There are two Cinder’s restaurants the Appleton area (and another Cinder’s in Oshkosh, which is a bit different than the two here in Appleton). There is a newer Cinder’s on Kensington (by Menards) and another on Wisconsin Avenue. The Wisconsin Ave. location has been a “go to” eating destination for a few years, but there have been plenty of visits to the Kensington location, as well. With only a couple of exceptions — I had a dinner roll that tasted like oven cleaner once and there was another occasion where we must have waited 20 minutes for service — my Cinder’s experiences have been positive and today was more or less the same.
Risotto Meets Gumbo
Not feeling overly hungry at this morning’s THRIVE Lunch, I opted for a bowl of soup and a breadstick on the side. The soup of the day was a spicy rice gumbo complete with fish, chicken, celery, onions, and mushrooms. Of course, I received more than I bargained for. I ended up with a rather large but shallow bowl of soup and a complete order of three breadsticks. As soon as I saw the breadsticks I remembered that Cinder’s makes them deep fried, which certainly didn’t help the calorie count today, but I must say they were quite tasty. They reminded me of a fried bread treat I ate as a kid called dough dabbers; basically just deep fried dough that is still a bit gooey in the middle.
The gumbo was a little light on the fillings (could have used more chicken), but all-in-all was pretty decent and a nice change of pace from the salads. It was a shade spicy, but the spiciness did add some flavor to what would have been an otherwise amazingly bland dish. Crackers were also served with the soup, and unlike most restaurants there was 5 or 6 packs rather than the usual 1 or 2. In the end, I kind of wish I had opted for the chili, but you know how it goes. Pick your pony and take your ride.
Total price for today’s lunch was $6.94 including a built-in 15% gratuity since there was more than eight people in our party. The breadsticks rang in at $1.99, but a single breadstick runs $0.75 if you add it to the soup (which is what I had originally intended).
Cinder’s Charcoal Grill
2369 W Wisconsin Ave.
Appleton, WI 54914