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Kaukauna Coffee & Tea [Chicken Panini]

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In the midst of a snow storm, I decided to venture out to find a nice spot to get some work done and enjoy lunch. I ended up at Kaukauna Coffee & Tea, located on the beautiful (frozen) Fox River in the heart of Kaukauna. Food in the Fox has been here many times for coffee, but I have never tried anything on the menu that was not caffeinated, up until today. 

Outdoor Patio*

Well, an outdoor patio doesn’t do much good in the middle of January in Wisconsin, but in the summer, this little hidden patio is a great spot to get some work done and enjoy one of their many beverages. It has about 5 small bistro tables, all with different chairs someone collected at garage sales over the years.  That last statement is not factual, but seems probable. 

*At certain times of the year, the flies are horrible and will most likely eat you alive. You have been warned. 

Chicken & Artichoke Panini

This place was packed for lunch! Maybe because schools were called off and this is the local hangout? I’m not sure. Either way, after looking through the menu, I went with the Chicken & Artichoke panini which included chicken breast, artichoke hearts, swiss cheese, red onion, and spinach grilled on flat bread.  It was simple and somewhat unique, as artichokes are not usually on the menu at local eateries. The chicken was seasoned nicely and the flat bread was slightly crunchy and chewy at the same time. All of the sandwiches also include a side of either chips, cookies or apples. 

Total: Around $8.50 with tip for the panini, chips and water. 

 -M

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Kaukauna Coffee & Tea
127 W Wisconsin Ave
Kaukauna, WI 54130

Zuppas [Curried Chicken Salad Wrap & Lobster Bisque]

Zuppas in Neenah

A few weeks ago, I paid roughly $8.00 for two coffees and a bagel at Zuppas. This set my mind into “too expensive” mode so every time Zuppas came up as a lunch destination I shot it down. However, we happened to be in the area and I begrudgingly agreed that we could head to Zuppas for lunch. I mean, I had seen the food on more than one occasion and it always looked great, so I figured what the heck.

Something Yellow, Something New, for $8.00

I really didn’t see anything on the menu that jumped out at me as “I need that for lunch” so I opted to go with the combo, which allowed me to pick any two of the following three selections: any half sandwich or half wrap, a cup of soup, or a salad. The combo also came with homemade potato chips and a pickle spear.

Since I was feeling somewhat brave that morning, I went with the curried chicken salad wrap and lobster bisque. The curried chicken salad wrap was filled with a rather unappetizing  looking yellow chicken salad. Fortunately, the shredded and curried chicken tasted way better than it looked. The flavor was unique (kind of sweet) and solid enough to hold up when dipped into the lobster bisque. Speaking of, the lobster bisque may have been the highlight of the meal. It wasn’t the hearty seafood chowder offered up at Little Chicago, but it had a nice lobstery flavor to it and worked great for dipping the chips.

Total price was around $7.95 before tax, title, and license and I left more-or-less satisfied with my choice. Turns out, if you watch what you get, Zuppas is no more pricey than any other good lunchtime destination. I doubt Zuppas will become one of my regular stops, but it is definitely worth a shot if you are in Neenah and looking for something a little different and higher-end for lunch.

- T

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Zuppas in Neenah

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Zuppas
1540 S. Commercial Street 
Neenah, WI 54956


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Zuppas [Thai Chicken Salad]

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So here’s the story about Zuppas. Food In the Fox has been here before. Last time, we ordered two coffees and a bagel and it came to right around $8, which was a bit more than most places would charge for a couple of coffees and a bagel. The bagel and coffee were good, but nothing extraordinary. Since then, we have avoided Zuppas because it seemed a bit over priced. Well, we were in the area and decided to give it another shot. 

Cafeteria Style

Walking up to the cafeteria style counter, I passed refrigerator with soups and other dishes for sale. There was a pan of lasagna for $35, which seemed a bit steep for the pasta dish, but it could have easily served 15 people. Proceeding to the counter, I looked through the menu, which included sandwiches, wraps, paninis, salads, soups and other miscellaneous items. The people in front of me each ordered small cups of homemade macaroni and cheese. It made my mouth water.

Thai Chicken Salad W/Awesome Curry Vinaigrette

I went with something a bit lighter, a Thai Chicken Salad. This was grilled chicken with mandarin oranges, crunchy noodles, almonds, coconut and pineapple on greens with a curry vinaigrette. I was a bit skeptical of the curry vinaigrette at first, but it was AWESOME! The whole salad had a great combination of flavors that easily beat out many other salads I have had recently. Even the coconut (which I am not a huge fan of) added great texture and flavor to the dish. The pineapple was sweet and even though the chicken was cold, it was juicy and not overly seasoned or salty. 

Round two at Zuppas was much better than the first round. The salad rang in at $9.75, but it was worth it. This may not be a place to eat at everyday, but to enjoy on occasion. Oh, and for you wino’s out there, Zuppas also serves wine :). 

-M

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Location:

Zuppas
1540 S. Commercial Street 
Neenah, WI 54956


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