I went to Green Bay (via the Milwaukee Airport and a 2 hour drive each way) for a business trip. We were in Wisconsin for just about 24 hours, but in that time, we had to make a stop for dinner. I was with someone that spent time in Wisconsin and she recommended going to a Supper Club, which is popular in WI. She found Wally’s Spot Supper Club and we plugged it into the GPS.
After miles and miles on a highway without much of anything, we drove into Green Bay by a bunch of strip malls. And then the GPS told us we had arrived and I looked beside us to see a building that really can only be described as resembling a strip club. It had a neon sign rotating on a giant round marquis. (Check out their site if you want a taste of the classiness)
But hell… we were in Green Bay. So I was up for an adventure.
We went in and it was immediately evident that this was a local’s joint. Everyone knew everyone and I had to remind myself that we were not in New York City anymore as we were juggled around and finally seated by the bar tender in the dining room, which resembled a catering hall with a lovely drop ceiling.
Trying to leave my judgements beside, I couldn’t help but feel like we were a sore thumb as we pulled out or iPhones and snapped pictures, but hell, why not.
Most entrees come with a salad bar, which wasn’t too big but had all the right things to put together a good salad. (And it kind of reminded me of a Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse, a place I have no embarrassment admitting to loving)
The bread came out and it was quite tasty, though I can only assume that the shiny stuff on top was butter?
Our meals also came with soup, for which an option was French Onion. The waitress then asked if we wanted melted mozzarella on top for an additional $1. I was quite taken aback that French Onion soup could possibly be served without cheese, but we sprung the extra $1 and got it. We were in Wisconsin, afterall. This was just okay. The cheese obviously being an afterthought meant that there were no burnt on bits (which is the best part of the soup, in my opinion) and the soup tasted similar to the canned variety to me. I think French Onion Soup is typically also served with a more flavorful cheese, like provolone, so it was not what I was hoping for.
I got the surf and turf and went with a prime rib and scallops. The scallops were some of the most boring, tasteless scallops I’ve ever had (serves me right for ordering in a very land locked state) but the prime rib was quite flavorful and the jus with it was nice and meaty.
It was served with “hash browns” which was a plate of very thin, grated potatoes that were not quite crispy and had just about zero flavor. Shame. This could have been an awesome version of a latke. Miss.
My coworker got the New York strip steak. I just had to laugh when I saw it was served with two pats of butter right on top. I mean, sure, steak with butter is great, but this was just two pats… right on top. She seemed to enjoy her steak though.
Even though we were stuffed, they mentioned that one of their waitresses is the baker and makes everything from scratch. So along with the orange sherbet that came with the meal (on the right in the picture below… egregiously colored but nicely flavored), we got the banana cream cheese and the chocolate mousse cakes.
The banana cake was very nice, which a great moist banana bread flavor. Though the icing was a bit under-flavored, the cake made up for it.
I really liked the chocolate mousse cake. Not too sweet, not too bitter, all the right textures.
And did I mention that the pieces were HUGE?
Overall, Wally’s Spot was just too easy to make fun of as being a midwest “hot spot” with mediocre food. Some things were very good, some were very bland. I see why this place is liked by locals, however, I was happy to return to Manhattan.
Total Nom Points: 5.5 out of 10