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RE: Wisconsin Supper Clubs 2017/09/05 18:14:12 (permalink)
Thanks Jim
I haven't been to Ishnala Supper Club in a long time. More years than I have fingers and toes. I think it was in 1955 the year before I went into the army and moved from Wis.
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RE: Wisconsin Supper Clubs 2017/09/05 18:46:30 (permalink)
Long time for me too. I'd go with my parents in the '60's when we stayed at Lake Delton. I don't think we ever ate there, my folks would get cocktails and we would explore the grounds.
 
BTW - Ishnala was a Recommended by Duncan Hines restaurant.
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RE: Wisconsin Supper Clubs 2017/09/05 19:49:21 (permalink)
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Ishnala garnered 152,080 votes, more than a third of the 400,000-plus votes generated by the year-long contest conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism and its website.

The top 20 finishers can be found here.  A useful reference for future dining...
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RE: Wisconsin Supper Clubs 2017/09/05 19:54:29 (permalink)
Thanks for that link Brad. I have passed #4, Chissy's, hundreds of times and never thought about stopping. I think The Contingent will be making a stop there, once they figure out Where's Waldo?
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RE: Wisconsin Supper Clubs 2017/09/05 20:02:49 (permalink)
To be honest a name like Chissy's Pub & Grille would make a lot of people think "sports bar" instead of "supper club".
 
I think I've driven through Waldo once or twice...
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RE: Wisconsin Supper Clubs 2017/09/05 20:39:57 (permalink)
The Top 20
  • 1 Ishnala Supper Club (152,080 votes)
  • 2 Pinewood Supper Club (129,037 votes)
  • 3 Lehman's Supper Club & Cocktail Lounge (23,713 votes)
  • 4 Chissy's Pub & Grille (20,279 votes)
  • 5 Schwarz's Supper Club (13,829 votes)
  • 6 HobNob Restaurant (11,572 votes)
  • 7 Buckhorn Supper Club (6,164 votes)
  • 8 McGregor's Blink Bonnie Supper Club (5,533 votes)
  • 9 The 5 O'clock Club (5,011 votes)
  • 10 Donny's Glidden Lodge (5,004 votes)
  • 11 Norwood Pines Supper Club (3,987 votes)
  • 12 The Roxy Supper Club (3,226 votes)
  • 13 Silvercryst Supper Club/Motel (2,893 votes)
  • 14 Bob & Geri's Black Otter Supper Club (2,560 votes)
  • 15 Stones Throw Supper Club (1,914 votes)
  • 16 Maiden Lake Supper Club (1,870 votes)
  • 17 Sky Club (894 votes)
  • 18 Elias Inn Supper Club (764 votes)
  • 19 Cimaroli's Supper Club (707 votes)
  • 20 Dirty Oar Supper Club (287 votes)
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    RE: Wisconsin Supper Clubs 2017/09/06 07:11:00 (permalink)
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    To be honest a name like Chissy's Pub & Grille would make a lot of people think "sports bar" instead of "supper club".
     
    I think I've driven through Waldo once or twice...


    Waldo?
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    RE: Wisconsin Supper Clubs 2017/09/06 08:20:29 (permalink)

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    RE: Wisconsin Supper Clubs 2017/09/07 16:23:16 (permalink)
    DorfHaus is a great supper club that has outstanding German food. I always get the pork shank when I eat there. It's located in Roxberry Wi which is a very small town hand has that small town friendliness. Near Sauk city if you don't know where Roxberry is.   

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    RE: Wisconsin Supper Clubs 2017/09/07 17:21:56 (permalink)
    Dorf Haus link: http://www.foodspot.com/C...fault.aspx?accid=19510
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    RE: Wisconsin Supper Clubs 2017/09/07 22:23:32 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby ChiTownDiner 2017/09/08 09:05:06
    Thank you SC. One of these days I'll be able to post a URL. Dorf Haus has a German buffet 1 day a month all year and 2 days a month during the summer. I was raised on a farm half way between Sauk city and Mazomanie on state highway78. About 4 miles from the Dorf
     
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    RE: Wisconsin Supper Clubs 2017/09/08 09:22:53 (permalink)
    That's nice country up that way; I've driven 78 between Sauk and Mazo a number of times...was Green Acres around back then, either as itself or under another name?  Unfortunately I've never been to either.
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    RE: Wisconsin Supper Clubs 2017/09/08 19:28:34 (permalink)
    It wasn't there when I was living on the farm But We ate many times in Green Acres when we visited my mom who was still living on the farm. It had good food and service but it has changed hands and I don't know anything about the new menu. We have the first farm on the west side of 78 going towards mazo. Part of the farm is the hill and the rest is reclaimed marsh that grows corn that you wouldn't believe 
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    RE: Wisconsin Supper Clubs 2018/01/12 20:58:53 (permalink)
    On a dreary day a week before Christmas I took a drive up to the hamlet of Pipersville and Donny's Girl Supper Club, which had been on my radar for several years and is also featured in Wisconsin Supper Clubs: Another Round.

     

     
    The bar area, a critical component of a credible supper club.  The larger of the 2 dining rooms is through the archway.

     

     
    I was seated in front of the window in the smaller dining room.  The smaller but nicely appointed salad bar can be seen just through the doorway.

     
    Sweet with fruit.  Accept no substitutions.

     
    Warm bread and real Wisconsin butter.  I could've polished off the entire loaf but managed to exercise some restraint.

     
    This may have been the hottest crock of BFO I've ever been served; it stayed plenty warm for the entire time it took for my entree to arrive.  And it was also extremely good, which meant I burned my mouth.  But it was worth it.

     
    As it was Sunday my first choice for dinner was fried chicken, not only because I like it but also because Donny's serves family style fish and chicken on Fridays and I wanted to see if it might be worthy of a Contingent dinner.  However, when I mentioned it to the actual Donny's Girl (she was tending bar that afternoon) she pushed me toward something a bit more hearty and since prime rib isn't limited to Saturdays I went that route.  IT was a very nice piece of beef with good flavor and one of the more well-done and rosemary-seasoned crusts I've come across.

     
    The odometer said the trip was about 47 miles each way and it was worth it.  I still need to look into that fried chicken...
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    RE: Wisconsin Supper Clubs 2018/01/13 14:38:14 (permalink)
    What a great and reasonably priced menu but the key for me is the "About" section. What a great story. I'd be in for just about any night once the sun shines a bit longer in Spring.
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    RE: Wisconsin Supper Clubs 2018/01/13 16:02:28 (permalink)
    Sounds like a plan, especially if some others want to come along.
     
    Incidentally, I forgot to mention the potatoes that were on my plate.  IIRC they're called "Irish browns" and are small potatoes that're boiled, given a quick dip in the fryer, and finished with a drizzle of butter.  Excellent!
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    RE: Wisconsin Supper Clubs 2018/01/13 16:21:54 (permalink)
    Your meal looks terrific and I cannot believe the price for the duck! I would have to eat there two nights in a row.
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    RE: Wisconsin Supper Clubs 2018/06/03 20:15:51 (permalink)
    (The first part of this post is also part of the Chicken of the Month thread.)
     
    Maple Tree Supper Club has been in McFarland, WI since 1984.

     
    To me, a true supper club is a single story (above ground) building.  While Maple Tree opened in 1984 the structure itself was first built (it's always been a restaurant) sometime in the mid-1950s, and a little bit of its history is touched on by owner Gary Seiler in this article from 2015.

     
    The interior is suitably dark and warmly illuminated.  The soup & salad bar isn't overly large but it has most of the traditional items.

     
    My wife and I had a Saturday dinner there a few weeks back.  I started with a cup of good beef soup from the soup & salad bar; interestingly, Maple Tree doesn't have baked French onion soup on the menu.

     
    I could easily eat a whole loaf by myself...with butter, of course.

     
    My first BOFS was fine but something went horribly wrong with the second, as it tasted like a brandy manhattan made with way too much dry vermouth.

     
    Mrs. C's very good walleye.  Believe it or not, some people do order fish on Saturdays!

     
    But not me.  Saturday is Prime Rib Night; accept no substitutes!  The crust and seasonings were fairly mild and complemented rather than overpowered the beef.

     
    The garlic mashed potatoes aren't what I'd consider to be strongly flavored, but they're excellent just the same.

     
    I don't know this for sure but I'd be willing to bet that when the building was first constructed the surrounding area was fairly rural.  Now that it's been developed with a strip mall, a couple of gas stations, a Culver's, etc. Maple Tree might look just a little out of place, but its design will, to me, never go out of style.
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    RE: Wisconsin Supper Clubs 2018/06/04 09:23:54 (permalink)
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    On a dreary day a week before Christmas I took a drive up to the hamlet of Pipersville and Donny's Girl Supper Club, which had been on my radar for several years and is also featured in Wisconsin Supper Clubs: Another Round.

     

     
    The bar area, a critical component of a credible supper club.  The larger of the 2 dining rooms is through the archway.

     

     
    I was seated in front of the window in the smaller dining room.  The smaller but nicely appointed salad bar can be seen just through the doorway.

     
    Sweet with fruit.  Accept no substitutions.

     
    Warm bread and real Wisconsin butter.  I could've polished off the entire loaf but managed to exercise some restraint.

     
    This may have been the hottest crock of BFO I've ever been served; it stayed plenty warm for the entire time it took for my entree to arrive.  And it was also extremely good, which meant I burned my mouth.  But it was worth it.

     
    As it was Sunday my first choice for dinner was fried chicken, not only because I like it but also because Donny's serves family style fish and chicken on Fridays and I wanted to see if it might be worthy of a Contingent dinner.  However, when I mentioned it to the actual Donny's Girl (she was tending bar that afternoon) she pushed me toward something a bit more hearty and since prime rib isn't limited to Saturdays I went that route.  IT was a very nice piece of beef with good flavor and one of the more well-done and rosemary-seasoned crusts I've come across.

     
    The odometer said the trip was about 47 miles each way and it was worth it.  I still need to look into that fried chicken...


    Based on Brad's review, we are even more interested in going to Donny's Girl (but at a time with no snow in the parking lot). Shall we make this the next Contingent supper club?
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    RE: Wisconsin Supper Clubs 2018/06/04 22:24:31 (permalink)
    I just had a bout of deja vu.
     
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    RE: Wisconsin Supper Clubs 2018/06/08 22:09:38 (permalink)
    Just outside of Fall River is the Casino Supper Club.  I always like seeing a roadside sign pointing me in the right direction.

     

     

     
    A good supper club has to have a good bar.

     
    IIRC the bartender's name was Sara.  Sara made 1 (2, actually) of the best BOFs I've had in a long time.

     
    The bar opens at 4 and service starts at 5.

     
    Like the Maple Tree I visited a couple of weeks earlier, the soup is on the salad bar for self-service.  No BFO on the menu but as it was Saturday night regular French onion was available.

     
    The rolls were simple but good.  I would hope that larger baskets occasionally contain a rye roll or 2.

     

     
    It seemed like the crust had less salt than some others I've had but at the same time it had a slight hint of garlic - not overpowering, just enough to let you know that it's there.  This was a nice piece of beef; I took some of it home because of the lunch (Nite Owl) I'd had earlier in the day, and warmed it up in a skillet the next morning.

     
    Casino pushed the right buttons for me: rural location, traditional atmosphere, good food, good cocktails, and very reasonable prices.  Plus one of the Sunday specials is AYCE broasted chicken, so there's definitely a chance I'll be returning!
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