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.
1360 S. Commercial Street
Neenah, WI 54956
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Food in the Fox traveled south on Thursday for lunch, deciding to check out the recently opened family style restaurant in Menasha, just south of highway 441 off of Appleton Road. Garden View Family Restaurant has been open for a few months and has a large menu, filled with breakfast foods and many other options for a hungry diner.
The name of the restaurant stems from the plants and other growing items hanging throughout the restaurant. The place has booths lining the outside of the restaurant and, I think, was at one point a
Denny’s or Perkins. I decided on getting a grilled chicken salad which included lettuce, cheese, a hard boiled egg, tomatoes, cucumbers and seasoned chicken. The salad was good, but nothing outstanding. The service was good and the pricing was reasonable. The large salad was right around $9.
I really do wish I had more to say about this place, but the dining experience was pretty much average. Give it a shot if you are in the area. Tell me what you think about the place.
Garden View Family Restaurant
1680 Appleton Road
Menasha, WI 54952
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Food in the Fox was at Copper Rock north this morning to get some work done and we thought that we never travel north for food. So north it was. We traveled north on Ballard Road (note, Copper Rock is not ON Ballard road) and after driving for about 5 miles through numerous snow drifts, we decided to take a turn and head towards Freedom. We pulled into the small town and noticed a few bars and a deli, but no restaurants. We drove a bit further and came to Rico’s Family Restaurant. Before Rico’s there was a place we also took into consideration, but decided against it because it mainly served good (unhealthy) food.
When we walked in, the small family style dinner was almost full. We found an empty booth near the kitchen and were greeted by a waitress who seem to be going 100 miles per hour. The menu was much larger than I had expected. It was filled with things such as stir fry, broasted chicken, breakfast items, desserts and sandwiches of all sorts. One thing that caught my eye was the seafood salad. It was shrimp, crab, onion and green pepper on a bed of lettuce. This was a bit ‘off’ the salad beaten path, as most restaurants only have the traditional chef and garden salads. Anyways, I passed on the seafood salad and went with something good and boring, a chicken caesar salad.
As the picture below highlights, the salad was overflowing with fresh and crunchy croutons, which I enjoyed thoroughly. The onion, green pepper, tomato, lettuce and chicken were covered in fresh Parmesan cheese and Caesar dressing came on the side of the fresh salad. If there would not have been so many croutons, I would have been upset that the salad didn’t come with bread, but the croutons cured my carbohydrate fix. The chicken was similar to fajita chicken, in how it was cut and how it tasted. It was satisfactory and the vegetables on the salad were fresh.
The salad was delicious and I give the waitress credit. I over heard her on the phone and it turns out she was the only waitress in the place. There was only an empty table or two, so that explains why she was running like a chicken with her head cut off. Kudos to the waitress and to the restaurant in general for being a great place to run across in the small town of Freedom.
N3994 Columbia Ave
Freedom, WI 54130
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