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Pappa’s Cafe [Breakfast Burrito-Olé]

Pappa's Cafe

Pappa’s Cafe was the destination for this morning’s THRIVE Coffee, which is a casual early morning networking group that meets every Tuesday. This was the first time I visited Pappa’s Cafe and I must say there’s a fair bit more to it than what meets the eye from the road.

Don’t Judge A Dining Room By Its Cover 

This Neenah family-style restaurant is very easy to miss. In fact, of the six THRIVE’rs who came to coffee this morning exactly zero of them had been to Pappa’s Cafe (and that’s EXACTLY why we do THRIVE!). Like the others, I was surprised by the size of the interior. Driving by Pappa’s Cafe, it looks like it seats about 8 people maximum. Turns out, there is a proper dining room off to the side and an even larger one farther back.

Breakfast Burrito-Olé Stuffed With Hash Browns

The menu had a few interesting choices, including a “Garbage Plate” which I was tempted to order just so I could say it. However, I went with the Breakfast Burrito-Olé, which is “fluffy scrambled eggs in a tender flour tortilla with grilled onions, peppers, tomatoes, hash browns and salsa on the side, with choice of meat.” It also came with some sour cream. Seems simple enough, but I immediately noticed something a little unexpected when my breakfast was plunked down in front of me. The meat (in this case, ham) was on the side and the hash browns were rolled into the breakfast burrito. I had expected the opposite to be true.

As far as taste, everything was quite good, especially considering the fairly-sized burrito rang in at just $5.95. The tortilla was nice and soft and there wasn’t anything ‘juicy’ about the fillings, which is something I’ve encountered in the past elsewhere. Speaking of juicy, the ham wasn’t. From my point of view that’s no bad thing. I’ve always tended to prefer pretty much all meat except steak to be on the dryer side (dry smoked turkey… love it!). On the opposite side of the spectrum, my neighbor’s American fries and bacon looked like they had been made in a vat of 10W-40. 

Finally, the coffee was no Molly’s, but that didn’t stop me from having 3 or 4 cups. Overall not a bad breakfast.

- T

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Pappa's Cafe Inside

Pappa's Cafe Breakfast Burrito

Pappa's Cafe Menu

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Pappa’s Cafe
1360 S. Commercial Street
Neenah, WI 54956


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The Pancake Place [Apple Cinnamon Pancake]

The Pancake Place Apple Cinnamon Pancake

This is the third or fourth time Food in the Fox has visited The Pancake Place in Green Bay but oddly enough this is the first time we have written about it. I have a friend who recently described herself as a “pancake connoisseur.” Hopefully she sees this post and visits The Pancake Place, if she hasn’t already. I don’t think she would be disappointed. 

HUGE Pancakes With About 2000 Calories of Toppings

First off, pancakes have two sides. Shocking, I know. What you are seeing in the photo below is the rather unphotogenic side of the pancake in question. The other side was much more attractive, but since I’m dumb I forgot to take a picture before I took a bite out of it. On the other side of this 3/4″ thick pancake you can see the apples that are baked into it. Anyway, as you can see, the dang thing is slightly bigger than the plate it is on. How they can sell an apple cinnamon pancake with a full array of toppings for $2.80 (I kid you not) is beyond me. 

Speaking of toppings, if you noticed the cover photo of this post you will have seen a trio of high-calorie toppings. These toppings consisted of: strawberry, raspberry, and whipped butter. There was also a small, but adequate, container of syrup. So, apparently, it’s customary in Green Bay to top your giant pancake with an additional 2000 calories worth of toppings. And to think I was a little disappointed that my pancake didn’t come smothered in whipped cream. Anyway, as pancakes go, this one was pretty darned good. It was pancakey. Appley. Slices of apples. My pancake had slices of apples in it. That’s what I’m trying to get at.  On the downside, I didn’t taste much of the cinnamon. It mostly tasted like pancake with some occasional apple goodness mixed in. 

Other Menu Temptations

Other tempting pancake choices included banana nut, peach, Oreo, and many more. Even more very intriguing options included stuffed hashbrowns (they are totally obscene… I saw the gyro one a few weeks back and my cholesterol went up a few points just by looking at it), stuffed French toast, and various breakfast combos that also looked great. My Food in the Fox co-conspirator had a “Souper Salad” that consisted of a nice garden salad combined with chicken dumpling soup and a breadstick. Best of all she was asked, “How many breadsticks would you like?” My answer would have been, “All of them!” She controlled herself and said, “One will be fine.”

- T

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The Pancake Place Apple Cinnamon Pancake

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The Pancake Place
143 S Military Ave.
Green Bay, WI 54303


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Molly’s Cafe & Catering [Denver Sandwich]

Molly's Cafe Denver Sandwich

It was way back in March when I last visited Molly’s Cafe & Catering as part of a THRIVE Coffee networking group. Today, it was pretty much sheer boredom that made me head out for an early breakfast. Technically, I was out for an early walk, but I wanted to kill a couple hours before the 9:00 AM opening of the Winter Farm Market at City Center. 

Smooth Coffee & A Homestyle Denver Sandwich

On my last visit, the breakfast wrap was decent, but the coffee was great. I’m happy to report that some seven months later the coffee is still great. I can’t even explain what makes Molly’s coffee so good. It’s pretty much just typical diner-style coffee (for a whole $1.25) but with a really nice smooth flavor to it. It’s a smidge better than the Walmart $3.18 per container stuff I’m drinking right now. As a bonus, both standard and French Vanilla creamers were on the table. Another nice touch is that the coffee mugs are big, at least the one I had was. The waitress doesn’t need to stop by every minute to fill it up.

From what I’ve seen of the food so far at Molly’s, it’s pretty much exactly the same was what you would make at home but better because you don’t actually have to go through the trouble of making it. The Denver Sandwich is two scrambled eggs loaded with ham, green peppers, onions, and cheese on your choice of bread. My particular choice this fine chilly morning was sourdough, but white, wheat, and rye are also offered. You get exactly what it says on the tin in a package that looks like mom could have made it.

On top of everything the service was very friendly and quick. Final cost? $6.83 with tax. 

Denver Sandwich History Lesson

On a side note, I was curious as to whether the Denver Sandwich was really invented in Denver (I will not be fooled again like I was with “German” Chocolate Cake). According to our friend Wikipedia, the Denver sandwich was claimed to have been invented by “… Denver restaurateur Albert A. McVittie in 1907 as well as M. D. Looney, of Denver, in the same year. It has also been claimed that the ‘Denver sandwich’ was invented at Denver’s Taber Hotel but mentions of it in newspapers predate all these claimants.”

- T

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Molly's Cafe Denver Sandwich

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Molly’s Cafe & Catering
700 Schelfhout Lane
Kimberly, WI 54136


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