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RE: Wisconsin Supper Clubs 2010/12/02 10:54:52 (permalink)
Oh, the Hideaway near Hayward? I was referring to the Hideaway north of St Charles, Ill along the Fox River that now plays up it's connection to Al Capone. I'm sure I ate at the other Hideaway probably 20 years ago, we used to stay around Hayward, Rice Lake and Chippewa Falls on our way up to Grand Marais Minnesota. 
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RE: Wisconsin Supper Clubs 2010/12/02 16:38:23 (permalink)
Yes, but I goofed: the one in Couderay (near Hayward) is Hideout, not Hideaway...
 
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RE: Wisconsin Supper Clubs 2011/11/19 14:19:39 (permalink)
Wisconsin Public Television will be airing the Ron Faiola film Wisconsin Supper Clubs at 8pm CST on Thanksgiving, if anyone's interested.
 
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RE: Wisconsin Supper Clubs 2015/03/03 13:59:50 (permalink)
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L-Woods is what it is. It'll never be a northwoods Wisconsin supper club. To accomplish that would require the following:

1. Allow smoking in the entire restaurant.
2. Allow only American built cars & trucks in the parking lot. Foreign cars must park by the pool.
3. Have designated "snowmobile parking" only.
4. Every car in the parking lot is unlocked with keys in the ignition.
5. Rolex, gold, diamonds, and furs not allowed in the restaurant.
6. Pop will be called soda.
7. L-Wood chopped salad is replaced by a self serve salad bar.
8. Baby back ribs and skirt steaks are replaced by filets.
9. All fish is deep fried and served on Fridays only.
10.Doggie bags are only given to dog owners. Must show proof of dog waiting in vehicle in parking lot with all windows open.
11.No senior discounts or Entertainment Book coupons honored.
12.Sima now serves free samples of fried venison instead of kasha.
13.Green Bay Packer motif throughout the restautant with more animal heads adorning the walls. At least one 4 foot muskie must be above the bar.
14.The wait staff would look like this- No north shore Nancys here!


I think we are confusing northwoods tavern and restaurant with supper club.  

Supper clubs are an endangered species. There aren't many left. And even some of them do not qualify as supper clubs anymore. It is a special type of swanky and snazzy restaurant only open from 4:00pm to 10:00pm and usually closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. It is typically operated by a husband and wife with the living quarters above the restaurant. Men should definitely wear a sports jacket and probably a tie. No trophy fish or animal heads on the walls, no Friday fish fries, no Green Bay Packers. Actually, Fuzzy Thurston who played left guard for the Packers owned eleven The Left Guard restaurants so there may have been Packer memorabilia at his places but that was before my time and I believe they fell into the steak house category. No coupons, either, but there is a happy hour.

Once the hostess has seated you the waitress takes your drink order. She will be wearing a wing collar white shirt and a black tie and vest or a uniform similar to that effect. A very traditional supper club drink is the brandy old fashioned made with muddled fruit and soda water — not Sprite — with a dash of gomme syrup for silky texture. I don't know how to say it — part of the charm of the supper club is the attention to detail. A Caesar salad is made tableside. Cherries jubilee is flambéed. The food is fancier than the food normally prepared at home. A vintage menu I came across had "fresh seafood flown in daily" for the oysters and lobsters.

A supper club menu will usually include duck, surf and turf, lamb, a listing of sauces for the steaks and one of the salad selections will be "the wedge" (iceberg lettuce with bleu cheese). Portions are exceedingly large.

No salad bar. After the waitress has delivered your food order to the kitchen, she will return with the relish tray which is included with your supper. At my favorite restaurant, the relish tray was a four-storied lazy susan. Crudités with different sauces, pickled herring, olives, pickles, cheeses, small selections of salads, meatballs, smoked fish, sausage, shrimp, devilled eggs .... very much like the whole salad bar was brought to your table. This is where I made my mistake on my first supper club dining experience. I was not aware of the relish tray and had ordered a small Cobb salad and roasted duck. Too much food. The waitress carefully packed all the leftovers in the largest doggie bag I had ever seen.

During the heyday of supper clubs, dining was at a leisurely pace. Expectations were for having a few drinks. I am not very big; one of the birdbath-sized gin martinis is my limit. Then the diners would be entertained by a pianist and a singer. So. A person could easily spend three or four hours. Nowadays most supper clubs no longer have entertainers.

Another supper club difference: as an alternative to dessert is the ice cream cocktail such as Grasshopper, Golden Cadillac or Pink Squirrel. 

My favorite club was The Pyramid. It was an actual pyramid plunked down in the middle of fields of corn and pastures near Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. The décor was Egyptian pyramid. It has been closed for five years.

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Ishnala is located near the Wisconsin Dells. It has a northwoods resort look about it. Ishnala is unusual in that it is open seven nights a week from late spring to early autumn and that it was recently purchased from the original owners, not passed down from the parents to their children. And the relish tray is nowhere near as awe-inspiring as The Pyramid's. On recent trips to Ishnala, people who had been gambling at the Ho-Chunk tribe's casino. They were noisy and not properly dressed. They were not supper club people!

The Fox And Hounds has not been a supper club for a long time although the outbuilding for the valet to park your car is still in place. The menu is nice but the only supper club item is Super Surf and Turf — an eight ounce lobster tail and an eight ounce steak which is pretty small by supper club standards. Really a shame because it was pleasant to put the top down on the roadster on a soft summer night and drive winding roads through the wooded hills after dining.

The Bartolottas, a very successful local restaurant family, recently opened two supper clubs. Joey Gerard's. There is a separate charge for the underwhelming relish tray. This is a modern place where you are expected to eat your relish tray, appetizer, a salad and main course. Where my bill at The Pyramid was less than thirty dollars, dinner for one is going to set you back approximately $80. There is a hamburger on their menu! And Joey Gerard's does not serve asparagus with hollandaise.
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RE: Wisconsin Supper Clubs 2015/03/03 14:13:14 (permalink)
Haruka.

Look a little closer. You may see CSD's tongue sticking in his cheek.

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RE: Wisconsin Supper Clubs 2015/03/03 14:23:15 (permalink)
I'm sure CSD is having fun with us but there are very real places just as he has described. You can tie your boat to their dock. The ladies' and men's rooms are labeled "does" and "bucks". The only difference is that smoking has been banned in bars and restaurants.

But they are not supper clubs. The L-Woods is not a supper club.
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RE: Wisconsin Supper Clubs 2015/03/03 18:03:26 (permalink)
pretty awesome first post, btw, Haruka
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RE: Wisconsin Supper Clubs 2015/09/28 08:18:47 (permalink)
Supper Clubs 101 is a new (2015) single-episode show that aired on Wisconsin Public Television yesterday, and I expect it'll make a few more appearances in the months to come.
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RE: Wisconsin Supper Clubs 2015/09/28 13:12:55 (permalink)
My inner 10 year old defines a supper club as having a iceberg wedge salad, a relish tray, and prime rib.  My dad would get a mammoth T-bone steak and my mom a stuffed crab.
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RE: Wisconsin Supper Clubs 2016/01/12 22:30:33 (permalink)
I'm not interested in the definition so much as a relaxed atmosphere.
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RE: Wisconsin Supper Clubs 2016/01/12 23:02:31 (permalink)
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My inner 10 year old defines a supper club as having a iceberg wedge salad, a relish tray, and prime rib.  My dad would get a mammoth T-bone steak and my mom a stuffed crab.


You bet, but in Wisconsin a brandy old fashioned sweet seems mandatory.
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RE: Wisconsin Supper Clubs 2016/02/12 20:32:21 (permalink)
When I was in the Fox Valley a couple of weekends ago I made a point of stopping at Dick and Joan's Supper Club in Appleton.

 
The relish trays have been replaced by a salad bar but the rest of the interior is definitely on track.  This is the main dining room, while I was seated in a smaller auxiliary section.  I did ask for a corner spot...

 

 
The soup was self-serve from the salad bar and since it was Friday I went for the clam chowder.  To be honest, in terms of clam chowder I've had better but at the same time it was a very good "creamy potato with clams" soup...maybe that was the style popular in the Midwest in the past?

 
My 2-piece crumb-coated haddock lunch with potato...balls?  Nuggets?  Croquettes?  They were basically mashed potato balls seasoned with onion and deep-fried, which makes them kind of a Wisconsin version of hush puppies, I guess.

 
Lunch plus a soda ran me around $10, which was a deal.  The flaky fish (the real thing, as I did get a bone) had a delicate flavor that was actually better being not dipped in the melted butter, and the potatoes were good both with and without.
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RE: Wisconsin Supper Clubs 2016/02/14 04:07:01 (permalink)
Nice pics!!!
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RE: Wisconsin Supper Clubs 2016/02/14 10:21:11 (permalink)
Brad, Glad you made it to D&J's. Nice photos! I would have gone for the hand butterflied perch...that's just my favorite. For dinner the Prime Rib or NY Strip (a well seasoned steak...like I remember from my youth, going out with my parents) are awesome. Did you partake in the Hot Bacon Dressing? They serve it in a crock pot at the salad bar....as much as you want. Not a little side cup. Pat and Lester run a great business!
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RE: Wisconsin Supper Clubs 2016/02/14 13:02:41 (permalink)
Thanks!  I can't remember for sure if the perch is on the lunch menu or not, because that's usually my choice as well.  Or maybe I passed on it because the haddock was a smaller plate and I had another stop to make.
 
I didn't know about the bacon dressing or I might've given it a try, but this day the salad bar was pretty much an afterthought to me.  I'm not a salad person but I do like dressings, usually over a plate of raw mushrooms.l
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RE: Wisconsin Supper Clubs 2016/02/21 14:14:21 (permalink)
Wintahaba, have you ever been to Van Abel's in Hollandtown?  One of my Appleton friends speaks highly of the broasted chicken, and it could certainly be a possibility for a future Contingent visit to the Fox Valley.  Unfortunately I just didn't have room for another meal when I passed by last month.

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Re: Buy Real Passports,Driver’s License,ID Cards,Visas, USA Green Card,Fake Money. 2016/02/21 14:48:05 (permalink)
Brad, We went a few years ago to Van Abel's...I love restaurant history, and this place has it. I had the Seafood Platter (Perch and Pike were great) and my wife had the Chicken, while it was excellent...IMO I feel it's hard for Broasted Chicken to really separate itself from the Broasted Pack. Looking at a new menu I think the Country Style Fish would be awesome for a Contingent visit...you can have the Chicken w/ it also.
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RE: Wisconsin Supper Clubs 2016/03/13 14:37:50 (permalink)
When I was in Waukesha recently I took US-18 to get home, and came across this interesting possibility just east of Jefferson:
 

 

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Re: Buy Real Passports,Driver’s License,ID Cards,Visas, USA Green Card,Fake Money. 2016/03/13 16:37:04 (permalink)
Ooh, that's certainly the look we're after in a good supper club.  The question is, how's the food?
 
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Re: Buy Real Passports,Driver’s License,ID Cards,Visas, USA Green Card,Fake Money. 2016/03/13 16:57:13 (permalink)
That looks like a real dump. We can't wait to go.
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RE: Wisconsin Supper Clubs 2016/03/13 17:12:02 (permalink)
Yelpers mostly give it 3 and 4 stars, with the most recent review being about 7 months old.
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Re: Buy Real Passports,Driver’s License,ID Cards,Visas, USA Green Card,Fake Money. 2016/03/13 18:28:58 (permalink)
Seven month old 3-4 star ratings should be just about ripe by now.  This place definitely needs to be added to our "to do" list.  The menu is mostly Burgers and Sandwiches with a few daily specials.  Looks like the Friday Fish Fry includes Bluegill, so that's a draw.  Saturday offers Prime Rib and a couple of nice Surf n Turf options.  Based on pictures here, it looks like they may have extensive selections on a dry erase board
 
Do we go before or after Stolley's Hogg Alley?
 
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RE: Wisconsin Supper Clubs 2016/03/13 21:10:19 (permalink)
Since Jefferson's a bit further west it might be a better choice for the coming summer, in case out-of-towners want to stay over.  Especially since we could roll visits to The Edgewater and Vetro Winery into things.
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Re: Buy Real Passports,Driver’s License,ID Cards,Visas, USA Green Card,Fake Money. 2016/03/13 22:47:16 (permalink)
With back to back Supper Clubs, this has the potential to be a gut-busting weekend.  Maybe the winery will let us stomp a few grapes to burn up the calories.
 
Depending on how our budget holds up after Pittsburgh, we might look into doing a quick weekend up that way.  You'll need to add a few more stops to make it worthwhile.
 
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Re: Buy Real Passports,Driver’s License,ID Cards,Visas, USA Green Card,Fake Money. 2016/03/13 22:58:32 (permalink)
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.......  menu ...........  Looks like the Friday Fish Fry includes Bluegill, so that's a draw.  Saturday offers Prime Rib and a couple of nice Surf n Turf options.  Based on pictures here, it looks like they may have extensive selections on a dry erase board..........



Boy do those lake perch and bluegill sound great. And the reviewer shares my belief that the Nite Cap Inn in Palmyra serve the best potato pancakes. I'm so in on this one. [just in case your curiosity has been tweaked. http://www.yelp.com/biz/nite-cap-inn-palmyra]
 
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RE: Wisconsin Supper Clubs 2016/03/13 23:23:45 (permalink)
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With back to back Supper Clubs, this has the potential to be a gut-busting weekend.  Maybe the winery will let us stomp a few grapes to burn up the calories.

Better yet, you can boogie down or work the flippers: Vetro has a jukebox and 2 pinball machines, although I didn't inquire about their functionality when I was there.
 
Depending on how our budget holds up after Pittsburgh, we might look into doing a quick weekend up that way.  You'll need to add a few more stops to make it worthwhile.

Or a few less stops to keep you away.
 
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And the reviewer shares my belief that the Nite Cap Inn in Palmyra serve the best potato pancakes. I'm so in on this one. [just in case your curiosity has been tweaked. http://www.yelp.com/biz/nite-cap-inn-palmyra]

We need to invite "Keri L." for the entertainment value alone.  I'm pretty sure she's not from around here.
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Re: Buy Real Passports,Driver’s License,ID Cards,Visas, USA Green Card,Fake Money. 2016/03/14 00:39:20 (permalink)
"Keri L."? Yeah, she thinks putting ketchup on a hot dog is a mortal sin.
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Re: Buy Real Passports,Driver’s License,ID Cards,Visas, USA Green Card,Fake Money. 2016/03/14 04:12:23 (permalink)
When in fact it is merely a venal sin.  Says the nice Jewish boy from the suburbs.
 
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RE: Wisconsin Supper Clubs 2016/03/15 20:23:24 (permalink)
Apparently the WI Dept. of Tourism has been spying on this thread...
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RE: Wisconsin Supper Clubs 2016/03/27 16:26:58 (permalink)
I came across this article while doing some research for a trip next month.
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