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Recommendations for Neenah, Wisc.

Actually, Neenah has some great restaurants that you definitely don't want to miss. Zuppa's is a more casual restaurant, and the food is really great. www.zuppas.com

Actually, If I were you I'd check out http://www.jefflindsay.com/dining.html. It's just a local guy that gives excellent reviews of the restaurants in the fox valley.

Any place worth stopping between MSP and Eagle River, WI?

Haven't been there, but I've heard that the Riverstone is very good in Eagle River.

Thoughts on Fratello's in Oshkosh, WI

I tend to think that Haase's gets by on quantity rather than quality. Sure they give you tons of food for a reasonable price, but is is that good?

Okay MSP chowhounds, plan my wedding reception

We had our reception at The University Club on Cedar in downtown St Paul. The food was great and we couldn't have asked for a nicer setting. Great place.

Central Wisconsin, Chowishness in General

>>>>>So, although we don't have the exotic places other big cities have, I feel that many of our restrauteurs (SP?)try very hard to give the public what it wants.<<<<<

Maybe that's the problem. The last poll the Daily Herald did, Hooters and Cracker Barrell were the top vote getters for most wanted chain restaurants.
I haven't gone to Freddy's downtown yet. I've been to the one in Hatley and was quite dissapointed. I geuss I was expecting Mexican food. The ingrediants did seem really fresh though.

Nov 08, 2006
crowena63 in Great Lakes

Looking for authentic Caribbean MSP

Have you tried San Pedro Cafe in Hudson?

High End Mexican Twin Cities

It's more caribbean/central american, but San Pedro Cafe in Hudson is really good.

Central Wisconsin, Chowishness in General

That is a great summary of the Wausau food scene. I agree with everything. I think Little Italy has the best Italian, but I agree that the service is absolutely awful. There doesn't seem to be anyone in charge. Carmelo's is okay.

Oct 23, 2006
crowena63 in Great Lakes

Central Wisconsin, Chowishness in General

It has a non smoking section but the dining area is on a platform so you can't escape the smoke. I guess I would consider it a bar, but it is a pretty large building and the dining area is set away from the bar. Also, they have an asparagus quesadilla that is really good.

Oct 17, 2006
crowena63 in Great Lakes

Central Wisconsin, Chowishness in General

Mickey's Billiards has a new menu that looks quite promising. My wife had the lobster ravioli and she said it was pretty godd. THe actual ravioli ws okay, but the dish came with lots of fresh veggies and those were delicious. I had the green olive burger and that was very good. A lot of the new stuff on the menu looked very tasty. It's too bad that place has such a crappy dining area.

Oct 16, 2006
crowena63 in Great Lakes

Central Wisconsin, Chowishness in General

I've heard they have an excellent wine list. However, I am not a big wine drinker, so I didn't even take a look.

Oct 16, 2006
crowena63 in Great Lakes

Central Wisconsin, Chowishness in General

So I ate at the Wagon Wheel this week and I'd have to give it a 7 out of 10. People here said it was slow, but I didn't know that they literally meant slow. As in the entire staff is old and they can barely move. I think that there was one cook, one bartender and one server. All of them old and slow. Aside from that, I think I had the best rack of lamb ever. The menu was very limited and didn't involve much creativity, but everything at the table was cooked perfectly. My wife's scallops were excellent as well. Not sure if I'd go back however. It was quite pricey and normally I like to pay those prices for something that involves a little more creativity that simply grilling it. Also, everything is a la carte. ANother dissapointment with those prices.

Oct 13, 2006
crowena63 in Great Lakes

New to Powderhorn Park Neighborhood and South Minneapolis

The 5-8 Club is just south of Nokomis on Cedar and it has dirt cheap food and beer. The food is okay to good, but you can't beat the prices. Fat Lorenzos is great too.

Central Wisconsin, Chowishness in General

The Roxy also serves a great breakfast. Get the spaghetti frittata. It's really good.

If you're in the Oshkosh area, The Chalice is a great place for a relaxing cheap dinner. The owners also have a place called Paloras which has the best breakfast in town - hands down.

Oct 09, 2006
crowena63 in Great Lakes

Central Wisconsin, Chowishness in General

I moved to the area a little over two years ago and I too, do not understand the obsession with 2510. To be honest, most of the restaurants are pretty bad in Wausau. Places like the Wagon Wheel , Back When, City Grill are all pretty good, but it's hard to find a place to go on the cheap. Guiseppes Little Italy has pretty bad service, but the prices are good and the food is great. Chatterbox has great burgers. Noodles and Company is a great stand by, as is Green Mill. Chang Garden has a lot better sushi than Kobe and the lo mein is great - Egg Rolls are subpar. Here is a list of places to stay away from:

Chico's - probably the worst food ever.
Tri-City Family restaurant - okay, maybe this place has the worst food ever. I think everything they serve comes out of a can.
Freddy's Mexican and More - Some people love this place, but I 'm not a big fan. The ingredients are high quality, but it should be called Freddy's Barely Mexican and More. At least I wouldn't be expecting Mexican food.
Pinewood - Another place that people swear by, but I just think their expectations are too low.
Any fish fry - I'm getting really sick of fried food. If you fry anything, it tastes good. That doesn't translate to quality food. Why not just eat a bowl of grease.

The problem with Wausau is that it offers restaurants for the high brow and the low brow without much in between.

Oct 09, 2006
crowena63 in Great Lakes