Serious Burger [Wild Mushroom Burger]

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My first time at Serious Burger was a few months ago, and don’t you know, I ordered a chicken sandwich. I decided it was time to dive into one of their burgers that I hear about almost weekly, so that is exactly what I did yesterday. I not only ordered a burger, but a loaded burger with cheese curds to make sure I was hitting my maximum caloric intake* for the day :) 

* Note to trainer, I didn’t eat it all by myself.

Trendy Place, Greasy (Tasty) Menu

The place is in a great location by the Fox River Mall and has a nice selection of burgers, sandwiches and appetizers. There is nothing particularly fabulous about the interior of the place. It is a small, trendy shop with NFL Network on a few of the flat screens hanging in the corners. The menu has a few healthy options, including a chicken sandwich and salmon sandwich, but overall be prepared to put a few extra miles on the elliptical after enjoying a meal here. Their burgers are made with 100% natural, hormone and antibiotic free, natural certified Angus beef and they are served on daily baked french brioche buns from Breadsmith. 

Wild Mushroom Burger & Sides

Loving onions and mushrooms, it seemed only right for me to go with the Wild Mushroom burger, which consisted of roasted crimini mushrooms, caramelized onions, a sunny-side up egg, Swiss cheese and garlic aoili. I had them keep the egg off and as I bit into it, I was amazed at the taste. Not only did the beef taste fresh, the bun was soft and the vegetables were marinated to combine perfectly with the overall taste. The garlic aoili was not over powering like I have had at other restaurants. I did order the burger medium-well and it came out pretty well done, but even with it being slightly over cooked, it was still juicy. 

The cheese curds were okay. You could taste that they were beer battered, but the for $4, they don’t give you many. There were maybe 15 curds in the small dish. Oh, and the Parmesan Truffle fries = TO DIE FOR! They are thin and crisy fries with just the right amount of garlic Parmesan seasoning. 

Total damage cost wise? Right around $11 for the burger and cheese curds. The fries were not mine, but I had to try them. They rang in at $3.39 for a large side. 

-M

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Location:

Serious Burger
4353 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Appleton, WI 54913


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Greene’s Pour House [Salmon BLT Sandwich]

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Greene’s Pour House in Neenah is one of those places that I have driven by 100 times but never tried out until recently. Greene’s is located on Wisconsin Avenue in Neenah and has been there for a few years. We went to check it out for dinner on a Thursday night and it was hopping!

Thursday Night Band & Crowd

Getting there at around 8:00 PM, the place was packed. There was a small band playing in the corner and high school basketball on every TV. The place is not too big, with probably a dozen or two tables along with plenty of seats around the bar. There was some room at the bar, but luckily a pub table opened up just as we walked up to it. Even with a band playing in the corner, it was not too loud. We could still hear each other talk without shouting across the table. It must have been some type of folks-bluegrass band playing, which is also why it probably wasn’t screaming loud. 

P.A.B.S.T or Salmon BLT?

I knew I was going to be checking this place out soon, so I asked a few friends for some suggestions. A few people recommended the same thing, the P.A.B.S.T. (Provolone, Avocado, Bacon, Salad greens, and Turkey served on grilled sourdough or whole grain). Although this sounded wonderful, I continued to look through the menu. The Salmon BLT sandwich caught my attention right away. It was a pan-seared salmon filet on toasted sourdough with lemon pepper mayo, bacon, lettuce, tomato and onions, served with a side of house-made coleslaw. I was sold. 

Pan-Seared Awesomeness

For being packed, the service was not bad. The one or two waitresses were at no point walking or standing. They were running around filling beers, bringing food from the kitchen and clearing off tables. The food didn’t take too long and it looked mighty tasty when it arrived at the table. The salmon was moist and had a bit of a sweet glaze on the outside, which went great with the overall taste of the sandwich. The toasted sourdough was amazing! I am not sure, but if I had to guess it was either homemade or from Great Harvest Bread Co. down the street.  One negative thing about the sandwich? They forgot the lemon pepper mayo (but I didn’t really miss it).

Overall, it was a good experience and I would go back. The sandwich was $9.49 and was worth it. Oh, on a side note, the cole slaw was, well, okay. Check it out. They are open daily at 11:00 AM.

-M

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134 W. Wisconsin Ave

Neenah, WI 54956

Milwaukee Burger Company [Turkey Avocado Salad]

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Food in the Fox has never been to a restaurant on opening night, so let’s just say my expectations were less than high. Why? Well, having working in the food service industry in college, I have seen how awful the first night open can be. Between the staff not knowing the menu, the food taking hours to arrive at the table and the long wait times, I was not expecting much walking into Milwaukee Burger Company, located at 421 North Casaloma Drive in Appleton on Monday evening.

Made for Wisconsinites

The new sports bar/restaurant is located in the old Buffalo Wild Wings and has a similar type of atmosphere, with TV’s covering nearly every square inch of wall space. They have an extensive menu and beer selection and simply put, they WISCONSINIZED the menu. What does that mean, you ask? Well, they have about 40 beers on tap and the menu is filled with plenty of appetizers and entrees that include cheese and/or brats. Something that really caught my attention was the five, count them, five different kinds of cheese curds! Of course I had to have at least one…

Cheese Curd Balls

Wouldn’t you know it, I go to a burger place and order chicken. That being said, the picture below is of someone else’s meal (and yes, I stole one (or two) of those glorious looking mounds of deep fried cheese) and is an accurate reflection of how insanely large the cheese curds are. They were absolutely delicious, filling and greasy. For a brief moment, I felt as if I was standing outside a concession stand at some type of Wisconsin summer festival. They were comparable to fair cheese curds, which is saying a lot. 

After inhaling a few cheese curd balls, the food arrived at the table. They made my salad a sandwich by accident, so that was kind of a bummer, but the salad came out of the kitchen a few short moments later. The Turkey Avocado Salad included fresh romaine lettuce topped with thick sliced turkey, a hard-boiled egg, tomatoes, red onion, avocado, and creamy avocado dressing. It was a huge salad filled with fresh ingredients and chicken that was not overly seasoned. Cost? It was $8.99 for this large salad. 

Conclusion

They did awesome on their first night open to the public, at least from my point of view! The service was excellent and the food was quick and enjoyable. This place would be a great spot for any sports or beer fan, looking to watch the game while having a beer and burger. I am looking forward to my next stop at MBC. 

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