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Serious Burger [Wild Mushroom Burger]

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My first time at Serious Burger was a few months ago, and don’t you know, I ordered a chicken sandwich. I decided it was time to dive into one of their burgers that I hear about almost weekly, so that is exactly what I did yesterday. I not only ordered a burger, but a loaded burger with cheese curds to make sure I was hitting my maximum caloric intake* for the day :) 

* Note to trainer, I didn’t eat it all by myself.

Trendy Place, Greasy (Tasty) Menu

The place is in a great location by the Fox River Mall and has a nice selection of burgers, sandwiches and appetizers. There is nothing particularly fabulous about the interior of the place. It is a small, trendy shop with NFL Network on a few of the flat screens hanging in the corners. The menu has a few healthy options, including a chicken sandwich and salmon sandwich, but overall be prepared to put a few extra miles on the elliptical after enjoying a meal here. Their burgers are made with 100% natural, hormone and antibiotic free, natural certified Angus beef and they are served on daily baked french brioche buns from Breadsmith. 

Wild Mushroom Burger & Sides

Loving onions and mushrooms, it seemed only right for me to go with the Wild Mushroom burger, which consisted of roasted crimini mushrooms, caramelized onions, a sunny-side up egg, Swiss cheese and garlic aoili. I had them keep the egg off and as I bit into it, I was amazed at the taste. Not only did the beef taste fresh, the bun was soft and the vegetables were marinated to combine perfectly with the overall taste. The garlic aoili was not over powering like I have had at other restaurants. I did order the burger medium-well and it came out pretty well done, but even with it being slightly over cooked, it was still juicy. 

The cheese curds were okay. You could taste that they were beer battered, but the for $4, they don’t give you many. There were maybe 15 curds in the small dish. Oh, and the Parmesan Truffle fries = TO DIE FOR! They are thin and crisy fries with just the right amount of garlic Parmesan seasoning. 

Total damage cost wise? Right around $11 for the burger and cheese curds. The fries were not mine, but I had to try them. They rang in at $3.39 for a large side. 

-M

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Location:

Serious Burger
4353 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Appleton, WI 54913


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Milwaukee Burger Company [Turkey Avocado Salad]

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Food in the Fox has never been to a restaurant on opening night, so let’s just say my expectations were less than high. Why? Well, having working in the food service industry in college, I have seen how awful the first night open can be. Between the staff not knowing the menu, the food taking hours to arrive at the table and the long wait times, I was not expecting much walking into Milwaukee Burger Company, located at 421 North Casaloma Drive in Appleton on Monday evening.

Made for Wisconsinites

The new sports bar/restaurant is located in the old Buffalo Wild Wings and has a similar type of atmosphere, with TV’s covering nearly every square inch of wall space. They have an extensive menu and beer selection and simply put, they WISCONSINIZED the menu. What does that mean, you ask? Well, they have about 40 beers on tap and the menu is filled with plenty of appetizers and entrees that include cheese and/or brats. Something that really caught my attention was the five, count them, five different kinds of cheese curds! Of course I had to have at least one…

Cheese Curd Balls

Wouldn’t you know it, I go to a burger place and order chicken. That being said, the picture below is of someone else’s meal (and yes, I stole one (or two) of those glorious looking mounds of deep fried cheese) and is an accurate reflection of how insanely large the cheese curds are. They were absolutely delicious, filling and greasy. For a brief moment, I felt as if I was standing outside a concession stand at some type of Wisconsin summer festival. They were comparable to fair cheese curds, which is saying a lot. 

After inhaling a few cheese curd balls, the food arrived at the table. They made my salad a sandwich by accident, so that was kind of a bummer, but the salad came out of the kitchen a few short moments later. The Turkey Avocado Salad included fresh romaine lettuce topped with thick sliced turkey, a hard-boiled egg, tomatoes, red onion, avocado, and creamy avocado dressing. It was a huge salad filled with fresh ingredients and chicken that was not overly seasoned. Cost? It was $8.99 for this large salad. 

Conclusion

They did awesome on their first night open to the public, at least from my point of view! The service was excellent and the food was quick and enjoyable. This place would be a great spot for any sports or beer fan, looking to watch the game while having a beer and burger. I am looking forward to my next stop at MBC. 

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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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Location:

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

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