supper Club, Steakhouse & Fish Fry Tour 2017/11/04 10:31:30 (permalink)
Roadhouse - 2
Froeman - 2
Quijote - 2
SC - 2
JRP - 2
Gyp - 1
 
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Just throwing this out there, but Alpine Retreat has a more varied Friday menu and by 6pm the sun will be long down (DST ends this coming Sunday) so Copper Dock's view is much less of a factor.

Right SC. We'll see you there.
 
Really. Hold a table for us.

So is this a definite switch from Copper Dock to Alpine Retreat?
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Re: The Contingent's Wisconsin Supper Club, Steakhouse & Fish Fry Tour 2017/11/05 09:40:07 (permalink)
My instructions were to make a reservation @ Copper Dock for 12 people @ 6:00PM, which I did
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Re: The Contingent's Wisconsin Supper Club, Steakhouse & Fish Fry Tour 2017/11/05 18:53:17 (permalink)
So you’re telling Brad there’s a chance?
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Re: The Contingent's Wisconsin Supper Club, Steakhouse & Fish Fry Tour 2017/11/11 10:24:03 (permalink)
Hopefully everyone enjoyed the spectacular sunset as it reflected off the lake as much as we did!
 
The battered cod and breaded cod were prevalent at our (us, the Quijotes and Gyp) end of the table while from what we could tell the others went all fancy with "entrees".  While both versions of the fish fry were good the battered won the vote.
 
Best part of the night: making the 14-mile drive from Hubertus Rd. to I-94 without hitting a single red light; we had to almost come to a stop once but still got the green.  The trip home was only 95 minutes and that included a 10-minute stop in Johnson Creek.
 
Hobnob in Racine has been floated as the location for the winter dinner (note the availability of a private room - maybe we can line up a crowd of 20 or more?).  I hear the view of Lake Michigan is breathtaking.
post edited by ScreamingChicken - 2017/11/11 11:13:27
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Re: The Contingent's Wisconsin Supper Club, Steakhouse & Fish Fry Tour 2017/11/11 17:01:22 (permalink)
We split between the Fish Fry and one of them high falutin' entrees.  I got the beer battered cod and Mrs. Roadhouse went with the baked version, covered in Buerre Blanc (the fish, NOT Mrs. Roadhouse).   The AYCE plate came with a Potato Pancake, and I ordered an additional Twice Baked Potato, strictly in the name of research.  My take on dinner; everything was good, nothing was great.  The fish was definitely the highlight with two nice sized fillets coated in a crisp, light coating of beer batter.  Very nice flavor and texture.  Oddly, it was served at a just barely warm temperature.  Usually, when you put a hunk of freshly fried fish in your mouth you run the risk of searing the rook of your mouth.  These fillets presented no danger of that happening.
 
On the carb side, the Potato Pancake was definitely the better of the two options.  The Twice Baked might have been really good when it first came out of the oven, but by the time it got to me, it seemed like it had dried out after sitting under a heat lamp for a very long time.
 
It just now occurs to me, as far as veggies go, the best we tasted were the fresh Green Beans that came with JRPfeff's and Pie Diva's dinners.  They apparently weren't big bean fans, so they were willing and eager to share.  The GBs were beautifully seasoned and cooked just right (for Northerners) to a tender crisp texture with a vibrant green color.
 
We were definitely a lively bunch last night, with more than a quorum of Contingent regulars and one guest of abe_froeman.  ScreamingChicken and Mrs. Chicken got to show off photos and videos of their new grandson, ScreamingForHisBottleInTheMiddleOfTheNightChicken.
 
Looking forward to the next get together!
 
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Re: The Contingent's Wisconsin Supper Club, Steakhouse & Fish Fry Tour 2017/11/14 23:10:26 (permalink)
The two Quijotes agreed that the beer-battered fish was the tastier of the two cod options, and we wish we had had the option of a pile of those green beans instead of the potato pancake (which we thought a bit tough and pasty). Another nice touch were caraway rolls--they reminded me a little of the kummelweck rolls for Beef on Weck. The old fashioneds were quite delicious, as were the two pies provided by Pie Diva. My command of the pie details is slipping away, but one was a pecan-bacon delight (with caramel, I think?), and the other was a somewhat lighter pie (whose exact ingredients escape me--wasn't chocolate and a sort of custard involved?) with delicious candied bacon sprinkled on top.  Screaming Chicken took copious notes, so he'll have to fill in the gaps here. Next time, I'll have to cut down on the old-fashioneds and pay more attention to dessert.
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Re: The Contingent's Wisconsin Supper Club, Steakhouse & Fish Fry Tour 2017/11/15 03:59:20 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby ChiTownDiner 2017/11/15 07:16:18
Señor Quijote, thank you for reminding me about dessert!  Pie Diva got special dispensation to bring in a couple of homemade beauties, both using Maple Syrup as a primary flavor.  The first one had a dark, rich layer of bittersweet fudge on the bottom covered with thick creamy layer of Maple Custard.  The second was a Pecan Pie, substituting Maple Syrup for the traditional corn syrup used in the classic recipe, and adding some chocolate chips for good measure.
 
In terms of the featured Maple flavor, the Pecan Pie was the more successful of the two, although both were delicious, and I wouldn't turn down a second helping of either one.  BTW, the crusts were made with Irish Kerrygold Butter, which we smuggled across the Cheddar Curtain back when the Pfeffs hosted the Homemade Supper Club Bash last September.
 
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Re: The Contingent's Wisconsin Supper Club, Steakhouse & Fish Fry Tour 2017/11/16 10:56:05 (permalink)
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Hobnob in Racine has been floated as the location for the winter dinner (note the availability of a private room - maybe we can line up a crowd of 20 or more?).  I hear the view of Lake Michigan is breathtaking.




Are you kidding? Has anyone eaten at the Hobnob lately? Friday night frozen, expensive, horrific, fish fry! The food is mediocre and over priced at best. The only two reasons to go to the Hobnob are the lake view and the nostalgic interior decor. Better to continue north to Caledonia to reserve one of the private rooms at Sebastian's.
 
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Re: The Contingent's Wisconsin Supper Club, Steakhouse & Fish Fry Tour 2017/11/17 14:08:53 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby ChiTownDiner 2017/11/17 16:46:13
There's always the possibility this could be a Saturday night dinner...does that change your opinion any?
 
Have you ever been to Colony House in Trevor?
 
In going back through the thread it appears our last "meat night" was at Jackson Grill about a year ago.  Since the next dinner is for the winter season I propose we schedule it for a Saturday night sometime in February or early March so that everyone has time to recover (physically and financially) from the holidays first.  Also, since the weather can get a bit unfriendly early in the year scheduling a Saturday generally allows for more travel time and an earlier reservation.
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Re: The Contingent's Wisconsin Supper Club, Steakhouse & Fish Fry Tour 2017/11/17 14:34:36 (permalink)
Any time after the New Year works for us.
 
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Re: The Contingent's Wisconsin Supper Club, Steakhouse & Fish Fry Tour 2017/12/05 22:13:00 (permalink)
From The Copper Dock:
 

 

 

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Re: Elias Inn Supper Club (Watertown, WI) 2017/12/06 08:44:33 (permalink)
Two years and 850+ replies later, have we decided on favorite fishfries & steakhouses?
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Re: Elias Inn Supper Club (Watertown, WI) 2017/12/06 09:11:55 (permalink)
No.  Our sample size is still way too small and too concentrated in the southeast part of the state.  We won't have an answer until we've done this for at least 5 more years.
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Re: Elias Inn Supper Club (Watertown, WI) 2017/12/19 02:13:42 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby JRPfeff 2017/12/19 06:28:14
As noted in another thread, Mrs. Roadhouse and I paid a visit to Pete's Place in Kenosha this past weekend.  The main attraction was a performance by Madison's two man, old timey music & blues busker band, Boo Bradley.  When we found out the bar was also serving Friday Fish Fry, that enhanced the deal beyond the point of refusal.  Our total experience at Pete's made it a prime candidate for a future Contingent visit.
 
Pete's is a dandy blue collar neighborhood dive bar.  It's located in a residential neighborhood across from a public park.  It looks like they've got a big enclosed beer garden when the weather allows.  We walked in on a cold winter night and were instantly warmed by the welcoming atmosphere.  The soundtrack that night, before Boo Bradley started playing, was an intriguing mix of unique Holiday music and alt-country that did a nice job of whetting our appetites for the performance ahead.
 
As stated before, Friday means Fish Fry at Pete's.  No AYCE, but the quantities served should satisfy most appetites.  Mrs. Roadhouse went for the baked cod, which consisted of three nice sized fillets swimming in butter.  My fried Walleye was a massive fillet, served with a light breading, incredibly moist and flaky inside, and very flavorful.  We both got the fantastic house made, hand formed Potato Pancakes; cooked to a beautiful deep brown crust, dense on the inside with full potato flavor.  Both dinners also came with very good cole slaw and a generous hunk of fresh bread.  The only catch with the potatoes is, they serve them in rotation with other specialty potato dishes.  The third Friday of the month is Potato Pancake Day, others in the rotation include Cheesy Potatoes (Hash Browns with cheese melted over them), and Sweet Potato Fries.  They're accepting suggestions for additional potato dishes to add, so if you have any ideas, send them along.
 
As much as we enjoyed Boo Beadley's performance, the most entertaining part of the night was watching a local drunk try desperately for ten minutes to feed a dollar bill into the debit card slot of the house ATM.  This poor guy tried straightening the edges, folding, bending; anything he could do to make the bill more rigid so it would slide into that slot where it didn't belong in the first place.  I tried explaining to him that it wasn't a change machine, but he'd have none of it.  Occasionally, he'd back up and take a running start at the ATM, as if the problem were a lack of momentum.  Of course, even if that was the issue, he was so unsteady on his feet, by the time he reached the ATM the bill didn't line up with the slot.  Finally he gave up and left the bar, presumably in search of another machine that would take his dollar.  I'm not even sure what he was trying to accomplish.  If he needed four quarters he could have just walked up to the register at the bar and they would have given him change.
 
Anyway, IMO, Pete's Place is in the same league with Stolley's or any other bar with character we've visited, and deserves our attention on some future Friday night.  And if we can't find a Friday that works, Saturday night's specialty is Broasted Chicken!  I'm looking at you ChickenDude...
 
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post edited by BuddyRoadhouse - 2017/12/19 02:15:28
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Re: Elias Inn Supper Club (Watertown, WI) 2017/12/19 07:37:40 (permalink)
Thanks for taking one for the team Buddy.
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Re: Elias Inn Supper Club (Watertown, WI) 2017/12/19 09:39:30 (permalink)
Great, thanks for the review
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Re: Elias Inn Supper Club (Watertown, WI) 2017/12/19 20:40:55 (permalink)
An overnight stay after Pete's would've facilitated a breakfast at Coffee Pot or Frank's...
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Re: The Contingent's Wisconsin Supper Club, Steakhouse & Fish Fry Tour 2018/02/06 19:19:07 (permalink)
Abe's post about a summer Chicago get-together reminded me that if we're going to have a winter fish/steak dinner we're down to about a 6-week window.  Thoughts?
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Re: Elias Inn Supper Club (Watertown, WI) 2018/02/07 01:08:53 (permalink)
All remaining Fridays in February are open.  Saturdays are not.  March calendar isn't set yet, so if we pick a date, I can just make sure I'm not scheduled to work.
 
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Re: The Contingent's Wisconsin Supper Club, Steakhouse & Fish Fry Tour 2018/02/07 08:53:47 (permalink)
Given that today's Feb. 7, the 23rd and March 2 look the best for me.  Since the weather can be iffy this time of year I've picked a couple of places in the southeast part of the state to minimize travel for the majority, while at the same time not sticking me with a really long drive:
 
Michael's on the Lake is in Kansasville, east of Burlington.
Dover Inn is north of Kansasville on WI-75.  They have broasted chicken on the Friday menu as well.
Colony House is in Trevor, very close to the state line.  This might be the first menu I've seen offer prime rib on the kids' menu.
Sportsman's Landing is on Wind Lake, which is a little bit more of a drive than the others.  It might be a better choice for spring or summer, and they also offer a "Supper Club Saturday" menu.
Silver Lake Marina is east of Twin Lakes.
75th St. Inn is in Salem.
The Waterfront on Brown's Lake is just east of Burlington, and appears to be a little more upscale.  Once the warmer weather gets here I'll be checking out the Tuesday all-day chicken special.
 
Naturally, there's a catch (pun intended): I haven't been to any of these places and am working off of only what I've found online.  And while I don't mind visiting restaurants for the first time, I understand that others might prefer a destination that comes with a personal recommendation.
 
Anyone have any other suggestions?  ChicagoStyleDog?
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Re: The Contingent's Wisconsin Supper Club, Steakhouse & Fish Fry Tour 2018/02/10 13:12:09 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby ChiTownDiner 2018/02/11 08:34:09
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Colony House is in Trevor, very close to the state line.  This might be the first menu I've seen offer prime rib on the kids' menu.
 



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Re: The Contingent's Wisconsin Supper Club, Steakhouse & Fish Fry Tour 2018/02/10 13:13:12 (permalink)
All of our Fridays in February are clear and March is wide open.
 
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Re: The Contingent's Wisconsin Supper Club, Steakhouse & Fish Fry Tour 2018/02/10 23:11:55 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby abe_froeman 2018/02/10 23:30:51
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Colony House is in Trevor, very close to the state line.  This might be the first menu I've seen offer prime rib on the kids' menu.
 



Sign Quijote up for that one! And a sundae! 
 




My inner child likes this idea! 
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