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Cheyenne’s Sports Bar & Grill [Turkey Club]

Cheyennes Turkey Club

Somewhere along the way Cheyenne’s Sports Bar & Grill on Appleton Street right off College was added to our exclusive “Eat Here” list. There’s not a whole lot of bars that make it onto that list (there may be another list for those establishments…) so we figured we would give it a shot. Results were mixed.

Paper Thin Kettle Chips 

The turkey club was just as you would expect it to be; a combo of sliced deli turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayo served on toasted wheat bread. Standard sides included a choice of seasoned fries, homemade kettle chips, or a cup of sliced peaches. For $1.50 you could request sweet potato fries. A pickle spear was listed as optional equipment, but I’m not sure if it was included in the MSRP or not. It’s difficult to make a bad  turkey club, so the sandwich was just fine. There was a good amount of turkey, thick bacon, fresh vegetables, and not too much mayo. The bread also stayed dry, which was a major plus. About the only bad turkey clubs I encounter out in the wild are the ones on un-toasted white bread that get soggy. Maybe I should stop buying my turkey clubs from the gas station. 

Perhaps the highlight of lunch at Cheyenne’s were the paper thin homemade kettle chips. These things were so thin I could almost see through them. While there is something to be said for a too-thick kettle chip still a bit floppy with grease, I rather enjoyed seeing a pile of chips on the other end of thickness spectrum. They were also very un-salty, which was nice.

I doubt Cheyenne’s will make it on the “re-visit for lunch” list but all-in-all it was a decent enough lunch for $7.25 before tax, title, and license. 

- T

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Cheyenne's Turkey Club

Location:

Cheyenne’s Sports Bar & Grill
124 N. Appleton Street
Appleton, WI 54911


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Pullmans [Pecan Chicken Sandwich]

Pullmans Pecan Chicken Sandwiche

The entire family of restaurants that run under the same banner as Pullmans strike me as being quasi-elegant. What I mean by this is that it always seems like they should be better than they really are. The atmospheres are awesome and the service is pretty good, but the food always falls firmly into average territory. Today was no different. In fact, average might be an optimistic appraisal.

Pecan Crusting = Crushed Up Peanut Butter Cookie?

It came down between two sandwiches: the pecan chicken and the turkey bruschetta. Both sounded pretty good, but I had made shrimpschetta (yum!) at home the night before so I opted to go with the pecan chicken sandwich. This sandwich is advertised as a, ” tender grilled chicken breast lightly seasoned and coated with our signature pecan crusting [and] served on a fresh toasted Kaiser roll.” 

What I had imagined to be a pecan breaded chicken breast turned out to be something a little different. The pecan crusting was more like a loose pile of grainy stuff that tasted a lot like a crushed up peanut butter cookie. Not being a big fan of peanut butter, I ended up scraping most of the topping off. Otherwise, the chicken sandwich was okay, although there are dozens of others in the Fox Valley that would easily put this offering to shame. Available sides include fries, coleslaw, and fresh fruit. It’s always nice to see fresh fruit as a standard side. The fruit ended up being grapes, pineapple, and strawberries, all of which were fresh and flavorful. The sandwich also came with a side of honey mustard, which lent some much needed flavor to the sandwich. 

If it was just average food I could have walked away fairly satisfied. I mean, not every lunch has to be a mind-blowing culinary experience. However, there were other problems at hand today at Pullmans. For one, I was hoping to get a little work done but the wi-fi was not configured properly so there was no way to get any internet access. Perhaps more annoyingly, the one fly in the place (well, the one live fly… there were plenty of dead ones in the window), decided that I was the target du jour today. 

The verdict? For $15.38 (including tip) I managed to get incessantly harassed by a  fly, a chicken sandwich that could be outdone by 3/4 of the bars downtown, pretty decent service, no wi-fi access, and a rather tasty Stone Arch Scottish Ale. Can’t win ‘em all. 

- T

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Pullmans Pecan Chicken Sandwiche

My Nemesis Poses for a Photo
Look at the smug look on his little fly face.

Pullmans Fly

Location:

Pullmans at Trolley Square
619 S. Olde Oneida Street
Appleton, WI 54915


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Houdini’s Escape Gastropub [Vegetable Panini]

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It was round two for Food in the Fox at Houdini’s Escape Gastropub on Monday for THRIVE Lunch. I must say, after the last experience, I was somewhat hesitant to give it another go (grilled lettuce didn’t do anything for me, besides confuse me). Anyways, here is a play-by-play breakdown of how round two ended up…

Round Dos

Getting there at right around eleven, the staff had a large area set aside for our group and they had already put water glasses on the tables.The staff was also very attentive and informative about items on the menu. The menu was also slightly different from the last time, with it being broken up by portion sizes, small and appetizers, medium and large dishes. They also still had the large selection of bottles beer behind the bar, which would make for a good happy hour, but I have yet to experience it.

Vegetable Panini

Anyways, having had a salad and ‘Wisconsin’ brushetta last time, I decided to go with something that was far from either of those choices. I went with the vegetable panini, which included zucchini, mushrooms, onions and a few other vegetables smothered in cheese and pressed in between two pieces of bread. It also came with a choice of a side and I went with grilled vegetables. The panini was alright, considering the vegetables in the sandwich were drowning in greasy cheese and the side of vegetables were a bit oily and flavorless. It was filling, but not terribly satisfying. I tried to get something healthy, but unfortunately, it was probably not the healthiest option considering the cheese and oil. 

Overall, round two was much better than round one. The total for the panini with tip was right around $10. Go check it out and let me know how your experience was. 

-M

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Location:

Houdini’s Escape Gastropub
1216 S. Oneida Street
Appleton, WI 54915


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